Over much of my life I have tried to learn and commit to memory everything I could absorb about the Medal of Honor.
To me The Medal especially but really, all valor awards, epitomize what it means to be an American—sacrifice, service, optimism, strength of character, courage and the willingness to die for the cause of freedom and liberty.
Thus it should be personally painful for all Real Americans when these noble men, these living national treasures, join their comrades in eternal and honored slumber.
Deaths last week of Vernon Baker of Idaho and and Nicky Bacon, a past President of the Congressional medal of Honor Society leave the number of living Recipients at 88.
Army First Lt. Vernon Joseph Baker, above, was born 17 December, 1919, passed away at his home in Idaho last last Tuesday. Cited for his heroism in World War II with the Distinguished Service Cross, his was finally awarded the Medal of Honor in 1997 after it was determined he should have been awarded the MOH outright.
His additional personal decorations include the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart; he will be buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Details are pending.
Army First Sgt. Nicky Daniel Bacon, born 25 November, 1945, passed away today at his home in Arkansas, also after a long battle with cancer.
U.S. Army from 1963 to 1984 and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Richard Nixon for his actions during an August 26, 1968 battle near Tam Ky, Vietnam.
Bacon dedicated his life to helping the nation’s veterans, and served as Director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs from 1993 until 2005.
Bacon was the guest of the Medal of Honor Host City Program in Gainesville Texas in 2005 when this photograph was taken.
An oak tree was planted to commemorate his visit.
In addition to the Medal of Honor, Bacon's personal decorations include the Distinguished Service Cross, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars (with “V” device) and the Purple Heart.
He will buried at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock on Saturday, July 24.
Additional information coverage here.
My friend in Colorado, Doug Sterner, has forgotten more about the Medal of Honor than I know; he and his wife, Pam, are tireless in the defense of America and especially the truth.
Yes, truth in that there are hundreds of times more Americans who claim to have earned the Medal of Honor than the surviving 88 who have.
Veterans are fighting back… here’s just one of myriad websites dedicated to uncovering and pressuring prosecutions of frauds and imposters… Stolen Valor.com
After examining Who's Who and obituaries, the Chicago Tribune used military records to unearth 84 bogus Medals of Honor, 119 Distinguished Service Crosses, 99 Navy Crosses, five Air Force Crosses and 96 Silver Stars.
…. and that doesn’t even make a dent in the numbers of despicable liars, frauds and con artists guilty of the worst kind of theft.
The Sterners through their Home of Heroes.com literally wrote the first draft of the Stolen Valor Act which made it a federal crime for unauthorized persons to wear, buy, sell, barter, trade or manufacture "any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the armed forces of the United States, or any of the service medals or badges awarded to the members of such forces."
Doug and Pam and were successful in getting it through Congress, seeing it become law in 2005.
It only took one federal judge a stroke of a pen to undo all their years of hard work and leave our history and the nation’s honor vulnerable as never before.
This is devastating to the nation’s veterans and under this fifth-columnist-run government, there is a good chance the judges’ decision will not be overturned.
DENVER -- A federal judge has ruled the Stolen Valor Act unconstitutional, and on Friday dismissed charges against a man accused of lying about being an Iraqi war veteran.
In hearing the criminal case against Rick Strandlof, federal Judge Robert E. Blackburn said that the Stolen Valor Act is unconstitutional because it violates free speech. (Read judge's decision).
Strandlof, aka Rick Duncan, claimed he was an Iraq vet who was injured during combat. He said he served three tours in Iraq and was at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. He also falsely claimed to have received a Purple Heart and a Silver Star.
I’ve include this waste-of-skin’s photo to do my small part in identifying someone who should be shunned by the nation, not just veterans.
Here Strandlof is shown speaking at the Colorado Veterans Monument another great friend of mine and tireless advocate, Tim Drago, and a small group of dedicated vets, dedicated 20 years to see become a reality. (See here for his current undertaking… Tim is not known to sleep).
In the Stolen valor decision, essentially, the judge ruled that lying, and the bigger the better, is protected free speech under the First Amendment.
Strandlof, 32, was charged with five federal misdemeanors of claiming that he had been awarded a Purple Heart Medal and Silver Star Medal. All charges have been dismissed.
Not surprisingly, he American Civil Liberal Liars Union of Colorado and the Rutherford Institute, a Virginia-based nonprofit civil liberties group, all filed briefs in the case, arguing the Stolen Valor Act is unconstitutional since it's not illegal to lie.
One of my favorite intel blogs, In From The Cold, has a very good piece on this outrage here under “Why Judges matter”.
Doug recently had a great success in unmasking a fake hero right here in the heart of Texas… it didn’t matter that the revered “war hero” was taking a dirt nap in the Texas State Cemetery.
Also from In From the Cold….
Even in death, Texas state senator (and former U.S. attorney) Charles Ferguson Herring was hailed as a war hero.
During his lifetime, Herring claimed to have won the Navy Cross, three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star as a Navy officer during World War II. Herring also stated that he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the naval reserve, before leaving the service in the mid-1950s.
As you might have guessed, Herring's claims of valor were nothing but lies. Doug Sterner, who runs a website honoring military heroes, obtained copies of the late senator's military records under the Freedom of Information Act.
While Mr. Herring served as a junior officer in the Navy (and Naval Reserve) from 1943-1953, he never received any decorations for valor, and was never wounded in combat.
All references to Herring’s “heroism” and fraudulent military claims have been stripped from the Texas State Cemetery’s website, but of course his damned carcass is allowed to remain in the same ground as Recipients BGen. Robert Galer, Maj. George O’Brien and Sgt. Jim Logan.
See A Hero No More -- scroll down to July 13.
Our ANZAK brothers battle the same problem, here.