A Hero Recognized

From a White House press release:

On May 16, President Barack Obama will award Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

Specialist Sabo will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions in combat on May 10, 1970, while serving as a rifleman in Company D, 3d Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division in Se San, Cambodia.

On that day, when he and his platoon were ambushed by a large enemy force, Specialist Sabo immediately charged the enemy position, killing several enemy soldiers.  He then assaulted an enemy flanking force, successfully drawing their fire away from friendly soldiers and ultimately forcing the enemy to retreat.  While securing a re-supply of ammunition, an enemy grenade landed nearby.  Specialist Sabo picked it up, threw it, and shielded a wounded comrade with his own body – absorbing the brunt of the blast and saving his comrade’s life.  Although wounded by the grenade blast, he continued to charge the enemy’s bunker.  After receiving several serious wounds from automatic weapons fire, he crawled towards the enemy emplacement and, when in position, threw a grenade into the bunker.  The resulting explosion silenced the enemy fire, but also ended Specialist Sabo’s life.  His indomitable courage and complete disregard for his own safety saved the lives of many of his platoon members.

Specialist Sabo’s widow, Rose Mary Sabo-Brown and his brother, George Sabo, will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service and sacrifice.

We are a nation as long as we can find men like Sabo among us.

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54 thoughts on “A Hero Recognized

  1. neocon1

    What an insult…..
    A lying, muslim, usurper, racist, never was, POS “awarding” the highest medal to a REAL HERO.
    this cretin Ubama is a stain on our nation and our military, His stench will be forever on the Heroes memory.

    Personally I would forgo the award until Romney could award it.

    1. neocon1

      Biden Comes Unhinged in Angry Ohio Speech: ‘They Dont Get Us!’

      “They don’t get who we are!”

      ————————————————————————————–

      Oh No No No, joe we know damn well who YOU and BARK are, and joesph, and mao, and pol, and che, and fidel, and kim.

  2. GMB

    It is a sad commentary on the state of the presidency when an event like this happens, people who are by all thoughts and deeds would be considered good and normal people, will ask themselfs as a first reaction.

    How many time will barky use the first person plural or first person singular in the award ceromony?

    Guilty as charged.

  3. Chrissy Ann

    Another treasure sent to a far away place to fight a needless war created by unhonorable men.

    1. GMB

      Really? Then you agree with the organizied athieism of Ho Chi Mihn and Paul Pot? You would have no problems walking through the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge. The re-education camps of the Vietnemese communists.

      The only problem was “the greatest generation” didn’t have the stomach to fight a culture war after they had fought a real war.

      Men like Sabo were called baby killers while garbage like ayres were called “hero” for plotting to kill police officers.

      Nice.

      1. James

        let me ask you GMB the righteous one….what did the Vietnamese communist ever do to you or our nation?

        men like Sabo were drafted, and sent over. They aren’t heroes…they are just soldiers.

        Just because you served in a war on behalf of our nation doesn’t make you a hero, or the best of the best. It makes you a soldier. that’s it.

        There are many evils in the world, its not our job to fix all of them, and not your job to act like you’re the only righteous on in this world.

      2. GMB

        Only 24% of all soldiers that served in Vietnam were drafred. Look it up.

        Never said I was a hero. Just a strawman for you to throw out there.

        “let me ask you GMB the righteous one….what did the Vietnamese communist ever do to you or our nation?

        Are you really this dumb or do you take lessons?

        It is my guess you would have no problem walking through the killing fields. You would probably even laugh at the sight of so many dead “enemies of the state”

        Well at least you have your organized athieism there in the fields and camps right?

      3. James

        Only 24% of all soldiers that served in Vietnam were drafred. Look it up.

        Who cares? its worse if you volunteer to kill people…than if you’re drafted. Nice of you to show your true colors there.

        Never said I was a hero. Just a strawman for you to throw out there.

        I think your lack of contextual understanding of english made you think that I was referring to YOU….no, I wasn’t. It was a general statement, and it still stands. Just because you fight a war with no clear objective and lose it…doesn’t make you a hero.

        “let me ask you GMB the righteous one….what did the Vietnamese communist ever do to you or our nation?

        Are you really this dumb or do you take lessons?

        You don’t answer the question, and just deflect. Ill let the question stand and make a note of your asinine reply.

