Posted by Lex, on November 5, 2007
If you’re on the east coast you’ve got a special opportunity coming up this weekend – a gathering of American heroes from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq at the Renaissance Washington Hotel. In attendance:
By lex, on August 11th, 2009
During a leadership and ethics class as a young midshipman I had the opportunity to view a video of Jeremiah Denton, a naval aviator shot down in Viet Nam who had the unenviable distinction of being the US serviceman with the longest time spent in solitary confinement as a prisoner of war. The video had been made for propaganda purposes, with Denton asked to admit to “war crimes” – instead he answered, “I don’t know what is happening now in Vietnam, because the only news sources I have are Vietnamese. But whatever the position of my government is, I believe in it, I support it, and I will support it as long as I live.”
By lex, on June 29th, 2009
What with all the celebrity passings last week, the news that the most decorated Marine aviator in history passed away last week might have escaped your notice. Colonel Ken Reusser, a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, a man with 363 combat missions, and 59 medals – including two Navy Crosses, four Purple Hearts, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, and 19 Air Medals – passed into the clearing ** at the end of the path on 20 June 2009, age 89.
In one of his more celebrated missions, Reusser stripped down his F-4U Corsair in order to attack a high altitude Japanese reconnaissance plane that was taking photographs for follow-on kamikaze attacks. When his guns froze at altitude, Reusser and his wingman attacked the recon bird with their propellers, sending it down.
In his final flight over Vietnam, Reusser was directing a search and rescue effort when he was shot down and severely wounded. He was medically retired in 1968.
No elected official attended his funeral ceremony.
** 09-07-2018 Original link gone; replacement found – Ed.
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Posted by Lex, on August 8, 2006
We don’t award medals to reward heroes for their actions – we award them so that they might be recognized by the rest of us. We award them that we might be aware of the fact that we are in the presence of heroic virtue, that such qualities abide, that we might by their example be encouraged.
With all that said, Joseph Kinney, of the New York Times of all places, asks a pretty good question in his Op-Ed today:
By lex, on May 6th, 2009
A pair of masked men break into an apartment, rob the occupants, separate the men from the women, ensure that there are sufficient bullets to kill everyone inside and then prepare to have their way with the female victims. Counting on the fact, as criminals so often do, that they alone are prepared to offer violence, and that the constabulary cannot arrive in time to stop them.
Not this time:**
The WSJ had a good op-ed and another article on the effect he had in the Senate. I always thought how many could have endured what he endured in Hanoi for 7 years? Somebody today in the F/B group posted a wonderful story on him during his Presidential run and a “television journalist” who tried playing the game of “gotcha“.
You know, ask some absurd question so you can ridicule the the hapless interviewee on his lack of preparation. Who’s the President of Absurdistan? Don’t know? How are you qualified for the office?
By lex, on June 6th, 2008
There’s no other word for a guy who fibbed his way into the Marine Corps at age 14 and earned the Medal of Honor for jumping on not one, but two grenades when they rolled into his trench. Who then went on, carrying 250 pieces of shrapnel in his body after 26 operations to join the Army Airborne during the 1960′s – in order to overcome a fear of heights. And, having had both his main and aux parachutes fail on a training jump, survived the landing anyway.
Who, hospitalized with leukemia and on dialysis decided on his own terms to let the clock finally run out. There are all kinds of heroes. *
Jack Lucas was one of them. Ave atque vale, frater.
* 08-22-2018 Link Gone; no replacement found (was In harm’s Way – 06-04-2008 Neptunuslex.com) – Ed.
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