Saturday, March 30, 2013

WWII Soldier Identified

Army 1st Lt. John E. Terpning, of Mount Prospect, Ill. will be buried on April 3, in Arlington National Cemetery. On May 7, 1944, Terpning was a pilot of a B-24D Liberator that departed Nadzab, New Guinea on a bombing mission. Due to mechanical troubles, the B-24D was delayed in departing the airbase and was unable to join the formation after takeoff. The aircraft, Terpning, nor the nine other crewmen aboard the plane were seen after takeoff. In 1946 the War Department declared all ten men to be presumed dead. In 1973, a Papua New Guinea Forest Department official reported a wartime aircraft in the mountains northeast of the city of Lae.
Friday, March 29, 2013

Vietnam Veterans Day

Today marks 40 years since the U.S. halted combat operations in Vietnam. Veterans returning home didn't receive the honor and respect they deserved but later generations have tried to make up for, and not repeat, that horrible mistake. To all those who served, and those who didn't make it back, thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday Hero

This post was suggested by Gail

Maj. Thomas C. Griffin
Maj. Thomas C. Griffin
96 years old from Cincinnati, OH
July 10, 1916 - February 26, 2013
U.S. Army

Maj. Thomas C. "Tom" Griffin, a B-25 bomber navigator in the audacious Doolittle's Raid attack on mainland Japan during World War II, passed away on February 26. His death at age 96 leaves only four surviving Raiders. Griffin died in a veterans nursing home in northern Kentucky. He was among the 80 original volunteers for the daring April 18, 1942, mission. When they began training, they were told only it would be "extremely hazardous," coming in the aftermath of Japan's devastating attack on Pearl Harbor and a string of other Japanese military successes.


You can read more about Maj. Griffin here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them Hero.
Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Music Monday

Once you get past the cheesy video the song is pretty bad ass.


Testament - More Than Meets The Eye
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday Hero

This Post Was Suggested By Michael

Capt. Emil Kapaun
Capt. Emil Kapaun
35 years old from Pilsen, Kansas
3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry
April 20, 1916 - May 23, 1951
U.S. Army

Not only is Emil Joseph Kapaun to be awarded the Medal Of Honor on April 11 for his actions while a POW in North Korea in 1951, he's also being considered for Sainthood by the Catholic church. While being held captive he would selflessly help his fellow POW's by giving them his food, raising morale and stealing medicine amongst other things. And because he was a priest he constantly ministered to the dead and dying while performing baptisms, hearing first Confessions, offering Holy Communion and celebrating Mass from an improvised altar set up on the front end of an army jeep. Capt. Kapaun died on May 23, 1951 when he developed a blood clot in his leg, dysentery, and pneumonia.


You can read more about Capt. Kapaun here

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Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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Monday, March 18, 2013

Music Monday

I'm not usually into guttural vocals in Metal but this song is one of the few exceptions.


Destroyer Of The Universe by Amon Amarth
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Wednesday Hero

This Post Was Suggested By Cindy

2nd Lt. Hyman Markel
2nd Lt. Hyman Markel
88th Division, 351st Infantry Regiment
U.S. Army

Hyla Merin grew up without a father and for a long time never knew why.

Her mother never spoke about the Army officer who died before Hyla was born. The scraps of information she gathered from other relatives were hazy: 2nd Lt. Hyman Markel was a rabbi's son, brilliant at mathematics, the brave winner of a Purple Heart who died sometime in 1945.

Aside from wedding photos of Markel in uniform, Merin never glimpsed him.

But on February 17, decades after he won it, Merin received her father's Purple Heart, along with a Silver Star she never knew he'd won and a half-dozen other medals.


You can read more here

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Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Music Monday

Hope you understand German.


Rammstein - F├╝hre Mich
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday Hero

This Weeks Post Was Suggested By Michael

U.S. Army

This week Wednesday Hero is honoring eight Men who were awarded the Medal Of Honor during the Battle of Peleliu, a bloody fight that took place between September - November of 1944 in which nearly 2,000 Marines and Soldiers were killed and another 8,000+ were wounded or went missing. The eight MOH recipients were:

Corporal Lewis K. Bausell, 1st Battalion 5th Marines
Private First Class Arthur J. Jackson, 3rd Battalion 7th Marines
Private First Class Richard E. Kraus, 8th Amphibian Tractor Battalion
Private First Class John D. New, 2nd Battalion 7th Marines
Private First Class Wesley Phelps, 3rd Battalion 7th Marines
Captain Everett P. Pope, USMC, 1st Battalion 1st Marines
Private First Class Charles H. Roan, 2nd Battalion 7th Marines
First Lieutenant Carlton R. Rouh, 1st Battalion 5th Marines


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Those Who Say That We're In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Music Monday

I likes my Metal. It's just primal. The louder the better.


Judas Priest - Revolution