I had planned a tech-war, situation-report type of post like I’ve done the past few Fridays, but I had begun to feel that I was missing the point of RED Fridays. It’s good and interesting to know what’s going on in the areas of technology and strategy, but the whole point of RED Fridays is the troops. I’ve had trouble the last couple of weeks finding the kind of news we normally have in our RED posts, but I prayed about it this week and voila! Look what I found! Thank You, Abba. The tech and strategy stuff will have to wait for another Friday.
The Louisiana National Guard is assisting in the Hurricane Laura cleanup.
… and the governor is helping the guard: “Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced that $10 million of recovery funds from Hurricanes Ike and Gustav will be used to build roughly 50 new permanent residential houses for Louisiana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen at Camp Beauregard in Pineville, Nov. 11.
The passing of another WW2 hero: “Maj. Gen. (Retired) Erbon W. Wise, former adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, passed away, August 12, 2020, at the age of 99 … Major General (Retired) Erbon Wise was a true American patriot serving our nation during World War II and participating in the Normandy Invasion at Utah Beach,” said Brig. Gen. Keith Waddell, adjutant general of the LANG. “Major General Wise culminated his 28-year military career as the 43rd adjutant general of our state from 1964-1968.” Read the brief description of this Patriot and Soldier’s wonderfully full, rich, interesting life at that link.
This Force Recon Marine’s military record reads like a Hollywood movie, but it’s real. “On Friday, August 28, Capers’s hometown of Bishopville, South Carolina held a ceremony in honor of his service and dedication to this great country.”
As well they should: “Capers was born in Bishopville, South Carolina in the Jim Crow south. During the Vietnam War, just three generations removed from slavery, he became the first African American to receive a battlefield commission as part of Marine Force Recon. Capers’s team, which called themselves ‘Team Broadminded’ conducted more than 50 classified missions in 1966 alone … During his 22-years of service, Major Capers has been awarded the Silver Star; two Bronze Stars; and Combat V; four Purple Hearts; Vietnam Cross of Gallantry; a Joint Service Commendation Medal; Combat Action Ribbon; three Good Conduct Ribbons; Battle Stars; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal; CG Certificate of Merit; and multiple letters of Merit, Appreciation, and Commendation. There is a new push for him to be awarded the Medal of Honor, but it remains to be seen whether or not it will ever happen during the Major’s lifetime; he turned 83 years old on August 25.”
Folks, that’s the short version. Go here for a more complete account. It’s astounding.
America’s Warriors are one of America’s greatest treasures: “Utah Governor Gary Herbert presented a National Guard soldier with the Utah Medal of Valor Tuesday for his heroism during the October 1, 2017 mass shooting at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, Nevada… ‘Without hesitation or regard to personal safety, Brown immediately started to render aide to the wounded personnel while under constant gunfire. His actions on that tragic day, also known as one of the deadliest mass shootings in the United States, saved the lives of dozens of fellow concertgoers,’ a news release from Utah National Guard Public Affairs said.”
While I don’t think there should be women in the military, it is only justice to acknowledge those women who have made major contributions to the US military. Here are a few, listed by Communications-Electronics Command Sergeant Major Kristie Brady, along with her own story, which is itself an inspiration.
Military dogs are such worthy heroes! They are fully worthy of the human warriors they serve with. Here is an account of one fire-breathing fur-being!
I’m glad someone is standing up for Jews. Doubly glad it’s the US Army. Read about it here.
God bless our warriors. May they return home safely and be held in the honor they have earned.