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Old 12-09-2014, 02:12 PM   #101
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Welcome Home Sgt. Charles A. Gardner. Rest In Peace.

Soldiers from 3rd Infantry Regiment conduct the remains of Army Sgt. Charles A. Gardner to a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., on Thursday. Gardner was a crew member aboard a B-24D Liberator when the aircraft was shot down over New Guinea on April 10, 1944. His remains were recovered in 2001 and recently identified. Mike Morones/Staff
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George Donald Slack
Date of birth: December 24, 1916
Date of death: August 16, 1950
Burial location: Jacksonville, Florida
Home of record: Tampa Florida
Status: KIA


Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Korean War


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain (Infantry) George Donald Slack (ASN: 0-1315627), United States Army, for gallantry in action as a member of Company F, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in action in the vicinity of Ohang Hill, Naktong River Front, Korea, on 16 August 1950. His company after weeks of delaying action against overwhelming numbers of the enemy, had been reduced to a strength of only 40 men. Determined to secure high ground, in order to enable his battalion to launch a forthcoming attack, he reorganized his company and fearlessly led the assault. Completely disregarding personal safety he led his men forward against the heavily defended enemy positions. Inspired by his gallant example, his men fought their way through the enemy's deadly fire until the position was overrun. Upon reaching the summit of the hill and his objective attained, Captain Slack was killed. His courageous action, complete devotion to duty and superior leadership reflect the greatest credit on himself and the United States Infantry.

General Orders: Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 262 (December 14, 1950)

Action Date: August 16, 1950

Service: Army

Rank: Captain

Company: Company F

Regiment: 19th Infantry Regiment

Division: 24th Infantry Division
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Navy Cross recipient who battled military fakers laid to rest



A Navy Cross recipient who dedicated his life to protecting the integrity of valor awards has been interred at Arlington National Cemetery with his fellow heroes.

Retired Marine Lt. Col. Thomas Richards was given full military honors at a Tuesday ceremony that was attended by Medal of Honor recipient Barney Barnum and Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. John M. Paxton Jr.

In June 1969, Richards fended off enemy attacks in Vietnam so that wounded Marines could be evacuated. He killed eight enemy troops and prevented the Marine perimeter from collapsing. After retiring, Richards helped Marine Corps Times uncover at least 40 instances in which Marine Corps Association members lied about receiving valor awards, including the Medal of Honor. He died of cancer in June.

On Tuesday, seven white horses pulled a flag-draped caisson in front of the funeral procession which marched to a drumbeat cadence to keep them in rhythm. Half of the Marine escort team marched in front of the colors and the other half behind. When the procession came to a stop, one Marine brought the urn with Richards' remains near the gravesite.

Diane Richards did not expect so many Marines to be there for her husband's interment.

"I was shocked by the entire tribute," she told Marine Corps Times after the ceremony. "I had no idea that they would be there. I was told there may be a few Marines from 8th and I, and had expected one or two representing the Marine Corps. When I walked out and saw this sea of Marines, I was overwhelmed."

After a bugler blew Taps and Richards was presented with a folded flag, Paxton knelt in front of her and embraced her.

"He and Tom were close," she said. "He continually offered his love and support, respect for Tom, what Tom stood for, the work that Tom did for the Marine Corps and for the country; and that the Marine Corps family will forever be mine."

It's fitting that her husband is now at rest in Arlington, she said.

"Tom was humble," she said. "I think to him, certainly he is among comrades. He is among comrades who shared his values and he's also among history, which was his love. His being at Arlington is also an opportunity for his legacy to be continued, something he would hold dear to his heart."


