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FACE OF DEFENSE: Sports Heroes Who Served, Boxers and Patriots

DEC. 8, 2020 | BY DAVID VERGUN, DOD NEWS Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. During World War II, Brooklyn, New York, was home to the Coast Guard's Manhattan Beach Training Station, where recruits were sent for basic training. The physical education regimen at Manhattan Beach was first class, featuring professional instructors in boxing, wrestling, track and field and judo. Heading the powerhouse boxing program was Coast Guard Cmdr. Jack Dempsey, who was the world heavyweight champion from 1919 to 1926. There were a number of champion boxers under Dempsey's tutelage, some of whom also served as instructors for the trainees. Among them was Lew Jenkins, who joined the Coast Guard in... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: 'Bonanza' Actor Served in Army During Korean War

Sports Heroes Who Served: March 30, 2021 | BY David Vergun , DOD News Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. Bobby Dan Davis Blocker is best known as the TV actor who played Hoss Cartwright in the western "Bonanza," but he was also a soldier who was wounded in action during the Korean War. In 1946, Blocker played football at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. In 1947, he transferred to what was then known as Sul Ross State Teachers College in Alpine, Texas. There, he was a star football player and graduated in 1950. Blocker was drafted into the Army during the Korean War in late 1950, receiving basic training at Fort... Read more →


World War II soldier's son seeking info on father's photographs

World War II veteran and former Maine Legionnaire Richard Perkins was a radio operator stationed at Fort Shafter in Honolulu. When he passed away in 2014 he left behind nearly 700 negatives of photos he took during his service. His son, Dana, is trying to learn more about those individuals in the photos. The American Legion APR 01, 2021 FacebookTwitterMore10 Richard Erlon Perkins was a U.S. Army radio operator stationed for a period of time at Fort Shafter in Honolulu during World War II. A member of American Legion Post 42 in Damariscotta, Maine, when he passed away in 2014, Perkins didn’t speak much about his time in the military, according to his children. But after his death, Perkins’ children found a window to that... Read more →


The U.S. Vietnam War Commemoration Flag Presented to Wreaths Across America

Pentagon private ceremony celebrates efforts to honor America's veterans Washington, DC/Maine — April 1, 2021— Yesterday, in a private ceremony at the Pentagon, The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration flag was presented to the national nonprofit Wreaths Across America (WAA) in the award-winning Vietnam War Exhibit, reaffirming WAA’s Commemorative Partnership. Vietnam War Memorial and the US flag in Washington DC, image courtesy of https://www.alamy.com WAA was among the initial organizations to join the wide-ranging list of Commemorative Partners supporting the efforts of this congressionally chartered Commemoration, which was established under the Secretary of Defense. Since first becoming a partner in 2012, WAA has had the distinct honor of conducting 2,190 welcome home ceremonies for Vietnam veterans across the country, presenting each veteran a... Read more →


Face of Defense: Rocky Marciano, Undefeated Heavyweight Boxer and WWII Army Veteran

Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. Rocky Marciano is the only heavyweight professional boxer to have finished his career undefeated. He also holds the record for the highest knockout-to-win ratio in world heavyweight title fights at 85.71%. Marciano gave himself his name because his real name, Rocco Francis Marchegiano, was said to be hard to pronounce by boxing promoters and sportscasters. Both of his parents were immigrants from Italy. In March 1943, he was drafted into the Army to serve in World War II. He was stationed in Wales in the United Kingdom where he helped ferry supplies across the English Channel to Normandy, France, after the June 6, 1944 invasion. Spotlight:... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: ICE removes aggravated felon wanted for sexual assault of a child in Mexico

LAREDO, Texas — Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement removed aggravated felon, David Neri-Dominguez, 38, an unlawfully present Mexican man wanted for aggravated assault of a child in his home country of Mexico, Monday. On Feb. 3, 2017, Mexican authorities issued an arrest warrant against Neri-Dominguez for the aggravated assault of a child. Additionally, Neri-Dominquez has a 2008 felony conviction issued by the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, for possession with intent to distribute marijuana that carried a sentence of 41 months. In 2018, Neri-Dominquez was also charged and convicted in the U.S. of illegal reentry. Neri-Dominquez has two other convictions in the U.S. – one for possession of marijuana in 2007 and another for criminal trespassing in 2018. “We are committed... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE:Coast Guard to rename training center wing after Arnold Palmer