        It is my guess you would have no problem walking through the killing fields. You would probably even laugh at the sight of so many dead “enemies of the state”

        STRAW MAN ALERT! anyone who disagrees with GMB’s world view loves to commit atrocities and is a baby eating senior citizen killing monster! Seriously, you’re the most righteous, non righteous loser on this blog. Time to plow the land Tim Davis.

        Well at least you have your organized athieism there in the fields and camps right?

        Religious bigotry and slander deleted — you know better, James//Moderator

    2. Amazona

      Really !!!!! What could be more dishonorable than honoring a treaty we signed, and upon which our allies depended?

      Honestly, you guys!! Get with it! We ought to be able to sign treaties and then just walk away when it’s not convenient to honor our word!

      After all, what could possibly be the downside of being a nation whose word is worth nothing, and which acts only in its own narrow self-interest?

      As far as that goes, what could be the downside of lying about a war, lying about the reason for the conflict, lying about the people who fought in it, lying about invented exploits for personal and political gain, lying about who actually did fight in it, lying about the entire thing, if the lies can be used for political purposes?

      Just ask those who have been doing the lying—that is, the RRL and their PL lackeys—-and those who find it dishonorable to actually do what we have morally and legally agreed to do.

      1. Amazona

        From wikipedia, a source I often cite because of its popularity with the PL contingent, who accept its editorial comments as fact. Note the editorializing in the last paragraph, where the historical content of the entry is subjected to the opinion of someone, in claiming that the United States, Australian and “… other countries, such as Great Britain and key nations in Asia…” used their legal and moral commitments as “rationales” for Southeast Asian conflict. Never mind—it’s just wiki being wiki, and fussing about having to print some actual facts about the Viet Nam War, and trying to mitigate the conflict between fact and opinion.

        *********************************************
        “The Southeast Asia Collective Defense Treaty, or Manila Pact, was signed on 8 September 1954 in Manila, as part of the American Truman Doctrine of creating anti-communist bilateral and collective defense treaties. These treaties and agreements were intended to create alliances that would contain communist powers (Communist China, in SEATO’s case).

        SEATO was intended to be a Southeast Asian version of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), in which the military forces of each member would be coordinated to provide for the collective defense of the members’ country.

        SEATO’s members included Australia, France, New Zealand, Pakistan (including East Pakistan, now Bangladesh), the Philippines, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The membership reflected a mid-1950s combination of anti-communist Western nations and such nations in Southeast Asia. The United Kingdom, Australia and the United States, the latter of which joined after the U.S. Senate ratified the treaty by a 82–1 vote, represented the strongest Western powers.

        Because of the 1954 Geneva Conference settling the First Indochina War (1946–1954), South Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos were not SEATO members. They were, however, granted military protection, though Cambodia rejected the protection in 1956. Canada considered joining, but decided against it in order to concentrate on its NATO responsibilities.

        After its creation, SEATO quickly became insignificant militarily, as most of its member nations contributed very little to the alliance. While SEATO military forces held joint military training, they were never employed because of internal disagreements. SEATO was unable to intervene in conflicts in Laos because France and Britain rejected use of military action. As a result, the U.S. provided unilateral support for Laos after 1962. Though sought by the U.S., involvement of SEATO in the Vietnam War was denied because of lack of British and French cooperation.

        Both the United States and Australia cited the alliance as justification for involvement in Vietnam. American membership in SEATO provided the United States with a rationale for a large-scale U.S. military intervention in Southeast Asia. Other countries, such as Great Britain and key nations in Asia, accepted the rationale. In 1962, as part of its commitment to SEATO, the Royal Australian Air Force deployed CAC Sabres of its No. 79 Squadron to Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand. The Sabres began to play a role in the Vietnam War in 1965, when their air defence responsibilities expanded to include protection of USAF aircraft using Ubon as a base for strikes against North Vietnam.”

  4. GMB

    TUT TUT getting close to being deleted again there Thomas. Better watch it . :P

    All your bullet points are belong to file 13. LOLzer

    Your GMBDS is showing again. I do get under that thin skin of yours don’t I?
    )

    1. James

      you don’t get under my skin at all. its your ignorance that does.

      actually, ill go ahead and take some more of your pies and bread…so go bake.