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George Charles Lang
Date of birth: April 20, 1947
Date of death: March 16, 2005
Burial location: Westbury, Long Island, New York
Place of Birth: New York, Flushing
Home of record: Brooklyn New York



Medal of Honor


Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War


The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Specialist Fourth Class George Charles Lang, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company A, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Ben Tre City, Kien Hoa Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 22 February 1969. Specialist Fourth Class Lang, Company A, was serving as a squad leader when his unit, on a reconnaissance-in-force mission, encountered intense fire from a well fortified enemy bunker complex. Specialist Fourth Class Lang observed an emplacement from which heavy fire was coming. Unhesitatingly, he assaulted the position and destroyed it with hand grenades and rifle fire. Observing another emplacement approximately 15 meters to his front, Specialist Fourth Class Lang jumped across a canal, moved through heavy enemy fire to within a few feet of the position, and eliminated it, again using hand grenades and rifle fire. Nearby, he discovered a large cache of enemy ammunition. As he maneuvered his squad forward to secure the cache, they came under fire from yet a third bunker. Specialist Fourth Class Lang immediately reacted, assaulted this position, and destroyed it with the remainder of his grenades. After returning to the area of the arms cache, his squad again came under heavy enemy rocket and automatic weapons fire from three sides and suffered six casualties. Specialist Fourth Class Lang was one of those seriously wounded. Although immobilized and in great pain, he continued to direct his men until his evacuation was ordered over his protests. The sustained extraordinary courage and selflessness exhibited by this soldier over an extended period of time were an inspiration to his comrades and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army.
General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 18 (March 24, 1971)

Action Date: February 22, 1969

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

Company: Company A

Battalion: 4th Battalion

Regiment: 47th Infantry Regiment

Division: 9th Infantry Division
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Distinguished Service Cross


Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror


The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Master Sergeant David R. Halbruner, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action from 11 September 2012 to 12 September 2012, as a Team Leader for a Joint Task Force in support of an overseas contingency operation (at Benghazi, Libya). Without regard for his own safety, Master Sergeant Halbruner's valorous actions, dedication to duty and willingness to place himself in harm's way for the protection of others was critical to the success of saving numerous United States Civilian lives. Throughout the operation, Master Sergeant Halbruner continually exposed himself to fire as he shepherded unarmed civilians to safety and treated the critically wounded. His calm demeanor, professionalism and courage was an inspiration to all and contributed directly to the success of the mission. Master Sergeant Halbruner's distinctive accomplishments are in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his Command and the United States Army.
General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 73 (October 22, 2013)

Action Date: September 11 - 12, 2012

Service: Army

Rank: Master Sergeant
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Purple Hearts Awarded For 2009 Shooting At Army Post In Texas

Purple Hearts Awarded For 2009 Shooting At Army Post In Texas

By Jon Herskovitz

AUSTIN, Texas, April 10 (Reuters) - Dozens of people who survived a 2009 shooting rampage at the Fort Hood U.S. Army base in central Texas and relatives of those who were killed received Purple Heart and Defense of Freedom medals on Friday after years of lobbying by politicians and lawyers.

In February, the U.S. Army cleared the way for the military and civilian distinctions after the shooting was declared an act of international terrorism..

Nearly 50 awards were handed out at the base.

In addition to the medals, the awards also confer additional benefits, from Veterans Health Administration health care and combat-related special compensation to burial privileges at Arlington National Cemetery, lawyers for the group have said.

"It is our sincere hope that today, we will in some small way help to heal the wounds that you have suffered. Of our honorees, it can truly be said that all gave some and some gave al on that terrible day," Lieutenant General Sean MacFarland, the commanding general of III Corps and Fort Hood, said at the ceremony.

Then-Army Major Nidal Hasan, an American-born Muslim, opened fire on unarmed soldiers preparing for overseas deployment on Nov. 5, 2009, killing 13 people and wounding 32 others in what he later called retaliation for U.S. wars in the Muslim world.

The Army had previously designated the shooting to be "workplace violence" on the grounds that Hasan was a fellow soldier, and there was no evidence that the attack was directed by a foreign enemy.

But Congress inserted language into the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 expanding the eligibility for the Purple Heart by stating it should cover an attack if the perpetrator was in communication with foreign terrorists or inspired by one.

"While we can never repay what was lost that day, today's ceremony brings long awaited justice to the victims," U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, said at the event.

