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  • 60 ‘Black Hawk Down’ special ops troops to get upgraded medals

    07/01/2021 4:08:47 PM PDT · by PROCON · 30 replies
    americanmilitarynews.com ^ | July 1, 2021 | Ryan Morgan
    On Thursday, the U.S. Army announced it had approved upgrades to the medals 60 special operations troops received from 1993’s Operation Gothic Serpent in Somalia, also known as the Battle of Mogadishu or “Black Hawk Down.”In total, 58 special operations troops were upgraded to Silver Stars, the third-highest U.S. military decoration for valor in combat. Two more special operations troops were upgraded to Distinguished Flying Crosses, which recognizes acts of heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight.The Oct. 3, 1993 battle in Mogadishu, Somalia was part of a U.S. Army mission to capture Somali warlord Mohammed Farrah Aidid....
  • Army won’t return medals to Green Beret Trump pardoned for killing suspected bomb maker

    03/18/2021 3:42:11 PM PDT · by PROCON · 42 replies
    americanmilitarynews.com ^ | March 18, 2021 | RYAN MORGAN
    The U.S. Army rejected an appeal to reinstate military service decorations and a Special Forces Tab for retired Maj. Matthew Golsteyn. Golsteyn faced murder charges for killing a suspected Taliban bomb-maker in 2010 but President Donald Trump pardoned him of the charge before his case went to trial.“The Army Board for Correction of Military Records, the service’s highest level of administrative review for personnel actions, has considered and denied Matthew Golsteyn’s application,” Army spokesman Lt. Col Gabriel J. Ramirez told American Military News on Thursday. “Privacy laws prevent the Army from disclosing specific information regarding the Board’s decision.”Golsteyn’s decorations included...
  • New Award Created for National Guard Troops Who Guarded Biden(with pics and suggestions)

    03/08/2021 9:58:00 AM PST · by rktman · 52 replies
    westernjournal.com ^ | 3/8/2021 | C Douglas Golden
    We don’t know that there was any threat that necessitated over 25,000 National Guard troops being in Washington, D.C., for Joseph Robinette Biden’s inauguration. We don’t know if there’s any threat that necessitates thousands of those troops being there now — or that any threat might exist in the near future that requires their presence in the nation’s capital. But they get a cool ribbon for being there! According to American Military News, those who served in the District of Columbia over the past few weeks will get either the District of Columbia National Guard Presidential Inauguration Support Ribbon or...
  • Dan Rather Medals for News and Guts

    Do a good job and report the truth, and you're probably going to catch hell. The challenge is being willing to do it anyway. — Dan Rather The Dan Rather Medals for News and Guts honor the process of journalism as much as the end product. They will be awarded to professional and collegiate journalists who go the extra yard — overcoming obstacles like stonewalling and harassment — to get the story that tells truth to power. The Medals are named for Dan Rather, the legendary reporter and anchor who went far afield from his Texan roots but never forgot...
  • Elizabeth Warren introduces bill to revoke Medals of Honor awarded for Wounded Knee Massacre

    11/27/2019 8:17:57 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 27, 2019 | Louis Casiano |
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., introduced a bill Wednesday that would posthumously revoke 20 Medals of Honor awarded to U.S. soldiers who slaughtered hundreds of Native Americans -- mostly women and children -- at the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1890. The Remove the Stain Act accompanies a House version introduced earlier this year by Democrats Paul Cook of California, Denny Heck of Washington and Deb Haaland of New Mexico.
  • Trump orders Navy to rescind medals from lawyers who prosecuted SEAL Eddie Gallagher

