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Old 06-04-2010, 05:23 PM   #41
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It was an honor for me to attend Mr. Finn's services on the Campo Reservation. After the Military Honors and Christian rites were performed, a large group of Kumeyaay Bird Singers and Dancers assembled. There were members of at least five bands of Kumeyaay, the eldermost member being Chairman Leroy Elliot of Manzanita Band.

Several Bird Songs were sang in Kumeyaay language to honor the memory of Mr. Finn who had lived near the Campo Reservation for many decades and was a caring and generous neighbor.

After the honoring by the Kumeyaay Nation, there was singing by the Southern Drum "Viejas Creek" whose members are military veterans, some belonging to the American Indian Warriors Association in San Diego County.

Viejas Creek sang two Veterans Songs, and then two Prayer Songs.

John's casket was lowered into his final resting place next to his wife Alice, who had preceded him in 1998.

I lined up to place a handful of dirt, and looked around at the hundreds of people gathered in this man's honor and memory, a diverse cross-section of what is now America, gathered here in ancient Kumeyaay land, in a cemetary of simple means, behind a weathered old wooden church building.....one man's life shown in this moment.
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Old 06-19-2010, 04:55 AM   #42
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Oldest Medal of Honor recipient dies
Lt. John Finn manned machine gun at Pearl Harbor
Updated: Friday, 28 May 2010, 10:57 AM EDT
Published : Thursday, 27 May 2010, 3:37 PM EDT

By JULIE WATSON, Associated Press Writer
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Retired Navy Lt. John Finn -- the first American to receive the nation's highest military award for defending sailors under a torrent of gunfire during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor -- died Thursday. He was 100.

Finn was the oldest of 97 Medal of Honor recipients from World War II still living. He died at a nursing home for veterans in Chula Vista, outside San Diego, according to a Navy statement.

Despite head wounds and other injuries, Finn, the chief of ordnance for an air squadron, continuously fired a .50-caliber machine gun from an exposed position as bullets and bombs pounded the Naval Air Station at Kaneohe Bay in Oahu. He then supervised the rearming of returning American planes.

"Here they're paying you for doing your duty, and that's what I did," Finn told The Associated Press before his 100th birthday. "I never intended to be a hero. But on Dec. 7, by God, we're in a war."

President Barack Obama said "his modesty does not diminish his extraordinary conduct or the incredible example he has set for our men and women in uniform and for all Americans."

"I had the privilege of meeting Lt. Finn last year, and I was struck by his warmth and humility," Obama said in a statement from the White House. "As we mark Memorial Day, and pay tribute all who have fallen in defense of this nation, the passing of Lt. Finn is a reminder of the sacrifices that generations have made to preserve the freedoms we hold dear."

Finn, who enlisted in the Navy just before his 17th birthday, received the Medal of Honor on Sept. 15, 1942.

He later served as a limited duty officer specializing in anti-aircraft guns in San Diego, Hawaii, Washington, Panama and aboard aircraft carriers, the Navy said.

Finn retired in 1956 after three decades of service, but he continued to help young sailors and stayed active in Navy organizations, Lt. Aaron Kakiel said.

"He's been a real inspiration to a number of our aviation ordnance men and an example for the entire Navy," he said.

Born July 23, 1909, in Los Angeles, Finn lived for 50 years on his ranch near Live Oak Springs, outside San Diego.

Finn died at the Veterans Home of California in Chula Vista, the Navy said. Officials initially said he had died at his ranch.

He will be buried with full military honors. Kakiel said the Navy was still working with his family members on the details.
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Date of birth: March 21, 1890
Date of death: Killed in Action
Place of Birth: Berea, Ohio
Home of record: Berea, Ohio
Status: KIA

Albert Baesel entered active duty in the U.S. Army from the Ohio National Guard.


