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Why The Soldier Killed In Orlando Could Receive A Purple Heart
The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, witnessed the worst mass shooting in U.S. history on June 12. Among the 49 killed in what the the White House and the Justice Department have deemed an act of terrorism, is Army Reserve Capt. Antonio D. Brown.
Now, the Army will decide if Brown will receive a Purple Heart, the medal reserved for U.S. service members killed or wounded in actions against the enemy.
According to Army Times, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Jerry Pionk said the branch “will need the facts and clarifications from law enforcement to make future determination.”
There is, however, precedent for awarding the Purple Heart in cases of military personnel shootings, as well as international acts of terrorism.
Earlier this year, Airman Spencer Stone received the medal after subduing a gunmen and being stabbed in the Paris, France attack perpetrated by the Islamic State. Stone was on vacation in Europe at the time, and like Brown, was not operating in a military capacity.
In addition, the military personnel killed in the Chattanooga and Fort Hood attacks led officials to look at the valor awards process. As a result, four Marines and one sailor were given Purple Hearts posthumously after the Chattanooga shooting — an attack that was determined to be inspired by al Qaeda.
In 2014, the National Defense Authorization Act also added a section to federal law that allows the military branches to award Purple Hearts to those injured or killed in an attack made by a foreign terrorist organization.
Authorities are still investigating Orlando shooter Omar Mir Seddique Mateen relationship with the Islamic State. However, he did call 911 to pledge allegiance to the terrorist group in the midst of the attack.
The fact that Brown was off duty and out of uniform may still factor into the Army’s decision to award him a Purple Heart, however. Regardless, the Army will likely not be able to rule on the issue until police investigations have ended.
The USS Eagle 56 was only five miles off the coast of Maine when it exploded.
The World War I-era patrol boat split in half, then slipped beneath the surface of the North Atlantic. The Eagle 56 had been carrying a crew of 62. Rescuers pulled 13 survivors from the water that day. It was April 23, 1945, just two weeks before the surrender of Nazi Germany.
The U.S. Navy classified the disaster as an accident, attributing the sinking to a blast in the boiler room. In 2001, that ruling was changed to reflect the sinking as a deliberate act of war, perpetuated by German submarine U-853, a u-boat belonging to Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine.
Still, despite the Navy's effort to clarify the circumstances surrounding the sinking, the Eagle 56 lingered as a mystery. The ship had sunk relatively close to shore, but efforts to locate the wreck were futile for decades. No one could find the Eagle 56, a small patrol ship that had come so close to making it back home.
Then, a group of friends and amateur divers decided to try to find the wreck in 2014. After years of fruitless dives and intensive research, New England-based Nomad Exploration Team successfully located the Eagle 56 in June 2018.
Business Insider spoke to two crew members — meat truck driver Jeff Goodreau and Massachusetts Department of Corrections officer Donald Ferrara — about their discovery.
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Blindfolded and nearly out of breath, Tice spoke in Arabic before breaking into English:"Oh Jesus. Oh Jesus."
That was from a video posted on YouTube on Sept. 26, 2012, several weeks after Tice went missing near Damascus, Syria, while working as a freelance journalist for McClatchy and the Washington Post.
Now that Tice has been held in captivity for more than seven years, reporters who have regular access to President Donald Trump need to start asking him how he is going to bring Tice home.
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Sometimes a joke just doesn't work.
For example, the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service tweeted and subsequently deleted a Gilbert Gottfried-esque misfire about the "Storm Area 51" movement.
On Friday DVIDSHUB tweeted a picture of a B-2 bomber on the flight line with a formation of airmen in front of it along with the caption: "The last thing #Millenials will see if they attempt the #area51raid today."