June 6, 2014

D-Day June 6, 1944

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"Dot-Dot-Dot-Dash, Dot-Dot-Dot-Dash" - listen to the opening timpani as it beats the Morse Code for the letter "V" for Victory. Today is the 67th anniversary of the landings on the Normandy beaches -- D-Day. Paul Anka's song about D-Day, June 6, 1944, celebrates the invincibility of the Great Generation that landed, fought and won there. The three parts of this beautiful arrangement -- the first ever to portray musically what actually happened on those beaches that day -- recall the dogged unparalleled preparation, the 4,720 casualties of Omaha Beach and then the breakthrough. Eleven months later the war in Europe was over.

May 21, 2014

Wednesday Hero - Lt. Cmndr. Rufus Herring

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Lt. Cmndr. Rufus Herring

Lt. Cmndr. Rufus Herring74 years old from Roseboro, North Carolina
Commander: USS LCI(L)-449 / LCI(G)-449
June 11, 1921 - January 31, 1996
U.S.
Naval Reserve
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of LCI (G) 449 operating as a unit of LCI (G) Group EIGHT, during the preinvasion attack on Iwo Jima on 17 February 1945. Boldly closing the strongly fortified shores under the devastating fire of Japanese coastal defense guns, Lieutenant (then Lieutenant, Junior Grade,) Herring directed shattering barrages of 40-mm. and 20-mm. gunfire against hostile beaches until struck down by the enemy's savage counterfire which blasted the 449's heavy guns and whipped her decks into sheets of flame. Regaining consciousness despite profuse bleeding he was again critically wounded when a Japanese mortar crashed the conning station, instantly killing or fatally wounding most of the officers and leaving the ship wallowing without navigational control. Upon recovering the second time, Lieutenant Herring resolutely climbed down to the pilot house and, fighting against his rapidly waning strength, took over the helm, established communication with the engine room and carried on valiantly until relief could be obtained. When no longer able to stand, he propped himself against empty shell cases and rallied his men to the aid of the wounded; he maintained position in the firing line with his 20-mm guns in action in the face of sustained enemy fire and conned his crippled ship to safety. His unwavering fortitude, aggressive perseverance and indomitable spirit against terrific odds reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant Herring and uphold the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.





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April 23, 2014

Wednesday Hero - Lt. Col. Jerry Coleman

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Lt. Col. Jerry Coleman

 
Lt. Col. Jerry Coleman89 years old from San Diego, California
VMSB-341, VMA-323
September 14, 1924 - January 5, 2014
U.S. Marines
Not only was Jerry Coleman a pro-baseball player, playing for the Yankees from 1949 to 1957, but he was also a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marines. Coleman postponed his entry in to the MLB to join the Marines. He flew 120 missions in WWII and Korea and earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses and thirteen Air Medals.






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April 2, 2014

Wednesday Hero - SSgt. William Guarnere

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SSgt. William
Guarnere

 
SSgt. William Guarnere90 years old from Philadelphia, Penn.
Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division
April 28, 1923 - March 8, 2014





U.S.
Army

SSgt. William "Wild Bill" Guarnere passed away three weeks ago at the age of 90. SSgt. Guarnere was part of Easy Company, made famous by the HBO mini-series "Band Of Brothers". During his three years of service, SSgt. Guarnere saw action throughout Europe, including being part of the invasion of Normandy on D-Day. He was awarded the Silver and Bronze stars, the Purple Heart and the French Liberation Medal.






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March 26, 2014

Wednesday Hero - Lt. Milton Ricketts

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Lt. Milton Ricketts

 
Lt. Milton Ricketts28 years old from Baltimore, Maryland
USS Yorktown (CV-5)
August 5, 1913 - May 8, 1942

U.S.
Navy

For extraordinary and distinguished gallantry above and beyond the call of duty as Officer-in-Charge of the Engineering Repair Party of the U.S.S. Yorktown in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of the Coral Sea on 8 May 1942. During the severe bombarding of the Yorktown by enemy Japanese forces, an aerial bomb passed through and exploded directly beneath the compartment in which Lt. Ricketts' battle station was located, killing, wounding or stunning all of his men and mortally wounding him. Despite his ebbing strength, Lt. Ricketts promptly opened the valve of a near-by fireplug, partially led out the fire hose and directed a heavy stream of water into the fire before dropping dead beside the hose. His courageous action, which undoubtedly prevented the rapid spread of fire to serious proportions, and his unflinching devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.