      1. J. R. Babcock

        James, I’ve been here about as long as you have, at least under your present screen name, and I can’t recall you ever offering anything positive to the discussion. Why do you come here?

      2. Amazona

        “James” is anti-American, but more than that he is a sad, sour, pathetic hater who is defined by his hatreds. He comes here to deposit his mental droppings, and then comes back to admire and sniff them. He has never contributed a single idea to the blog, under any name, other than his seething loathing for pretty much everyone who is not “James”.

        I think he may be tolerated because he is such a great example of what the Left has to offer.

      3. GMB

        “I think he may be tolerated because he is such a great example of what the Left has to offer.”

        I second that motion. Also Thomas is good for a laugh from time to time. This world needs all the laughter it can get.

  5. Amazona

    Specialist Sabo’s widow, Rose Mary Sabo-Brown and his brother, George Sabo, will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service and sacrifice.

    Gee, no comment on how “Barack Obama continues the tradition of fighting for this nation” or any other such intrusion of BHO into the history and accomplishments of others?

    Oh, well, give them time. It will probably be added later, once they finish amending Lincoln’s biography to include the fact that under Barack Obama we still do not have slavery.

    1. Count d'Haricots

      I’m just waiting to hear Barack Kardashian explain how he (Barack) was actually responsible for Specialist Sabo’s heroism but Bush was responsible for his death.

  6. GMB

    From what I can gather Thomas is a full blown OPM communist. He visions himself as one of the ruling class since he is so well “educated”

    He visions himself as one of the lucky few dictating from his dacha what each one of the rest of us has for ability and what each one of the rest of us has for need.

    Hence my accusation of him being a happy camper walking through the killing fields.

    Thomas, I will bake all the pies you want to eat. You want my address where to send the cashiers check to pay for those pies?

  7. bardolf

    “Then you agree with the organizied athieism of Ho Chi Mihn and Paul Pot?” – GMB

    The Indonesian invasion of East Timor in December 1975 set the stage for the long, bloody, and disastrous occupation of the territory that ended only after an international peacekeeping force was introduced in 1999. President Bill Clinton cut off military aid to Indonesia in September 1999—reversing a longstanding policy of military cooperation—but questions persist about U.S. responsibility for the 1975 invasion; in particular, the degree to which Washington actually condoned or supported the bloody military offensive. Most recently, journalist Christopher Hitchens raised questions about the role of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in giving a green light to the invasion that has left perhaps 200,000 dead in the years since. Two newly declassified documents from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library, released to the National Security Archive, shed light on the Ford administration’s relationship with President Suharto of Indonesia during 1975. Of special importance is the record of Ford’s and Kissinger’s meeting with Suharto in early December 1975. The document shows that Suharto began the invasion knowing that he had the full approval of the White House. Both of these documents had been released in heavily excised form some years ago, but with Suharto now out of power, and following the collapse of Indonesian control over East Timor, the situation has changed enough that both documents have been released in their entirety.

    So does GMB agree with the US support for the Islamic Indonesian government’s invasion of East Timor?

    Same time as Pol Pot 1975, both genocides, but with the difference that a GOP President gave the green light for a Muslim invasion of a largely Catholic country.

    1. Amazona

      ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

      Yes, dolf, we know you can come up with all sort of information. Good for you. What a smart boy you are.

      Now to work on relevance………….

    2. GMB

      Pol Pot started his revolution in 1963. Ho Chi started in 1950. You want to link those two communist revolutions with the invasion of East Timor go ahead. If you want to hang ford and kissenger for war crimes go ahead.

      Ford may have been a gop’er but he was chosen to serve by the donkrats. Without thier aprroval he never would have been there.

      Using your logic, it is the fault of the people that put ford into the presidency that are responsible for the genocide in East Timor.

      1. bardolf

        GMB

        The genocide under Pol Pot started in 1975. Your logic is that we did right in Vietnam because the bad guy named Pol Pot committed atrocities. Amy has another line of support whereby if we sign a pact with an outlaw regime we need to support the agreement.

        But you don’t answer the question. Was the US right in supporting the invasion of East Timor?

        BTW there is of course a link. The East Timorese were talking about natural resources belonging to the entirety of the population. You’d label that communism so they of course deserved to be butchered and raped by the Muslims.