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Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War I

For The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Albert E. Baesel, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company B, 148th Infantry, 37th Division at Ivory, France, on 27 September 1918. Upon hearing that a squad leader of his platoon had been severely wounded while attempting to capture an enemy machinegun nest about 200 yards in advance of the assault line and somewhat to the right, Second Lieutenant Baesel requested permission to go to the rescue of the wounded corporal. After thrice repeating his request and permission having been reluctantly given, due to the heavy artillery, rifle, and machinegun fire, and heavy deluge of gas in which the company was at the time, accompanied by a volunteer, he worked his way forward, and reaching the wounded man, placed him upon his shoulders and was instantly killed by enemy fire.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 43, October 23, 1922

Action Date: 27-Sep-18

Service: Army

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Company: Company B

Regiment: 148th Infantry

Division: 37th Division
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Date of death: 19-Jun-05
Burial Location: Arlington, VA
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York

Colonel Abood joined the Army in 1944 and was a combat rifleman in Europe during World War II. Later, he was a combat infantry commander during the Korean War and an Army Rangers instructor. He was a 1950 graduate of Pennsylvania Military College, where he was co-captain of the football team.


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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Edmond Peter Abood (ASN: 0-89022), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 327th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. Lieutenant Colonel Abood distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 13 August 1967 while serving as Commanding Officer of an airborne infantry battalion on an airmobile assault mission deep in hostile territory. During the assault, Colonel Abood flew low through heavy ground fire to mark the landing zone and direct air strikes on enemy positions. Several helicopters were shot down and his craft received numerous hits, but he continued to brave intense Viet Cong machine gun fire until all elements had landed. Once on the ground, he moved through sniper fire to designate defensive positions to his men. A smoke grenade set the dry elephant grass in the area ablaze, but he exposed himself time after time to withering volleys to organize fire-fighting teams and stop the approaching flames. A short time later enemy tracers started a fire around his artillery position on an adjacent hill. Completely ignoring machine gun fire and flying shrapnel, he moved to the position to direct evacuation of his men. He single-handedly rescued a man overcome by the heat and carried him to safety. Throughout the night he moved along the perimeter fully exposed to enemy fire to direct his men in repelling repeated hostile probes. Mortar rounds and rifle fire struck all around him, but he remained in the open encouraging his men. In the morning he directed infiltration operations of his men to a more secure area. Throughout the evacuation he constantly remained exposed to persistent sniper fire all around him. His courageous actions and leadership prevented loss of men or equipment to the insurgents. Lieutenant Colonel Abood's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 4968 (September 28, 1967)

Action Date: 13-Aug-67

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Headquarters and Headquarters Company

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade

Division: 101st Airborne Division
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Status: KIA

Jason Cunningham initially enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving as an Aviation Boatswain's Mate in Naples, Italy from 1995 to 1998. He subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and trained as a Pararescue Jumper, in which capacity he was serving at the time of his death in the action that earned him the Air Force Cross. During the 17-hour engagement called the "Battle of Robert's Ridge," he was one of TWO Airmen posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross. Eight other Airmen received Silver Stars for this action. The battle was so-named because it followed an incident in which Navy Seal Neil Roberts fell from a helicopter as it attempted to land on a mountaintop controlled by al Qaeda fighters, initiating an intense and heroic rescue effort.


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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Senior Airman Jason Dean Cunningham, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as a Pararescueman of the 38th Rescue Squadron, 247th Operations Group, in action near the village of Marzak in the Paktia Province of Afghanistan on 4 March 2002. On that proud day, Airman Cunningham was the primary Air Force Combat Search and Rescue medic assigned to a Quick Reaction Force tasked to recover two American servicemen evading capture in austere terrain occupied by massed Al Qaida and Taliban forces. Shortly before landing, his MH-47E helicopter received accurate rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire, severely disabling the aircraft and causing it to crash land. The assault force formed a hasty defense and immediately suffered three fatalities and five critical casualties. Despite effective enemy fire, and at great risk to his own life, Airman Cunningham remained in the burning fuselage of the aircraft in order to treat the wounded. As he moved his patients to a more secure location, mortar rounds began to impact within fifty feet of his position. Disregarding this extreme danger, he continued the movement and exposed himself to enemy fire on seven separate occasions. When the second casualty collection point was also compromised, in a display of uncommon valor and gallantry, Airman Cunningham braved an intense small arms and rocket-propelled grenade attack while repositioning the critically wounded to a third collection point. Even after he was mortally wounded and quickly deteriorating, he continued to direct patient movement and transferred care to another medic. In the end, his distinct efforts led to the successful delivery of ten gravely wounded Americans to life-saving medical treatment. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, and in the dedication of his service to his country, Senior Airman Cunningham reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Action Date: March 4, 2002

