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World War II ‘Hero of Cologne,’ 95, receives Bronze Star for destroying Nazi tank in firefight

It took nearly 75 years, but World War II veteran Clarence Smoyer, 95, finally received the Bronze Star Medal on Wednesday for his heroic actions that helped destroy a German tank and take the crucial city of Cologne.

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U.S. Army Major Peter Semanoff guides Clarence Smoyer back to his seat after awarding him the Bronze Star at the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. (DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class James K. Lee)

Smoyer was a tank gunner with the famous “Eagle 7” M26 Pershing tank crew, which blew up a Nazi Panther tank that had killed several American soldiers on March 6, 1945.

His lieutenant told them, “‘Gentlemen, I give you Cologne. Let’s knock the hell out of it,’ and we obliged,” Smoyer told the Defense Department following the event at the National World War II Memorial in Washington.

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WWII veterans Clarence Smoyer, Joe Caserta and Buck Marsh stand for the chaplain’s invocation during the WWII Bronze Star Award Ceremony. (DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class James K. Lee)

An American military cameraman captured footage of Smoyer and his crew in action, and the video was seen around the world. Smoyer became known as the “Hero of Cologne.” But a few days later he ran afoul of a minor disciplinary issue that cost him his medal.

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“The day after we knocked the tank out, my friend and I were walking down the street,” Smoyer told the Defense Department. ” Everything was fine, no fighting anymore. But as we walked down the street, these two little kiddies come running out and they’re saying ‘Kaugummi! Kaugummi!’ They wanted bubble gum.”

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U.S. Army Major Peter Semanoff salutes WWII veteran Clarence Smoyer after awarding him the Bronze Star Medal. (DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class James K. Lee)

“I tried to explain to them I didn’t have anything. I pulled my pockets out to show them they were empty,” Smoyer went on. “I took them by their hands and took them back to their mother. And then I turned around and started to walk away, and the MPs [Military Police] pull up alongside of me and ask for my name and rank. ‘You’re not supposed to be talking to the Germans,’ they told me. I think that caused me to lose the Bronze Star.”

Smoyer’s tank commander and the cameraman who filmed the battle did receive Bronze Stars of their own.

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Best-selling author Adam Makos wrote about Smoyer and his crew in the recent book “Spearhead.” When he learned Smoyer had not been awarded the Bronze Star for his actions, he went on a mission to right what he saw as an injustice.

After the Army agreed to award Smoyer the Bronze Star, Makos brought him to Washington for what he said would be a book-signing event at the Pentagon.

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U.S. Army Major Peter Semanoff pins the Bronze Star Medal on WWII veteran Clarence Smoyer during the WWII Bronze Star Award Ceremony at the National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C., Sept. 18, 2019. (DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class James K. Lee)

As he stepped out of the car and saw the crowds gathered at Washington’s World War II Memorial, Smoyer smiled broadly and asked, “Am I getting a Bronze Star?”

Smoyer received the Bronze Star surrounded by his friends and old World War II comrades.

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WWII veterans Joe Caserta and Clarence Smoyer embrace each other during the WWII Bronze Star Award Ceremony. (DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class James K. Lee)

Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., also attended the event in honor of Smoyer, who hails from Allentown.

Toomey posted a video of the event online Thursday.

“Yesterday, I was humbled to attend a ceremony for PA native & WWII veteran Clarence Smoyer & the members of Eagle 7,” Toomey tweeted. “Now one of the most decorated tank crews in American history, I’m thrilled my office and I were able to assist in properly honoring these American heroes.”

Bow gunner Homer Davis, driver William McVey, and loader John DeRiggi were posthumously recognized, the Pentagon said, and their families accepted Bronze Stars on their behalf.

“It’s an honor. It is an honor, and I will always honor that. I’ll do that in remembrance of all the young boys that were killed over there,” Smoyer said.

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The Bronze Star is awarded for “heroic or meritorious achievement or service.”

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Last US warship sunk by German sub during WWII reveals its secrets in eerie images from seabed

The wreck of the last U.S. Navy warship sunk by a German submarine during World War II is revealing its secrets in remarkable images from the seabed.

Patrol boat USS Eagle PE-56 was located by a private dive team just a few miles off the Maine coast last year, ending a decades-long mystery about the ship’s location. The ship’s bow was spotted in about 260 feet of water in June 2018 and its stern the following month. The last pieces of the wreck were found in May 2019, according to diver Ryan King of Brentwood, N.H.

