Medal of Honor Winner Archive

Medal of Freedom Handed Out Like Candy

Posted November 21, 2013 By Gospel

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The Medal of Freedom has three different reasons for awarding it. They are: doing something associated with the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. Unfortunately most of the awards are for the last reason; significant public or private endeavors which has nothing to do with Freedom. There is also a level that stands well above all of these reasons and that is when you get the award with “Distinction.”  Ronald Reagan got that one. And very few get that level of the award so I would guess that when one does some good for the security and national interest of the United States. All the others are candy.

Bill Clinton got an award yesterday for doing his lying thing, getting impeached over it and when he had his back up against the wall, he had Monica do her dingdong thing in the over office that is in the house we let him use during his presidency. We own that house because we paid for it and we have been keeping it up for over 200 years. Monica was even doing her thing while he was sitting in his chair talking to Congress about very important issues he needed to get resolved. That is what we need in a leader. Bush didn’t come close to doing that. He was too busy taking care of the country in a good way.

Oprah Winfrey also gets the award for calling all the old white people in our country racists and stating they need to die. I am getting really tired of black people calling me a racist every chance they get and every chance they get in front of a commentator or microphone. And she thinks her statements are safe to utter because it happened to be overseas in a foreign country. Or it doesn’t count because she is super rich and gets to say anything she wants because of her richness. Being rich does not make you automatically rich in oratory. And to think she called President Obama the first black man to hold the presidency. She is even wrong there, too. He is the first white and black man to be president. We haven’t had a purely black president yet. So it is racist against whites to call the president that, excluding his half whiteness.

How much are these awards given out for campaign contributions? Well, isn’t interesting that in 2011, President Obama awarded the medal to a person who had singlehandedly cause the merger of several unions into one; the SEIU headed by John J Sweeney? That included the union for all the government workers which make up 35% of all government workers. Only 6% of private sector folks are in unions. The SEIU was behind the strike for every hamburger joint in the country demanding that wages be doubled for all their workers. SEIU didn’t care about a pay raise; they were looking to increase union membership so they could get more income from dues. Sweeney’s SEIU was also a major backer and broker of the Occupy Wall Street Movement; a movement that broke the record for crimes committed while filling all the downtown parks of our major cities. How many crimes?  Over 400 criminal incidents of multiple arrests totally thousands of protestors who pooped on police cars, raped fellow protestors and destroyed millions of dollars in private and public property. There were 700 arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge in one incident; get the picture? And those Teaparty folks are even worse than that according to Democrats. So that leads us to the real reason for creating this paragraph. The unions of this nation contributed 96% of all political donations to Democrats.  That is the reason John J Sweeney got this award. This guy got the Medal of Freedom for being directly responsible for depriving innocent people of their freedom to be good Americans. Really?

I could go on but there is one more awardee that is interesting.  Gloria Steinem is the modern day Margaret Singer. Singer opened the first abortion clinic in the nation and it was in a black neighborhood because she not only was a abortionista, she was a eugenics believer. She was intent on limiting the growth of the black race because she thought them to be inferior. Gloria Steinem takes abortion to the next level by pushing the pro-choice philosophy. She believes that while the baby in inside, you have the right to kill it before it’s born; even if it is fully ready to be born. I find it hard to believe that the Medal of Freedom is fitting for her unless it means fighting for birth control after the baby is fully formed freeing them from the womb so you are free to carry-on your much preferred sex life over child rearing. We should take a survey of everyone who would have preferred being aborted over getting to a live approximately 100 years of their wonderful life. Women are doing just fine and don’t need women like her to tell them how they should go about their lives. The question is, since Gloria has had to waste most of her life fighting for the killing of babies in the womb; if she had it to do all over again, would she have preferred her mother have aborted her? I guess there is one more reason why she got this award. She ran fundraisers for President Obama to get him elected.

It seems this award has become more political in recent years and associated with the awardee being able to contribute a significant amount to a politician’s campaign coffer. It is also interesting that the Medal of Freedom is much larger than the Medal of Honor and it also has a longer ribbon to hang it on. But the Medal of Honor is always about valor in battle and in many cases it is about one haven given his life for his country. The Medal of Freedom is given out in most case for something other than its primary purpose of advancing the cause of freedom. While the Medal of Honor is given to those who give their life so those receiving the Medal of Freedom award can live long enough to earn it; especially for being such avid contributors to political campaigns.

I guess it could be said that the Medal of Freedom has been cheapened by giving it out like candy. There are those who truly deserve it and if I were one, I would not feel good wearing it knowing there have been so many awardees that really do not deserve it. But I guess the size of the Medal of Honor is meaningless; it is the reason for the award that is so much more important. The Medal of Honor is give more for the protection of freedom than the Medal of Freedom is. Ironic!

