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Patrick D Fleming was an "Army brat" and an Annapolis graduate, the only ace from the class of 1941. He did a surface tour in cruisers, then applied for flight training. He won his wings in 1943 and was promptly assigned to be an instructor. He joined VF-80 in March, 1944.

His brief fighter career demonstrated the dominance of the U.S. Navy's carriers and Hellcats in the later stages of the Pacific War. Fleming engaged only 19 targets during 6 combat missions between Nov. 5, 1944 and Feb. 17, 1945; he shot down all 19. His first kill was a Zero, over Manila, his only single victory.

Fleming's carrier, Ticonderoga (CV-14), gave aerial support to the Mindoro landings in the Philippines in mid-December 1944. At dawn on Dec. 14, the Hellcats started things with a series of fighter sweeps. "Vorse's Vipers" shot down 19 of them, four by Fleming. On Jan. 3, 1945, Fleming found and shot down 3.

As the kamikaze threat grew, the records show that Fleming scored ten with VF-80 and nine more with VBF-80.

Fleming led nine VBF-80 Grummans on a Feb. 16 fighter-bomber attack on the Mobara airfield; they successfully bombed three of its five hangars. He spotted three Zeros high above and zoomed up to engage them. Approaching from behind, he burned two immediately, then chased and exploded another pair. He also hit another from behind (for a confirmed or probable kill, depending on the source). Fleming's Navy Cross citation for the mission credited him with five kills. The next day, Feb. 17, he closed his score with four more victories over Japan. 

After the war, he served at the Navy's famous Pax River test center. In January, 1947, General Curtis LeMay invited him to transfer to the new USAF Strategic Air Command as a Lt. Col. He died in 1956 when he bailed out of a B-52, but his chute caught fire.

We honor you, Patrick Fleming.

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Patrick D Fleming was an "Army brat" and an Annapolis graduate, the only ace from the class of 1941. He did a surface tour in cruisers, then applied for flight training. He won his wings in 1943 and was promptly assigned to be an instructor. He joined VF-80 in March, 1944.

His brief fighter career demonstrated the dominance of the U.S. Navy's carriers and Hellcats in the later stages of the Pacific War. Fleming engaged only 19 targets during 6 combat missions between Nov. 5, 1944 and Feb. 17, 1945; he shot down all 19. His first kill was a Zero, over Manila, his only single victory.

Fleming's carrier, Ticonderoga (CV-14), gave aerial support to the Mindoro landings in the Philippines in mid-December 1944. At dawn on Dec. 14, the Hellcats started things with a series of fighter sweeps. "Vorse's Vipers" shot down 19 of them, four by Fleming. On Jan. 3, 1945, Fleming found and shot down 3.

As the kamikaze threat grew, the records show that Fleming scored ten with VF-80 and nine more with VBF-80.

Fleming led nine VBF-80 Grummans on a Feb. 16 fighter-bomber attack on the Mobara airfield; they successfully bombed three of its five hangars. He spotted three Zeros high above and zoomed up to engage them. Approaching from behind, he burned two immediately, then chased and exploded another pair. He also hit another from behind (for a confirmed or probable kill, depending on the source). Fleming's Navy Cross citation for the mission credited him with five kills. The next day, Feb. 17, he closed his score with four more victories over Japan.

After the war, he served at the Navy's famous Pax River test center. In January, 1947, General Curtis LeMay invited him to transfer to the new USAF Strategic Air Command as a Lt. Col. He died in 1956 when he bailed out of a B-52, but his chute caught fire.

We honor you, Patrick Fleming.

#Repost @https://acepilots.com/usn_aces.html#Stimpson
Photo @https://usnamemorialhall.org/index.php/PATRICK_D._FLEMING,_COL,_USAF

#rememberingtheone #honorvet365 #veteran #honor365 #WWII #navy #navycross #distinguishedservicemedal #silverstar #distinguishedflyingcross #navyace
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PROMOTIONAL CEREMONY – Lieutenant Robert Luft
[On December 19th], the Cherry Hill Fire Department held a Promotional Ceremony/Oath of Office at Fire Headquarters. Congratulations to Robert Luft on his promotion to Lieutenant. 

