Allan Bourdius is the founder of "Their Finest Hour". He has also been hosting the Internet radio program of the same name since July 2013. He is also a contributor to the blog "Pocket Full of Liberty" (http://www.pocketfullofliberty.com). An anti-statist "conservatarian", Allan blogs about politics and political theory, plus his passion for recognizing human greatness, particularly that of recipients of the highest awards for heroism.
(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 As that site is no longer active, I have relocated it here, as this is something I don’t want to lose)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→
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.
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.
Lloyd G. McCarter was born in Saint Maries, Idaho on May 11, 1917. Very little is known about his life, and his enlistment record isn’t in those kept by the National Archives. From an article written years later by his commanding officer, Lieutenant William T. Calhoun, we do know that he had worked as a lumberjack in civilian life, had reached the rank of Sergeant in the artillery before volunteering for demotion to Private so he could attend jump school.
UPDATE: REPLAY ADDED!! Their Finest Hour will be covering the South Carolina Republican Primary results LIVE on Vigilant Liberty Radio, starting at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific on Saturday, February 20! The polls close at 7pm Eastern, so by go-live time we should have a good picture of who’s ahead, if not a winner outright.
Joining me for the coverage will be Tom Dougherty (@Tom1247). Tom is a political data expert, and joined us on VLR in our “Michael Barone” Chair for our Election Night 2014 coverage. We’re also expecting to have him as part of our Super Tuesday live coverage on March 1st, and of course for Election Night 2016 in November. Tom also a founded the Practical Politicking blog.
I’m sure there will be other news to talk about – not least Bernie vs. Hillary in the Nevada Democratic Caucus – and we may take calls too!
REPLAY HERE: Well, that was truly a great program! Katrina Jørgensen (@Veribatim) also joined in live from South Carolina (her husband Kai chimed in a bit too!), and we got a call in from VLR’s own Taylor Millard (@TaylorMVLR) also. What came out of last night’s discussion? First—or second—look at…John Kasich?! Yeah, I don’t know how we got there either!
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We’re almost to Iowa Caucus day (Monday, February 1), so we’ll take a look at the current state of the Republican and Democratic primary races. We’ve also got top secret emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server (shocking, I’m sure the FSB has copies), I (finally) saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens last Saturday night (why there was no show), the NFL D-List…er…Pro Bowl is tomorrow, and we have a pathetic incidence of what I’ll call “roadside memorial mentality”.
Rants may ensue, plus I’m sure I’ll come up with some other topics, and we’ll do open phones as well! Tune in!!
Talk to you at 10E/9C/8M/7P!
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