Technical Sergeant Bernard P. Bell, USA (December 18, 1944)

Bernard Pious Bell was born in Grantsville, West Virginia on December 29, 1911. He was living in New York when he joined the United States Army in 1942. He fought in Italy and Southern France as a member of Company I, 3rd Battalion, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division.

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Second to none: Cowan, López, & Soderman (December 17, 1944)

December 17, 1944 was the second day of the Battle of the Bulge, Nazi Germany’s last ditch counter-offensive to stave off defeat in Western Europe at the hands of the Allies. The early days of the offensive were marked by rapid gains by the enemy and stalwart, heroic defenses by the besieged Americans in their path. Three soldiers of the United States Army‘s 2nd Infantry Division were awarded the Medal of Honor for their courage that day.

They were Private First Class Richard E. Cowan, Sergeant José M. López, and Private First Class William A. Soderman.

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#TFH on #VLR 4/2: @Ebolamerican on #SCOTUS, #Trump, & more!

TFHRsquareVLR-SaturdayUPDATE: Replay Added!! Their Finest Hour returns to Vigilant Liberty Radio tonight (Saturday, April 2) at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific! Please join me for the program in VLR’s chatroom with show player. If you can’t make it into the chat room, you can listen using the other show players here on the site, direct on Spreaker, or using a Spreaker mobile device app!

On this week’s program, I’ll be welcoming attorney Josh Smith (@Ebolamerican). Josh was originally going to be on TFH back in February after the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, but wound up not being able to make it. We’ll discuss Justice Scalia’s legacy, as well as the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to replace him.

IMG_6696Josh is also a supporter of Donald Trump’s presidential bid (I, as you probably know, am not), so we should have a lively conversation over his candidacy and what it means for the Republican Party. We’ll try to end that discussion remaining on speaking terms!

I’ll probably open up the phones too! Don’t waste your chance to sound off! The number to call is (412) 206-6050.

Here’s the replay – was quite an interesting discussion! Got a chime-in from my Roundtable of Extreme Liberty co-hostess Krystle Schoonveld (@TarheelKrystle) too!

#TFH on #VLR 3/19: Calling all #Trump supporters!

TFHRsquareVLR-SaturdayUPDATE: Replay Added!! Their Finest Hour returns live to Vigilant Liberty Radio at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific on Saturday, March 19! Please join the program using VLR’s chat room & show player! If you don’t want to join us in the chat (and why not?!), you can also listen using the other players you’ll find on the site, direct on Spreaker, or using a Spreaker mobile device app. On tonight’s program, I’ll be opening up the phones with the express desire of having supporters of Donald Trump’s candidacy call in! I’m far from a supporter of “The Donald”, but I promise all callers a courteous and respectful reception. I really do want to talk with you and engage in discussion!
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#TFH on #VLR 3/12: @AsheSchow & @MeredithAncret!

TFHRsquareVLR-SaturdayUPDATE: Replay added!! Their Finest Hour will be live tonight (March 12th) on Vigilant Liberty Radio at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific! Please join me for the program in VLR’s chatroom with show player. You can also listen using the other show players on the site, direct on Spreaker, or on a Spreaker mobile app! Besides chat, you can use the #TFH hashtag on Twitter to interact with the show!

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Allan Bourdius & Ashe Schow, CPAC 2016 (Personal photo)

In the program’s first hour tonight, I’ll be playing a conversation I recorded on Friday, March 11th with Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow), writer for both the New York Observer and the Washington Examiner. She also hangs out with our friends over on FTR Radio.  We discussed the “kinder, gentler” GOP debate that took place Thursday night and the state of the campaign looking ahead to “Super Tuesday II” (or is it III? Can’t keep track – LOL) on Tuesday, March 15th. It was a great talk, and we spun off into some culture and Ashe’s passion for reporting on due process in college campus disciplinary proceedings.