Hasan was convicted of murder in 2013 and sentenced to death. His execution date has not been set as his case is appealed. (Editing by Eric Walsh and Susan Heavey)
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Russell D. Dallas

Silver Star

Awarded 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 pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant Russell D. Dallas, United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving as Senior Medical Sergeant, Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 3235 (ODA-3235), Special Operations Task Force-Northeast, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on 14 January 2014. Staff Sergeant Dallas distinguished himself by exposing himself to danger while providing suppressive fire, tactically maneuvering his ground forces, and providing essential medical care under extremely accurate enemy fire, without regard for his own personal safety in order to support all adjacent maneuvering elements. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan, and the United States Army. NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: Staff Sergeant Russell Dallas, United States Army, heroically distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous conduct in the face of the enemy while serving as the Senior Medical Sergeant, Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 3235, Special Operations Task Force-Northeast, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. On 14 January 2014, Sergeant Dallas was performing his duties as the C2 Element Leader and mentor to 1st Company, 6th Special Operations Kandak during a bilateral operation in Ghorband District, Parwan Province, Afghanistan. Immediately after insertion, Sergeant Dallas and the entire C2 element came under heavy and accurate small arms fire, machine gun fire, rocket propelled grenade fire, and 82-mm. mortar fire from numerous enemy positions ranging from 100 to 500 meters west of his position. Sergeant Dallas, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, exposed himself to enemy fire in order to direct the movement of Alpha and Bravo Teams. Sergeant Dallas then provided effective suppressive fire in order to enable the safe movement of his element to the objective compounds. Sergeant Dallas directed and de-conflicted fires of the C2 element with the Main Effort (ME) and Support Effort (SE) throughout movement to compounds of interest. Sergeant Dallas then directed the C2 along a 500-meter westward movement, while assaulting multiple compounds and drawing fire from two opposing directions. After clearing the compounds, the C2 element set in a temporary strong point position to suppress the insurgent fighting positions less than 200 meters to the north and south of his element. Sergeant Dallas' element received the vast majority of hostile fire from this location, which undoubtedly allowed the other elements to maneuver safely to neutralize the enemy fighting positions. While ensuring his subordinates were behind cover and placing effective fires on the enemy positions, a member of Sergeant Dallas' element was struck by small arms fire from the north. Upon the call for a medic, Sergeant Dallas, with complete disregard for his personal safety, maneuvered through the enemy fire to render aid to his wounded teammate. While under intense enemy fire, Sergeant Dallas performed all possible medical life saving interventions on his wounded teammate until all measures were exhausted. As the C2 conducted the movement to the helicopter landing zone (HLZ) allowing extraction of the U.S. casualty, Sergeant Dallas not only supervised, but he carried the U.S. casualty out of harm's way. Once at the HLZ, he coordinated the security of the casualty and prepared him for extraction via hoist. Sergeant Dallas' actions reflect the highest credit upon himself, the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, Special Operations Command, and the United States Army.
Action Date: January 14, 2014

Service: Army

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Company: Operational Detachment - Alpha 3235 (ODA-3235)

Regiment: 3d Special Forces Group
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Rest In Peace, 4 Marines and 1 Sailor killed in Chattanooga

Purple Heart packets prepared for Marines killed in Chattanooga

The Marine Corps has confirmed that it has prepared Purple Heart award packages for the Marines killed last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, however, must first formally declare ties between the shooter, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, and a foreign terrorist organization before the packets can be submitted.

“Determination of eligibility will have to wait until all the facts are gathered and the FBI investigation is complete,” Marine Corps public affairs officer Maj. Clark Carpenter told Marine Corps Times.

The Marine Corps is also looking into the criteria and requirements for awarding the Purple Heart to Sgt. DeMonte Cheeley, a recruiter who was injured in the attack, said Capt. Alejandro Aguilera, a spokesman for 6th Marine Corps District.

Cheeley was shot in the leg after Abdulazeez drove up to his recruiting office and fired dozens of rounds through the storefront window. The shooter later drove to the nearby Navy Operational Support Center where he continued his attack, killing four Marines and a sailor.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain told the Washington Times on Wednesday that he will seek the medal for the service members, but the FBI has only thus far referred to the attacker as a “homegrown violent extremist.”

McCain also said that new legislation may be required to make sure the victims are eligible, according to the Washington Times.

