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MEMORIAL DAY IS ABOUT REMEMBERING WHY THEY FOUGHT

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Citizen Tom

West face of the Civil War Unknowns Monument (click to enlarge)
For the unknown dead of the American Civil War (from here)

There is much energy spent these days trying to bury any attempt to honor the heroes who fought for the Confederate States of America.

We get blatantly inflammatory rhetoric from some.

In June 2015, Dylann Roof murdered nine black parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. That hate crime prompted South Carolina to remove the Confederate Flag from the grounds of the state capitol, and communities throughout the country debated the continued presence of monuments to the Confederacy in the public square. That December, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu signed an ordinance to remove four monuments. These include statues of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, as well as a commemoration of those who opposed Reconstruction. Over the…

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MOH: Shot In The Face & Wounded by Grenade, Charged Machine Gun Nest But Can’t Remember Doing It

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H/T War History OnLine.

R.I.P.Sergeant Einar Harold Ingman Jr.       October 6,1929-September 9,2015

When there is no personal account of the valor it takes to receive a Medal of Honor it is most often because the gallant have fallen in combat. But in the case of Medal of Honor recipient Einar Ingman, it would be because his wounds during the action were so significant that he had no recollection of the action that earned him the honor.

On a treacherous ridge in Korea, Ingman organized a group of soldiers after the officers had been killed and pressed on with an attack on this key position. During this time, he would personally take out two machine gun positions which resulted in direct hits to his face and neck from shrapnel and machine gun fire.

Despite these devastating wounds, Ingman rose back up and cleared the two gun positions before passing out due to his wounds. Despite the experience that would define some men for a lifetime, he would have no memories of the battle and the accounts of his gallantry would have to come from his fellow soldiers.

For the actions witnessed by these men, this soldier would earn the nation’s highest military honor and the respect of every man he served with that day.

From the Farm to Korea

The life of Einar Ingman began  on  a Wisconsin farm.  Born in 1929, he initially enlisted in the Army in 1948 with the desire to work with heavy machinery.  However, in what would be a stroke of luck for the men he would eventually lead in combat, Ingman was assigned to the Infantry.  As war broke out in Korea in 1950, Ingman would find himself thrust into the action far from a farm and with all the pleasantries a grunt might hope to expect in combat.

By the time of action that won him his Medal of Honor, Ingman had already been wounded once in the fighting and was a battle hardened soldier.  By February of 1951, the 7th Infantry Division would find itself pushing towards the Korean town of Malta-ri. Ingman was part of a two squad group assigned with taking a treacherous ridge raining fire down up any advancing allied troops.

A Burned out Ridge in Korea

The Korean War was, in the first year, very dynamic and territory was lost and gained, for the men on the ground, it became a battle for every hill and ridge one at a time.  Manning this particular ridge were a group of Chinese who were determined to hold it at all costs.

Can’t Keep a Good Man Down

On February 26th, 1951, Corporal Einar Ingman would, through circumstances of combat, find himself in charge of two squads when their officers were killed or wounded.  Their objective was a fortified ridge-top position manned by a resilient enemy who would not give ground easily.  Once Ingman realized the two squad leaders had gone down, he reorganized the men into one assault group under his command.

This might seem like a given, but considering the daunting task ahead of them for any man to assume responsibility requires exceptional courage and leadership.  Straight away, he began to direct the men from one position to the other. They leaped through heavy enemy fire, as Ingman called in fire support.

As they approached the ridge, they became pinned down by heavy enemy fire from a series of two fortified positions.  Upon identifying the first, Ingman charged it alone as he realized the heavy toll this machine gun position was taking on his men.  With precision aim, he threw a grenade into the position killing most of its occupants, while he finished the rest off with his rifle.

It was at this point that the second machine gun position opened fire from only 15 yards away.  Without hesitation, Ingman charged this second position alone.

Chinese infantrymen firing from a ridge in Korea

Just then, a grenade exploded sending shrapnel directly to his head and taking off part of his left ear as it knocked him to the ground.  Undeterred, he rose again to his feet and pressed the attack when he was shot directly in the face just below the nose with the round exiting behind what remained of his left ear.

This would be the last thing Ingman would remember, but what his fellow soldiers recalled would be remarkable.  Partially blinded and missing a good number of his teeth, Ingman rose to his feet again and continued the charge.

He fired his rifle until he was out of rounds and then finished off the rest of the Chinese machine-gun position with his bayonet, before finally passing out from his wounds.

An Action to Remember

The enemy in front of Ingman broke and fled at the sight of his gallantry, but the next thing Ingman would recall was waking up in a Tokyo hospital about a week later, with no recollection of his actions in Korea.  In fact, for a period of time Ingman could not even recall his own name due to the severity of the injuries.

It would take over 20 surgeries for Ingman to slowly begin to recover any memories. He was eventually flown to a hospital in Washington D.C.

