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Old 01-06-2017, 12:18 AM   #141
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Woodrow W. Keeble
2008: First Sioux to receive the Medal of Honor

Master Sgt. Woodrow Keeble is one of the most decorated Soldiers in North Dakota history. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he was born in 1917 in Waubay, S.D., on the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux Reservation, which extended into North Dakota. He spent most of his life in the Wahpeton, N.D. area, where he attended an Indian school. In 1942 Keeble joined the North Dakota National Guard, and in October of that year, found himself embroiled in some of the fiercest hand-to-hand combat of World War II on Guadalcanal.

During the final allied offensive of the Korean War, Keeble risked his life to save his fellow Soldiers. On Oct. 20, 1951, he was an acting platoon leader for the support platoon in Company G, 19th Infantry, in the attack on Hill 765, a steep and rugged position that was well defended by the enemy. When the attacking elements had become pinned down by heavy enemy fire, Keeble conducted a one-man assault, crawling through heavy enemy fire to throw grenades and destroy three well-fortified and strategically-placed enemy positions. Inspired by his courage, Company G successfully moved forward and seized its important objective.

For actions in combat, Keeble received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Keeble became the first full-blooded Sioux Indian to receive the Medal of Honor during a White House ceremony, March 3, 2008.
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Master Sergeant Woodrow W. Keeble distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy near Sangsan-ni, Korea, on October 20, 1951. On that day, Master Sergeant Keeble was an acting platoon leader for the support platoon in Company G, 19th Infantry, in the attack on Hill 765, a steep and rugged position that was well defended by the enemy. Leading the support platoon, Master Sergeant Keeble saw that the attacking elements had become pinned down on the slope by heavy enemy fire from three well-fortified and strategically placed enemy positions. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Master Sergeant Keeble dashed forward and joined the pinned-down platoon. Then, hugging the ground, Master Sergeant Keeble crawled forward alone until he was in close proximity to one of the hostile machine-gun emplacements. Ignoring the heavy fire that the crew trained on him, Master Sergeant Keeble activated a grenade and threw it with great accuracy, successfully destroying the position. Continuing his one-man assault, he moved to the second enemy position and destroyed it with another grenade. Despite the fact that the enemy troops were now directing their firepower against him and unleashing a shower of grenades in a frantic attempt to stop his advance, he moved forward against the third hostile emplacement, and skillfully neutralized the remaining enemy position. As his comrades moved forward to join him, Master Sergeant Keeble continued to direct accurate fire against nearby trenches, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. Inspired by his courage, Company G successfully moved forward and seized its important objective. The extraordinary courage, selfless service, and devotion to duty displayed that day by Master Sergeant Keeble was an inspiration to all around him and reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

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Elmer A. Addington , Jr.

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Distinguished Flying Cross


Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant Elmer A. Addington, Jr. (MCSN: 0-23835), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight from 2 July 1945 to 25 July 1945. First Lieutenant Addington completed twenty flights in a combat area where enemy anti-aircraft fire was expected to be effective or where enemy aircraft patrols usually occurred. His conduct throughout has distinguished him among those performing duties of the same character.

Action Date: July 2 - 25, 1945

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: First Lieutenant

Battalion: Marine Bombing Squadron 612 (VMB-612)
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John W. Steele
Date of birth: April 11, 1917
Home of record: Bibb County Alabama
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 Sergeant First Class John W. Steele (ASN: RA-34100759), United States Army, for gallantry in action as a member of Company K, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in action against the enemy on the morning of 11 July 1950 near Chochiwon, Korea. Sergeant Steele was the weapons platoon sergeant of Company K and as such was inspecting platoon positions when the enemy attacked from the left flank. The position was held until the enemy further flanked and set up four machineguns and began inflicting heavy casualties on Company K. The order to withdraw came and even though Sergeant Steele realized it meant death he calmly walked through his platoon positions while under automatic weapons, rifle and mortar fire encouraging, directing and assisting his men in the withdrawal. In this effort Sergeant Steele was killed. His actions reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 51 (July 22, 1950)

Action Date: July 11, 1950

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant First Class

Company: Company K

Regiment: 21st Infantry Regiment

Division: 24th Infantry Division
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Burton Hale Shepherd
Date of birth: November 11, 1927
Home of record: Kansas City Kansas

Burton Shepherd retired as a U.S. Navy Rear Admiral.
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Navy Cross


Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Commander Burton Hale Shepherd (NSN: 0-507539), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in aerial flight on 26 October 1967 as Commander, Attack Carrier Air Wing SIXTEEN (CVW-16), embarked in U.S.S. ORISKANY (CVA-34). As the strike leader of an eighteen-plane strike group launched against the strategically located and heavily defended Hanoi thermal power plant in North Vietnam, Commander Shepherd, although hampered by adverse weather conditions en route, maintained the precise timing necessary to properly execute the intricate strike plan. Skillfully maneuvering to avoid the numerous tracking missiles and intense and accurate barrages of 57-mm. and 85-mm. flak, he led the strike group to the optimum roll-in point and then aggressively pressed home his attack, releasing all bombs on target. Egressing from the target area in a hail of enemy fire, he retired to the relative safety of the Karst Hills and checked in his strike group. After proceeding expeditiously to the coast to refuel, Commander Shepherd returned to an area south of the target to search for one of his missing strike pilots. Continuing the search for more than an hour over enemy terrain in the face of the most concentrated enemy fire in North Vietnam, he finally returned to the coast after reaching a low fuel state. By his aggressive leadership, professional airmanship, and determination, Commander Shepherd contributed in large measure to the destruction of this major target, and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Action Date: 26-Oct-67

Service: Navy

Rank: Commander

Regiment: Attack Carrier Air Wing 16 (CVW-16)

Division: U.S.S. Oriskany (CVA-34)
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WWII vet, 102, receives high school diploma, overdue medals



BUFFALO, N.Y. — A 102-year-old World War II veteran who served with Canadian and American forces and survived captivity by the Nazis has received his high school diploma and overdue medals.



Sydney Cole dropped out of his Buffalo, New York, high school in the 1930s. Rejected by the U.S. Army Air Corps before America entered the war, Cole headed across the border and joined the Canadian Royal Air Force.



He was discharged after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and joined the U.S. Army in 1943.



Cole was piloting an artillery observation plane during the Battle of the Bulge when he was shot down in early 1945. He spent the next four months in a German POW camp.



Cole received his diploma Friday and 10 medals, including a Purple Heart and Bronze Medal.
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US astronaut John Glenn is buried with military honors

April 6, 2017

Washington (AFP) - US flags worldwide were ordered flown at half-staff on Thursday as astronaut John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, was laid to rest with military honors.
Glenn died in December 2016 at the age of 95, after a long career that included serving as a Marine fighter pilot, a NASA astronaut and a US senator.

His five-hour solo orbit around Earth in 1962 established Glenn as an American pioneer. A year earlier, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin had become the first human in space and orbited the planet.
In 1998, Glenn made history again when he returned to space at the age of 77, becoming the oldest astronaut in space.
Glenn's casket, draped in a US flag covered in plastic to protect it from pouring rain, was pulled on a horse-drawn carriage through Arlington National Cemetery just outside Washington.
More than 400,000 service members, veterans and their families are buried at the nation's premier military cemetery in Virginia overlooking the US capital.
US president John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, his brother and Democratic presidential candidate -- both of them assassinated -- are among the most famous people buried there.
A Marine Corps honor guard folded the flag and presented it to his 97-year-old widow Annie.
Glenn was laid to rest on what would have been their 74th wedding anniversary.
President Donald Trump ordered all flags at government buildings in the United States and abroad to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sundown "as a mark of respect for the memory of John Glenn."
A number of astronauts, including those who perished in the space shuttle Columbia and Challenger disasters, are buried at the cemetery.
Glenn's grave is not far from those of his astronaut colleagues Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Roger Chaffee, who were killed in a fire aboard the Apollo 1 capsule in 1967.
"Senator Glenn was more than an astronaut -- he was the hero we needed in a rapidly changing world and an icon of our American spirit," said NASA administrator Robert Lightfoot in a statement.

"We will never forget him."

Semper Fi, Marine. Rest in peace.
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Joseph G. Lemm
Date of death: December 21, 2015
Home of record: New York New York
Status: KIA





Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror


The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" (Posthumously) to Technical Sergeant Joseph G. Lemm, United States Air Force, for heroism as the Tactical Security Element Squad leader, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, 455th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, while engaged in operations against an opposing armed force at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, on 21 December 2015. On that date, in support of Operations INHERENT RESOLVE, FREEDOM'S SENTINEL, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's RESOLUTE SUPPORT mission, Sergeant Lemm was conducting outside the wire human intelligence operations. As the lead for the Blue Team Security Element, during the exfiltration of an Operation Sentinel Eagle outside the wire patrol, he courageously placed himself in harm's way to u8ltimately protect the members of his fellow Gold Team Security Element from a motorcycle borne improvised explosive device. While deliberately executing a dismounted patrol in the Bajawri village, approximately six kilometers north of Bagram Airfield, he was directly responsible for the safety and security of five fellow Security Forces Airmen, five Office of Special Investigation Agents and two linguists. As he tactically maneuvered his fire team into an overwatch position, his dismounted team was approached by a suicide Taliban terrorist operating an explosive-laden motorcycle. The suicide bomber subsequently made a sudden erratic stop, which positioned his explosive laden motorcycle within 15 feet of both the Blue and Gold security teams. Sergeant Lemm, with selfless disregard for his own personal safety, heroically placed himself between his fellow team members and the terrorist's motorcycle. As a result of his heroic actions, he provided immediate cover for two of his fellow defenders, which were approximately 10 feet behind his immediate position. As Sergeant Lemm maneuvered into tactical security fighting position, the suicide bomber cowardly detonated his deadly explosive device, which mortally wounded him and five of his fellow Airmen. His incredible heroic positioning resulted in his own selfless exposure to the brunt of the deadly blast. Sergeant Lemm's courageous sacrifice shielded and safeguarded two of his team members, which inevitably ensured their ultimate safety and survival. By his heroic actions and unselfish dedication to duty in the service of his country, Sergeant Lemm has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
General Orders: Department of the Air Force, Special Order G-06163 (December 28, 2015)

Action Date: December 21, 2015

Service: Air Force

Rank: Technical Sergeant
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Allan Jay Kellogg , Jr.
Date of birth: October 1, 1943
Date of death: Still Living
Place of Birth: Connecticut, Bethel
Home of record: Bridgeport Connecticut


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 Gunnery Sergeant Allan Jay Kellogg, Jr. (MCSN: 1927666), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a platoon sergeant with Company G, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with combat operations against the enemy on the night of 11 March 1970 in Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam. Under the leadership of Gunnery Sergeant Kellogg, a small unit from Company G was evacuating a fallen comrade when the unit came under a heavy volume of small arms and automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior enemy force occupying well-concealed emplacements in the surrounding jungle. During the ensuing fierce engagement, an enemy soldier managed to maneuver through the dense foliage to a position near the Marines, and hurled a hand grenade into their midst which glanced off the chest of Gunnery Sergeant Kellogg. Quick to act, he forced the grenade into the mud in which he was standing, threw himself over the lethal weapon and absorbed the full effects of its detonation with his body thereby preventing serious injury or possible death to several of his fellow Marines. Although suffering multiple injuries to his chest and his right shoulder and arm, Gunnery Sergeant Kellogg resolutely continued to direct the efforts of his men until all were able to maneuver to the relative safety of the company perimeter. By his heroic and decisive action in risking his life to save the lives of his comrades, Gunnery Sergeant Kellogg reflected the highest credit upon himself and upheld the finest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Action Date: March 11, 1970

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Gunnery Sergeant

Company: Company G

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 5th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
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Vietnam vet who died Christmas Eve is finally laid to rest

Vietnam vet who died Christmas Eve is finally laid to rest


RALEIGH, N.C. — When a Vietnam War veteran died Christmas Eve with no family nearby, a community of veterans, a friend and military supporters in North Carolina stepped up to make sure he was finally laid to rest with military honors.


They ensured that Phillip "Flip" Drye's military paperwork, delayed by last winter's government shutdown, arrived. A funeral home covered burial expenses. The Army provided soldiers to fold the U.S. flag and play taps. And more than 100 veterans and others, many of them strangers, attended the service Wednesday at Salisbury National Cemetery.


A roommate had found Drye dead of a probable heart attack about 4 a.m. Dec. 24 at his home in Concord, said Drye's longtime friend, Mark Blackwelder of Concord.


Blackwelder, 56, was 13 years old when he met Drye, who was 11 years older. "He was more of a father and mentor to me than my own father," he said in a phone interview Friday.


They shared a Cherokee heritage and enjoyed hunting for arrowheads. His friend was known as "Flip" because, as a child, he was unable to pronounce "Phillip" or "Phil," and his efforts sounded like "Flip."

Linn-Honeycutt Funeral Home paid for all the burial costs for Drye, an Army medic who received the Bronze Service Star, according to his discharge papers.


"We've always taken care of those that have taken care of us," said Robert Branum, the funeral home's general manager. That's the policy of the company that owns Linn-Honeycutt and about 2,000 other funeral homes and cemeteries.


