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WEEKEND PLANS, "Do or Die" Can you survive this mad adventure?

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STILL JUMPING AT 93!!

Navajo Code Talkers: The Uncrackable Language

By Cpl. Chelsea Flowers Anderson, USMC

Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez was born “among the oak trees” in Chichiltah, N.M. He spent his childhood herding sheep for his grandmother before leaving the close-knit community to attend a boarding high school in Tuba City, Ariz. It was there that Nez learned about a secret Marine Corps mission that would take him far away from his people and into the battlefields of World War II.

Close behind the Bougainville front lines, Navajo Code Talkers Cpl. Henry Blake Jr. and Pfc. George H. Kirk, both serving with a Marine signal unit, are shown operating a portable radio set in a clearing they have hacked from the dense jungle in Dec. 1943. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Division)

LAST ORIGINAL CODETALKER DIES

Chester Nez Passes On at 93
By Harold Hutchison

The last of the 29 men who started the Navajo Codetalker program that helped save the lives of countless Marines and GIs in the Pacific Theater of World War II died earlier this week. Chester Nez was 93.

Chester Nez (center), one of the 29 original codetalkers, during WWII.
(U.S. Navy photo)

VIDEO TRIBUTE TO CSM MARTIN RAY BARRERAS

Tribute to a soldier whose career included taking part in the rescue of PFC Jessica Lynch.

REAL AMERICAN HERO RECOGNIZED

Kyle White Awarded Medal of Honor
By Harold Hutchison

GUARDIAN MINEMAN RECOGNIZED FOR HEROISM

Mineman Third Class Travis Kirckof Receives Navy and Marine Corps Medal
By Harold Hutchison

When the mine-countermeasure ship USS Guardian (MCM 5) hit a reef in the Philippines, it began a two-day ordeal. Now, one hero of that ordeal is being recognized for his actions during the fight to save the vessel.

Eight U.S. Army Air Forces personnel to receive the POW Medal

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III will present the Prisoner of War Medal to eight World War II era U.S. Army Air Forces personnel during a ceremony at the Pentagon auditorium, Wednesday, April 30 at 10 a.m. EDT.

NAVY HONORS A FALLEN HERO

Mark A. Mayo Engaged Shooter at Norfolk
By Harold Hutchison

FORMER SOLDIER TO RECEIVE MEDAL OF HONOR

Kyle J. White To Be Honored For Actions in 2007 Ambush
By Harold Hutchison


REMEMBERING CARL MUNDY

Elaine Donnelly and Carl Mundy

General Carl E. Mundy, Jr., the 30th Commandant, was a man of character, a mentor, and a good friend I've known since 1994. On April 2 he died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, having struggled with a rare and aggressive form of cancer, Merkel cell carcinoma. His email updates describing the ups and downs of what was happening since his diagnosis last June reflected serenity and even a bit of humor as "Team Mundy" closed ranks.

JEREMIAH DENTON FLIES INTO THE SUNSET

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Blinked “Torture” During North Vietnamese Propaganda Broadcast.
By Harold Hutchison

Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr., the naval aviator who during his captivity told the world that the North Vietnamese were torturing prisoners of war, passed away today. He was 89 years old.

According to media reports, Denton passed away in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where he had been receiving hospice care. After his naval career, during which he reached the rank of rear admiral, Denton served one term in the United States Senate, representing the state of Alabama.

UNRECOGNIZED VALOR IN IRAQ?

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Hunter Calls for Re-Assessment of Operation Iraqi Freedom Awards
By Harold Hutchison

In the wake of the awarding of the Medal of Honor to twenty-four individuals whose valor was overlooked, Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has called for the DOD to conduct a similar re-assessment for Operation Iraq Freedom.

In a commentary at DefenseOne.com, Hunter, who served two combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, wrote that the lack of a living Medal of Honor recipient for Operation Iraqi Freedom “should sound alarm bells.”