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  • 10/07/2010 5:14 PM | Anonymous

    Army Times (Thursday Oct 7, 2010 16:30:30 EDT) Under intense fire, Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller called for his battle buddies to fall back, but he advanced undefined and sacrificed his life to save theirs.

    “It has been said that courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point,” President Obama said in a solemn White House Medal of Honor ceremony Oct. 6.

    “For Rob Miller, the testing point came nearly three years ago in an Afghan valley. The courage he displayed that day reflects every virtue that defined his life.”

    The president gave Miller’s parents, Phil and Maureen Miller, their son’s posthumous Medal of Honor, the military’s highest decoration. More than 100 of Miller’s friends and loved ones were there, along with Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen and Army Secretary John McHugh. The commander in chief told Miller’s story, praised him as a hero and recognized the military’s special operations forces across all branches.

    “These warriors are the best of the best, in an era that prizes celebrity and status, they are quiet professionals, never seeking the spotlight,” said Obama. “In a time of war, they have borne a burden far beyond their small numbers.”

    Miller, 24, was a weapons sergeant with A Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), of Fort Bragg, N.C., when he died in a remote part of northwest Afghanistan.

    Obama said Miller, growing up in Wheaton, Ill., was “wise beyond his years” and a “born leader.” The president told of how Miller wrote a poem about American soldiers fighting in World War II, men whom Miller would later emulate.

    “Men, like the soldier he would become himself, who he said, ‘fought day and night, fighting for what they thought was right,’” Obama said.

    Obama recognized Miller’s parents and seven siblings, including his brother Tom, who is training to become a Green Beret.

    Obama asked Miller’s teammates from A Company to stand and be recognized, and they received a standing ovation.

    Surrounded by insurgents

    Before dawn Jan. 25, 2008, Miller was on his second tour of Afghanistan when he and his team encountered Taliban fighters while on a foot patrol.

    After the team had attacked a Taliban compound with little resistance, the soldiers ran into a near-ambush on a narrow mountain trail. Miller undefined a Pashto speaker undefined was at the lead with a group of Afghan fighters, when “the whole valley seemed to explode with gunfire,” Obama said. “Bullets and rocket-propelled grenades rained down from every direction.”

    Surrounded by more than 100 insurgents, Miller radioed in enemy positions and coordinated the Afghan fighters.

    “Rob made a decision; he called for his team to fall back, and then he did something extraordinary,” Obama said, “Rob moved in the other direction, toward the enemy, drawing their guns away from his team and bringing the fire of all those insurgents upon himself.”

    Amid ferocious fighting, Miller seemed to disappear into the billowing dust. Still his teammates heard him calling enemy positions into his radio and the sound of his weapon as he provided cover for them.

    “Then, over the radio, they heard his voice undefined he had been hit,” Obama said. “But still he kept calling out enemy positions, still he kept firing, still he kept throwing his grenades. Then they heard it, Rob’s weapon fell silent.”

    Two soldiers braved the gunfire to aid Miller at the end, Obama said. Those soldiers were forced back, but determined to bring Miller home, the team braved more casualties to retrieve him. Five members of the patrol were wounded.

    “One of his teammates surely spoke for all of them when he said, ‘I would not be alive today if not for his ultimate sacrifice,’” Obama said.

    The president suggested Miller’s parents might eventually take comfort in the thought that their son gave his life protecting his friends and defending his country.

    “You gave your oldest son to America, and America is forever in your debt,” he said.

    Miller’s parents read a brief statement after the ceremony in which they recognized other fallen soldiers and their parents, in perhaps an oblique reference to the low number of Medal of Honor recipients. There have been seven recipients since the start of the current wars; an eighth Medal of Honor will be awarded to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, the only living recipient from the wars.

    “We are very proud and grateful that Rob showed such courage, and we are very humbled and grateful to receive his Medal of Honor,” Maureen Miller said. “We know there are other parents who have dealt with loss, there are others who have not received the recognition that they truly deserve, but we appreciate their service and sacrifice, and hope more will be recognized.”

