Military June 05, 2019

Retired Lt. Col. Arleigh William “Bill” Dean

By Paul Szoldra: ‘America lost one of its greatest leaders’ — Former Special Forces officer who helped defeat ISIS dies in climbing accident

A memorial service for Dean is scheduled for 3 p.m. ADT on June 17 at 12300 Mendenhall Loop Road in Juneau, Alaska.
One bullet each.
By Jeff Schogol: Marine charged with Special Forces Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar’s death to plead guilty to negligent homicide
One bullet for Currie. If he had set a male on fire, would his punishment have been ore severe, would the military have listened to a man’s concerns?
By James Clark: The Army ignored her warnings about a dangerous colleague. Then he set her on fire “Everyone knew that it was building up and thought it could get violent.”
Alone in her office, Katie Blanchard saw him out of the corner of her eye.

It was Clifford Currie, a 54-year-old civilian employee who Blanchard supervised. She couldn’t yet see what was in his hands.

For months, Blanchard, then a first lieutenant, had warned her supervisors and coworkers that something would happen to her. She told them that Currie scared her. He would fly off the handle at a moment’s notice. He would yell and physically intimidate her.

She told them Currie was dangerous.

Then he did what she said he would.

As Currie stood in the doorway of Blanchard’s second floor office at Munson Army Health Center, he pulled out a small clear bottle filled with a brown liquid. His eyes were glazed over and bloodshot as he doused her in gasoline.

Then he lit a pair of matches and threw them on the 26-year-old Army nurse, lighting her on fire.
By David Vergun: Shanahan, Japanese Officials Agree to Deepen Cooperation
By Jim Garamone: Changing Environment Means Changing Arctic Strategy

Definition of alleged – said, without proof, to have taken place or to have a specified illegal or undesirable quality. | By Oriana Pawlyk: Commander of Air Force Warfare Center Fired Over Alleged Relationship

The head of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center was recently removed from command due to an alleged unprofessional relationship, the service said Wednesday. | By Oriana Pawlyk: One-Star Falsely Claimed Flight Hours, Mistreated Subordinates: IG Report
By Katie Sanders, Business Insider: The 4 most dangerous missions heroic US troops carried out on D-Day 75 years ago
“Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well-trained, well-equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.”

As the sun set on the blood-stained beaches of Normandy, France on June 6, 1944, Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s message to the thousands of Allied troops dispatched to carry out the largest amphibious landing in military history rang true. | By Richard Sisk: Church Bells to Ring 13 Times to Honor 13 D-Day Medal of Honor Recipients
Church bells will ring 13 times Thursday in the hometowns of 13 service members who received the Medal of Honor for actions during the D-Day invasion, a moving tribute that masks an unfortunate dispute on where and when to memorialize all those who have earned the nation’s highest award for valor.

The bells event, which will take place at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on the 75th anniversary of the June 6, 1944, D-Day landings in Normandy, is sponsored by the non-profit National Medal of Honor Museum (NMOH).

Honorees include:

Carlton W. Barrett at First United Methodist Church in Fulton, New York
John Edward Butts at Trinity Lutheran Church in Medina, New York
Charles N. DeGlopper at Trinity Church in Grand Island, New York
Robert G. Cole at Trinity Baptist Church at Fort Sam Houston, Texas
John D. Kelly at First Presbyterian Church in Venango Township, Pennsylvania
Jimmie W. Monteith Jr. at Clifton Forge Presbyterian Church in Low Moor, Virginia
Carlos C. Ogden at Presbyterian Church in Borton, Illinois
John J. Pinder Jr. at Paris Presbyterian Church in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
Theodore Roosevelt at North Shore Community Church in Oyster Bay, New York
Walter D. Ehlers at C.L. Hover Opera House in Junction City, Kansas
Joe Gandara at St. Monica Catholic Community Church in Santa Monica, California
Frank D. Peregory at St. Stephen’s Church in Esmont, Virginia
Arthur F. Defranzos at Cliftondale Congregational Church in Saugus, Massachusetts
Stars and Stripes | By John Vandiver: Today’s Rangers Scale Normandy Cliff in Honor of One of D-Day’s Boldest Actions
The Associated Press | By Rebecca Santana: Fighting Germans and Jim Crow: Role of Black Troops on D-Day
BATON ROUGE, La. — It was the most massive amphibious invasion the world has ever seen, with tens of thousands of Allied troops spread out across the air and sea aiming to get a toehold in Normandy for the final assault on Nazi Germany. And while portrayals of D-Day often depict an all-white host of invaders, in fact it also included many African Americans.
97-Year-Old WWII Veteran Parachutes to Mark D-Day Anniversary | By Patricia Kime: Ancestry Marks D-Day with Free Access to its Military Collection
The genealogy company Ancestry is marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day by opening up its online military records for free for three days, starting at 12 a.m. Eastern Time on June 6. The offer ends June 9.

The company has more than 20 billion historical records, including 250 million global military records such as muster rolls, enlistment registrations, draft cards, prisoner and casualty lists, and even some court-martial results.

Company officials say they hope the offer will spur interest in World War II history and family connections to D-Day and other monumental events.