Bryan Rigg

Gallantry and Risk Beyond the Call of Duty: The U.S. Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is the highest U.S. military decoration for valor. The medal “recognizes individual gallantry at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty.” Since Congress created it in 1861, fewer around 3,500 servicemen out of 45 million who have served during wartime have received it (40 percent of the …

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Loving Day

By Bryan Mark Rigg The Birth of Loving Day Loving Day, which takes place June 12, is inspired by the Supreme Court decision, Loving vs. Virginia (1967) that made it law that interracial marriage was no longer illegal. Caucasian Richard Loving and his African-American wife Mildred, née Jeter, fought against the laws of the state …

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The Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs)

The Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) included 1,074 female pilots who served during World War II as U.S. federal civil service employees attached to the U.S. Army Air Force. WASPs freed male pilots for combat and transported every type of military aircraft, towed targets for live anti-aircraft practice, simulated strafing missions and delivered cargo. In …

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Stars and Stripes Minnie Vautrin

Professor Wilhelmina “Minnie” Vautrin

Professor Wilhelmina “Minnie” Vautrin – Former president of Ginling College, University of Nanking – Turned the college into a refugee center – Saved hundreds of women and children during the Rape of Nanking – Personally confronted Imperial Japanese soldiers – Posthumously awarded China’s Emblem of the Blue Jade   During the Nanking Massacre, American Professor Minnie …

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Holland Smith Profile

USMC Lieutenant General Holland Smith

USMC Lt. General Holland “Howlin’ Mad” Smith  – Father of modern amphibious warfare – Assistant commandant of the Marine Corps (1939) – Served with the 1st Marine Brigade, 1st Marine Div, V Amphibious Corps – Commanding general, Fleet Marine Force (1944) – Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Purple Heart, Croix de Guerre USMC Lt. Gen. Holland …

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