TALES OF VALOR EP. 41: Washington and Winter Patriots | When you see the iconic picture of Washington crossing the Delaware, did you realize that was only the start of a 10 day stretch of three key battles that helped change the minds of American Colonists and a fresh wave of support for independence? Listen in to the military strategy that helped shift the tides of the American revolution!

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TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Daylan McLee | On Father's Day 2020 in Uniontown, PA Daylan McLee snapped into action to pull Officer Hanley from a burning vehicle following a car crash. This is the kind of thing that happens more often than the main stream narrative wants us to think. 

"There is value in every human life. We are all children of God and I can’t imagine just watching anyone burn,” he said. “No matter what other people have done to me, or other officers, I thought, ‘this guy deserves to make it home safely to his family.’” -Daylan McLee

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July 6, 2020

The Last One To Leave

TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Deming Bronson | While we cannot confirm that Deming is directly related to bad-ass Charles Bronson, they are both pretty awesome. Deming's Medal of Honor citation from WW1 indicates that despite several and severe wounds, he stayed in the fight and was "the last to leave" as forces were falling back from an advanced position. A simple and direct story today for your dose of half-history!

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July 3, 2020

Operation Colossus

TALES OF VALOR EP. 40: Operation Colossus | The first British Special Forces airborne raid of WWII found Lt. Dudley Wrangel Clarke knowing exactly what he wanted in his Commandos: “We looked for the dash of the Elizabethan pirate, the Chicago gangster, and the Frontier tribesman.” This young group needed to be self-motivated and willing to move forward no matter what. What we learn today is that some no-matter what's definitely came their way.

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TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Noah Woods | Very few people would have the clarity and will to save 7 people from an unexpected fire, let alone a 5 year old boy. But, that's exactly what happened just a few short months ago in Georgia, when Noah Woods made sure to get himself, his sister and dog out through a window and know exactly where to go to get help to get the rest of the family out. Tales of Valor are all around us all the time if we're willing to open our eyes.

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TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Henry Johnson | Thankfully President Barack Obama finally awarded William Henry Johnson (commonly known as just Henry) the Medal of Honor in 2015. To say that it was a long time coming would be a massive understatement. Henry Johnson was a real life Rambo who fought off a German raid in hand to hand combat in 1918 in the Argonne Forest in France. 

While race was an issue in 1918 America, the sentiment from the French differed. Johnson was awarded the Croix de Guerre with star and bronze palm by the French, despite the color of his skin and wa sth first U.S. Soldier in WW1 to receive such an honor.

Johnson died, poor and in obscurity, in 1929. From 1919 on, Henry Johnson's story has been part of wider consideration of treatment of African Americans in the Great War. His story deserves to be told and remembered!

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June 26, 2020

A Ghost In The Trenches

TALES OF VALOR EP. 39: Francis "Peggy" Pegahmagabow | Credited with 378 Kills as a sniper and more than 300 prisoners captured, Indigenous Canadian Francis Pegahmagabow is now known as the deadliest sniper in WW1. Serving in key battles of Ypres, Somme (the bloodbath), and Passchendaele, Peggy is a national hero and a hero to his tribe. Find out why how he's become known as the ghost in the trenches.

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TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Osowiec Fortress | On August 6, 1915, as usual Poland became a hotbed area of battles between the Russian Empire and Germany. When the Germans decided to unleash poisonous gas on the enemy to try and take the fortress they'd been attempting to get for 11 months, the Russians didn't go down without a fight that saved the fortress for another future fight. The Russian "attack of the dead" is the stuff of zombie scenes, as you'll soon hear!

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TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Alwyn Cashe | Alwyn “Al” Cashe told his family that he would never leave one of his soldiers behind in combat.

“I told him, ‘Don’t go over there playing a hero. You learn how to duck and come home,”’ his sister, Kasinal Cashe White of Lake Butler told the Orlando Sentinel on Saturday. “He said, ‘I’m doing the job I was trained to do. I have to take care of my boys.”’ After his Bradley Fighting Vehicle caught fire from a roadside bomb Cashe made good on that commitment when he saved 6 soldiers and an interpreter in 3 trips back to the BFV. 

Cashe succumbed to the burn injuries he sustained during his rescue. Those who surrounded him at his passing say that he never stopped asking about his soldiers. We honor you on this episode sir and we hope to see you on top of the hill.

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TALES OF VALOR EP. 38: Operation Gunnerside | This WW2 Tale of Valor is truly the stuff of movies and shows us how just a handful of humans willing to live courageously stopped the Nazi's from advancing nuclear technology at a critical time in history. Wow, wow, WOW this is a good one! Team Grouse and operation gunnerside is legendary!

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