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Military January 21, 2020

By Katie Lange, DOD News: Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Corps Pfc. Oscar Austin

Oscar Palmer Austin (January 15, 1948 – February 23, 1969) was a United States Marine who posthumously received his nation’s highest military honor — the Medal of Honor — for heroism and sacrifice of his own life in Vietnam in February 1969.

On February 12, 1969, Austin’s observation post near Da Nang was attacked by a large North Vietnamese force. Austin’s fellow Marine was wounded, and Austin went over to help him. Austin jumped onto an enemy grenade landing near the wounded man and suffered severe injuries, and then protected his fellow Marine by jumping between him and a shooting Vietnamese soldier. He was mortally wounded during this action, and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1970.

Task & Purpose: Fort Bragg paratroopers killed in Afghanistan remembered for their sacrifice; Iranian MP offers $3 million reward to anyone who can kill President Trump; 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, three survivors tell their stories; ‘We constantly have them on our minds’ — A little-known agency searches all over for the remains of MIA service members and more ->
Military.com: Colt’s Legendary Python Six-Shooter Is Back and Even Better; ‘The Last Full Measure’ Is the Must-See Film That Honors One of America’s Finest, Medal of Honor recipient William H. Pitsenbarger; Two More Aircraft Carriers to Bring Boost of Almost $2 Billion to San Diego in 2020;
William Hart Pitsenbarger (July 8, 1944 – April 11, 1966) was a United States Air Force Pararescueman who flew on almost 300 rescue missions during the Vietnam War to aid downed soldiers and pilots.

On April 11, 1966, he was killed aiding and defending a unit of soldiers pinned down by an enemy assault during the Vietnam War. He was initially posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, which was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor.



Military January 13, 2020

By Katie Lange, DOD News: Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing

Alonzo Hereford Cushing (January 19, 1841 – July 3, 1863) was an artillery officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. He was killed in action during Battle of Gettysburg while defending the Union position on Cemetery Ridge against Pickett’s Charge. In 2013, 150 years after Cushing’s death, he was nominated for the Medal of Honor. The nomination was approved by the United States Congress, and was sent for review by the Defense Department and the President.[1][2][3]

On August 26, 2014, the White House announced he would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, with President Obama presiding over the official ceremony on November 6, 2014. Helen Bird Loring Ensign, a second cousin twice removed, accepted the medal on Cushing’s behalf, as Cushing left no direct descendants.[4][5]

Task & Purpose: Two paratroopers killed in Afghanistan ‘represent the very best of our nation and our Army’; 4 Iraqis wounded in attack on military base that houses US forces; ‘It’s necessary, but it’s pretty miserable’ – How the Navy spends $3 billion a year busting rust and more ->
Military.com: Report: Board Finds No Reason to Separate USS Fitzgerald Lieutenant for Role in Collision; Air Force Colonel to Become First Female Wing Commander of Georgia Air National Guard; Keel Laid for Future Destroyer Named for World War II Hero and more ->
y Dave Philipps and Tim Arango, The New York Times: Who Signs Up to Fight? Makeup of U.S. Recruits Shows Glaring Disparity More and more, new recruits come from the same small number of counties and are the children of old recruits.
The Angry Staff Officer: Army Unit Numerical Designations: Where do they come from?