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December 9, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
Courageous acts can become obscured with time. Not so for doctor and World War II veteran Harry Messmore. The French government just presented him with its top award, the Legion of Honor, for bravery he showed in battle. "I suppose it's something to be proud of to receive an award that dates back to Napoleon," he said in a Chicago Tribune article. But that's not the only thing that makes Messmore remarkable. The story continues: "Sitting at a conference table in the library of the Loyola University Medical Center recently, recalling stories not only from the war but from his long career in medicine and medical research, it was readily apparent that there is still a lot of that young second lieutenant in this 87-year-old man. "When his own personal fog — a combination of macular degeneration and glaucoma -- rolled in five years ago, no one would have blamed Messmore for giving up. Already retired, he was still volunteering his medical expertise diagnosing difficult cases at Hines Veteran's Administration Hospital.
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April 23, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A Marine now stationed at Twentynine Palms has been awarded the Navy Cross for "courageous leadership, composure under fire and tactical expertise" during a five-hour firefight with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Gunnery Sgt. Richard Jibson, 34, of Muskegon, Mich., received the award Tuesday during a ceremony at the sprawling desert base. During the May 28, 2012, attack by Taliban fighters on Marines defusing a buried bomb in an Afghan village, Jibson "unhesitatingly placed himself between the Marines and the enemy, returning fire and allowing them to safely reach cover," according to the Navy Cross citation.
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August 20, 2009 | Tony Perry
A Marine based in Twentynine Palms is set to receive the Navy Cross today for bravery during combat in Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Richard Weinmaster, 20, of Cozad, Neb., was part of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment deployed last year to break the Taliban's hold on Helmand Province. On a July 8 foot patrol, Weinmaster's squad was ambushed. Weinmaster used his body to protect his squad leader and other Marines from the blast of an enemy grenade. Although seriously wounded, he continued to fire at the attackers, forcing them to flee.
NATIONAL
April 5, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
KILLEEN, Texas -- Two Texas congressmen, one of whom represents the Ft. Hood area, on Saturday met with survivors of this week's shooting on the base and later shared stories of heroism and sacrifice. "Wednesday's shooting brought the stress and danger of a combat zone right here to Ft. Hood," said Rep. Roger Williams, adding that after meeting with soldiers he "was impressed with their stories of resilience and bravery. " Rep. John Carter told how Maj. Patrick Miller, 32, of Allegany, N.Y., after hearing the "pop, pop, pop of gunfire," took quick action to save his comrades.
NATIONAL
April 5, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
KILLEEN, Texas -- Two Texas congressmen, one of whom represents the Ft. Hood area, on Saturday met with survivors of this week's shooting on the base and later shared stories of heroism and sacrifice. "Wednesday's shooting brought the stress and danger of a combat zone right here to Ft. Hood," said Rep. Roger Williams, adding that after meeting with soldiers he "was impressed with their stories of resilience and bravery. " Rep. John Carter told how Maj. Patrick Miller, 32, of Allegany, N.Y., after hearing the "pop, pop, pop of gunfire," took quick action to save his comrades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Like many Americans of his generation, Kurt Chew-Een Lee was eager to fight in World War II. He left college at age 18 to enlist in the Marine Corps. Beyond a deeply felt patriotism, Lee had a personal motive: "I wanted to dispel the notion about the Chinese being meek, bland and obsequious," he told The Times in 2010. Rather than a combat billet, he was assigned as a language instructor in San Diego teaching Japanese. He was deeply disappointed but decided to remain in the Marine Corps after the war. He became an officer, one of the first Asian American officers in the Marine Corps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Eleven days after he was killed in an airport shooting, TSA Agent Gerardo I. Hernandez was hailed as a devoted family man, a dedicated worker and, on more than one occasion, a hero. Scores of law enforcement officers and a few top federal officials, including Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole, gathered Tuesday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena to honor the first TSA agent killed in the line of duty. Hernandez's death in the Nov. 1 attack at Los Angeles International Airport "marked him as a man of bravery and of valor," Holder said.
OPINION
May 5, 2002
Roy Williams states ("Placing Courage in Social Context," letter, May 2) that "the bravery of a suicide bomber is no more in doubt than the bravery of a Sept. 11 hero." This is an insult to the truly brave. Suicide is simply an escape--from real or imagined suffering, from responsibility, from self-loathing or from prosecution for one's actions. It's also forbidden by both the Bible and the Koran. As Williams correctly notes, intentional killing of unarmed, noncombatant civilians is "evil" and considered both a crime and unethical throughout much of the world.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1992
Ted Okuda, manager of a Lucky supermarket in Long Beach, and Tracy VanTrece, a loss prevention coordinator for Sav-On drugstores in Los Angeles, received awards from their firm's parent company, American Stores Co., for bravery and leadership during the riots. While looters were rampaging through the Long Beach store and setting fires, Okuda calmly led customers and employees to safety and then returned to put out the fires and secure the premises, the firm said.