Branum said the 35-day government shutdown, which began Dec. 22 and ended Jan. 25, bogged down Drye's military paperwork, thus delaying the funeral.

The funeral home staff reached out to various organizations, including military motorcycle groups, to attend the funeral. The Salisbury Post reported that motorcycles rumbled as the Catawba Patriot Riders and Combat Veteran Riders from Fayetteville led the procession. Three Freightliner “Ride of Pride” trucks followed the motorcyclists.

Drye, who held the rank of specialist 4, didn't like to talk about Vietnam, Blackwelder said. He was divorced and had no children, he said. "I was basically his family, and I received the flag," Blackwelder said. "I was his best friend. I always took care of him."


Drye's rented home "out in the country" was old but livable, he said. Blackwelder was there often to drive Drye to doctors' appointments, he said.


And when Blackwelder's wife died three years ago, Drye was there for him.


“He was a really good man,” Blackwelder said. “He was totally a giver.”

Rest in peace, soldier.
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DATE OF BIRTH: February 1, 1922

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Ruston, Louisiana

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Guy Bordelon was an Eagle Scout, who attended pre-law classes at Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, before attending Louisiana State College. He earned his wings in 1943, but was assigned state-side throughout the war, failing to get an opportunity for aerial combat. After the war he received a regular commission in the U.S. Navy. Lieutenant Bordelon was the Navy's first prop ace in Korea, the only Navy ace in Korea, and the only night ace in Korea. Before he retired, Bordelon served on the staff of Commander, Task Force 140, supporting Apollo recovery missions. He died in December 2002.


Navy Cross

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Service: Navy

Battalion: Fighting Squadron 152 (VF-152)

Division: U.S.S. Princeton (CVS-37)

GENERAL ORDERS:

Commander 7th Fleet: Serial 1487 (July 24, 1953)

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Guy Pierre Bordelon (NSN: 0-278231), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Pilot of a night fighter plane in Fighting Squadron ONE HUNDRED FIFTY-TWO (VF-152), embarked in U.S.S. PRINCETON (CVS-37), in action against enemy aggressor forces in the vicinity of Seoul, Korea, on 17 July 1953. While flying a night mission, Lieutenant Bordelon intercepted and destroyed a Communist night intruder aircraft bringing to a total of five such aircraft he has destroyed recently, thereby becoming the first Navy pilot to achieve such a record during the Korean War. For many months the enemy has conducted a series of night air raids which constituted a serious threat in the thickly populated area of Seoul, and Lieutenant Bordelon's actions have assisted materially in the removal of this threat. He exhibited superior ability and airmanship by maneuvering his plane into an attack position which enabled him to destroy the enemy aircraft. His conspicuous gallantry, fearless aggressiveness and unparalleled performance in pressing home vigorous and superbly executed attacks contributed directly to the successful accomplishment of his assigned mission. By his outstanding professional skill and great personal courage, Lieutenant Bordelon's accomplishments represent an important increase in the night security of friendly forces. His conduct throughout reflects great credit upon himself and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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(American) Unknown Soldier of the Korean War


Medal of Honor


AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Korean War

Service: Army



GENERAL ORDERS:

Approved August 31, 1957, Public Law 85-25, Eighty-fifth Congress


CITATION:

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 Korean 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 during the Korean War. Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America assembled, That the President is hereby authorized and directed to award, in the name of Congress, a Medal of Honor to the unknown American who lost his life while serving overseas in the Armed Forces of the United States during the Korean War, and who will lie buried in the Memorial Amphitheater of the National Cemetery at Arlington, Virginia, as authorized by the Act of 3 August 1956, Public Law 975, Eighty-fourth Congress.
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DATE OF BIRTH: June 2, 1934

PLACE OF BIRTH:

Spokane, Washington

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Medal of Honor


AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War

Service: Army

Battalion: 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment

Division: 4th Infantry Division


GENERAL ORDERS:

Department of the Army, General Orders No. 52 (August 8, 1967)



CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Platoon Sergeant Bruce Alan Grandstaff (ASN: RA-56240242), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces in Pleiku Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 18 May 1967. Platoon Sergeant Grandstaff distinguished himself while leading the Weapons Platoon, Company B, on a reconnaissance mission near the Cambodian border. His platoon was advancing through intermittent enemy contact when it was struck by heavy small arms and automatic weapons fire from three sides. As he established a defensive perimeter, Platoon Sergeant Grandstaff noted that several of his men had been struck down. He raced 30 meters through the intense fire to aid them but could only save one. Denied freedom to maneuver his unit by the intensity of the enemy onslaught, he adjusted artillery to within 45 meters of his position. When helicopter gunships arrived, he crawled outside the defensive position to mark the location with smoke grenades. Realizing his first marker was probably ineffective, he crawled to another location and threw his last smoke grenade but the smoke did not penetrate the jungle foliage. Seriously wounded in the leg during this effort he returned to his radio and, refusing medical aid, adjusted the artillery even closer as the enemy advanced on his position. Recognizing the need for additional firepower, he again braved the enemy fusillade, crawled to the edge of his position and fired several magazines of tracer ammunition through the jungle canopy. He succeeded in designating the location to the gunships but this action again drew the enemy fire and he was wounded in the other leg. Now enduring intense pain and bleeding profusely, he crawled to within ten meters of an enemy machinegun which had caused many casualties among his men. He destroyed the position with hand grenades but received additional wounds. Rallying his remaining men to withstand the enemy assaults, he realized his position was being overrun and asked for artillery directly on his location. He fought until mortally wounded by an enemy rocket. Although every man in the platoon was a casualty, survivors attest to the indomitable spirit and exceptional courage of this outstanding combat leader who inspired his men to fight courageously against overwhelming odds and cost the enemy heavy casualties. Platoon Sergeant Grandstaff's selfless gallantry, above and beyond the call of duty, are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.
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George Everett "Bud" Day

DATE OF BIRTH: February 24, 1925

PLACE OF BIRTH:

Sioux City, Iowa

HOME OF RECORD:

Sioux City, Iowa

Colonel "Bud" Day served 30 months in the South Pacific during WW II as an enlisted member with the US Marine Corps. He served as an Army reservist, and Army guardsman between WW II and Korea, and then in the Air Force during the Vietnam War (3 different services over the span of 3 different wars.) After being shot down on August 26, 1967, and serving 7 years in captivity, Colonel Day was repatriated in 1973. He is the only man to earn BOTH the Medal of Honor and the Air Force Cross. A recipient of virtually every other available combat decoration, he is widely considered the most decorated Airman in history. His autobiography is titled "Return With Honor" and he later expanded upon that book in a second autobiography titled "Duty, Honor, Country."


Medal of Honor

AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War

Service: Air Force

Battalion: Misty Super FAC's F-100 Squadron

Division: Prisoner of War (North Vietnam)

GENERAL ORDERS:

GB-180, March 22, 1976

CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Colonel [then Major] George Everett "Bud" Day (AFSN: 0-49555), United States Air Force, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty a Pilot of Misty Super FAC's F-100 Squadron, held as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. On 26 August 1967, Colonel Day was forced to eject from his aircraft over North Vietnam when it was hit by ground fire. His right arm was broken in three places, and his left knee was badly sprained. He was immediately captured by hostile forces and taken to a prison camp where he was interrogated and severely tortured. After causing the guards to relax their vigilance, Colonel Day escaped into the jungle and began the trek toward South Vietnam. Despite injuries inflicted by fragments of a bomb or rocket, he continued southward surviving only on a few berries and uncooked frogs. He successfully evaded enemy patrols and reached the Ben Hai River, where he encountered U.S. artillery barrages. With the aid of a bamboo log float, Colonel Day swam across the river and entered the demilitarized zone. Due to delirium, he lost his sense of direction and wandered aimlessly for several days. After several unsuccessful attempts to signal U.S. aircraft, he was ambushed and recaptured by the Viet Cong, sustaining gunshot wounds to his left hand and thigh. He was returned to the prison from which he had escaped and later was moved to Hanoi after giving his captors false information to questions put before him. Physically, Colonel Day was totally debilitated and unable to perform even the simplest task for himself. Despite his many injuries, he continued to offer maximum resistance. His personal bravery in the face of deadly enemy pressure was significant in saving the lives of fellow aviators who were still flying against the enemy. Colonel Day's conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Armed Forces.
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DATE OF BIRTH: June 2, 1928


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Kalispell, Montana


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Navy Cross


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Service: Navy

Division: 1st Marine Division (Reinforced)

GENERAL ORDERS:


