By unitedweroll on Mar 16, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Blog Note: How do we thank HM3 Penner for the lives he saved? How do we thank this Hero and all the other Heroes who have not only saved lives in the field, but have kept lives healthy at home by these actions? What lives at home? The loved ones - family members and close friends - whose futures would never be the same if their Hero of Freedom gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Corpsman who shielded wounded Marine to receive Silver Star
March 13, | Navy | Posted by Sam Fellman
His squad had come under heavy fire – and was likely to face it again.
On June 22, 2012, Hospitalman Zackery Penner had risked life and limb to rush to care for a Marine shot during an patrol in Afghanistan with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. The Marine died due to the severity of his wound, a toll that hung heavy on the company.
On June 23, the squad was helping Afghan soldiers clear a compound when they came under sniper fire. Two men were hit: a Marine and an Afghan soldier. Insurgent machine guns roared.
What Penner did next would later earn distinction with the nation’s third highest award for valor.
The Silver Star citation, obtained by Navy Times, reports:
“Hospitalman Penner unhesitatingly ran more than 100 meters across fire-swept terrain to reach the casualties. He established a casualty collection point behind a wall then moved in and out of the kill zone four times in order to retrieve the casualties and get them to cover. When the squad began receiving fire from the rear, Penner courageously shielded the casualties from the enemy fire with his own body until the evacuation aircraft arrived and then bravely exposed himself to enemy fire as he moved the casualties to the aircraft.”
Penner, now an HM3, is scheduled to receive the Silver Star at a March 19 ceremony in Pensacola, Fla.
Look for an exclusive interview with Penner in our upcoming issue of Navy Times, out on newsstands Monday.
By unitedweroll on Mar 14, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Blog Note: It is with heavy hearts yet great pride and gratitude that we offer a final salute to Col Mize for his service that surely added to the protection of our country and our freedom. Our Heroes of Freedom and their families will remain forever in our hearts and prayers, we will proudly honor them on every occasion and through the education of our children, their children and so on.
Mar. 13, 2014 - 06:00AM
By Jeff Schogol
Military Times Hall of Valor
Medal of Honor recipient, Korean War hero and Special Forces legend retired Army Col. Ola Lee Mize has died at 82, according to the Medal of Honor Society. He died Wednesday after a lengthy illness.
“This man was an absolute true patriot,” said retired Army Maj. Gen. Victor Hugo, who served under Mize in Vietnam with Special Forces. “He just loved the United States; he loved the Army; he was great to people who worked for him. He understood loyalty runs two ways and he just practiced that totally. He was an outstanding combat commander. He’s just a remarkable, magnificent person.”
Mize was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on June 10 and 11, 1953, near Surang-ni, Korea, when the enemy launched a heavy attack against “Outpost Harry,” according to his award citation. He received the award in 1954, when he was a master sergeant.
Mize, then a sergeant with Company K, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, moved through an intense barrage of enemy fire to rescue a wounded soldier, the citation says. He then fended off enemy assaults, inflicting heavy casualties.
“During his fearless actions he was blown down by artillery and grenade blasts three times but each time he dauntlessly returned to his position, tenaciously fighting and successfully repelling hostile attacks,” the citation says. “When enemy onslaughts ceased he took his few men and moved from bunker to bunker, firing through apertures and throwing grenades at the foe, neutralizing their positions. When an enemy soldier stepped out behind a comrade, prepared to fire, Master Sergeant Mize killed him, saving the life of his fellow soldier.”
After rejoining his platoon, Mize killed 10 enemy troops to retake a machine gun position; he protected wounded friendly troops and he called in artillery strikes, the citation says. At dawn, he helped launch a counterattack that repulsed enemy forces.
After the Korean War, Mize became an officer and joined Special Forces. Rudi Gresham, who served with Mize in Vietnam, called him “a rock star” in the Special Forces community who was extremely proud to be a Green Beret.
Once Mize tried to get business cards made but the card company told him they were having a hard time fitting the fact that he was a Medal of Honor recipient on the card, Gresham said.
