American Veterans Center

American Veterans Center "Guarding the Legacy and Honoring the Sacrifice" of American heroes from across the generations. The mission of the AVC is to guard the legacies and honor the sacrifices of all American veterans.
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Through oral history preservation, educational programs and civic events, we preserve the stories – and lessons – of veterans past and present, from which future generations can learn. A project of the American Studies Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, the American Veterans Center and World War II Veterans Committee have worked to preserve the legacy of our veterans and military personnel for more than 20 years. In that time, the AVC has grown to join our nation’s elite institutions in preserving our shared military history and passing it on to future generations. The AVC is also the home to Emmy-winning television and multimedia programming sharing the stories of those who have served.

Mission: The mission of the American Veterans Center is to preserve and promote the legacy of America’s servicemen and women from World War II through Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Rest In Peace, Sean Connery. A screen legend and the greatest Bond, Connery was also noted for his role as Major General...
10/31/2020

Rest In Peace, Sean Connery. A screen legend and the greatest Bond, Connery was also noted for his role as Major General Roy Urquhart, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 1st Airborne Division during Operation Market Garden in the World War II epic, ‘A Bridge Too Far.’ A shaken, not stirred, toast to an icon, gone at the age of 90.

Now available on demand, tune in to the premiere episode of our new weekly digital series, ‘Conversations with Our Great...
10/29/2020

Now available on demand, tune in to the premiere episode of our new weekly digital series, ‘Conversations with Our Greatest Generation,’ featuring surviving veterans of the epic Battle of Midway! #wwii75

https://youtu.be/-Fn0-B6Quo4

🇺🇸 #BREAKING 🇺🇸Deadline Hollywood announces that Terry Crews will host our annual premier event, #AmericanValor: We Stan...
10/29/2020
Terry Crews To Host ‘American Valor: We Stand Together’ Veterans Day Special

🇺🇸 #BREAKING 🇺🇸

Deadline Hollywood announces that Terry Crews will host our annual premier event, #AmericanValor: We Stand Together.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this amazing event for another year,” said Crews. “We have some truly unbelievable stories that deserve to be recognized and shared, from our incredible service men and women, to the heroes working on the front lines of today’s fight against COVID-19.”

See the full story here:

https://deadline.com/2020/10/american-valor-terry-crews-veterans-day-special-1234604513/

The American Veterans Center has enlisted Terry Crews to host its annual American Valor Veterans Day special. American Valor: We Stand Together will see Crews guide viewers in paying tribute to the…

🇺🇸 TODAY🇺🇸  marks the first live-streaming episode in our #GreatestGenSeries, featuring Marine Corps gunner Ed Fox and U...
10/28/2020

🇺🇸 TODAY🇺🇸 marks the first live-streaming episode in our #GreatestGenSeries, featuring Marine Corps gunner Ed Fox and USS Enterprise veteran Bill Norberg at the Battle of Midway in ‘Midway and Beyond: the Naval War in the Pacific.’ Moderated by ADM Thomas Fargo, 20th Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

#SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel in the link below to RSVP to our live-stream event you don’t want to miss!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTnhya0OmSG64vw3fVgdGDg?view_as=subscriber

#WWII75 #AVCconference

This week in #GreatestGenSeries 🇺🇸: Veterans of the Battle of Midway and the epic moments in the Pacific Theater discuss...
10/27/2020

This week in #GreatestGenSeries 🇺🇸:

Veterans of the Battle of Midway and the epic moments in the Pacific Theater discuss ‘Midway and Beyond: the Naval War in the Pacific,’ moderated by ADM Thomas Fargo, 20th Commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. Click on the link below to #SUBSCRIBE to our live-stream series, you don’t want to miss it: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTnhya0OmSG64vw3fVgdGDg

#WWII75 #AVCconference

AVC is proud to present our new special series, “Conversations with Our Greatest Generation.” In partnership with the Un...
10/26/2020

