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Remembering Andrew Pedersen-Keel 7 years later

Posted by hfalk on March 12, 2020 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Today we remember Captain Andrew Pedersen-Keel who was killed in action 7 years ago on this day while fighting for our country in Afghanistan. “Captain Andrew Michael Pedersen-Keel was concluding a patrol briefing when a 20 year-old Afghan jumped into the back of an Afghan police pickup truck, grabbed the machine gun mounted on the truck bed, and took aim at the Special Forces team. Andrew was mortally wounded.” To learn more about Captain Andrew Michael Pedersen-Ke...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Sergeant Jared Christopher Monti

Posted by hfalk on March 12, 2020 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

 

This weeks Medal of Honor Monday recognizes Sergeant Jared Christopher Monti. Sergeant Monti received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the war in Afghanistan. Unfortunately, Monti’s group was attacked by the enemy, and he made a selfless decision to try and rescue one of his fellow soldiers who was wounded. While trying to rescue the soldier, Sergeant Monti was killed in action. In 2009, Barack Obama presented Sergeant Monti’s fa...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins

Posted by hfalk on March 12, 2020 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 

This weeks Medal of Honor Monday recognizes Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins. Sergeant Atkins was awarded with the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions while serving in Iraq. He threw himself on top of the suicide bomber, pinning him to the ground and shielding his soldiers from the imminent explosion while bearing the brunt of the blast as the bomb detonated. Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins saved the lives of 3 other soldiers, and selflessly gave his life.

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53 years ago: Barney Barnum was awarded with the MOH

Posted by hfalk on March 12, 2020 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)

53 years ago Cheshire, CT native Colonel Harvey C Barnum Jr was awarded with the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions while serving in Vietnam.

“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 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...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Britt K. Slabinski

Posted by hfalk on March 12, 2020 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

 


This weeks Medal of Honor Monday talks about Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Britt K. Slabinski. After graduating from the radioman class school in California, where he was trained on naval communications, he was accepted into SEAL training. Slabinksi has completed nine overseas deployments and 15 combat deployments. He led a reconnaissance team to its assigned area ...

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75th anniversary of Iwo Jima

Posted by hfalk on March 12, 2020 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Iwo Jima. The battle took place in 1945 from February 19 to March 26. Over 110,000 troops fought, and there were 26,000 casualties with almost 6800 dead. The battle produced 27 Medal of Honor Recipients.

 

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia

Posted by hfalk on March 12, 2020 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

 

This weeks Medal of Honor Monday talks about Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia. Sergeant Bellavia is the first living Iraq War Veteran to receive the Medal of Honor. While in Iraq he made the heroic decision to go inside a house where his squad was trapped. He provided coverage so himself and his fellow soldiers could leave safely. His courage saved not only himself, but the other so...

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Local Teen Honoring Veterans, One Blog Post At A Time

Posted by hfalk on March 12, 2020 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Because of the Brave was recently featured in a local newspaper! I want to thank Mariah Melendez from

The Cheshire Herald for taking the time to write about my blog Because of the Brave. She listened closely and was supportive of everything that I had to share. One of the many things we discussed were my inspirations to create this blog, and how my dream would be for this blog to turn into a non profit one day. You can check out the article that she ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Corporal William Kyle Carpenter

Posted by hfalk on February 11, 2020 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 

This weeks Medal of Honor Monday talks about Kyle Carpenter. Corporal Carpenter is the youngest living Medal of Honor Recipient at 30 years old. He served from 2009-2013, and received the MOH for his heroic actions in Afghanistan in 2010. Kyle Carpenter jumped on an enemy grenade that was hurled onto his rooftop security position. He saved the life of another marine, because he absorbed most of the grenade. Kyle lost his right eye, as well as most of his face from ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Master Chief Edward C Byers

Posted by hfalk on February 3, 2020 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Master Chief Edward C Byers Jr was born on August 4, 1979 in Ohio. He is a retired Navy Seal and served from 1998 to 2019. In February of 2016 he received the Medal of Honor for rescuing a civilian in Afghanistan. His quick actions saved the American hostage and several team members. Edward Byers is the 6th Navy Seal to receive the MOH. #MedalofHonorMonday #BecauseOfTheBrave


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