Tag: US Army Maj. Thomas Bostick

Military February 20, 2019

By Oriana Pawlyk: Air Force Releases Deploy-or-Out Policy Guidelines
Szoldra: Marine who served on Iwo Jima recalls the time a Japanese soldier asked for some of his hot chocolate
By Matthew Cox: Former 1st Cav Soldier to Receive Distinguished Service Cross for Iraq Heroism
The Army also recently announced that it will upgrade Maj. Thomas Bostick’s posthumous Silver Star to the DCS on March 1 for the bravery he showed against enemy fighters in Afghanistan in 2007.

Bostick, who served in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, is credited with sacrificing his life to protect his fellow Sky Soldiers during a March 27, 2007, enemy ambush in the mountains near Saret Koleh.

Under heavy fire, Bostick, who was later killed, placed himself in front of a large enemy force and laid down covering fire so members of his unit could scramble to a better defensive position.
By Richard Sisk: Congress Finally Funds New Icebreaker for Coast Guard
The bill that avoided a second government shutdown finally provided the $655 million for a badly needed new icebreaker for the Coast Guard and $20 million more for start of construction on a second one.

“This is big, this is real, this is the largest single financial contribution to execution of our nation’s Arctic strategy,” Sen Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said last week.
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Military February 10, 2019

By Haley Britzky: Soldier billed as ‘timeless example of heroism under fire’ to have award upgraded to Distinguished Service Cross
By Christina L. Myers: SC Town Honors Black WWII Vet 7 Decades After Brutal Beating
Isaac Woodard Jr. (March 18, 1919 – September 23, 1992) was a decorated African American World War II veteran. On February 12, 1946, hours after being honorably discharged from the United States Army, he was attacked while still in uniform by South Carolina police as he was taking a bus home. The attack and his injuries sparked national outrage and galvanized the civil rights movement in the United States.

The attack left Woodard completely and permanently blind. Due to South Carolina’s reluctance to pursue the case, President Harry S. Truman ordered a federal investigation. The sheriff was indicted and went to trial in federal court in South Carolina, where he was acquitted by an all-white jury.

Such miscarriages of justice by state governments influenced a move towards civil rights initiatives at the federal level. Truman subsequently established a national interracial commission, made a historic speech to the NAACP and the nation in June 1947 in which he described civil rights as a moral priority, submitted a civil rights bill to Congress in February 1948, and issued Executive Orders 9980 and 9981 on June 26, 1948, desegregating the armed forces and the federal government.

By Rachael Riley: Like Father, Like Son: 82nd Soldiers Jump Together at Bragg
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