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  • (Video) Vietnam Vet Hated By His Math Students. Boy They Were Wrong.

    04/07/2014 11:11:26 AM PDT · by AmericanAndProud1989 · 18 replies
    <p>This is a pretty awesome post I saw on the American Military News website. These students thought their teacher was horribly miserable and then one of them found something out about him. Greatly inspiring about a guy who still serves his community!</p>
  • The WWII Hero America Abandoned

    03/21/2014 9:33:57 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 19 replies
    Daily Beast via Yahoo News ^ | 3/21/14 | Megan McCloskey
    U.S. Army Private First Class Lawrence S. Gordon—killed in Normandy in 1944, then mistakenly buried as a German soldier—will soon be going home to his family. But don’t thank the American military for this belated return. The Pentagon declined to act on his case, despite exhaustive research by civilian investigators that pointed to the location of his remains.
  • Homeless veteran ‘baked to death’ in Rikers cell (NYC prison)

    03/20/2014 8:42:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    AP via MyFoxNY ^ | Mar 19, 2014 2:51 PM EDT | Jake Pearson
    Jerome Murdough was just looking for a warm place to sleep on a chilly night last month when he curled up in an enclosed stairwell on the roof of a Harlem public housing project where he was arrested for trespassing. A week later, the mentally ill homeless man was found dead in a Rikers Island jail cell that four city officials say had overheated to at least 100 degrees, apparently because of malfunctioning equipment. The officials told The Associated Press that the 56-year-old former Marine was on anti-psychotic and anti-seizure medication, which may have made him more vulnerable to heat....
  • Prayer request for my oldest brother

    03/18/2014 9:06:57 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 74 replies
    March 18, 2014 | Neil E. Wright
    I am asking for prayers for my oldest brother, and the patriarch of our family since the death of our father many years ago. I just returned home from two days visiting my brother, RMC(SS) Douglas A. Wright, USN (Retired), in the hospital where he is dying from COPD. Growing up, he was always my mentor. He is the one who took me to see the Navy Recruiter in 1969, when I quit HS at 17. During the 10 years of my service, we served in the same location several times, and I had a standing invitation to join him...
  • Houston's WWII sailor in famous kissing photo dies at 86

    03/14/2014 6:04:18 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 39 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 3-14-14 | Craig Hlavaty
    Glenn Edward McDuffie, the young sailor from Houston who can be seen in one of the most iconic photos from the end of World War II, has died, according to family members. The Navy veteran was 86. McDuffie was 18 when he said he was captured in the famous kiss photo with nurse Edith Shain. “I heard someone running and stopping right in front of us. I raised my head up, and it was a photographer,” McDuffie told the Houston Chronicle in 2007. “I tried to get my hand out of the way so I wouldn’t block her face, and...
  • Bill 'Wild Bill' Guarnere, of 'Band of Brothers' fame, dies at 90

    03/09/2014 4:33:13 PM PDT · by Doogle · 25 replies
    AP via FOX ^ | 03/09/14 | ap via fox
    William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, one of the World War II veterans whose exploits were dramatized in the TV miniseries "Band of Brothers," has died. He was 90. His son, William Guarnere Jr., confirmed Sunday that his father died at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Guarnere was rushed to the hospital early Saturday and died of a ruptured aneurysm early Saturday night. "He had a good, long life," his son said. The HBO miniseries, based on a book by Stephen Ambrose, followed the members of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from training in Georgia in 1942 through some of...
  • Navy Veteran (To) CT Lawmakers on Gun Registration: ‘I’m Telling You Right Now, I Will Not Comply’

    03/03/2014 2:25:41 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 81 replies ^ | March 3, 2014 | Jason Howerton
    Now that tens of thousands of gun owners in Connecticut are in direct violation of a hastily-passed gun control law, a video of a fed-up Navy veteran warning lawmakers that he “will not comply” with the law is just going viral. As previously reported by TheBlaze, as many as 100,000 gun owners technically became felons overnight because they chose not to register their semi-automatic rifles and/or high-capacity magazines. A man, identified as John S. Cinque, reportedly appeared at a public meeting in North Haven, Conn., on April 22, 2013, to confront lawmakers over the gun control law. Cinque started by...
  • The ‘Incredible’ Thing an 8-Year-Old Boy Did for a Soldier Will Be Remembered For a ‘Lifetime’