  • 10/03/2010 5:23 AM | Anonymous

    A memorial service will be held at Evergreen Lutheran Church at 5980 Highway 73, Evergreen, CO on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, at 2:30 p.m., followed by burial with full military honors at Evergreen Memorial Park, 26624 N. Turkey Creek Road, Evergreen, Colorado 80439.

    Memorial gifts can be made in Grider’s name to Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp, 107 S. 9th St., Suite B, Canon City, CO 81212;or to Casas por Cristo, P.O. Box 971070, El Paso, TX 79997

    Grider is survived by his wife, Brittany Grider of Carthage, N.C., daughter Katie-Anne of Raleigh, N.C., and his parents Ron Grider of Brighton, Ill. and Rita Grider of St. Louis, Ill.


    Original story: Fort Bragg soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Ronald A. Grider, killed during combat operations in Afghanistan (September 21, 2010)

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, Sept. 20, 2010) – A Special Operations Soldier was killed Sept. 18 during a combat operation in Konduz Province, Afghanistan.

    Sgt. 1st Class Ronald A. Grider, 30, was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, N.C.

    Grider was born in Alton, Ill. and graduated from Civic Memorial High School in Bethalto, Ill. in 1998.  Grider enlisted in the U.S. Army as an infantryman on Aug. 18, 1998. 

    Airborne qualified, he served with the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, N.C., as a grenadier, rifleman and scout team leader.  Also during this time, Grider attended and graduated from ranger school. 

    Once Ranger qualified, he served with the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga., as a rifle team leader and squad leader where he deployed once to Afghanistan and three times to Iraq. 

    In November 2005, Grider was assigned as a special operations team member, U.S. Army Special Operations Command where he deployed an additional four times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.

    He was posthumously awarded his third Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

    Grider is survived by his wife, Brittany Grider of Carthage, N.C., daughter Katie-Anne of Raleigh, N.C., and his parents Ron Grider of Brighton, Ill. and Rita Grider of St. Louis, Ill.


    Sgt. 1st Class Ronald A. Grider was born in Alton, Ill. on Sept. 18, 1980. He enlisted in the U.S. Army as an Infantryman on Aug. 18, 1998.

    After completing Infantry One Station Unit Training and Basic Airborne School, Grider was assigned to Charlie Company, 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, Fort Bragg, N.C. where he served for three years as a grenadier and a rifleman.

    In the spring of 2000, he attended 82nd Airborne Division Pre-Ranger Course, subsequently attending and graduating from Ranger School in May 2000.

    Grider was assigned as a scout team leader in March 2002 to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Bn., 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and served in this capacity for seven months before being reassigned to Fort Benning, Ga.

    In October 2002, Grider was assigned as a rifle team leader to Co. A, 1st Bn., 75th Ranger Regiment, transitioning to squad leader in October 2004. While assigned to Alpha Company, Grider deployed once to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom and three times to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

    Grider was assigned in November 2005 as a special operations team member, United States Army Special Operations Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C. For five years he performed this duty, deploying four times to Operation Iraqi Freedom and once more to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.

    Grider’s military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Pre Ranger Course, Ranger School, Warrior Leader Course, Static Line Jumpmaster, Ranger Breacher and Master Breacher Courses, Advanced Land Navigation Course, Sapper Leader Course, Department of Defense High Risk Survival Course, Military Free Fall Course, Infantry Advanced Leader’s Course, and Infantry Senior Leader’s Course. Grider is a 1998 graduate of Civic Memorial High School in Bethalto, Ill.

    Grider’s awards include two Bronze Star Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Valor Device, three Army Commendation Medals , five Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (fourth award), National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, the Iraq Campaign Medal with six Bronze Service Stars, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with numeral three, Army Service Ribbon, Ranger Tab, Sapper Tab, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and five Overseas Service Bars and the Valorous Unit Award.

    Grider was posthumously awarded his third Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

  • 10/03/2010 5:13 AM | Anonymous

    FORT BENNING, Ga. undefined The Department of the Army announced Thursday that MG Robert Brown will become the new commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning.