“Lee just told me, ‘Well leave the Medal of Honor thing off, that’s all right, but leave on Special Forces, because we put on the beret,” Gresham said.
MEDAL OF HONOR CITATION FOR COL OLA LEE MIZE:
Ola Lee Mize
Date of birth: August 28, 1931
Date of death: Still Living
Place of Birth: Alabama, Albertville
Home of record: Gadsden Alabama
In the early 1960s Ola Mize joined the new and fledgling Army Special Forces (Green Beret). He spent 20 years among these Army elite, including commanding the special Forces Schools at Fort Bragg and nearly four years of duty in Vietnam, during which he was shot three times.
Medal of Honor - Awarded for actions during the Korean War
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Major Ola Lee Mize, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company K, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Surang-ni, Korea, on 10 and 11 June 1953. Company K was committed to the defense of "Outpost Harry", a strategically valuable position, when the enemy launched a heavy attack. Learning that a comrade on a friendly listening post had been wounded Sergeant Major Mize moved through the intense barrage, accompanied by a medical aid man, and rescued the wounded soldier. On returning to the main position he established an effective defense system and inflicted heavy casualties against attacks from determined enemy assault forces which had penetrated into trenches within the outpost area. During his fearless actions he was blown down by artillery and grenade blasts three times but each time he dauntlessly returned to his position, tenaciously fighting and successfully repelling hostile attacks. When enemy onslaughts ceased he took his few men and moved from bunker to bunker, firing through apertures and throwing grenades at the foe, neutralizing their positions. When an enemy soldier stepped out behind a comrade, prepared to fire, Master Sergeant Mize killed him, saving the life of his fellow soldier. After rejoining the platoon, moving from man to man, distributing ammunition, and shouting words of encouragement he observed a friendly machinegun position overrun. He immediately fought his way to the position, killing ten of the enemy and dispersing the remainder. Fighting back to the command post, and finding several friendly wounded there, he took a position to protect them. Later, securing a radio, he directed friendly artillery fire upon the attacking enemy's routes of approach. At dawn he helped regroup for a counterattack which successfully drove the enemy from the outpost. Master Sergeant Mize's valorous conduct and unflinching courage reflect lasting glory upon himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.
General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 70 (September 24, 1954)
Action Date: June 10 & 11, 1953
Rank: Sergeant Major
Company: Company K
Regiment: 15th Infantry Regiment
Division: 3d Infantry Division
By unitedweroll on Mar 13, 2014 | In Military News and Support
There must be a manual for people who do not like the news that is shared in mainstream & social media and how to respond. And it seems the number 1 response is to call the person behind the post "racist" or using "hate speech". Or maybe it is the only response, as it seems this is the one that we hear over and over and over.
Of course, the accuser does not speak to the facts in the piece that drew their fire. Makes you wonder if they even care or if they are just looking for a place to aim. When you ask them to be more specific (and if you are lucky enough to get an answer), it seems to seldom address any of the facts that caused them to load and shoot their vile, nasty accusations.
One case in point is outlined below. My observation is that these people are not capable of discussing an issue, or perhaps the manual does not allow them to be informed enough to carry on such a conversation. Thus, the totally undeserved name calling begins in the hopes of distracting others from the news - or perhaps to intimidate others from sharing the news.
Issue: Most of the people I know would rather their doctors be focused on their health issues than be counseling them on gun control. Or are we to pay for their time while they talk about guns instead of medical procedures?
Copy of my post:
This was a very interesting conversation and should be seen/read by all! This "nominee" does not have the medical background and is pushing for doctors to get involved in gun control of their patients.
NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox spoke to Fox News' Megyn Kelly and outlined why the NRA strongly opposes President Obama's nominee for Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy. Watch the clip here: http://goo.gl/wgo8pm
And here comes the blast of "hate speak" and "racist" accusations from one individual who apparently has studied the one page "Manual to Distract Others From News" ....
*Accuser: Judi Burns, I'd say you're going to have to stop the hate speech to call Heaven your home. It would help if you could see Jesus in everyone.
