Category Archives: Real Heroes

Profile in Service: Warren Eddy

A Boy Lands on Normandy and Becomes a Man By: Fred M. Apgar Warren Eddy was the youngest of six children who were raised in a rural part of northern Minnesota. Shortly after he graduated from high school, his family … Continue reading

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Nicholas Aaron Madrazo, USMC, Rest In Peace

Nic Madrazo was (is still) one of the best people I have ever known. He was funny, kind to those that could do nothing for him, a man of faith, a lover of life, the best wingman, and had a … Continue reading

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Profiles of Service: Buck Weaver

By: Fred Apgar Robert “Buck” Weaver was born in 1918 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was the fourth child in a family of two brothers and a sister, who spoiled “little Buck” as they grew older. Buck’s father, John P., was … Continue reading

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The Story of Ervin Schmidt, Pearl Harbor Survivor

Ervin Schmidt said they were just a couple good Christian boys on the way to church when the “Battle Stations” call went out. Schmidt and his friend, USS California shipmate Herbert Curtis, ran to the ship. It was Dec. 7, … Continue reading

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The Silence of the Lion

By: Peter Sessum Eleven years ago there was a suicide attack that would have a major impact on world events. It was ordered by Osama Bin Laden and carried out by al-Qaeda operatives. It was Sept. 9, 2001 and took … Continue reading

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Not All Military Losses Are in Combat, But All Are Remembered

By: Sean Peters Reprinted with permission from his Tumblr account. I’ve been meaning to post this for some time but I haven’t done it because it’s hard. Some of y’all have posted your stories of loss and how it’s affected … Continue reading

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Horace Greasley, Surviving WWII Like a Boss

By: Peter Sessum The title of Greatest Generation is given to everyone who fought in WWII. Liberating the world from tyranny was not an easy feat and serving with men of such high caliber it is difficult to stand out. … Continue reading

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Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Month By Recognizing True American Heroes

By: Peter Sessum When most people think of the “Greatest Generation” they picture a platoon of fresh faced, corn-fed farm boys from the Midwest and one wise cracking kid from Brooklyn. It is the movie stereotype of the WWII American … Continue reading

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Real Heroes: Meeting SFC Leroy Petry

By: Peter Sessum So there I was, on the 18th green, no shit. It was the last day of Rumble on the Ridge golf tournament. It was military appreciation day and the pin on the 18th hole was an American … Continue reading

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