Major Richard I. Bong, USAAF (October 10 – November 15, 1944)

Richard Ira Bong was born in Superior, Wisconsin on September 24, 1920. He was a college student and already under instruction as a civilian pilot when he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet  on May 29, 1941.

Bong received his pilot’s wings and a commission as a Second Lieutenant on January 19, 1942 and was posted as an aerial gunnery instructor. He would go on to become the top ace of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II.

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Staff Sergeant Junior J. Spurrier, USA (November 13, 1944)

James I. Spurrier, Jr. was born in Russell County, Virginia on December 14, 1922. He possessed only a grammar school education when he voluntarily enlisted in the United States Army on September 25, 1940. Spurrier misread the forms he had to fill in, and became known to the Army as “Junior James Spurrier”.

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#TFH Live, December 8: George Templeton, Katie “Red Pickle”!

UPDATE: REPLAY ADDED! It’s Monday, so I’ll have Their Finest Hour live on Vigilant Liberty Radio tonight at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific for another great two finest hours of talk on the issues of the day!

In the first hour, I’ll be welcoming George Templeton (@rodentpolitics & @temptherat) of Free Radical Network. My second hour guest will be Katie, a.k.a “Red Pickle” (@redsoutrage). We’ve got lots to talk about, namely the GOP getting their ninth US Senate pick-up, the Rolling Stone/UVA reporting scandal, and whatever else is in the news that comes up!

Please come join us in VLR’s chat room, plus you can also listen using the player over on the right (refresh at showtime), direct on Spreaker, or using one of Spreaker’s mobile device apps!

10E/9C/8M/7P! Talk to you then!

And here’s tonight’s replay! Great time was had by all, so check it out! If you want a copy for offline listening, click “Spreaker” in the player and you’ll get the page where you can download an MP3.

Private Robert T. Henry, USA (December 3, 1944)

Robert T. Henry was born in Greenville, Mississippi on November 27, 1923. He was still living there and had completed two years of college when he was drafted at age 19 into the United States Army to serve his nation during World War II on April 23, 1943.

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Two “Tough ‘Ombres” – Everhart & Sayers (November 12, 1944)

90th Infantry Division Patch (Wikimedia Commons)

The 90th Infantry Division was first formed in August 1917 as part of the United States Army for service in World War I. It was known as the “Texas Oklahoma” division as most of the division’s men came from those two states, and the division’s patch became a combined “T” and “O”.

The 90th was deactivated after World War I, and was reformed for World War II in 1942. The first elements of the division landed in Normandy on D-Day, and the full unit entered combat by June 10, 1944. The division’s combat record gave them a better nickname that played off of the “TO”: “Tough ‘Ombres”. About five months later on November 12, 1944, two of the division’s soldiers exhibited heroism above and beyond the normal call of duty.

One man lived, one died, and both received the Medal of Honor.

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Gott, Metzger, and “Lady Janet” (November 9, 1944)

On November 9, 1944, the United States Army Air Forces‘ Eighth Air Force launched a major raid against the city of Saarbrucken, Germany. Piloting one Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress of the 452nd Bombardment Group (Heavy)‘s 729th Bombardment Squadron was First Lieutenant Donald J. Gott (Born June 3, 1923; Arnett, Oklahoma). In the co-pilot’s seat was Second Lieutenant William E. Metzger, Jr. (Born February 9, 1922; Lima, Ohio).

Both of these men, aboard their plane nicknamed Lady Janet, were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for their incredible courage on that day in trying to save the life of one of their crewmates who couldn’t bail out of their damaged craft.

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Private Pedro Cano, USA (December 2-3, 1944)

Pedro Cano was born on June 19, 1920 in La Morita, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. At two months old, he moved with his parents to Edinburg, Texas. Other details of his early life are sketchy, but it’s known he was married and had a daughter when he entered the United States Army for service during World War II. It’s likely he was drafted, but his enlistment record is lost to time. Regardless, he left his family to serve his adopted country; a country of which he was not yet a citizen.

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#TFH Live 12/1: Whatever’s On Our Minds with Amanda McCallister!

UPDATE: REPLAY ADDED!! I hope all Vigilant Liberty Radio and Their Finest Hour fans had a great Thanksgiving holiday with their families and friends! I took last week off on Monday for the busy holiday week, so it will be great to be back on the air tonight at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific for another great two-hour program!

Amanda McCallister (Twitter)

Joining me this evening for the whole show will be my friend Amanda McCallister (@RightInPlanning); we’ve got a few topics planned, but it’s likely to be somewhat of a grab-bag, and yes, we’ll be taking calls!

Last Monday (11/24) of course was the night of the Ferguson, Missouri riots in the wake of the Darren Wilson/Michael Brown grand jury non-indict. Amanda has a post here at TFH with her thoughts on what happened, and we’ll use that as a starting point. We’ll be branching out into several different topics, so be sure to tune in!

Hopefully everyone will join us in VLR’s registration-free chat room – there’s a show player there too! If you can’t chat with us, you can just use the player at right (refresh at showtime to get the live stream), listen direct on Spreaker, or use one of Spreaker’s mobile device apps!

10E/9C/8M/7P – talk to you then!

Here’s the replay of tonight’s show! Remember: you can click “Spreaker” in the player to be directed to the page where you can download an MP3 for offline listening!

Ferguson From My Eyes

Being a white woman, I often times feel uncomfortable when reading or confronting any black individual on the issue of Ferguson. Let’s face it: race is controversial because we are too afraid and/or stubborn to look at the issue head-on. Some liberals claim that we live in a post-racial world in order to escape the conversation, while some conservatives simply say “this isn’t about race” and leave it at that. Whether we like it or not, the protests ARE about race and the protests aren’t only directly related to the Ferguson case. The outrage is at a system that is, in fact, biased against African-Americans (particularly men).

I don’t know what it’s like to be black or male… or both! I simply cannot claim to understand these things for the blatantly obvious fact that I am neither black nor male. Yet, I can speak from the experience of a Generation X female.

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TFH Live, 11/17: Year Two on VLR Begins!

UPDATE! REPLAY ADDED!! That’s right! Their Finest Hour on Vigilant Liberty Radio hits its first anniversary, having been the second live show airing on November 18, 2013 after VLR had been launched two days prior on November 16!

Tonight at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific, I’ve got a great show planned to get my second year on VLR started off right! Continue reading TFH Live, 11/17: Year Two on VLR Begins!

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