these are very special people who made sacrifices for our freedom. so please honor them. thank you

This is a poem I wrote Right after the Fort Hood shooting. PLEASE READ

Charles P. Murray, Jr.- The enemy's position in a sunken road, though hidden from the ridge, was open to a flank attack by 1st Lt. Murray's patrol but he hesitated to commit so small a force to battle with the superior and strongly disposed enemy. Crawling out ahead of his troops to a vantage point, he called by radio for artillery fire. His shells bracketed the German force, but when he was about to correct the range his radio went dead. He returned to his patrol, secured grenades and a rifle to launch them and went back to his self-appointed outpost. His first shots disclosed his position; the enemy directed heavy fire against him as he methodically fired his missiles into the narrow defile. Again he returned to his patrol

An Extraordinary Veteran- On May 23, 1944, near Carano, Italy, Van T. Barfoot, who had enlisted in the Army in 1940, set out to flank German machine gun positions from which fire was coming down on his fellow soldiers. He advanced through a minefield, took out three enemy machine gun positions and returned with 17 prisoners of war.

The Doolitle Raid-His name was Edgar McElroy. His friends call him "Mac". He was born and raised in Ennis, Texas the youngest of five children, son of Harry and Jennie McElroy. Folks said that he was the quiet one. He lived at 609 North Dallas Street and attended the Presbyterian Church. His dad had an auto mechanic's shop downtown close to the main fire station. His family was a hard working bunch, and he was expected to work at his dad's garage after school and on Saturdays, he grew up in an atmosphere of machinery, oil and grease. Occasionally he would hear a lone plane fly over, and would run out in the street and he would strain his eyes against the sun to watch it.  

Jay R. Vargas- On 1 May 1968, though suffering from wounds he had incurred while relocating his unit under heavy enemy fire the preceding day, Maj. Vargas combined Company G with two other companies and led his men in an attack on the fortified village of Dai Do. Exercising expert leadership, he maneuvered his marines across 700 meters of open rice paddy while under intense enemy mortar, rocket and artillery fire and obtained a foothold in two hedgerows on the enemy perimeter, only to have elements of his company become pinned down by the intense enemy fire.

Melvin E. Biddle- He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy near Soy, Belgium, on 23 and 24 December 1944. Serving as lead scout during an attack to relieve the enemy-encircled town of Hotton, he aggressively penetrated a densely wooded area, advanced 400 yards until he came within range of intense enemy rifle fire, and within 20 yards of enemy positions killed 3 snipers with unerring marksmanship. Courageously continuing his advance an additional 200 yards, he discovered a hostile machinegun position and dispatched its 2 occupants. He then located the approximate position of a well-concealed enemy machinegun nest, and crawling forward threw hand grenades which killed two Germans and fatally wounded a third.

Salvatore Giunta- Army Spec. Salvatore Giunta, a 22-year-old from Hiawatha, Iowa, was knocked flat by the gunfire; luckily, a well-aimed round failed to penetrate his armored chest plate. As the paratroopers tried to gather their senses and scramble for a shred of cover, Giunta reacted instinctively, running straight into the teeth of the ambush to aid three wounded soldiers, one by one, who had been separated from the others.

Allen Dale June USMC- Allen Dale June, one of the 29 original Navajo Code Talkers who confounded the Japanese during World War II by transmitting messages in their native language, has died.  He was 91. The Code Talkers took part in every assault the Marines conducted in the Pacific from 1942 to 1945.  They sent thousands of messages without error on Japanese troop movements, battlefield tactics and other communications critical to the war's ultimate outcome.

John J. McGinty III- Finding 20 men wounded and the medical corpsman killed, he quickly reloaded ammunition magazines and weapons for the wounded men and directed their fire upon the enemy. Although he was painfully wounded as he moved to care for the disabled men, he continued to shout encouragement to his troops and to direct their fire so effectively that the attacking hordes were beaten off. When the enemy tried to out-flank his position, he killed 5 of them at point-blank range with his pistol.

Harvey C Barnum Jr- When the company was suddenly pinned down by a hail of extremely accurate enemy fire and was quickly separated from the remainder of the battalion by over 500 meters of open and fire-swept ground, and casualties mounted rapidly. Lt. Barnum quickly made a hazardous reconnaissance of the area, seeking targets for his artillery. Finding the rifle company commander mortally wounded and the radio operator killed, he, with complete disregard for his safety, gave aid to the dying commander, then removed the radio from the dead operator and strapped it to himself. He immediately assumed command of the rifle company, and moving at once into the midst of the heavy fire, rallying and giving encouragement to all units, reorganized them to replace the loss of key personnel and led their attack on enemy positions from which deadly fire continued to come.

Ross A McGinnis- According to the official report, on the afternoon of Dec. 4, 2006, McGinnis’ platoon was on mounted patrol in Adhamiyah to restrict enemy movement and quell sectarian violence. During the course of the patrol, an unidentified insurgent positioned on a rooftop nearby threw a fragmentation grenade into the Humvee. Without hesitation or regard for his own life, McGinnis threw his back over the grenade, pinning it between his body and the Humvee’s radio mount. McGinnis absorbed all lethal fragments and the concussive effects of the grenade with his own body. McGinnis, who was a private first class at the time, was posthumously promoted to specialist. Spc. McGinnis’s heroic actions and tragic death are detailed in the battlescape section of this website and in his Medal of Honor Citation.

Michael Edwin Thornton- Michael Thornton’s Medal of Honor citation speaks of tremendous courage. Lieutenant Thornton served in the United States Navy from 1967-1992 and he also earned a Silver Star, three Bronze Stars a Purple Heart and he proudly wore the coveted SEAL Trident.  Mr. Thornton’s service included the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Please take a moment to read the citation of a hero.