In attendance were family and friends of Lieutenant Luft,  along with fellow firefighters and fire officers of the Cherry Hill Fire Department. 

Robert joined the CHFD in 2012 graduating from the Recruit Academy Class 12-21.  He’s held assignments at Engine 1322, C Platoon and Squad 13, A Platoon.

Lt. Luft is active on numerous committees such as the Recruit Academy serving as an Engine Company Instructor Cadre, the Training Committee as well as the Chauffeur Training Program, and the Safety and Cancer Prevention Committee. He served as Treasurer from 2020-2022 on the IAFF Local 2663 Executive Board. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Fire Science from New Jersey City University and an Associates in Liberal Arts from Ocean County College.

Lt. Luft currently resides in Manahawkin, NJ with his girlfriend Katie and their daughter, Meadow, along with two dogs Honey and Otis.

The Office of the Fire Chief and the Cherry Hill Board of Fire Commissioners congratulate Lt. Luft and wish him well in his new position.

We honor you, Robert Luft.

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PROMOTIONAL CEREMONY – Lieutenant Robert Luft
[On December 19th], the Cherry Hill Fire Department held a Promotional Ceremony/Oath of Office at Fire Headquarters. Congratulations to Robert Luft on his promotion to Lieutenant.

In attendance were family and friends of Lieutenant Luft, along with fellow firefighters and fire officers of the Cherry Hill Fire Department.

Robert joined the CHFD in 2012 graduating from the Recruit Academy Class 12-21. He’s held assignments at Engine 1322, C Platoon and Squad 13, A Platoon.

Lt. Luft is active on numerous committees such as the Recruit Academy serving as an Engine Company Instructor Cadre, the Training Committee as well as the Chauffeur Training Program, and the Safety and Cancer Prevention Committee. He served as Treasurer from 2020-2022 on the IAFF Local 2663 Executive Board. He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Fire Science from New Jersey City University and an Associates in Liberal Arts from Ocean County College.

Lt. Luft currently resides in Manahawkin, NJ with his girlfriend Katie and their daughter, Meadow, along with two dogs Honey and Otis.

The Office of the Fire Chief and the Cherry Hill Board of Fire Commissioners congratulate Lt. Luft and wish him well in his new position.

We honor you, Robert Luft.

#Repost @https://www.facebook.com/CherryHillFire/posts/pfbid0QKSHaoPVH7iWmJrD48ukqTitGdWVWMZcxHPNHDLCkpGoo3HqAsHrL8v5apJyKa9ql

#rememberingtheone #honorvet365 #honor365 #firstresponder #firefighter
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On January 17, 2023 Chief Matt Johnson introduced our newest Officer Ashlee Guevara to the [Spanish Fork] City Council.  Officer Guevara was then given the Oath of Office by Mayor Mendenhall.  Officer Guevara has been an officer in New Mexico for several years and brings a vast amount of knowledge with her.  We welcome her to our SFPD team.

We honor you, Ashlee Guevara.

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 #rememberingtheone #honorvet365 #honor365 #firstresponder #LEO

On January 17, 2023 Chief Matt Johnson introduced our newest Officer Ashlee Guevara to the [Spanish Fork] City Council. Officer Guevara was then given the Oath of Office by Mayor Mendenhall. Officer Guevara has been an officer in New Mexico for several years and brings a vast amount of knowledge with her. We welcome her to our SFPD team.

We honor you, Ashlee Guevara.

#Repost @https://www.facebook.com/SpanishForkPublicSafety/posts/pfbid0F2bQpqXUhjAyL1giGdwpT92bvoZPgVBjtsDtFc1h4QRANRSVqW7gom4udWfYb6Xbl

#rememberingtheone #honorvet365 #honor365 #firstresponder #LEO
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The Mount Laurel Fire Department would like to congratulate Deputy Chief Todd C. Evans on his retirement effective January 1, 2023, after 30 plus years of service. 

Chief Evans' leadership, dedication, and professionalism have made the community of Mount Laurel safer and the Mount Laurel Fire Department better. His contributions will be far reaching and ingrained in our history.

