Thursday, April 17, 2014

Former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White To Receive Medal of Honor; Hero NYPD Officer Dennis Guerra Laid To Rest; Medal Of Honor Dinner For Retired Sgt. Melvin Morris

Army Sgt. Kyle J. White To Be Awarded Medal of Honor

On May 13, 2014, former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White will be receive the Medal of Honor.

On Nov. 9, 2007, serving as his platoon Radio Telephone Operator, his team of U.S. and Afghan National Army soldiers were ambushed by a larger and more heavily armed Taliban force.

After being briefly knocked out by a rocket-propelled grenade, Sgt. White immediately went to the aid of several fallen U.S. troops. In one instance, White noticed severely wounded U.S. Marine Phillip Bocks lying out in the open. Under a hail of fire, White made four attempts to drag Bocks to safety. He finally succeeded but Sgt. Bocks later succumbed to his wounds. He also went to the assistance of several of the other wounded soldiers.

Later in the battle, as he used his radio to bring in more artillery and mortars, he received his second concussion, this time from friendly fire.  After nightfall, White marked the landing zone and assisted the medics in hoisting wounded Americans and Afghans into the chopper. He did not allow himself to be evacuated until everyone else was in the position to leave.

Six other Americans died in the battle. White's father served in Special Forces in Vietnam. He will be the seventh living recipient to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Thousands Attend NYPD Hero Police Officer Dennis Guerra's Funeral

On April 6, 2014, NYPD Police Officer Dennis Guerra and his partner, Officer Rosa Rodriguez, responded to a Coney Island arson fire. Both officers were overcome by carbon monoxide and smoke. Guerra died from his injuries three days later. As of earlier this week, Officer Rodriguez was still being treated for her injuries. She was listed in critical, but stable condition.

Guerra was the first NYPD officer to die in the line of duty since Dec. 12, 2011, when NYPD Officer Peter Figoski died from his wounds after being shot.
CBS News, NY Daily News

Honor Dinner For Medal of Honor Recipient Melvin Morris

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