VETERANS DAY FREEBIES

Check these out for Veterans Day, November 11, 2014. Identification of some
type required for most. See highlighted note below.
Two notes before jumping in:
•  Proof of Military Service: Most companies require some form of military
ID. These include: a Military ID Card(active/reserve/retired), Current Leave
and Earnings Statement (LES), Drivers License with Veterans Designation,
Photograph in uniform, wearing your uniform (if your service permits),
Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW), DD214, discharge
paperwork, or other form of identification. Other restaurants and companies
may go by the honor system.
•  Participation: Always call ahead to verify locations, dates, times, and
participation. Many of the companies listed are franchises, and may have
different policies.
7 - Eleven: Veterans, active members of the US military and their immediate
families can stop by 7-Eleven on Veterans Day and get a free small Slurpee
drink. Just bring proof of current or former US military service to
participating 7-11 stores.
Applebee Restaurants: They will provide a meal at no cost for all military
active, retired and veterans. Proof of service is required in the form of a
Service Retired I.D. card or other such proof. For a restaurant near you go
to www.applebees.com.
Bar Louie, Free meal on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Active duty military members
and veterans can receive a free meal, up to $10 in value, and a free
non-alcoholic beverage. Available at all locations, military ID or proof of
service is required (source). Find a location near you.
BD’s Mongolian Grill, Nov. 5-11,. 1/2 off Stir-fry with valid military ID.
Only at participating locations. Find the location nearest you.
BED BATH & BEYOND November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase.
In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Big Lots – 10% off your entire purchase. Offer available to active duty,
Guard/Reserve, veterans, retirees and their immediate family members, with
valid ID. Call ahead to verify.
BJ’s Restaurant: Free Lunch Entree or Free 1 Topping Mini Pizza at Dinner
buybuyBaby November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase. In-store
only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Cabela’s. Cabela’s is giving their standard employee discount to all US
military veterans, active duty military, Guard/Reserves, law enforcement,
fire and EMS personnel. Discount varies from 5% to 20%, depending on the
item.
California Pizza Kitchen. Free meal and non-alcoholic beverage for veterans
and active military with valid ID or proof of service. Find a location near
you.
Chammps. On Veteran’s Day - All Veterans & Active Duty Military will receive
a free burger (excluding the Pepperjack Bacon Stack Burger and The Kobe
Burger). Please visit Champps Facebook page for more information.
Cheeseburger in Paradise. Free meal from select menu with military ID or
proof of service. Beverages and gratuity not included. Find a location near
you.
Christmas Tree Shops November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase.
In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Chilis. Free entree to Veterans and active duty military from 11am -5pm.
DELTA SONIC TO HONOR VETERANS WITH FREE SUPER KISS CAR WASHES AND FREE OIL
CHANGES ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11:  BUFFALO, ROCHESTER, SYRACUSE , NY; ERIE,
PA; and CHICAGO, IL – Delta Sonic Car Wash, in an effort to honor the men
and women who serve our country, is offering free Super Kiss Car Washes and
free oil changes to all military veterans and active service men and women
on Tuesday, November 11.  Customers simply need to tell the car wash cashier
or oil change technician that they are active or a veteran of the armed
forces.
Denny’s: Get free all you can eat pancakes at Denny’s. Call your local
Denny’s.
Dollar General. 10% discount on entire purchase on Veterans Day. Offer good
for all active-duty military, retirees, veterans, Guard/Reserve, & immediate
family members. The coupon can be found in the store circular, or by asking
an employee. Also good online, use Coupon Code VETERANSDAY. More info.
Face Values Discount Health & Beauty November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your
entire purchase. In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.
Famous Dave’s. Participating locations (see their website), are offering
different meal deals for current or retired military on Veterans Day.
Food Lion. 12% off all groceries (some exclusions) for Active & Retired
Military Personnel with military ID and MVP card.More info.
Fox & Hound and Bailey’s Sports Bar. Veterans and Active Duty Military will
receive a free item from the 7 under $7 menu. Active military ID, retiree
card, or other proof of service required. Fox and Hound Bar & Grill |
Locations | Find A Location Near You
Free Business Cards and Checks. Get 25 FREE Checks – Choose from 6 different
designs or upgrade to premium checks and choose from many more designs.
Bonus Offer – Get 250 Free Business Cards! FREE Checks & Business Cards
offer.
Free Car wash. Thousands of car washes around the country are offering vets
a free car wash on Veterans Day,. Find a list at Grace for Veterans, which
has helped veterans receive 101,537 FREE Washes.
GameFly: Video game rentals – Gamefly – Free Trial
Golden Corral (Hours vary by location!):  Military Appreciation - Golden
Corral restaurants will host their Military Appreciation with a meal at no
cost for all military active, retired and veterans. No proof is required to
enjoy this buffet meal. Guests of veterans will have to pay the regular meal
price. No take outs. For more information refer to
http://goldencorral.com/military/faq.asp. If you have questions, can contact
their Corporate Headquarters at Golden Corral Corporation, 5151 Glenwood
Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612 919-781-9310. Headquarters says “You will need to
contact the location you are planning to attend to find out their specific
hours as some of the locations are making adjustments to accommodate the
veterans.” 