We thank Chief Evans for his service and wish him health and happiness into his retirement. Godspeed.

We honor you, Todd Evans.

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 #rememberingtheone #honorvet365 #honor365 #firstresponder #firefighter

The Mount Laurel Fire Department would like to congratulate Deputy Chief Todd C. Evans on his retirement effective January 1, 2023, after 30 plus years of service.

Chief Evans' leadership, dedication, and professionalism have made the community of Mount Laurel safer and the Mount Laurel Fire Department better. His contributions will be far reaching and ingrained in our history.

We thank Chief Evans for his service and wish him health and happiness into his retirement. Godspeed.

We honor you, Todd Evans.

#Repost @https://www.facebook.com/MountLaurelFirefighters/posts/pfbid02rKC17cMpv9BrSrTRhdhEmUamTmyDAFL2Pk1jfLGxRgJk74giidnd21bM5xZD7eVAl

#rememberingtheone #honorvet365 #honor365 #firstresponder #firefighter
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We mourn the passing of WWII veteran Louis P. Mafrice Sr., who passed away on January 4, 2023, at the age of 100. 

Lou was born on July 28, 1922, in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Peabody High School in 1940. In 1942, Lou entered the U.S. Army to serve his country during World War II. 

Lou was an original member of the 13th Armored Division and served as a Half-Track Driver and a Radio Man for his Company's  medical team during the European campaign.  Before leaving for Europe, Lou married his sweetheart, Chesteria, to whom he was wed for nearly 73 years before her passing in 2016. Lou and Chessie lived most of their years of wedded bliss with their family in the Morningside section of Pittsburgh.

Lou was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years. A sports enthusiast all of his life, Lou was particularly active in golf and bowling leagues for decades. In addition, Lou was active in various social organizations, including the 13th Armored Division Association (2014 - President). Lou also immensely enjoyed and often could be found singing WWII-era songs when in the company of family and friends and for seniors groups in the Pittsburgh area upon joining a seniors chorale club in his neighborhood. 

Lou was a true family man, always present at dance recitals and sporting events involving his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

We honor youm Louis Mafrice Sr.

#Repost @https://www.facebook.com/WWIIMemorialFriends/posts/pfbid02a3BJ9kRx6Lwd76fsQSiNgDwHsQUJYXwDnb2WrDq37V5aDUMAH7ZCezwqQYduiNWDl

 #rememberingtheone #honorvet365 #veteran #honor365 #army #WWII

We mourn the passing of WWII veteran Louis P. Mafrice Sr., who passed away on January 4, 2023, at the age of 100.

Lou was born on July 28, 1922, in the Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Peabody High School in 1940. In 1942, Lou entered the U.S. Army to serve his country during World War II.

Lou was an original member of the 13th Armored Division and served as a Half-Track Driver and a Radio Man for his Company's medical team during the European campaign. Before leaving for Europe, Lou married his sweetheart, Chesteria, to whom he was wed for nearly 73 years before her passing in 2016. Lou and Chessie lived most of their years of wedded bliss with their family in the Morningside section of Pittsburgh.

Lou was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 30 years. A sports enthusiast all of his life, Lou was particularly active in golf and bowling leagues for decades. In addition, Lou was active in various social organizations, including the 13th Armored Division Association (2014 - President). Lou also immensely enjoyed and often could be found singing WWII-era songs when in the company of family and friends and for seniors groups in the Pittsburgh area upon joining a seniors chorale club in his neighborhood.

Lou was a true family man, always present at dance recitals and sporting events involving his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

We honor youm Louis Mafrice Sr.

#Repost @https://www.facebook.com/WWIIMemorialFriends/posts/pfbid02a3BJ9kRx6Lwd76fsQSiNgDwHsQUJYXwDnb2WrDq37V5aDUMAH7ZCezwqQYduiNWDl

#rememberingtheone #honorvet365 #veteran #honor365 #army #WWII
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Congratulations to Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Hankins!

Jason retired after 24 years of service.

A true professional, he impressively served in the following capacities:
• Heavy Rescue Specialist
• Swat Medic
• Fire Investigator
• Honor Guard
• Utah Task Force One

Thank you to Jason for the mark you’ve left on WJFD!