    03/02/2014 2:20:28 PM PST · by mandaladon · 13 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 2 Mar 2014 | Oliver Darcy
    Like most 8-year-olds, Myles Eckert was already dreaming up ways he could spend a $20 bill he had just discovered laying in a Cracker Barrel parking lot earlier this month. “I kind of wanted to get a video game, but then I decided not to,” the child recounted to CBS News. That’s because Eckert saw Lt. Col. Frank Dailey enter the restaurant. The man in uniform changed his mind. Why? “Because he was a soldier, and soldiers remind me of my dad,” Eckert explained to CBS. So, instead of purchasing something for himself, Eckert did something very different on Feb....
  • Everything in the way Shall be removed !

    02/20/2014 6:30:29 PM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    I AM with you, my angels surround you, go behind enemy lines and take back my land ! My army is rising up to take back land now that my testimony is sure in my front line(Chosen Ones)assaults( words of declaration) removing the lies of the enemy, and all distractions now shall be dealt with in their time and season of correction or removal for My Testimony is paramount as my spirit moves across the waters of my voice for you are the many waters of my Testimony and I AM sure and true to my word that I will...
  • Allen West Not Ruling Out 2016 Presidential Run

    02/20/2014 5:41:06 AM PST · by areukiddingme1 · 41 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 19, 2014 6:23 PM | Eliana Johnson
    West, who spent 22 years in the U.S. Army and one term in Congress before losing his bid for reelection in 2012, says he will always be ready to serve his country. “You have to have yourself in a position to be available for your country and to be obedient to God’s will,” he says.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Mob of teens attack man in downtown Cleveland

    02/14/2014 8:55:57 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Feb 11, 2014 | Ed Gallek
    EXCLUSIVE: Mob of teens attack man in downtown Cleveland Updated: Feb 11, 2014 By Ed Gallek Ed Gallek talks to Matthew Robinson, the latest victim in a downtown attack There's evidence of more violent teens running around the heart of downtown Cleveland. A disabled Army vet spoke out about the latest attack that happened Friday, Feb. 7, 2014. Matthew Robinson told our Ed Gallek he was riding RTA's Healthline when six to eight teenagers surrounded him on the bus, and then started following him. Then, he said they attacked, took his stuff, and videotaped what they were doing. The incident...
  • Amputee veteran turned away by Starbucks employees who wouldn't let his service dog in store

    02/10/2014 10:18:04 AM PST · by servo1969 · 68 replies ^ | 2-8-2014 | James Gordon
    Still adjusting to his life as an amputee, doctors discovered Mr Baer had bone cancer after a non-combat related injury in Iraq in 2009. His left leg had to be amputated from the knee down and was given a physical service dog, Beanz, through a national organization called Canine Companions for Independence. However, as soon as he walked through the door of the coffee chain, the trouble started. A Starbucks employee approached him as he entered with Beanz, his service dog. 'You can't have dogs in here,' the worker yelled at him. It was in your face, loud and bold....

    01/21/2014 10:25:32 AM PST · by lowbridge · 28 replies ^ | january 21, 2014 | becket adams
    World War II veteran Frank Whitney is fighting taxpayer-funded attempts by a New York village to seize his private property. Officials in the village of Saltaire on Fire Island, N.Y., are trying to take Whitney’s Saltaire Market grocery using eminent domain so they can build a municipality-owned market, the New York Post reported. And in an attempt to get their hands on the 88-year-old’s property, which was damaged in 2012 by Superstorm Sandy, village officials may try to raise the $2.5 million needed to buy and refurbish his grocery store by increasing the area’s property taxes. Whitney said he has means and...
  • Veterans Take It In The Shorts Thanks Democrats – and One Republican

    01/11/2014 10:51:07 AM PST · by Starman417 · 17 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-11-14 | Warren Beatty
    Senate Democrats have thumbed their noses at veterans of America's military. They have sided with illegal aliens. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) proposed yesterday (9 Jan 14) a bill which would have replaced recent cuts to veteran's pensions. The bill would also have closed a tax loophole that allows illegal aliens to access the Refundable Child Tax Credit. The bill was offered as an amendment to the unemployment benefits extension bill (S1845). The vote failed 54-42, with all Republicans - but Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) - voting for the amendment and against Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). Sen. Joe...
  • Retired Air Force Colonel With Three Graduate Degrees Is Homeless And Sleeps In A Van

