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Navy posthumously awards Silver Star for valor at Pearl Harbor

Posted December 8, 2017 by PO1 Eric Lockwood

The Navy recently authorized the posthumous award of a combat medal to a Sailor who was present at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, 1941, officials announced Dec. 4. Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer awarded the Silver Star Medal to Chaplain Lt. j.g. Aloysius H. Schmitt for gallantry in action…

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Sailors honored at USS Utah ceremony

Posted December 8, 2017 by PO2 Gabrielle Joyner

Navy photograph by PO1 Randi Brown Navy Master Chief Allen Keller, command master chief for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, lowers the ashes of Harry Hohstadt into the waters of Pearl Harbor during a double interment ceremony at the USS Utah Memorial as part of the 76th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor and…

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Guard troops were training when Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor

Posted December 8, 2017 by National Guard Bureau

National Guard photograph Kentucky Guard tankers in training: Members of Company D, 192nd Tank Battalion, Kentucky National Guard, pose with their vehicles at Ft. Knox, Ky., during the unit’s training prior to World War II. Called into federal service pursuant to the national emergency declared by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940, the 192nd, along…

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Air Power at Pearl Harbor

Posted December 8, 2017 by Dr. William Head

DOD photograph The USS Shaw exploes in drydock at Pearl Harbor. Dec. 7, 1941. When Japanese Naval aircraft attacked Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, they also attacked U.S. Army Air Forces flying fields and facilities as well.    Only a handful of U.S. pilots got airborne to fight back. The most…

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Ring of steel protected Oahu from invasion but not from attack by air

Posted December 8, 2017 by David Vergun

Shortly after 1898 when Hawaii became a U.S. territory, the Army began construction of defensive works on the island of Oahu. Seven forts were built around the island to contain the massive coastal artillery pieces and mortars, along with the hundreds of anti-aircraft guns — a so-called “ring of steel” — that had been put…

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Navy posthumously awards Bronze Star medal for Valor at Pearl Harbor

Posted December 4, 2017 by PO1 Eric Lockwood

Courtesy photograph An undated file photo of Chief Boatswain’s Mate Joseph L. George. After enlisting in 1935, George was assigned to the repair ship USS Vestal, which was moored alongside USS Arizona (BB 39) when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor began on Dec. 7, 1941. The Navy recently authorized the posthumous award of a…

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Vet Briefs November 29

Posted November 29, 2017 by

Remains WWII pilot identified, being brought home for burial ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ The Pentagon says the remains of an American pilot recovered in Europe are being returned to his New York family for burial 73 years after he died in a bombing mission. U.S. military officials said Nov. 28 that Army Air Forces 1st…

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VA study shows parasite from Vietnam may be killing vets

Posted November 22, 2017 by Margi Mason and Robin McDowell

HERALD, W.Va.–A half a century after serving in Vietnam, hundreds of veterans have a new reason to believe they may be dying from a silent bullet — test results show some men may have been infected by a slow-killing parasite while fighting in the jungles of Southeast Asia. The Department of Veterans Affairs this spring…

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Tuskegee Airman talks diversity, Army opportunities with high school students

Posted November 22, 2017 by Joe Lacdan

Photograph courtesy of Robert Friend Retired Lt. Col. Robert Friend (circled) pictured as a young captain serving the 332nd Fight Group. Friend, one of the last surviving Tuskegee Airmen who served during World War II, spoke to groups of high school students in southern California earlier this month. Sporting a crimson “Red Tails” ball cap,…

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Army’s Past Conflicts Repatriation Branch ensures no Soldier left behind

Posted November 22, 2017 by Master Sgt. Brian Hamilton

"I remember that day when they announced in our high school that Blootie Turner had died, the whole place got real quiet. Blootie was a great football player and a better person. He was the most popular kid in school."

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