Dennis James Murphy, who was killed in action in Vietnam, will be honored with a casket flag raising ceremony, 5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12 at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial, 4599 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, Pa. 19073.
Murphy, who was graduated from Darby-Colywn High School in 1966, is a recipient of the Silver Star.
2017 Freedom Medal HonoreesInterviewed— Barbara Ann Zippi has let us know that John Ricciutti interviewed this year’s Freedom Medal Honorees at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial rather than at Radnor Studio Channel 21 where he usually conducts them for his Veterans speaks program.
You can wait for it to appear on public access Channel 21 or watch it on YouTube embedded below.
This year’s program was done in loving memory of Linda Houldin who was instrumental in causing the memorial to come to be.
Hobey Baker, America’s first great hockey player, came from Bala Cynwyd, Pa.
Hobart Armory Hare “Hobey” Baker starred for Princeton from 1910 through 1916 turning down a offer of $20,000 to play for the Montreal Canadians. He enlisted in the Army Air Service in 1917 for World War I and shot down three of the enemy. He was killed in a plane crash in France just a little over a month after the war ended.
F. Scott Fitzgerald admired him and based a character in This Side of Paradise on him.
Hat tip VFW magazine
Hobey Baker was America’s first great hockey player
War Cemetery Reopens After Renovation — Poplar Grove National Cemetery near Petersburg, Va. was transferred from the War Department to the National Park Service in 1933. It was final resting place for 6,100 war dead, mostly from the Civil War,
The Park Service did not have the skill set to maintain the graves and the grounds fell into severe disrepair.
Last month, an 18-month renovation ended and the cemetery is now as it should be.
Women Veterans Honored In Delco — The public is invited to a flying of Women Veterans Casket Flags, 5 p.m., Sunday, May 21 at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial, 4599 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, Pa. 19073.
To be honored are Elizabeth McGrath of Broomall who served as a U.S. Navy radioman during World War II and Margaret Jane Lozinak Lawrence of Springfield who served a U.S. Army Nurse during the Korean War.
Jason Brezler Ruling Postponed — A federal judge, Oct. 14, postponed ruling whether Jason Brezler should be drummed out of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Judge Joseph Bianco of the Eastern District of New York gave the Corps 10 days to submit affidavits proving that what they are trying to do is not in retaliation for Brezler contacting Congressman Peter King (R-NY2) for help.
Brezler’s travail can be traced to his deployment in Afghanistan in 2010.
Among the characters with whom Major Brezler dealt was Sarwar Jan, a corrupt, child-molesting police commander.
Sarwar was endangering his unit due to the hatred he was inspiring among the populace hence Brezler got him removed from his position.
Brezler left active duty and became a New York City fireman while remaining a Marine Corps reservist.
He learned in 2012 that Sarwar was back. He sent a sent a classified briefing about him to to the operations officer at Forward Operating Base Dehli in Afghanistan using his personal email account which was unsecured. A few days later one of the boys Sarwar was molesting killed three Marines: Staff Sgt. Scott Dickinson, 29, Cpl. Richard Rivera, 20, and Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley.
How did the Marine Corps higher ups react? They were outraged but not at those who let Sarwar back into power. Brezler was the villain. He had used his unsecured email to send a classified document. Never mind the immediacy and necessity of the warning. Brezler VIOLATED THE RULES.
The Marines gave Brezler an unfavorable fitness report in March 2013. Brezler went to King. In December of that year a board of inquiry recommended he be discharged.
Brezler appealed to federal court and that is where we stand.
Oh, if only Brezler was a Democrat running for president. Oh, if only he had a few million to “contribute” to the Clinton Foundation. All this would go away and life would be peachy.
If serfdom is your desire then vote for Hillary Clinton.
POW-MIA Chair Dedicated At Penncrest Stadium — Kudos to the Rose Tree Media School District for recognizing the sacrifices made by those who were prisoners of war or became missing in action.
The district dedicated a poignant memorial before the Sept. 16 football game between Penncrest and Haverford. It is a chair marked with the POW/MIA logo, an American flag and the words “We are all thankful. God Bless You. God Bless America.
The chair will be left perpetually empty and displayed at all spring and fall sports events at Louis Scott Stadium and at all winter events at the Kauffman Gym.