To currently receive the Purple Heart, it must be demonstrated that active -duty troops were killed or wounded by someone in communication with or inspired and motivated by a foreign terrorist organization.

The stipulation reflects changes made to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act to retroactively award the medal to the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting.

In that attack, 13 people were killed and 32 people wounded when U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Hassan opened fire on the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at the base.

Ten Purple Hearts were awarded posthumously for those killed in the attack, and 26 to those wounded.

Federal officials are still trying to determine if Abdulazeez had been “radicalized” to attack the Armed Forces Recruiting Center and Navy Operational Support Center.

Law enforcement officials told NBC that Abdulazeez had downloaded recordings of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-Yemeni cleric killed by a 2011 drone strike in Yemen who advocated domestic attacks against Americans.

Staff writer James K. Sanborn contributed to this report.
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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to Chief Hull Maintenance Technical (Surface Warfare) Aaron P. Lyon, United States Navy, for heroism while serving with Naval Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Pacific Northwest. On 8 December 2011, while driving from work, on Interstate 5 in Tumwater, Washington, Chief Lyon witnessed Mr. Sohi's truck collide with another vehicle, the impact sent the truck off the shoulder and into trees, where the cab of the truck ignited into flames. Chief Lyon was traveling south when the accident occurred and turned around to render assistance. Without complete regard for his own life and personal safety, he immediately leapt into action and attempted to pull Mr. Sohi from the burning cab. While flames quickly began to engulf the truck, he removed brush and debris from around the driver's door and forced the door open and attempted to pull the driver free from the cab who was unresponsive and still buckled in. A sudden explosion inside the truck blew Chief Lyon from the cab. Despite his valiant and tenacious efforts, the flames prevented him from any further attempts to rescue Mr. Sohi, who was declared dead at the scene. By his courageous and prompt actions in the face of great personal risk, Chief Lyon tried to prevent the loss of life, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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35, of Bristol, R.I., died Aug. 8 in Kabul, Afghanistan, from enemy small-arms fire. He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
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Date of birth: July 13, 1923
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Place of Birth: Ohio, Springfield
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George Caldwell served as an Army Combat Engineer during World War II until July 1944, when he was appointed a Cadet in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut, graduating with the Class of 1948. He returned to the Academy to serve as Assistant Commandant of Cadets from 1965 to 1969, and retired as a U.S. Coast Guard Vice Admiral in 1984.


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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal to Commander George E. Caldwell, United States Coast Guard, for meritorious achievement of service, not involving aerial flight in connection with operations against an opposing armed force as Commander of the U.S.C.G.C. CHASE in Southeast Asia, from September 1969 to July 1970. Under his command the CHASE conducted seven anti-infiltration patrols and 35 naval gunfire support missions to aid allied ground forces. Under this command, the cutter carried out a variety of humanitarian missions that included the treatment of 1,032 Vietnamese civilians by MEDCAP (Medical Civic Action Projects) teams from the CHASE sent into various villages, and construction of a playground for children by the crew members.
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Looking back at all the awards I seen given out, the highest award for combat was a Silver Star.

And for service was the Legion of Merit.
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Marine who led WWII charge up Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima dies

Rest in Peace John Wells, you earned it.

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The Marine who led the charge to place the first American flag above Iwo Jima has died.

First Lt. John Wells, 94, died Feb. 11 at the Arvada Care Rehabilitation Center in Arvada, Colorado.

Wells received the Navy Cross, Bronze Star and Purple Heart after leading his Marines in a frontal assault up the slopes of Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II.

He didn’t make it to the top after taking multiple enemy rounds, but continued to command, leading his men to victory. His platoon raised the first flag atop the mountain, hours before the iconic photo of the second flag raising was captured.

“He was a very warm, sensitive, spiritual man, all the way to age 94,” Connie Schultz, Well’s daughter, told ABC affiliate Denver 7. “He honored and loved the Marine Corps with all his heart and soul. He loved his family, and his last words were, ‘My family.’ ”

Wells, as leader of the 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, successfully conducted the Feb. 21, 1945, assault over open terrain against a well-entrenched and stalwart defender.

The engagement gained his platoon the distinction as the most decorated platoon to fight in a single engagement in the history of the Marine Corps.

