Browsing: Hero of the week

It was January 27,1991 and Desert Storm was 10 days old. The nation took a short breather to enjoy a football game, and seemingly from out of nowhere we witnessed this inspirational performance by Whitney Houston. [youtube]Q5GSxSmYvME[/youtube]

I received the following email from Ron that merits posting. He is referring to the article titled “Army”, posted on June 13th. Here is his note in its entirety: I enjoyed “The Army” but there are a couple of points to make. The oldest branch of the service is the Army National Guard, whose citizen soldier tradition predates the Revolutionary War. The heraldry of the oldest National Guard units carry streamers from Lexington and other engagements fought before there was an officially organized Continental Army in June of 1775. From the Army National Guard website: “The National Guard, the oldest…

Marine Corps Maj. Douglas A. Zembiec (DOD photo) DefenseLink has been telling the stories of heroes for quite some time in the section appropriately titled “Heroes In the War on Terror.” On this week’s front page is a beautifully written tribute to a fallen Marine who was the manifestation of the word “leader.” Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in WWII once said, “You lead from the front.” Maj. Zembiec did that. This is his story, copied in its entirety from DefenseLink. “‘If you took 100 Doug Zembiecs to war with you, you could conquer the world.’ That is how…

[youtube]XxkTL48b_Jc[/youtube] Thursday marks the 232nd birthday of the Army, our oldest military branch. Established by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1775 (About.com), the Army’s storied history is filled with tales of great feats in battle, victories against brutal regimes, and – especially in recent years – stunningly quick conquests over entrenched foes. But the Army is more than that. It is tradition. It is duty, and honor, and country, each word functioning as a supporting pillar for the other two. Any country can produce an Army, given enough manpower and money. Only this country, however, can produce the American…

[youtube]CnhcMXoftp4[/youtube] It was bravery in its rawest form. 63 years ago allied forces began the invasion of Europe at the beaches of Normandy. It was the beginning of the end of Hitler’s lust for domination. Facing them were millions of mines, heavy artillery in fortified bunkers, machine guns, mortars, and thousands of soldiers – the Atlantic Wall. Germany, under the leadership of Field Marshal Rommel, had been preparing for the moment for years, and had invested in the philosophy of annihilation at the beach. Rommel’s goal: to drive them back into the sea. The pre-invasion bombardment was largely ineffective. The…

(DOD photo) After Iwo Jima, Admiral Nimitz described the heroism exhibited by the Marines in his famous quote, “where uncommon valor was a common virtue.” That virtue still exists in today’s Marines. As evidence, let me take you to Fallujah in 2004, when a dozen insurgents ambushed a squad of Marines during house clearing operations, injuring four of them. Sgt. Maj. Kasal (at the time a 1st Sgt) and several others ran toward the firefight and entered the building amid the confusion. Kasal grabbed one of the wounded to pull him out of the line of fire, and was hit…

Damage to USS YORKTOWN (CV-5) (Naval Historical Center) 65 years ago this week three carriers arrived in Pearl Harbor – two of them, USS ENTERPRISE (CV-6) and USS HORNET (CV-8) had participated in Doolittle’s raid against Japan. The other, USS YORKTOWN (CV-5), had been damaged at the Battle of Coral Sea, and was in desperate need of repair. More importantly, she was badly needed for the impending battle in the waters near Midway. In one of the most remarkable feats of ship repair in history, major damage in YORKTOWN was repaired in two days (despite estimates ranging from three weeks…

Remember when “women in combat” was a hot topic? Our military women were bombarded with stories about how they couldn’t do a man’s job, how the “protection instinct” would distract men operating around women in combat, how they couldn’t handle the physical tasks. Let me introduce you to Kentucky Army National Guard Spc. Ashley Pullen. Pullen and her security detail were escorting a 30 vehicle convoy when the group was ambushed. The security forces immediately headed for the bad guys, cutting off their escape and disrupting their coordinated attack. Then, as told in Defenselink, “(She) heard a call for help…

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