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Woody! What an amazing this is. I saw his episode of "Sons of Guns," when they refurbished a Woody-era flamethrower and let him torch a pile of tinder on the beach, which made him so happy. He has such a respectful and honorable, but very amiable and friendly disposition, he really is the best of the best.

Thanks for posting that!
 
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An astonishing 27 Medal of Honor citations were awarded for the uncommon valor of the two month struggle to take Iwo Jima. All were Marines and Navy Corpsmen and 14 were awarded posthumously.
 
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The oldest Hero of the Soviet Union Vasily Michurin turns 105 years old.
In the Red Army-since October 1939. On the fronts of the Great Patriotic War since 1941. He participated in the defense of Minsk and Mogilev. Near the city of Gzhatsk (now Gagarin) In the Smolensk region, he was wounded. He participated in the liberation of the cities of Baranovichi and Brest, fought in East Prussia, stormed the capital of Nazi Germany, Berlin. The joyful news of the Victory found V. S. Michurin in the capital of Czechoslovakia, Prague, and the war itself ended for him only on May 13, 1945.

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..I had 2 uncles in WW2...3 uncles and my dad in Korea ..all survived .....
..my dad was at the Chosin with Weapons. 1-7 USMC....it got down to 30 BELOW zero!!! not windchill !!
.....they had been fighting since 27 Nov 1950, when around 1 Dec, 1-7 was tasked to go''cross country'' [ hilly/snowy/icy/COLD ] to relieve Fox Co, which was being hit very hard.....the Co told his men to repeat the orders because he was so tired, he wanted them confirmed
...my dad got LUCKY!!!! and was hit right above the knee .....he didn't have to hump all the way back to the coast .....he flew out of Koto Ri to Japan
he recovered and went back to Korea
 
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They lived through the Great Depression.

Then they survived WWII and Korea.

I call them "The Unluckiest Generation."
 

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For my money the term "greatest generation", coined by a talking head media type who never served, is disrespectful to every other generation before and after WW2.
 

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The practice of presenting awards many years after the war is a vicious practice. In the USSR, it began under the Brezhnev regime, simultaneously with a moral crisis, the alcoholic himself also awarded himself five top honors. This leads to the fact that real heroes go into the shadows, and those who received jubilar awards become "heroes", perhaps undeservedly. Ultimately, it all degraded to the appearance of "mummers"
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In fact, real veterans did not have many awards, and many did not have them at all. They looked like this

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Now aggressive propaganda began to fake photographs, they stylized many modern photographs like post-war photographs, made them black and white, and so on.
 

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Brezhnev awarded himself a staggering number of orders and medals, including 5 copies of the highest USSR award - the star of the hero of the USSR. The plank on his chest is a shortened version, if he hung all the awards that are recorded there, he would have to use underpants and socks

But while rewarding himself, he did not forget about others, especially "his people", who brought him blouses from Romania and chandeliers from Czechoslovakia.
 
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Hero of the Soviet Union, honorary citizen of the Nizhny Novgorod region Alexander Mikhailovich Kuznetsov died yesterday at the 100th year of his life. He, a 20-year-old senior lieutenant, received the Gold Star of the Hero in November 1943 "for heroism, courage, resourcefulness, skillful leadership of the unit during the crossing of the Dnieper, holding the bridgehead for five days."

Thus, out of more then 11 thousands, only seven Heroes of the Soviet Union remained alive, who received Gold Stars for exploits committed during the Great Patriotic War:

1) Colonel-General of Aviation Vasily Vasilyevich Reshetnikov (born December 23, 1919); at the time of presentation to the title of Hero— commander of a squadron of a long-range airplanes regiment, later — a prominent Soviet military commander, commander of long-range aviation of the USSR Air Force (1969 - 1980), Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the USSR Air Force (1980 - 1986). Lives in Monino (Moscow region).

2) Boris Vasilyevich Kravtsov (b. 12/28/1922); at the time of presentation to the title of Hero — head of the intelligence division of the Guards artillery regiment, later — a prominent state and party figure, Minister of Justice of the USSR (1984 — 1989). Lives in Moscow.

3) Aviation Colonel Nikolai Naumovich Kirtok (born 06.12.1920); at the time of presentation to the title of Hero — commander of a squadron of attack aircraft, later — an employee of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the USSR Armed Forces. Lives in Moscow.

4) Colonel of State Security Sergey Dmitrievich Romanovtsev (born 29.09.1925); at the time of submission to the title of Hero — commander of a machine—gun crew, later - an officer of the foreign intelligence service. Retired colonel. Lives in Moscow.

5) Colonel Georgy Fedorovich Platonov (b. 04.04.1923); at the time of presentation to the title of Hero — squadron commander of the Guards cavalry regiment. He lives in the city of Khvalynsk (Saratov region).

6) Andrey Lavrentievich Titenko (b. 12/15/1918); at the time of submission to the title of Hero — commander of a battery of 45 mm guns. He lives in the city of Izobilny (Stavropol Territory).

7) Shabsa Mendelevich Mashkautsan (born 06.01.1924); during the war, he was a gunner of a fighter-anti-tank battalion. Lives in New Haven (Connecticut, USA).
 

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