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February 26, 1985 | KRISTINA LINDGREN \f7
Fullerton Police Officers Fred Casas and Kevin Scanlon have been chosen to receive awards from the local American Legion chapters for bravery in the line of duty. Casas, 28, a five-year veteran, will receive the Legion's Award of Valor for his arrest of five men after a fatal shooting.
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March 12, 2014 | By Tony Perry
Like many Americans of his generation, Kurt Chew-Een Lee was eager to fight in World War II. He left college at age 18 to enlist in the Marine Corps. Beyond a deeply felt patriotism, Lee had a personal motive: "I wanted to dispel the notion about the Chinese being meek, bland and obsequious," he told The Times in 2010. Rather than a combat billet, he was assigned as a language instructor in San Diego teaching Japanese. He was deeply disappointed but decided to remain in the Marine Corps after the war. He became an officer, one of the first Asian American officers in the Marine Corps.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A Marine staff sergeant at Camp Pendleton has received a Silver Star for bravery and leadership in Afghanistan during an ambush by Taliban fighters. After his squad leader was downed by enemy fire, Timothy Williams took command, leading a counterattack, killing five Taliban and rescuing the wounded squad leader. Williams dashed 60 meters to Jason Pennock and then "exposed himself to accurate enemy fire yet again when he carried the wounded Marine over 300 yards of uneven terrain to the medical evacuation platform.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | By James Rocchi
To filmgoers, director Steve McQueen has had a busy five years, bursting onto the scene with 2008's "Hunger," following with "Shame" in 2011 and now this year's "12 Years a Slave. " Cinematographer Sean Bobbitt served as director of photography for all those films - and, as he can explain, his background with McQueen began long before the director leapt from the visual arts to feature filmmaking. "I've been very fortunate to have worked with Steve for 13 years now and started off doing his art installation work.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Eleven days after he was killed in an airport shooting, TSA Agent Gerardo I. Hernandez was hailed as a devoted family man, a dedicated worker and, on more than one occasion, a hero. Scores of law enforcement officers and a few top federal officials, including Atty. Gen. Eric Holder and Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole, gathered Tuesday at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena to honor the first TSA agent killed in the line of duty. Hernandez's death in the Nov. 1 attack at Los Angeles International Airport "marked him as a man of bravery and of valor," Holder said.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
President Obama on Tuesday awarded a former U.S. Army captain the Medal of Honor for his bravery in a fierce firefight in Afghanistan. In a televised ceremony, the president awarded the nation's highest military honor to William D. Swenson for his efforts helping Afghanistan forces during a battle against the Taliban in the Ganjgal Valley. “You are a remarkable role model for all of us and we are very grateful for your service,” Obama said after securing the medal and blue-ribbon around Swenson's neck.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - When the battle was over, Marines who fought in Vietnam labeled Hill 881 South “a deadly killing zone” in the long siege of Khe Sanh . Twenty-seven Marines were killed and 50 wounded - in all, 75% of the force that had been sent that day in April 1967 to wrest the hill from the dug-in enemy. (Khe Sanh was the scene of protracted sieges in 1967 and 1968.) Marine losses would have been even greater except for the courage of two Marine privates who were scared of dying but more scared of letting down their buddies.
NEWS
November 12, 1987
Total Awards Through Dec. 31, 1986 Army: 2,342 Navy: 743 Marine Corps: 295 Air Force (a): 16 Unknowns: United States(b): 4 Foreign (c): 5 TOTAL: 3,406 (a) First Air Force awards made during Korean War. Prior awards to Army aviation personnel included in Army totals. (b) "Unknown soldiers" of World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. (c) By special legislation to unknowns of France, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy and Romania.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2009 | Joel Rubin
Sixteen Los Angeles police officers have been chosen to receive the department's Medal of Valor for bravery in the line of duty. The civilian board that oversees the LAPD voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the department's selection of the officers, who were cited by officials for "displaying extreme courage while consciously facing imminent peril." The medal is the department's highest honor. Ten of the officers were involved in a chaotic 2005 shootout in South L.A. between the LAPD's elite SWAT unit and a deranged man who opened fire on police while holding his toddler daughter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
A Los Angeles police officer was celebrated for her heroics during a gunfight and dozens of others were recognized for injuries they suffered in the line of duty at the LAPD's Medal of Valor and Purple Heart ceremony. Hundreds of officers, top LAPD brass and city officials gathered in a Hollywood banquet hall Thursday for the annual luncheon, which highlights some of the more dramatic rescues and dangerous encounters involving city police. Officer Nuria Vanegas was awarded the Medal of Valor for facing off with a group of armed burglary suspects one night in August 2011.
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