American Forces Press Service reports that the U.S. Department of Defense has created a new website - valor.defense.gov - dedicated to "raising awareness of service members' heroism and to help deter those who falsely claim military honors"
Encyclopedia Britannica has a great WWII D-Day Normandy Invasion site that includes: spoken recollections of veterans, newsreels that docummented the events, and the written words of historians who have studied the campaign.
AP Wire is reporting that WWII US Navy veteran Roy Camero is finally getting his medals that he earned. These include: "World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Honorable Service lapel pin, and an Honorable Discharge button."
Afghanistan veteran Craig Fitzgerald shares his stories of rehabilitation with WCAX. He is currently on a fund-raising tour for the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes to help raise funds those who return to the United States after service in Iraq or Afghanistan with serious injuries. [newsday]
The Bedford Bulletin has a very interesting and historical interview piece with retired Air Force Brigadier General Roger Smith. During his service he was: launch officer for a Titan II missile; stationed with leadership positions at Whiteman Air Force Base; assigned to the North American Aerospace Defense Command center at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado, and part of the anti-ballistic missile (ABM) treaty negotiations with the Soviets during the 1980s.
Lastly, some notices on Veterans passing crossed the newswire:
- KCEN is reporting a sad story of a Vietnam Vet that was robbed and killed. Amazingly Barney Goodman was able to crawl "8 to 9 hours" to a position that could be seen from the highway and he was able to describe his attackers before he died. [KLTV, Veterans For America]
- WWII and Korean War US Navy veteran Peter Bolcis died on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006. He was extremely active in his community and in veteran organizations most of his life. He served as motor machinist's mate on the submarine USS Bang in WWII, and the USS Yancey during the Korean War. [the morning journal]