The tombstone of U.S. Air Force veteran and gay rights activist Leonard Matlovich states this: “When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one”. source
Green berets with the 7th Special Forces Group, alongside Airmen with the
24th Special Operations Wing, conducting urban warfare, personnel recovery and close air support training during Emerald Warrior 17 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 7, 2017.
“Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others.” -Ronald Reagan
After being captured by Vietnamese soldiers in 1965, Admiral Jeremiah Denton Jr. became a prisoner of war for almost 8 years. In 1966, his captors forced him to participate in a televised North American press conference where he secretly communicated by the use of Morse Code that American soldiers were being tortured. Denton repeatedly blinked his eyes during the interview to spell out the word “T-O-R-T-U-R-E”. The US Navy saw his signal, and began an operation to rescue Denton and some 50 other prisoners. Denton’s genius can be seen in the full video below: