Private Wilburn K. Ross, USA (October 30, 1944)

Wilburn Kirby Ross was born on May 12, 1922 in Strunk, Kentucky. At age 18 he worked as a coal miner, but was employed in Virginia as a shipyard welder when he received his draft notice to report for induction into the United States Army. He was a foot soldier with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.

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Commander Ernest E. Evans, USN (October 25, 1944)

Ernest Edwin Evans was born in Pawnee, Oklahoma on August 13, 1908. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with the class of 1931 and was commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. He commanded two destroyers during World War II. Early in the war, he was captain of the USS Alden (DD-211). Later he was the first and only captain of the USS Johnston (DD-557) [featured image].

It was as captain of the Johnston during the Battle off Samar in the larger Battle of Leyte Gulf that he was decorated with the Medal of Honor for his great courage.

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Staff Sergeant Clyde L. Choate, USA (October 25, 1944)

Clyde Lee Choate was born on June 28, 1920 in West Frankfort, Illinois. His enlistment record is one of those missing from preservation at the National Archives, but by October 1944 he was a United States Army Staff Sergeant and the commander of a M10 or M36 gun motor carriage with the 601st Tank Destroyer Battalion, attached to the 3rd Infantry Division.

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Commander Richard H. O’Kane, USN (October 23-24, 1944)

Two days ago, I gave the story of the greatest Naval Aviator of World War II: David McCampbell. Today, we get the story of the greatest submarine officer and commander of the war, who was credited with sinking 31 Japanese vessels as the commanding officer of the USS Tang (SS-306). Richard Hetherington O’Kane was born in Dover, New Hampshire on February 2, 1911. He graduated with the United States Naval Academy class of 1934 and commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy and later volunteered for submarine duty in 1938.

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Commander David McCampbell, USN (June 19 & October 24, 1944)

With my Medal of Honor posts, I like to learn and pass along “back story” of the great men who have been decorated with our nation’s highest honor. For today’s 70th anniversary tribute to David McCampbell, the greatest United States Navy “ace” of World War II with 34 aerial victories against enemy Japanese aircraft – including five in one day and nine on another, the acts for which he received the Medal – nothing is really required besides the records of his heroism.

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Private Harold H. Moon, Jr., USA (October 21, 1944)

Harold Herman Moon, Jr. was born on March 15, 1921 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was drafted into the United States Army on August 5, 1942 at age 21 and assigned to Company G, 2nd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment of the 24th Infantry Division after training.

Moon was known as a troublemaker and spent time under arrest. His disciplinary problems almost got in the way of him landing with his unit on the Philippine island of Leyte in October 1944. It is well that they did not.

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Here’s #GamerGate In 5 Easy Bites

Many people have noticed the #GamerGate hashtag floating around but still don’t know what it’s all about, so I’m going to try and distill it down to the very basics.

1. What is #GamerGate?

#GamerGate is the hashtag around which video game consumers have rallied to:

  • Demand an end to unethical behavior, corruption, and overt politicization in the video game industry, particularly among video game journalists
  • Boycott outlets that have attacked gamers with accusations of misogyny and sexism in response to the above demand
  • Share research  on and evidence of corruption in the industry
  • Support websites/causes that support gamers and inclusivity in the industry
  • Support each other against accusations of misogyny, racism, homophobia, etc.

While the tag was coined by Adam Baldwin to reflect the Watergate scandal, it has since become synonymous with a gaming consumer revolt, as “supporters” of #GamerGate see themselves as a barrier to the corruption in the industry. It even has an unofficial mascot called Vivian James. Continue reading


TFH Live, October 20: #GamerGate

UPDATE: REPLAY ADDED!! Their Finest Hour returns live to Vigilant Liberty Radio tonight at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific! Please come join us in VLR’s registration-free chat room for the show, just refresh the page at showtime to get the live stream!

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Our topic for tonight will be the “Gamer Gate” controversy which bridges the narratives of media bias, political correctness, and the role culture plays in politics. TFH’s own Cranky T-Rex (@CrankyTRex), a.k.a. Chris, has been writing up a storm on the story and will be joining the program along with Ashten Whited (@ashtenthinks) of Pocket Full of Liberty, who’s also written on the topic.

Just one hour tonight (and maybe some bonus minutes) so don’t forget to tune in! In addition to the chatroom, you can also listen using the player at right (again, refresh at showtime), direct on Spreaker, or using one of Spreaker’s mobile device apps!

And here’s tonight’s replay, for those who missed the program live! Remember, you can always click “Spreaker” in the player to download a copy for offline listening.

Thanks all for your listenership, and please remember to keep up with all things TFH and VLR by following @allanbourdius, @TFHBlogAndShow, and @VigilantLiberty on Twitter!



Captain Francis B. Wai, USA (October 20, 1944)

Francis Brown Wai was born on April 14, 1917 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His father was a Chinese immigrant and his mother a native Hawaiian. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with the class of 1939 where he excelled both at academics and sports.

Wai joined the Hawaii National Guard after his UCLA graduation and was activated for federal service with the United States Army prior to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He was able to break through some of the anti-Asian prejudices of the day, attended Officer Candidates’ School, and was commissioned in 1941.

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Staff Sergeant Robert T. Kuroda, USA (October 20, 1944)

Robert Toshio Kuroda was born in Aiea, Hawaii on the island of Oahu on November 8, 1922. His parents were Japanese immigrants, making him a Nisei, or second-generation (native born) Japanese-American. He graduated from vocational school and was an electrician, but found it difficult to find work with World War II raging and prejudices against people of Japanese descent. He was drafted on March 23, 1943 and volunteered for the United States Army‘s all-Nisei 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

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