Join Date: Mar 2012
Civil War -
-Charles Sumner (January 6, 1811 – March 11, 1874) - Was an American politician and senator from Massachusetts. An academic lawyer and a powerful orator, Sumner was the leader of the antislavery forces in Massachusetts and a leader of the Radical Republicans in the United States Senate during the American Civil War and Reconstruction, working to control the ex-Confederates and guarantee equal rights to the Freedmen.
On slavery - Although the Radical Senators desired the immediate emancipation of slaves, President Lincoln, in 1861, was initially resistant to freeing the slaves, since the Union slave states Delaware, Maryland, Kentucky, and Missouri would be encouraged to join the Confederacy. Sumner, however, knew that the pressure of the Civil War would eventually cause President Lincoln to free the slaves. As a compromise, the Radicals and President Lincoln passed two Confiscation Acts in 1861 and 1862 that allowed the Union military to free confiscated slaves who were carrying weapons, among other tasks, for the Confederate army. Sen. Sumner and other Radicals had persistently advocated that President Lincoln emancipate the slaves. Lincoln, however, had adopted a moderated plan of gradual emancipation of slaves and compensation to the slave owners. Sen. Sumner believed that emancipating the slaves would keep Britain from entering the Civil War and the millions of slaves freed from bondage would give America higher moral standing. Lincoln described Sumner as "my idea of a bishop", and consulted him as an embodiment of the conscience of the American people. On January 1, 1863 President Lincoln, out of military necessity, issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
-Carroll Powell - Captain, Signal Corps. Contracting officer.
-Heinz Rökker - Born 20 October 1920, is a former German Luftwaffe night fighter ace and recipient of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves during World War II. He shot down 64 enemy aircraft (63 at night), all were British bombers.a He survived the war and now lives in Germany.
-Hermann Eckardt - Recipient of the German Knights Cross on March 28th, 1945. German Cross in Gold, Iron Cross First and Second Class.
-Johny Mize (January 7, 1913 – June 2, 1993) - Was a baseball player who was a first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, and New York Yankees. He played in the Major Leagues for 15 seasons between 1936 and 1953, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981. Also a 10× All-Star selection, 5× World Series champion, and won the Babe Ruth award in 1952.
-Oscar Boesch - His first mission was in April 1944, he crash landed and flipped his Fw-190 on its back. Later on in May, Sturm-Staffel I became II Staffel with 10 and 13 Staffel added to form IV./JG 3 "Udet". While he was with the JG-3, Oscar escorted Oberst Hans Ulrich Rudel’s Stukas on the eastern front during ground support missions for the Battle of Berlin in April 1945.
In his twelve months serving as an operational pilot, Oscar Boesch was shot down eight times, had four bail outs, and four crash-landings. He lost eight Fw-190s. He flew a total of 120 combat missions, and on this last mission, he collided with a Russian YAK-9 fighter over Berlin during the final days of the war. He was eventually captured by the Russians, but managed to escape after a few days. During the escape, he walked 1,000 kilometers in the span of a few days to Austria. Over the course of the war, Boesch's unit suffered a 350% loss and he is only one of three known survivors.
In his career, he reached a score of 18 victories, which earned him the Iron Cross First and Second Class. Among the enemy aircraft that he downed were a Spitfire, a Mustang, six B-17s, two B-24s, four IL-2s, two LAGG-5s, and two YAK-9s. Has appeared in the IMAX movie Silent Sky. His aircraft were also depicted in various portraits by military artist Robert Bailey.
-Paul Olson - 8th Air Force, 359th Fighter Group, 368th Fighter Squadron
-Thomas Tomlinson - Before the United States entered World War II, Tomlinson joined the Royal Canadian Air Force to get into action and flying. Following Pearl Harbor, he and most of the other Americans serving in the RCAF were "repatriated" into the U.S. military, most into the Army Air Corps. Tomlinson was one of the few who chose the Marine Corps and after training, he was off to the Southwest Pacific and Guadalcanal with VMF-214, the squadron that became the Black Sheep. Late in the war, while flying off a carrier during raids against Japan, Tomlinson's four-plane division was assigned to be a high-altitude radio relay for the attacking forces. During this mission they encountered the jet stream, at that time a little-known phenomena, especially among fighter pilots accustomed to lower, less hostile altitudes. Hours later, lost, out of radio range, and out of fuel, they ditched in the northwest Pacific. Three of the four were rescued by the Sea Devil (SS 400). Tomlinson ended up in the naval hospital at Pearl Harbor for the closing months of the war.
-Warren Lewis - To get his pilot wings, he spent a brief time with Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). After Pearl Harbor, the USAAF reprocessed all RCAF pilots into the USAAF and he was assigned to the 8th Fighter Group. He later transferred to the 475th Fighter Group in New Guinea where he served as a P-38 fighter pilot. He became a fighter pilot "ace" when he downed his 7th plane on April 3, 1944. Warren returned home in August 1944, but returned to combat in Europe in April 1945 with the 82nd and 31st Fighter Groups in Italy. After WWII, he remained in the Air Force and was promoted to Colonel on April 7, 1959. In 1966 he took command of the 31st Fighter Wing and was assigned to Tuy Hoa Air Base in Vietnam. In 1967, he returned to the U.S. and was assigned to the 12th Air Force as Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations until his retirement in 1971. During his service to his county, he had a total of 1,171 combat hours, flew 591 missions and was awarded 27 Air Medals, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters and two Legion of Merit medals with one Oak Leaf Cluster.
War on Terror -
-Thad Allen - Born January 16, 1949, is a retired United States Coast Guard admiral who served as the 23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard. Allen is best known for his widely praised performance directing the federal response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast region from September 2005 to January 2006. Robert J. Papp, Jr. succeeded him as Commandant on May 25, 2010, in a change of command ceremony.
Allen officially retired from the U.S. Coast Guard on June 30, 2010, but for 36 days continued in his role as National Incident Commander of the Unified Command for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He is a Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton.
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