Although Hollywood's treatment of the military the last 40 years has been largely little more than left-wing propaganda, I have the greatest hope for a film about Air Force pararescueman A1c William Pitsenbarger -- "The Last Full Measure".
The movie stars Robert Duvall, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Andy Garcia, Laurence Fishburne and Amy Madigan, and begins production next month.
His original Medal of Honor recommendation was downgraded to the nation's second highest combat award in one of the more mystifying decisions ever made by a military decorations board.
Ironically it was the persistent efforts of Pitsenbarger's father, private citizens and the surviving US soldiers the medic gave his life for that rectified the Air Force's failing and finally resulted in Pitsenbarger's parents receiving his Medal of Honor seven years ago.
As one of only two enlisted Air Force airmen to receive the Medal of Honor in Vietnam, Pitsenbarger, a medic, has always been one of my historical favorites; he chose to stay with the grunts, even though no one would have criticized him for taking the last chopper out with the wounded.
He died with his M-16 in one hand and a medical bag in the other.
The public must know of our heroes' great sacrifices.
Pitsenbarger's story can be found here at the internet's premier military awards website run by a friend of mine, Doug Sterner.
Doug and Pam Sterner of Pueblo, Colorado... the driving force behind the grass roots effort that resulted in 2005's "Stolen Valor Act", will next week succeed in having Congressman John T. Salazar (CO-03), introduce important follow-up legislation--The Military Valor Roll of Honor Act.
When approved the legislation will make it much easier to ferret out those who falsely claim military service or decorations.f
The penalties are double for a claim involving the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Air Force Cross, Navy Cross, Silver Star or Purple Heart."
The new legislation would direct the DOD to establish a public data base "containing the names and citations of individuals who have been awarded the Medal of Honor or any other medal authorized by the United States Congress."
Louis McGuinn, left, served in Vietnam as a private but was posing as a retired Special Forces lieutenant colonel and claimed to have received the DSC, Silver Star and Purple Heart.
This would make investigation and prosecution of frauds extremely efficient and go a great distance in halting the tens of thousands of despicable men who have stolen the valor of others. f
And additional benefit of the is the ability to easily retrieve ancestors' military service records.
Sterner suggests everyone contact their representatives and urge them to become "original co-sponsors" of the Military Valor Roll of Honor Act of 2007.
Sterner's Home of Heroes.com and its data bases continue to be invaluable tools to historians, researchers and for the FBI which credits him for helping expose numerous military fakes.
Sterner's site registers 12-15 million hits a month and his work has been recognized with Congressional Medal of Honor Society's Distinguished Citizen Award.
How Doug and Pam are able to do all this is beyond me... I seem to have my hands full here with just the Southern Command. Please drop by their site and consider helping out with a donation.