By Stars and Stripes: Retired Marine major general buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Maj. Gen. Paul A. Fratarangelo was also against gays in the military.
By Jeremy Hooper: Well back in my day, we banned gays, uphill, in the snow, barefoot
The Air Force is posthumously promoting Col. George “Bud” Day to the rank of Brigadier General, Jan. 22, 2018. Day is a Medal of Honor recipient, Vietnam POW and one of the most decorated military members in history.
George Everette “Bud” Day (24 February 1925 – 27 July 2013) was a United States Air Force colonel, World War II veteran, Korean War and Vietnam War pilot, prisoner of war, and Medal of Honor and Air Force Cross recipient. As of 2016, he is the only person to be awarded both the Medal of Honor and Air Force Cross.
Day’s actions from 26 August 1967 through 14 March 1973, were the last to earn a Medal of Honor prior to the end of U.S. involvement in the war on 30 April 1975, though some honorees (e.g. Leslie H. Sabo Jr., honored on 16 May 2012) were cited for their medals after Day’s recognition on 4 March 1976. He is the most decorated United States Military Officer since Douglas MacArthur.
Early life and education
Day was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on 24 February 1925. In 1942 he dropped out of Central High School and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps (USMC).
After the war, Day attended Morningside College on the G.I. Bill, earning a bachelor of science degree, followed by law school at the University of South Dakota School of Law, receiving a Juris Doctor. Day passed the bar exam in 1949 and was admitted to the bar in South Dakota. In later life, Day was also awarded a Master of Arts degree from Saint Louis University, a doctor of humane letters from Morningside, and a doctor of laws from Troy State University. Day was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1977.
By Associated Press: Woman believed to be inspiration for Rosie the Riveter dies at 96
A woman identified by a scholar as the inspiration for Rosie the Riveter, the iconic female World War II factory worker, has died in Washington state. The New York Times reports that Naomi Parker Fraley died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
Naomi Parker Fraley (August 26, 1921 – January 20, 2018) was an American war worker and waitress and considered the likely model for the iconic “We Can Do It!” poster. She was unaware that the poster had become famous and in the interim Geraldine Hoff Doyle was credited as the model. The poster is erroneously referred to as the Rosie the Riveter poster, having become associated with the cultural icon in the 1980s.
Fraley was born in Tulsa in Oklahoma in 1921. She was one of eight children born to to Esther and Joseph Parker. Her father was a mining engineer and the family moved across the country from New York to California. The family was living in Alameda at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. She and her younger sister went to work at the Naval Air station.
The “We Can Do It!” poster appeared in a few factories in 1943.
After the war she worked as a waitress at the Doll House, a restaurant in Palm Springs. She married three times, acquiring the name Fraley from her third husband, and at the time of her death aged 96 on January 20, 2018 she was survived by a son and several stepchildren.
Photo, poster, and recognition
In 1942 her photo was taken at a lathe and it appeared in local press including in the Pittsburgh Press on 5 July 1942. Parker made a cutting from the paper and kept it. The following year J. Howard Miller’s “We Can Do It” poster was one of a series that appeared in factories at Westinghouse in a worker morale campaign. Miller could have seen the picture of Fraley at the lathe and it is presumed that the newspaper photo was the source of his image.
In 2011 Fraley was at a reunion that was held at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park and there she spotted the 1942 photo of her operating a lathe. She was surprised to find that the caption said that it was Geraldine Hoff Doyle and she wrote to the park to correct their mistake. They thanked her for telling them the correct name for the photo. Doyle had in innocence thought that the photo was of her and by extention she had decided that the poster was too.
Meanwhile Seton Hall University Professor James J. Kimble had become interested in the poster which was now an icon of the feminist movement. He tracked down the original photo and found that it was credited to “Naomi Parker” in 1942. Doyle was still at school and she had only worked at the plant for a few weeks. He found Naomi in 2015 to show her the photo and she still had the cutting from 1942. Kimble was certain that she is the woman in the photo, and considers her to be the strongest candidate to be the inspiration for the poster but noted that Miller did not leave any writings which could identify his model.
In February 2015, Kimble interviewed the Parker sisters, now named Naomi Fern Fraley, 93, and her sister Ada Wyn Morford, 91, and found that they had known for five years about the incorrect identification of the photo, and had been rebuffed in their attempt to correct the historical record.
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Army World Class Athlete Program
The Army World Class Athlete Program is a military detachment run by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command. It was established by the Army to support Public Law 84-11, which allows the Army to provide soldiers — including those in the National Guard and the Army Reserve — an opportunity to train for and participate in the Pan American Games, World Championships and Olympic and Paralympic competitions.
The World Class Athlete Program detachment was established in 1997 at Fort Carson, Colorado, near the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Most soldiers in the program are assigned to the detachment and train on Fort Carson or at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Others train with the U.S. national team for their specific sport. On average, 40 to 60 soldiers are in the detachment.
Soldiers must be nationally ranked in their chosen sport to be considered for the program. Soldiers in the program balance athletic training with their military careers, and are soldiers first. They represent the United States and the Army, maintain their military occupational skills, and often return to traditional military units when they are not competing or training.