The sinking of the USS Eagle PE-56 on April 23, 1945, was originally blamed on a boiler explosion. But the Navy determined in 2001 that it had been sunk by a German submarine, the U-853.

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King and his dive team were able to confirm that an object previously discovered on sonar by undersea search specialist Garry Kozak was indeed the sunken ship. The divers, who worked with the Smithsonian Channel, extensively explored the ship on the ocean floor, five miles off Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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The USS Eagle PE-56 was sunk by a German submarine on April 23, 1945. (Smithsonian Channel)

Only 13 of the Eagle’s 62 crew members survived; they were plucked from the water by a nearby Navy destroyer.

King told Fox News about his team’s experiences exploring the ship.

“When the torpedo exploded, she snapped in half – only one man got out of the bow section, 12 men made it out of the stern section,” he said.

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The exploration of the wreck will be featured in the three-part series “The Hunt for Eagle-56,” which premieres on Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

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A boot on the seabed at the USS Eagle wreck site. (Smithsonian Channel)

During his dives, King explained that he could clearly see the Eagle’s deck machinery and its massive 16-foot deck gun on top of the forward crew quarters.

“It really is a humbling experience when you’re down there, you’re not just on a shipwreck, you’re on a gravesite,” he said. “We haven’t touched things, we have made a point of staying out of areas where there is evidence of human remains.”

The Eagle’s helm and its telegraph are clearly visible at the wreck site.

“You’re seeing all of this equipment that is part of the wreck,” King said. “There are lockers that are partially opened, the chart table is still there, there were men sitting around that when the torpedo exploded.”

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“You realize that many of the men that used that equipment are still entombed in the wreck,” he added.

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Only 13 of the Eagle’s 62 crew members survived. (Smithsonian Channel)

On the stern, divers also got a view of the ship’s aft escape hatches, where the ladders had fallen away, as described by Eagle’s survivors.

The dive team also saw crew members’ boots strewn around both the bow and the stern sections on the seabed.

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The dive team has to be cautious when dealing with parts of the ship containing its ordnance. On their first dive the hook that they sent down caught on a rack of depth charges on the Eagle’s stern.

“It was exciting!” King quipped. “Obviously, they hadn’t gone anywhere for a few years, but we figured that we would live it there.”

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Divers have been exploring the wreck, which was discovered in 2018. (Smithsonian Channel)

Divers have also had to contend with poor visibility at the wreck site, which, on a good day, is just 10 feet.

“It’s incredibly dark, without our lights, you wouldn’t be able to see anything,” said King.

King told Fox News that the team has shared its information on the wreck with the U.S. Navy.

“Once we had a clear picture to bring to the Navy, we brought it to them as quickly as we could,” he said.

In May the Navy wrote to the researchers to tell them that the ship had been out under the protection of the Sunken Military Craft Act, King added.

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The researchers are now working to ensure that the families of Eagle crew members receive the Purple Hearts earned by their loved ones. “Many of the Purple Hearts went out to families in 2004 and 2005,” King told Fox News, adding that officials are still working to get medals to families.

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Divers had to contend with limited visibility at the shipwreck site. (Smithsonian Channel)

Earlier this year, for example, the sister of Seaman First Class James Cunningham received his posthumous Purple Heart in a ceremony in Millington, Tenn., Stars and Stripes reports.

“We attended the ceremony – it was a great piece of closure for the family,” said King.

Cunningham, he explained, wasn’t even supposed to be on the ship when it was torpedoed by U-853.

“He was supposed to be on leave – he switched because his friend needed to go home on leave to bury a loved one who passed,” King said.

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The diver explained that researchers are working with three families at the moment to help them get their Purple Hearts.

“We have some deadlines, there are family members that are older,” he said.

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An item at the USS Eagle PE-56 wreck site. The patrol boat was sunk by the U-853, a German submarine. (Smithsonian Channel)

The Naval History and Heritage Command did not respond to a Fox News a request for comment on this story.

Research undertaken by Paul Lawton, a Massachusetts attorney, naval historian and diver, played a key role in confirming the Eagle’s sinking by U-853.

“That was a result of Paul’s work and Bernard Cavalcante of the Naval History and Heritage Command,” King said.

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The ship’s sinking is also the subject of Stephen Puleo’s 2005 book “Due to Enemy Action: The True World War II Story of the USS Eagle 56.”

