Military April 15, 2019

By Katie Lange: Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Corps Pfc. Harold Gonsalves
For making the ultimate sacrifice for his country, Gonsalves was awarded the Medal of Honor. His family accepted it on his behalf on June 19, 1946. He’s the only Hispanic Marine to have earned the honor during World War II.

Gonsalves’ body was eventually repatriated to America and buried with full military honors in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California. He was honored again many years later, when Camp Gonsalves, the home of the Jungle Warfare Training Center for Marines in Okinawa, was named for him in 1958.

Harold Gonsalves (January 28, 1926 – April 15, 1945) was a United States Marine Corps private first class who was killed in action during the Battle of Okinawa in World War II. He was awarded the nation’s highest military award for valor, the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for his heroic action on April 15, 1945.

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By Jeff Schogol: An aging reporter ruminates on covering the military over two decades
It’s time for your friend and humble narrator to have a mid-life crisis. Should I, for example, post a video of myself doing the 22 Pushup Challenge whilst clad only in a thong? Probably not.

On Sunday, this reporter turns 40, the pinnacle of midlife. It’s a moment where God looks you in the eye and says: “It’s all downhill from here. From diapers you came and to diapers you will soon return.”
 
 
 
 
By Paul Szoldra: Exclusive: DHS is considering classifying fentanyl as a ‘weapon of mass destruction’
 
 
 
 
By Yimou Lee, Reuters: US denounces Chinese military exercises near Taiwan as ‘coercion’
 
 
 
 
By Richard Sisk: Want to Run for Office? Now There’s a Politics Boot Camp for Veterans
 
 
 
 
By Nicole Darrah: Florida Firefighters Paint Home of Blind World War II Veteran
 
 
 
 
By Eve Meinhardt: Soldier Is Running Her 100th Marathon in Boston