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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Master Sgt. Gary Gordon

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Black Hawk Down,” then you know the story of Army Master Sgt. Gary Gordon. Gordon and his comrade, Army Sgt. 1st Class Randall Shughart, made the most difficult decision service members could ever make — to give their lives for their brothers in arms. This Medal of Honor Monday, we honor Gordon’s life and ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Lt. James Church

President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous charge up San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish-American War earned him the Medal of Honor, but another lesser-known “Rough Rider” also earned it saving several men beyond the scope of his job in the medical field. James Robb Church was born in Chicago in 1866. He graduated from Columbia Medical College in New York ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Sgt. Joe Ronnie Hooper

Several Medal of Honor recipients earn the honor for a moment of action. But for Army Sgt. Joe Ronnie Hooper, his moment lasted about seven hours — fitting, considering he’s one of the most decorated soldiers of the Vietnam War. Hooper was born Aug. 8, 1938, in Piedmont, South Carolina, but he grew up in Washington state. He enlisted in ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Lt. Arthur MacArthur Jr.

During the Civil War, more than 1,500 men earned the Medal of Honor, which had just been created. Today’s Medal of Honor Monday honoree, Army 1st Lt. Arthur MacArthur Jr., was one of only two fathers who shared the privilege of being a Medal of Honor recipient with his son. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, in June 1845, MacArthur eventually moved ...

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75 Years Later, These D-Day Vets Remember

It’s been 75 years since American troops stormed the beaches of Normandy, France, in the largest land, sea and air invasion in history. D-Day gave the Allies a long-awaited foothold in Europe, and its success led to the continent’s liberation and the end of World War II. About 160,000 men took part in the June 6, 1944, invasion, about half ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Cpl. Robert Maxwell

For today’s Medal of Honor Monday, we’re honoring a brave recipient who passed away recently — 75 years after he jumped on a grenade to save his fellow soldiers in World War II. Army Technician 5th Grade Robert Maxwell was born on Oct. 26, 1920, in Boise, Idaho, but he grew up with his grandparents in Kansas. He eventually moved ...

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NASCAR’s Dillon Tests Out Coast Guard’s ‘Big Jet Ski’

Coast Guard response boats don’t handle quite the same as race cars, but to NASCAR driver Austin Dillon, they’re both a blast. ”Coast Guard boats, they’re unbelievable machines. It’s like driving a big jet ski,” No. 3 said when he recently visited Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Dillon had a chance to see how the Coasties protect America’s maritime ...

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Marine Corps Drill Instructor Doesn’t Hold Back on NASCAR’s Larson

“Starting now, you will live, eat, sleep and train as a team. The words ‘I, me and my’ will no longer be a part of your vocabulary!” Those words were some of the first that NASCAR driver Kyle Larson heard as he stepped off the bus at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina. No. 42 got an earful ...

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Speed, Popcorn Draw In NASCAR’s Wallace for F-15 Flight

Going fast is clearly a passion for NASCAR driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace Jr. But 500 mph in a fighter jet? That’s a little faster than what he’s used to. “We’ve got to find some speed in our car to match this speed,” Wallace said after visiting Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina to test out the adrenaline rush from an ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Pfc. Leslie Bellrichard

Selfless sacrifice is a common theme among Medal of Honor recipients, as many of them give their own lives to save their fellow comrades during war. Army Pfc. Leslie Bellrichard was no exception. Bellrichard was born in Janesville, Wisconsin, on Dec. 4, 1941 — three days before America was thrust into World War II — and his life was a ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Chief Petty Officer William Badders

Master divers have one of the most coveted titles in the U.S. Navy. They’re technical experts who can journey to dark depths of the world’s oceans to accomplish things few others can with little to no margin for error. Navy Chief Petty Officer William Badders, a machinist’s mate, had that coveted role in the 1930’s. He and three of his ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Air Force Capt. John S. Walmsley Jr.

Many of our nation’s fallen heroes have yet to make it home from war. One of those men is Air Force Capt. John S. Walmsley Jr., whose dedication to completing his mission during the Korean War cost him his life, but it earned him the Medal of Honor. Walmsley was born and raised in Baltimore and attended the University of ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Capt. Ed Freeman

Heroes are often people who volunteer for missions they know might be their last. During the Vietnam War, despite having reached retirement age while managing to survive two wars, Army Capt. Ed Freeman volunteered for just such a mission. Freeman was born on Nov. 20, 1927, into a big family who lived on a farm in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He never finished ...

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