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.
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.
Josh 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!
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.
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:
(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.