Category Archives: Wednesday Hero

Wed. Hero-Rear Adm. Jeremiah Denton

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Admiral Jeremiah Denton

89 years old from Virginia Beach, Virginia

USS Independence (CVA-62)

July 15, 1924 – March 28, 2014


U.S.<br />
Navy

Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr. was a Rear Admiral and Naval Aviator in
the United States Navy and, following his retirement from naval
service, was a United States Senator from the state of Alabama. In
1965 he was captured in North Vietnam when his plane was shot down and
he and his navigator Bill Tschudy spent eight years a POW’s in the
infamous “Hanoi Hilton”. In 1966 he was forced to take part in a
press conference by his captors in which they asked him about his
support for the war. He responded: “I don’t know what is happening,
but whatever the position of my government is, I support it fully.
Whatever the position of my government, I believe in it, yes sir. I am
a member of that government, and it is my job to support it, and I
will as long as I live”. During that interview he was able to send a
message by blinking the word “Torture” in Morse code to let the world
know what the POW’s were going though.

You can read more about Rear Admiral Denton here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so
others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them
Hero.

Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When
There Are No Heroes, They Just Don’t Know Where To Look

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Wednesday Hero-Lt. Milton Ricketts

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Lt.
Milton Ricketts

28 years old from Baltimore, Maryland

USS Yorktown (CV-5)

August 5, 1913 – May 8, 1942

U.S.<br />
Navy

For extraordinary and distinguished gallantry above and beyond the
call of duty as Officer-in-Charge of the Engineering Repair Party of
the U.S.S. Yorktown in action against enemy Japanese forces in the
Battle of the Coral Sea on 8 May 1942. During the severe bombarding of
the Yorktown by enemy Japanese forces, an aerial bomb passed through
and exploded directly beneath the compartment in which Lt. Ricketts’
battle station was located, killing, wounding or stunning all of his
men and mortally wounding him. Despite his ebbing strength, Lt.
Ricketts promptly opened the valve of a near-by fireplug, partially
led out the fire hose and directed a heavy stream of water into the
fire before dropping dead beside the hose. His courageous action,
which undoubtedly prevented the rapid spread of fire to serious
proportions, and his unflinching devotion to duty were in keeping with
the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave
his life for his country.

You can read more here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so
others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them
Hero.

Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When
There Are No Heroes, They Just Don’t Know Where To Look

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your site, you can go here.

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Yesterday marked the end of a 12-year review by the Pentagon when 24
soldiers from WWII to Vietnam, who were denied the award they earned,
finally received their Medals Of Honor.

Spc. 4 Santiago J. Erevia

Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris

Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela

Sgt. Candelario Garcia

Spc. 4 Leonard L. Alvarado

Staff Sgt. Felix M. Conde-Falcon

Spc. 4 Ardie R. Copas

Spc. 4 Jesus S. Duran

Cpl. Joe R. Baldonado

Cpl. Victor H. Espinoza

Sgt. Eduardo C. Gomez

Pfc. Leonard M. Kravitz

Master Sgt. Juan E. Negron

Master Sgt. Mike C. Pena

Pvt. Demensio Rivera

Pvt. Miguel A. Vera

Sgt. Jack Weinstein

Private Pedro Cano

Pvt. Joe Gandara

Pfc. Salvador J. Lara

Sgt. William F. Leonard

Staff Sgt. Manuel V. Mendoza

Sgt. Alfred B. Nietzel

1st Lt. Donald K. Schwab

You can find more information here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so
others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them
Hero.

Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When
There Are No Heroes, They Just Don’t Know Where To Look

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information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on
your site, you can go here.

Wednesday_Hero_Sir_Nicholas_George_ Winton

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Sir Nicholas George Winton

104 years old from Hampstead, London

Wednesday Hero was started to honor the men and women of the United
States military, but this week we’re doing something a little
different. Sir Nicholas George Winton is a British humanitarian who
will turn 105 this May. On the eve of WWII, Winston was instrumental
in the rescue of 669 children, mostly Jewish, from Nazi-occupied
Czechoslovakia. Sadly, many of the children he saved lost their
parents in concentration camps.

You can read more about Sir Nicholas Winston here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so
others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them
Hero.

Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When
There Are No Heroes, They Just Don’t Know Where To Look

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information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on
your site, you can go here.

Lt. Col. Jerry Coleman-Wednesday Hero

Lt. Col. Jerry Coleman

89 years old from San Diego, Calif.

VMTB-341, VMA-323

September 14, 1924 – January 5, 2014

Jerry Coleman, a decorated war hero, Yankee World Series MVP and Hall
of Fame San Diego Padres broadcaster, died January 5 at age 89 after a
career of more than 70 years in baseball.

Coleman signed with the Yankees out of the San Francisco sandlots in
1942 only to spend the next three years as a Marine bomber pilot in
the Pacific theater of World War II, flying 57 combat missions over
the Solomon Islands. Upon his return from the war he rejoined the
Yankees only to be called back to duty in ’51. He flew another 120
missions in Korea and rose to the rank of lieutenant
colonel.

You can read more about Lt. Col. Coleman here

These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so others may get to enjoy freedom.
For that I am proud to call them
Hero.

Those Who Say That We’re In A Time When There Are No Heroes, They Just Don’t Know Where To Look

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information about Wednesday Hero, or if you would like to post it on
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