Ernest E West- He voluntarily accompanied a contingent to locate and destroy a reported enemy outpost. Nearing the objective, the patrol was ambushed and suffered numerous casualties. Observing his wounded leader lying in an exposed position, Pfc. West ordered the troops to withdraw, then braved intense fire to reach and assist him.

George Catlett Marshall- America's foremost soldier during World War II, served as chief of staff from 1939 to 1945, building and directing the largest army in history. A diplomat, he acted as secretary of state from 1947 to 1949, formulating the «Marshall Plan», an unprecedented program of economic and military aid to foreign nations.

James P Fleming- Mr. Fleming served in the United States Air Force from 1966-1996 and achieved the rank of Colonel. In addition to his Medal of Honor, Colonel Fleming also earned a Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and Eight Air Medals. To earn his Medal of Honor Captain Fleming flew into hostile territory with the enemy on three sides to save a six-man Green Beret reconnaissance team.

Leo K. Thorsness-
Mr. Thorsness spent twenty-two years in the United States Air Force and retired with the rank of Colonel. In addition to his Medal of Honor Colonel Thorsness also earned two Silver Stars, six Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Purple Hearts and an amazing sixteen Air Medals. Shortly after he earned his Medal of Honor Colonel Thorsness was flying his 93rd mission and was shot down and spent six years in North Vietnam as a prisoner of war. On February 14th he will celebrate his 78th birthday.

George H. O'Brien-With his platoon subjected to an intense mortar and artillery bombardment while preparing to assault a vitally important hill position on the main line of resistance which had been overrun by a numerically superior enemy force on the preceding night, 2d Lt. O'Brien leaped from his trench when the attack signal was given and, shouting for his men to follow, raced across an exposed saddle and up the enemy-held hill through a virtual hail of deadly small-arms, artillery, and mortar fire.

Harold A. Fritz-For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. (then 1st Lt.) Fritz, Armor, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving as a platoon leader with Troop A, near Quan Loi. Capt. Fritz was leading his 7-vehicle armored column along Highway 13 to meet and escort a truck convoy when the column suddenly came under intense crossfire from a reinforced enemy company deployed in ambush positions. In the initial attack, Capt. Fritz' vehicle was hit and he was seriously wounded.

Terry Teruo Kawamura-
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Cpl. Kawamura distinguished himself by heroic action while serving as a member of the 173d Engineer Company. An enemy demolition team infiltrated the unit quarters area and opened fire with automatic weapons.

Robert R. Ingram- For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Corpsman with Company C, First Battalion, Seventh Marines against elements of a North Vietnam Aggressor (NVA) battalion in Quang Ngai Province Republic of Vietnam on 28 March 1966.  Petty Officer Ingram accompanied the point platoon as it aggressively dispatched an outpost of an NVA battalion.

Theodore Roosevelt- It took over 100 years to give this hero the Medal of Honor. Teddy Roosevelt’s actions were gallant to be sure, but 1990 was in the period during which NO contemporary survivor of combat gallantry was ever awarded the Medal of Honor.

John William Finn USN (July 23, 1909 – May 27, 2010) For extraordinary heroism, distinguished service, and devotion above and beyond the call of duty. During the first attack by Japanese airplanes on the Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Territory of Hawaii, on December 7, 1941, he promptly secured and manned a .50 caliber machine gun mounted on an instruction stand in a completely exposed section of the parking ramp, which was under heavy enemy machine gun strafing fire. Although painfully wounded many times, he continued to man this gun and to return the enemy's fire vigorously and with telling effect throughout the enemy strafing and bombing attacks and with complete disregard for his own personal safety. It was only by specific orders that he was persuaded to leave his post to seek medical attention. Following first-aid treatment, although obviously suffering much pain and moving with great difficulty, he returned to the squadron area and actively supervised the rearming of returning planes. His extraordinary heroism and conduct in this action are considered to be in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval Service.

Deming "Dick" Bronson For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy. On the morning of 26 September, during the advance of the 364th Infantry, 1st Lt. Bronson was struck by an exploding enemy handgrenade, receiving deep cuts on his face and the back of his head. Read More

William H. Pitsenbarger Airman First Class Pitsenbarger distinguished himself by extreme valor on 11 April 1966 near Cam My, Republic of Vietnam, while assigned as a Pararescue Crew Member, Detachment 6, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron.  On that date, Airman Pitsenbarger was aboard a rescue helicopter responding to a call for evacuation of casualties incurred in an on-going firefight between elements of the United States Army's 1st Infantry Division and a sizable enemy force approximately 35 miles east of Saigon.  With complete disregard for personal safety, Airman Pitsenbarger volunteered to ride...Read More

The List Below are names of Veterans that deserve honorable mention

Lex and Dusty
Corporal David Vicente

Private First Class Dustin Sekula
Lance Corporal Aric Barr
Corporal Dominique Nicholas
Corporal Matthew Henderson
Lance Corporal Kyle Codner
Staff Sergeant Marvin Best
Lance Corporal Kane Funke
Private First Class Ramon Romero
Lance Corporal David Mendez
Lance Corporal Scott Zubowski
Staff Sergeant Daniel Clay
Private First Class John Holmason
Lance Corporal David Huhn
Lance Corporal Adam Kaiser
Lance Corporal Robert Martinez
Corporal Anthony McElveen
Lance Corporal Scott Modeen
Lance Corporal Andrew Patten
Sergeant Andy Stevens
Lance Corporal Craig Watson
Lance Corporal Johnny Strong
Lance Corporal Nigel Olsen