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“CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY AND INTREPIDITY”
by Capt Joseph R. John (Ret.), Chairman, CombatVeteransForCongress
(Feb. 29, 2016) — America is fortunate to have men serving in US Navy SEAL Teams like Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward C. Byers Jr., USN, (SEAL) who will be awarded the Medal Of Honor in the White House today, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Senior Chief Byers will only be the second Medal of Honor recipient who continues to serve on active duty; he will remain on active duty with Maj. William D. Swenson, USA who was awarded the Medal of Honor for combat in Afghanistan in September 2009. Senior Chief Byers’ profile is outlined in the below-listed article.
There are currently 77 living recipients of the United States Military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. Of the 77 living recipients, six earned their Medals of Honor in World War II, seven in the Korean Conflict, 54 in the Vietnam Conflict, and 10 in Afghanistan. Three earned their Medals of Honor while serving in the US Air Force, 51 in the US Army, 16 in the US Marine Corps, and 7 in the US Navy.
The oldest recipient is Tech 5th Grade Robert D Maxwell, USA, aged 95 who was awarded the Medal of Honor for combat in European Theater during World War II, and the youngest recipient is Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter, USMC age 26 who was awarded the Medal of Honor for combat in Afghanistan.
Three recipients of the Medal of Honor have endorsed our efforts to protect and defend the US Constitution and are listed on the Endorsee of PAC page of the Combat Veterans For Congress PAC website. They are Major General James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret) (Medal of Honor), Colonel Bud Day, USAF (Ret) PhD, JD (Medal of Honor) (Air Force Cross) (Vietnam POW), and Lieutenant Mike Thornton, USN (Ret) (Medal of Honor), a founding member of SEAL Team SIX.
Because members of the US Armed Forces serving on active duty like Senior Chief Byers go into “Harm’s Way,” to support them, Congress must pull all the stops, and:
(1) Put a halt to the hollowing-out of the US Armed Forces.
(2) Vote for wages that are equivalent to civilian wages; civilians do not go into “Harm’s Way”, nor are they required to suffer long family separations (military recruits in combat are not paid the $15/hour wage, that some in Congress have proposed to pay high school employees at McDonalds).
(3) Pass a DOD budgets that will fund the purchase of new equipment, outdated equipment has been endangering the lives of military personnel.
(4) Employ the power of the purse to force the VA to make timely medical appointments for Veterans (300,000 Veterans have died awaiting VA medical appointments).
When you meet a member of the US Armed Forces—thank him or her for their service to the Republic, and ask your Congressional Representative to support them.
Copyright 2016, Capt. Joseph R. John. All Rights Reserved. This material can only be posted on another website or distributed on the Internet by giving full credit to the author. It may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission from the author.
Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62
Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC
2307 Fenton Parkway, Suite 107-184
San Diego, CA 92108
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Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” -Isaiah 6:8