RELATED: FACE OF DEFENSE: PETALUMA, Calif. — The Coast Guard announced plans to rename a training wing after Arnold Palmer at Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma, Tuesday. Training Center Petaluma plans to officiate the renaming of the Yeoman and Storekeeper “A” School wing of the Juliet Nichols Building in a ceremony later this year. Palmer served with distinction as a yeoman in the Coast Guard from 1951 to 1953 and worked for the 9th Coast Guard District commander in Cleveland, Ohio. Palmer reportedly joined the Coast Guard after his college roommate was tragically killed in an automobile accident as a way to get away from how distraught he was over the loss of his friend. “My dad said that the U.S. Coast Guard ‘made [him]... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Bobsledder Volunteered for Combat in Afghanistan

Sports Heroes Who Served: March 9, 2021 | BY David Vergun , DOD News Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. Bobsledding is in Olympian John Napier's DNA. Napier's father, William, a former Marine, was a bobsled driver from the 1960s to the 1980s and later became president of USA Bobsled and Skeleton, the sport's official governing body in the U.S. Napier's mother, Betsy, also drove bobsleds. The family often traveled from their Schenectady, New York, home to Lake Placid, New York, to bobsled. John learned how at age 8 in 1994. Napier started competing professionally for Team USA in 2002, placing 9th overall in the America's Cup in the two-man bobsled at... Read more →


Sports Heroes Who Served: Kris Kristofferson Is Also an Army Vet

March 23, 2021 | BY David Vergun , DOD News Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. Kris Kristofferson is a famous singer-songwriter and actor. He is also an award-winning college athlete, a Rhodes Scholar and an Army veteran. Although Kristofferson is a singer, he's more famous for the songs he wrote but were covered by others, such as: "Me and Bobby McGee," "For the Good Times," "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" and "Help Me Make It Through the Night." As an actor, he starred in a number of films including: "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," "A Star is Born," "Convoy," "Heaven's Gate," "Stagecoach," "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia," "Pat Garrett and... Read more →


Face of Defense: Marine Corps PFC Daniel D. Bruce, Medal of Honor Recipient

Marine Corps Pfc. Daniel D. Bruce was just a teenager when he gave his life to save others during the Vietnam War. His selfless actions kept him from returning home, but they also earned him the Medal of Honor and a legacy that's made his family proud. Bruce was born May 18, 1950, in Michigan City, Indiana, about an hour east of Chicago. He had three brothers and a sister and was the eldest of the group, which could be why helping others seemed to be in his nature. According to his family, when Bruce was 16, he tried to save a drowning boy during a church outing. Bruce's sister, Karen, said he tried to stay with the boy for as long as he could,... Read more →


Face of Defense: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Maryland

Walter Reed — just about anyone who hears that name can connect it to the world’s largest joint military medical system. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, is the flagship of U.S. military medicine, providing care and services to more than 1 million beneficiaries every year. It’s a lot to live up to, which begs the question — who was the man whose name is attached to such a storied institution? Walter Reed was a career doctor before joining the Army in 1874. As the study of germs and infectious diseases flourished, his research into the cause and spread of typhoid and yellow fever massively curtailed the diseases at a time when both were ravaging service members. Thanks to Reed’s research, few... Read more →


President Joe Biden’s Lawless Open Borders Agenda Prompts Health Crisis in U.S.

Surge in Illegal Immigrant Minors Prompts Health Crisis in U.S. Thousands of migrants from Honduras and other countries continue to make a dangerous journey through Guatemala and into Mexico. Many migrants are attempting to transit these countries and in the process are violating their sovereignty, their laws, and their procedures. source U.S. Embassy in Uruguay President Joe Biden’s lawless open borders agenda is creating a new border crisis. Our Corruption Chronicles blog describes the “impending catastrophe.” huge surge in illegal immigrant minors is prompting a health emergency on the southern border and surrounding communities, igniting “grave concern” among federal lawmakers who are calling on the Biden administration to “prevent the impending catastrophe.” In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas more than a dozen... Read more →


Face of Defense: Medal of Honor Monday... Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Lester Weber