    Currently the chief of staff for United States Army Europe in Heidelberg, Germany, MG Brown will replace MG Michael Ferriter.

    The change of command ceremony is set for 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park.

    MG Brown’s command experience includes that as commander of D Company, 1st Battalion, 10th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, at Fort Carson, Colo.; commander of 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment (Mechanized), 1st Cavalry Division, at Fort Hood, Texas, and Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and commander of 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, at Fort Lewis, Wash., and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was also the deputy commanding general of the 25th Infantry Division in Mosul, Iraq.

    “General Brown is an outstanding Soldier and leader and friend and is the perfect choice to lead Fort Benning as we complete the transition to the Maneuver Center of Excellence,” said MG Ferriter. “Major General Brown brings a wealth of experience, positive energy, and a diverse background with service in Haiti, Bosnia and most recently in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I know that he and Patti will have a significantly positive impact on the Fort Benning community.”

    MG Ferriter’s next assignment is pending announcement.

  • 09/30/2010 9:40 PM | Anonymous

    WASHINGTON undefined Henry Kissinger, who helped steer Vietnam policy during the war's darkest years, said Wednesday he is convinced that "most of what went wrong in Vietnam we did to ourselves" undefined beginning with underestimating the tenacity of North Vietnamese leaders.

    Offering a somber assessment of the conflict, which ended in 1975 with the humiliating fall of Saigon, Kissinger lamented the anguish that engulfed a generation of Americans as the war dragged on.

    And he said the core problem for the U.S. was that its central objective of preserving an independent, viable South Vietnamese state was unachievable undefined and that the U.S. adversary was unbending.

    "America wanted compromise," he said. "Hanoi wanted victory."

    Kissinger spoke at a State Department conference on the history of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia. The department in recent months has published a series of reports, based on newly declassified documents, covering U.S. decision-making on Vietnam in the final years of the war.

    Kissinger was national security adviser and secretary of state under President Richard M. Nixon and continued in the role of chief diplomat during the administration of President Gerald R. Ford.

    In introducing Kissinger, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton undefined who opposed the war as a college student and has written that she held contradictory feelings about expressing her opposition undefined spoke in broad terms about how the conflict influenced her generation's view of the world.

    "Like everyone in those days, I had friends who enlisted undefined male friends who enlisted undefined were drafted, resisted, or became conscientious objectors; many long, painful, anguished conversations," she said. "And yet, the lessons of that era continue to inform the decisions we make."

    Kissinger offered a more personal, extensive assessment of the war that killed more than 58,000 U.S. servicemen.

    He said he regretted that what should have been straightforward disagreements over the U.S. approach to Vietnam became "transmuted into a moral issue undefined first about the moral adequacy of American foreign policy altogether and then into the moral adequacy of America."

    "To me, the tragedy of the Vietnam war was not that there were disagreements undefined that was inevitable, given the complexity of the (conflict) undefined but that the faith of Americans in each other became destroyed in the process," he said.

    He called himself "absolutely unreconstructed" on that point.

    "I believe that most of what went wrong in Vietnam we did to ourselves," he said, adding, "I would have preferred another outcome undefined at least another outcome that was not so intimately related to the way that we tore ourselves apart."

    In hindsight, Kissinger said, it is clear just how steadfast the North Vietnamese communists were in their goal of unification of the North and the South, having defeated their French colonial rulers in 1954.

    Historians are coming to the same conclusion.

    In his account of the conflict, "Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945-1975," military historian John Prados wrote, "The (North) had a well-defined goal undefined reunification of the country undefined and an absolute belief in its cause."

    Kissinger credited his North Vietnamese adversary in the peace negotiations undefined Le Duc Tho undefined with skillfully and faithfully carrying out his government's instructions to outmaneuver the Americans.

    "He operated on us like a surgeon with a scalpel undefined with enormous skill," Kissinger said.

    Washington and Hanoi signed a peace accord in January 1973, and Kissinger and Tho were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace prize that year for their role in the negotiation. Tho declined the award.

