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  1. To be clear, the only decoration that currently involves a stipend is the MoH. However, when congress authorized the DSC and DSM for the army in July 1918, the law contained a provision that provided for each enlisted man to receive an additional $2 per month beginning from the date of the act or service. I do not have the reference to quote but the navy had the same stipend for its NC and DSM. When the NMCM was authorized in August 1942 enlisted recipients were also granted a $2 monthly stipend for acts subsequent to 6 Dec 1941. Again, I do not have available a reference to cit
  2. I've had that photo for a long time. Where it originated I do not know. Another member here has claimed credit for getting a screen shot off of a cable TV program so that confirms its been available for a good number of years. I also have a photo of Parrott's medal in its case but I've had that one for a long time, too, and, unfortunately, do not remember the source. I had wanted to post that photo also, but the file was too large and I didn't feel like taking the time to reduce the size. There are several GLC medals that are in the public. I believe Pittinger's 1904 is and one of the
  3. The posted pictures clearly demonstrate why it is difficult to find photos of posthumous VN MoHs. Sometime between the presentation of Milton Olive's award to his father on April 21, 1966 and the award to the father of Daniel Fernandez on April 6, 1967, the army went from giving the medal in its normal presentation case to having the MoH in a frame. I've not been able to find photos of the posthumous presentation ceremonies between these two events so I can't pin it down any narrower. In photos on the internet, Olive's father is clearly holding the normal presentation case while Fernandez's
  4. Depending on when a veteran served in Vietnam and his/her discharge date, this unit award does not appear in their DD214. In fact, the vast majority of Vietnam veterans do not see this award on their DD214 due to the blanket award being made in 1973 as the country collapsed. As I've heard any number of times, "In 1973 that's the last damned thing I was concerned about." Agree.
  5. That obituary is even more suspicious. Rank is given as master chief yet he is credited with flying many planes including a Mig15 and F19. Not likely as an enlisted man. Twice decorated at the White House by two different presidents - for a Navy Cross or DFC? Again, not likely, even if the awards were valid. He's also claiming 6 Purple Hearts? An Alcohol Service Medal? I'll take one of those since I consumed a lot of alcohol while in the service. I'm eminently qualified, for sure. And he has navy pilot wings and air force senior pilot wings - as an enlisted man? Definitely unlikely.
  6. Personally, I’d be very suspicious of this. While a James E. Castle did earn a NMCM, there is no record of him receiving a NC let alone a DFC or AM, PH. Or POW. Born in 1927 he would have been 17 in 1944 and there were many like him. Whether he served in five designated campaigns would require more detailed records. Five army PUCs for a guy with navy and Air Force service is also suspicious. His NMCM indicates he was an air controller.
  7. You are, of course, 100% correct. Whether it comes out of your left pocket or your right pocket, its coming out. When we lived in Illinois our state vehicle license was like about $60/year. When we moved to Arizona, it was over $300 because the tax is based on the MSRP! It decreases each year, but if your purchase a $100,000 vehicle, not uncommon today, the tax bill here will shock you. On the other hand, our local property taxes for a $100,000 house then (1984) was a little over $1,200 per year. Our first house in Arizona was $95,000 (1985) and property taxes were like $600. And pro
  8. You nailed it. Expressing discontent is, of course, one thing. Refusing to pay one's share of taxes, sales or otherwise, merely shifts the burden to those who display a more responsible attitude toward the government, whether local, state, or federal. Like it or not, taxes are here to stay. If a citizen supports spending over $750 billion on defense, that same citizen should be willing to cough up the dough to pay the bill. As you probably know, we have many extremely wealthy individuals in our country, some of whom are national leaders, who do all they can to avoid paying their fair shar
  9. I'm not in a position to comment about all states and/or municipalities and how they administer their transaction privilege laws. I can say that in my state there's an exemption for one-time transactions. So, if you purchase a used car, boat, or airplane from an individual you are not required to pay sales tax. However, if you are curbing 4-5 cars per week then, as far as I'm concerned, the government has the right to demand you register as a dealer and collect sales tax from your buyers. Its the same thing with "retailers" who hid behind "garage sale" ordinances. We had one neighbor who
  10. I don’t usually respond to these types of discussions, and this one is old, but it is still relevant. Despite comments such as, “Charge a sales tax,” “losing revenue,’ “greedy state governments,” “red states vs blue states,” “lousy politicians,” “tax the air we breathe,” it’s not truly about any of those things. It's all about fairness. Jason T. hit on it when he mentioned brick and mortar stores. Suppose you have a brick and mortar store from which you sell various items. You have to price your item to not only cover its cost to you but to cover your overhead which includes rent, sala
  11. I dont have the engraving knowledge that many others here have, but it looks to me as if the name is official engraving but someone else added the other information. Theres a noticeable difference in the n and the r. Regardless, this group is symbolic of the severe injuries suffered by so many in all wars. I cannot begin to imagine the mental sufferings he endured for the rest of his life.
  12. Charlotte Observer, May 23, 2019 "Hailed as a hero for knocking a shooter off his feet in a UNC Charlotte classroom, Riley Howell was posthumously awarded two of the military’s highest honors in his hometown of Waynesville this week. Howell, 21, and classmate Ellis “Reed” Parlier, 19, died when a gunman opened fire in their classroom in the Kennedy building on April 30. Four students were injured: Rami Alramadhan, 20, of Saihat, Saudia Arabia; Sean Dehart, 20, of Apex; Emily Houpt, 23, of Charlotte; and Drew Pescaro, 19, of Apex. The 22-year-old suspect, former student Trystan Andrew
  13. As a taxpayer, I would hate to think the good ol' FBI would drop their national security investigations to swoop down and confiscate this medal. I cannot image that this is a high priority for them. And, Fike again demonstrates his ignorance. I've got no information that Wood received his MoH from Lincoln. The original recipients got theirs from Stanton with a later visit to Lincoln. Not sure if there even was any ceremony for Wood or the other late GLC recipients. I believe many of them were simply mailed to the recipients. BTW, one of the more recent books I have read on the GLC
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