This Flag Day, Stars and Stripes will publish its 9th annual HEROES edition, highlighting the bravery in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars of many through the stories of a few. Wars prior also saw acts of bravery, sacrifice and honor and, although there was no annual edition, Stars and Stripes published many of the stories of valor. Here are a few of the many published over the decades.
Epics of Blood & Guts - Tech. Sgt. Charles E. Kelly
“[Tech. Sgt. Kelly] traveled over a route commanded by enemy observation and under sniper, mortar, and artillery fire …”
Read Tech. Sgt. Kelly’s Congressional Medal of Honor citation.
Heroic Lone Stand - Cpl. John Essebagger Jr.
“ … Corporal Essebagger voluntarily remained in his exposed position and singlehandedly coverd the withdrawal. Under murderous and close-in enemy fire, he hurled grenades and mortar fire against the onrushing foe.”
Read Cpl. Essebagger’s official citation.
Going Back for More - Cpl. Roger O. Warren
“It was all a blur – continues action – no time to think of what you were doing.”