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President Obama Awards the Congressional Medal of Honor to 24 Army Veterans Who Were Victims of Discrimination

 

The White HouseWashington, DC – Yesterday afternoon, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans in recognition of their valor during major combat operations in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Each veteran honored yesterday had already received the Distinguished Service Cross – the nation’s second-highest military award – but 19 of them were previously overlooked for the Medal of Honor due to their racial or ethnic backgrounds. Yesterday’s ceremony follows a 12-year Pentagon review, ordered by Congress, of past discrimination in the military. «Read the rest of this article»

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Former Fort Campbell Soldier, Vietnam hero to receive Congressional Medal of Honor

 

By Elizabeth M. Collins, Soldiers Live

United States Department of Defense - DoDWashington, DC – The year was 1968. It was a year of war, of protests, of death.

It was the year Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were both assassinated. It was also the year the Vietnam War exploded into new levels of violence. And as troops poured into ‘Nam and more and more young men died — 1968 was the deadliest year of the Vietnam War — Americans watched it all from their living rooms with anger and disgust. The protest movement gained traction. Protesters spit on returning Soldiers, called them rapists and baby killers. In fact, the U.S. agreed to begin peace talks in Paris that year, due in part to the dwindling support at home.

It was also the year Santiago Erevia became a Soldier.

Former Spc. 4 Santiago Erevia reflects on his service medals and awards, which include a South Vietnamese medal, an Army Commendation Medal, a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and the nation’s second highest award for valor, the Distinguished Service Cross. While Erevia was deployed to Vietnam in May 1969 as a radio-telephone operator with the 101st Airborne Division, he had been assigned to care for the wounded during a search-and-clear mission while the rest of his platoon penetrated an enemy defensive perimeter. After North Vietnamese soldiers attacked his position, Erevia rushed forward into heavy fire, single-handedly destroying four enemy bunkers with grenades and M-16 fire. After reviewing Erevia’s actions, President Barack Obama will award Erevia the Medal of Honor in a February 2014 ceremony. (Elizabeth M. Collins/DOD)

Former Spc. 4 Santiago Erevia (Elizabeth M. Collins/DOD)

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The Story of “Old Abe,” famous Wisconsin War Eagle on 101st Airborne Division patch

 

Written by Capt. James A. Page

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – The Screaming Eagle insignia of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) is perhaps the most recognized and famous shoulder sleeve insignia in the United States Army.

However the history and symbolism of the patch is often forgotten. The eagle on your shoulder is not just any American Bald Eagle, but instead, it commemorates the most famous animal mascot that ever served in the United States Army.

Old Abe and the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment Color Guard 1863.

Old Abe and the 8th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment Color Guard 1863.

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Fort Campbell’s 1st Brigade Combat Team trains with improved M320 grenade launchers

 

Written By Sgt. Jon Heinrich
1st Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division1st Brigade Combat TeamFort Campbell, KY – A bitter, cold morning has no affect on Soldiers when it comes to training.

Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, demonstrates this as they spent the day shooting their M203 and M320 grenade launchers at Range 22B.

Twenty-three Soldiers from the Cannibals Company and two from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st BCT, fired from various positions using 40mm Target, Practice Trainer orange paint rounds.

Specialist Rodney C. Wall, training room clerk with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, aims down the sights of his M320 grenade launcher module Feb. 8 at Range 22B here. The range was held by Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st BCT. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).)

Specialist Rodney C. Wall, training room clerk with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, aims down the sights of his M320 grenade launcher module Feb. 8 at Range 22B here. The range was held by Company C, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st BCT. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).)

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Rakkasan Soldiers presented medals for Valor

 

By Army Pfc. Christopher McKenna
3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. (AASLT), PAO

The Logo of the 101st Airborne DivisionFOB SALERNO, Afghanistan (May 13th 2010) – Many Soldiers have received Bronze Stars and Army Commendation Medals, but relatively few know the pride that comes with adding the small metal “V” to the ribbon – a device that denotes the award was presented for acts of valor.

On May 12, 11 more Soldiers learned what it felt like to have their courage publicly recognized when they received awards with “V” Devices at a ceremony at Forward Operating Base Salerno, where U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, commander for International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, was on hand to present awards.

Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, commander for International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, and Col. Viet Luong, commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, stand in front of the brigade headquarters building, May 12, with a group of Soldiers whom received award for valor. There were three Bronze Star Medal’s with “V” Device as well as eight Army Commendation Meal’s with “V” Device awarded. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Christopher McKenna)

Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, commander for International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, and Col. Viet Luong, commander of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, stand in front of the brigade headquarters building, May 12, with a group of Soldiers whom received award for valor. There were three Bronze Star Medal’s with “V” Device as well as eight Army Commendation Meal’s with “V” Device awarded. (U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Christopher McKenna)

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