    The peace accords provided a way out of Vietnam for the U.S., but it left South Vietnam vulnerable to a communist takeover.

    "We knew it was a precarious agreement," Kissinger said, and that the conflict was not really over. But Washington also was convinced that the South Vietnamese could hold off the communists, barring an all-out invasion.

    Kissinger joked that his long negotiating sessions with Tho took a heavy and lasting toll.

    "I would look a lot better if I had never met him," he said.

    A flavor of the negotiating difficulties is revealed in a newly declassified transcript of a meeting between Kissinger and Tho in Paris on May 21, 1973, in which they discussed problems implementing the peace accords.

    "We have been meeting for only 45 minutes and already you have totally confused us," Kissinger told Tho.

    To which Tho replied: "No, you are not confused yourself. You make the problem confused."

    By Robert Burns - The Associated Press
    Posted : Wednesday Sep 29, 2010 18:11:44 EDT

  • 09/30/2010 9:30 PM | Anonymous

    Fort Benning - Country recording artist Keni Thomas, a former U.S. Army Ranger, will cap a day of honoring U.S. troops Saturday at Jay Auto Mall on Whittlesey Road in Columbus.

    The event, billed as the “Ranger Roundup,” is also a fund-raiser for the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment Memorial at Fort Benning.

    Activities begin at 7 a.m. with the Lake Oliver Big Bass Rodeo.

    The competition runs through 2 p.m. with the winner receiving an $1,800 prize for landing the largest fish.

    A Mogadishu 5-kilometer run starts at 9 a.m., while a hamburger grilling contest is at 11 a.m.

    Thomas is scheduled to perform at 5 p.m.

    Those wishing to attend the event should register before Saturday at www.jayautomall.com.

    For more information, call 1-866-997-7411.

  • 09/21/2010 4:51 PM | Anonymous

    A viewing on Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Cottonwood Heights 7th Ward, 2522 E. 6710 S. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, September 25, 2010, 11:00 a.m. at Cottonwood Heights 7th Ward, 2522 E. 6710 S. A viewing will be held, 10:00-10:45 a.m. prior to service. Interment Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Fallen Warrior Charitable Fund in the name of Aaron Kramer at any Zion's Bank. Online guest book at www.jenkins-soffe.com


    COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS - A Utah man serving with the Army's 101st Airborne Division was killed during a firefight in Afghanistan on Thursday, according to members of his family.

    Sgt. Aaron Kramer, 22, was wounded during a gunfight Thursday morning and was being evacuated by helicopter to a hospital in Kabul when he died from his wounds, the family said.

    His twin brother, Brandon, also a ranger-qualified airborne infantryman, recently returned from a tour in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division and flew with his parents to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to accompany his brother's body home.

    The Defense Department had not officially announced the Utah sergeant's death as of Friday afternoon.

    The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001 convinced both of the Kramer brothers to serve their country in the military, said their older sister, Jennifer Schroader. Aaron Kramer was 13 at the time.

    "Aaron went in first and passed his Ranger school tests the first time," she said. "Brandon also passed the first time. It's a hard thing to do, but almost unheard of for brothers to go through and pass the first time."

    Aaron Kramer had already served a tour in Iraq and was married this spring just before he shipped out for Afghanistan. His wife, Jackie, lives in Wisconsin.

    The street leading to the cul-de-sac where the Kramer family lives was lined Friday with 106 American flags, placed by the Boy Scouts to honor Aaron. Another 20 flags lined the front of the house, and a flagpole in the yard had its banner at half-staff.

    "He wasn't just Aaron undefined he was 'Aaron and Brandon,' because until they joined the Army, they were always together. It was just one name undefined Aaron and Brandon," said the men's aunt Sharlene Elmer. She said it was unusual to see the boys wearing anything besides Army fatigues when they were younger. "It wasn't until they got out of basic training that they came home and said, 'I need some normal clothes to wear.' "

    Aaron Kramer's parents, Shannon and Richard Kramer, are expected to return home from Delaware this evening. The family has not yet received official word of when their son's body will arrive in Utah.