With “courageous leadership and indomitable fighting spirit,” Wells led demolition teams from one enemy bunker to the other, knocking out at least 25 emplacements in the process, according to his Navy Cross citation.

“In the face of intense hostile machine-gun, mortar and rifle fire, [he] continuously moved from one flank to the other to lead assault groups one by one in their attacks on Japanese emplacements,” Well’s citation states.


He was severely wounded while directing an attack on a particularly formidable blockhouse that had halted his platoon’s advance.

Undeterred, he pressed the attack until the fortified position was eliminated.

“When, an hour later, the pain from his wound became so intense that he was no longer able to walk, [Wells] established his command post in a position from which to observe the progress of his men and continued to control their attack by means of messengers,” according to his citation.

The battle for the 546-foot mountain overlooking the tiny volcanic island raged for another two days after Wells was evacuated to a hospital ship.

On Feb. 23, members of his platoon, along with E Company's executive officer, 1st Lt. Harold Schrier, peaked the summit to raise the national flag above the island.

Wells, meanwhile, persuaded a corpsman to donate morphine to him, escaped from the hospital ship and joined his men shortly after the flag raising.

Their first flag was replaced hours later when a larger one was raised. Photographer Joe Rosenthal captured this in what would become the most famous photograph of the war and arguably the most iconicimage of the Marine Corps.

After the war, Wells studied petroleum geology at Texas Tech University and pursued a career in the oil industry.

He continued to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve, retiring as a major in 1959.

His published his memoir of the Battle of Iwo Jima, “Give Me 50 Marines Not Afraid to Die,” in 1995.
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Fallen US WWII hero's Army dog tag found on Pacific island
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Dorothy Hollingsworth was just 7 when her brother Tom left the family farm in Indiana to join the Army a few months before the United States entered World War II. She never saw him again.

Now, more than 70 years after Pfc. Thomas E. Davis was killed in one of the war's final, major battles, a tangible reminder of her beloved sibling has been found on the Pacific island of Saipan — one of his Army dog tags.

"He was a great guy," said Hollingsworth, 82, who lives outside Dayton, Ohio, noting that some of her earliest memories are of the tall, thin sibling 17 years her senior who always sat next to her at the dinner table. "He was always laughing and singing and whistling."

Cultural historian Genevieve Cabrera told The Associated Press in an email that she found the discolored metal tag sticking out of the soil of a farm field on Saipan in early 2014. It was embossed with Davis' name, serial number, hometown and other information.

Cabrera recently gave the tag to members of Kuentai, a Japan-based organization that has found the remains of five 27th Division soldiers on Saipan. The group notified the AP this month about the dog tag's discovery in the hope that his relatives could be found. The AP tracked down members of the soldier's family with the help of Anthony Barger, the archivist for the Putnam County Public Library.

Kuentai representatives said they'll arrange to meet the Davis family in the U.S. to hand over the tag.

While it is relatively common to find canteens, weapons and even unexploded shells from the 100,000 Americans and Japanese who fought for 25 days on the 46-square-mile island, dog tags remain a rare find, Cabrera said. The tags, attached to a chain worn around the neck, were the only item of military-issued gear a soldier wore daily that included potentially life-saving information such as blood type and when a tetanus shot was administered.

A year before Davis died in the battle for Okinawa in April 1945, he earned one of the nation's highest military honors after surviving the bloody fighting on Saipan.

According to wartime records kept at the New York State Military Museum, home to many of the 27th Division's documents, Davis earned the Silver Star on Saipan in June 1944 for risking his own life to rescue a wounded comrade "at a time when the American front was undergoing brutal Japanese artillery and mortar fire."

Davis went into the Army in September 1941, three months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor drew the U.S. into WWII. He served in the 165th Infantry Regiment of the 27th Infantry Division, a New York National Guard unit mobilized into active service in 1940.

Davis was with the 27th when it took part in the Okinawa invasion, which began on April 1, 1945. Three weeks later, he was shot by a Japanese sniper while again helping a wounded soldier, according to what Hollingsworth says military officials told the family. Davis died April 30, two months shy of his 28th birthday. Four years later, his body was brought back for reburial in his hometown.

