The history of the Medal of Honor

By Logan Nye We Are The Mighty The nation's highest medal for valor under enemy fire dates back over 150 years and has been awarded to well over 3,000 men and one woman in honor of heroic acts, including everything from stealing enemy trains to braving machine gun fire to pull comrades to safety. Army Pvt. Jacob Parrott was one of Andrew's Raiders and the first recipient of the Medal of Honor. Most of the other soldiers on the raid were eventually awarded the medal. (Illustration by William Pitten ... More

Okinawa building shelters to protect children from falling military aircraft parts

Aya Ichihashi Stars and Stripes CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Okinawa government is building shelters to protect schoolchildren from falling aircraft parts near an American military base in Japan’s southernmost prefecture. “There will be four emergency shelters — two at playgrounds and two at other locations,” said Masashi Katsuren, an Okinawa Defense Bureau spokesman, on Tuesday. One of the shelters is now under construction at Futenma Daini Elementary School on the northern s ... More

Veterans can get more VA disability from their TBI claims

By Douglas G. Jackson, Esq. Traumatic brain injury, or TBI as it is often called, is becoming more and more common, especially among veterans. There are several reasons for this. One of the biggest reasons is that military equipment, such as helmets, have significantly improved. This means, for example, that when a soldier is in the blast radius of an improvised explosive device, or IED, the soldier has a greater chance of surviving. However, this also means that this soldier will suffer fro ... More

Why the F-117 Nighthawk was so groundbreaking

By Harold C. Hutchison We Are The Mighty When you think of goblins, the mythical creatures portrayed in Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter films might come to mind. Traditionally, the goblin has been a mischievous, sneaky monster. So, in one sense, it's fitting that this cunning creature found its way into the nickname of the first operational stealth aircraft. The F-117 Nighthawk was nicknamed the "Wobblin' Goblin," mostly due to its handling characteristics — aft ... More

Lost Purple Heart returned to WWII hero's family

NEW YORK — A lost Purple Heart medal has been returned to the family of a New York City sailor who died trying to rescue shipmates after his Navy vessel was attacked by a German submarine during World War II. Ensign Rubin Keltch's medal was received by his niece during a ceremony Friday at a Bronx park named for him. The Vermont-based group Purple Hearts Reunited says a Vermont man found the medal in his father's collection of flea market purchases. Keltch, a 24-year-old Brooklyn native ... More

'Good Morning, Vietnam' DJ, USAF vet Adrian Cronauer dies at 79

Stars and Stripes Many things in Robin Williams' portrayal of DJ Adrian Cronauer in "Good Morning, Vietnam" weren't really based on Cronauer. But that drawn-out "goooooood morning, Vietnam" was all Cronauer. The Air Force veteran played by Williams in the 1987 movie, died Wednesday. He was 79. Mary Muse, the wife of Cronauer's stepson Michael Muse, said Thursday that Cronauer died from an age-related illness. He had lived in Troutville, Virginia, and died at a local nu ... More