    01/06/2014 1:49:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    TEC ^ | 01/06/2014 | Michael Snyder
    What advice would you give to a retired Air Force Colonel that has three graduate degrees and that cannot even find work as a janitor? 59-year-old Robert Freniere once served as a special assistant to General Stanley McChrystal, and he has spent extensive time in both Iraq and Afghanistan. But now this man who once had an office in the heart of the Pentagon cannot find anyone who will hire him. In addition to his story, in this article you will also hear about several other middle-aged professionals that cannot find work in this economy either. Despite what the...
  • 94 Year Old WW II Vet Still Performs Flag-Bearing Duties to Honor Vets

    01/01/2014 5:25:55 AM PST · by gooblah · 4 replies
    Big Peace ^ | january 1 2014 | Edwin Mora
    Quentin De Nio, a 94 year old WW II veteran, still carries his white U.S. Army flag to honor soldiers buried at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, according to a news report.
  • Senators fight cuts to veteran benefits ahead of key budget test vote

    12/17/2013 6:11:47 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 67 replies
    AP and Fox News ^ | 17 Dec 13 | AP Staff
    <p>Republican senators were making a last-ditch bid to undo cuts to military retiree benefits in the House-passed budget deal ahead of a crucial vote Tuesday morning in the Senate.</p> <p>Alabama GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions filed an amendment late Monday to restore money that was cut from veteran and military retiree pension benefits by closing a loophole that allows illegal immigrants to qualify for child tax credits.</p>
  • Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio to House Jailed Vets Together

    12/12/2013 1:53:55 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/11/2013 | Matthew Foster
    In Phoenix, more than 200 veteran inmates have been told they will be moving to a segregated wing of the Maricopa County Jail. During a press conference today, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio formally announced his plan to house approximately 250 veteran inmates together, in a housing unit that dons “patriotic décor” and features special behavioral programming aimed at dealing with symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD continues to plague military veterans returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan – and for incarcerated veterans, coping with the disorder without the help of friends or family can be even...
  • 85-year-old U.S. Army sniper veteran proves he hasn't lost his skills @ 1,000 yards

    12/06/2013 3:01:42 PM PST · by virgil283 · 27 replies
    He may be 85 years old, but when Army sniper veteran (Battle of the Bulge) Ted Gundy was given the chance to show off the skills he used in World War Two, he proved he still could....(video 5min.)
  • Military Photo of the Day

    12/09/2013 5:45:38 AM PST · by frankenMonkey · 17 replies
    MILPOD ^ | 9 Dec 2013 | MILPOD
    Spc. Paul Pickett, 22, of Minden La., right, of the U.S. Army's Apache Company, 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, covers an injured U.S. soldier as a helicopter lands to evacuate the wounded after their armored vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in the Tangi Valley of Afghanistan's Wardak Province. Apr 2009.AP photo by David Goldman
  • Last surviving member of PT boat crew that saved Kennedy dies

    11/29/2013 9:43:46 AM PST · by armydawg505 · 24 replies
    The Greenville News ^ | November 27, 2013 | LYN RIDDLE
    GREENVILLE, SC — The last surviving member of the crew that rescued John F. Kennedy from an island in the Pacific Ocean during World War II died Wednesday. Greenville native Jack Gardo was 87. He died in his sleep at his home on Farrs Bridge Road, his daughter-in-law Brenda Gardo said. Gardo enlisted in the U.S. Navy when he was 16, two years younger than the legal age, because he wanted to serve his country. In 1943, Gardo’s PT 157 was sent to rescue the survivors of PT 109, which was cut in half by a Japanese ship. The crew...
  • Huntington Beach Bar Fights To Save Sign That Salutes Veterans

    11/26/2013 6:42:53 AM PST · by Red Badger · 21 replies
    CBS Local Los Angeles ^ | November 26, 2013 12:11 AM | Staff
    HUNTINGTON BEACH ( — Veterans are rallying around a local bar whose owners say they have been ordered to removed a sign that salutes their service. “Thank a veteran for your freedom!” says a large sign perched above Johnny’s Booze and Pool. Vets love it and make up a significant part of the establishment’s clientele. “I love this place. The sign gives me the pride back that I lost … I struggled a lot when I first came back,” an Army vet told CBS2′s Stacey Butler. But someone complained to the city about the sign, and now the bar’s owners...
  • OH:69-Year-Old Vietnam Veteran Shoots Intruders