Service: Air Force

Rank: Senior Airman

Company: 38th Rescue Squadron

Regiment: 247th Operations Group

Division: Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
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Sergeant Donald Starks, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force on 30 October 2010 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. Sergeant Starks, the fire team leader for C Company, 2d Battalion, 506th Infantry, 4th Brigade Combat Team, was in charge of a six-man team located at an observation post five kilometers southeast of COP Margah when they were attacked by more than 25 insurgents. Sergeant Starks shot illumination fire, positioned his soldiers and led the charge against Taliban fighters. Enemy fire continued from all directions as Sergeant Starks realized two of his five soldiers were wounded and they were running low on ammunition. He made the critical decision to break contact with the insurgents attacking the observation post and return to COP Margah. While continuously calling in air support, Sergeant Starks led his team through indirect and direct fire back to COP Margah where the injured soldiers were treated. Sergeant Starks distinguished himself with gallantry and bravery in combat against an enemy that outnumbered his element five-to-one. In the face of overwhelming odds, he led his men to safety while calling for and adjusting fire. His remarkable performance and selfless commitment to his fellow comrades in arms undoubtedly saved the lives of all of his men.

Action Date: October 30, 2010

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company C

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 506th Infantry, 4th Brigade Combat Team
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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Chief Warrant Officer Two (CWO-2) James H. Hanshaw, United States Army, for valorous achievement on 13 February 2010 while serving as a Dustoff Pilot in Command during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 09-10. Chief Warrant Officer Two Hanshaw's exemplary performance of duty contributed immensely to the overall success of the unit's mission. His dedication to service reflects great credit upon himself, Task Force PEGASUS, and the United States Army. NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: For his exceptionally valorous performance of duty while providing critical rotary wing MEDEVAC support to Bravo Company (BLACK IRON), 1st Battalion, 6th Marines under enemy fire and face of danger during the initial offensive of Operation MOSHTARAK on 13 February 2010 in central Marjeh, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Chief Warrant Officer Two Hanshaw's achievements as Pilot in Command, Flight Lead and Air Mission Commander, were nothing short of remarkable and indicative of the highest professionalism of aviators in combat. During the NATO/ISAF offensive operation in support of 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade (MEB), Dustoff 64's (DO64) crew received a 9-line MEDEVAC requesting support from the 1st and 3d Battalions, 6th Marine Commanders with critical combat casualties. While conducting three MEDEVAC missions during a twelve hour period HLZs with heavy enemy small arms and RPG fire, Chief Warrant Officer Two Hanshaw's crew and aircraft were deliberately targeted during landings and departures for the purpose of shooting down a Coalition aircraft. While maneuvering the helicopter with combat flight techniques using the terrain to mask his helicopter from being targeted by Taliban and Anti-Afghan Forces, he used the canals, trees, riverbeds, and local populated areas to safely navigate to the evacuation HLZs. He was able to protect his crew and aircraft during the initial offensive with exceptional aviator skills and extraordinary decision making while facing heavy enemy fire. While maneuvering his helicopter in and around the HLZ placing the tail of the aircraft toward the enemy to provide cover and concealment to the dismounted crew and fellow Marines while the wounded were loaded, Chief Warrant Officer Two Hanshaw's keen situational awareness while in flight allowed his crew to escape several extreme environmental conditions that could have lead to catastrophic damage or downed aircraft due to enemy fire. During mission MM(S) 02-14K, he and his crew quickly responded to a U.S. Marine suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Without hesitation, Chief Warrant Officer Two Hanshaw prepared the aircraft and briefed the crewmembers on the situation with the recent intelligence reports from U.S. Marine RCT-7 and MAG-40 S2s from FOB DWYER that the area of the casualty was in was considered hostile and extremely dangerous territory. BLACK IRON was in direct contact with Taliban and Anti-Afghan Forces throughout the morning. Without regard for their personal safety, DO64 (US-60A Blackhawk) crew with its chase UH-60L (Blackhawk) (Black Magic 70) BM 70 departed FOB DWYER to provide life-saving care to a wounded Marine. Chief Warrant Officer Two Hanshaw's crew requested a special VFR departure due to reduced visibility because of blowing dust causing degraded weather of less than a half mile surrounding the FOB. Because of the weather, Chief Warrant Officer Two Hanshaw flew his aircraft to the best of his abilities and began contacting FACTION @! (F-18 Super Hornets) holding at 18,000 feet for on-call support in the event that the crew needed close air support near the HOZ. Chief Warrant Officer Two Hanshaw established communications with FAC-21, while his Co-pilot continued to contact the BLACK IRON, call sign SIEGE 10. Even with unreliable UHF communications with SIEGE 10, BLACK IRON's Forward Air Controller, he continued to the HLZ by flying Nap of the Earth (NOE) below 50 feet above ground level overcoming the blowing dust and haze. Knowing the low-level flight would place him and his crew closer to the enemy, he began leading the flight by separation and varying his altitudes and maneuvering evasively to reduce exposure to enemy firers. With only three miles from the HLZ and still no contact with SIEGE 10, Chief Warrant Officer Two Hanshaw began setting the aircraft up for landing and made a deliberate decision to land while his Co-pilot relayed to FAC 21 for the ground elements to identify the HLZ with purple smoke. The crew noticed the smoke and Chief Warrant Officer Two Hanshaw began his approach from the North with an aggressive decelerating landing to minimize the helicopter exposure to the enemy. He urged his crew to load quickly to minimize time on the HLZ. Once the crew and casualty were on board, he departed to the west, no higher than 30 feet when he began taking effective small arms fire. He quickly turned to execute evasive maneuvers and increased his altitude from observation by continuously altering his direction of flight to avoid greater small arms fire. With a 7.62-mm round impacting his armored wing panel only inches from his head, Chief Warrant Officer Two Hanshaw continued his flight path until exiting the high threat area. For Providing "world class" medical evacuation support during the initial phase of operation in Marjeh, Chief Warrant Officer Two Hanshaw and his Dustoff flight crew displayed exceptional aviation skills, keen situational awareness and extraordinary decision making initiative. The rapid evacuation conducted by Chief Warrant Officer Two Hanshaw and his Dustoff crew helped preserve the Marine Battalions' combat power and allowed them to focus their forces on maintaining pressure and destroying Anti-Afghan and Taliban forces during the early phases of Operation MOSHTARAK.

