Archive for June, 2006

1781: The Battle of Yorktown

Posted by Dave Thomas on June 22nd, 2006

1781: The Battle of Yorktown was the climax of the American Revolutionary War Throughout American history the idea of “never surrender,” even under seemingly insurmountable odds, became ingrained in our national consciousness. It was borne on the battlefield most certainly, and carried forward in our wars. This idea was based partly on the idea that [...]

Randall Shughart

Posted by Dave Thomas on June 14th, 2006

Born: August 13, 1958 Lincoln, Nebraska War: Somalia Rank: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army (Sniper Team Member) Location of action: Mogadishu, Somalia Date of action: October 3, 1993 Medal received from: President Bill Clinton, May 1994 (posthumously)

How the Shepherd Saved the SEAL

Posted by Dave Thomas on June 14th, 2006

Time Magazine reports on the Afghan shepherd that rescued the lone surviving US Navy SEAL from Operation Redwing: A crackle in the brush. That’s the sound the Afghan herder recalls hearing as he walked alone through a pine forest last month. When he looked up, he saw an American commando, his legs and shoulder bloodied. [...]

Nick Rowe FIVE YEARS TO FREEDOM

Posted by Dave Thomas on June 14th, 2006

On October 29, 1963, Capt. “Rocky” Versace, 1Lt. “Nick” Rowe, and Sgt. Daniel Pitzer were accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group (CIDG) company on an operation along a canal. The team left the camp at Tan Phu for the village of Le Coeur to roust a small enemy unit that was establishing a command post [...]

Freed by WWII soldiers from Mauthausen

Posted by Dave Thomas on June 14th, 2006

Medal of Honor Winner: Corporal Tibor “Ted” Rubin Meet Tibor “Ted” Rubin, survivor of the Nazi death camps, and an American hero: Nazi guards made sure Rubin understood despair at the age of 13. A Hungarian Jew, he was forced into the Mauthausen Concentration Camp toward the end of World War II. But Rubin defied [...]

JACK TAYLOR OSS – Concentration Camp Survivor

Posted by Dave Thomas on June 14th, 2006

America’s First Sea, Air, Land Commando- Lieutenant Jack Taylor, USNR Citation for the Navy Cross: “For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States; as chief of the Maritime Unit, Office of Strategic Services Detachment, United States Armed Forces, in the Middle East, from September 1943 to March [...]

VERNON BAKER MOH

Posted by Dave Thomas on June 14th, 2006

http://www.armytimes.com/ Medal of Honor winner struggles for medical benefits By Nicholas K. Geranios Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. — Vernon Baker had to wait more than 50 years to receive his Medal of Honor because of racism. Now the World War II veteran is battling the U.S. government for medical care for a brain tumor. With [...]

Sgt. James E. Wright, Green Belt Instructor

Posted by Dave Thomas on June 14th, 2006

In My Own Words Sgt. James E. Wright, Green Belt Instructor, Marine Martial Arts Center of Excellence http://www.navyleague.org/ I was an assistant team leader with Team 1, 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. It was April 7, 2004, and we were on a movement in Al Anbar province, going through a neighborhood that we [...]

Peter Ortiz USMC /OSS

Posted by Dave Thomas on June 14th, 2006

Sometimes NS comes in the form of an Adventurer’s spirit — a spirit nonetheless of a character that is all American even though its course of action follows a “special course of “Force.” Marines have always considered themselves elite and a special force. During World War II that no-surrender character was embodied well in a [...]