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March 19, 2014

Wednesday Hero - Medal of Honor

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U.S.
Army

Yesterday marked the end of a 12-year review by the Pentagon when 24 soldiers from WWII to Vietnam, who were denied the award they earned, finally received their Medals Of Honor.

Spc. 4 Santiago J. Erevia
Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris
Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela
Sgt. Candelario Garcia
Spc. 4 Leonard L. Alvarado
Staff Sgt. Felix M. Conde-Falcon
Spc. 4 Ardie R. Copas
Spc. 4 Jesus S. Duran
Cpl. Joe R. Baldonado
Cpl. Victor H. Espinoza
Sgt. Eduardo C. Gomez
Pfc. Leonard M. Kravitz
Master Sgt. Juan E. Negron
Master Sgt. Mike C. Pena
Pvt. Demensio Rivera
Pvt. Miguel A. Vera
Sgt. Jack Weinstein
Private Pedro Cano
Pvt. Joe Gandara
Pfc. Salvador J. Lara
Sgt. William F. Leonard
Staff Sgt. Manuel V. Mendoza
Sgt. Alfred B. Nietzel
1st Lt. Donald K. Schwab


























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February 12, 2014

Wednesday Hero - Maj. Edward Cragg

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Maj. Edward Cragg

Maj. Edward Cragg24 years old from Greenwich, Connecticut
80th Fighter Squadron
September 8, 1919 - December 26, 1943

U.S.
Army Air Forces

Maj. Edward "Porky" Cragg was a triple Ace in WWII with 15 confirmed kills who was shot down over Papua New Guinea and listed as MIA.






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February 5, 2014

Wednesday Hero - Capt. Edwin A. Shuman III

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Capt. Edwin A. Shuman
III

Capt. Edwin A. Shuman III
82 years old from Annapolis, Maryland
Attack Squadron 35
Oct. 7, 1931 - Dec. 3, 2013
U.S.
Navy

Edwin Shuman, III, a retired Navy pilot, and former POW who was held for five years in Vietnam, passed away two months ago. He had flown 18 missions over Vietnam when plane was shot down north of Hanoi. He and his navigator were both captured.




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December 18, 2013

Wednesday Hero - Sgt. Greg N. Riewer

Sgt. Greg N. Riewer

 
Sgt. Greg N. Riewer30 years old from Frazee, Minnesota
2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division
March 23, 2007

U.S.
Army

Sgt. Greg N. Riewer, 28, of Frazee, was killed while on patrol March 23, 2007 in Fallujah with soldiers from the Bemidji-based Company A, 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry, when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb, the Guard said.
"The loss of Sgt. Riewer is a tragedy," Maj. Gen. Larry Shellito, the adjutant general of Minnesota, said in a statement. "He was proudly serving his state and nation in a combat zone when he was taken from us."






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November 27, 2013

Wednesday Hero - Tlingit Code Talkers

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Tlingit Code
Talkers

 
Tlingit Code Talkers We all know about the Navajo Code Talkers, but chances are you've never heard of the Tlingit Code Talkers from Alaska. During a ceremony on November 20, they were finally recognized for the contribution in the war with Congressional Gold Medals.


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November 6, 2013

Wednesday Hero - Capt. Glenn Black

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Capt. Glenn Black

 
Capt. Glenn BlackFrom Idana, Kansas

U.S. Army Air Corps

From his Silver Star citation: For gallantry in action while participating in aerial flight in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations as pilot and flight leader of a B-25 type aircraft. On 22 June 1944, Lieutenant Black led a flight on a mission against shipping and harbor installations at Leghorn, Italy. On the bomb run intense, accurate anti-aircraft fire was encountered by the formation, holing many aircraft, as a result of the heavy defenses, Lieutenant Black sustained a shattered right arm, his co-pilot was painfully injured in the hip, one engine and the hydraulic lines were shot out and gasoline flooded the ship due to a direct hit on the gas tank. Despite his severe and painful wounds, Lieutenant Black, with the aid of his co-pilot, held the plane on course in to the target, enabling his bombardier to drop his bombs on their objective. By the time a friendly field was reached, the effects of the co-pilots hip wound seriously compromised the strength of his legs and, although almost at the point of complete exhaustion from the loss of blood, Lieutenant Black manipulated the rudders while his co-pilot handled the other controls, still at Lieutenant Black's directions. In spite of the feathered propeller, and without flaps or wheels down, a successful crash-landing was completed. By his great determination and outstanding heroism, Lieutenant Black has reflected the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.


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