VFW Magazine March 2011 : Page 8

nowhearthis SportClips Donates $400,000 to VFW mailcall Continued from page 6 Brief news items of interest to veterans and their families. Editor’s Note: The 1st Battalion, 37th Armor, 1st Armored Division, also received the VUA. In one engagement, it destroyed 26 T-72 Iraqi tanks and 47 APCs. SportClips, a hair-cutting franchise with 740 locations nationwide, gen-erously donated $400,000 to VFW’s Operation Uplink in December. The gift will fund the “Free Call Day” pro-gram throughout 2011. Troops deployed overseas and hospitalized veterans are eligible for Uplink. This is the single largest corporate contribution to the program to date. Company team members and clients solicit and donate the monies. SportClips CEO Gordon Logan, a VFW life member, said, “We remain strong in our commitment to the men and women who are serving our country, as well as their family and friends. “We appreciate all those who worked to make this landmark donation possible. The memory of wanting to call home during my days overseas is one that stays with me.” SportClips CEO Gordon Logan, store managers Kathleen Hartnett and Tina Kucinsky, and VFW Commander-in-Chief Richard Eubank display the check for Uplink. SportClips began supporting Operation Uplink in 2007. Since then, it has donat-ed a total of $850,000 to the program. Four GIs Nominated for MOH The 2011 defense authorization bill includes Medal of Honor nominations for four soldiers spanning the Civil War to Vietnam. They are 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing (of Gettysburg fame) and Pvt. John Sipe, both Civil War veterans. Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Kapaun,a POW in Korea, and Spec. 4 Robert Towles from Vietnam round out the four. Though such submissions are fairly common, observers of the process point out that the services rarely examine the cases and actually award the medal. ‘General of the Armies’ In a Wall Street Journal article (Jan. 13, 2011) advocating a fifth star for Gen. David Petraeus, Pete Hegseth and Wade Zirkle of Vets for Freedom listed those who have held such prestigious ranks. Because this question has been asked in the past, here are their names: General of the Armies of the United States: George Washington, John Pershing. General of the Army: Dwight Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George Marshall,Omar Bradley,Henry Arnold. 8 • VFW • March 2011 Fleet Admirals: Chester Nimitz, William Halsey, Ernest King, William Leahy. Memorial Cross Controversy In early January, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the 43-foot cross on Mount Soledad in San Diego is unconstitutional because it supposedly violates the First Amendment’s “estab-lishment clause.” Meanwhile, the Mojave The Tiger Brigade of the 2nd Armored Division operated with the 2nd Marine Division during the war. So it also was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation.I don’t know how rare it is for an Army unit to be under operational command of the Marines and for it to receive a Navy award. JosephDeCaro, Stratford,Conn. Completing the Chronology Re: “A GI’s Combat Chronology, 1991.”All 379th Bomb Wing (Heavy) flights from Michigan on Jan. 17-18, 1991, landed and operated out of Saudi Arabia after their sorties were complete. I was on one of the 12 aircraft in the ini-tial 379th attack on the 17th of January. Jim Hodgson,E-Mail I was a medic with 2nd Plt., D Co., 1st Bn., 41st Inf. Regt., 2nd Armored Division (AD), which was attached to the 1st Infantry Division. My platoon was hit by the 1-34 Armor. The story of my platoon getting hit is an odyssey that is practically unbelievable. Overall, the 2nd AD (Forward) had eight killed and one civilian killed and about 50 WIA. 1-41 Infantry lost seven men and roughly 40 wounded (some untreated). All losses were caused by fratricide. Jeffrey “Doc”Hoffman,E-Mail Desert Veterans Memorial, also in California, remains at the center of controversy. The Liberty Institute, representing VFW’s Department of California and VFW Post 385 in Barstow, filed a law-suit against the Obama Administration for refusing transfer of the land upon which the memorial stands. A 2003 act of Congress directed such a transfer. The Administration also refuses to allow VFW to rebuild the memorial after vandals destroyed it on May 9, 2010. The WWI memorial dates back 76 years. The Liberty Institute, based in Plano, Texas, specializes in upholding consti-tutional and First Amendment religious and free speech rights. The ArmyNational Guard also played a part in the GulfWar. For instance, the 1168th Transportation Company (Iowa ANG) moved 10,000 enemy POWs. Dennis Holland,E-Mail Editor’s Note: During the Persian Gulf War, 37,484 National Guard members in 297 units deployed to the Gulf region. Eighteen guardsmen died in the area from non-hostile causes. Two combat units—142nd (Arkansas) and 192nd (Tennessee) Field Artillery brigades served there. Six of their battal-ions supported the advance into Iraq. One, 1st Bn., 158th FA (Oklahoma), fired rockets the Iraqis called “steel rain.”

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SportClips Donates $400,000 to VFW<br /> <br /> SportClips, a hair-cutting franchise with 740 locations nationwide, generously donated $400,000 to VFW’s Operation Uplink in December. The gift will fund the “Free Call Day” program throughout 2011. Troops deployed overseas and hospitalized veterans are eligible for Uplink.<br /> <br /> This is the single largest corporate contribution to the program to date. Company team members and clients solicit and donate the monies. SportClips CEO Gordon Logan, a VFW life member, said, “We remain strong in our commitment to the men and women who are serving our country, as well as their family and friends.<br /> <br /> “We appreciate all those who worked to make this landmark donation possible. The memory of wanting to call home during my days overseas is one that stays with me.”<br /> <br /> SportClips began supporting Operation Uplink in 2007. Since then, it has donated a total of $850,000 to the program.<br /> <br /> Four Gis Nominated for MOH<br /> <br /> The 2011 defense authorization bill includes Medal of Honor nominations for four soldiers spanning the Civil War to Vietnam. They are 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing (of Gettysburg fame) and Pvt. John Sipe, both Civil War veterans. Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Kapaun, a POW in Korea, and Spec. 4 Robert Towles from Vietnam round out the four.<br /> <br /> Though such submissions are fairly common, observers of the process point out that the services rarely examine the cases and actually award the medal.<br /> <br /> ‘General of the Armies’<br /> <br /> In a Wall Street Journal article (Jan. 13,2011) advocating a fifth star for Gen. David Petraeus, Pete Hegseth and Wade Zirkle of Vets for Freedom listed those who have held such prestigious ranks. Because this question has been asked in the past, here are their names:<br /> <br /> General of the Armies of the United States: George Washington, John Pershing.<br /> <br /> General of the Army: Dwight Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George Marshall, Omar Bradley,Henry Arnold.Fleet Admirals: Chester Nimitz, William Halsey, Ernest King, William Leahy.<br /> <br /> Memorial Cross Controversy<br /> <br /> In early January, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the 43-foot cross on Mount Soledad in San Diego is unconstitutional because it supposedly violates the First Amendment’s “establishment clause.”<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the Mojave Desert Veterans Memorial, also in California, remains at the center of controversy. The Liberty Institute, representing VFW’s Department of California and VFW Post 385 in Barstow, filed a lawsuit against the Obama Administration for refusing transfer of the land upon which the memorial stands. A 2003 act of Congress directed such a transfer.<br /> <br /> The Administration also refuses to allow VFW to rebuild the memorial after vandals destroyed it on May 9, 2010. The WWI memorial dates back 76 years.<br /> <br /> The Liberty Institute, based in Plano, Texas, specializes in upholding constitutional and First Amendment religious and free speech rights.

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