Davis was born and raised on his family's farm in Roachdale in Putnam County, Indiana, 30 miles west of Indianapolis. His mother died when he was a young boy, and his father remarried. Davis had six siblings: an older brother, Harold, three half brothers and two half sisters, including Hollingsworth. The brothers have died. His other half-sister, Hazel Priest, 81, lives in Victoria, Texas, and several nieces and nephews live in Texas, Ohio and Indiana.

Hollingsworth said Tom Davis, of Victoria, a 57-year-old machinist who was named after his uncle, will likely get the dog tag.
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The red star painted on this B-52 represents a kill in combat over the skies of Vietnam. The tail gunner shot down a MIG fighter jet that was trying shoot down the bomber. The gunner was awarded the Silver Star for the action. This was also the only time anyone has ever shot down a fighter jet using a .50 cal heavy machine gun in combat.

The bomber is at Fairchild Air Force Base in WA state.
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Navy SEAL receives Medal of Honor


WASHINGTON – It was react or die.

That’s how Navy SEAL Edward C. Byers Jr. described the night of Dec. 8, 2012, when his unit rescued Dr. Dilip Joseph from the Taliban deep in the remote mountains of eastern Afghanistan.

Byers was the second SEAL through the door of a tiny, one-room building where Joseph was held hostage. As bullets zipped across the room, Byers leaped on top the doctor, using his own body armor to shield the captive as his fellow SEALs exchanged gun fire with enemy fighters.

“Anyone who has been in combat knows that in those moments you either react or you get killed,” Byers said in a Navy video released Friday.

As Byers protected Joseph, he spotted an AK-47-wielding Taliban guard just inches away. He continued to shield Joseph with his body as he grabbed the gunman by the throat, pinning him to a wall long enough for another SEAL to shoot him dead.

For his actions during that rescue in the Qarghah’i District of Laghman Province, President Barack Obama will present Byers, now a senior chief petty officer, with the Medal of Honor at the White House on Monday.

Byers, 36, learned in December that he would receive the nation’s highest honor for military valor. Yet, he insists he’s not a hero.

The heroes are his fellow SEALs, especially the ones killed in the line of duty, Byers said. That includes his good friend Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas Checque, who was mortally wounded serving as the point man on that rescue mission in December 2012. The 28-year-old Checque was the first man through the door during the rescue of Joseph and was shot just after sprinting into the building where the doctor was being held.

“Nic embodied exactly what it is to be an American hero,” Byers said in the video. “He will forever be remembered in the pages of history for the sacrifices that he made.”

The mission

It was an especially cold night, Byers recalled.

The small team of the U.S. military’s most elite special operators navigated difficult terrain, hiking more than four hours on a “no-fail mission” to retrieve Joseph, who along with two Afghans had been captured by the Taliban outside Kabul on Dec. 5. Joseph was in Afghanistan to establish medical facilities through Colorado-based nonprofit Morning Star Development.

“Success of the rescue operation relied upon surprise, speed, and aggressive action,” states Byers’ Medal of Honor citation. “Trading personal security for speed of action was inherent to the success of this rescue mission. Each assaulter in the rescue force volunteered for this operation with full appreciation for the risks they were to undertake.”

Under the cover of night, the SEALs approached within about 75 feet of the structure where Joseph was being held. That’s when an armed guard spotted the force. Checque sprinted forward, killing the guard and entering the compound. Byers was steps behind him.

Inside, Byers killed two armed Taliban fighters before identifying Joseph and shielding him from harm.

Once outside, Byers, a medic, turned his attention to Checque, spending the 40-minute flight back to Bagram Airfield trying to resuscitate his friend. But Checque was declared dead at the American base.

There is no doubt that Byers is deserving of the Medal of Honor, Navy officials have said.

“Senior Chief Ed Byers’ actions on the battlefield reflect the highest ideals of our profession: bravery, selfless dedication to duty, and above all, the highest level of commitment to protect the lives of others and the freedom for which our nation stands,” said Rear Admiral Brian Losey, Commander Naval Special Warfare. “We are humbled by Senior Chief Byers’ incredible example of service, and are proud to call him teammate.”

