Category Archives: Patriot of the Week

On The Field Dale Murphy was chosen by the Atlanta Braves in the first round of the 1974 Major League Draft. Over the next few years, he worked his way through the Braves minor league system and made his major league debut in 1976. Although he began his career as a catcher, he spent a […]

Lieutenant Pat O’Brien was one of the first Americans to fight in World War I and the first American-born pilot to escape as a prisoner of war during that conflict. As a young man, both fascinated with flight and determined that America was not entering the war soon enough, O’Brien travelled to Canada in 1916 […]

Daniel Boone was born near Reading, Pennsylvania, on November 2, 1734, the sixth of eleven children born to Squire Boone, a farmer and land speculator, and Sarah Morgan. His formal education was limited; he was more interested in the outdoors. He and his family moved to North Carolina in 1751. After working for his father, […]

OEF Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Goshen, IN Staff Sgt. Travis K. Hunsberger, 24, was killed in action on June 27, while conducting a combat reconnaissance patrol in Lamay, Afghanistan. At the time of his death, he was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He deployed […]

Clarence Saunders, the innovative founder of the Piggly Wiggly grocery store chain, never really explained the inspiration for his chain’s name. When asked why he chose it, he answered, “So people will ask that very question.” These days, the company with the silly name is known mostly for its role in Southern popular life and […]

This week’s Patriot of the Week is a unique one as we want to honor an entire group, Firefighters. As of this writing, there are five large active fires in California with none of them contained. 256,190 acres of land have been destroyed as well as over 750 buildings. 2017 year-to-date national fire statistics: – […]

Mr. Smilanich entered the Army on November 25, 1942. Home at entry: Buhl, Minnesota. He served as a Technician Fifth Grade and tank driver with the 67th Armored Regiment of the Second Armored “Hell on Wheels’ Division in Africa, Sicily, England, Normandy Invasion, and the Battle of the Bulge. Smilanich spent three years as a […]

On March 3, 1968, deep inside enemy territory, 2nd Lt. Clebe McClary’s patrol of fifteen Marines braced for an attack by a much larger Vietnamese force. The silence was shattered when an explosion hurled McClary through the air and tore his left arm completely off. Disoriented and fully exposed to Vietnamese fire, McClary inspired his […]

Edwin Hubble was an American astronomer who, in 1925, was the first to demonstrate the existence of other galaxies besides the Milky Way, profoundly changing the way we look at the universe. Later, in 1929, he also definitively demonstrated that the universe was expanding, (considered by many as one of the most important cosmological discoveries […]

Future Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was born on June 23, 1948. He grew up in the small African-American community of Pin Point, Georgia, with his older sister Emma Mae and younger brother Myers Lee. His father disappeared early on in his life, and the family divided even further when he was 9 years old. […]