Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday Hero

This Post Was Suggested By SJ


The Forgotten 14Samuel Gerald Dean, Edward Joseph Wolbers, Radamés E. Cáceres, Douglas Laurent Dauphin, Bert Garland Sauls Jr., Kenneth N. Markle, Louis Karp, James Henry Henderson, Douglas Vincent Schmoker, Howard George Sewell, George M. Durrett, Robert H. Watson, Harold Edwin Richards & James Dixon Fore
December 22nd, 1943

U.S. Army Air Corps
Three days before Christmas in 1943, two hours past midnight, 14 men climbed into an airplane and lifted into the dark sky over the slumbering hamlet of West Palm Beach. Their journey lasted but a few moments, and killed every one of them.




You can read more here and 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, July 21, 2014

Some Gave All: Israel Mourns


From Israel National News:

Killed in Action: The Faces of the Golani Heroes

Seven of 13 combat soldiers who were killed in the close fighting at the Battle of Shejaya have been identified....
7/21/2014


PLEASE go here, and spend time getting to know these Fallen Heroes who gave all in defence of their homeland.. 

 From the IDF FB page:





Over the past 48 hours, these soldiers were killed on the battlefield fighting Hamas terrorists. They fell while protecting the people of Israel. May their memory be a blessing.



I mourn with Israel - and pray for them all..

Friday, July 18, 2014

Red Shirt Friday - Cpl James Arnal

Originally published under "Some Gave All" in 2008......Lest We Forget.

A Canadian soldier was killed late Friday by a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan during a night patrol in Panjwaii district near Kandahar city, military officials say.

Cpl. James Arnal had left a career in information technology to join the military.
Cpl. James Arnal had left a career in information technology to join the military.
(DND)


Cpl. James Hayward Arnal was struck while he and other soldiers were on foot patrol in the area.
Another Canadian soldier was injured in the blast but was said to be in good condition and was expected to return to duty.

Canada's top soldier in Afghanistan lauded Arnal as a fearless fighter who had left a lucrative career in information technology to join the army.

"Clearly, he was a dedicated soldier with a very promising career ahead of him," said Brig.-Gen. Denis Thompson, Canada's commander in Afghanistan.

Arnal was a member of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, stationed at Canadian Forces Base Shilo in Manitoba. He was the 88th Canadian soldier to die in the Afghan mission and the second killed in combat since the beginning of June.

He was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan and had expressed interest in returning for a third tour in 2009. (source CBC)
And more here.


Always remember - and honour - our fallen and their families.

Carpe Diem 88.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wednesday Hero

This post was suggested by Steve

Capt. Linda Bray

Capt. Linda Bray53 years old from Clemmons, North Carolina
988th Military Police Company


U.S. Army


Capt. Linda Bray made national headlines when she became the first woman in U.S. history to lead troops into combat during the 1989 invasion of Panama. As a result she was met with a lot of resistance and anger to what she had accomplished because she was a woman.

Bray and 45 soldiers under her command, nearly all of them men, encountered a unit of Panamanian special operations soldiers holed up inside a military barracks and dog kennel. They killed three of the enemy and took one prisoner before the rest were forced to flee.






You can read more about Capt. Bray 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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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wednesday Hero

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Cpl. Tom Jones, Jr.

 
Cpl. Tom Jones, Jr.89 years old from Hogback, New Mexico
3rd Division, Unit 297, Navajo Code Talkers 767 and Navajo Code Talkers 642 Platoons
1925? - May 12, 2014

U.S. Marines
Another Navajo Code Talker has passed away. Tom Jones, Jr. passed away on May 12.
Be warned, reading the article below will make you angry. The conditions these men, these veterans, live in is just unforgivable.







You can read more about Cpl. Jones 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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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wednesday Hero

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Stan White

Stan White94 years old from Albuquerque, New Mexico

U.S. Army

Albuquerque veteran Stan E. White, a Pearl Harbor survivor who was injured during the D-Day invasion of Normandy, was awarded the Legion of Honor, France's highest decoration, according to Perry Bendicksen, Honorary French Consul for New Mexico.

Although he was raised in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, White was a 19-year-old athlete and cowboy living in New Mexico when he enlisted in the Army. He said he saw it as an opportunity for travel, adventure and education. He ended up with a life he never could have predicted.





You can read more about Stan White here & 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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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Rachel Frenkel: Good Reasons to Believe the Boys Are Alive





From Israel National News:
 Rachel Frenkel: Good Reasons to Believe the Boys Are Alive

by Yaakov Levi

Rachel Frenkel, mother of Naftali, one of the three Israeli teens kidnapped by Hamas terrorists, said that she was deeply moved by the army's efforts to find her son, along with Eyal Yifrah and Gilad Sha'ar, the other two kidnap victims.

Speaking on IDF Radio Sunday, Frenkel said that she was encouraged by the ongoing activity to find the boys. Despite the fact that over two weeks have passed with no indication of their fate or whereabouts, Frenkel said that she did not believe that “the search has reached a brick wall. As long as there is progress, we are hopeful.”

The IDF announced the names of two of the kidnappers last Thursday, but Frenkel said she had been told their identity soon after the kidnapping took place.

“The investigators were able to find this information out very quickly,” she said. With that, she added, “it has been very difficult for me to look at their photos. I can see the evil in their eyes. Unfortunately this is the situation.”

Frenkel also expressed appreciation to the artists and performers who were to appear Sunday night in a special rally in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv.

“We feel embraced by many people, and we wanted that the event should be a general one that would include everyone. Our message is one of solidarity, one for all and all for one – haredi Israelis, secular Israelis, Bedouin, Druze, and Muslims who have a conscience.”

The event, set for 7:30 PM, will feature appearances by many popular artists, including Miri Mesika, Koby Aflalo, David D'Or, Lior Narkis, Koby Oz, Dudu Fischer, Zvika Pik, Rami Kleinstein, and others.

“They are not 'symbols,' but real live children who are being held prisoner somewhere,” said Frenkel. “We miss our son terribly, and we are thinking constantly of what he must be going through."

"I try not to think too deeply, though, because those kinds of thoughts can deplete your energy. But we have good reason to be optimistic,” Frenkel said. “The signs point to their still being alive, and G-d willing with all the efforts and prayers I hope we will get them back alive.”