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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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Clarksville Soldier Lawrence Woods to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery

 

Staff Sergeant Woods has been missing in action for 50 years

Tennessee Department of Veterans AffairsNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods of Clarksville, TN.

Woods was among eight service members killed in a plane crash on October 24th, 1964 and the first Tennessean to be declared missing in action (MIA) leading up to the Vietnam War.

Woods was a member of the 5th Special Forces Group based out of Fort Campbell.

Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods

Staff Sergeant Lawrence Woods

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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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5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) celebrates 52 years of service

 

Written by Maj. Brandon Bissell
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – Past and present members of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) family gathered together here last week for its annual Reunion Week festivities.

This year marked the unit’s 52nd anniversary of its activation, which originally took place September 21st, 1961, at Fort Bragg, NC. Although a time to celebrate, the “reunion” has become much more than just an annual gathering throughout the years.

The 5th SFG (A) has a storied history written by very quiet professionals, but more importantly they are a family that encompasses Veterans, past and present, families and friend of the Legion for generations past.

Col. John Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Mr. Steve Woods, son of Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, Mr. Frank Roe, and Col. Frederick Prins, deputy commander of the 5th SFG (A) join together for a picture at the Group’s 52nd Reunion Picnic 21 held on Gabriel Field on Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 21, 2013.  Approximately 49 years after Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, a Soldier with the 5th SFG (A) during the Vietnam War, was pronounced missing and presumed dead in Vietnam his remains were finally found just days before the Group’s Reunion in Cambodia.

Col. John Brennan, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Mr. Steve Woods, son of Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, Mr. Frank Roe, and Col. Frederick Prins, deputy commander of the 5th SFG (A) join together for a picture at the Group’s 52nd Reunion Picnic 21 held on Gabriel Field on Fort Campbell, Ky., Sept. 21, 2013. Approximately 49 years after Staff Sgt. Lawrence Woods, a Soldier with the 5th SFG (A) during the Vietnam War, was pronounced missing and presumed dead in Vietnam his remains were finally found just days before the Group’s Reunion in Cambodia.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam proclaims POW/MIA Recognition Week

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced September 20th-26th, 2013 as POW/MIA Recognition Week. Meanwhile, the United States Department of Defense announces the identification of Major Howard V. Andre, Jr. of Memphis who has been missing in action since July 8th, 1969.

Major Andre and Major James E. Sizemore of Illinois were on a night armed reconnaissance mission when their A-26A Invader aircraft crashed in Xiangkhoang Province, Laos during the Vietnam War. Both men died in the crash but their remains were unaccounted for until April 2013. The Air Force pilots will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors on September 23rd at Arlington National Cemetery. They were classified as missing in action for nearly 44 years.

Major Howard Andre (photo provided by State of Tennessee)

Major Howard Andre (photo provided by State of Tennessee)

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Fort Campbell 5th Special Forces Operations Complex Memorialized as Howard Hall

 

Written by Maj. Brandon Bissell
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

5th Special Forces based at Fort Campbell, KYFort 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.

Colonel Scott Brower, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), is joined by Mrs. Melissa Gentsch, daughter of retired Army Col. Robert Howard, following the dedication of the 5th SFG (A) headquarters building in honor of Col. Howard July 3rd, 2013, at Fort Campbell, KY. (Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

Colonel Scott Brower, commander of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), is joined by Mrs. Melissa Gentsch, daughter of retired Army Col. Robert Howard, following the dedication of the 5th SFG (A) headquarters building in honor of Col. Howard July 3rd, 2013, at Fort Campbell, KY. (Photo courtesy of Staff Sgt. Barbara Ospina)

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Tennessee Veterans May Be Issued Missing High School Diplomas

 

New law affects WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam War Veterans

The Seal of the State of TennesseeNashville, TN – The Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, Many-Bears Grinder and the Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman will be presenting a high school diploma to Korean War Veteran, William Milton Duncan Wednesday, June 19th at 10:30am in the Senate Library in the State Capitol.

Mr. Duncan was drafted in 1951 and began serving in the United States Army during the Korean War. Due to his military service, Mr. Duncan left high school a few days before completing requirements for his diploma. «Read the rest of this article»

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Vietnam Veterans Candle Light Vigil to Recognize Tennessee Soldiers still missing from the Vietnam War

 

Annual Montgomery County Candle Light Vigil honors those still missing in action from Vietnam

Clarksville, TNVietnam Veterans of America LogoThe Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 396 will be holding their Memorial Day Vigil on Sunday May 26th at 7:00pm at Veterans Plaza (350 Pageant Lane), in front of the Wiliam O. Beach Civic Hall to remember the men and women who were left behind in Vietnam when American forces left that country in 1975.

This year the guest speakers will include Col. Tom Denny Retired, a Vietnam Veteran; along with various city and county dignitaries. The colors will be posted by an honor guard composed of Montgomery Central High School JROTC Students.

A Vietnam Veterans of American member carries forward the chair of one of the POW/MIA soldiers at the 2012 Candle Light Vigil

A Vietnam Veterans of American member carries forward the chair of one of the POW/MIA soldiers at the 2012 Candle Light Vigil

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Fort Campbell holds Purple Heart Ceremony for Staff Sgt. Richard McLain and Sgt. Donnie Roach

 

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – Staff Sgt. Richard McLain and Sgt. Donnie Roach were awarded the Purple Heart at a special ceremony conducted at McAuliffe Hall Tuesday.

Roach and McLain were surrounded by family and friends as they were each presented the award by 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Acting Senior Commander, Brig. Gen. Mark Stammer. Both men were overcome with emotion as they reflected back on their time in service and combat.

Staff Sgt. Richard McLain, (right) and Sgt. Donnie Roach take questions from the media following their Purple Heart Award Ceremony at Fort Campbell. Roach, a Vietnam Veteran, received his award more than 40 years after being wounded in the Vietnam War (Photo by Sgt. Joe Padula)

Staff Sgt. Richard McLain, (right) and Sgt. Donnie Roach take questions from the media following their Purple Heart Award Ceremony at Fort Campbell. Roach, a Vietnam Veteran, received his award more than 40 years after being wounded in the Vietnam War (Photo by Sgt. Joe Padula)

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Tennessee State Licensure Renewal Bill aiding Military Personnel Passes House of Representatives Unanimously

 

TDOT Issues Two Important Public Meeting Notices impacting Clarksville-Montgomery County

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – House Bill 0422 (Senate Bill 493) which would expedite issuance of certain professional licenses and temporarily extend certain licenses for active duty personnel that were deployed when their licenses came due for renewal passed unanimously in the House of Representatives on Monday, March 11th.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville), sponsor of the House bill said “The legislation sets a clear process for professional license renewal when our active duty military personnel are deployed at the time of that renewal.”

The House of Representatives passed the bill unanimously and the Senate will take up the bill on Monday, March 18th.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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