Joseph, who through an assistant declined an interview request from Stars and Stripes, issued a prepared statement that thanked Byers and the SEALs for saving him. Joseph was not expected to attend the ceremony Monday.

“I am extremely happy to hear that Senior Chief Byers is receiving the Medal of Honor. Byers and his team are examples of courage, bravery and heroism,” Joseph said in the statement. “I am so grateful for their dedication for rescuing me as well as bringing security to the Afghan people and to those who desire to see peace and prosperity in this region. On behalf of my family and I, congratulations for this momentous achievement to Senior Chief Byers and the whole team.”

The honoree

On Monday, Byers will become just the sixth Navy SEAL in history to be awarded the Medal of Honor. He’ll be the 11th living American servicemember to receive the medal for actions in Afghanistan.

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Byers grew up in nearby Tontogany, a tiny, rural town where he would graduate from Otsego High School in 1997. About a year later, he enlisted in the Navy as a hospital corpsman, serving in Navy and Marine Corps units until he became a SEAL in 2003.

Byers is already a highly-decorated sailor. He served 11 overseas deployments including nine combat tours, fighting multiple times in Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s been awarded the Bronze Star with “V” device for combat valor five times as well as two Purple Hearts and two Combat Action Ribbons.


While the Navy has not officially identified the unit that Byers serves with now, he has served in several East Coast-based special warfare teams. Various media reports have identified the unit that carried out the raid to save Joseph as the Navy’s highly secretive and most elite outfit, SEAL Team 6.

Byers had long hoped to become a SEAL.

“To be a Navy SEAL means you have to be incredibly resilient,” Byers said. “You have to be hardworking. They’re the toughest men on the face of this planet. Any mission their given they will succeed at it, and ultimately they are our brothers who if they have to, they’ll die for you.”

Some people in Tontogany knew Byers was serving as a SEAL, but they were unaware of the type of missions he carried out. As word spread early this month he would receive the Medal of Honor, a buzz grew throughout his hometown and high school.

“It was total excitement,” said Cheryl Jones, a health and physical education teacher at Otsego High who taught Byers as a freshman and sophomore. “It was spine-tingling. To think about the mission he went on – all the missions he’s been on – the sacrifices he has made and the courage he’s had on those missions. Wow. It is just amazing. Really amazing.”

The school plans to honor Byers, Jones said. On Monday, all of the teachers at the about 500-student school plan to show the ceremony in their classes.

“We have been telling students about Eddie, that he was a student here,” Jones said. “He walked these halls, and look what he’s accomplished. We want our students to see that even people from right here can do amazing things with hard work and dedication.”

Jones recalled Byers as a quiet kid. He did what he was asked to do and always did so with respect for his teachers, she said.

“What stuck out about him was that he was a really kind young man,” his former teacher said. “He really, truly was a good kid, a great guy.”

Byers said the Medal of Honor is an honor and humbling. Active Navy SEALs are rarely seen or heard from, but the award – the first Medal of Honor to a living SEAL since the Vietnam War -- has suddenly thrust Byers into the spotlight.

“I’m going to be a representative for the Navy and the Navy Special Warfare community, and there’s a weight that that carries with it,” Byers said. “And that weight is the sacrifices that everybody has made within this community. Guys like Nic Checque and all our other brothers who have fallen. It’s an affirmation, once again, of the job that we do and an appreciation for the job that we do.”

Byers plans to continue to work as a special operator as long as he can.

“I’m going to continue being a SEAL, and I’m going to take whatever job or mission is next for me and just continue doing that,” he said. “… I still love what I do, and as long as I still love what I do I’m going to continue doing it.”
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One of my good friends who was KIA in Iraq in 2006. SSG Flint was my assistant gunner in Hawaii. We served in Egypt as well on a peacekeeping mission before 9-11. He was one helluva soldier.
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SSG Pickett was another good friend KIA in Iraq in 2008. We served together in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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SGT. Allen was KIA in Iraq 2006. And he was another good friend of mine. We served in Afghanistan and Iraq.
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