Grace for Vets: Offers Free Carwash. The Grace for Vets Program honors all
veterans and military personnel by giving them a free carwash. The program
has carwashes participating in all 50 states and includes 467 carwash
companies representing 1,181 carwash locations. For more information and to
find participating carwashes, visit the Grace for Vets website.
Great Clips: On Monday, Nov. 11, customers who come in for a service can get
a free haircut card to give to their favorite veteran. Veterans can also
receive a free haircut or get the free haircut card. Haircuts are redeemable
until Dec. 31.
Lowe’s Military Discount: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. will offer all active,
reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their
immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases
made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available on in-stock
and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must
present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the
discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services
or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offers this discount daily to active
duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer
to military veterans on military holidays. You can also find exclusive
discounts at Lowe’s.com.
Home Depot Military Discount: The Home Depot(R) is offering all active duty
personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10
percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran’s Day. The offer is
valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at
The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and
EXPO Design Center(R) locations. The 10% military discount is available
everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot
makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays. You
can also find Home Depot discounts online.
Home Depot Military Discount: The Home Depot(R) is offering all active duty
personnel, reservists, retired military, veterans and their families a 10
percent discount off their purchases in honor of Veteran’s Day. The offer is
valid on purchases of up to $2,000 for a maximum of $200 and is available at
The Home Depot stores, The Home Depot Design Center locations, Yardbirds and
EXPO Design Center(R) locations. The 10% military discount is available
everyday for active duty and retirees, but not all veterans. Home Depot
makes this offer available to all veterans on most military holidays. You
can also find Home Depot discounts online.
Hooters: Free Meal. Hooter's is serving 10 Free Hot wings to military
veterans all day on Veterans Day. Offer good for all veterans and active
duty military personnel. Offer valid at participating Hooters only; open to
all active duty and military veterans with valid military ID or proof of
military service. Drink purchase required. For more information,
visit,www.HootersVeteransDay.com.
Hy-Vee, Free Breakfast. Free Veterans Day breakfast from 7am – 11am at all
Hy-Vee supermarkets with in-store dining. Please call ahead to verify
participation, and bring proof of service.
JCPenny: Veterans, active duty and family members receive an extra 20% off
in stores Nov. 6-11 with coupon.
Jos. A. Bank Specials: Veterans Day Sale- 1 Day Only! JoS. A. Bank Veterans
Day Sale Orders.
Knott's: Annual tribute to the Military, past and present. FREE admission
for Veterans or current serving military personnel and one guest with proper
I.D. presented at turnstile. The eligible person must be present. Dependent
I.D.s will not be accepted. Plus purchase up to six additional tickets for
just $19.00 each! Tickets can be purchased at Knott's. Check out Knott's
Berry Farm's Website:
http://www.knotts.com/public/admission/prices/deals.cfm
Krispy Kreme: Free doughnut and small coffee. Available only at
participating Krispy Kreme stores. Offer available to all active-duty,
retirees & veterans on. Be sure to call ahead to verify your local Krispy
Kreme is participating.
Little Caesars Pizza. US Military and vets get a free order of Crazy Bread,
with proof of military status/service. Call your local Little Caesars to
make sure they are participating in this deal.
Lone Star Steakhouse. (update): All veterans and active duty military will
receive a FREE entrée from the Stars & Stripes Menu. ID required, please
call ahead for verification.
LongHorn Steakhouse. Complimentary Texas Tonion and non-alcoholic beverage
for Veterans and active-duty military members. Visit their site to find a
location near you.
Lowe’s Military Discount: Lowe’s Companies, Inc. will offer all active,
reserve, honorably discharged, retired military personnel and their
immediate family members a 10 percent discount on in-store U.S. purchases
made during the Veterans Day holiday. The discount is available on in-stock
and special order purchases up to $5,000. To qualify, individuals must
present a valid military ID or other proof of service. Excluded from the
discount are sales via Lowes.com, previous sales, and purchases of services
or gift cards. Like Home Depot, Lowes offers this discount daily to active
duty military members, but not to veterans. However, they extend the offer
to military veterans on military holidays. You can also find exclusive
discounts at Lowe’s.com.
Max & Erma’s. Participating Max & Erma’s locations are offering military
members and veterans a free Best Cheeseburger in America Combo, which
includes tortilla soup or side Caesar salad, seasoned fries, and chocolate
chip cookies. Locations.
McCormick & Schmick's: Complimentary Lunch or Dinner. The McCormick &
Schmick's Veterans Appreciation Event on, is offered at participating
restaurants to veterans defined as a person who served in the Army, Air
Force, Marines, Navy or Coast Guard. Verification of service is required
(retired ID card or DD214). McCormick & Schmick's highly encourage
reservations for the Veterans Appreciation Event as tables fill up quickly
for this event each year. You can easily make their reservations online
through the restaurant's website at www.McCormickandSchmicks.com.
Massage Envy: Participating Massage Envy locations in the Washington DC,