        You are correct. It is partly the fault of the people who elected Ford for the genocide in East Timor. We have a duty to know what our government is doing in the world. I hold the people of Iran responsible for their leaders actions and they have much less freedom than in the US.

      2. Count d'Haricots

        if you’re going to be irrelevant, at least do it accurately.

        Pol Pot was in Cambodia.

      3. Amazona

        We supported Laos and went into Viet Nam because we signed on to SEATO. I even did the research for you.

        Do try to keep up.

      4. dbschmidt

        bardolf,

        Khmer Rouge was nature of the regime that turned Cambodia into grisly killing fields and murdered or starved to death 1.7 million of the country’s eight million inhabitants (1975-79) after we bailed (Thanks Walter) out of Viet Nam within two weeks of winning (by crushing the enemy) according to the highest ranking NVA general to speak about the conflict.

        However, Saloth Sar (19 May 1925 – 15 April 1998), better known as Pol Pot was a Cambodian Maoist revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge from 1963 until his death in 1998. From 1963 to 1981, he served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea.

        The later from the only true source of information–Wikipedia and Associates

        /snarc

  8. GMB

    The United Staes were involved in South East Asia long before the killings started. Had they been allowed to complete thier mission successfully those killings may never have taken place. A good bet there. Thats my point about the so called “dishonorable” men and wars.

    You are jumping to conclusions about East Timor. How this ever came up? Go ahead and hang ford and kissinger. That doesn’t answer your question.

    Ford was never elected to anything. He was selected and he was selected by donkyrats. Therefore it it is the donkyrats that selected him fault for the massacres in East Timor.

  9. bagni

    hey mark
    nice post
    went to the comments to see how long it would take neo cluck to get all negative and stuff
    no surprise to see he’s #1 with a bullet…..
    ::((

    1. Retired Spook

      And yet Neo’s comment was on the topic of the thread, whereas yours is…..well,irrelevant as usual.

      1. neocon1

        baldork

        The United states involvement in Viet Nam ended in what year?

        Annnnnd

        the 2 Million murdered under pol pot was in WHAT year?
        I can think of 4 MILLION reasons we were there.

        PS
        I have four close Viet Namese friends, and my shops landlord who to this day are grateful for the US and my involvement to help their country.
        Two of them are in their late 30’s and early 40’s I keep telling them Im their daddy…….they get a kick out of it.

  10. bagni

    dearest neo
    pos…..i believe that’s a subjective assessment……
    spook…..my comment was quite relevant….your lens is too clouded with neo’isms to see
    no prob though….it’s expected…..
    ::))

    1. neocon1

      refute it dork from ork,

      proof of birth?
      proof of religion?
      proof of military service?
      proof he is not a racist?
      proof of name change?
      proof of his mothers marriage?
      proof of their divorce?
      proof of his love of country?
      I could go on for hours……..

    2. neocon1

      nanu nanu dork

      pos…..i believe that’s a subjective assessment

      first define “pos” for us then maybe we can discuss if that is objective.

      1. neocon1

        nanu nanu dork

        POS
        Also found in: Dictionary/thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia Acronym Definition

        POS Parent(s) Over Shoulder (chat)
        POS Point-Of-Sale
        POS Positive
        POS Program of Study
        POS Plan d’Occupation des Sols (French: Estate Layout Policy)
        POS Proof of Service (legal form)
        POS PPP Over SONET
        POS Probability Of Success
        POS Public Opinion Strategies
        POS Public Open Space (UK)
        POS Polytechnische Oberschule (Germany)
        POS Personal Operating Space (IEEE 802.15 TG1)
        PoS Priory of Sion
        POS Probability of Survival
        POS Product of Sums
        POS Public Offering Statement (bond financing)
        PoS Plane of Sky (gaming)
        POS Piece of Stuff (polite form)
        POS Positively Outrageous Service
        POS Plane of Symmetry
        POS Proof of Shipment
        POS Palliative Care Outcome Scale (clinical outcome measurement)
        POS Plasma Opening Switch
        POS Place of Skulls (band)
        POS Player Owned Station (Eve-Online MMORPG)
        POS Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society
        PoS Plane of Storms (gaming)
        POS Project Overview Statement
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        POS Prince of Space (movie)
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        POS Process Operating Station
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        POS Portable Oxygen Subsystem
        POS Procedings of Science
        POS Purchased Operator Service
        POS Process Override Switch
        POS Programmable Object/Option Select
        POS Pre-Operational Support (US DoD)
        POS Philosophy of Science
        POS HIV Positive
        POS Pivoting Optical Servo
        POS Polar Orbiting Satellite
        POS Physician Order Sheet (healthcare)
        POS Pain of Salvation (band)
        POS Positive Organizational Scholarship
        POS Policyowner Service (insurance industry)
        POS Plan Obligatorio de Salud (Spanish; Colombia)
        POS Partially Ordered Set (abstract algebra)
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        POS Power of Suggestion
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      2. neocon1