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Divers approaching the wreck. (Smithsonian Channel)

The U-853 was later sunk off  Block Island on May 6, 1945, by depth charges from USS Atherton and USS Moberly. All hands were lost in the sub’s sinking, which occurred two days before V-E Day, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command.

Researchers across the globe are working to locate sites of World War II wrecks. The wreck of an Australian freighter, for example, was recently discovered, as was the wreck of a U.S. B-24 bomber that plunged into the sea off Bermuda in February 1945.

WRECK OF WWII SHIP DISCOVERED 74 YEARS AFTER IT DISAPPEARED DURING A RESCUE MISSION

And earlier this year, the wreck of World War II aircraft carrier USS Wasp was found in the Coral Sea, and the RV Petrel discovered one of the first Japanese battleships to be sunk by U.S. forces during the war. Imperial Japanese Navy ship Hiei sank on Nov. 14, 1942, in the Solomon Islands.

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The wreck was discovered off the coast of Maine. (Smithsonian Channel)

Wasp was also spotted on the seabed by experts from the vessel RV Petrel, which is part of a research organization set up by the late billionaire Paul Allen.

Allen, Microsoft’s co-founder, died in October 2018 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His research organization has discovered a host of historic military shipwrecks, such as the wrecks of the USS Helena, the USS Lexington and the USS Juneau.

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The group’s biggest discovery, however, came in 2017, when Allen and his team found the long-lost wreck of the USS Indianapolis in the Philippine Sea.

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Eagle class patrol boat built during World War I. It is similar to the USS Eagle PE-56, which exploded and sank off Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on April 23, 1945, killing most of its crew in New England’s worst naval disaster during World War II. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, File)

In a separate project, the wreckage of U.S. B-24 bomber, for example, was found in Papua New Guinea. The plane’s wreck was found in 2018, 74 years after it was shot down during a fierce battle with Japanese forces.

Last summer, a team of scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the University of Delaware located the missing stern of the destroyer USS Abner Read, which was torn off by a Japanese mine in the remote Aleutian Islands.

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Also last year, a decades-long mystery about the fate of a ship that disappeared during a World War II rescue mission was finally solved.

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​A plaque at Fort Williams Park at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on Thursday, July 18, 2019, remembers those killed when the USS Eagle PE-56 was sunk During World War II off the Maine coast on April 23, 1945. (AP Photo/David Sharp)

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An extremely rare World War II Spitfire fighter plane flown by a pilot who later took part in the “Great Escape” was also recovered from a remote Norwegian mountainside last year.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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Charlie Kirk: It’s Constitution Day, America – Here’s what we should (and should not) be celebrating

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September 17 is Constitution Day, a day that does not receive the attention of other patriotic holidays like July Fourth, Veteran’s Day, or Memorial Day, but is no less important.  Earlier this summer, Gallup released a new poll that showed only 47 percent of those surveyed feel “extremely proud” to be an American.  This is an all-time low in the 18 years the survey has been performed and is down from 51 percent in 2017.

While Independence Day is celebrated as our nation’s birthday, it really should be celebrated as our nation’s date of conception.  July 4, 1776, marked the day that American Colonialists formally declared their independence from Britain.  The work, however, was just beginning.

6,800 “new” Americans died in action to win our independence.  Once it was won an actual nation had to be created and built.  Our nation’s real birthday is September 17, 1787, when the delegates to the convention in Philadelphia signed the Constitution, therein setting the rules for what would become the greatest nation in history.

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America today is radically different than America in 1787.  In part that’s because of the evolution of the human experience and advancements in technology that have changed the capabilities, and perhaps the even the very essence of man.  It is also because of the distance between the ideas that formed our nation in that time, and the ideas that people have come to form about our nation today.

We have lost our way in terms of staying connected to the principles of our Founding Fathers.  Many people have used the sad, but inescapable, fact that the failure to count slaves as citizens and provide for their freedom somehow nullifies everything else about our founding.  Their failed logic indicates to them that since we were not perfectly designed, then we have nothing if which to be proud.

That intellectual and moral stretch allows people to replace our beginnings with their own personal definition of what America truly “is.”  We hear this all the time in the news when people, talking about an issue like border enforcement, state, “this is not what America is.”  These statements are made with certainty while being grounded in nothing.  They are just a way to say, “here is what I personally think America should be.”

