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We must never forget those that have given all. Never. We all know too many buddies, friends, sons, daughters, dads that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Never forget them.

There are warriors and there are warriors. Through time our Nation is so busy with their iphones, texting, television shows with farfetched unrealistic shows or worse “reality shows” that suck the brain matter out of your skull, that we often see generations grow without ever even knowing about our own heroes.

America’s heroes that have received the Congressional Medal of Honor are true “heroes” and next time you are talking to a teenager ask them to name you one warrior that has received the Medal of Honor.  If they can’t name one then you can take the opportunity to educate them and if you want to really leave an impression on them, buy them the “good book”. Not necessarily a bible (but that wouldn’t hurt either) but the “other” good book called ”United States of America's Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients and their Citations.”  A motivating book of ever Medal of Honor citation. Read the events, understand the actual details and the outstanding circumstance many overcame.  I had the opportunity to travel to the Solomon Islands where Marines engaged the enemy during WWII.  I was fortunate enough to stand on the exact terrain where GySgt Basilone gallantly fought off wave after wave of enemy soldiers and received the Medal of Honor.  There is still to this day fighting holes dug by Marines very visible, barb wire rusted but in still in place and about every 3rd or 4th hand full of dirt resulted in holding a uniform button or  bullet or two.  The humidity and terrain alone would have (and did) kill many men compounded with malaria and the enemy I have a shit-ton respect for those that fought there.

To give you some idea, below is the citation for GySgt Basilone that can be found in the previously mention book.

For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action against enemy Japanese forces, above and beyond the call of duty, while serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division in the Lunga Area, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 24 and 25 October 1942. While the enemy was hammering at the Marines' defensive positions, Sgt. Basilone, in charge of 2 sections of heavy machine guns, fought valiantly to check the savage and determined assault. In a fierce frontal attack with the Japanese blasting his guns with grenades and mortar fire, one of Sgt. Basilone's sections, with its gun crews, was put out of action, leaving only 2 men able to carry on. Moving an extra gun into position, he placed it in action, then, under continual fire, repaired another and personally manned it, gallantly holding his line until replacements arrived. A little later, with ammunition critically low and the supply lines cut off, Sgt. Basilone, at great risk of his life and in the face of continued enemy attack, battled his way through hostile lines with urgently needed shells for his gunners, thereby contributing in large measure to the virtual annihilation of a Japanese regiment. His great personal valor and courageous initiative were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service 

After reading this and being on the ground, the series “The Pacific” captures the difficult terrain and situation accurately. Now that’s a reality show for you!

 

Read below for some interesting facts about Marines and the Medal of Honor

Time for a CGar!

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the excellent, highly educational post today. There is lots that we can learn from the actions our wartime heros.This information should be part of every high school civics class in the USA (but sadly it is not).

  2. Wonderful post-I hsve a similar book, called Medal of Honor-portraits of courage or something like that which focused on living recipients.

  3. Thx warriors for the comments. The book is a great gift idea and opens your eyes to what these studs did. Its unfortunate that the award citations are limited in how long they are as it would be great to more detail as I know there in much more to the story in every single citation

  4. Is there somewhere I can go to find the Marines of Honor that you posted? I tried printing it out to share with a very special Marine, but it wouldn’t print the entire piece. Thanks for anything you can do to get me to the right place!

  5. I new Raymond Mike Clausen Jr MOH Jan 31,1970 or as he would say, just call me
    Mike. On January 31, 1970 a CH 46 helicopter named Blood Sweat & Tears with it’s crew
    of 5 takes off from it’s base in Vietnam on a rescue mission, to extract elements of
    a platoon which had inadvertently entered a minefield while attacking enemy positions.
    Mike disobeying a direct order not to leave the helicopter, Mike jumped from the
    helicopter and went into the minefield under heavy fire and carried back wounded
    Marines. He did this 6 different times, when he was sure all Marines were aboard did
    he have the pilot take off. While in Vietnam Mike Few 1,960 combat missions.
    I also used to live 20 miles from John Basilone hometown in Raritan N.J. They have a
    John Balilone Day parade on the last Sunday in Sept. every year. I have marched in it
    many times, its a Marine parade with many Iwo Jima vets there.

  6. Bruce-Interesting you should bring up Mike. I escorted his wife during a MOH flag presentation. She was so cool as she represented her late warrior. Very down to earth and we traded some war stories to. Mike was a massive stud!!! We simply try to walk in these heroes foo

  7. Major, I met Mike twice, once when he was going to be at a Marine Corps League
    avent in PA. I used to live in N.J. two hours away and was invited to go and meet
    Mike. Me and my wife were asked if we would drive Mike and his wife Lois back and
    forward from the motel, so I got to talk to him a lot. Mike gave me a bracelet with
    these words on it, Death Before Dishonor, it was his moto, and a copy of his MOH
    citation signed by him. Mike gave out a lot of those bracelets to Marines and I
    fell very lucky to get one from him. The next time I met him was at Parris Island
    when a bunch of us from a Marine website were going back and invited Mike to come
    with us. Of course Mike was picked up at the airport by two DIs who were with him
    all the time. The Marine Corps treats is forum Marines with great respect, but a
    forum Marine with the MOH, well he is king.
    Mike never went anywere without his wife Lois, she was his protecter, she looked
    out for him. It is no sercet that Mike Drank way to much, and Mike new he did but
    he just could not stop, it killed him in the end. I once said that it seemed to me
    that after talking to many combat vets That eveyone in combat leaves a piece of them selfs on the battlefield, and in turn a piece of there come here. Mike saw to
    much death, and in the end of his time in Vietnam he only wanted to fly rescue
    missions, with 1,960 combat missions he drank to much. But no can take away that
    on Jan 31, 1970 Mike was a HERO, and he tryed to save every life he could.

  8. Bruce-
    Thought is was only fitting to post Mikes citation below – what a stud.
    For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263, Marine Aircraft Group 16, First Marine Aircraft Wing, during operations against enemy forces in the Republic of Vietnam on January 31, 1970. Participating in a helicopter rescue mission to extract elements of a platoon which had inadvertently entered a minefield while attacking enemy positions, Private First Class Clausen skillfully guided the helicopter pilot to a landing in an area cleared by one of several mine explosions. With eleven Marines wounded, one dead, and the remaining eight Marines holding their positions for fear of detonating other mines, Private First Class Clausen quickly leaped from the helicopter and, in the face of enemy fire, moved across the extremely hazardous, mine-laden area to assist in carrying casualties to the waiting helicopter and in placing them aboard. Despite the ever-present threat of further mine explosions, he continued his valiant efforts, leaving the comparatively safe area of the helicopter on six separate occasions to carry out his rescue efforts. On one occasion while he was carrying one of the wounded, another mine detonated, killing a corpsman and wounding three other men. Only when he was certain that all Marines were safely aboard did he signal the pilot to lift the helicopter. By his courageous, determined and inspiring efforts in the face of the utmost danger, Private First Class Clausen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

  9. Through time our Nation is so busy with their iphones, texting, television shows with farfetched unrealistic shows or worse “reality shows” that suck the brain matter out of your skull, that we often see generations grow without ever even knowing about our own heroes.

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