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02-09-10, 12:29 PM #1
WWII vet recalls harrowing moment over Nazi Germany
Straddling an open bomb bay at 20,000 feet over Germany and swinging a short-handled fire ax to dislodge a live 250-pound, high-explosive bomb -- another heart-stopping day at the office for 19-year-old B17 tail gunner Louis Stamatakos.
Now, 65 years later, Stamatakos, a retired Michigan State University professor of higher education administration, will be awarded a Silver Star, one of the nation's highest military honors for gallantry in combat.
WWII vet recalls harrowing moment over Nazi Germany | freep.com | Detroit Free PressDo not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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02-09-10, 01:12 PM #2
Congatulations Sgt. Stamatakos on your belated but well deserved Silver Star and thank you sir for your honorable and brave service to our country. You and your generation are all my heroes.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
02-09-10, 05:23 PM #3
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