U.S. Continues To Try To Free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

At a recent press conference in the Pentagon, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta reiterated that the United States Government is "doing everything possible" to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who is a listed as a Prisoner Of War (POW) held by the Taliban.

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The article also mentioned that "Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the same press conference that he has met with members of the sergeant’s family in his office and has corresponded with family members several times."

You can learn more about this situation via Google News.

San Diego WWII Veterans Travel To Washington DC

Honor-flight-sandiegoJohn Wilkens at the Union-Tribune has an in-depth article with some great pictures of WWII Veterans visiting Washington DC including the WWII memorial.

A total of "105 veterans" took an "all-expenses-paid Honor Flight trip this weekend from San Diego were treated like heroes wherever they went. Strangers came up and thanked them for their service."

The group that puts this all together is the San Diego Honor Flight team.

Supporting Naval Special Warfare Members & Families

Seal-nsw-foundationKarla Peterson has a great interview in the San Diego Union-Tribune with Craig Irving who started a local San Diego organization to support members of the Naval Special Warfare communities and their families.  

The group is called the SEAL - NSW Family Foundation and they have a big fundraiser coming up on May 19, 2012.

There is another similar group based on the East Coast - Navy SEAL Warrior Fund - that is going to be merging with this group according to the PilotOnline.com to form the Navy SEAL Foundation.

Women Of The OSS

The Spycast podcast (from the International Spy Museum in Washington DC) recently had two podcasts that outline the contributions of women during World War II while serving with the Office for Strategic Service.

The interview is with Elizabeth McIntosh. Part 1 (published in January 2010) covers her experiences serving in China while conducting operations against the Japanese.  Part 2 (published in March 2010) covers her experiences with "Wild Bill Donovan" and Julia Child (yes the famous cooking author).

You can read more about Elizabeth McIntosh in her two books on the topic: Sisterhood of Spies and Undercover Girl (out of print).

I recommend listening to Part 1 before listening to Part 2.  You can listen via: http://feeds.spymuseum.org/spycast or via iTunes.

President Obama Awards Medal Of Honor To Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti, U.S. Army

Sgt 1st Class Monti Medal Of Honor

President Obama has awarded posthumously Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti, U.S. Army with the Medal of Honor.  His parents Janet and Paul Monti joined President Obama at the White House for the commemoration.

For more information please check out: official press release, DefenseLink, and Google News.

Two Stories: Veterans At SDSU and Iwo Jima Promise Kept

The San Diego Union-Tribune for Sunday, August 2, 2009 has two interesting veteran related news stories:

WWII WASP Veterans Get Congressional Gold Medal

Vs_wwii_wasp_fly_girls USA TODAY has some coverage of a new signed measure by President Obama awarding the 300 surviving Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) from World War II the Congressional Gold Medal.

Pictures of the event have been posted to The WhiteHouse Picture Feed on Flickr.

Missing In Action (MIA) Updates From DPMO

Pow_no_border The Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO) has an updated list their 2009 press releases related to identification of missing soldiers and airmen from the Korean War, World War II, and Vietnam.

The DPMO also maintains a comprehensive list of POW/MIA links.

HonorFlight.org Brings Veterans To Washington DC

Vs-small-honor-flight-picture DefenseLink recent published a story of some World War II veterans visiting Washington DC via the Honor Flight project

Visitors are taken on a whirlwind tour of DC area Veteran related monuments including the National World War II Memorial, USMC War Memorial (Iwo Jima), and Arlington National Cemetery.