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5 veterans who became billionaires

By Sean Dodds We Are The Mighty These are the guys who have lived the American dream. Five former enlisted warriors from various services who raised their right hand when it was time to serve, then got out and hustled to earn what they knew could be theirs. These veterans went from E-1 to billionaire. 1. John Orin Edson, Army   Net worth: $1.6 Billion Mr. Edson’s service began during the Korean War when he enlisted in the Army, where he spent three years in the signal corps. Once out, E ... More

The Super Bowl is getting the most awesome Air Force flyover ever

By Harold Hutchison We Are The Mighty Fans tuning in to watch Super Bowl LII, where the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles will face off to determine who is the best in the NFL, will also see a bit of history during the pre-game ceremonies. For the first time, the Air Force Heritage Flight, including a North American P-51 Mustang, will conduct the traditional flyover. A North American P-51 takes off from Iwo Jima, in the Bonin Islands. From this hard-won base our fighters escorted the B-29&rsquo ... More

The true story of '12 Strong:' Horse soldiers were first to enter Afghanistan

Drew Brooks The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, there were three key stories that described the resolve of the American people, according to retired Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland. The first had to do with the victims of the attack themselves. The men and women aboard hijacked airliners who fought to save others and the many people working in New York and Washington who, amid the devastation of the attacks, put their own lives at risk to save others. The seco ... More

5 planes the Navy should bring back

By Harold Hutchison We Are The Mighty The Navy’s got some planes that are capable of doing some amazing things. But, even with these amazing aircraft, are there some planes the Navy should bring back from retirement? For the following airframes, we think that answer is a resounding, “Yes!” Let’s take a look. 5. Lockheed S-3 Viking/ES-3 Shadow The S-3 Viking was more than just a submarine hunter. This plane also could carry out aerial refueling missions, electronic intelligence, an ... More

Camp Pendleton celebrates 100th anniversary of 11th Marine Regiment

Erika I. Ritchie The Orange County Register CAMP PENDLETON —  Marines and veterans celebrated the centennial anniversary of the 11th Marine Regiment with a battle colors ceremony honoring its history and heritage, Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Camp Pulgas. The celebration, held indoors due to Tuesday’s rainstorms, brought together current and former Marines serving in the 11th Marine Regiment. It included a re-dedication of their battle colors, with awards and streamers presented from the unit&rs ... More

5 life lessons today's troops could learn from Vietnam vets

By Eric Milzarski We Are The Mighty It’s easy to look at different eras of veterans and write them off as coming a different time, a different place, a different war. The truth is, the old Vietnam vet you met at the Legion while trying to get cheap drinks isn’t all that different from our men and women fighting today in Iraq and Afghanistan. Toss a drink or two his way and share some stories. Life sucks in the sandbox, but things in the jungle weren’t any better. Whether you’re out t ... More

Why Army helicopters are named after native tribes

By Harold Hutchison We Are The Mighty The Army’s helicopters have a number of names you recognize immediately: Apache, Black Hawk, Kiowa, Lakota, Comanche. They are also known as the names of Native American tribes. This is not a coincidence. The pilot of an AH-64 Apache helicopter from the 12th Combat Aviation Brigade fires AGM-114 Hellfire missiles during the combined arms live fire training exercise for Saber Strike 16 at the Estonian Defense Forces central training area near Tapa, Estonia on Jun ... More

Vet to receive posthumous Bronze Star for heroics at Pearl Harbor

Wyatt Olson Stars and Stripes FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — A sailor who saved the lives of six men at Pearl Harbor will receive a posthumous award for valor during this week’s 76th annual commemoration of the Dec. 7, 1941, surprise Japanese attack. Chief Boatswain’s Mate Joseph George, who died in 1996, will be awarded the Bronze Star with “V” device for valor for his actions aboard the repair ship USS Vestal, the Navy announced Friday. The medal — the nations’ fourth- ... More

6 facts about the longest-living president's military career

By Military1 Staff At 93 years and 166 days old as of last week, former President George H.W. Bush now holds the title as the longest living U.S. president. He overtook the distinction from former President Gerald Ford, who died in December 2006 at 93 and 165 days old. The revelation was first reported on by political writer Gabe Fisher, who tweeted the current list of presidential longevity as it stands. U.S. Presidents by longevity, as of today: — @GeorgeHWBush: 93 years, 166 days — Gera ... More