We honor you, Jason Hankins.

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 #rememberingtheone #honorvet365 #honor365 #firstresponder #firefighter

Congratulations to Firefighter/Paramedic Jason Hankins!

Jason retired after 24 years of service.

A true professional, he impressively served in the following capacities:
• Heavy Rescue Specialist
• Swat Medic
• Fire Investigator
• Honor Guard
• Utah Task Force One

Thank you to Jason for the mark you’ve left on WJFD!

We honor you, Jason Hankins.

#Repost @https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=546135214216586&set=a.461068842723224

#rememberingtheone #honorvet365 #honor365 #firstresponder #firefighter
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The Charlotte Observer

One soldier died and nine others were injured after lightning struck an Army post in Georgia, according to army officials.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael D. Clark, 41, died after the July 20, 2022 strike at Fort Gordon, according to a news release from the U.S. Army Reserve.

“Sgt. 1st Clark was a loving husband, father, and a Patriot who deeply loved our country,” Maj. Stephen W. Rhinehart, commander of the 933rd Forward Resuscitative Surgical Company, said in a statement. “His leadership, knowledge, experience, and love for his fellow Soldiers was immeasurable. Sgt. 1st Clark’s smile and laughter were infectious and always brought joy to everyone around him. Words will never be able to describe how much he will be missed, but his influence on our unit and Soldiers will remain forever.”

The lightning hit a Fort Gordon training area during an exercise for medical units, the release says. The exercise was designed to help units “refine their processes and medical skills in field and stressful environments.”

Of the soldiers who were injured, eight are in good condition, and one has been treated and released.

Clark of Springfield, Massachusetts, served as an operating room specialist assigned to the 933rd Forward Resuscitative Surgical Company. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve for more than 22 years and was deployed four times in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We honor you, Michael Clark.

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The Charlotte Observer

One soldier died and nine others were injured after lightning struck an Army post in Georgia, according to army officials.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael D. Clark, 41, died after the July 20, 2022 strike at Fort Gordon, according to a news release from the U.S. Army Reserve.

“Sgt. 1st Clark was a loving husband, father, and a Patriot who deeply loved our country,” Maj. Stephen W. Rhinehart, commander of the 933rd Forward Resuscitative Surgical Company, said in a statement. “His leadership, knowledge, experience, and love for his fellow Soldiers was immeasurable. Sgt. 1st Clark’s smile and laughter were infectious and always brought joy to everyone around him. Words will never be able to describe how much he will be missed, but his influence on our unit and Soldiers will remain forever.”

The lightning hit a Fort Gordon training area during an exercise for medical units, the release says. The exercise was designed to help units “refine their processes and medical skills in field and stressful environments.”

Of the soldiers who were injured, eight are in good condition, and one has been treated and released.

Clark of Springfield, Massachusetts, served as an operating room specialist assigned to the 933rd Forward Resuscitative Surgical Company. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve for more than 22 years and was deployed four times in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We honor you, Michael Clark.

#Repost @https://popularmilitary.com/soldier-killed-by-lightning-identified-as-sgt-1st-class-in-the-reserves/

#rememberingtheone #honorvet365 #veteran #honor365 #army #fallenhero
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On December 23, 2014, Police Officer Richard Stewart was on his way to work dressed in plain clothes in his personal vehicle. He observed two store clerks fighting a suspect in a parking lot. As he drove into the parking lot, he overheard one the clerks say that the suspect had a gun. The suspect yelled, “I am going to shoot you!” as he pointed the gun at the clerks. Officer Stewart immediately identified himself as a Dallas Police Officer, grabbed the suspects hand, and pointed the gun away from the store clerks. Officer Stewart and the suspect then wrestled over the gun. The suspect pointed the gun at Officer Stewart and attempted to shoot him. Officer Stewart was able to get his finger behind the trigger and prevent the gun from firing. At that time, the clerks began to hit the suspect and aid the officer. Officer Stewart gained control of the suspect. Uniformed officers arrived and handcuffed the suspect. Officer Stewart demonstrated courage in an extraordinary heroism in this extremely dangerous situation to prevent injury or possibly even death.

For this, Officer Stewart was awarded the Medal of Honor and Life Saving Awards.

We honor you, Richard Stewart.

#Repost @https://dpdbeat.com/2016/02/05/chief-brown-hosts-awards-ceremony/

 #rememberingtheone #honorvet365 #honor365 #firstresponder #LEO

On December 23, 2014, Police Officer Richard Stewart was on his way to work dressed in plain clothes in his personal vehicle. He observed two store clerks fighting a suspect in a parking lot. As he drove into the parking lot, he overheard one the clerks say that the suspect had a gun. The suspect yelled, “I am going to shoot you!” as he pointed the gun at the clerks. Officer Stewart immediately identified himself as a Dallas Police Officer, grabbed the suspects hand, and pointed the gun away from the store clerks. Officer Stewart and the suspect then wrestled over the gun. The suspect pointed the gun at Officer Stewart and attempted to shoot him. Officer Stewart was able to get his finger behind the trigger and prevent the gun from firing. At that time, the clerks began to hit the suspect and aid the officer. Officer Stewart gained control of the suspect. Uniformed officers arrived and handcuffed the suspect. Officer Stewart demonstrated courage in an extraordinary heroism in this extremely dangerous situation to prevent injury or possibly even death.

For this, Officer Stewart was awarded the Medal of Honor and Life Saving Awards.

We honor you, Richard Stewart.

#Repost @https://dpdbeat.com/2016/02/05/chief-brown-hosts-awards-ceremony/

#rememberingtheone #honorvet365 #honor365 #firstresponder #LEO
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If you are lucky enough to be partnered with Andrea Strongman, the chances of your having a slow shift are low: She has a reputation for being dispatched whenever a big event or rough call occurs. This reputation was solidified on October 8, 2017, when a devastating fire hit the Sonoma Valley region.

Andrea and her partner were working the night shift when the fire began. High winds quickly spread the fire across the region, knocking down power lines and inundating the area with smoke and ash. The pair were dispatched to evacuate a paraplegic patient from his home, which was in the direct path of the fire. They arrived to find the house engulfed in flames with no firefighting resources available. Despite making every effort to gain entry, the flames were so hot and destructive it became clear the fire would prevent any further rescue efforts.

Distraught, Andrea and her partner had to compose themselves so they could continue to run calls being dispatched that night. Together, they performed countless residential, hospital, and skilled nursing facility evacuations, in addition to emergency medical transports to the ERs that were still open.

Andrea accomplished all of this in the midst of consoling and reassuring several of her colleagues who had lost their homes. Andrea’s partners may not always benefit from her reputation, but without question her community and her patients do.

We honor you, Andrea Strongman.

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 #rememberingtheone #honorvet365 #honor365 #firstresponder #EMT #starsoflife

If you are lucky enough to be partnered with Andrea Strongman, the chances of your having a slow shift are low: She has a reputation for being dispatched whenever a big event or rough call occurs. This reputation was solidified on October 8, 2017, when a devastating fire hit the Sonoma Valley region.

Andrea and her partner were working the night shift when the fire began. High winds quickly spread the fire across the region, knocking down power lines and inundating the area with smoke and ash. The pair were dispatched to evacuate a paraplegic patient from his home, which was in the direct path of the fire. They arrived to find the house engulfed in flames with no firefighting resources available. Despite making every effort to gain entry, the flames were so hot and destructive it became clear the fire would prevent any further rescue efforts.

Distraught, Andrea and her partner had to compose themselves so they could continue to run calls being dispatched that night. Together, they performed countless residential, hospital, and skilled nursing facility evacuations, in addition to emergency medical transports to the ERs that were still open.

Andrea accomplished all of this in the midst of consoling and reassuring several of her colleagues who had lost their homes. Andrea’s partners may not always benefit from her reputation, but without question her community and her patients do.

We honor you, Andrea Strongman.

#Repost @http://ems.zone/18starstrongman

#rememberingtheone #honorvet365 #honor365 #firstresponder #EMT #starsoflife
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