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A hero is gone

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by joehiro, Dec 23, 2009.

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  1. joehiro

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    WACO (December 23, 2009)—Retired Army Col. Robert L. Howard, 70, who died Wednesday in Waco, was a Medal of Honor winner who at the time of his death was believed to be the most-decorated living American soldier.

    Howard will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

    Services were pending Wednesday through OakCrest Funeral Home in Waco.

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon in which he said Howard “was the bravest soldier I ever met.”

    “His unshakeable commitment to freedom, displayed in countless episodes of battlefield gallantry, lives on in the actions of our military men and women who continue to serve in hostile conditions overseas,” he said.

    Howard, who grew up in Opelika, Ala., enlisted in the Army in 1956 at the age of 17 and retired as a full colonel in 1992.

    In Vietnam, he served in the U.S. Army Special Forces and spent most of his five tours in the secret Military Assistance Command, Vietnam-Studies and Observation Group, or MACV-SOG, which was an unconventional force whose members were assigned to deep-penetration reconnaissance and interdiction missions.

    He was nominated three times for the Medal of Honor, which he was awarded in 1971 for the rescue of a seriously wounded platoon leader who was under enemy fire.


    Col. Robert Howard’s Medal Of Honor Citation

    During his 54 months of combat duty in Vietnam, Howard was wounded 14 times and was awarded eight Purple Heart Medals.
     
  2. Tom Strunk

    Tom Strunk Well-Known Member

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    A real hero, and a man's man. Rest in peace brother.

    Tom Strunk
     
  3. Bisi

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    Salute!

    RIP
     
  4. jbbor

    jbbor Active Member

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    Why aren't men, such as this, put up as our Nation's heros instead of spoiled athletes and rotten politicians? Jimmy Borum
     
  5. timberfaller

    timberfaller Well-Known Member

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    Because a REAL Hero dosen't do it for Glory!

    RIP Bob!
     
  6. grnberetcj

    grnberetcj Active Member

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    Money Jim! Money and Media!

    Curt
     
  7. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Well-Known Member

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    Jimmy Borum raises an excellent point in that our MS media will not give his passing or history an ounce of the recognition he deserves. We wonder why our youth of today is the way they are? Bob
     
  8. slide action

    slide action Well-Known Member

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    The PC media is too busy with crap like the Tiger Woods scandal. This country lost a real Hero!
     
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