MARCH 1, 2021 | BY Katie Lange , DOD News Courage under fire is something we would all hope to have, but you never actually know until you're tested. When 22-year-old Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Lester W. Weber was tested in Vietnam, he proved his courage — and then some — by taking out several enemy soldiers to keep his fellow Marines safe. Weber never got to come home, but his valor during the hardest of times earned him the Medal of Honor. Weber was born July 30, 1948, in Aurora, Illinois, to George and Elsie Weber. He had two brothers, including George Jr., who also became a Marine. Weber attended Hinsdale Central High School for two years before he dropped out to enlist in... Read more →


Anthony C. Christaldi, of Haddon Heights, age 93; WWII Navy Vet, Member of Square Circle

Anthony C. Christaldi, on February 27, 2021, of Haddon Heights. Age 93. Beloved husband of Rita (nee D'Agostino) for 64 years. 10th Child of 12 born to Salvatore and Antoinette Christaldi. Devoted brother of Catherine Matkowski. Preceded in death by his siblings Sebastian, Frank, Rose, Chickie, Rita, DiDi, Joseph, John, Sara, and Dorothy. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Anthony proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He was a member of the Square Circle Sportsman Club and the Del Val Woodturners Club. A special thank you would like to be made to Dr. George Schmid and his friend Wolfie. There will be a viewing from 9:30AM to 11AM Thursday at GARDNER FUNERAL HOME, RUNNEMEDE, 126 S. Black Horse Pike, Runnemede, NJ, 08078.... Read more →


China Committed To Spreading COVID-19 Disinformation

TRENTON, NJ--According to New Jersey Home Security as distribution of COVID-19 vaccines begins in the United Kingdom and United States, China continues to shift blame for concealing the virus’ severity by disseminating new falsehoods about its origins and misrepresenting scientific and medical experts. These attempts to discredit verified facts can be replicated to target the reliability of vaccines approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Such efforts could dissuade segments of the population from receiving inoculations, increasing infections and mortality rates in the United States. China has previously blamed Americans for bringing the pandemic to its country during the Military World Games in Wuhan in October 2019. A recent paper by a group of scientists affiliated with the state-run Chinese Academy of Sciences indicated... Read more →


Brooklawn Man Helped Plan Destruction of Black Churches/Jewish Synagogues

source VICE NEWS William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews CAMDEN City, N.J. (February 26, 2021)(CNBNews)– A Brooklawn resident today admitted his role in conspiring with members of a white supremacist hate group to threaten and intimidate African Americans and Jewish Americans by vandalizing minority-owned properties throughout the country in September 2019, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced. Richard Tobin, 19, of Brooklawn, pleaded guilty to the information charging him with conspiracy against rights before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court. Brooklawn is a small community of 1,934 people located on the Delaware River. It is often described by local residents as "God's Little Acre". Tobin was just 18 when he was arrested in November 2019 for instructing The Base members... Read more →


Sports Heroes Who Served: Charley Pride, Army Veteran, Played Baseball in Negro Leagues

Feb. 23, 2021 | BY David Vergun , DOD News Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. Charley Pride was famous as a country music singer. As an African American, he broke the color barrier in the country music industry with his 1960s and 1970s hits, particularly "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'," released in 1971. Pride, born in 1934, was one of 11 children of a sharecropping family in Sledge, Mississippi. He developed a passion for country music, buying his first guitar at the age of 14 and teaching himself to play by listening to radio broadcasts of the Grand Ole Opry. Some of his other hits include: "The Snakes Crawl at Night,"... Read more →


Face of Defense: Border Patrol Encounter Baby Born in Frigid Temperatures Near the Rio Grande

MISSION, Texas – McAllen Border Patrol Station (MCS) agents encounter an adult female and her newborn in the brush near the Rio Grande. Friday evening, MCS agents working in Mission, Texas, received information that a pregnant Honduran woman was in distress somewhere in the brush near the Rio Grande. Agents immediately responded to the area and initiated a search for the woman. As agents conducted their search, they received additional information that the woman had given birth. A short time later, an agent found and confirmed the woman had given birth. The agent relayed his location and immediately requested Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Other agents arrived on scene including a Border Patrol Emergency Medical Technician who provided aid to the woman and child. The temperature... Read more →


Transportation Security Administration Hiring over 6,000 Airport Security Officers

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is launching recruitment efforts nationwide to fill over 6,000 Transportation Security Officer (TSO) positions by summer 2021. “TSOs are a critical first line defense in securing our nation’s commercial air transportation system,” said Melanie Harvey, acting Executive Assistant Administrator for TSA’s Security Operations. “Each day, our officers screen hundreds of thousands of airline travelers ensuring they arrive at their destinations safely. We expect to screen a higher number of travelers regularly by the summer months and will need additional officers to support our critical mission.” Based on anticipated seasonal travel trends in the months ahead and the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations for the general public, TSA has launched national efforts to recruit new employees in support of screening... Read more →