* Me: John - I have not offered - nor do I ever intend to offer - any hate speech. Please be specific and I will gladly share your comments.
* Accuser: I am a THINKING republican, who voted for Obama because Romney did nothing during his 15 year reign at Bain Capital except ship tens of thousands of good, middle class American manufacturing jobs to China so he and his cronies could become insanely wealthy. So wealthy in fact, he tried to buy the office of the President. Paul Ryan, and his sick Yea Party are destroying our political system and our country. I was for Obama, the least of two evils. I will call you on it every time I think you've gone over the top.
* Me: John - I find it very interesting that so many ... people ... resort to calling others racist or using hate speech when all we do is share the news. You want to have your opinions, but others are not allowed to think or share information? I believe that goes against our Constitution. You are making evil accusations against me when I have done nothing except to share a news piece. Look at yourself for hate speech - it is coming from you, not me. You brought up things that I never even talked about - you are instigating bad feelings - isn't that hate speech? Get real!
By unitedweroll on Mar 12, 2014 | In Military News and Support
Our country recently offered a final salute to World War II Hero and Medal of Honor Recipient, SSgt Walter David Ehlers.
Forever in our hearts as we give thanks to you and your family every day for our freedom and our American way of life! You are our sunshine ....
Walter David Ehlers (May 7, 1921 – February 20, 2014) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the Medal of Honor, for his actions in World War II.
Born in Junction City, Kansas in May 1921, Walter Ehlers joined the Army in October 1940. He and his older brother Roland served in the same unit and participated in the fighting in North Africa and Sicily.
By D-Day on June 6, 1944, Ehlers was a staff sergeant and squad leader in the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. His squad, part of the invasion's second wave, waited off shore in a Landing Craft, Infantry, while the first group of soldiers landed. When the first wave became pinned down on the beach, his unit was transferred to a Higgins boat and sent forward early to assist. They fought their way off the beach and by June 9 were near the town of Goville, 8 miles (13 km) inland. On that day, he led his unit's attack against German forces and single-handedly defeated several enemy machinegun nests. The next day, his platoon came under heavy fire and he covered their withdrawal, carried a wounded rifleman to safety, and continued to lead despite his own wounds. For his actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor six months later, on December 19, 1944.
On July 14, more than a month after D-Day, Ehlers learned that his brother Roland had died at Omaha Beach when his landing craft was struck by a mortar shell
Staff Sergeant Ehlers' official Medal of Honor citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 9–10 June 1944, near Goville, France. S/Sgt. Ehlers, always acting as the spearhead of the attack, repeatedly led his men against heavily defended enemy strong points exposing himself to deadly hostile fire whenever the situation required heroic and courageous leadership. Without waiting for an order, S/Sgt. Ehlers, far ahead of his men, led his squad against a strongly defended enemy strong point, personally killing 4 of an enemy patrol who attacked him en route. Then crawling forward under withering machinegun fire, he pounced upon the guncrew and put it out of action. Turning his attention to 2 mortars protected by the crossfire of 2 machineguns, S/Sgt. Ehlers led his men through this hail of bullets to kill or put to flight the enemy of the mortar section, killing 3 men himself. After mopping up the mortar positions, he again advanced on a machinegun, his progress effectively covered by his squad. When he was almost on top of the gun he leaped to his feet and, although greatly outnumbered, he knocked out the position single-handed. The next day, having advanced deep into enemy territory, the platoon of which S/Sgt. Ehlers was a member, finding itself in an untenable position as the enemy brought increased mortar, machinegun, and small arms fire to bear on it, was ordered to withdraw. S/Sgt. Ehlers, after his squad had covered the withdrawal of the remainder of the platoon, stood up and by continuous fire at the semicircle of enemy placements, diverted the bulk of the heavy hostile fire on himself, thus permitting the members of his own squad to withdraw. At this point, though wounded himself, he carried his wounded automatic rifleman to safety and then returned fearlessly over the shell-swept field to retrieve the automatic rifle which he was unable to carry previously. After having his wound treated, he refused to be evacuated, and returned to lead his squad. The intrepid leadership, indomitable courage, and fearless aggressiveness displayed by S/Sgt. Ehlers in the face of overwhelming enemy forces serve as an inspiration to others.
