military valor

On Tuesday, Lucca, a 12-year-old German shepherd, received the prestigious Dickin Medal, the highest military decoration awarded for valor in the UK. She’s the first American K9 to receive it. While serving, she led over 400 missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and found over 40 explosives. She lost her leg when an IED detonated as she was searching for weapons. Thank you for your sacrifice, Lucca.

Shield of Valor Chapter 2 (Update)

The process started. She felt needles prickling her skin from every angle and felt something being injected into her body. Then it was agony. She couldn’t stop herself from screaming. She never felt pain like this before. It was like she would faint from the pain. But she held on. Remembering the reason she was doing this. She thought of her grandfather and Luke, then her dream to become a soldier and avenge her people, she thought about Ben and finally being able to join him and fight side by side. That distracted her a little. She pictured Ben’s face and his voice and it worked for awhile. But the pain got worse and she screamed and screamed, her body was doing something, her mind supplied, it was growing and expanding.

Read the chapter on AO3

Thank you @reylorobyn2011 and @ns241 for beta reading the chapter.
Kristin Beck, transgender Navy SEAL hero: 'Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy'
A retired Navy SEAL Team 6 hero who is transgender had a message for President Donald Trump after he announced the US military would bar transgender people from serving.

“Let’s meet face to face and you tell me I’m not worthy,” Kristin Beck, a 20-year veteran of the Navy SEALs, told Business Insider on Wednesday. “Transgender doesn’t matter. Do your service.”

“Being transgender doesn’t affect anyone else,” Beck said. “We are liberty’s light. If you can’t defend that for everyone that’s an American citizen, that’s not right.”

Beck is not just your average service member. Born Christopher Beck, she served for 20 years in the Navy with SEAL Teams 1, 5, and, eventually, the elite 6. She deployed 13 times over two decades, including stints in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. She received the Bronze Star award for valor and the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in combat.

When asked about potential problems with unit cohesion or war fighting, Beck said those were not issues that would arise from transgender service members, but from leadership.

Challenge to Trump

So ‘The Donald’ is starting to ‘throw some presidential stick about’, in the parlance of the old BBC drama ‘House of Cards”   Sick and tired of Congress’ dithering, he’s taking executive action on health care and Iran.  Taking presidential action is something he used to criticize Obama about (along with playing golf…), but hey – it’s a new administration, and who the fuck remembers what Trump says anyway.  Whatever it is, it’s ‘great for America”

So here’s the thing:  He’s tampering with health insurance and Iran’s nuclear program in the same week.  He’s making simplistic and bombastic proclamations without giving a rat’s ass about the consequences.  Because, face it, he and his family will not suffer any consequences of health care changes, or nuclear war.

I’ve finally finished watching the multi-part Ken Burns/Lynn Novak documentary on Vietnam, and if you haven’t seen it, you must.  You must because you need to know what your leadership is capable of.  And Trump is capable of a lot of catastrophe.

Trump is playing around with nuclear war in North Korea, and now wants to add Iran to the mix.  Guess he’s bored.  But if Trump wants to know a bit about war, all he needs to do is take a short stroll to the Vietnam Memorial right on the Washington Mall, barely 2 miles from his White House.  O.K. – Trump walking 2 miles would be heroic – so let him take a golf cart.  He can drive, and the Secret Service can clear the Mall so it’s even more vacant than it was for his inauguration.  But make him walk down those sloped sidewalks while the black granite wall enshrining the dead American men and women towers above him.  He will pass plenty of people born into his same generation, perhaps some he lived near or went to school with.  He may think to himself ‘what a bunch of losers;  I like soldiers who don’t get killed.’  

Look, I don’t blame him for trying to avoid going to Vietnam – many others also did everything possible to stay out of that war, and I know I would have too if I grew up then.  But Trump has no humility from that experience.  Just a lot of empty braggadocio about how tough he is.  

Trump talks big and tough about North Korea, Iran, and other global hot spots.  But he has no concept of war or human suffering.  The closest he came to human suffering is lobbing rolls of paper towels into some pandering crowds in Puerto Rico.  How’d he manage that with those awful bone spurs that kept him out of Vietnam??

I’ve long realized that Trump is a total sham, but he has a bizarre loyal following.  He entertains them, and maybe that’s all they’re looking for.  But he’s ultimately just a drug to get folks through the day, like opioids.  And the effect wears off quickly unless there’s another fresh twitter storm.  