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Coast Guard announces 17th District Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year 2020

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Petty Officer 1st Class Ashleigh Seibert, a yeoman at Sector Anchorage, was named the 2020 17th District Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year (REPOY) and was recognized at the Armed Services YMCA Annual Salute to the Military in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 13, 2020. Seibert’s nomination resulted from her outstanding work with Sector Anchorage’s administration office. “YN1 has been such a valuable asset as we worked through various challenges that ranged from personnel shortages to transfer season during an ongoing pandemic," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Jennifer Hull, Sector Anchorage admin branch chief. "Her leadership, camaraderie and commitment have been a tremendous addition to the team. We're lucky to have her." Seibert was selected for Active Duty for Operational Support (ADOS) orders to... Read more →


Thomas Joseph Dunn, of Gloucester City; USMC Veteran, Served in Korean War

Thomas Joseph Dunn, 89, Gloucester City, Passed away at home on February 16, 2021. Thomas was born to the late Thomas and Anna Dunn in Gloucester City, NJ on May 16, 1931. Thomas was an USMC veteran and served in the Korean War. He was a block operator for the Pennsylvania Railroad. He is survived by his wife Clare Dunn (nee Hirz) and his beautiful family; he will be greatly missed. Family and friends are welcomed to his funeral mass on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9:30AM at St. Mary’s Church, 426 Monmouth St., Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Burial will follow at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Wrightstown, NJ. Read more →


Face of Defense: CG Cutter Harriet Lane crewmembers return home following 71-day patrol

in Eastern Pacific, interdicts $40 million worth of illicit drugs PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane returned to their homeport in Portsmouth, after a 71-day counter-drug patrol Feb. 12. In support of the Coast Guard’s 11th District and Joint Interagency Task Force South, the Harriet Lane crew worked throughout the duration of the patrol in conjunction with a deployed aviation detachment from the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron based in Jacksonville, Fla. HITRON specializes in the execution of airborne use of force for the purpose of disabling non-compliant vessels suspected of illicit drug smuggling. Harriet Lane joined forces with the Colombian Navy to conduct joint maritime operations in the Caribbean, focusing on interoperability, communications, and counter-narcotics efforts. Upon crossing into the Pacific via... Read more →


Joseph T. Wdzieczkowski, age 90, of Bellmawr; Retired Postal Worker, Air Force Veteran

Joseph T. Wdzieczkowski, age 90, of Bellmawr, passed away peacefully at home with his wife by his side on Thursday, February 18, 2021. Beloved husband of 67 years to Mabel E. Wdzieczkowski (nee Rieger). Devoted father of Joseph T. Wells (Mary Ellen) and Thomas J. Wdzieczkowski (Debbie) and the late Donna. Loving grandfather of Jennifer Wells, Marie & Joshua Kizitaff, and Rachel and Tori Wdzieczkowski. Dear brother of Bruno Wdzieczkowski (the late Rose), Margaret Smith (Ronald), Sister Rosemarie, and the late Thomas Wdzieczkowski (the late Rose). Mr. Wdzieczkowski was a US Air Force veteran. He worked for the US Postal Service in Bellmawr for 42 years and retired as the Manager of Training in 1992. Joe was an avid church goer and a member of... Read more →


Petty Officer 1st Class Jaime DeBarros CG 17th District Enlisted Person of 2020

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jaime DeBarros, a maritime enforcement specialist, poses for a portrait photo in Kodiak, Alaska, Feb. 15, 2021. DeBarros is stationed at the North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center in Kodiak and was named the 17th District Enlisted Person of the Year 2020. U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo. KODIAK, Alaska -- Petty Officer 1st Class Jaime DeBarros, a maritime enforcement specialist stationed in Kodiak, Alaska, was named the 2020 17th District Enlisted Person of the Year (EPOY) and was recognized at the Armed Services YMCA Annual Salute to the Military in Anchorage, Alaska, on Feb. 13, 2020. After thorough review of his impeccable performance at the North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center (NPRFTC) in Kodiak, DeBarros earned the distinguished EPOY... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: PRESIDENT FORD, NAVY VETERAN, COLLEGE FOOTBALL STAR

