So your kid looks up to a rapper or a fraud of a sports athlete? It’s a shame that so many kids have to look up to them as role models. Where right next door the Marine returning from Iraq or the older gentlemen no one talks to on the other side of where you live are a decorated war heroes from the past.

Based of off pride and integrity for something other than making a buck, they develop the heart and soul of American Hero’s. They didn’t make 4.5 million. They don’t ride around in limos and eat at fancy restaurants in Hollywood . They shop at the same place where you do, in your home town.

They are different from today’s role models because they aren’t in it for themselves. They are committed for all of us. From the heroes in the Normandy

invasion, June 6 1944 to the streets of Ramadi Iraq. Today’s role models set the example on what you should do and act to be a contributor to society. Instead of piercing every piece of your body, they stormed machine gun pits. Instead of inching by without a job, they volunteered to save a country.

Its up to you to educate your kids on what your service members have done for their country. Its up to you to teach them about warriors and our history instead of some music video. Today’s role models should be ashamed to give out autographs to kids. They instead should read Medal of Honor citations like the one below from the Normandy invasion then go look at themselves in a mirror. Lets see who the better role model is then!

Semper Fi

“More than duty”

Capt B

PINDER, JOHN J., JR. Rank and organization: Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Colleville-sur-Mer,France

, 6 June 1944. Entered .service at: Burgettstown,Pa.Birth: McKees Rocks, Pa. G.O. No.: 1, 4 January 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, near Colleville-sur-Mer, France. On D-day, Technician 5th Grade Pinder landed on the coast 100 yards off shore under devastating enemy machinegun and artillery fire which caused severe casualties among the boatload. Carrying a vitally important radio, he struggled towards shore in waist-deep water. Only a few yards from his craft he was hit by enemy fire and was gravely wounded. Technician 5th Grade Pinder never stopped. He made shore and delivered the radio. Refusing to take cover afforded, or to accept medical attention for his wounds, Technician 5th Grade Pinder, though terribly weakened by loss of blood and in fierce pain, on 3 occasions went into the fire-swept surf to salvage communication equipment. He recovered many vital parts and equipment, including another workable radio. On the 3rd trip he was again hit, suffering machinegun bullet wounds in the legs. Still this valiant soldier would not stop for rest or medical attention. Remaining exposed to heavy enemy fire, growing steadily weaker, he aided in establishing the vital radio communication on the beach. While so engaged this dauntless soldier was hit for the third time and killed. The indomitable courage and personal bravery of Technician 5th Grade Pinder was a magnificent inspiration to the men with whom he served.


  1. I agree that our role models should not be sports and entertainment figures who are overpaid for what they do and get public recognition at every turn, despite what public bad taste they’ve exhibited. Our role model should be those who are true heros like the troops, police and fire fighters, medical personel who expose themselves to diseases as part of their jobs and other similar people who put themselves in harms way of one sort or another to benefit others.

  2. Great new site,G. I agree about the role models. You know,back in the day, when they first came out with the GI Joe action figures, every boy wanted to be a soldier. It’s too bad that society doesn’t encourage going into such an honorable profession as much anymore. Those who serve should be everyone’s heroes and should be looked up to. That’s how I was raised and if I’m ever blessed with any children, that’s what I’ll teach them.

  3. D-Day Remembered

    Ike addressing Paratroopers of the 502nd PIR, 101st Airborne Division, at Greenham Common Airfield, England, at about 8:30 p.m. on June 5, 1944. I’ll start by posting this link to the Blog Round-Up of posts about the 60th Anniversary of

  4. Crap, I just put a link up for your old site. I like this one better anyway. I’ll fix it.
    Great post and agreed on from here.
    I think I’ll ask the boys today who are there role models and let them read this.

  5. Thanks Skipper. I agree…too me an over payed ball player or entertainer is not a hero. And the irony is that the real heros that I know don’t consider themselves heros. They figure they were just doing their job and damn few even want to talk about it. I am proud that this country still has the young people who choose to serve. They are the heros even if they never have to dodge a bullet. They are doing what millions of others choose not to do..serve

  6. My role model & hero is my Marine son. We sat at the kitchen table & I told him how much “I like you being a Marine. There are many people that think you guys are heroes”. He just smiled & wore a Marine t-shirt to see his friends.
    Amazing how much we can learn from our own children!

  7. Todays Heroes

    On this anniversary of DDay, please read this excellent post about heroes, today v. yesterday.
    So your kid looks up to a rapper or a fraud of a sports athlete? Its a shame that so many kids have to look up to them as role models. Where r…

  8. Amazing story…one out of many such young American heroes, I’m sure. I wish history- and not the Howard Zinn version of it, mind you- were much more emphasized in the classroom, and in the home.
    (I hope this doesn’t end up as a double post)

  9. Heroes of this kind do make a difference. Thank God for them.
    My hero is my son Sgt. Dan. Who has just finished a tour in Iraq (Al Anbar) and is on his way home, as I type this. YIPPPPEEE!
    Praise God!!!!!

  10. I hope my two young girls learn to understand the difference between the genuine role model you describe and the high paid celebrity kind. My goal is to deprogram them from the brainwashing they get outside the house, and instill the appreciation for what is and was done to protect this country by brave young men and women.

  11. There are so many heroes today that we hear nothing about. Thanks for telling us something about a couple of them. A lot of parents today don’t realize the importance of teaching patriotism to their children. We older folks were blessed – if we didn’t learn it at home, we learned it in school.

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