    11/24/2013 6:57:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 22 November, 2013 | Denise Yost,Denise Alex
    COLUMBUS, Ohio - A 69-year-old west Columbus man said he defended himself, his partner and his home from robbers. The attempted robbery occurred at a home on Cascade Court in Columbus at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Vietnam veteran said a female neighbor came to his home Wednesday afternoon, and behind her were four men, two of whom were armed with guns. "(They said,) 'We want your money. We're robbing you.' And then all of a sudden they start hitting my partner," he said. The victim said that one of the men demanded cash. His partner was able to escape...
  • American War Veteran, 85, Detained in North Korea

    11/20/2013 1:33:31 PM PST · by Winstons Julia · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/20/13 | Colleen Curry
    According to the San Jose Mercury News, Newman was traveling with a group out of Beijing on a tour bus through North Korea. On Oct. 26, what was to be Newman's last day in North Korea, he was taken off of a plane set to leave the country and detained by authorities. The United States Department of State refused to confirm the detention, but said the U.S. has updated its travel warning for North Korea, recommending against all travel.
  • Touching moment crew stand and salute dying Pearl Harbor sailor as he is granted final wish to join

    11/19/2013 3:48:35 PM PST · by DFG · 39 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 11/19/13 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The crew of the USS Dewey have honored the dying wish of a Pearl Harbor survivor by allowing him on board the latest version of the destroyer he served on in the Second World War. Electrician’s Mate Second Bud Cloud was due to begin hospice care, when his friend Jennie Haskamp reached out to the Dewey's crew and asked if he could see the ship in San Diego. But when they arrived at the dock, the sailors carried the 90-year-old veteran on board and attentively listened as he shared his memories from the war.
  • Veterans Day 2013: Veteran, 107, credits whiskey (& cigars) for long life - Richard Overton

    11/12/2013 3:42:20 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/11/13 | Rene Lynch
    Veterans Day will be bit different for Richard Overton. The man believed to be the nation's oldest living veteran spends most days smoking cigars and enjoying his whiskey. But today? He's spending Veterans Day with President Obama. Overton, 107, enjoys up to 12 cigars a day and likes to enjoy his morning coffee with a little whiskey, a beverage he credits in part with his long, healthy life. The Austin, Texas, resident still drives, walks without a cane and regularly attends church. He said he was taken aback when he got the invitation to the White House.
  • The bond between a World War II veteran and his granddaughter

    11/11/2013 9:05:34 AM PST · by llevrok · 2 replies
    The Sun Sentinel ^ | 11/11/2013
    It came through an online message board from a village in eastern France. Attached was a photo of a standard-issue U.S. Army duffel bag, and the name on it in faded block letters was unmistakable: WILLIAM A. KADAR. "I can't believe this," Arleen Haas, 33, recalled thinking as she looked at the photo again and again. Kadar, her grandfather, had fought in eastern France during World War II, winning a Purple Heart and enduring a string of POW camps in the closing months of the war. Haas has spent much of her life collecting and preserving memories for her grandfather,...
  • Vet's key to 103 birthday parties: Work hard at positive outlook (WWII)

    10/28/2013 11:54:54 AM PDT · by ruralvoter · 9 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 10/26/13 | Jerriann Sullivan
    Floyd "Pete" Petiprin has lived through the Pearl Harbor attack, a broken hip and the loss of his wife Emily, but the Winter Park man greets each day with an upbeat outlook. "If you have a positive attitude and say your prayers every day, you can recover from almost anything," Petiprin said. "Psychologically, it is very important to be as happy as possible." /SNIP/ Petiprin joined the U.S. Navy when he was a business administration student at the University of Michigan because "we knew we'd be drafted." He was an officer for 10 years before losing friends in the Pearl...
  • Texas Veteran’s Amazing Response to Catching Three Punks on Video Destroying His American Flag

    10/23/2013 12:34:05 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 22 replies ^ | october 22, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    A veteran in Plano, Texas, had his American flag outside his front door destroyed for the third time on Friday morning. And he’s sick of it. Larry Lorance told CBS DFW that he installed a surveillance camera and successfully captured the violators on video — three punks roaming at night with nothing better to do. It’s not just about the damage to his property, it’s about respect, he said. “A lot of men and women gave their lives for this flag,” the veteran said sternly. “As an American, and as a veteran, I was offended by that.” “Not only did...
  • WWII Veterans Storm DC Memorial, Take Park Rangers As Prisoners Of War

