Category Archives: Heroes Among Us

The red badge of reportage

Posted by lex, on October 25, 2006

Michael Fumento is an embedded reporter working in al Anbar, western Iraq. Indian country. Most of his colleagues – the ones whose daily reporting from within the Green Zone so influences our perspective on the war – are not embedded. Some go so far as to call embeds “jock sniffers.”

Which is a psychologically revealing choice of words, it seems to me.

But Fumento doesn’t take it lying down, penning a hard-edged comparison that will likely get him plucked off of many a J-school Christmas card list:

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Ave Atque Vale

By lex, on March 5th, 2012

Retired Army Colonel Van Barfoot is one of only five native Americans to have been awarded the Medal of Honor, which he received for destroying three German machine gun positions, one tank and one artillery tube during the Anzio breakout. For that alone his name ought to have been famous, taught in history books, an example to the rising generation of the heroism and sacrifices made by those who came before them to secure their freedoms.

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Tribute to Carroll “Lex” LeFon

To the reader: Some years ago, one of Lex’s friends  wrote a beautiful tribute to him.  With his permission, here it is. 

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Aviator Memorial at NAS Lemoore – Lex

Thanks to OldAFSarge and his daughter, the WSO, we Lexicans at the F/B group got together when they were building this memorial and got a brick for Lex.

Thought I  would show you a few pictures, and thanks go to both OldAFSarge and the WSO for facilitating this.

I am putting this into the Rest of Index for posterity…

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Hun Reunion

 

Posted by  lex, on April 16th, 2011

The Collings Foundation has a new war horse in the stable, and gave an old war horse a ride in her.

(05-14-18 – the video was embedded – here is the link – Ed )

Col. Day had 5000 hours in his log book, and 4500 of them in fighters before he volunteered for combat duty in Vietnam. He stood up the first “Fast FAC” squadron to fly high risk forward air control missions, and was shot down on his 65th sortie up north. Badly injured in the ejection, he nevertheless managed to evade his captors and cross the DMZ back in to South Vietnam, becoming the only American POW to escape from North Vietnam. Recaptured by Viet Cong just miles from a US base, Col. Day spent five years and seven months as a guest of the Hanoi regime, who broke his body but not his spirit.

He is the only person ever to have been awarded both the Medal of Honor and the Air Force Cross.

I hope you enjoyed the flight, colonel. And a tip o’ the tam to the Collings Foundation for setting it up.

Editors Note – 05-14-18 I wrote about the Misties awhile back. An amazing group of pilots. 

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Good Dog

Posted by Lex, on January 17, 2011

 

King Cole was a field trial-bred black lab who died a long way from home:

Cole was born for sport, but died in battle. The spawn of two champion black Labrador retrievers, he was bread for field trials, a competitive sport in which dogs make complicated retrievals at the direction of their owners.

But destiny had other plans for him. He was donated to the Marine Corps and spent the last of his days saving lives by sniffing out improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan.

In Cole’s last moments, as Cpl. Brian Holm’s three-man unit searched for mines along a dangerous road near Delaram, in Helmand province, the black Lab looked over his shoulder at Holm, his handler. Holm later told his wife, Brittany, that he will never forget the look on Cole’s face. It seemed to say, “I won’t let them hurt you.”

Then the explosion hit.

A command detonated mine, apparently. I hope they got the guy who pulled the kite string.

Good Dog

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An Old Letter

Posted by Lex, on January 17, 2011

 

On an appropriate day:

My friends, I must say to you that we have not made a single gain civil rights without determined legal and nonviolent pressure. Lamentably, it is an historical fact that privileged groups seldom give up their privileges voluntarily. Individuals may see the moral light and voluntarily give up their unjust posture; but, as Reinhold Niebuhr has reminded us, groups tend to be more immoral than individuals.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct-action campaign that was “well timed” in the view of those who have not suffered unduly from the disease of segregation. For years now I have heard the word “Wait!” It rings in the ear of every Negro with piercing familiarity. This “Wait” has almost always meant “Never.” We must come to see, with one of our distinguished jurists, that “justice too long delayed is justice denied.”

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