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America is not a Rorschach Test and it is not interpretive art.  There are a set of specific things that America is and is not, and while our original design may have been imperfect not only on the issue of slavery but also on the issue of women’s rights as citizens, we have since righted those wrongs through Constitutional Amendments and legislation.  On this Constitution Day, allow me to share thoughts on what Americans should, and should not, be celebrating.

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Rejoice that we do not live in a democracy.  Benjamin Franklin when asked after the Constitutional Convention what sort of government had been created, responded by saying “a Republic, if you can keep it.”  To be specific, we are a federal republic that features representative government, fragmentation of power between the national and state level, and a series of checks and balances to control oppressive factions.  Current efforts to turn our federal republic into a democracy by destroying the Electoral college would effectively end America as conceived.

Celebrate the fact that America is the only nation in history that was created by brilliant and educated men who had read every political theorist from Plato to Rousseau, and from Aristotle to Locke. They had studied every form of government attempted to that point, and then designed ours.  It was the product deliberate and enlightened thought; not the machinations of evil dead, white, European males.

Remember that the unalienable rights embedded in our Declaration of Independence of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (a choice inspired by Locke) were mentioned to explicitly assure Americans that their life would be protected, their liberty would be preserved, and their pursuit of happiness not impeded by the state.  In no way then, nor when the Constitution was signed 11 years later, did they suggest that Americans would be guaranteed any particular status or outcomes in life.

Our country was created as that beacon on the hill to everyone in the world who wished to seek freedom and escape tyranny and oppression.  Our Founders were greatly influenced by the work of Cicero who wrote passionately on the need for a nation to welcome immigrants in order to be enriched by their contribution.  There is nothing, however, in the Constitution that indicates that we are required to let in anyone, pay for everyone, and neglect the physical and financial security of American citizens in the process. Constitutional-based arguments to open our borders are sophistry.

Finally, nothing in our Constitution creates a mandate for us to try to establish its structure and principles elsewhere.  While our Founders may have hoped their ideas could find fertile soil elsewhere in the world, those ideas were meant to be exported only through choice and not through our imposition and force.  Repeated calls throughout our history to “spread democracy” (which is not our system in the first place) are without foundation.  Our duty is to preserve our nation and protect our citizens.  Our best hope to shine our light elsewhere is to first focus it intently upon ourselves.

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The results of that Gallup poll may reflect the fact that people have largely lost track of what it means to be an American.  Being an American has been turned into an existential abstract as opposed to a clear definition of objective ideas.  It is impossible to be extremely proud of being something without understanding what the something is.

Fortunately, America is easy to understand because its definition is in writing.  Perhaps on this Constitution Day you will pick up a copy of the Constitution and “refresh.”  Regardless, Celebrate the day and celebrate your country.  Replace the imagined with the real and appreciate that 232 years later, this remains the greatest nation ever designed.

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Oldest living American WWII veteran celebrates 110th birthday

Lawrence Brooks — a man considered to be the nation’s oldest living World War II veteran — celebrated a huge milestone in Louisiana last week: his 110th birthday.

Brooks, born on Sept. 12, 1909, was honored on Thursday at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Spotted with a bright lipstick kiss on his cheek at the event, Brooks served in the 91st Engineer Battalion stationed in New Guinea and then the Philippines — a predominately African-American unit of the U.S. Army.

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Lawrence Brooks, believed to be the oldest American veteran of World War II, celebrated his 110th birthday at the National World War II museum in New Orleans, La., on Thursday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The 110-year-old, who served between 1940 and 1945, was a servant to three white officers and his daily routine included cleaning their sheets and uniforms and shining their shoes. He attained the rank of Private 1st Class during the war.

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Brooks’ newfound title comes after the death of Richard Overton, previously the oldest living WWII veteran. Formerly a member of the U.S. Army, Overton died in December at age 112.

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Lawrence Brooks received a dog tag honoring him as the oldest living veteran of the war. He was born Sept. 12, 1909. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The museum has been celebrating Brooks’ birthdays since his 105th, in 2014, according to The Times-Picayune and The New Orleans Advocate.

“We absolutely love Mr. Brooks,” the museum’s vice president, Peter Crean, told the news outlet. “We’ve told him, ‘As long as you keep having birthdays, we are going to keep having birthday parties for you here.'”

“We consider him ‘our veteran,'” Crean said.

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Brooks, who uses a walker, is blind in one eye and has poor vision in the other. He does suffer from low blood pressure and dehydration, but his hearing, however, is good, and he’s never suffered from any major diseases or cancers.