President Ford as a football player Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. Gerald Ford, 38th president of the United States, World War II Navy veteran and collegiate football star, is also the president who, in 1975, signed Public Law 94-106 admitting women to the all-male military colleges — West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy. Ford attended the University of Michigan, where he played center, linebacker and long snapper for the Wolverines football team. The Big 10 team had two undefeated seasons and won national titles in 1932 and 1933. However, even though the team won only one game In 1934, Ford was considered the team's star player. He was a... Read more →


Face of Defense: Baseball Great Jackie Robinson, A WWII Soldier

Sports Heroes Who Served: | BY David Vergun , DOD News Jack Roosevelt Robinson Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. Jack Roosevelt Robinson — better known as Jackie Robinson — was born in Cairo, Georgia, on Jan. 31, 1919, the same month former President Theodore Roosevelt died. That's how he got his middle name. In 1920, his father, a sharecropper, left the family. Robinson's mother and her six children moved to Pasadena, California, where she worked at a variety of jobs to support the family. But they lived in poverty. In high school, Robinson played several sports at the varsity level and lettered in four of them: football, basketball, track and baseball.... Read more →


Face of Defense: Army Help U.S., Canada with St. Clair River flooding

1 / 4Show Caption +U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, field team Senior Hydraulic Engineer Matt McClerren, left, and Hydraulic Technician Jon DePhillips document St. Clair River ice jams on the St. Clair River at Algonac State Park February 3, 2021. Using strategically placed water monitoring equipment and a field team, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is providing technical advice for St. Clair River U.S. and Canadian coast guard ice breaking operations. (U.S. Army photo by William Dowell) (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)VIEW ORIGINAL 2 / 4Show Caption +U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, field team member Hydraulic Technician Jon DePhillips documents St. Clair River ice jams on the St. Clair River near Marine City, Michigan, February 3, 2021. Using strategically placed water... Read more →


OFFICER DOWN: Two FBI Agents Shot and Killed by Alleged Child Porn Suspect

Agent Laura Schwartzenberger and Specail Agent Daniel Alfin Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Daniel Alfin were shot and killed while executing a search warrant in Sunrise, Florida, as part of an investigation involving child pornography and violent crimes against children. A team was making entry into the apartment at 10100 Reflections Boulevard when a subject inside opened fire. Special Agent Schwartzenberger and Special Agent Alfin were fatally wounded, and three other agents suffered non-life-threatening wounds. The subject was found deceased inside of the apartment a short time later. Special Agent Schwartzenberger had served with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 15 years and was assigned to the Miami Field Office Innocent Images National Initiative. Special Agent Daniel Alfin and Special Agent Laura Schwartzenberger... Read more →


The Boogaloo Bois Want to Overthrow the Government

Have Guns, Criminal Records and Military Training. Mike Dunn, leader of the Last Sons of Liberty, a faction of the Boogaloo Bois, with members of the group on Nov. 21, 2020, in Richmond, Virginia. (FRONTLINE) ProPublica and FRONTLINE have identified more than 20 members with ties to the armed forces. by A.C. Thompson, ProPublica, and Lila Hassan and Karim Hajj, FRONTLINE Feb. 1, 11 a.m. EST ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. This story is part of an ongoing collaboration between ProPublica and FRONTLINE that includes an upcoming documentary. Hours after the attack on the Capitol ended, a group calling itself the Last Sons of Liberty posted a brief... Read more →


Face of Defense: Coast Guard, Navy offload $211M worth of cocaine, marijuana in San Diego

SAN DIEGO – Coast Guard and Navy personnel offloaded approximately 11,400 pounds of cocaine and 9,000 pounds of marijuana Monday, amounting to more than $211 million from seizures in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The offload is the result of interdictions made by Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment 407 (LEDET) personnel, who operated aboard the USS Gabrielle Giffords, and three separate Coast Guard cutter crews between October and December. “When you are covering a drug-smuggling transit zone the size of the continental United States, every ship makes a huge difference,” said Lt. Jonathan Dietrich. “The seamless integration between our Law Enforcement Detachment and the crew of the USS Gabrielle Giffords was a major reason why we were successful in interdicting such a large... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Anecdote from a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker’s winter Arctic patrol

A Break in the Silence: Co-written by Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Oldham & Petty Officer 2nd Class Tedd Meinersmann On a month-long winter mission to project U.S. presence and sovereignty into the Arctic, and to conduct scientific research in the remote area, the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, the nation’s sole heavy icebreaker, is using its one-of-a-kind capability to navigate the dark polar wilderness. After departing Seattle, crossing the Gulf of Alaska and transiting the Bering Sea’s treacherous waters, where 20-foot swells mercilessly tossed the mighty Coast Guard ship, the resilient crew traversed the Arctic Circle into equally windy, but far calmer, ice-bound waters. After a few dark days and nights of the Polar Star methodically backing and ramming northbound through the Chukchi Sea’s... Read more →


Interesting Statistics about the Vietnam Memorial Wall

photo courtesy of Mark Phipps A little history most people will never know. There are 58,267 names now listed on that polished black wall, including those added in 2010. The names are arranged in the order in which they were taken from us by date and within each date the names are alphabetized. It is hard to believe it is 61 years since the first casualty. The first known casualty was Richard B. Fitzgibbon, of North Weymouth, Mass. Listed by the U.S. Department of Defense as having been killed on June 8, 1956. His name is listed on the Wall with that of his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl Richard B. Fitzgibbon III, who was killed on Sept. 7, 1965. There are three sets of... Read more →


Video: 1,000's of Hondurans Headed to U.S.; Biden Stops Construction of Trump's Wall

COMING TO YOUR TOWN ... WASHINGTON, DC--President Joe Biden on Wednesday, sent an immigration bill to lawmakers that proposes opening a path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants living in the United States. He also stopped the construction of the wall being built between Mexico and the United States, lifted a travel ban on 13 mostly Muslim-majority and African countries, and reversed a Trump order preventing migrants who are in the United States illegally from being counted for congressional districts. According to NEWSMAX Biden also signed a memorandum directing the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. attorney general to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which protects migrants who came to the country as children from deportation, and reversed Trump's... Read more →


THE HATRED AND RUTHLESSNESS MUST STOP

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews Concertina razor wire tops the 8-foot ‘non-scalable’ fence that surrounds the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, on Jan. 14, 2020. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) courtesy of Epoch Times The rioting in the streets that we have witnessed across our Nation last summer is sadly continuing into this year. As everyone knows January 6 a large number of people made up of Trump supporters, along with insurgents from Black Lives Matter and Antifa, broke into the Capitol Building in Washington. Five people died, and many were injured. Three of the five died from heart problems, a woman climbing into the Capitol building was shot and killed and a police officer was struck with a fire extinguisher. He died later from his injuries.... Read more →


Thank You Mr. President You Did Your Best!

My days on earth are numbered; But before I fade away, there is something important I need to say. It may not be important to anyone else; but it's important to me. Win, lose or fraud...President Trump. I just want to say thank you for the last four years. Thank you for making it cool to be an American again. image courtesy of Artworks decor Thank you for showing us that we don’t need to be under China ’s thumb anymore economically, or any other way. Thank you for one of the strongest economies we’ve ever experienced in my lifetime. Thank you for all you have done for the minority communities, and the outstanding decrease in the unemployment rate you had. Thank you for making... Read more →


Federal Agencies Explain The Cyber Unified Coordination Group

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On behalf of President Trump, the National Security Council staff has stood up a task force construct known as the Cyber Unified Coordination Group (UCG), composed of the FBI, CISA, and ODNI with support from NSA, to coordinate the investigation and remediation of this significant cyber incident involving federal government networks. The UCG is still working to understand the scope of the incident but has the following updates on its investigative and mitigation efforts. This work indicates that an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actor, likely Russian in origin, is responsible for most or all of the recently discovered, ongoing cyber compromises of both government and non-governmental networks. At this time, we believe this was, and continues to be, an intelligence gathering effort.... Read more →


VIDEO: Kayleigh McEnany Delivers Message from White House: Capitol Hill Violence Was Appalling

RELATED: GUEST OPINION: Why We Oppose Biden's Remark 'Lets All Be A "United States" Again' The Political Elite's $2.3 Trillion Omnibus Bill is Full of Wasteful Spending GUEST OPINION: "All Ya Can Do Is Laugh Somedays" Are Organized Anarchists Behind The Protests? Read more →


