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REMEMBERING CARL MUNDY

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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.”

HE DOVE ON A GRENADE – AND LIVED

Kyle Carpenter to Receive Medal of Honor
By Harold Hutchison

During the War on Terror, American servicemen have covered grenades with their own bodies to protect their comrades. Three of them, Army Private First Class Ross McGinnis, Master-At-Arms Second Class Michael A. Monsoor, and Marine Corporal Jason Dunham, who made the ultimate sacrifice, received the Medal of Honor posthumously. A fourth American serviceman, Marine Sergeant Rafael Peralta, controversially received the Navy Cross for covering a grenade in Iraq – with the possibility that he, too, could receive the Medal of Honor.

Marine to Receive the Medal of Honor

During the war on Terror, SEAL Michael Monsoor, Army PFC Ross McGinnis, and Marine Jason Dunham threw themselves onto grenades to save the lives of ther comrades, selflessly giving their lives to do so. They each received the Medal of Honor posthumously.

Now, another Marine, William Kyle Carpenter, will receive the Medal of Honor for covering a grenade... only he survived the experience.

SOF'S COVERAGE OF OPERATION RED WINGS

In the April, 2008 issue of SOF, we covered operation Red Wings, including the awarding of the Medal of Honor to Lt. Michael Murphy.

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Medal of Honor Citation for Rodolfo P. Hernandez

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Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company G, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team.
Place and date: Near Wontong-ni, Korea, 31 May 1951.
Entered service at: Fowler, Calif.
G.O. No.: 40, 21 April 1962.

BATAAN DEATH MARCH SURVIVOR HONORED

Seven-Decade Delay In Recognition Rectified
By Harold Hutchison

In 1942, as many as 80,000 Americans and Filipinos were forced to march 80 miles across the Bataan Peninsula on the island of Luzon. One of those who survived not just that ordeal, but over three years in Japanese POW camps, was Phillip Coon.

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.

MEDAL OF HONOR FOR SWENSON!

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.

White House Medal of Honor Ceremony

Video by Office of the Chief of Public Affairs

SSGT TY CARTER RECEIVES MEDAL OF HONOR

Second Medal Awarded for Battle of COP Keating
By Harold Hutchison

Staff Sergeant Ty Carter received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the battle of COP Keating. Carter is the second living Medal of Honor recipient from that battle, the first time in 50 years that two American military personnel have lived to receive the Medal of Honor in the same engagement.

Kentucky Marine Awarded Silver Star for Leading Marines Through Heavy Combat

The commanding general of 1st Marine Division awarded Sgt. Matthew T. Woodall the Silver Star Medal at Camp San Mateo here Aug. 2 for his actions while deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan, during 2011. Woodall, a native of Paducah, Ky., displayed conspicuous gallantry while conducting combat operations in Helmand's Sangin district during a firefight, July 10 through 11, 2011.