    10/02/2013 10:24:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 52 replies
    The Duffel Blog ^ | October 2, 2013 | Paul
    WASHINGTON, DC — A group of elderly veterans have stormed past the barricades of the World War II memorial and have taken a number of park rangers as Prisoners of War, sources confirmed. The attack, now in its second day, included more than four busloads of veterans visiting from Mississippi on an “Honor Flight.” Group leader Elmer Lee told reporters he had called for reinforcements. On Tuesday, after the initial assault into the site, Lee’s forces captured a number of park rangers, who they are still holding at cane-point. Sources confirmed that weeks prior to the attack, the park rangers...
  • Neighbors block new home for injured double-Bronze Star Afghanistan veteran ...

    09/27/2013 11:00:28 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | UPDATED: 08:24 EST, 27 September 2013 | James Nye
    Neighbors block new home for injured double-Bronze Star Afghanistan veteran because 'it won't look right' next to their properties He may have served two tours in Afghanistan protecting the freedom of his nation, but double-Bronze Star veteran David Wood has returned home only to battle ungrateful NIMBYS. Gifted a charitable home through the efforts of his local congressman, Aaron Schock, for his wartime efforts, Wood, who has lost the hearing in one ear was told that the property plans for his family's house were opposed by his potential neighbors. Indeed, an unidentified cabal of neighbors in the Peoria suburb of...
  • Army Veteran Sues Michigan for Rejecting ‘Infidel’ License Plate

    09/12/2013 9:54:15 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/11/13 | Jacob Gerschman
    A former U.S. Army sergeant who fought in Iraq is suing the state of Michigan for denying his request to have a vanity license plate that says “infidel.” Michael Matwyuk in his lawsuit says he meant no offense by the license plate, saying he was only “reappropriating” a word used by insurgents to describe American soldiers. He said in the lawsuit that he and his fellow veterans “proudly refer to themselves as ‘infidels’ as a reminder of the bond they share as survivors of a bloody war in a hostile part of the world.”
  • Tricare denies payment for baby's care/transport

    09/08/2013 9:05:39 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 23 replies
    At almost 4 months of age, little Brooks Dillard has spent more than half his short life in the hospital. For the last 8 weeks (as of 8/16/13), he has been at Seattle Children's Hospital. He has been on a ventilator the entire time, has had two major surgeries with another one in his near future. Brooks was born with a very rare congenital heart defect called Double Aortic Arch. Normally, the aorta leaves the heart and branches off to supply the arteries going to the arms and head. One of these branches then turns down to supply the lower...
  • CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Crook Learns The Hard Way Not To Pull A Gun On 30-Year Army Vet

    09/04/2013 10:48:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/04/2013 | BECKET ADAMS, THE BLAZE
    Bad idea: holding up a store clerk who happens to be proficient in firearms. Worse idea: holding up a store clerk who is not only proficient in firearms, but who also happens to be an Iraq war veteran and a former prison guard and private investigator. Jon Lewis Alexander, 54, is no ordinary store clerk. He has worked several “high risk” jobs and served four tours of duty in Iraq during his 30 years in the U.S. military. And his training shows. Video surveillance from Saturday night captures the moment a would-be thief entered the Marionville, Mo., store where Alexander...
  • WWII veteran Delbert Benton died trying to defend self from thugs: police

    08/27/2013 8:57:48 AM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 80 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 27, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The 88-year-old World War II veteran who was beaten to death with a flashlight as he crossed a parking lot in Washington state may have died because he tried to defend himself, police said. [snip] “Our information is that the individual fought back and that may have made this, you know, a worse situation,” Spokane police Chief Frank Straub said.
  • Here Are the Two Teens Accused of Savagely Beating 88-Year-Old WWII Veteran to Death

    08/24/2013 10:32:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 84 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/24/13 | Jason Howerton
    The Spokane Police Department has arrested a suspect and are searching for another in the brutal beating death of 88-year-old WWII veteran Delbert Belton. Demetrius Glenn, 16, was reportedly taken into custody by police early Friday morning. He will be tried as an adult for first degree murder and robbery, KXLY-TV reports. Police are currently searching for the second suspect, identified as Kenan Adams-Kinard. Glenn reportedly has a lengthy a criminal history. He has faced charges of malicious mischief, third and fourth degree assault and driving without a license, KHQ News reports. He was also reportedly involved in a “riot...
  • Teenagers Beat US WWII Veteran Delbert Belton to Death in ‘Random Attack’