    08/01/2019 11:19:00 AM PDT · by Baynative · 120 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/31/2019 | Mark Moore
    ​President Trump said Wednesday that he would order the Navy to rescind medals given to military lawyers who prosecuted a ​former ​Navy SEAL the president supported during his court martial on murder charges. “The Prosecutors who lost the case against SEAL Eddie Gallagher (who I released from solitary confinement so he could fight his case properly), were ridiculously given a Navy Achievement Medal,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I have directed the Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer & Chief of Naval Operations John Richardson to immediately withdraw and rescind the awards​,” Trump continued.
  • Trump Orders Navy to Rescind Medals Given to SEAL Eddie Gallagher's Prosecutors

    07/31/2019 4:01:01 PM PDT · by PROCON · 82 replies
    military.com ^ | July 31, 2019 | Hope Hodge Seck
    Following reports that the military prosecutors of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher are receiving Navy Achievement Medals -- despite failing to secure a conviction for Gallagher on murder charges -- President Donald Trump is stepping into the fray. On Tuesday afternoon, Trump took to Twitter, calling the medal awards "ridiculous" and demanding that they be rescinded. "Not only did [the prosecutors] lose the case, they had difficulty with respect to information that may have been obtained from opposing lawyers and for giving immunity in a totally incompetent fashion," Trump tweeted."I have directed the Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer & Chief...
  • Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medals to Be Made of Recycled Cell Phones and Laptops

    07/29/2019 5:24:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Runner's World ^ | July 26, 2019 | Andrew Dawson
    As we hit exactly one year mark until the opening ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the countdown has begun—and with that, the unveiling of the medals that the best athletes in the world will take home next summer. The medals boast the classic designs that fans see every four years as stipulated by the Interantional Olympic Committee, according to Tokyo 2020: Nike, the Greek goddess of victory; the name of the host city; and the five Olympic rings. What makes these medals special to Japan, though, is the public input and assistance that went into their creation. For...
  • Anyone heard of these guys?

    06/01/2019 6:33:52 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 10 replies
    Myself ^ | 6/1/2019 | Oshkalaboomboom
    My wife was going through her late aunt's things and found a military pin for the 128th Overseas Batallion from Moose Jaw, Canada. Do any FReepers know the history of this unit? My wife's aunt was in the Home guard in WWII but it could have been her father's or a friend's from WWI.
  • Should Races Give Medals to Guide Runners for Visually-Impaired Participants?

    03/06/2019 7:09:25 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Runner's World ^ | March 5, 2019 | Jacob Meschke
    Back at the start of the year, an unexpected controversy arose regarding the London Marathon’s rules and regulations for guide runners who support visually-impaired participants in the race. For years, London’s official policy said guide runners could not receive a medal, despite having traversed the 26.2 miles with their partner like every other finisher. (In reality, volunteers at the finish line handed everyone a medal who wanted one, and a London Marathon official told Runner’s World UK they didn’t enforce the rule. But many were upset at the principle of the stance.) Runner’s World UK and other media outlets sourced...
  • General Wears his Medals Upside Down at State of the Union

    02/08/2019 11:13:31 AM PST · by Godebert · 99 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2/6/19 | Angry Cops
    National Guard general admits his ribbons were upside down during State of the Union (Air Force).
  • Over 100 2016 Olympic Medals Returned Due to Rust, Black Spots

    05/25/2017 3:49:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | 5/20/17 | MIKE CHIARI
    **SNIP** 2016 communications director Mario Andrada revealed the reasoning behind the medal problems. "The most common issue is that they were dropped or mishandled and the varnish has come off and they've rusted or gone black in the spot where they were damaged," he said. "The second thing is that a small few, about 10, had problems with the extreme cold." Andrada also called the issues "completely normal."
  • Former Congressman Under Fire for Tweeting That Joe Biden ‘Doesn’t Deserve’ Medal of Freedom

    01/13/2017 2:45:04 PM PST · by EveningStar · 55 replies
    People ^ | January 13, 2017 | Tierney McAfee
    Joe Biden is known for getting along with politicians on both sides of the aisle, but one former Republican congressman wasn’t happy about the vice president being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on Thursday. Former Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp of Kansas took to Twitter on Thursday night to voice his disapproval, tweeting: “For once, @JoeBiden and I agree: he doesn’t deserve this honor.”
  • President Obama breaks record with most Medals of Freedom awarded