        HuH??
        not tra von……

        Zimmerman documents: Trayvon Martin had THC in his body the night he died

      3. Count d'Haricots

        neo (you old Pivoting Optical Servo)

        THC must have given him superhuman strength since he is a skinny 12 year old boy (likie in the photo) whose nickname was “Little Fuzzy Bunny-Boy”.

        Maybe someone spiked the “Skittles” (Crack) and “Iced Tea” (Colt 45).

  11. Canuckguy

    ummm, just wondering, but does anybody know why such an impressive display of bravery by Sabo is only being honoured now?

      1. neocon1

        A little known fact

        AMERICAN COMBAT TROOPS ENTER CAMBODIA

        From the New York Times – May 1, 1970

        WASHINGTON, April 30 – In a sharp departure from the previous conduct of war in Southeast Asia, President Nixon announced tonight that he was sending United States combat troops into Cambodia for the first time.

        Even as the President was addressing the nation on television, several thousand American soldiers were moving across the border from South Vietnam to Cambodia to attack what Mr. Nixon described as “the headquarters for the entire Communist military operation in South Vietnam.”

        The area was described by sources here as the Fishook area of Cambodia, some 50 miles northwest of Saigon.

        White House sources said they expected tonight’s operation to be concluded in six to eight weeks.

      1. Canuckguy

        Well correct me if I have this wrong. I am under the impression that he was only awarded the Metal of Honour now. The war was 40+ years ago. If you are implying OB is making political hay, I think if you have a bone to pick, pick on previous administrations, both GOP and Dems, for the oversight. Why was it not done sooner. later is better than never.
        As for Quebec, that’s our cross to bear. The British were too humane after the victory of 1763, they should have started a program to reduce the French language to back woods low status instead of allowing the the language to flourish. We should have done the same as you Mercans did to your southern swamp dwellers after the Louisiana Purchase. Benign tolerance but no offical status for the French language.

    1. dbschmidt

      SNAFU – Government lost his paperwork until recently. He was put up for the honor at that time but our ever efficient government promptly lost his paperwork till now.

      1. Amazona

        Oh, db, you know that is totally impossible. Why do you spout such nonsense? You know perfectly well that any paperwork, any record on any level of any military service by any person at any time, is immediately accessible, within moment, at any time for any reason, when any one wants the military to do so.

        We learned this when some of the pay records for GW Bush’s Air National Guard service could not be found. That’s when we learned, with absolute certainty (and who can be more certain of what goes on in the military than people who have never served?) that if a record cannot be found, that is proof positive that the event the record was supposed to support simply never happened.

        For real. Look it up. I think you can find this theory in any of the “Bush AWOL” howling-at-the-moon lunatic websites.

        It’s the Loony Left version of “if a tree falls in the forest and no one wrote about it and put the record in a safe, is the tree really lying on the ground” conundrum.

        So if the government misplaced Sabo’s paperwork, then ipso facto he never performed any acts of bravery.

        It took finding some misplaced paperwork to mean he did.

    2. neocon1

      Kg*y

      why such an impressive display of bravery by Sabo is only being honoured now?

      because that was a daily occurrence back then.
      today it is Ochimpys claim to fame as the cic.

      1. Canuckguy

        @Knuckledragger.
        Doing something to merit a Metal of Honour was no daily occurance, they were not handed out like gold stars in primary school.

      2. Canuckguy

        @Knuckledragger Neo:
        Common sense, something you lack.
        How many Metals of Honour were handed out for the Iraq business?
        You can count them on one hand.

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