    Schroader, who lives with her husband and two sons in Las Vegas, greeted a steady stream of family and neighbors at her parents' house Friday. "I'm so thankful my phone has been ringing nonstop," she said. "I want people to know what an amazing brother he was, what an amazing husband, what an amazing uncle he was to my two boys."

    Kramer's father is an Army veteran, and his maternal grandfather was a navigator on a B-29 during World War II. Aaron Kramer and Brandon Kramer started training with the Reserve Officer Training Corps in high school. "Once service to their country was planted in their hearts, there was just no turning back," Elmer said. "They're both so tender-hearted; it made it harder for us to picture them in the Army."

    Funeral plans have not yet been announced.


  • 09/21/2010 2:12 PM | Anonymous

    1st Lt. Todd William Weaver, 26, was killed in action in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Sept. 9. He died while leading his platoon and protecting the freedoms of the family, friends, and country he loved.

    Lt. Weaver’s short life was full, happy, and exceptionally accom­plished. A veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was a decorated officer with an extremely bright future in the military. A lifelong world traveler, he had lived and journeyed across five continents.

    A brilliant scholar, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the College of William & Mary in 2008.  He was also a graduate of Bruton High School, where as a quarterback and baseball star he excelled at athletics as well as academics.

    Lt. Weaver touched countless lives with his love and light, and many remain to find ways of carrying on his example of courage, determination, and selflessness. In 2008 he married Emma, also a graduate of Bruton High as well as Radford University, Class of 2006. Their daughter, Kiley Honoria Nell, celebrated her first birthday while he was deployed in Kandahar.

    Siblings Glenn, Adrianna, and Kristina mourn the loss of their baby brother. Parents Donn and Jeanne grieve for their child.

    He was a beloved uncle to Silvia, Stephen, Rachel, Ethan, Daniel, Finn, and Astrid, and a best friend to many.

    Memorial Service:

    Saturday, September 25, 2010

    Williamsburg Community Chapel

    3899 John Tyler Highway

    Williamsburg, VA 23185-2400

    (757) 229-7152

    The church will open at 1 p.m. and the service will begin at 2 p.m.


    Lt. Weaver will be buried with highest honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. Arrival must be no later than 2:30 p.m. All are welcome at either or both services.

    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any contributions be made to the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund (www.cfsrf.org).

    Original Story: 1st Lt. Todd W. Weaver, 101st Airborne, killed in Afghanistan (September 10, 2010 17:20:15)

    A Fort Campbell Soldier died September 9th after being struck by an improvised explosive device as he was leading a dismounted area reconnaissance in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

    1st Lt. Todd W. Weaver, 26, of Hampton, VA, was an Infantry officer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).  He joined the Army in October 2006 and arrived at Fort Campbell in April 2009.

    His awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization Device; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Air Assault Badge; Expert Infantry Badge; Parachutists Badge and the Ranger Tab.

    Weaver is survived by his wife, Emma Louise Elizabeth Weaver and daughter Kiley Honoria Nell Weaver, all of Clarksville, TN; father, Don A. Weaver and mother, Jeanne N. Weaver, both of Hampton, VA.

    A memorial service will be held in Afghanistan. Fort Campbell holds a monthly Eagle Remembrance Ceremony to honor fallen Screaming Eagles. The next ceremony will be held October 6th at 4:00pm at the Family Readiness Center.

  • 09/18/2010 10:02 PM | Anonymous

    Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 18, 2010 at Evangel United Methodist Church in Holton, KS. Burial with full military honors will be in Soldier Cemetery. He will lie in state at Mercer Funeral Home beginning Thursday until Friday at 3:00 p.m. Visitation will be Friday evening at Evangel United Methodist Church from 6:00-8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the McMahon Childrens College Fund c/o Mercer Funeral Home, Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mercerfuneralhomes.com.



    Original Story: Capt. Jason T. McMahon killed in Afghanistan (September 8, 2010 21:02:05)

    Fort Campbell, KY – A Fort Campbell Soldier died September 5th in Bagram, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with indirect fire in Jalalabad.

