Posts Tagged ‘Hero’

This story is just too sorry a tale of government intrusion and obfuscation to allow to pass unnoticed.

John Fitch, WWII pilot and American Hero, who is portrayed in this painting, was credited with shooting down a Messerschmidt ME-262 jet fighter in combat.

He himself was shot down near the end of the war, earning a purple heart, and spent three months in a German POW camp.  After the war he became a race car driver in Europe for Mercedes Benz.  He developed the world famous Lyme Rock racetrack in Connecticut and, in his spare time, invented those sand filled plastic crash barriers that have become ubiquitous on America’s highways.

Last year his wife passed away at the age of 91.  John is now 92 and finding himself in the fight of his life, not with health issues, but with the government bureaucracy of his home state of Connecticut.  All because he tried to do the right thing!

Read the story of how John Fitch, because he meticulously monitored his home heating fuel use, is now a pariah in his town of Litchfield, caught up in the catch 22 of dealing with government agencies which have overwhelming power but not a shred of common sense.

Full story is here.

Here’s a video introduction, from last September, to John Fitch and his Fitch Phoenix which he built on a Chevrolet Corvair chasis and which became the model for the Corvette Stingray.

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USMC Sgt Arechaga Place Sign

A number of groups participated today in honoring a fallen hero.

Sgt, Julian M. Arechaga, USMC, 1st Batt., 6th Marines, Charlie Company, 2nd Marine Division, was killed in action in Al Anbar province, Iraq, on October 9, 2006.

A large crowd gathering in Baldwin, Long Island, to pay tribute to his memory and rename the street where he grew up in his honor.

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Sgt Arechaga was a hero.  He volunteered to serve a third deployment to Iraq because he was worried about the inexperience of the Marines that were replacing his unit.  His experience and bravery under fire is credited with saving scores of Marines and Iraq civilians during engagements in Ramadhi and across Al Anbar province.

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Members of his family gave tearful remembrances of Julian, particularly his niece, whose recollections of her uncle Julian brought tears even to the eyes of hard bitten veterans.

It was an honor to stand a flag line for this Marine, whose service and sacrifice was remembered by so many.

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Among the many groups present were:  Baldwin and South Hempstead Fire Departments, American Legion, Boy Scouts, Patriot Guard Riders, Gathering of Eagles, Nassau Tea Party, Local Politicians and clergy.

More pictures here, and here.