The saddest thing about the American conservative movement is they’ve totally sold themselves down the river.  I may not agree with many staunch conservative  views, but at least I used to respect where they were coming from.  Watching the Vietnam documentary brought back a lot of memories about how military heroism and valor was respected, right or wrong.  I can’t imagine any conservative from earlier decades condoning how Trump totally dismissed John McCain’s POW experience, or the parents of the fallen soldier Humayun Khan.  He pissed all over these and other Americans who sacrificed so much for wars they were called to serve in, and now his conservative base applauds his cynicism.  They’re totally drugged.  Now, what will they do if their reduced health insurance coverage doesn’t cover their chronic pain or addition?  

THIS is what makes my head spin: The president is not a moral figure in any idiom, any land, any culture, any subculture. I’m not talking about the liberal enlightenment that would make him want the country to take care of the poor and sick. I mean he has no Republican values either. He has no honor among thieves, no cosa nostra loyalty, no Southern code against cheating or lying, none of the openness of New York, rectitude of Boston, expressiveness and kindness of California, no evangelical family values, no Protestant work ethic. No Catholic moral seriousness, no sense of contrition or gratitude. No Jewish moral and intellectual precision, sense of history. He doesn’t care about the life of the mind OR the life of the senses. He is not mandarin, not committed to inquiry or justice, not hospitable. He is not proper. He is not a bon vivant who loves to eat, drink, laugh. There’s nothing he would die for — not American values, obviously, but not the land of Russia or his wife or young son. He has some hollow success creeds from Norman Vincent Peale, but Peale was obsessed with fair-dealing and a Presbyterian pastor; Trump has no fairness or piety. He’s not sentimental; no affection for dogs or babies. No love for mothers, “the common man,” veterans. He has no sense of military valor, and is openly a coward about war. He would have sorely lacked the pagan beauty and capacity to fight required in ancient Greece. He doesn’t care about his wife or wives; he is a philanderer but he’s not a romantic hero with great love for women and sex. He commands loyalty and labor from his children not because he loves them, even; he seems almost to hate them — and if one of them slipped it would be terrifying. He does no philanthropy. He doesn’t — in a more secular key — even seem to have a sense of his enlightened self-interest enough to shake Angela Merkel’s hand. Doesn’t even affect a love for the arts, like most rich New Yorkers. He doesn’t live and die by aesthetics and health practices like some fascists; he’s very ugly and barely mammalian. Am I missing an obscure moral system to which he so much as nods? Also are there other people, living or dead, like him?
Supergirl Casts 24 Vet Carlos Bernard as Maggie's [Spoiler] in Season 3
By Vlada Gelman

Supergirl is staging what may be a very awkward and intense family reunion.

24 alum Carlos Bernard will guest-star during Season 3 of the CW series as Maggie Sawyer’s father, TVLine has learned.

Like his daughter, Bernard’s Oscar Rodas is also a cop. It was revealed last season that Maggie grew up in a very conservative family that did not approve of her being a lesbian. After she was outed, Maggie and her parents got in a big fight, which resulted in the teen getting kicked out of the house by her dad.

Will pops drop by to make peace and give his stamp of approval to a possible engagement? At the close of the Season 2 finale, Alex popped the question to her girlfriend Maggie, whose answer remains a mystery for now. And although Maggie’s portrayer, Floriana Lima, will step down from series regular to recurring for Season 3, executive producer Greg Berlanti doesn’t believe the change will be perceptible to viewers.

Supergirl returns Monday, Oct. 9 at 8/7c on The CW, now leading into the freshman military drama Valor.


“On time, on target”

Video: Act of Valor (2012)
Music: Into the Sea - As Cities Burn


The Most Badass Man in History — Lt. General Adrian Carton de Wiart

Born/Died: May 5th, 1880 - June 5th 1963

Military Service: British Army, 1899–1923, 1939–1947

Awards: Victoria Cross, Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire, Companion of the Order of Bath, Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George, Distinguished Service Order, Legion of Honour (France), Vituti Militari (Poland), Cross of Valor (Poland), Croix de Guerre (Belgium), Officer of the Order of the Crown (Belgium).

Wars/Conflicts: 2nd Boer War, Anglo Somali War, World War I (Western Front), Polish Soviet War, World War II (Europe and Pacific).

Wounded: 11 times, including face, groin, head, stomach, lungs, ankle, leg, hip, and ear.

