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  • Vietnam Magazine

    Thomas Creek, Medal of Honor in Vietnam

    Tom Creek was born on April 7, 1950, in Joplin, Missouri. He was the second of the three sons of Ross and Bobbie Creek, and with brothers Ross Jr. and Roy grew up in a struggling family that did not rise above poverty during Tom’s...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Book Review: American Warrior

    American Warrior: A Combat Memoir of Vietnam by Brig. Gen. John C. “Doc” Bahnsen Jr. with Wess Roberts. Citadel Press, New York, 2007, hardcover $24.95, softcover $16.95. American Warrior, described in the frontispiece as a “combat...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam Interview: A Hero Returns to Combat

    Colonel Gordon R. Roberts, a Vietnam and Iraq war veteran and only Medal of Honor recipient on active duty, speaks out on soldiers and soldiering. Three days after graduating from high school in May 1968, 17-year-old Gordon R. Roberts...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Unsung Hero in the Amazing Rescue of Bat 21 Bravo

    South Vietnamese SEAL Nguyen Van Kiet’s courage and cunning got a downed airman past 30,000 NVA troops and earned him the U.S. Navy Cross. When Lieutenant Colonel Iceal “Gene” Hambleton was shot down just south of the DMZ on April 2,...

  • Wild West Magazine

    Wild West Book Review: Viva Elfego

    !Viva Elfego!: The Case for Elfego Baca, Hispanic Hero by Stan Sager, Sunstone Press, Santa Fe, 2008, $24.95. In October 1884, 19- year-old Elfego Baca earned a distinguished place in the history of Western gunfighters when he stood off...

  • American History Magazine

    American History Chatter- April 2008

    Lincoln’s Cottage, Predecessor to Camp David, Reopens Camp David, some 60 miles northwest of Washington, D.C., has been a presidential hideaway since 1942. But where did the commander in chief seek respite before that? Abraham...

  • Military History Magazine

    The ‘Go for Broke’ 442nd

    442nd Regimental Combat Team U.S. Army Multiple awards Europe 1943–45 Camp Darby is a tiny U.S. Army post just outside Livorno on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Its central square is dedicated to Private Masato “Curly” Nakae, who earned...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Father of Dustoff

    Major Charles L. Kelly U.S. Army Distinguished Service Cross Vietnam, July 1, 1964 Dustoff. The very term conjures images of unarmed helicopter ambulances swooping down  into hotly contested landing zones (LZs) under intense enemy...

  • Military History Magazine

    Savior at Omaha Beach

    Private Carlton W. Barrett U.S. Army Medal of Honor Normandy, June 6, 1944 At 5 feet 4 inches and 125 pounds, Private Carlton W. Barrett was perhaps the smallest man in the 18th Infantry Regiment, if not the entire 1st Division. And on the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Five Months, Four Awards

    Captain Maurice Britt U.S. Army Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal Italy September 1943–January 1944 World War II ended abruptly for Captain Maurice L. Britt Jr., at the Anzio beachhead on Jan....

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Glory at Battery Wagner

    William H. Carney Became the First Black Soldier to Earn the Medal of Honor. On the evening of July 18, 1863, Sergeant William H. Carney of the 54th Massachusetts Colored Volunteer Infantry made a decision that would alter his life. As his...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    General James F. Hollingsworth

    A brash tank commander for Patton in WWII who never let up in Vietnam. When Lieutenant General James F. Hollingsworth died at 91 on March 2, 2010, America lost a legendary figure of near epic proportions who left a lasting impression on...

  • Military History Magazine

    Military History Book Review: Sea Service Medals

    Sea Service Medals: Military Awards and Decorations of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard by Fred L. Borch and Charles P. McDowell, Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Md., 2009, $34.95. The topic of military decorations and awards can...

  • Military History Magazine

    The Last Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam War

    In 1984 the nation officially laid to rest the remains of an unknown serviceman from the Vietnam War. By 1998 he was unknown no more. After more than a decade of uncertainty, the nation was finally honoring the Unknown of the Vietnam War...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Honored by One’s Enemy

    Lt. Cmdr. Gerard Roope British Royal Navy Victoria Cross Norwegian Sea April 8, 1940 One of World War II’s most unusual—and gallant—stories unfolded early in the war off the Norway coast. That the action prompted the award of the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Broadway’s Fighting Priest

    Lt. Col. Francis P. Duffy U.S. Army DSC, DSM, Légion d’honneur, Croix de guerre France, 1918 Only two men are honored with life-sized statues in New York’s Times Square, epicenter of the American theater industry. The statue on the...