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Brooks’ birthdays have been celebrated at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans since 2014.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

“I’ve started to think about not having many birthdays left. But I’m not worried about it, because God has let me live this long already,” Brooks said. “I think it’s because I’ve always liked people so much. Oh yes, I do.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Forgotten victims’ of 9/11 urged to apply for free World Trade Center health program

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In the 18 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, a female student who attended high school in Lower Manhattan developed asthma. A man who worked as a technology consultant for Goldman Sachs following the attacks developed male breast cancer. A female professor discovered she had breast cancer — and had no idea she was entitled to free health care or compensation.

These people are among 40,000 students and teachers, 25,000 residents, and 300,000 office workers who are the “forgotten victims” of 9/11. And just like first responders, they are increasingly getting cancer and other illnesses after being exposed to toxins at Ground Zero, attorney Michael Barasch told Fox News on Friday.

Barasch’s firm advocated on behalf of James Zadroga, an NYPD officer who died in 2006 from a respiratory disease he developed after working more than 450 hours at Ground Zero. He is one of three namesakes, along with late firefighter Ray Pfeifer and late NYPD Det. Luis Alvarez, on the bill that extended the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund through 2090.

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Now, he’s on a mission to get the word out to all the victims and implore them to get checked out and to join the World Trade Center Health Program, which provides treatment for responders and survivors who were in New York City, at the Pentagon or in Shanksville, Pa.

“So many have moved away from New York,” he says. “So many students who went to college and didn’t come back. So many of the office workers who retired and moved to Florida. They don’t realize they’re entitled to benefits when they get sick.”

While many of the victims might be currently healthy, they were “breathing the same toxic dust as the firefighters and cops,” Barasch said.

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“There are only 100,000 people in the World Trade Center Health Program out of the more than 400,000 in the 9/11 community,” he explained. “What’s shocking is of those 100,000, there are only 20,000 survivors. Yet survivors make up three-quarters of the 9/11 community.”

“These people are entitled to free health care and compensation if they’re sick,” he pointed out.

In order to apply for the program, a person needs an affidavit, or sworn statement, proving they were at Ground Zero. Then they can apply for the health program, as well as the Victim Compensation Fund, Barasch said.

“Even if you’re healthy now, get your affidavit and sign up for the free program,” he stressed.

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“That’s when you really want to start [seeking care], when you have cancer?” Barasch asked. “Do it now.”

Barasch is hosting a free information session on Monday, Sept. 16 at  Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers St., from 6-8 p.m. ET.

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Lauren Brunner, one of last survivors of USS Arizona, dies at 98

Lauren Bruner, one of the last four survivors of the attack on the USS Arizona by Japanese planes on Dec. 7, 1941, died Tuesday in California. He was 98.

“We are deeply saddened to share the news that Pearl Harbor Survivor Lauren Bruner has passed away,” the Pearl Harbor National Memorial said in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “Lauren has come back to Hawaii many times over the years and was well known to many of us here at the visitor center. He will be greatly missed.”

Bruner, who was a 21-year-old fire controlman third class in charge of the ship’s .50-caliber guns, was the second to last person to leave the burning ship after the onslaught by the Japanese.

In a 2014 interview with Arizona Public Radio, he recalled that on the morning of Dec. 7 he raced up from below the ship’s deck when the attack began. He said he saw a Japanese plane fly by so closely that he could see the pilot’s face with a “big old grin on his face, mouth wide open.”

“I could see all those teeth,” Bruner recalled. “You wanted to reach and bust him one.”

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The Arizona was hit with four bombs – one of them hitting past three levels of the ship and into a powder magazine.

Bruner and five others were stranded on the sinking ship and were able to escape by grappling for 70 feet on a rope to a nearby repair ship, the USS Vestal.

Despite having burns on over 70 percent of his body, Bruner recovered and was later assigned to the USS Coghlan, where he participated in eight major engagements in the Aleutian Islands and seven operations in the South Pacific.

He retired from the Navy in 1947.

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Bruner, who received the Purple Heart, chronicled his experience of the attack in “Second to the Last to Leave USS Arizona,” a book he co-authored in 2017.

With his death, only three more survivors of the USS Arizona are still alive: Don Stratton, 97, Lou Conter, 98, and Ken Potts, 98.