Body Parts Lost: Left eye, left hand, part of left ear.

Plane Crashes Survived: 2

Prison Escapes: 7

Favorite Pastime: Hunting wild boars with a spear.

Friends With: Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle, Carl Gustav Mannerheim, Prince Karol Mikołaj Radziwiłł, Marshal Pilsudski, Pope Pius XI, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Chiang Kai Shek, and Clement Attlee.

Married to: Countess Friederike Maria Karoline Henriette Rosa Sabina Franziska Fugger von Babenhausen, Ruth Myrtle Muriel Joan McKechnie

Notable Quotes: “Governments may think and say as they like, but force cannot be eliminated, and it is the only real and unanswerable power. We are told that the pen is mightier than the sword, but I know which of these weapons I would choose.”

Notable Instances of Badassery

- Shot in the groin and stomach during the Boer Wars, recovered and returned to combat.

-While fighting against Mohammed “The Mad Mullah” bin Abdullah in Somalia he was shot in the face twice, losing an eye.  Continued fighting.

-World War I — Took command of three infantry battalions and a brigade when his superiors were killed.  Led from the front at all times.

-Bit off his own mangled fingers when a surgeon refused to amputate them.

-Shot through the skull and ankle at the Battle of the Somme, through the hip at the Battle of Passchendaele, through the leg at Cambrai, and through the ear at Arras.

-Thoughts on World War I: “Frankly, I enjoyed the war.”

-Supplied weapons to the Polish during the Polish Soviet War.

-Fought in a gunfight against a band of angry Cossacks.

-Seconded in a duel with Baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, later commander-in-chief of Finnish armies in World War II and President of Finland.

-World War II — House in Poland was bombed (with him in it) when the Germans invaded in 1939.  Escaped in a car to Romania as the German Air Force attempted to strafe and bomb him.

-Led British Ski Commandos in Norway.

-Survived airplane crash in the Mediterranean.  Swam 1 mile in freezing water to shore. Was captured by the enemy.

-The enemy considered him too “disabled” to live in a POW camp.  He was offered the chance to return home if he resigned from the British Army.  He refused and instead escaped from a POW camp after digging a tunnel for 7 months.

-In the last years of the war and after he served as a British ambassador in China.  Enjoyed watching Allied and Japanese fighters dogfighting from the bridge of the HMS Queen Elizabeth.

-Interrupted a propaganda speech by Mao Tse Tung to tell him he was a lunatic.

-In his old age he fell and injured his back.  During the resulting back surgery doctors removed “an incredible amount of shrapnel”.


Act of Valor (2012).

Fun fact about this movie: the actors that plays the Navy SEAL team are not actors at all, they’re actual Navy SEAL. They first tried training actors to be SEALs, but found out it was easier to train the SEALs to be actors. The result: the military action is awesome, the drama acting is cringeworthy.

‘Dynasty’ Reboot Lands Series Order at CW

The CW has given series orders to a revival of “Dynasty” and military drama “Valor.”

Hailing from “Gossip Girl” creators Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, and Sallie Patrick, the new “Dynasty” stars Elizabeth Gillies (“Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll”) as Fallon Carrington, one of the main characters in the  modernized reboot of the original ’80s primetime soap. Grant Show (“Melrose Place”), Nathalie Kelley (“UnReal,” “The Vampire Diaries”), James Mackay (“The Leftovers”), Alan Dale (“The O.C.”), Sam Adegoke (“Murder in the First”), Robert Christopher Riley (“Hit the Floor”), and Rafael de la Fuente (“Empire”) also star.

Keep reading

anonymous asked:

Before I get to my question, Lovino could be deprived from the name Lovinus "little wolf", and it is an actual name despite belief, just rarely used. Now to my question: WWII, do you know how happy the South Italians were when the Allies started invading? I remember reading somewhere that many were happy when the Americans came. I know Romano joined the Allies in WWII, I just want to know the reception from his people. (This was hard, I didn't want to bring up politic/current issues..)

I’ve never really heard of the name Lovinus, besides, the Latin word for wolf is ‘lupus’ so such a thing would be derived from that. I’m sorry, but, you didn’t really fact check that and it’s very much not true. The closest thing in Latin that would mean ‘little wolf’ would be along the lines of Lupulus? Lovino is not a name. There is no record on it. Lovinus is not a word. No record on it. I don’t know where you heard that, but, it’s not true.