In 1951, Einar Ingman would receive the Medal of Honor for the actions he could barely remember from President Harry Truman.  Upon returning home to Wisconsin, the people of his hometown treated him to a new house, boat, and a hero’s welcome.

After exiting the Army in 1951, he would retain enough of his memory to marry his hometown sweetheart and raise seven kids.  For 32 years, this gallant warrior would serve in the inconspicuous role as a mail clerk in Tomahawk, Wisconsin.

Despite his struggles with memory, he would forever retain the gratitude of a nation and the respect of all the men who witnessed on his behalf a conspicuous act of gallantry that deserves a hallowed place in the halls of history.

Einar Ingman might not remember all of his actions, but the history of war most certainly will.

 

 

CBS: 800 Churches Nationwide Harbor Illegal Immigrants

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H/T Breitbart Texas.

The tax exempt status for these churches needs to be revoked and any taxes due should become retroactive from the date the church was built.

A new report reveals how churches nationwide are harboring illegal immigrants, helping them evade federal immigration orders for deportation.

In a 60 Minutes special report, more than 800 churches are acting as mini-sanctuary jurisdictions to hide illegal immigrants from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

ICE has a long-standing policy in which agents do not detain illegal immigrants at churches, making the facilities an ideal spot to avoid deportation orders.

In a Buffalo, New York, church profiled, parish staff confirmed that they recently harbored an illegal alien family of four from Honduras. Since January, the church officials said it protected more than 40 migrants.

Rev. Robin Hynicka of Philadelphia’s Arch Street Methodist Church explained how he believes enforcing federal immigration laws are oppressive to illegal immigrants who remain in the U.S.

“It’s injustice and oppression, all of which is evil,” Hynicka said. “Yeah, when a human being’s human rights are denied, when they can’t stay with their family, when they can’t work, when they can’t participate in the community in which they have deep roots, all of those apply.”

In one specific case, Hynicka’s church has been harboring Javier Flores Garcia, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who came to the U.S. in 1997. Garcia was arrested and convicted for drunk driving, and despite an immigration judge ordering him be deported, he remains hiding out in Arch Street Methodist Church.

ICE’s Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale did not back down to his agency’s responsibility to enforce federal immigration law and protect Americans, despite  questioning from 60Minute’s Scott Pelley.

Scott Pelley: How much concern do you have about separating families in deportations?

Daniel Ragsdale: As a human being, I know it is traumatic for folks. But I will also say that the Rule of Law is something that America is built on. But this seems to be the one area where the narrative about separating families, you know, sort of gets a little bit ratcheted up.

Scott Pelley: Well, you can understand why.

Daniel Ragsdale: Well, I can. But I would suggest that every person who has, you know, come to the United States illegally, just like if I went somewhere and, you know, resided in violation of law, I could expect at some point that sovereign country to want to remove me.

Last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter to 10 sanctuary cities, demanding they stop obstructing federal immigration agents from being able to deport criminal illegal immigrants. Sessions said that if sanctuary cities do not eventually comply with federal law, they could see a loss in federal grant money.

Four Celebrities Who Risked Their Lives For Their Countries In Wartime

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H/T War History OnLine.

I learned something new about Audrey Hepburn.

James Doohan and Audrey Hepburn

Many famous actors and entertainers achieved their fame on stage or in Hollywood, but some had eventful and remarkable lives before they entered the public spotlight. Various artists and musicians had already spent years in the military before they began the careers that made them famous.

From Allied troops on the D-Day beaches to Resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Europe, here are four celebrities who risked their lives in war.

Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks. Photo Credit

Before he became known as the comedic genius of The Producers and Young Frankenstein, Mel Brooks worked on the front lines of WWII. He served in the 1104 Engineer Combat Battalion, 78th Infantry Division, as a combat engineer. He defused land mines in active war zones, risking death on a daily basis.

Brooks also faced active combat, fighting at the famous Battle of the Bulge. In later years he credited much of his dry wit to his time in the war, and while in military service his sense of humor was evident. When German soldiers began playing propaganda recordings through loudspeakers, the young Brooks set up his own speakers and blasted the music of Al Jolson, a Jewish singer, right back at them.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn

 

Before Breakfast At Tiffany’s cemented her place as an iconic Hollywood figure, Audrey Hepburn worked as a courier for the Dutch resistance against the Nazis.
It was not uncommon for children in the Netherlands to act in that role; they smuggled money, papers, and information with less likelihood of being noticed by the authorities.
Hepburn’s parents were staunch supporters of the Nazi party, making her willingness at a young age to support the resistance all the more impressive. When she was not running messages and carrying packages, she was donating what little money she had earned to the cause.
In later years, her remarkable story was promoted and her courage acclaimed, but her parents’ support for the Nazis was usually written out of the narrative.
When it is remembered, however, it makes Hepburn’s bravery all the more striking.
Jimmy Stewart

Jimmy Stewart

The star of It’s A Wonderful Life was first drafted in 1940, only to be rejected for being underweight. While others might have been relieved not to be sent into danger, Stewart actively set out to gain the required weight. As soon as he had, he headed back to be re-evaluated by the military and was accepted.