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“Lauren was always quick with a laugh and had a smile that would brighten an entire room. Lauren will truly be missed not just by us, but by the world,” Stratton wrote in a Facebook post. “Rest in peace dear sailor. Your story will ALWAYS be remembered.”

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Bruner will be interred on the USS Arizona with his fallen comrades.

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Ronnie Dunn admits he ‘blew off’ music exec at first for this reason

Ronnie Dunn is bringing his iconic style to some of his favorite country and rock music hits in a new solo album.

“RE-DUNN,” the crooner’s third solo album, is a the 24-song project that will feature covers that have significant meaning to Dunn and have been instrumental in shaping his life and career along the way.

The second half of the legendary Brooks & Dunn country duo spoke with Fox News and provided insight into the album’s culmination, which Dunn said carried a heavy emphasis on streaming.

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“Finally, I think the music business is trying to realize that they, maybe, milked all they can out of the profit ratio side of CDs and are moving toward one or a couple of centralized mechanisms that they can control so to speak. We’ll see. That would be under the streaming umbrella,” Dunn said of the idea to create a different type of album.

“A label executive came to me a few months ago and I blew him off at first,” Dunn added. “He said, ‘What do you think about doing like, three, maybe four songs of classic rock songs or songs out of the Brooks and Dunn-era that your fans would have listened to when they weren’t listening to country?’”

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Every four weeks, two new singles from “RE-DUNN” (one country and one rock) will be released leading up to the album’s launch in January 2020. (Ronnie Dunn)

Dunn said he immediately knew which tracks he wanted to include in the mix as he already had a playlist on his computer filled to the gills with the era-appropriate cuts he enjoyed the most.

“I just opened it up and cherry-picked 12 or 13, I guess you could categorize them as classic rock songs, and I picked three songs to experiment with and doing it with the guys in the studio,” he said. “A lot of the guys right here have played on some of those records or with some of those bands and it snowballed and suddenly the label guy disappears because I think he’s realized he’s lost control of the session and it went from three to 24 [songs] in just a matter of days.”

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He continued: “The next thing I know, I’m meeting with the label going, ‘You know what, I think I’m not going to ask you to pay for this. In fact, why don’t you just let me have it and I will just go until I run out of money or whatever. We’re dedicated to any project, and the next thing I know we’re getting ready to do the contracts and set up with all the streaming entities and my attorneys call and said, ‘Look, you’re crazy to not try and at least put a few of these out.”

The 28-time Academy of Country Music Award winner said his process of selecting which records to play is simple. “You know, it’s just gut feel,” he said. “I mean, I just let my unbridled artist do its deal and see what happens. Nine times out of 10, it’s a train wreck – every now and then it hits and this one felt like it hit.”

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Country legend Ronnie Dunn’s newest solo album “RE-DUNN” will feature covers of country and rock songs that all have deep meaning to Dunn and have shaped his life and career along the way. (Steven Martine)

Dunn explained that he expects criticism from detractors who balk at the idea of a country singer covering rock ‘n’ roll records, but said the songs he is recording are already massively successful, so he is not concerned about unwritten rules.

“I love every song on here. That has nothing to do with me being a part of it. It’s just that I love these songs,” said Dunn. “They’re already massive hits – that’s good and bad at the same time because I’m sure I’ll be crushed by some critics for trying to take these songs on, and especially on the rock side. But I just kind of don’t care, you know. I had too much fun doing it. It’s the most fun I’ve ever had on a project. I’m sure everybody says that after they come out of the studio with a record, but this really is.”

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Each of the 24 songs Dunn is reprising was hand-picked by the 15-time Country Music Association Award-winning artist and each carry with it a special moment that Dunn said makes the song a personal standout.

“There is always that dynamic of where were you when you first heard this song or what was going on in your life when this song played, and we could play that game all day long with every song on here,” said Dunn. “So that had a lot to do with it.

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Ronnie Dunn, left, and Kix Brooks attend the 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington. (Photo by Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File)

“‘Wonderful Tonight,’ I had buddies in Tulsa who were in Eric’s [Clapton] band back in the day and they were involved with recording that,” Dunn recalled. “I remember him talking about it and that’s the reason I picked it.”

Dunn said recording this album was the “most fun” he’s ever had on a project and touted the unconventional process of having a studio room full of contributors each with creative input or simply there for the ambiance, as a different dynamic that he found refreshing.

