Who was Shawn Nelson?

Introduction Shawn Timothy Nelson (21 August 1959 to 17 May 1995) was an American plumber and US Army veteran who stole an M60A3 Patton tank from a US National Guard armoury in San Diego, California and went on a rampage on 17 May 1995; he destroyed numerous cars, fire hydrants and an RV before being… Read More

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Who is Monica Beltran?

Introduction Monica Beltran (born 1985) is a soldier in the Virginia Army National Guard who was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for actions during a 2005 battle in the Iraq War. Career As a teenager in February 2003, Beltran enlisted in the Virginia Army National Guard, primarily for the supplementary tuition assistance.… Read More

Who is Leigh Ann Hester?

Introduction Leigh Ann Hester (born 12 January 1982) is a United States Army National Guard soldier. While assigned to the 617th Military Police Company, a Kentucky Army National Guard unit out of Richmond, Kentucky, Hester received the Silver Star for her heroic actions on 20 March 2005 during an enemy ambush on a supply convoy… Read More

Who is Monica Lin Brown?

Introduction Monica Lin Brown (born 24 May 1988) is a United States Army sergeant and medic who became the first woman during the War in Afghanistan and only the second woman since World War II to receive the Silver Star, the United States military’s third-highest medal for valour in combat. Career In April 2007, after… Read More

Who was Alpo K. Marttinen?

Introduction Alpo Kullervo Marttinen (04 November 1908 to 20 December 1975) was a Finnish-American colonel. Background During World War II he served in the Finnish Army. Following the war he immigrated to the United States and served as an officer in the United States Army, retiring as a colonel. Marttinen was one of the key… Read More

Who was Henry Ossian Flipper?

Introduction Henry Ossian Flipper (21 March 1856 to 26 April 1940) was an American soldier, engineer, former slave and in 1877, the first African American to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point, earning a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. He was also an author who wrote… Read More

Who was Harold A. Garman?

Introduction Harold Alva Garman (26 February 1918 to 13 August 1992) was a United States Army soldier, combat medic and a recipient of the United States military’s highest decoration – the Medal of Honour – for his actions in World War II. Biography Garman joined the Army from Albion, Illinois in 1942, and by 25… Read More