Monday, March 5, 2012

Colonel Van Barfoot, Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies at 92; National Guard Helps Tornado Victims;Business Incentives For Hiring Veterans; Two Heroic Police Officers Save Mother and 4-Year Old Daughter; 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb

"The United States is like a giant boiler. Once the fire is lighted under it, there is no limit to the power it can generate." Winston Churchill

Colonel Van Barfoot Dies at 92, Medal of Honor Recipient

Colonel Van Barfoot, Medal of Honor recipient, died last Friday in Richmond, Va. He was 92. His death was attributed to a fall he took two days earlier that resulted in a skull fracture with internal bleeding.

Barfoot grew up in Edinbburg, Mississippi. He enlisted in the Army in 1940. He participated in the Allied invasion of Sicily in 1943 and in Anzio in late 1944.

On May 23, 1944, his company was involved in a firefight with German troops outside the town of Carano. During this day, Barfoot scouted the German lines. While on patrol, Barfoot advanced alone through minefields. He knocked out two German machine gun emplacements. After disabling the two machine gun emplacements, he reached the third German emplacement and the entire German crew surrendered to him.  Barfoot captured eight Germans and killed seventeen. Later that same day, Barfoot disabled one tank with a bazooka and subsequently destroyed a German artillery piece. Upon returning to his unit, he also helped two wounded soldiers and returned them to the rear. He was formally presented with the Medal of Honor in Epinal, France on September 28, 1944. He also served in the Korean War and in Vietnam where he also earned a Purple Heart. He retired from the Army at the rank of colonel. In addition to the Medal of Honor and  three Purple Hearts, Barfoot also earned a Silver Star and Bronze Star.
In 2009, Barfoot contested his homeowners association ban on flagpoles. He flew an American flag from a flagpole in front of his home.  In an interview, he said he flew the American flag since childhood.  In December of 2009, the association dropped its order, ending the controversy. RIP to a genuine American hero.
(Sources: NY Times & Wikipedia)

More Than 500 National Guardsmen Helping Tornado Victims

National Guardsmen have been helping tornado victims in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and W. Virgina  in the last week. Guardsmen provide assistance in search and rescue, patrols and assisting in removing debris. "The Guard being here means safety," said Hodgenville, Ky., Mayor Terry Cruise. Mayor Cruise also said tornado victims appreciate the security the Guard provides the citizens, giving them one less thing to worry about.

Hire A Veteran Today!

Businesses are reminded that expanded tax credit is now available and certain tax-exempt organizations that hire eligible unemployed veterens. The credit can be as high as $9,600.00 per veteran. Employers who hire veterans with service-connected disabilities may be eligible for maximum credit. More information is available at the IRS website.

Two Elsmere, DE, Police Officers Save Mother and Daughter In House Fire

Officers Kevin Kerrigan and John Mitchell said, "Your adrenaline kicks in and your training kind of takes over and you just do what you need to do at that point in time, get in there and get the two people out." On February 24, 2012, Kerrigan and Mitchell entered a burning building before firefighters arrived, pulling a mother and her 4-year old daughter to safety.  Kiana Roberts said God sent her "two angels." She and her daughter Nicole are doing fine after being treated for smoke inhalation.

9-11 Memorial Stair Climb

On Friday, April 20, 2012,  the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb will be held in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium. The 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb honors the 343 FDNY firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11. Any fire service members should contact Billy Hinton at 301.788.7954 to register.

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