Action Date: February 13, 2010

Service: Army

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Date of death: July 1, 2010
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The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Larry D. Harris, Jr., United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Fire Team Leader, 3d Squad, 81 Millimeter Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, First Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, FIRST Marine Division (Forward), I MEF (Forward) Afghanistan, on 1 July 2010 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. During a patrol in Garmsir District, Helmand Province, Corporal Harris' squad was engaged by sporadic enemy fire from the west. As he boldly maneuvered his men to outflank and close with the enemy, about 40 enemy fighters engaged Corporal Harris' squad with heavy and accurate small arms and medium machine gun fire. Consistently exposing himself to the effective fire, Corporal Harris expertly controlled his team and personally suppressed the enemy with rifle and 40-millimeter grenade fire to facilitate the movement of his team to a covered position. When the squad's machine gunner was shot in the leg, Corporal Harris immediately moved from his covered position while still under heavy fire, with complete disregard for his own safety, to reach the casualty and carry him to a defilade position. When the decision was made to move the casualty for evacuation, Corporal Harris unhesitatingly picked up the wounded marine and carried him to the medical evacuation site, once again exposing himself to effective enemy fire from multiple directions. As he moved through a vineyard while carrying the wounded Marine, Corporal Harris struck an improvised explosive device, absorbing the majority of the explosion with his body. Although his injuries would prove fatal, Corporal Harris ultimately saved the life of the wounded marine. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Corporal Harris reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: 1-Jul-10

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Company: Weapons Company

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 1st Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Forward)
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Date of birth: 1-Feb-47
Date of death: September 15, 1967
Place of Birth: Ottawa, Illinois
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Awarded posthumously for actions in Vietnam

