Archive for April 11th, 2008

Gathering of Eagles

Fighting the Insurgency at Home

Updated 4/15/2008


The Patchogue-Medford High School will be renamed

Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial High School

See the video here.


Support Popular Effort to Rename Patchogue-Medford High School
for Medal of Honor Hero Lt. Michael P. Murphy

Who: Patchogue-Medford School District
What: Board of Education Meeting
Where: Medford Elementary School
281 Medford Ave., Patchogue, NY
When: Monday, April 14, 2008

We need as many as possible to come to the Board meeting on Monday night as a show of support for the popular effort to rename the Patchogue-Medford High School in the name of Lt. Michael P. Murphy, Patchogue’s native son, a graduate of that same school, and Long Island’s Medal of Honor Hero.

The local school board, led by Superintendent of Schools Michael H. Mostow, has not looked favorably on the popular request, and it is said that Supervisor Mostow is unpatriotic and does not like the military. He has attempted several times to have the High School Junior ROTC program shut down.

The object of attending the board meeting is to request that the Board of Education hold an open public vote of the board members on the motion to rename the High School. This public vote will allow the community to know who is supporting or blocking the effort. The larger the crowd demanding a vote the more likely the board will accede to the request.

For anyone not able to attend Monday, please send an email to Superintendent of Schools Michael H. Mostow and the entire Board of Education at:

Requesting that the Board of Education:

  1. Hold a public vote on the measure to rename the Patchogue-Medford High School in honor of Lt. Michael P. Murphy.
  2. That the Board of Education and the Superintendent cease and desist from any and all efforts to close down or interfere with the Junior ROTC program at the Patchogue-Medford High School including after the name is changed to the Lt. Michael P. Murphy Memorial High School.

For a Biography of Lt. Michael P. Murphy visit this site:

Dan Maloney
NY State Coordinator
Gathering of Eagles

Michael Yon has an out standing Opinion article in the Wall Street Journal today which deserves careful reading. Particularly by those who would urge us to cut and run from the war on terrorism in Iraq. Michael also has a new book out now “Moment of Truth in Iraq” which is excellent reading. Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit, suggests that folks buy two copies. One for themselves and one to send to their congress critter. I agree.

In the same vein, the New York Times, not noted for printing positive reviews of our war effort, prints an article this morning on “Violence leaves young Iraqis doubting clerics“.

The common thread of both articles is a fundamental sea change in Iraqi perceptions. Most Iraqis have always seen our overthrow of the murderous Saddam Hussein regime as a good thing, but there have been those both from inside and outside the country agitating the people against the American ‘occupiers’.

The Michael Yon book describes the increasing hatred of Iraqis toward Al-Qaeda and other Islamofascist terrorist intruders into their country. The NY Times article describes the increasing disillusionment with the clerics who espouse violence and sharia law from within the country. Both illustrate the undeniable fact that our persistence and resolve are winning the Iraqis to our side and sowing the seeds of democracy in a region where it is virtually unknown.

Getting back to Michael Yon’s editorial, he makes the case that those who demand that we reduce our presence in Iraq are fighting yesterday’s war. They are not taking into account the remarkable progress and change that is taking place on the ground in Iraq. They would snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

3rd Annual Walk of Honor

Gathering of Eagles
Fighting the Insurgency at Home
3rd Annual Walk of Honor

Who: 1st Lt. Ronald Winchester, USMC
KIA Sept, 3, 2004, Al Anbar Province
1st Bat, 7th Reg, 1st Marine Division
What: Walk of Honor/Pub Crawl
Where: Rockville Centre, Long Island
When: Saturday, April 12, 2008
2pm to 8pm and beyond

1st Lt. Ron Winchester, a graduate of Chaminade High School and the U.S. Naval Academy was a resident of Rockville Centre. He was killed at the beginning of his second deployment in Al Anbar province, Iraq.

Proceeds from this event are donated to the 1st Marine Division Scholarship Fund for children who have lost one parent in Iraq or Afghanistan and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Donation: $20.00

2-4pm Stingers Pub 300 Sunrise Highway (South side)
4-6pm RJ Daniels 279 Sunrise Highway (North side)
6-8pm Cannon’s Blackthorn 48 N. Village Ave
8-?pm Kasey’s 23 North Park Ave.

Drive safely.
Parking is available in lot behind RJ Daniels by railroad.

Contributions in 1st Lt. Winchester’s name may be sent to:

1st Marine Division Scholarship Fund, Inc.
In memory of 1st Lt. Ronald Winchester
410 Pier View Way
Oceanside, CA 92054

 Read the Report on this event here.

Gathering of Eagles
Fighting the Insurgency at Home
Veterans and Heroes Rally

Who: Lee Zeldin, Vets for Freedom, Andrew Wilkow
What: Rally for Veterans and Troops
Where: Bald Hill Cultural Park Ampitheatre
5 South Bicycle Path, Farmingville, NY
When: Saturday, April 12, 2008
11:30am to 1:30pm

Come out and meet Lee Zeldin, Iraq Veteran and candidate for Congress, Pete Hegseth, Iraq Veteran and Executive Director of Vets for Freedom, and Andrew Wilkow, National Radio Talk Show Host and Troop Supporter.

Lee Zeldin

Lee Zeldin is a Captain in the United States Army Reserves. In September 2003, Lee reported for duty with the Military Intelligence Corps at Fort Huachuca, Arizona – on the Mexican border – where he saw first hand the workings of our Border Patrol Agents. Lee transitioned to the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, in March 2004, and shortly thereafter was re-assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In the summer of 2006, Lee was deployed to Iraq, with an infantry battalion of fellow paratroopers, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and served on the front lines. He resides in Shirley with his wife Diana and their 1-year-old identical twin daughters, Mikayla and Arianna.

Pete Hegseth

Pete Hegseth served in Iraq with the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division for their deployment to Iraq from 2005-2006. Pete served as an infantry Platoon Leader in Baghdad during the nationwide elections in October and December 2005, and as a Civil-Military Operations officer in Samarra. He also served in Guantanamo Bay for a year on a security mission with his National Guard unit and currently serves in the 1-69 Infantry, New York Army National Guard as a Captain. Pete holds the Bronze Star for his time in Iraq. He is a Minnesota native and graduate of Princeton University. He lives with his wife in New York City.

Andrew Wilkow
Andrew Wilkow is a conservative radio talk show host on the Sirius Radio Patriot Channel. He is the founder of the Wilkow Majority and a contributor to the Conservative Punk weblog. His three hour radio show airs from Noon to 3pm, monday through Friday. Andrew also substitutes for Mark Levin the popular WABC talk radio host.

Read the report on this action here.