25 years ago this afternoon, 33-year-old Gary Gordon (left) and 35-year-old Randy Shughart (right), both members of the Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta, were providing air cover for Rangers in Operation Gothic Serpent in Mogadishu when a fellow Blackhawk helicopter was shot down. Gordon requested to be landed at the crash site to provide cover for the crew, but was denied permission. Seeing the hostile Somali crowds converging on the downed Blackhawk, he pressed his request until finally granted permission. Gordon and Shughart, armed each with only his own rifle and pistol, were dropped off at the crash site, and found pilot Michael Durant alive. There they formed a perimeter around him hoping for rescue that never came. Both men exhausted their ammunition and were killed saving Durant, who was taken alive as prisoner. Both men were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the first ones awarded for action since Vietnam. Today we honor their memory! ... See MoreSee Less
Florent Plana, a friend since we met on an Honor Flight, opened my eyes to the deep appreciation he and many europeans show for American soldiers through stories like these.Yesterday, we had a very emotional time at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten with Best Defense Foundation and the 6 WWII veterans they brought to Europe.
All the veterans in the group have friends burried in military cemeteries throughout Europe including the Netherlands. Under each of these graves there is a son, a brother, a husband or a friend. For those who have been with them in combat, sharing the same foxhole and painful experience, it's always very moving to visit their friends who lost their lives so many years ago. It has been a long time, but their sacrifice has not been forgotten.
Yesterday, Major Edward A. Burke of the 821st Tank Destroyer Battalion visited a comrade in arms from his unit, Francis J. Hodnett, who paid the ultimate sacrifice on January 6, 1945. ... See MoreSee Less
After having been wounded slightly on August 29, 1918 near Ville-sur-Tierre, France, a soldier of the 144th Infantry, 36th Division, stops to kneel and take a drink of water on his way back to an aid station. ... See MoreSee Less
On Sunday morning, April 14th, 1918, the U.S. 94th Aero Squadron, which had just been transferred to the front were on alert at Gengoult Aerodrome near Toul, France. Pilots were alerted and Lt. Allan F. Winslow went up to meet the threat of German planes in the area. He was credited with having brought down the first German aeroplane while flying under the American colors. His machine is seen in the foreground bearing the insignia of “Uncle Sam’s hat in the ring”. ... See MoreSee Less
We have been honored with a visit from Barbara Downs and her father Mr. Robert Essler, a 90th Division infantryman whose exceptional heroism during the Second World War was recognized by the French government when he was inducted into the National Order of the Legion of Honour, France's highest order for military and civilian merit. Thank you so much for coming to visit Barbara and Mr. Essler, and thank you for your great service to our nation! ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Carlotta Garcia for donating the story of your father Pvt. Santiago Diaz. He will be missed by friends and family, but remembered by a grateful nation for his service in the Pacific theater during WW2. We look forward to memorializing his story in our Pacific war exhibit! ... See MoreSee Less
WWI Trench is a hit! We are open in our new 4,000 + sf space with new displays, a WWI trench, French farmhouse under fire, and a photo op with interactive gear! Thursday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:00 and Monday 10:00 - 5:00. ... See MoreSee Less
Tune into 660AM at 5:00 today to hear the Cami Dean show One Nation Under God, she has graciously offered to interview our Executive Director about our expansion and coming Grand Re-opening on Memorial Day later this month. We hope you all take a chance to hear what’s coming up. ... See MoreSee Less
The museum will be closed April 30th until our GRAND RE-OPENING in our bigger and more exciting space on MEMORIAL DAY, May, 28th! Tyler and crew are busy building a life-sized, interactive WWI trench replica demonstrating Trench Warfare of that era. Grand Opening details coming soon! ... See MoreSee Less