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Reminder that SFA 4-24 has a biography outline for your use

On September 15, 2014, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins and to Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat for conspicuous gallantry.
Command Sergeant Major Adkins will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions while serving as an Intelligence Sergeant assigned to Detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces. Then-Sergeant First Class Adkins distinguished himself during combat operations at Camp A Shau, Republic of Vietnam, on March 9 through March 12, 1966.
Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as a Machine gunner with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. Specialist Four Sloat distinguished himself during combat operations in the vicinity of Hawk Hill Fire Base, Republic of Vietnam, on January 17, 1970.
President Obama also approved the awarding of the Medal of Honor to Army First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing for gallantry in action at the battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Additional details on the award to First Lieutenant Cushing will be announced separately.
First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. Cushing distinguished himself during combat operations against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863.
PERSONAL BACKGROUND:
Command Sergeant Major Adkins joined the Army in 1956, at the age of 22. He served in the 2nd Infantry Division until leaving to join Special Forces in 1961. He deployed to Vietnam three times between February 1963 and December 1971; the actions for which he will receive the Medal of Honor took place during his second tour.
After Vietnam, Command Sergeant Major Adkins served approximately two years as First Sergeant for the Army Garrison Communications Command in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He then joined Class #3 of the Army Sergeants Major Academy in El Paso, Texas. After graduation, he served with Special Forces at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and then led training at Fort Sherman’s Jungle School in the Panama Canal Zone. He retired from the Army in 1978.
Command Sergeant Major Adkins and his wife of 59 years, Mary Adkins, currently reside in Opelika, Alabama. They will both attend the Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House.
Specialist Four Sloat entered the Army on March 19, 1969 from Coweta, Oklahoma. After completing his training, he was assigned as an M60 Machine Gunner, to 3rd Platoon, Delta Company, 2/1 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, in the Republic of Vietnam.
Specialist Four Sloat was killed in action on Jan. 17, 1970, at the age of 20. On that day, his squad was conducting a patrol, when one of the Soldiers triggered a hand grenade trap placed in their path by enemy forces. Specialist Four Sloat picked up the live grenade, initially to throw it away. However, when he realized that detonation was imminent, he chose to shield its blast with his own body, sacrificing his own life to save the lives of three of his fellow Soldiers.
Dr. William Sloat of Enid, Oklahoma, will join the President at the White House to accept the Medal of Honor on his brother’s behalf.
First Lieutenant Cushing graduated, and was commissioned, from the United States Military Academy at West Point in the class of June 1861. Born in what is now Delafield, Wisconsin, he was raised in Fredonia, New York. Cushing was the commander of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac at Gettysburg.
First Lieutenant Cushing was killed in action on July 3, 1863, at the age of 22. On that day, the third day of the battle, in the face of Longstreet’s Assault, also known as Pickett’s Charge, First Lieutenant Cushing’s battery took a severe pounding by Confederate artillery. As the rebel infantry advanced, he manned the only remaining, and serviceable, field piece in his battery. During the advance, he was wounded in the stomach as well as in the right shoulder. Refusing to evacuate to the rear despite his severe wounds, he directed the operation of his lone field piece continuing to fire in the face of the enemy. With the rebels within 100 yards of his position, Cushing was shot and killed during this heroic stand. His actions made it possible for the Union Army to successfully repulse the Confederate assault. First Lieutenant Cushing is buried with full honors at his alma mater, West Point.
Vietnam Veterans for Factual History
3307 Raleigh Row
Missouri City, Texas 77459
 
 
August 27, 2014
 
On August 5th, we challenged a number of Vietnam War protestors to a debate at the National Press Club on eve of the 50th Anniversary of the Tonkin Gulf Resolution. Though some responded, none were willing to come forward to debate, so we went ahead and gave a presentation as to why the Vietnam War was NOT “illegal,” “immoral” and “unwinnable” as they, and much of academia, claim. That presentation was captured by C-Span and they have announced that they will air it on Monday on C-SPAN 3’s American History TV. The program will air on Monday, September 1 at 4:45pm ET. Here is a link to their webpage that promotes the program on the C-Span website: http://series.c-span.org/History/Events/Causes-of-the-Vietnam-War/10737444816/. (There is a package with the press release and handout from the Event and instruction for viewing the C-Span coverage at http://www.vvfh.org/AUMFEvent .)
 
It is important to all of us that as many people as possible view this program. First, it is an excellent presentation of what many of us have felt all these many years and have not heard expressed so well as was done by an academic historian/veteran, a Vietnamese intellectual, and a retired Marine Colonel. Second, if C-Span gets a significant viewership for this program, it will encourage them to do more on the Vietnam War. (One reason they agreed to cover us is because they had had what they considered significant success with a previous program on the Vietnam War.) And Third, if there is a strong interest from you, it will be more likely that when we go back to them for coverage of other related issues, they will be more interested. Given that there are expectations of bad histories due to come out, this would be an important media for us to use to combat same.
 
PLEASE ENJOY THE C-SPAN PRESENTATION AND TELL YOUR FRIENDS TO DO THE SAME. HELP SPREAD THE WORD. ENCOURAGE THE ORGANIZATIONS TO WHICH YOU BELONG TO USE THEIR MEMBERSHIP LISTS TO PROMOTE THIS EFFORT.
 
With our heartfelt thanks,
 
S/R.J. Del Vecchio
R. J. Delvecchio
Project Manager
P.S. The Action Officer on this matter, Steve Sherman, can be reached by phone at (281) 879-5688, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by snail mail at the address above.

Come on out and root us on, as we represent the Chapter! See the flyer http://www.sfa4-24.org/index.php/history-of-chapter-4-24/sfa-4-24-archives/category/4-2014?download=126:stars-and-stripes-ymca-golf-classic for more details

 

Subject: 8/25 Stars & Stripes golf tournament location/logistics

Attached is a PDF flyer of the Stars & Stripes Golf Tournament day of event logistics. Please forward to the other players on your team if needed. In case you are unable to open the document. The tournament location is: 
 
The Country Club of Colorado
125 Clubhouse Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
 
Tournament Day Logistics: 
  • Check-in, Breakfast & Goody Bag Pick-up begins at 7:00 am in front of the Golf Pro Shop.
  • Format: 4-person Team Scramble with a 8:00 am Shot-Gun start
  • All players must be in their carts and ready for announcements by 7:50 am
  • Range Balls will be available
  • Scoring will be done with a Live Leaderboard using your mobile phone. A link will be sent to your email the morning of the tournament or you can gain access at registration.
  • Lunch, Awards and Program will be provided immediately following the tournament, at the Pavilion and Pool
We will also be selling mulligans, string and other hole contest items before the tournament begins. 
 
​Thanks for your support and participation in YMCA's Stars & Stripes Golf Classic and I look forward to seeing you on Monday! 
 
Becky ​