CITATION:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Hospital Corpsman Third Class Charles Edward Pope (NSN: 5550552), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving with a Marine infantry company of the FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in Korea on 22 February 1953. Serving as a Corpsman, Hospital Corpsman Third Class Pope displayed incredible courage and devotion to duty. He was a member of a combat patrol operating far forward of the main line of resistance when it was subjected to murderous hostile mortar and artillery fire and several casualties were sustained. Expressing complete disregard for his personal safety, he courageously traversed the entire area rendering first aid to his injured comrades. Although painfully wounded during the initial phase of the action, he gallantly disregarded his condition and continued his intrepid movements. Ignoring suggestions to take cover and despite his weakened condition, he never faltered in his devotion to his comrades. While moving forward to aid a stricken Marine, he collapsed, mortally wounded, gallantly giving his life for his country. Hospital Corpsman Third Class Pope's unparalleled display of courage together with his selfless devotion to his comrades served as an inspiration to all who observed him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
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DATE OF BIRTH: 26-Mar-84

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Orlando, Florida

HOME OF RECORD:

Florida



Bronze Star

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DURING Global War on Terror

Service: Air Force

Rank: Airman First Class

Division: 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, United States Central Command Air Forces

GENERAL ORDERS:


CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Executive Order 11046, 24 August 1962, takes pride in presenting the Bronze Star Medal (Posthumously) to Airman First Class Elizabeth N. Jacobson, United States Air Force, for meritorious achievement as a Gun Truck Crew Served Weapons Operator for Convoy Operations, 586th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, 386th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, 386th Air Expeditionary Wing, United States Central Command Air Forces, while engaged in ground operations against an opposing armed force at Camp Bucca, Iraq on 28 September 2005. On that date while providing lead security on a convoy mission to Navistar on the border of Iraq and Kuwait, her vehicle was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device. Airman Jacobson gave her life in the defense of our nation and for the Freedom of the people of Iraq. By her heroic actions and unselfish dedication to duty in the service of her country, Airman Jacobson has reflected great credit upon herself and the United States Air Force.
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DATE OF BIRTH: December 7, 1978

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Fairbanks, Alaska

HOME OF RECORD:

Spokane, Washington



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Medal of Honor


AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Global War on Terror

Service: Army

Division: 1st Special Forces

GENERAL ORDERS:


CITATION:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Ronald J. Shurer, II, United States Army. Staff Sergeant Shurer distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on April 6, 2008, while serving as a Senior Medical Sergeant, Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 3336, Special Operations Task Force-33, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sergeant Shurer was part of an assault element inserted by helicopter into a location in Afghanistan. As the assault element moved up a near vertical mountain toward its objective, it was engaged by fierce enemy machine gun, sniper, and rocket-propelled grenade fire. The lead portion of the assault element, which included the ground commander, sustained several casualties and became pinned down on the mountainside. Staff Sergeant Shurer and the rest of the trailing portion of the assault element were likewise engaged by enemy machine gun, sniper, and rocket-propelled grenade fire. As the attack intensified, Staff Sergeant Shurer braved enemy fire to move to an injured Soldier and treat his wounds. Having stabilized the injured Soldier, Staff Sergeant Shurer then learned of the casualties among the lead element. Staff Sergeant Shurer fought his way up the mountainside, under intense enemy fire, to the lead element’s location. Upon reaching the lead element, he treated and stabilized two more Soldiers. Finishing those lifesaving efforts, Staff Sergeant Shurer noticed two additional severely wounded Soldiers under intense enemy fire. The bullet that had wounded one of these Soldiers had also impacted Staff Sergeant Shurer’s helmet. With complete disregard for his own life, Staff Sergeant Shurer again moved through enemy fire to treat and stabilize one Soldier’s severely wounded arm. Shortly thereafter, Staff Sergeant Shurer continued to brave withering enemy fire to get to the other Soldier’s location in order to treat his lower leg, which had been almost completely severed by a high-caliber sniper round. After treating the Soldier, Staff Sergeant Shurer began to evacuate the wounded; carrying and lowering them down the sheer mountainside. While moving down the mountain, Staff Sergeant Shurer used his own body to shield the wounded from enemy fire and debris caused by danger-close air strikes. Reaching the base of the mountain, Staff Sergeant Shurer set up a casualty collection point and continued to treat the wounded. With the arrival of the medical evacuation helicopter, Staff Sergeant Shurer, again under enemy fire, helped load the wounded into the helicopter. Having ensured the safety of the wounded, Staff Sergeant Shurer then regained control of his commando squad and rejoined the fight. He continued to lead his troops and emplace security elements until it was time to move to the evacuation landing zone for the helicopter. Staff Sergeant Shurer’s actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan, Special Operations Command Central, and the United States Army.
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