At first, due to his already established celebrity status, his commanding officers kept him away from the conflict. They used him for promotional videos or in training pilots, as Stewart already had extensive experience in that field.

Eventually, he managed to convince his superiors to move him overseas, to face real action in Europe. There he rose quickly through the ranks, often flying at the head of his unit to inspire the soldiers under his command. Four years after he joined the Army as a Private, Stewart was promoted to the rank of Colonel.

James Doohan

James Doohan.

 

James Doohan is widely remembered for his role as Scotty in the Star Trek series. The Canadian partook in active conflict long before he took to the screen.

When WWII broke out, Doohan joined the Canadian military and went to England for training. His first taste of combat came on D-Day, on June 6, 1944, when Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy.

Taking part in the largest amphibious landing in history, Doohan led his troops up the beach, shooting two snipers and finding defensive positions beyond a field of mines. Later that night, he was shot six times by a Bren Gun. Four of the rounds struck him in the leg, and one tore through his finger. The sixth would have penetrated his chest, had it not been blocked by a silver cigarette case his brother had given him some time before.

Doohan survived, although he lost the finger. He went on to become a beloved figure in television history.

 

DHS chief: If you knew what I knew about terror, you’d ‘never leave the house’

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Pulling off an act of Islamic Terrorism is the Jihadist’s goal.

The thought of a terrorist act being committed against an individual or their loved ones is part of the propaganda that goes along with every attempt or completed on.

If We the People listen to Homeland Security SecretaryJohn Kelly and go along with his thinking, then the jihadists will have won.

It goes without saying, see something say something, be ever vigilant.

If you don’t have a weapon or two for personal protection consider buying one, begin taking shooting lessons and if serious about the issue, apply for a concealed weapons carry permit. the amount of shooting one has to do in many states, like “The People’s Republic of California.” will amaze any police officer you engage on the topic.

I do so frequently by merely asking, what’s your take on citizen carrying a concealed weapon with a…

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FLASHBACK: Democratic Congressman Attacked Student Journalist … And Democrats Defended It!

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H/T The Daily Wire.

When DemocRats attack they get a pass from the lamestream media and their fellow DemocRats.

But when a Republican tackles a reporter then all Hell breaks loose.

While the media provide wall-to-wall coverage of Montana Congressional candidate Greg Gianforte’s alleged assault on a reporter from the Guardian — while Republicans across Congress are being asked to condemn Gianforte — it’s worthwhile to remember that the media never hold Democrats to the same standard.

Way back in June 2010, North Carolina Congressman Bob Etheridge, a seven-term elected Democrat, was asked by a student reporter if he supported the “Obama agenda.” Etheridge promptly attempted to grab the reporter’s cell phone camera, then grab the reporter’s wrist, demanding, “Who are you! Tell me who you are… I have a right to know who you are!” One of the student’s friends, who caught the incident on camera, said, “We’re just here for a project.” When the student in Etheridge’s grip asked to be released, Etheridge instead grabbed him by the neck.

Here’s the footage:

Etheridge would go on to be defeated by Congresswoman Renee Ellmers in a very tight election. But the media never bothered to ask every Democrat in power about Etheridge’s behavior, or whether it ought to be condemned. The assumption was that Etheridge was acting on his own, that he had behaved badly, and that was that. In fact, Democrats rallied to Etheridge’s defense. Here’s Politico reporting at the time:

“Motives matter, and I think you can see who was behind this,” said DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse just now. “This was a Republican party tracking operation. If it wasn’t a party tracker or intern, why is the face blurred and why is the source hidden? You know if it had been a right wing blog, they’d identify themselves and they’d be booking this person on TV all day. Republicans know if they admit their involvement in this game of gotcha it will undermine their credibility. One minute this guy is interviewing a member of Congress on camera and the next a video is released with his face blurred out? If that doesn’t tell you this is a Republican Party hatchet job nothing will.” A national Democratic Party official e-mailed around a set of talking points about an hour ago, under the subject heading, “Etheridge Gotcha Video Background.”

Etheridge apologized, and the media let it go.

The assumption by the Left, however, is that Gianforte must be abandoned by the Republicans forthwith.

 Now, I think there’s a good argument that voters ought to avoid pulling the lever for Gianforte. But they also should have been encouraged to do so with Etheridge by the same media drooling over Gianforte; Democrats should have been forced to answer questions about the incident. They weren’t. Which is one reason that so many Republicans think the media is unfair.

Particularly Appropriate… – Nobody Asked Me…

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