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“The players that I worked with, I think it’s really a lot of fun if and when you can get these guys both motivated and fired up about a project and doing stuff,” said Dunn. “There is a room full of producers when that happens – they all have input. They’ll step up and go, ‘Well, this is just not another session. We’re not just playing songs for some producer doing records.”

The two-time Grammy Award winner said he was just excited about being around a group of folks who loved to produce and make great music and said many of the recording sessions felt like old-school jam sessions.

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Kix Brooks, left, and Ronnie Dunn of the country music duo Brooks & Dunn, talk about their decision to stop performing together as they answer questions from the audience during a television taping in Nashville, Tenn., on Aug. 12, 2009. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

“They wouldn’t leave once we started. Usually, they’ll cut a song or two and they’ll all go out to the lounge or something and hang out and they’ll come back, a few more minutes and you call ’em back to cut another one or whatever, but everybody flooded into the control room and it was like it was chaos in there,” Dunn recollected.

“One guy is telling stories about how his uncle was in on the mixing of the 10cc song, ‘I’m Not In Love,’ so all that stuff is going on at the same time and it’s really a blast. It’s like, if there is any way that you can create that environment every day to cut a record, I would say that’s the perfect way to do it.”

A recent inductee into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Dunn can now add one more accolade to his jacket. He and his crooning partner Kix Brooks will be inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame in October, an honor Dunn said he still can’t wrap his head around.

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“Kix [Brooks] and I were in a meeting in my barn, but it was storming like mad and two women came up, then they came in and I didn’t recognize them – Kix knew them from, I guess the Hall of Fame and our manager was there,” Dunn explained of the moment he and Brooks received news their country music legacy would be cemented forever. “And, I’m thinking well, how odd, you didn’t say anything about anyone coming over and Clarence, my manager stopped and he said, ‘Hey, why don’t y’all tell the guys what you’re here for,’ And I’m still going, ‘I don’t know who or where they’re from,” he joked.

“It was storming like mad – so first of all, I’m thinking they probably had to swim back here,” quipped Dunn. “And they said, ‘Well, we’re just here to let you know that you’re being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October,’ and I was numb.”

He continued: “Then there was a long pause – a moment of silence and I think they were obviously waiting to see what the reaction was going to be, you know. And both Kix and I just looked at one another, then looked away and kind of went, ‘Oh, wow – cool.’ We didn’t know what to say. I still don’t know what to say. You know, this was a month or two ago and now that the official induction is in October, I don’t know what I’m going to say.”

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Dunn joked that while he has an innate ability to write and record hit songs, he “can’t put a sentence together when I’m talking.”

“I’ll be out walking around or something somewhere and I’ll keep it low when I’m writing stuff down, but I don’t know,” said Dunn. “Kix is like – I call him the Churchill of country music, he’s a great orator. It’s gonna be politically correct and right down the pike, he’s gonna hit all the bullet points, it’s gonna be perfect and I’m going to stumble through it and I don’t know what I’ll do.”

Dunn released his new cover of George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning” on Friday. The singer and photographer will release two new singles every four weeks (one country and one rock) leading up to the album’s launch in January 2020.

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Missouri mother of 6 feeds hungry children in her neighborhood, report says

A Missouri mother of six is reportedly feeding hundreds of children in need in St. Louis.

Champale Anderson, of North St. Louis, has been feeding children living in poverty in her neighborhood for five years, KTVI-TV reported.

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The health care provider told the television station she has an open-door policy on school days for children in the community, where they can knock on her door before and after school for snack.

“I was noticing how the kids, they would always be hungry,” Anderson said.

She added: “They get off the bus and they just take off running because they never know what I have in the bag. I switch it up. Sometimes I give them special treats for my special babies.”

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Champale Anderson has a sign outside her home promoting the free snacks from the kids in the neighborhood. (KTVI-TV)

She told the station the bags are filled with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cookies, fruit, vegetables, juice and snacks.

“It makes me proud and I want to keep it going. My goal is to, I want to go to different neighborhoods and give out bags,” Anderson said.

She said she prepares about 100 bags a day for the children, and sometimes has to unexpectedly make a few more.

“I am going to start doing some extra ones now. Maybe about 150,” Anderson said.

She has a sign outside her home promoting the free snacks from the kids in the neighborhood.

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Anderson told KTVI that she lives by a quote by Mother Teresa: “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

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Tom Basile: George W. Bush ‘family’ reunion included THIS critical message

There is a combative, acerbic tone to our politics today. My friends in Washington, D.C. say it’s a darker place than when I was there almost 20 years ago. There is less unity, less collegiality, and shockingly even less patriotism.

