SILVER STAR: G. Powers

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    Big news in Moscow, but Americans forget true heroes quickly. Gary Powers, captured by the Soviets, and a lasting part if of US history, was awarded the Silver Star:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/16/us/francis-gary-powers-posthumously-awarded-silver-star.html

    The NYT reported this of course, FoxNews may have been busy with "John Mayer" updates, I saw nothing from Fox. It brought to mind another hero from my area of Florida, rarely mentioned, honored only locally: PRIVATE ROBERT H. JENKINS, Jr.:

    Robert Henry Jenkins, Jr (1948 - 1969) - Find A Grave Memorial

    Ariux might deride his sacrifice, I will not forget the tiny park in Interlachen. His bravery is remembered by all the men whose lives he saved:

    http://www.vietvet.org/images/vn/recon/rjenkin5.jpg
     
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    Americans quickly forget their heroes? Do we? And your evidence for that would be?
     
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    No mention here of Powers being awarded the Silver Star(.) I note also no comment on Jenkins; he gave his life saving the 11 men trapped by the Vietcong with him.
     
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    So that automatically means we've 'forgotten'? How odd. I read about it... I'm not really sure how starting a thread about it means you're better than your fellow Americans. It's not adding up to me.
     
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    Recognition of Gary Powers is long overdue.
     
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    You must have missed this. Here it is for your enjoyment.

    US pilot honored posthumously for 1960s Soviet spy mission
     
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    I found it strange there were no posts about such a well known American. I saw several stories elsewhere. I do not expect anyone posting here to know about Jenkins, except for one poster, or previous poster, who I believe is from Jax. Jenkins has not been honored, to speak of, outside Putnam, and a few surrounding counties. VP Agnew gave his family the Medal of Honor at the White House in 1969.
     
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    I used to work on the corner of Silver Star and Powers.
     
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    Thank you, I missed this; the NYT, POST, CNN, ABC, and CBS all had reports also.
     
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    I did not mention anything about posters here in my initial post, keep digging. :lol:
     

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