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Seaman William T. Diamond (NSN: B-501477), United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action on 15 September 1967, during action against communist insurgent (Viet Cong) forces in the Mekong Delta region of the Republic of Vietnam. As fifty-caliber gunner aboard Armored Troop Carrier 111-6 (ATC-111-6), a unit of River Assault Flotilla ONE, operating in support of the 2d Brigade, 9th United States Army Infantry Division, Seaman Diamond participated in a riverine assault against the Viet Cong stronghold in the Cam Son Secret Zone. His unit's task was to transport and land embarked army troops, as well as to provide beach cover-fire upon landing of these troops. While proceeding up the Rach Ba Rai River to the designated landing zone, the assault force units were suddenly subjected to withering enemy automatic weapons, recoilless rifle, and rocket fire from heavily fortified positions on both banks of the river. With automatic weapons fire hitting all around his gun mount, Seaman Diamond calmly and accurately took the enemy positions under fire. When the first of six enemy B-40 anti-tank grenades struck his boat, wounding him and causing his gun to jam, he took immediate action to clear his weapon and continued to lay down an effective base of suppressing fire until he was fatally wounded by another enemy rocket round which scored a direct hit on his gun mount. Due in no small part to Seaman Diamond's actions, and the enemy fire which he drew as a result of the effectiveness of his own weapon, the troops embarked in ATC 111-6 were landed successfully and without casualty at the designated landing site. His courage and devotion to duty in the face of intense enemy fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Board Serial 494 (January 18, 1968)

Action Date: 15-Sep-67

Service: Navy

Rank: Seaman

Company: Armored Troop Carrier 111-6 (ATC-111-6)

Regiment: River Flotilla 1
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Date of birth: June 25, 1976
Date of death: June 28, 2005
Burial Location: Chico, CA
Place of Birth: Cupertino, California
Home of record: Cupertino, California
Status: KIA

Before enlisting in the Navy, Matthew Axelson earned a degree in Political Science from California State University-Chico. As a member of a 4-man SEAL Team in Afghanistan, he and two of his comrades were killed in action, with only one team member surviving. The mission resulted in one team member receiving a posthumous award of the Medal of Honor, and Matthew Axelson and the other two team members earning the Navy Cross, making them the most decorated SEAL Team in history.



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The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Sonar Technician Second Class Matthew Gene Axelson, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in actions against the enemy while serving in a four-man Special Reconnaissance element with SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team ONE, Naval Special Warfare Task Unit, Afghanistan from 27 to 28 June 2005. Petty Officer Axelson demonstrated extraordinary heroism in the face of grave danger in the vicinity of Asadabad, Konar Province, Afghanistan. Operating in the middle of an enemy-controlled area, in extremely rugged terrain, his Special Reconnaissance element was tasked with locating a high-level Anti-Coalition Militia leader, in support of a follow-on direct action mission to disrupt enemy activity. On 28 June 2005, the element was spotted by Anti-Coalition Militia sympathizers, who immediately revealed their position to the militia fighters. As a result, the element directly encountered the enemy. Demonstrating exceptional resolve and fully understanding the gravity of the situation, Petty Officer Axelson's element bravely engaged the militia, who held both a numerical and positional advantage. The ensuing firefight resulted in numerous enemy personnel killed, with several of the Navy members suffering casualties. Ignoring his injuries and demonstrating exceptional composure, Petty Officer Axelson advised the teammate closest to him to escape while he provided cover fire. With total disregard for his own life and thinking only of his teammate's survival, he continued to attack the enemy, eliminating additional militia fighters, until he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. A champion of freedom, Petty Officer Axelson will be remembered for his self-sacrificing actions in the continuing Global War on Terrorism. By his undaunted courage, fortitude under fire, and unwavering dedication to duty, Petty Officer Axelson reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for the cause of freedom.

Action Date: June 27 & 28, 2005

Service: Navy

Rank: Sonar Technician Second Class

Company: SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1

Division: Naval Special Warfare Task Unit
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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain (Infantry) John David Miley (ASN: 0-28586), United States Army, for gallantry in action as Commanding Officer of Company G, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, 11th Airborne Division, in the vicinity of Parun-ni, Korea, on 25 March 1951. On that date, the weather was cold and wet, with a steady rain denying the company the use of tactical air support as it moved forward to assault a hill held by a well-entrenched enemy force. As the men proceeded toward their objective over the slippery terrain, they were suddenly subjected to a heavy volume of enemy small-arms and automatic-weapons fire. Unhesitatingly, Captain Miley moved to the head of his company and urged his men forward. Inspired by his personal example of courage in the face of the devastating enemy fire, the friendly forces successfully overran the hostile positions, driving the enemy down the reverse slope of the hill. However, by the time the objective had been secured, many of the company's weapons had been rendered inoperative by the inclement weather and the enemy, sensing this, immediately launched a fierce counterattack. Rapidly and skillfully deploying his men in a defensive perimeter, Captain Miley moved among them, directing their fire and encouraging them. Using the weapons that were still operating and hand grenades, the company successfully repulsed the fanatical attacks of the enemy, finally forcing the numerically superior hostile force to withdraw withy many casualties. The gallantry and inspiring leadership displayed by Captain Miley throughout this action reflect great credit on himself and the military service.

