Author Archives: Katie Lange

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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Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Corps Col. William E. Barber

By Katie Lange – Some of our country’s greatest heroes fought in iconic battles, but the few who fought in more than one during different wars — well, they’ve likely reached legendary status. That’s the case for Marine Corps Col. William E. Barber, who served in three wars and earned the Medal of Honor in the middle of his 30-year career. ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Sgt. Maj. Christian Fleetwood

By Katie Lange – After President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, many black men joined the Army to fight for the Union and their freedom. One of them was Christian Fleetwood, who became one of 17 black soldiers to earn the Medal of Honor during the Civil War. Fleetwood was born on July 21, 1840, ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta

By Katie Lange – In 2010, Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta became the first living Medal of Honor recipient in nearly 40 years. Those who receive the coveted honor usually say their teammates share in the honor, and Giunta was no exception. In fact, he recently gave the medal to the brigade with whom he served, saying it belonged to ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Pfc. Floyd Lindstrom

By Katie Lange – Not every soldier who enlisted in the fight against World War II tyranny was a young man. Army Pfc. Floyd Lindstrom was 30 when he joined. His bravery and passion for the cause was infectious, and that helped earn him the Medal of Honor. Lindstrom was born on June 21, 1912, in Holdredge, Nebraska. His family ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Cpl. Lee H. Phillips

By Katie Lange – A lot of Medal of Honor recipients have engaged in the fight of their lives, just to fight on another day. This was true for Marine Corps Cpl. Lee H. Phillips, who earned the nation’s highest honor during a vicious fight in which he emerged victorious, only to die a few weeks later. Phillips was born ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Master Sgt. Matthew Williams

By Katie Lange – More than a decade ago, Army Master Sgt. Matthew Williams earned the Silver Star Medal for saving several of his Special Forces comrades during an hours-long mountainside firefight in Afghanistan. This week, the Green Beret will see that decoration upgraded to the highest level — the Medal of Honor. Williams was born Oct. 3, 1981, and spent ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Pfc. Richard G. Wilson

By Katie Lange – Military medics are serious about taking care of their fellow service members in battle, often risking their own lives to do that difficult job. Army Pfc. Richard G. Wilson was one of those men who gave the ultimate sacrifice to save another during the Korean War. For that, he earned the Medal of Honor. Wilson was ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Pfc. Charles Barger

By Katie Lange – In World War I, “no man’s land” marked the spot between Allied and enemy trenches where cruel and deadly battles often took place. It was called “no man’s land” for a reason — no one wanted to be there. But in October 1918, Army Pfc. Charles Barger and another young soldier braved this wasteland to save two ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Capt. James Burt

By Katie Lange – While the Invasion of Normandy was the beginning of the end of the Nazi regime in Europe, the Battle of Aachen further solidified that. Aachen was the first major Germany city to fall to Allied forces during World War II — due in large part to the actions of young Army Capt. James Burt. Burt was ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Pvt. John Towle

By Katie Lange – You never know how service members will react in war. Will they freeze up, or push through the chaos? For World War II Army Pvt. John Towle, it was the latter. The 19-year-old soldier single-handedly took out nine Germans and two armored tanks, saving the lives of his fellow soldiers but losing his own. Towle was ...

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National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial – What to Know Before You Visit

By Katie Lange – The traumatic events of Sept. 11, 2001, changed the lives of everyone in America, especially those working for the Defense Department. Terrorists proved that the very symbol of our national security — the Pentagon — was not, in fact, impenetrable. A hijacker flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the southwest corner of the Pentagon that day, ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Corps Capt. Everett Pope

By Katie Lange – Marine Corps Capt. Everett Pope was a seasoned officer by the time he landed on the small Pacific island of Peleliu during World War II, but little prepared him for what it took to survive there. His leadership while fighting devastating odds earned him the Medal of Honor. Pope was born July 16, 1919, and grew ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright

By Katie Lange – On Sept. 2, 1945, Army Lt. Gen. Jonathan Wainwright, a Medal of Honor recipient, was among the few U.S. military leaders aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay when Japan signed the surrender documents ending World War II. Wainwright is lauded for defending the Philippines when they were overtaken by the Japanese and earned the nickname  ...

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