Sports Stars Who Served in the U.S. Military

Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. Elgin Baylor played basketball from 1958 to 1971 as small forward for the Minneapolis Lakers and, when the team moved to Southern California in 1960, the Los Angeles Lakers. From 1961 to 1962, Baylor served on active duty in the Army and was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. Instead of using his weekend liberty to go home or party with friends, Baylor used this time to continue playing for the LA Lakers, driving or flying to each game. However, Army duties came first, and Baylor only managed to play 48 games during the 1961-62 season, but he scored more than 1,800 points. He averaged 38 points,... Read more →


A Tribute to Eugene "Jeep" MacAdams and His Five Brothers

CORRECTION William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews Eugene "Jeep" MacAdams passed away on December 29, 2020, a few days after his 97th birthday. MacAdams was a retired Army First Sergeant who served 30 years in the New Jersey National Guard specifically the 114th Infantry, 50th Armored Division also known as the "Jersey Blues". He lived most of his life in Brooklawn, and he also spent several years in Florida and the South Jersey shore area. Jeep's parents and his siblings lived in the community of National Park, in Gloucester County. During WW II four of the six MacAdams' brothers served in the Armed Forces. They included: Charles W. MacAdams, US Army, Europe/ Normandy to Czech. Charles received three Purple Hearts and three Bronze Stars for... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE :After 75 Years, Veteran Will Receive Honors for WWII Service

BY C. Todd Lopez , DOD News The Navy and the Connecticut Air National Guard on Monday will honor Connecticut native son Dan Crowley for fighting against the Japanese in the Philippines 75 years ago. Gregory J. Slavonic, who is performing the duties of the Navy undersecretary, will present Crowley with an honorary Combat Infantryman Badge in recognition of the fighting he did while in the Philippines, and a Prisoner of War medal. Crowley will also be promoted because he attained the rank of sergeant in October 1945, but he was never notified. The ceremony will be held at the Bradley International Airport/Air National Guard hanger in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, on Jan. 4 at 11:30 a.m. The event can be viewed live on the 103rd... Read more →


Edwin J. MacAdams, WWII Navy Veteran, Retired Master Sgt. and Battalion Operations Sgt.

Edwin J. MacAdams of Sewell on March 3, 2006. Aged 80 years. Born March 16, 1925 in Camden, NJ, Ed was a graduate of Woobury High class of 1942. At age 16 he went to work with RM Hollingshead Corp. Ed joined the US Navy in 1943, served in the Asiatic Pacific as a torpedo-man 2nd class and was Edwin J. MacAdams discharged in February of 1946. In March of that same year Ed joined the NJ Army National Guard, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant and Battalion Operations Sergeant, retiring in 1985. Following his military service, Ed worked in construction industry in many crafts. He retired E.I. Dupont in 1984 as rigger first class with 20 years of service. Ed had his own tax... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Baseball Legend Served During the Cuban Missile Crisis

| BY David Vergun , DOD News Sports Heroes Who Served is a series that highlights the accomplishments of athletes who served in the U.S. military. As sports legends go, there is a case to be made that Joe Torre is the personification of greatness. During his 50-year baseball career — 17 years as a player and 33 years as a manager — Torre is the only major leaguer to achieve both 2,000-plus hits as a player and 2,000-plus wins as a manager. Joseph "Joe" Paul Torre ranks fifth all-time in Major League Baseball history with 2,326 wins as a manager and 2,342 hits in 2,209 games during his playing career with the Milwaukee Braves (1960 to 1965), the Atlanta Braves (1966 to 1968), the... Read more →


Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Fight City Hall and Win

PHILADELPHIA, PA – On Wednesday, December 23, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro issued a Memorandum Opinion on Plaintiff’s Motion for a Preliminary Injunction. Plaintiff alleged that the City had an unconstitutional policy of treating protests more favorably than other First Amendment-protected activity, such as parades. While the Opinion denied the Plaintiff’s Motion, it did so on the basis that the City has abandoned its policy. I want to congratulate the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Society for successfully protecting the First Amendment rights of all Philadelphians. Its lawsuit has achieved its purpose: the court has now confirmed that the City has abandoned its policy of favoring protests over other constitutionally protected speech, like parades. The U.S. Attorney’s Office first objected to the... Read more →