The closest thing to it is Rovino, which would loosely be around meaning ‘I ruin, I fall, I spoil’, and could’ve been a mistranslation through Japanese (give the L to R translations). This, still, is not a name. It’s just a word.

The most likely name, is Lavinio. This is heard from my Italian friends themselves, that’s probably what it’s from. Lavinio is still a incredibly uncommon name, and I have no idea what it means because of how little there is on it. So, all three options are out. No, it does not mean little wolf.

On to the invasion: mixed feelings, overall. Yes, it was liberation from German occupation, therefore many people were happy and praised the Americans and helped them, but there was still a lot of harm done by the Allies (which is common and overlooked, since the winners write history); Allies bombed and shelled the island of Sicily and other parts, mainly Naples.

Naples had suffered hundreds of bombings and air raids from the Allies, in their means to ‘liberate it’, they had killed upwards of tens of thousands of civilians, though their target was supposedly the Germans. This would lead up to what is known as the ‘Four Days of Naples’. 

So, while the Germans had been ordered to reduce the city to “cinders and mud”, the Allies were already doing that for them, destroying many buildings, many homes. This combined effort left the city in such shambles, as well as most of the rest of southern Italy, that even 20 to 30 years later a lot of it wasn’t repaired due to it’s economical state (a general fact, but also a first-hand experience from my grandmother who visited family in Calabria). 

Neapolitans tried to be their own heros, the Italian resistance and the carabinieri doing their part to drive occupiers out. (Apparently Naples was award the Gold Medal of Military Valor for this, I didn’t know that!)

Of course, any country that went through the hell they did would be happy to see heroes, there’s plenty of pictures of this happiness:

An Italian civilian policeman provides an American soldier a refreshing drink of water following Operation Husky: the Allied invasion of Sicily and the capture of the town of Troina from Axis forces. (Troina, August 1943)

A British Army soldier of the Eighth Army waves to Italian civilians who have adorned him with flowers following the liberation of the Sicilian city of Catania during the Allied invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky).

An Italian woman kisses the hand of a soldier of the U.S. Fifth Army after troops move into Naples in their invasion and advance northward in Italy, on October 10, 1943.

So, overall, there’s mixed feelings around this. Civilians were harmed but most were elated to have refuge from the Allies, who provided aid, but there’s still ill feelings around the bombings and air raids, even if not blatant because - again - the winners are the ones who write the history.

( Sources: x x x x

Also, around this topic, I love the book – while historical fiction – ‘Fire in the Hills’, a sequel to Stones in Water, by Donna Jo Napoli. It is honestly one of my favorite books in the entire world. It revovles around this specific period, the liberation from German occupation, and the Italian resistance (my favorite part). It talks about the resistance and how they fought to liberate Naples, and how it moved north to liberate them as well. 

It’s also not entirely antagonistic of Germans or Allies, which is usually a problem with WW2 fiction, as the main characters befriend German resistance members that are in Italy, and work with the Allies while also showing how both sides harmed Italy.

And, if you’re wondering, Romano has mixed feelings towards America for this as well, holding a grudge for the harm caused but still appreciate the aid in a definite time of need (though it’s not spoken appreciation).



‘Bardolph’ is a short film that brings you inside the mind of a veteran while he witnesses an incident of someone stealing valor.  The title “Bardolph” holds great meaning and is key to understanding the message conveyed by this film.  Bardolph is a character, who can be simply described as a drunk and a thief, in Shakespeare’s Henry plays.  In this short film the faker who is stealing valor is the ‘Bardolph’ and the veteran is Henry.

During this film the veteran struggles with how he is to respond to the faker stealing valor.  The film flashes back to the veteran going to therapy, directly addressing anger issues and PTSD.  Bardolph’s character in the King Henry series symbolizes the change in Henry from a troublesome youth to a determined leader.  The veteran, like Henry, chooses to correct the faker instead of using violence as the film suggests he would have in the past.  The faker symbolizes the change the veteran made in his life, just as Bardolph symbolizes in Henry.

Should we let these thieves who steal valor from our fallen brothers and sisters get the best of us?  All of us combat veterans could learn a thing or two from this!

(Film produced by DAS Productions and Clackamas Community College)

“That last night at home, you think about how you could of been a better dad, a better husband, that bedtime story you should of read, or that anniversary you forgot. You don’t expect your family to understand what you’re doing. You just hope they understand you’re doing it for them, and when you get home you hope you can pick-up right where you left off.” - Chief Dave