Author Archives: Katie Lange

Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Corps Capt. Raymond Murphy

By Katie Lange – For this week’s Medal of Honor Monday, we’re highlighting Marine Corps Capt. Raymond Murphy, a recipient who honorably served his fellow Marines during war, then spent the rest of his life serving them, as well. Murphy was born Jan. 14, 1930, in Pueblo, Colorado. He had three brothers and a sister and said he loved to ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing

By Katie Lange – In the past few decades, several service members from the Civil War have received posthumous Medals of Honor for their actions in keeping our nation together more than 150 years ago. One of them was Army 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing, who helped stop Confederate soldiers from breaking through the Union line during Confederate Maj. Gen. George ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Capt. Thomas Custer

By Katie Lange – For this Medal of Honor Monday, we’re honoring a famous Custer, but not THE Custer you’re thinking of — Civil War Gen. George Custer, of “Custer’s last stand” fame. Today, we’re honoring his brother, Capt. Thomas Custer, who became the first double recipient of the Medal of Honor. Thomas Custer was born March 15, 1845, in ...

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Army Capt. Thomas Custer > U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE > Story

By Katie Lange – For this Medal of Honor Monday, we’re honoring a famous Custer, but not THE Custer you’re thinking of — Civil War Gen. George Custer, of “Custer’s last stand” fame. Today, we’re honoring his brother, Capt. Thomas Custer, who became the first double recipient of the Medal of Honor. Thomas Custer was born March 15, 1845, in ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Corps Pfc. Oscar Austin

By Katie Lange – Sacrificing yourself for another is one of the most valiant things a person could do. It’s how 21-year-old Marine Corps Pfc. Oscar Austin earned his Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War. Austin was born in Nacogdoches, Texas, but his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona, when he was very young. He grew up there and graduated ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing

By Katie Lange – In the past few decades, several service members from the Civil War have received posthumous Medals of Honor for their actions in keeping our nation together more than 150 years ago. One of them was Army 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing, who helped stop Confederate soldiers from breaking through the Union line during Confederate Maj. Gen. George ...

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A Sniper’s Role Is Crucial

By Katie Lange – It was 2006, and Army Staff Sgt. Brett Johnson of the 1st Ranger Battalion peered through night-vision goggles, slowly moving with his squad toward a house in Iraq with a high-value target inside. They knew there were armed militants nearby, but they had no idea they were about to run into one. “Right as we were ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Sgt. Leonard Funk

By Katie Lange – Army 1st Sgt. Leonard Funk served in some of the most pivotal campaigns in the European theater of World War II, making him one of the war’s most decorated paratroopers. After jumping into Normandy on D-Day with the 82nd Airborne Division, he earned the Distinguished Service Cross during Operation Market Garden. His Medal of Honor was ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Seaman Lewis Horton

By Katie Lange – As we head into the new year, we would be remiss to not highlight one of the first-ever service members to earn the Medal of Honor as a noncombatant. Navy Seaman Lewis Horton served during the Civil War, and his time in the military included being a prisoner of war, a double amputee and a courageous ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Seaman Dennis Conlan

By Katie Lange – Those who perform valiant actions don’t always succeed in their missions, but that doesn’t mean their efforts aren’t worthy of commendation. Navy Seaman Dennis Conlan was one of several men who received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Civil War that didn’t bring success for their side —  but they were courageous nonetheless. Conlan was ...

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7 Big Things to Know About the Pentagon

By Katie Lange – The Pentagon is a universal symbol of U.S. strength and security known around the world, but do you know the history behind it? The 1,100 acres of land on which the Pentagon sits was once part of the sprawling estate of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. The federal government confiscated it during the Civil War, but ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Tech Sgt. Vernon McGarity

By Katie Lange – Army Tech Sgt. Vernon McGarity spent the last few months of World War II in a prisoner of war camp in Germany. The actions that got him there helped the Allies win the critical Battle of the Bulge  —  and earned him the Medal of Honor. McGarity was born Dec. 1, 1921, in rural Right, Tennessee. He ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Corps Gen. Alexander Vandegrift

By Katie Lange – The Medal of Honor is often given for one act of valor, but service members can also earn it for many acts over time. One of the more prominent names to have done that was World War II Marine Corps Gen. Alexander Vandegrift, whose command during the Guadalcanal campaign in the South Pacific led to a ...

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Air Force Band: It’s a Music Thing

By Katie Lange – Air Force Lt. Col. Cristina Moore Urrutia decided in seventh grade that she wanted to be a music conductor. The process wasn’t easy. It included bachelor’s and master’s degrees, countless hours of practice and rigorous auditions — but she made that dream happen, and she said she couldn’t have done it without the U.S. military. Moore ...

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