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Old 01-06-2017, 01:18 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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