In World War II Europe, we are aware of five American soldiers who single-handedly attacked and stopped German tanks in combat. Such acts are the stuff of legend and truly “above and beyond” the call of duty! For their heroism, four men were awarded the Medal of Honor. However, James “Maggie” Megellas received the SILVER STAR. Hero [...]
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therepublic.com: The notion he could bring home extra pay for indulging his adventurous side was enough motivation for Chuck Kaifes of Rostraver to volunteer for a new Army parachute unit while he was waiting to be shipped overseas during World War II. “He said, ‘I was the first one up there,’” according to his wife, Evelyn. “They told them jump [...]
The medals of a wartime seaman who went down with nearly every ship he served on in the Second World War, and survived a prisoner of war camp, have emerged for sale. Just like Uncle Albert from Only Fools and Horses, Commander Ian Forbes survived being sunk four times during the war, witnessing numerous comrades killed but managed to dodge [...]
It is a story of survival against all the odds which ranks as one of the most extraordinary in military history.
Daily Mail: The real life Uncle Albert: Incredible survival story of WWII seaman who went down with FOUR torpedoed ships and survived Japanese Prisoner of War camp It is a story of survival against all the odds which ranks as one of the most extraordinary in military history. Now the little-known events surrounding the incredible service of Commander Ian Forbes, [...]
BBC: The funeral has taken place of a veteran of the World War II Arctic convoys who died just weeks before he was to receive a long-awaited medal. Herbert William Lovegrove, known as Stormy, made nine trips on the route called the “worst journey in the world” by Winston Churchill. He had been due to receive the medal from Prince [...]
triblive.com: The French government on Tuesday will bestow its highest honor on a World War II veteran who helped support the D-Day invasion, days after burglars stole the medal from a Squirrel Hill home. Al Crawford, 88, of Coraopolis, a Navy veteran who served as quartermaster aboard the USS Swivel, will be awarded the French Legion of Honor medal at [...]
Just in time for Memorial Day, a mystery that started with a surprise discovery by Goodwill in Missouri had a happy ending. A box of World War II medals, awards and other mementos was discovered by MERS/Missouri Goodwill earlier this week. Lewis Chartock, chief executive officer of MERS/Missouri Goodwill, said he believed the box was donated to Goodwill but was likely [...]
It wasn’t Wencel Bohr’s first bombing run over Tokyo during World War II, but when his plane, struck by flak, collided with another bomber, he and his crewmates thought it could be their last. “We were coming over Tokyo, and all the anti-aircraft went off like mad,” said Bohr, who served as a gunner on a B-29 bomber in 1944 [...]
Telegraph: Earlier this year, the Government launched the clasp for those who had taken part in the air offensive during the Second World War, but stopped short of awarding a medal, as campaigners had been calling for.But figures suggest that barely half of those eligible for the lesser award have so far applied, with veterans snubbing the “pathetic” award.It comes [...]
BBC: A man who attended a Remembrance Day parade with medals he wasn’t awarded has been ordered to do community service for his deception. But there is a thriving trade in second-hand military decoration, so is it illegal to wear them? Veterans call them “Walt medals” – as in the fictional fantasist Walter Mitty – and keep an eye out [...]