    08/23/2013 6:36:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 08/23/2013 | UMBERTO BACCHI
    An 88-year-old American World War II veteran has been beaten to death by two teenagers in an apparently random attack in the state of Washington. Police found Delbert Belton suffering from severe head injuries in the parking lot of a pool venue he frequented in the eastern city of Spokane. Belton, who had survived being shot in a leg during the Battle of Okinawa, was rushed to hospital but died hours later. Police claim the retired aluminium company worker was just about to enter the Eagles Lodge pool venue and play the game he loved, when two men, believed to...
  • Police seek 2 young suspects after World War II veteran dies following parking lot beating

    08/23/2013 5:39:36 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 14 replies
    fox ^ | 8-23-13 | fox
    Police in Washington state are searching for two young suspects who beat a World War II veteran to death in a parking lot Wednesday night. The Spokane Police Department says in a press release officers responded to reports of an assault and found the victim in his car with serious head injuries. He later died in the hospital. Authorities on Thursday released surveillance photos of the two suspects, who they describe as African-American males between the ages of 16 and 19. Friends identified the victim as 88-year-old Delbert Belton, and say he was sitting outside a lodge for the Fraternal...
  • ‘In Life, You’ve Got to Stand for Something’: Vet Refuses to Show ‘The Butler’ at His Movie Theater

    08/22/2013 8:37:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 22, 2013 | Liz Klimas
    A Korean War veteran who has owned a movie theater in central Kentucky for more than three decades is refusing to run “The Butler” due to the anti-Vietnam War stance of one of its lead actresses. Ike Boutwell, who opened MoviePalace and Showtime Cinemas in Elizabethtown in the 1980s, told the News-Enterprise that in all these years he has not, to his knowledge, let one movie with Jane Fonda play in his theater....

    08/22/2013 6:55:24 PM PDT · by massmike · 110 replies ^ | 08/22/2013 | BEN SHAPIRO
    In Spokane, Washington, on Wednesday night, according to local reports, World War II veteran and Battle of Okinawa survivor Delbert Belton was beaten by two African American teenagers described as between the ages of 16 and 19. Belton passed away Thursday morning of head injuries.
  • WWII vet, beaten by teens outside Eagles Lodge, dies [Spokane, WA]

    08/22/2013 3:38:22 PM PDT · by deks · 147 replies
    KXLY ^ | August 22, 2013 | Ian Cull
    WWII veteran Delbert Belton survived being wounded in action during the Battle of Okinawa only to be beaten and left for dead by two teens at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane on Wednesday evening. Belton, 89, died from the injuries he suffered in the beating Thursday morning at Sacred Heart Medical Center. . . "Shorty," as he was known by his friends at the Eagles Lodge, served in the U.S. Army in the Pacific during WWII and was shot in the leg during the Battle of Okinawa. He went on to work at Kaiser Aluminum at the company's Trentwood plant...
  • Disabled Veteran Mocked, Kicked Off Boardwalk over Service Dog

    08/11/2013 11:33:57 AM PDT · by Nachum · 47 replies
    breitbart ^ | 8/10/13 | Mary Chastain
    U.S. Army veteran Jared Goering was kicked off the North Wildwood boardwalk Thursday night because he had his service dog by his side. A North Wildwood police officer issued Jared and his wife a summons because of the dog. Goering said, “I expected to get more respect from him because of the jobs that we both have to do." "He mockingly asked if all veterans get service dogs," said Jared’s wife, Sally Goering, “his dog is medically necessary and he is a service dog." Jared and his wife Sally say the incident occurred on the 26th street North Wildwood boardwalk....
  • 95-Year-Old Vet Dead After Being Tased and Shot With Bean Bags By Cops (while in walker chair)