General Orders: Headquarters, VIII Army Korea (EUSAK), General Orders No. 745 (October 5, 1951)

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: Company G

Regiment: 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team

Division: 11th Airborne Division
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Posted : Thursday Oct 27, 2011 17:22:47 EDT



SAN DIEGO — A soldier who was killed in a bomb explosion last week in Afghanistan was on his 14th combat deployment — including four tours in Iraq and 10 in Afghanistan — making him the Army Ranger with the most deployments killed in action, an Army spokeswoman said Thursday.

Sgt. 1st Class Kristoffer B. Domeij enlisted several months before 9/11 and had served in hundreds of missions. He was killed with in a bomb explosion Saturday in the Taliban heartland of Kandahar province.

Also killed in the attack were 1st Lt. Ashley I. White, 24, of Alliance, Ohio, and Pfc. Christopher A. Horns, 20, of Colorado Springs, Colo.

“To volunteer that many times to deploy speaks volumes to Kris’ character and dedication to his country,” said Tracy Bailey, spokeswoman for the 75th Ranger Regiment, based at Fort Benning, Ga. “He was larger than life. The man everybody wanted to be around.”

Domeij was awarded two Bronze Stars for his service and will be awarded a third Bronze Star posthumously, along with the Purple Heart, according to the Army Special Operations Command.

“He was one of those men who was known by all as much for his humor, enthusiasm, and loyal friendship, as he was for his unparalleled skill and bravery under fire,” said Lt. Col. David Hodne, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, in a statement. “This was a Ranger you wanted at your side when the chips were down.”

The 29-year-old California native is one of hundreds of Rangers whose deployments during the war on terror number in the double digits.

Rangers are deployed more often than regular troops on shorter, more intense tours — often the tours are four months long and include 400 to 500 combat missions. They usually return to the United States for about eight months of training and then head out again, Bailey said.

Domeij, a native of Santa Ana, Calif., is survived by his wife and two daughters. He had requested that family members not speak to the media after his death.

“Rangers as a whole are quiet professionals and I don’t know his reasoning behind it, but many Rangers don’t see the need to advertise what they do,” Bailey said.

Col. Mark W. Odom, commander of the 75th Ranger Regiment, said in a statement that Domeij was a “game changer” who “had the value of an entire strike force on the battlefield.”
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Place of Birth: Nigeria
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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to First Lieutenant Ademola D. Fabayo, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy as a member of Marine Embedded Training Team 2-8, Regional Corps Advisory Command 3-7, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on 8 September 2009 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. First Lieutenant Fabayo and other members of his team led two platoons of Afghan National Security Forces into Ganjgal Village for a pre-dawn meeting with village elders when the dismounted patrol was ambushed by roughly 50 enemy fighters in fortified positions. With four fellow team members cut off, he pushed forward on foot into the kill zone in an attempt to regain contact, effectively engaging the enemy at close range with his M-4 rifle. When a U.S. Army Advisor was severely wounded, he moved from a covered position under heavy fire to assist in his recovery, helping carry him across several hundred meters of fire-swept ground. He drove back into the kill zone with another U.S. Army Advisor in an unarmored truck, despite enemy rounds impacting the vehicle, in an attempt to reach the separated team members. After treating and evacuating several wounded Afghan Forces, he took the gunner's position on a gun-truck with three other U.S. personnel as they again drove into the kill zone to recover the bodies of the four fallen team members, providing effective suppressive fires with the vehicle mounted machine guns. By his decisive actions, bold initiative, and complete dedication to duty, First Lieutenant Fabayo reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: September 8, 2009

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: First Lieutenant
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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Sergeant Rocky W. Bloom, United States Army, for valorous achievement on 14 November 2010, while serving as a team leader for 3d Platoon, Company A, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom X-XI. Sergeant Bloom demonstrated the highest standard of performance and valor, saving the lives of several Soldiers by leaving cover on multiple occasions, securing an Afghan National Army M-240B machine gun, and suppressing the enemy, preventing them from overrunning the platoon's position during an operation in the Watapur Valley, Afghanistan. His selfless actions and disregard for personal safety saved the lives of numerous Soldiers, reflecting great credit upon him, the 1st Brigade Combat Team, the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and the United States Army.