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Retired Military are Being Enslaved

Posted May 4, 2013 By Gospel
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I was promised free health care if I would spend 20 years on active duty in the military. I did 23. Then I had to move near a military hospital at retirement to get the free healthcare. But then I was told I had to wait 2-3 months because active duty had priority. Then they forced me on Tricare at $465 a year. Then I had to take medicare B at age 66 in order to get Tricare for life. That meant a hit of $1300 a year plus, plus the single pay Tricare payment for my wife because she was not yet 66. That put me at about $1500 a year. When she hits 66, we will have to pay medicare part B for her which means over $2600 a year. Now they are going to reduce pay to doctors who then will refuse to take me at all. Now they want to cut pay to doctors another 30%. I have already had extreme difficulty finding a doctor who will take me because of the pay they will  get. They refuse because they cannot run a business taking a loss for each patient. But congress wants to continue paying for tanks that the Pentagon doesn’t want and exempt themselves from Obamacare so they can have exceptional health care at the expense of the rest of us. When will I be forced to give all my blood and die during a transfusion to save the life of a congressman? It takes over a year for a disabled veteran to get disability. Even though the government has all my medical records, I still have to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that it is service connected. Many veterans have to file several times to get everything covered as they are entitled. that take years. I would have been better off if I had died for my country during combat on active Duty. It would definitely have been so much cheaper. Our sacrifice continues “after service” to care for those who are useless or here illegal, or work for the US Government in Washington, D.C. I had no idea I was going to be enslaved for life when I joined the military. I should have know since know the democrats are in charge and they care about discrimination so much unless you are military. We kept the country alive for all these years and now we are getting the life sucked out of us to continue keeping the country alive. Wonderful. I feel so proud that I was able to help so much. Thank you. I now know what a fool I have been. And how I have been fooled. I guess I have no choice except to sneak across the border into Mexico, denounce my citizenship and then come back across the border so I can get all the free stuff.

By the way, I served 23 years and got a fraction of my pay as retirement income for my sacrifice. A congressmen get full pay for retirement after 2-4 years of service. And the get full healthcare benefits for life. I think I signed up for the wrong job!

I was also told that we needed to pay more out of our pocket for our medical care because the Pentagon needed the money to pay for weapons systems. Hell, I AM A WEAPONS SYSTEM!

 

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Van T Barfoot – Medal of Honor

Posted November 20, 2012 By Gospel
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(Received in an email from a friend – I had almost forgotten him.)

May he Rest In Peace.Van T. Barfoot died at the age of 92 on 2 March 2012. God Bless you, Sir.

 Remember the guy who wouldn’t take the flag pole down on his Virginia property a while back? You might remember the news story several months ago about a crotchety old man in Virginia who defied his local Homeowners Association, and refused to take down the flagpole on his property along with the large American flag he flew on it.

Just who was this old man? On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg, Texas . That probably didn’t make news back then. But twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, near Carano, Italy , that same Van T. Barfoot, who had in 1940 enlisted in the U.S. Army, set out alone to flank German machine gun positions from which gunfire was raining down on his fellow soldiers.  His advance took him through a minefield but having done so, he proceeded to single-handedly take out three enemy machine gun positions, returning with 17 prisoners of war. And if that weren’t enough for a day’s work, he later took on and destroyed three German tanks sent to retake the machine gun positions.

That probably didn’t make much news either, given the scope of the war, but it did earn Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a Colonel after also serving in Korea and Vietnam, a well deserved Congressional Medal of Honor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What did make news was his Neighborhood Homeowners Association’s quibble with how the 90-year-old veteran chose to fly the American flag outside his suburban Virginia home. It seems the HOA rules said it was OK to fly a flag on a house-mounted bracket, but, for decorum, items such as Barfoot’s 21-foot flagpole were “unsuitable” Van Barfoot had been denied a permit for the pole, but erected it anyway and was facing court action unless he agreed to take it down.
Then the HOA story made
 national TV, and the Neighborhood Association rethought its position and agreed to indulge this aging hero who dwelt among them. “In the time I have left”, he said to the Associated Press, “I plan to continue to fly the American flag without interference.” As well he should.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And if any of his neighbors had taken a notion to contest him further, they might have done well to read his Medal of Honor citation first. Seems it indicates Mr. Van Barfoot wasn’t particularly good at backing down.

Van T. Barfoot’s Medal of Honor citation is listed with the National Medal of Honor Society, Second Lieutenant Van T. Barfoot, 157th Infantry, 45th Infantry……. It follows here:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 23 May 1944, near Carano, Italy. With his platoon heavily engaged during an assault against forces well entrenched on commanding ground, 2d Lt. Barfoot (then Tech. Sgt.) moved off alone upon the enemy left flank. He crawled to the proximity of 1 machinegun nest and made a direct hit on it with a hand grenade, killing 2 and wounding 3 Germans. He continued along the German defense line to another machinegun emplacement, and with his tommygun killed 2 and captured 3 soldiers. Members of another enemy machinegun crew then abandoned their position and gave themselves up to Sgt. Barfoot. Leaving the prisoners for his support squad to pick up, he proceeded to mop up positions in the immediate area, capturing more prisoners and bringing his total count to 17. Later that day, after he had reorganized his men and consolidated the newly captured ground, the enemy launched a fierce armored counterattack directly at his platoon positions. Securing a bazooka, Sgt. Barfoot took up an exposed position directly in front of 3 advancing Mark VI tanks. From a distance of 75 yards his first shot destroyed the track of the leading tank, effectively disabling it, while the other 2 changed direction toward the flank. As the crew of the disabled tank dismounted, Sgt. Barfoot killed 3 of them with his tommygun. He continued onward into enemy terrain and destroyed a recently abandoned German fieldpiece with a demolition charge placed in the breech. While returning to his platoon position, Sgt. Barfoot, though greatly fatigued by his Herculean efforts, assisted 2 of his seriously wounded men 1,700 yards to a position of safety. Sgt. Barfoot’s extraordinary heroism, demonstration of magnificent valor, and aggressive determination in the face of pointblank fire are a perpetual inspiration to his fellow soldiers.

We only live in the land of the free because of the brave – And because of fine old men like Van Barfoot! 

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