Maryland, and northern Virginia region are offering a complimentary 1-hour
massage to active military, veterans and spouses on Monday, Nov. 11.
Menchie’s Free Frozen Yogurt On Veterans Day, Veterans and active duty
personnel get a free 6 oz. frozen yogurt. Show a valid ID or be in uniform
to receive.
National Parks: National Parks will offer fee-free days to ALL visitors at
more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. Visit one of
your national parks on Veterans Day, and you won't be charged an entrance
fee. And making the fun even more affordable, many national park
concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors
with their own special offers.
Netflix: One Month Free Trial, coupon code.
Olive Garden: Veterans and active duty military get a free meal on Veterans
Day. With proof of service, choose from a special menu with breadsticks and
a choice of soup or salad.
On The Border. “Sizzling Salute to Veterans” promotion. Mention this
special, and On the Border will donate 15% of your purchase to Carry the
Load, a non-profit military organization. Veterans and Service members with
ID who dine at On The Border will receive a certificate for a free entree
(up to $10) valid at corporate locations only. Find a location near you.
Outback Steakhouse: As an expression of Outback Steakhouse's appreciation to
our Country's veterans and active duty military*, a free Bloomin' Onion and
Coca Cola will be available to them at every Outback in the country. Learn
more. Please visit www.outback.com for locations.
Paciugo Gelato Caffe Paciugo will thank our nation’s veterans and troops on
Veterans Day with a free 12 oz Gelatte. Military guests will need to provide
proof of military service.
Red Lobster. Free Appetizer on Veterans Day with military ID or proof of
service. Vets may choose from a select list of appetizers. Find a location
near you.
Red Robin. Free Red’s Tavern Double and Bottomless Steak Fries for all Red
Robin guests with a military ID or proof of service. Red Robin is also
partnering with Heinz for Veterans Day to benefit the Wounded Warrior
Project. Red Robin will also donate $10,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Find a location near you.
Pirate’s Dinner Adventure: November 8th-11th, Veterans and Active Military
are free. One free admission per paid admission. Valid at CA locations only.
Call 866 439-2469 to make reservation, and mention “Veterans Free”.
Shoney’s Offers Free All-American Burger Shoney’s says ‘Thank You’ to
America’s heroes by bffering Shoney’s All-American Burger to All Veterans
and Active Duty Military Members on Veterans Day.
Sizzler: Veterans and Military can show proof of service get a free 6oz
Steak Entree with the purchase of a second one.
Sports Authority – 15% off all purchases. All Veterans and Military
personnel please stop by your local Sports Authority store to receive 15%
OFF YOUR ENTIER PURCHASE!
Sport Clips – Veterans Day. Sport Clips offers a Heroes discount which
includes active and retired military. Please call ahead to verify
participation. Find a location near you.
Steve Madden. We’d like to salute our heroes by doubling our everyday
military discount of 15% to 30% OFF for Veteran’s Day ONLY. Valid with a
form of Military identification (past or present) in Steve Madden stores
only (not valid online). *Full priced merchandise only. Find a store near
you.
Subway (not all stores participate – call ahead):  Free Six Inch Sub -
Select Subway locations offer a FREE six inch sub to military veterans on
Veteran's Day. However, Subway restaurants are franchises, so this offer may
not be available everywhere. Please call ahead.
Texas Corral. Free entrée (dine-in only). Offer available to all active duty
members and veterans with ID. Note: All Texas Corral locations also
regularly offer a 50% discount to active duty police officers, firemen and
military personnel dining in.
Texas Roadhouse: Free lunch. Offer varies by location; our local Texas
Roadhouse is offering a free meal from opening until 4pm. Other locations
may vary in offer, hours, or availability. Call ahead to your local
restaurant for more information.
T.G.I. Friday's - Free Lunch: Valid for all US Military personnel and
veterans. Must wear uniform (if permitted by your service) or present
military ID or other proof of service. Only valid at participating locations
for anyone with an old or current military ID. More details on
TGIFridays.com.
The Olive Garden, Free entrée. Offer good for veterans and active duty
military, during regular business hours. Chose from a special menu; all
entrées include freshly baked garlic sticks and choice of soup or salad. Off
er good in US and Canada, proof of service required. More info.
Travel Centers of America Free Meal On Veterans Day, all CDL drivers who are
Military Veterans eat FREE at participating full-service restaurants with
proof of service. Must present valid ID.
Tucanos Brazilian Grill All active duty, reserve and retired military and
veterans receive a complimentary Churrasco meal. Also, get 10-percent off
the entire bill for veterans and troops who dine with their families, from
Friday, Nov. 8 through Veteran’s Day.
Twin Peaks Free entrée for service men and women (up to $10). Good for
veterans and active service personnel with valid ID or proof of service.
Dine in only; gratuity not included. Locations
Uno Chicago Grill. Free individual pizza or entrée with the purchase of a
pizza or entrée of equal or greater value. Available for all active duty and
veterans. No coupon necessary; proof of service required. Find a location
near you.
VA Loan Rates. VA Loans and mortgage rates are currently the lowest they
have been in over 50 years.
Veterans Day in Virginia: A list of Veterans Day Events and Memorials in the
state of Virginia is available on the Vacation in Virginia website. Hotels,
bed-and-breakfasts, and inns across Virginia are offering special rates,
reductions and promotions for Veterans Day. National Parks and National Park
Service sites are also free to all visitors on Veterans Day in Virginia.
Cost Plus World Market November 9, 10 & 11th, 20% off your entire purchase.
In-store only. US Military ID required at time of purchase.