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Meredith Ancret Walker & Allan Bourdius, CPAC 2016 (Personal photo)

Then in hour two, I’ll be talking live with Meredith Ancret Walker (@MeredithAncret). Meredith blogs at Gay, Conservative, and Proud, and just wrote her first book: A New Breed of Elephant: Conservative Outreach, Transcending Identity Politics, and Victory in the 21st Century (Amazon Kindle, $8.99). I think Meredith’s book is a must-read for anyone who takes reaching minorities and millennials with the conservative/libertarian message seriously, and it should find its way onto the reading lists of political activists and campaign staffers too! I reviewed the book for Hot Air, and we’ll deep dive into the points she raises. I expect we’ll also open up the phones during this segment! If so, the number to call is: (412) 206-6050.

Thanks all for your listenership and support! Please be sure you’re following/liking TFH on both Twitter and Facebook, as well as VLR (Twitter, Facebook)!

Here’s the replay of the show! Thanks all for your listenership!

#TFH on #VLR 3/5: #CPAC2016 & more!

TFHRsquareVLR-SaturdayGreetings! I will be doing Their Finest Hour LIVE on Vigilant Liberty Radio tonight, Saturday, March 5th, but not at my regularly scheduled start time of 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific. My family and I are going out to the local high school’s musical, so the show will begin no earlier than 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific, but there’s a bit of variability. Make sure you’re following me on Twitter, plus the feeds for TFH and VLR, and watch for the actual start time! Join me for the show in VLR’s chatroom with embedded player (or use the other players you find on the site, or listen direct on Spreaker).

I just got back from the American Conservative Union’s (ACU) Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, MD outside Washington, DC. I was there for the event’s first two days, and listened in while I was driving home on some of the events that transpired today, so I’ll give my thoughts and impressions.

There’s also another slate of primaries and caucuses tonight, so by the time I go live, we should have more results to report and analyze. And I guess I’ll talk about two of my recent posts at Hot Air:

Teacher fired for student’s crime

Why Reagan won

And maybe open phones too! Don’t forget to watch for the actual start time on Twitter!

The American Deficit of Victory

(This post originally appeared at Pocket Full of Liberty on May 25, 2014. As that site is no longer active, I have relocated it here, as this is something I don’t want to lose)

Memorial Day is the holiday on which we recognize the sacrifice of life by the American warrior in combat, regardless of who they were, where they were slain, and why they were sent to fight, and remember the debt owed to all of them by the rest of us. Continue reading The American Deficit of Victory

First Lieutenant Charles P. Murray, Jr., USA (December 16, 1944)

Charles Patrick Murray, Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 26, 1921. He moved with his family to Wilmington, North Carolina as a toddler, and was in his third year of studies at the University of North Carolina when he was drafted into the United States Army on September 7, 1942. He was commissioned as an officer, and arrived in France as a replacement platoon leader in Company C, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division during October of 1944.

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Technical Sergeant Vernon McGarity, USA (December 16, 1944)

Thomas Vernon McGarity was born in Right, Tennessee on December 1, 1921. He was drafted into the United States Army on November 24, 1942, one week before his twenty-first birthday. He was eventually assigned to Company L, 3rd Battalion, 393rd Infantry Regiment, part of the 99th Infantry Division.

The 99th was one of the wartime divisions made up largely of draftees. They trained extensively stateside, and were deployed for combat in Europe on September 30, 1944. They arrived on the front lines in Belgium on November 9th. The “Battle Babies”, as the 99th became known, probed Nazi German defenses until December 16, 1944, when the enemy counterattack later known as the Battle of the Bulge began.

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“Courage Without Fear” – Johnson & Vlug (December 15, 1944)

The 126th Cavalry Regiment is presently a unit of the Michigan National Guard. During World War II, the regiment was an infantry unit, and was part of the United States Army‘s 32nd Infantry Division. The regimental motto is “Courage Without Fear” (Latin: Courage Sans Peur).

On December 15, 1944 in combat near Limon, Leyte in the Philippines, two of the regiment’s soldiers embodied the motto and received the Medal of Honor. They were Sergeant Leroy Johnson and Private First Class Dirk J. Vlug.

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