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November 10, 1981

Posted in Amazing with tags , , , , on November 9, 2011 by spikestl

Corporal Jason L. Dunham

Cpl. Dunham was born on November 10, 1981.
Coincidently the same day as the Marine Corps Birthday.
He was born and raised in Scio, New York.
On April 14, 2004 Dunham and his squad intercepted multiple cars near the area were his battalion commander’s convoy came under attack. Dunham’s squad was searching for weapons used in the attack, when Dunham discovered an AK-47, a man began attacking the Marines in order to flee. Dunham used Hand to Hand Combat tactics to subdue the man. During this the man dropped a hand grenade. immediately Dunham took off his helmet and put in on the grenade and laid on the helmet to absorb the blast, in doing this he saved the lives of 2 fellow Marines, He was sent to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He died 8 days later.

Awards

Medal of Honor
Purple Heart
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal /w 1 Service Star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Navy Sea Service Ribbon
Namesake of USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109)

Teen Punished for Honoring Military

Posted in Cool Beans, FAIL with tags , on June 13, 2011 by spikestl

Medal of Honor: Sgt. Leroy Petry (second living recipient in Afghan war)

Posted in Amazing with tags , on June 9, 2011 by spikestl

Memorial Day, May 30, 2011

Posted in Liberty with tags , on May 26, 2011 by spikestl

Choking back tears, Christian Golczynski accepted the flag from his father’s casket. Photographer Aaron Thompson described this moment as “the most emotionally moving event I may have ever witnessed and may ever witness in my life.”

On March 27, just a few weeks before Marc Golczynski was to return home from his second tour in Iraq — one he volunteered for — he was shot on patrol and killed by enemy fire in al-Aanbar province.

During a moment at the burial, Christian stepped forward to receive the flag for his father. The expression of grief on his young face was captured in a photo and became a powerful symbol for soldiers, their families and anyone who sees it.

When asked about his dad, Christian said, “He was a hero. He helped our country.”

Real Hero’s

Posted in Cool Beans with tags , on May 3, 2011 by spikestl

Wisconsin Capitol Squatters disrespect the Veterans Memorial

Posted in FAIL with tags , on February 27, 2011 by spikestl

H/T Ann Althouse

Happy 100th Birthday, President Reagan

Posted in Amazing, Cool Beans with tags , , , , on February 6, 2011 by spikestl

Christmas Homecoming, Lambert Airport/St. Louis USO.

Posted in Cool Beans with tags , , , on December 16, 2010 by spikestl

ATTENTION All Patriotic St. Louis Area residents
Airport Rally to Greet Our Soldiers

Sunday, December 19, 2010.
Any time between 7am and 11am
Lambert International Airport / St. Louis USO
(Main Terminal, Lower Level)
Please feel free to come and go as your schedule permits any time between 7am and 11am
special thanks to organizers Cynthia Rice and Robin Waymire!

H/T Judy Sofka

Pearl Harbor Tribute December 7, 1941

Posted in My Thoughts with tags , , on December 6, 2010 by spikestl

The Good Side of War

Posted in Amazing with tags , , , , on December 3, 2010 by spikestl

I’ll Never Forget when this happened to me in march of 1992.

St. Louis Veterans Day Parade, 11/06/2010

Posted in Cool Beans with tags , on November 6, 2010 by spikestl

Click on pics to see full size.





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God Save our Heroes

Posted in Liberty, My Thoughts with tags , , , , on September 29, 2010 by spikestl


Turn it up & full screen.

Respectable Wall Street Journal Article Can’t Resist dig at Glenn Beck.

Posted in politics with tags , , , on August 31, 2010 by spikestl

Glenn Beck’s Happy Warriors

Read the Full Article Here;
Wall Street Journal
By JAMES FREEMAN
Washington, D.C.

Mr. Beck is a television host and radio broadcaster with a checkered past and a penchant for incendiary remarks. But if he’s judged by the quality of people of all colors that he attracted to the Lincoln Memorial, his stock can’t help but rise.

One would not be able to find a more polite crowd at a political convention, certainly not at a professional sporting event, probably not even at an opera. In fact, judging by the behavior of the attendees following the event, you’d have a tough time finding churches in which people display more patience as others make their way to the exits.

This army of well-mannered folks that marched into Washington seemed comprised mainly of people who had once marched in the U.S. Army or other military branch, or at least had a family member who had. Perhaps that’s not surprising, given that the event was a fund-raiser for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides scholarships to the children of elite troops killed in the performance of their duty. The day was largely devoted to expressions of gratitude for the sacrifices of U.S. soldiers, for great men of American history like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and for God.

But it didn’t end there. Dave Roever, a Vietnam veteran, offered a closing prayer in which he thanked the Lord for the president and for the Congress. Despite the unpopularity of the latter two, no booing or catcalls could be heard.

Not only was the rally akin to a “huge church picnic” (in one Journal reporter’s description), but one had to wonder if the over-achievers in this crowd actually left the area in better shape than they found it.

After the event, walking from the Lincoln Memorial’s reflecting pool through Constitution Gardens, this reporter scanned 360 degrees and could not see a scrap of trash anywhere. Participants and volunteers had collected all their refuse and left it piled neatly in bags around the public garbage cans. Near Constitution Avenue, I did encounter one stray piece of paper—but too old and faded to have been left that day.

“That’s what we do. We’re Americans.”

Posted in Cool Beans with tags , , on August 27, 2010 by spikestl

Thanks to Caroline Mueller ‎

140 lbs of Stars and Stripes

Posted in Cool Beans with tags , , on July 28, 2010 by spikestl

This is the largest American flag I’ve ever seen.