All, as you may know, my company MainNerve and Remy Incorporated are hosting the 1st Annual Rocky Mountain Green Beret Classic this September 19th at the Broadmoor.  While we know that a lot of you do not golf, we are having quite an event that night at the Broadmoor’s Mountain View Terrace with live and silent auctions, music, food, drinks and dancing.  It would be great to see you all there, reservations are 100 dollars per person, 150 per couple and 50 for Active Duty Military.  Please ensure that this gets the maximum participation and remember that we have “stay and play” rates for both golfers and partiers.  Please get with Ms. Bonnie Moss, who is cc’d for more information.

The auctions are a “Pac-Man” standard and we have great items this year including a safari, Florida vacations, weapons, a signed John Elway Broncos shirt, customized neon signs and furniture, spa packages, a night with Chef Troy of the famous TAG restaurant in Denver and much, much more.  Please come on by and get in on the action to help our wounded Green Berets. 

Also, if anyone has anything or knows anyone that would like to donate something for the auctions or for door prizes let me know.  Any help would be appreciated.  If you would like to sponsor a golf team, we still have some openings left and Ms. Moss can give you more information. Remember that the golf tournament is one of a kind (what else do you expect!!) with the chance to win a Harley, long drive in body armor, HMMWV push and Litter Carry….all of course are optional.  We have tons of beer and loads of enjoyment for all. And we will have wounded Green Berets on the Teams using their war stories and outstanding drinking skills to start to network with their golf buddies as they prepare to transition to a new life. 