For a couple of days this past weekend a family reunion (of sorts) in our nation’s capital hit the pause button on the caustic tone and tenor. People came by the hundreds, from 47 states, to celebrate the patriarch of an extended political family: the 43rd president of the United States, George W. Bush.

The family that gathered was comprised of the hundreds of campaign and administration officials who tethered their lives to President Bush in the tumultuous first decade of this century. I was honored to be a part of it. It’s been more than ten years since Bush left office but the Bush Center’s alumni association brings us together from time to time to renew old friendships.

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There were dozens of intimate house parties, cocktail receptions and bars filled with old friends from the political trenches. Thanks to this rather odd political family, Washington had a little more laughter, smiles, embraces and even some tears as the years and miles melted away for a few short hours.

There were videos and photos of those bygone days on screens throughout the rooms where people congregated. There were stories of our raucous younger years and plenty of scrolling through photos of children and grandchildren who were only dreams when we served together in government.

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One man made this far-flung group a family. One man drew us to him in such a way that we felt compelled to leave our homes, schools, communities and comfortable careers to join him on a fantastic and uniquely American journey. I assume every administration’s staff feels that way – or at least it should.

Bush reminded us in strong terms that we must keep serving America in whatever capacity we could. Protecting freedom requires us all to accept the proposition that this nation can be better tomorrow than it is today because of our individual contributions to that advancement. 

We were happy warriors. We were mission-focused, hard-charging, stressed-out, frustrated, and relentless in our work. We battled with a biased press in the days before people lost themselves in social media.

And we knew that we were serving not just one man but an institution, which served all Americans. The president himself reminded us of that often.

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As we reminisced, we were transported back to a time when each of us was part of what I liked to call “the great American adventure” – a journey that took us from the fields of Iowa, to the streets of Florida, to the White House and around the world.

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Together as a team we faced a series of national and global events none of us could have anticipated when we became part of the family: the Sept. 11 attacks, the Global War on Terrorism, Afghanistan, Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, the financial crisis, to name a few.

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But this wasn’t just a reunion. There was a message. It didn’t come to me until we all gathered to hear President Bush on Saturday night.

In between jokes about his grandchildren and post-presidency life, Bush reminded us in strong terms that we must keep serving America in whatever capacity we could. Protecting freedom requires us all to accept the proposition that this nation can be better tomorrow than it is today because of our individual contributions to that advancement.

This family reunion was a reminder that a little bit of class and courtesy can go a long way. That any measure of success is never achieved alone. That America is still at its best when ordinary people pull together to do extraordinary things.

The message to our American family is the same: Each of us must find a way to use our God-given talents, intellect and capabilities to ensure that this nation continues to be driven by optimism, opportunity, freedom and individual liberty. Whether in politics or some other form of service, Americans must live by the old axiom, “Of those to whom much is given, much is required.” Improving the human condition at home and in the far reaches of creation is only achievable with an America that is steadfast in protecting its own formula for greatness.

As we went our separate ways we were inspired. Some colleagues will head to work this week for President Trump’s administration. Some will head back to the private sector far from Washington. Some will go home and talk to their grandchildren about the time they served the president of the United States.

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All of us would do right to carry the message that we are all servants of this great experiment we call America. It will take all our effort in these days to keep it free.

Thank you, Mr. President.

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Two sisters make Army history after both attain general’s rank

For the first time in the US Army‘s 244 year history, two sisters have attained the rank of general.

Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett and her younger sister, Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi, grew up in a military family. Their father, Ruston Lodi, served in World War II and received the Silver Star.

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Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett poses with Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi during then Col. Lodi’s promotion ceremony at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, VA on 12 July 2019.

Both have impressive resumes: Maj. Gen. Barrett is the Commanding General of NETCOM, while Brig. Gen. Lodi is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations at the Office of the Surgeon General, USA Today reports.

But while fathers and sons have risen to general in the past, the Army believes this pair are the first sisters with the distinction.

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Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett presenting Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi a beret with one-star rank insignia as a tribute to the history of women serving in the Army and the historic moment of sisters serving together as General Officers.

“Maj. Gen. Maria Barrett and Brig. Gen. Paula Lodi represent the best America has to offer,” said Acting Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy. “However, this comes as no surprise to those who have known them and loved them throughout this extraordinary journey. This is a proud moment for their families and for the Army.”

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