    Capt. Jason T. McMahon, 35, of Mulvane, KS, was an Ordnance officer commanding 744th Explosive Ordnance Company, 184th Ordnance Battalion (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), 52nd Ordnance Group, Fort Campbell, KY. He joined the Army in November 1996, gained his commission in 2006, and arrived at Fort Campbell in September 2008.

    His awards and decorations include: Bronze Star Medal; Purple Heart Medal; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Accommodation; Valorous Unit Award; Meritorious Unit Citation; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Afghanistan Expeditionary Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Air Assault Badge; Combat Action Badge; Expert Infantry Badge; Master EOD Badge; Parachutists Badge; and the Ranger Tab.

    McMahon is survived by his wife, Jennifer L. McMahon, and daughters Trinity B., McKenzie J., and Azlyn J. McMahon, all of Dover, TN; father, Ronald McMahon; and mother, Sherry McMahon, both of Mulvane, KS.

  • 09/18/2010 1:42 PM | Anonymous

    US Army Ranger Stanley S. Karboski, 93, of Amboy, New York passed away Friday, August 6, 2010 at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Syracuse NY, with his family by his side.

    Stanley was born on April 18, 1917 in Amboy, the son of Adam and Eleanora Ferdyn Karboski. He grew up working on the family farms in Amboy and Parish with his brother and three sisters and attended Cornell University College of Agriculture.  On December 8, 1951, Stanley married the former Dora Alsworth.  They enjoyed a blessed union of 58 years. 

    Stanley enlisted in the United States Army in April 1941. A distinguished military career during World War II started with his selection to serve in the 1st Ranger Battalion, a new commando style assault unit later called Darby’s Rangers after their commanding officer, Colonel William O. Darby. The first Rangers trained in Scotland with the British Commandoes and obtained notoriety and a Presidential Unit Citation for their many night attacks in the North African campaign.  As a veteran of the highly successful 1st Battalion, Stanley as a 1st SGT was assigned to the 4th Ranger Battalion as Colonel Darby trained two new Ranger battalions and led them through the numerous assault landings and battles of the Italian campaign.  Stanley was one of the few Rangers of the 1St, 3rd and 4th Battalions (Ranger Force) that returned to the Allied beachhead landing of Anzio from the Battle of Cisterna.  He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart.

    On August 8, 2007, Stanley was inducted into the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Ga. His induction citation reads:

    Ranger Stanley Karboski is inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame for his exemplary and dedicated service to Ranger and the Ranger Battalions spanning the years of World War II. Ranger Karboski’s unwavering duty to his country during a time of war is unsurpassed, and his contributions as a First Sergeant to the newly formed 4th Ranger Battalion were nothing short of remarkable.  He took his desire to defend his country to theaters of combat round the world the world. During the battle of Cisterna, Italy, German troops had Ranger Karboski’s unit pinned down. Realizing they were outnumbered, Ranger Karboski advised his company commander to move out while they still had the protection of darkness.  Only eight troops survived the next day. Ranger Karboski was severely wounded but he led the remainder of his element, with his arm nearly severed from his body, and made it 12 miles on foot to safety.  His actions that fateful day continue to inspire young Rangers and Soldiers currently serving this great nation in operations around the globe. Ranger Karboski is a true American Hero whose service to our nation is truly outstanding.

    After the war, Stanley started his own business operating GLF-Agway feed stores in Parish and Central Square, and became well known in the town basketball and baseball leagues. He remained an avid sportsman throughout his life, taking up deep woods Adirondack deer hunting and fishing trips into northern remote Canada. The Canadian fishing trips led him to exploring northern Quebec province in the Ungava Bay region for fishing and hunting, where in the early 1960’s, Stanley was one of the first outfitters to open the territory to sportsmen.  He started his own business, Whale River Outfitters, Inc. in 1965, building one of the world’s finest Atlantic salmon sport fishing camps on an island in the Whale River.  Stanley never missed a single season of going north until his illness in 2010. His son, Mike, was operating the camp when Stanley passed away and will continue the business.

