SOF Senior Contributing Editor James Gebhardt took this photo of American hero Woodrow Wilson Keeble's headstone in Sisseton, S.D. Keeble was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in combat during the Korean War by President George W. Bush in March, 2008.
Keeble was previously awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars (one with "V" device), and two Purple Hearts. SOF published articles chronicling this Sioux Native American's exploits in previous issues.
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CODDLES SHOE BOMBER
Remember Richard Reid, the terrorist who tried to take down an airliner with a bomb hidden in his shoe? You haven’t heard much from him since he was convicted and given three life sentences. That is because the Bush administration imposed special administrative measures, which kept him on ice and unable to communicate with fellow jihadists. Common sense, given that at his trial he declared himself to be in league with Osama bin Laden.
Well, with Barack Hussein Obama in office, things have changed. These measures have been lifted by Attorney General Eric Holder, who apparently has caved due to a lawsuit filed by the convicted terrorist. It’s not much of a surprise. According to Andrew McCarthy in National Review Online, some of the top Justice Department officials in the Obama Administration are either affiliated with groups like Human Rights Watch or they have represented detainees at Guantanamo Bay.
STATUE OF YARBOROUGH AT SPECIAL FORCES MUSEUM
Don Bendell informs us that permission has been granted to construct a statue commemorating LTG William Yarborough at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in downtown Fayetteville, NC. H. Ross Perot is commissioning and funding the statue honoring the “Father of the modern-day Green Berets.” For more information on the Museum, go to http://www.asomf.org/index.php .
HONORING HMONG VETERANS
KFSN-TV in Fresno, CA, reports that an effort is underway to grant Hmong veterans of the conflict in Southeast Asia the right to be buried with military honors, similar to honors to be provided to Filipino veterans who fought alongside the United States in World War II. As we go to press, the legislation is reportedly being drafted by Congressman Joe Costa (D-CA). We will keep you appraised on this situation.
RHODE ISLAND RESCUE
An Ohio-class submarine generally carries out patrols, either as a ballistic-missile submarine carrying Trident missiles or a guided-missile submarine carrying Tomahawk cruise missiles and special operators. However, USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) recently carried out a mission one might expect from the Coast Guard.
While on patrol, the submarine noticed a capsized boat. The submarine surfaced, and rescued five people who had been adrift for four days, provided them medical treatment, and eventually transferred them to another vessel. WELL DONE, SAILORS!!