    11/23/2016 5:38:37 AM PST · by kevcol · 75 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 22, 2016 | Gabby Morrongiello
    Family members of recipients and senior Obama administration officials surrounded the stage where the honorees sat, laughing as the president discussed the most notable accomplishments of each honoree. "Ellen counters what too often divides us," Obama said of DeGeneres, a gay comedian who he commended for coming out on such a public stage nearly 20 years ago. The president recognized NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabber for standing up for his Muslim faith "when it wasn't easy and it wasn't popular."
  • 'Stolen Valor' conviction overturned by federal appeals court

    01/12/2016 12:08:14 PM PST · by Zakeet · 68 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 12, 2016
    A federal appeals court on Monday tossed out a veteran's conviction for wearing military medals he didn't earn, saying it was a form of free speech protected by the Constitution. A specially convened 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the First Amendment allows people to wear unearned military honors.
  • U.S. Airman Who Disarmed Train Gunman To Receive Purple Heart

    09/16/2015 12:37:05 PM PDT · by SteveinSATX · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 14, 2015 | Yeganeh Torbati
    A U.S. airman who helped disarm a gunman on a Paris-bound train last month will receive a Purple Heart medal, the U.S. Air Force leader said on Monday, in an unusual award of the honor to a serviceman wounded while not in a combat zone. (snip) In addition to the Purple Heart, Stone will receive the Airman’s Medal, the Air Force’s highest non-combat award for bravery. The medals will be awarded at a ceremony at the Pentagon this week.
  • Air Force to award highest non-combat medal to train-attack hero

    08/24/2015 5:45:33 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 70 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | Aug 24, 2015 | By Tara Copp
    The Air Force is awarding Airman First Class Spencer Stone its highest non-combat honor, the Airman’s Medal, for his heroic actions aboard a Paris train, the Air Force announced Monday. Stone, Alek Skarlatos and college friend Anthony Sadler took down a gunman wielding an AK-47 and box cutter as he began an assault on a high-speed train bound for Paris late Friday. The trio have been hailed as heroes in France, where they were awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest honor, on Monday by French president Francois Hollande. “What the gunman did not expect was a confrontation with our...
  • Info Requested: WWII Medals/Ribbons [Vanity]

    01/13/2015 5:49:21 AM PST · by Lmo56 · 24 replies
    01/13/115 | self
    I need a little help from knowledgeable FR posters. My wife recently came across her father's WWII medals. They were in poor shape. He was a member of Company C, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. His company was known as the "Sharpshooters of Munshausen." Anyway, my wife wants to get replacements and we came across a loose clasp that simply said, "1000." Her father was awarded the CIB and also the sharpshooter medal. I am assuming that "1000" means he qualified at 1000 yards. Am I correct?
  • (vanity) Plz help identify these (Army?) military ribbons

    11/09/2014 8:57:44 AM PST · by martin_fierro · 20 replies
    11/9/14 | marty f
    Hi all-- My wife's family is trying to identify these military medals that belonged either to my father-in-law (post-WWII army) or to his brother-in-law (WWII Navy). We've searched a couple of websites and have identified a bunch of other patches/medals exept for these: and related bar pin? And how about this one?
  • Ribbon and Tin

    08/13/2014 8:44:31 PM PDT · by EC1 · 19 replies
    Medals mean jack. I got a tobacco tin full of them going back a bunch of generations. They made no one's life better. Didn't put food on the table. A lot of them are of the "I was there" variety. Nothing exotic. No life or death charges, just people wanting not to die and usually succeeding. Yesterday I was privileged to watch the awarding of a DSO. It's a rare thing, a bit like the Medal of Honor, except you bleed for it but keep on breathing. Our only higher award is the Victoria Cross. That tends to be given...