    Surviving Stanley besides his beloved wife, Dora, are his children, Stephen and Mary Karboski, Deerfield, Frank and Joanne Karboski, Camden, Mike and Luciette Karboski, Williamstown, Gloria Karboski, Fernwood and Lisa and Greg Weaver, North Carolina. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Amber, Stephen, Adam, Jaclyn, Zach, Nickolas, Jarvis, Troy, Joseph, Brittney, Brianna, John and Laura.  He is also survived by his sister, Elizabeth (Betty DePaulis) and many nieces and nephews.

    Stanley was predeceased by two sisters, Sister Mary Viterba and Sister Regina, and brother, Frank Karboski.  Stanley is the second 1st Battalion Darby’s Ranger native to central New York to recently pass away this year, predeceased by his follow Ranger and long-time friend Vance Keener.

    A Memorial Service at Pleasant Lawn Cemetery, Parish, New York will be held at 10:00 a.m. on September 25, 2010 where military honors will be observed.  Immediately following graveside services, the Karboski family invites all who attend to join them at the Candlelight Restaurant, 380 S. Railroad St., Parish as they gather to share stories and laughter and commemorate Stanley’s life. 

    Stanley’s grandson, First Lieutenant Adam Karboski is assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade, Fort Lewis.  He graduated from Ranger school in July 2009 and just recently returned from deployment with his unit in Iraq in time to attend his grandfather’s memorial service.

    Directions to Pleasant Lawn Cemetery, Parish, New York.


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  • 09/11/2010 1:59 PM | Anonymous

    DES MOINES, Iowa (Courtesy of The Associated Press) undefined A 25-year-old soldier from Iowa who exposed himself to enemy gunfire to try to save two fellow soldiers will become the first living service member from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to receive the Medal of Honor, the White House announced Friday.

    President Barack Obama phoned Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, on Thursday at the base in Italy where he's stationed to tell him he'd be receiving the nation's highest military honor, Giunta's father told The Associated Press. He will become the eighth service member to receive the Medal of Honor during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The seven previous medals were awarded posthumously.

    "It's bittersweet for us," said Steven Giunta, of Hiawatha. "We're very proud of Sal. We can't mention that enough, but in this event, two other soldiers were killed and that weighs heavy on us. You get very happy and very proud and then you start dealing with the loss as well. You can't have one without the other."

    Giunta was serving as a rifle team leader with Company B 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment when an insurgent ambush split his squad into two groups on Oct. 25, 2007, in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan, the White House said in a news release.

    Giunta went above and beyond the call of duty when he exposed himself to enemy fire to pull a fellow soldier back to cover. He engaged the enemy again when he saw two insurgents carrying away another soldier, killing one insurgent and wounding the other before providing aid to the injured soldier, who died of his wounds.

    "His courage and leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his platoon's ability to defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American soldier from enemy hands," the White House said.

    Giunta, who enlisted in the Army shortly after graduating from Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids, is now stationed in Italy with the Battle Company of the 173rd Airborne Brigade. He was in his second tour of duty in Afghanistan at the time of the ambush.

    Giunta, who was previously awarded a Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among other medals, called his parents after hearing from the president, his father said.

    "He was very honored to talk to the president but he's very reserved about it," Steven Giunta said. "It's not something he's comfortable with, the event or the Medal of Honor.

    Steven Giunta said his son is humbled because he believes he was just doing what he was supposed to be doing.

    "He mentions every other soldier would have done the same thing. It kind of rocks his world that he's being awarded the Medal of Honor for something each and every one of them would have done. He's very aware of that."

    "What a privilege and honor it is and what the men have done over the years to receive it, the feat, the above and beyond portion of it, it's amazing to me," Steven Giunta said.

    Giunta will be awarded his medal at a White House ceremony at a date yet to be determined.

    The President will present the Medal of Honor posthumously to Staff Sgt. Robert Miller in a White House ceremony on Oct. 6.


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