Topic: Medal of Honor
Clarksville, TN – The Crouch Gallery of the Customs House Museum has taken on a military appearance this month with the exhibit “In the Footsteps of Alvin York”. This show tells the life story of the man from Pall Mall, Tennessee, in Fentress County, who became one of the most decorated American soldiers in World War I.
On October 8th, 1918, Cpl. (later Sgt.) York led seven soldiers against a much larger German force in the Argonne Forest near the small town of Chatel Chehery, France.
Written by Sgt. Justin Moeller
Since the Vietnam War, the 5th SFG (A) has had integral parts in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom as well as Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Bravery runs deep in the unit: they fly 20 campaign streamers and include 18 Medal of Honor recipients.
5th Special Forces Group “Legion” dedicates building at Fort Campbell to Medal of Honor recipient Drew Dix
Written by Sgt. Justin Moell
Fort Campbell, KY – Awarded for personal acts of valor, above and beyond the call of duty, the highest award a Soldier can earn during combat is the Medal of Honor.
Retired U.S. Army Maj. Drew D. Dix, native of Pueblo, CO, was awarded the Medal of Honor from President Lyndon B. Johnson on January 19th, 1969, for repeatedly leading a 20-man force of local fighters in to Chau Phu, Vietnam, multiple times, driving out the Viet Cong resulting in 14 confirmed Viet Cong Killed in action and a potential 25 more, the rescue of 14 United States and free world civilians, and capturing 20 enemy combatants, including a high ranking Viet Cong official, during the early days of the Tet Offensive.
Written by Maj. Brandon Bissell
Fort Campbell, KY – Each year the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) family gathers on Gabriel Field to honor Legionnaires who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Saturday, May 17th, was no different as it brought together the Group’s Soldiers, Families, and friends, both past and present, to remember their fallen brothers.
Gabriel Field, named in honor of Specialist 5 James P. Gabriel, one of the first Green Berets to be killed in Vietnam, was memorialized with markers placed around the perimeter of the field.
Written by Maj. Brandon Bissell
Fort Campbell, KY – Bob Howard grew up in Opelika, Alabama, in a house on a hill accessed by a single road. At the bottom of the hill living in two houses on either side of the road were two families, each with several boys that were both older and bigger than him.
Bob Howard was a smart boy. He knew the odds were not in his favor if he challenged the boys, so every day on his way home from school he would devise a different plan to get past the boys and up the hill to his home without getting into trouble.
Written by Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina
Fort Campbell, KY – The Medal of Honor is our Nation’s highest military honor awarded for valor. It is for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, and is awarded by the president of the United States on behalf of Congress.
To someone who does not know the true meaning of the award, it may be viewed as merely a medal that hangs around one’s neck, but it is much more than that. It is prestigious and comes at great sacrifice and selflessness.
Final update detailing the first session of the 108th General Assembly
Food, Clothing, and Hygiene Drive to support the Austin Peay State University Food Pantry
Nashville, TN – House Bill 32, License Plates for our Veterans and Active Duty Military.
House Bill 32, sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) will make some changes, effective July 1st, 2014, to the issuance of license plates to our active duty military and veterans who receive honors and awards such as the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Air Medal, and Medal of Honor.
The most substantial change is moving the Air Medal plates to the category of military cultural license plates. This category also contains other license plates such as the Silver Star and Bronze Star.
Clarksville, TN – George Kazuo Nishimura was an 18 year old teenager on December 7th, 1941. He sat and watched the Japanese bombing of Wheeler Field during the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He had no idea what was going on until he read it in the paper.
He wondered, “Why?”
He would volunteer to serve in the United States Army like so many other Japanese American men, in the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team.
George Nishimura lives in Clarksville, and this week, he’ll be presented his bronze replica of the Congressional Gold Medal in a ceremony to honor the 90 year old veteran. «Read the rest of this article»
5th Special Forces Group, 2nd Battalion “The Legion” Dedicates Building in honor of Mr. Gary Beikirch
Written by 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs
Fort Campbell, KY – Soldiers, families and friends from 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), also known as The Legion, gathered together on the morning of September 22nd, 2012, to pay tribute to a veteran and former member of the unit.
The tribute was in the form of the newly dedicated battalion operations complex, now named Beikirch Hall, for 2nd Bn., 5th SFG (A), in honor of Mr. Gary Beikirch, a Medal of Honor recipient.
Fort Campbell’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team “Strike” Soldier presented with the Distinguished Service Cross
Written by Megan Locke Simpson
Fort Campbell, KY – A humble 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Soldier received the nation’s second-highest military honor in a ceremony today at McAuliffe Hall.
Sgt. Felipe Pereira is the first “Screaming Eagle” to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross since Vietnam. The A Company, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, squad leader earned the recognition for what the official citation calls “distinguished service and heroism” during a firefight in Kandahar, Afghanistan, November 1st, 2010.
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