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The 27th’s Three: Baker, O’Brien, and Salomon (June 19-July 7, 1944)

The United States Army‘s 27th Infantry Division was known as “O’Ryan’s Roughnecks” for its World War I commander, Major General John F. O’Ryan. For service in World War II, the New York National Guard’s 105th Infantry Regiment was federalized on October 15, 1940 into the active Army.

The division’s soldiers earned three Medals of Honor during the war. All three were awarded to men of the 105th Infantry during the Battle of Saipan in the Pacific.

The three recipients were Thomas A. Baker, William J. O’Brien, and Ben L. Salomon.

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Second Lieutenant John E. Butts (June 14, 16, & 23, 1944)

John Edward Butts was born during 1922 in Medina, New York. He enlisted in the New York Army National Guard on October 12, 1939 and was a rifleman with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment when his unit was federalized for service with the United States Army on October 10, 1940.

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TFH 5/12: Second Lieutenant Charles W. Shea, USA

Charles William Shea was born in New York City on August 24, 1921. He grew up in the Bronx, and was known as “Red” from his red hair. According to his enlistment record he had completed three years of high school, and was employed as a “unskilled oiler of machinery” when he was drafted into the United States Army for World War II service on July 7, 1942, slightly more than a month before his 21st birthday.
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TFH 4/14: Corporal Jason L. Dunham, USMC

Some might say November 20, 1981 was a date that destiny was set in motion. That day was the 206th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. It also was the day Jason Lee Dunham was born in Scio, New York. Jason grew up as a huge fan of the New York Yankees and played basketball in high school.

After graduating from Scio High School in 2000, Dunham enlisted in the Marines. He completed recruit training in October of the same year, and was eventually posted as part of the Marine security force at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia where he served until 2003. Dunham joined the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in September 2003 when the battalion returned to the United States from their combat service during the invasion of Iraq. The unit would deploy for their second combat tour in February 2004 with the 1st Marine Division.

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TFH on VLR, March 24!

Their Finest Hour returns to Vigilant Liberty Radio at 10:00 pm Eastern on Monday, March 24th! There’s a great show planned for you, so please tune in!

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The American Horror Next Door

“Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. 

“Sec. 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”… 

Now, therefore, be it known, that I, William H. Seward, Secretary of State of the United States…do hereby certify that the amendment aforesaid has become valid, to all intents and purposes, as a part of the Constitution of the United States. 

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the Department of State to be affixed. 

Done at the city of Washington, this eighteenth day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the ninetieth. 

Proclamation of the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, December 18, 1865.

Today, in the closing days of the two hundred and thirty-seventh year of American Independence, less than one hundred and fifty years since the constitutional abolition of slavery in the United States, we take that abolition completely for granted. That’s a bold statement, I know, but I believe it completely justified.

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