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White House Medal of Honor Ceremony

President Barack Obama awards former Army Capt. William D. Swenson the Medal of Honor. Swenson received the Nation's highest honor for his courageous actions while serving as an embedded advisor to the Afghan National Border Police, Task Force Phoenix, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in support of 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on 8 September, 2009.

WWII Airman Identified

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of a U.S. serviceman, from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors

Army Air Force 1st Lt. Robert G. Fenstermacher, 23, of Scranton, Pa., will be buried on Oct. 18, in Arlington National Cemetery. On Dec. 26, 1944, Fenstermacher was a pilot of a P-47D Thunderbolt that was on an armed-reconnaissance mission against targets in Germany, when his aircraft crashed, near Petergensfeld, Belgium.

Missing Airmen From Vietnam War Accounted For

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) announced today that the remains of two U.S. servicemen, missing from the Vietnam War, have been accounted for and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert E. Pietsch, 31, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Maj. Louis F. Guillermin, 25, of West Chester, Pa.,will be buried as a group Oct. 16, in a single casket representing the two servicemen at Arlington National Cemetery, near Washington, D.C. Guillermin's individual remains weres buried Oct. 5, 2013, in Broomall, Pa.

HMH-462 External Mission

Video by 2nd Marine Division


Command Responsible for Returning MIAs Staged Returns
By Harold Hutchison

The Pentagon command responsible for locating and returning the thousands of American servicemen who were declared missing in action during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War has now admitted it staged the return ceremonies for recovered POWs.

According to media reports, the Joint Prisoner of War Accounting Command had been staging the returns for seven years. Often, the planes would be towed to a position, and the remains would “symbolically” transferred to a truck for delivery to the lab.

America's MIA Families...from 83,000 of America's MIA Still Awaiting Word - You Can Help Tell the Story

I am sending this again in hopes that you can help get the word out to find
funding for the very meaningful documentary film about JPAC unit and the
families of over 83,000 POW/MIA who are still awaiting some word on the
remains of their missing loved ones.

I would sincerely appreciate you forwarding this email to your own personal
Networks and getting out the word on your radio show...there are only 26
days remaining to raise funds needed to complete the documentary film by
Richard Jellerson entitled, "Collateral Damage - America's MIA Families"

Video from the Crash Site of Super 6-1


Terrorists in Libya, Somalia Targeted
By Harold Hutchison

United States Special Operations Command carried out two raids on terrorist targets in Africa over the weekend. The raids took place in Tripoli, Libya and Baraawe, Somalia.

In Somalia, SEALs carried out a raid targeting a leader of the terrorist group al-Shabab, which recently claimed responsibility for an attack at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya that left at least 67 people dead. The SEALs killed at least one militant before pulling back to avoid civilian casualties.


Over the weekend, U.S. military personnel conducted targeted operations in Libya and Somalia to bring international terrorists to justice. I want to commend all of the service members who were involved in the planning and execution of these two operations, which demonstrate the unparalleled precision, global reach, and capabilities of the United States military.


Vietnamese General Fought French, American Forces
By Harold Hutchison

Vo Nguyen Giap, who commanded Vietnamese forces in wars against France, the United States, and South Vietnam, has died. He was 102 years old.

According to media reports Giap had been spending time in a military hospital near Hanoi due to failing health. Giap was best known for defeating French forces at the battle of Dien Bien Phu.

Giap was known to regularly accept heavy losses among his troops. His mentor was Ho Chi Minh, who was the first dictator of North Vietnam.


UN To Pass Resolution Senator Derides as Weak
By Harold Hutchison

Senator John McCain has described himself as “deeply disappointed” about the terms of the resolution the United Nations Security Council will be voting on. The resolution lacks any option of military force if Syria does not comply, while McCain has been pushing for military action in that conflict, which would be America's third war in the MidEast.

Iraqi visa programs expire in 4 days, leave thousands twisting in wind

These are remarks made by Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)

In 2007, I introduced the first legislation to help the Iraqi and Afghan nationals who helped Americans in those countries, to try and get them to safety in the United States. These were the people who were interpreters, guides, drivers; people who performed countless tasks, without which our military, diplomatic, and redevelopment efforts would have been impossible. There was an implicit promise: as they risked their lives to help us, we would work to protect them when the American presence was scaled down.


Taliban Planting False Info about Interpreters
By Harold Hutchison

The Taliban are exploiting American immigration laws to get at interpreters who aided coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. In at least one case, the terrorist group has planted false information, resulting in a visa being pulled.

Apache Helicopter kills 20 Taliban


Second to be Awarded for Battle of Ganjgal
By Harold Hutchison

Captain William Swenson, United States Army, fought at the side of Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer during the Battle of Ganjgal, will receive the Medal of Honor next month. Swenson, whose nomination was controversial due to a delay, is scheduled to be presented the medal on 15 October.