    08/07/2013 5:26:26 PM PDT · by xzins · 80 replies
    The Rutherford Institute ^ | August 07, 2013 | Liz Klimas
    Family members are questioning the death of a 95-year-old WWII U.S. Air Corps sergeant who killed by cops at an assisted living center last month after resisting medical treatment. John Wrana died from injuries sustained in an incident, which was later ruled as a homicide by the medical examiner, by Park Forest police on July 27. Police were called to Victory Centre, according to the Chicago Tribune, when it was reported by faculty that he was being “combative,” resisting medical treatment to which he was being “involuntarily” committed to. A press release from the police department emailed to the Chicago...
  • Family Raising Money for Army Veteran’s Funeral

    08/05/2013 2:24:44 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 24 replies
    FOX 40 ^ | 8/4/13 | Rowena Shaddox
    They need to come up with $6,600 for their dad, uncle, husband and brother: 65-year-old Vincent Lopez. “All of us are here. We’re all family, cousins and sisters and brothers. We’re trying to do this by tomorrow. We have to do this by tomorrow at noon,” said Diana Ramirez, Lopez’s eldest daughter. That’s because the family says North Sacramento Funeral Home, which has Mr. Lopez’s body, won’t start work until they have the money. “The funeral home is asking for $6,300,” said Phyllis Rosa, Lopez’s widowed wife.
  • Remains of WWII airman killed in South Pacific in 1944 arrive at his NY hometown, saluted

    08/03/2013 1:25:07 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 17 replies
    Many saluted, some cried and a few held signs. But for 70 miles, hundreds of people paid their respects to a World War II airman who died in combat in the South Pacific almost 70 years ago and was finally returned to his upstate home on Friday.
  • Col. Bud Day, Vietnam War Hero, Dies at 88

    07/28/2013 12:01:01 PM PDT · by OddLane · 26 replies
    New York Times ^ | Richard Goldstein
    Col. Bud Day, an Air Force fighter pilot who was shot down in the Vietnam War, imprisoned with John McCain in the notorious “Hanoi Hilton,” and defiantly endured more than five years of brutality without divulging sensitive information to his captors, earning him the Medal of Honor, died Saturday in Shalimar, Fla. He was 88.
  • War Hero Bud Day Dies at 88

    07/28/2013 8:13:17 AM PDT · by kristinn · 77 replies
    Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | Sunday, July 28, 2013
    Retired Air Force Colonel Bud Day, a celebrated war hero and veteran's activist, died Saturday. He was 88. Day, a Medal of Honor recipient, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than five years. He also received the Purple Heart. William Everett, regional commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, said Day was very giving of his free time, attending military ceremonies until his health no longer allowed him to. One of his last appearances was at his own birthday celebration Feb. 24. "Very, very sad," Everett said, of hearing about Day's death Saturday morning. "It's...
  • 42-Year-Old Pot Conviction Stops 20-Year Army Veteran From Buying a Rifle

    07/11/2013 2:59:00 PM PDT · by Altariel · 63 replies ^ | July 10, 2013 | Jacob Sullum
    Ron Kelly, a 20-year Army veteran, recently tried to buy a .22-caliber rifle at the Wal-Mart in Tomball, Texas. He was turned away because he failed the FBI background check. He appealed the rejection, and last month he got a Justice Department letter explaining that he was legally disqualified from owning guns, after handling them in defense of his country for two decades, because of a 42-year-old marijuana conviction. As a high school student in Durham, North Carolina, he had been caught with a small amount of pot and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession, receiving a sentence of probation because...
  • Man arrested for driving around with mounted World War II machine gun in Metro Detroit

    07/05/2013 8:26:11 AM PDT · by DarkSavant · 76 replies
    MLive ^ | July 05, 2013 | The Associated Press
    <p>SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man was arrested in Macomb County by police responding to reports of a vehicle with a mounted machine gun driving around late at night.</p> <p>The armor-plated military-type vehicle featured a modified World War II .50-caliber machine gun.</p>
  • Former bomber pilot now navigates corridors of power in Washington

    06/30/2013 6:54:47 PM PDT · by District13 · 3 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 3, 2013 | Sterling C. Beard
    Many members of Congress hope that their names will make it into the history books. But freshman Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) has already accomplished that goal, albeit outside the political arena. He has three world speed records and plenty of books to his name. Stewart is an Air Force veteran, and a former Rockwell B-1B Lancer pilot, or “bone driver.” In 1995, Stewart helped plan and execute a mission code-named “Coronet Bat,” which saw a flight of the swing-wing bombers launch from Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, and fly nonstop around the world in 36 hours and 13...