I sincerely appreciate the effort you can provide to get this out there and make this a great night.  100% of all donations and proceeds will go to the GBF.

Take care and thanks for your attention, friendship and/or business.

Bruce Parkman
CEO
The Macalan Group

The Armed Services YMCA, Camp Shady Brook (http://www.campshadybrook.com/
<http://www.campshadybrook.com/> ) and the USO have partnered together to
provide Operation Outdoors, a weekend camp experience for Service members,
Veterans and their families (Single Service members and Veterans are welcome
as well). Their goal is to make military life easier for Service Members,
Veterans and their families by providing quality time to bond away from the
stressors of military life while experiencing the great outdoors at Camp
Shady Brook in beautiful Deckers, Colorado.

Camp Dates:  19-21 Sept 2014; 10-14 Oct 2014 

Cost:  Free for Service members, Veterans and their families. No lodging
fees. Meals and snacks provided.

Events:  Do not be scared by the sample schedule.  This is your time as a
family to bond and get to know other families.  You can schedule as many
events that you like or not schedule anything at all.  Zero pressure.  You
can even plan to use Camp Shady Brook as a "base of operations" and explore
the area.

Things to do at Camp Shady Brook:

Arts and Crafts

Hiking

Rifle Range for the kids (No POWs allowed on this range but there is a free
range off site on the way to Woodland Park)

Archery Range for the kids

Climbing Wall

Zip line

High Ropes Course

Low Ropes Course

Lake (Swimming, canoeing  and fishing)

Camp Shady Brook is private property.  There is no requirement for a fishing
license.  Bring your own fishing rod, reel and tackle.  You can keep what
you catch and the cooks will even cook them for you!

Campfires with s'mores of course!

There is also a plan to get you to the National Park Service - Florissant
Fossil Beds National Monument in order to learn about the Post to Parks
program and to get free National Park Service passes.  These Park passes
will get you into all of the National Parks across the nation for free! 



Good to Know:

Some cabins are more rustic than others (basic bunk house with electricity
and heat only)

Some of the cabins have full climate control, electricity and attached
showers and restrooms, locker room style for all campers.

Porta-Johns are also available throughout the camp.

There is no linen available.  Please remember to bring sleeping bags,
blankets pillows ,etc.

The Food is well, camp food not the greatest but it is free.  They do have
limited refrigeration for you own personal food stuffs.

Bring a cooler for a more convenient  food stuff storage at your cabin.

Bring a camera.

Bring camp chairs. I had my hammock up all weekend.

Flashlights and headlamps are nice to have handy.

Remember, September and October weather in Colorado can surprise you.  Pack
accordingly.

Most cabins can be driven to for loading and unloading.

You are able to drive your own vehicle if you would like.

If you need transportation, please contact Drew Aquino (see below for
contact info).

The number one perk of Camp Shady Brook is, no cell phone coverage!  Yes,
face to face, old school communication is a must.  There is a land line
available at the main office.  Also, from what I understand there is a weak
WiFi connection at main lodge area. 

  

Any additional questions please contact,

Drew Aquino, MBA
Military Outreach Director
YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region
Southeast Family Armed  Services Center
2190 Jet Wing Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80916
O: 719.622.9622 / C: 619.467.6068
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Registration Process:

Please fill out the attached Registration Form and send specifically to:

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In the subject line of your email please place the following information:

Operation Outdoors Camp Shady Brook Registration/US Army/WW/10thSFG/Your
Last Name Family/number of people/dates

Ex.          Operation Outdoors Camp Shady Brook Registration/US
Army/10thSFG/Smith Family/3 people/19-21 Sep 2014

Note - If you would like to attend both events.  Please fill out two
separate registration forms and send two separate emails with the
appropriate subject line

In closing

My wife, Wendy and I attended this camp last month along with three other
10th Group families.  We all had a blast.  The kids loved it and the adults
had a lot of "friendly" competition fishing at the lake.  Everyone caught
one and the smallest was a 12 inch Rainbow Trout.  We will be attending both
the September and the October camps as well.  We look forward to seeing you
there!


Thanks,

Mike

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.