Action Date: November 14, 2010

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company A

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 327th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team

Division: 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
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Jordan Matthew Byrd

Date of death: October 13, 2010
Home of record: Grantsville, Utah
Status: KIA




Silver Star


Awarded posthumously for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class Jordan Matthew Byrd, United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy as a Combat Medic with the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division on 13 October 2010. While on patrol, his element came under intense small arms, rocket propelled grenade and mortar fire. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, he maneuvered through the enemy kill zone across 30 meters of open terrain to render lifesaving aid to a fellow comrade. Private First Class Byrd's distinctive accomplishments are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Task Force Red Currahee, Combined Task Force Currahee, Combined Joint Task Force - 101 and the United States Army. NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: Private First Class Jordan Matthew Byrd distinguished himself through heroism and gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States as a Combat Medic for 4th Platoon, Able Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Without regard to his own personal safety, Private First Class Byrd maneuvered across 30 meters of open ground under fire to provide medical aid and shield a wounded comrade. On 13 October 2010, Private First Class Byrd and his platoon were conducting an air assault in Kalanar, Yahya Khei District, Patika Province, Afghanistan, as part of Operation TALASHI KHMAR, a company cordon and search when their lead element came under intense enemy small arms fire. Private First Class Byrd and his platoon were tasked with establishing the outer cordon, requiring them to establish security in one of the most hostile areas in the Battalion's area of operations. During the initial barrage, Specialist Sustaita was struck in the leg with small arms fire. One of the platoon's sections immediately returned fire to suppress the enemy and gain fire superiority. Private First Class Byrd, with total disregard for his own safety, ran through the enemy kill zone, crossing approximately 30 meters of open terrain with rounds impacting around him to provide medical treatment on Specialist Sustaita. Despite accurate enemy sniper, AK-47, PKM, RPG, and mortar fire, Private First Class Byrd continued the treatment of the injured Soldier, putting himself between the enemy fire and the casualty, in order to provide life-saving treatment to the Soldier. As 4th Platoon's section exchanged fire, the enemy began to employ 82-mm. mortars which impacted within 75 meters of their position. The accuracy and volume of enemy fire coupled with the lack of cover and concealment pinned down the section and prevented it from reaching Private First Class Byrd and Specialist Sustaita. Private First Class Byrd shielded the casualty despite the accuracy and volume of enemy fire, and placed a tourniquet on Specialist Sustaita's wounded leg which proved to be life saving. After several minutes of being exposed, Private First Class Byrd was expertly working to stop the arterial bleeding in Specialist Sustaita's leg when he was fatally wounded. Private First Class Byrd's immediate medical attention to Specialist Sustaita likely saved his life. Despite accurate enemy fire, he displayed selfless service and distinguished gallantry crossing 30 meters of open terrain despite heavy contact in order to apply life saving medical care on a fellow Soldier while using his own body as a shield. Private First Class Byrd inspired his fellow Soldiers through his heroic and selfless act and is fully deserving of the Silver Star for his gallantry under fire. Private First Class Byrd's actions are in keeping with the finest military traditions and reflect distinct credit upon himself, this Command, and the United States Army.

Action Date: October 13, 2010

Service: Army

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Medical Aidman

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team

Division: 101st Airborne Division


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Date of death: Killed in Action
Status: KIA

Medal of Honor


Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to (American) Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam War, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. AN ACT TO authorize the President to award the Medal of Honor to the unknown American who lost his life while serving overseas in the Armed Forces of the United States in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Era and who has been selected to be buried in the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America assembled, That the President may award, and present in the name of Congress, the Medal of Honor to the unknown American who lost his life while serving in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam Era as a member of the Armed Forces of the United States of America and who has been selected to lie buried in the Memorial Amphitheater of the National Cemetery at Arlington, Virginia, as authorized by Section 9 of the national Cemeteries Act of 1973 (Public Law 92-43), Ninety-third Congress.

General Orders: Approved May 25, 1984, Public Law 98-301, Ninety-eighth Congress

Action Date: Vietnam War

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