Born May 7, 1921
Junction City, Kansas
Died February 20, 2014 (aged 92)
Long Beach, California
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1940–1945
Rank Second Lieutenant
Unit 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
• Operation Torch
• Allied invasion of Sicily
• Normandy landings
Awards Medal of Honor, Silver Star, 3 Purple Heart
Funeral services with full military honors were held March 8 at Riverside National Cemetery.
By unitedweroll on Mar 12, 2014 | In Military News and Support
United We Roll World Tour Show
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386 AEW / The Rock
Interview #1 (6:10pm) - SSgt Jonathan D Garrett
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Interview #3 (7:12pm) - SrA Lawrence E Huff
Interview #4 (7:44pm) - SSgt Dan J Dikin
376 AEW / Liberandos
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376 AEW / Transit Center at Manas
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This week we bring you five visits with deployed members which will certainly bring you some new & interesting information about service and missions while away from home as well as other military service experiences. The taped visits contained in this show were recorded last week (03/02 - 08/14) and represent our 1,229th through 1,233rd interviews with deployed members.
Due to a night of heavy thunder storms with sky to ground lightening which knocked out phone service here, we had to reschedule two of our visits with the 386th AEW from the previous week to this week. The end result is that four of our five interviews this week are with members who are currently deployed in southwest Asia with the 386th AEW/The Rock.
These Marauder guests include:
1) Staff Sergeant Jonathan D Garrett of the 386 EMXS (Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron) known as the SANDWIZARDS. As a Munitions Systems Technician and Inspector, SSgt Garrett's duties involve a variety of controls over the AMMO, making sure that the quantity and quality is always ready for those who rely on this equipment to complete their missions.
2) Staff Sergeant Andrew Snow also serves with the 386th EMXS, however his duties are as an AGE (Aerospace Ground Equipment) Journeyman and his duties involve maintenance of both powered and non-powered ground equipment in the service of US, joint and coalition C-130's. C-17's and other aircraft that fly into and out of this Southwest Asia base.
3) Senior Airman Lawrence E Huff is serving with the 387 ESFS (Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron) where his duties include security of the base and of the flightline for safe transfers of passengers and cargo. Continuing on a family legacy of service, this 4 1/2 year Veteran hopes to makes his career in the US Air Force. We hope so, too.
4) Staff Sergeant Dan J Dikin is also a member of the 387 ESFS serving under the 386 AEW in Southwest Asia. Also coming from a family of military members, this five year Veteran has already been on three deployments, but his love of service and the Air Force remains strong as ever. SSgt Dikin is also looking for a career with the USAF of standing guard over our country and our freedom while providing the first line of defense for the bases where he is stationed.
Our final visit for this week comes from the Transit Center at Manas in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, which is currently home to the 376th AEW. We appreciate the time that LtCol Martha "Max" Despain, Chief of Public Affairs, was able to spend with us as we hear about the history of the Transit Center at Manas and the changes involving both the missions and the base itself as it will soon be closed. So much has been accomplished during the 12 years since the base first opened here under the name of Pete Ganci Air Base - named for a New York City Fire Department Chief who fell on September 11th. What will happen to the 376th AEW, a unit that is rich in its legacy of service for our country? We cannot begin to thank LtCol Despain for the time and information we are able to bring to you during this show.
As always, we believe you will find each and every one of our visits today to be informational, inspirational and a wonderful opportunity to meet members who are currently standing guard over our freedom.
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By unitedweroll on Mar 11, 2014 | In Military News and Support
DUE TO TECHNICAL ISSUES, SHOW WILL NOT RUN TODAY - TUESDAY 3/11/14.
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Join us for our United We Roll World Tour Show as we share four outstanding interviews with deployed members. Our guests are SSgt J D Garrett & SSgt Andrew Snow/386 EMXS, SrA L E Huff & SSgt D J Dikin / 387 ESFS - LtCol M Despain /376 AEW.
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