FACE OF DEFENSE: Medal of Honor Monday: Army Capt. Eli Whiteley

| BY KATIE LANGE, DOD NEWS Army Capt. Eli Whiteley was an academic interested in agriculture when World War II consumed the world, but he volunteered for the Army to do his part. In 1944, he led his platoon through a fierce battle in France that killed several Germans and captured dozens more. His leadership and courage despite intense wounds led him to earn the Medal of Honor. Whiteley was born Dec. 10, 1913, and grew up on his family's farm near Georgetown, Texas. After high school, Whiteley applied to the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University). But, according to the Texas State Historical Association, he was told he needed better grades and more coursework. Instead, Whiteley took odd jobs to... Read more →


Eugene "Jeep" MacAdams, 97, of Brooklawn; WWII Veteran, 30-Year Member of NJ National Guard

Eugene “Jeep” MacAdams BROOKLAWN, NJ (January 2, 2021)--Eugene “Jeep” MacAdams was called home to be with our Lord on December 29, 2020, not long after his 97th birthday. Jeep had lived in Brooklawn, NJ, Ocean View, NJ, and Seminole, FL. Although his remaining family and friends were saddened by his death, we are choosing to celebrate his long life through the many stories he loved to tell many times over to any audience. Jeep is survived by his brother, Horace MacAdams (Mary), his sister-in-law Ann (Renny) and Jeep’s children -- Jeanne, Ken (Patti), Tommy (deceased) (Marie), and Scott (Patty) MacAdams and his stepchildren, Paul (Jo-Ann) Scarlett and Ralph (Casey) Scarlett and their families which total 17 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and still counting. He is... Read more →


Privately Run South Jersey Veterans Center Needs A New Roof; Can You Help?

Bob Kotter, of Gloucester City and Kathleen Van Stine (CNBNews photo) William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews LINDENWOLD, NJ (December 30, 2020)--In 2015 Michael and Kathleen Van Stine founded the SpectraCare® Foundation using Michael's $130,000 retirement fund to launch the project. The Foundation will help veterans (Veterans Assist), senior citizens (Seniors Advantage), and animals in need (Paws Plus). "That retirement fund was every cent in our savings; today we both live on what we receive from Social Security," she said. Kotter, who is a volunteer member of the organization's advisory board said, "We're trying to put together a veteran Center with no government money. We have the building, we have construction covered, electrical covered, plumbing covered, HVAC covered. We have a doctor, a nurse, an... Read more →


Pennsauken National Guard Soldier Eduardo Casado Receives New Rank, New Responsibilities

LATHAM, NY (12/29/2020)-- Major General Ray Shields, the Adjutant General for the State of New York, announces the recent promotion of members of the New York Army National Guard in recognition of their capability for additional responsibility and leadership. Gloucestercitynews.net files Eduardo Casado from Pennsauken, N.J., and assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion received a promotion to the rank of private 1st class on November 1, 2020. Army National Guard promotions are based on overall performance, attitude, leadership ability, and development potential. These promotions additionally recognize the best qualified Soldiers and attract and retain the highest caliber Citizen Soldiers for a career in the New York Army National Guard. For more information about the New York Army National Guard, visit... Read more →


Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tractor Trailer Crash; Rescue Agencies Searching for Man in Water

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge - Tunnel, connects Virginia's Eastern Shore with the Virginia mainland at Virginia Beach near Norfolk. PORTSMOUTH, Va.(CNBNews)(December 29, 2020)-- — The Coast Guard, Virginia Marine Resource Commission, local police, and fire departments are searching for a person in the water after their tractor-trailer crashed off the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel northbound, Tuesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Virginia Command Center received a relayed 911 notification at approximately 8:30 a.m., regarding a tractor-trailer that crashed through the southbound side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and went into the water. Witnesses reported seeing a man exit the tractor-trailer and drift west. Sector Virginia watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast for mariners to keep a lookout for the man. Searching are:... Read more →


Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Corps Cpl. Larry Smedley

On the 106th anniversary of Congress authorizing the Medal of Honor for sailors and Marines, young earned it by giving his life to protect his comrades in Vietnam. Smedley was born on March 4, 1949, in Front Royal, Virginia. When he was young, his family moved him and his two siblings to Georgia before settling in Union Park, Florida, just outside of Orlando. Smedley's family said he was really interested in the military, so, in 1966, the 17-year-old dropped out of high school and joined the Marine Corps. Smedley first served as a rifleman and fire team leader with the 2nd Marine Division at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. By July 1967, he was in Vietnam. Two months into his deployment, Smedley was promoted to corporal... Read more →