AVC is proud to present our new special series, “Conversations with Our Greatest Generation.” In partnership with the United States of America World War II 75th Commemoration, the series will live-stream every Wednesday at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT from October 28 - December 9 and feature conversations between iconic surviving WWII heroes, notable military officers, media personalities, and military service academies across the country.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel now to watch every episode as they are released: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTnhya0OmSG64vw3fVgdGDg?view_as=subscriber

#OnThisDay in 1918, the United States Air Service (USAAS) was established. This was the aerial warfare component of the ...
10/22/2020

#OnThisDay in 1918, the United States Air Service (USAAS) was established. This was the aerial warfare component of the U.S. Army and a forerunner of what would become the United States Air Force. #tbt

#ICYMI: "For all that has been written and documented, and all the awards that have been given, the [legendary] #CandyBo...
10/21/2020
‘Candy Bomber’ during Berlin Airlift glides into milestone birthday

#ICYMI: "For all that has been written and documented, and all the awards that have been given, the [legendary] #CandyBomber or 'Uncle Wiggly Wings' — as the children of Berlin called him — Halvorsen’s story never gets old.”

Read/share his story in Military Times. 🇺🇸

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2020/10/18/candy-bomber-during-berlin-airlift-glides-into-milestone-birthday/

Retired Air Force Col. Gail S. Halvorsen, aka the

10/21/2020
Medal of Honor Pilot Bruce Crandall, 1st Cavalry Veteran of Ia Drang (Full Interview)

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Watch our interview with Medal of Honor Pilot Bruce Crandall, 1st Cavalry Veteran of Ia Drang.

Among the most celebrated veterans of the Vietnam War, retired U.S. Army Colonel Bruce Crandall is best known for his actions of November 14, 1965, when he flew 22 missions in an unarmed helicopter into enemy fire to evacuate more than 70 wounded and bring ammunition and supplies to United States forces under the command of then-Colonel Hal Moore.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4Tnz-3in5s&t=38s

Among the most celebrated veterans of the Vietnam War, retired U.S. Army Colonel Bruce Crandall is best known for his actions of November 14, 1965, when he f...

October 19, 1944.  Northeastern France.  The men of the all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team were quickly ...
10/19/2020

October 19, 1944. Northeastern France. The men of the all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team were quickly earning a reputation as one of the U.S. Army’s elite outfits, seeing heavy fighting in the Vosges Mountains. Among the soldiers was a young private, Barney Hajiro from Hawaii, drafted into the Army two months after Pearl Harbor and volunteering for combat with the 442nd. Serving with Company I, Hajiro exposed himself to enemy fire during an allied attack on an enemy strong point, personally eliminating two enemy snipers. Three days later, he and a comrade ambushed an 18-man German patrol, killing two, wounding one, and taking the remainder prisoners. The following week, Private Hajiro led an attack on a position dubbed ‘Suicide Hill,’ in the 442nd’s famed rescue of the ‘Lost Battalion,’ single handedly destroying two German machine gun emplacements. He would be shot twice, leaving his left arm partially paralyzed.

Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Barney Hajiro’s valor was fully recognized decades later, when on June 21, 2000, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions 76 years ago today. He would pass away on January 21, 2011. A legend among a legendary group of heroes. Rest In Peace.

Thank you, Mike Rowe, for the shout out on your show, and thank you for your support of #AVCconference and your commitme...
10/16/2020
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Thank you, Mike Rowe, for the shout out on your show, and thank you for your support of #AVCconference and your commitment to honor the legacy of America's #Veterans. Stay tuned to watch his #WWII Conversation with the 'Legends of the Air.' 🇺🇸

#ComingSoon 🇺🇸

https://mikerowe.com/podcast/

mikerowe.com, Michael Gregory Rowe is an American television host and narrator, actor and former opera singer best known for his work on the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs, Deadliest Catch, After the Catch, Somebody's Gotta Do It - Mike Rowe introduces us to people who perform unique jobs in hi...

"Air Force pararescuemen receive Bronze Stars with valor for life-saving actions in Afghanistan," reports Stars and Stri...
10/14/2020
Air Force pararescuemen receive Bronze Stars with valor for life-saving actions in Afghanistan

"Air Force pararescuemen receive Bronze Stars with valor for life-saving actions in Afghanistan," reports Stars and Stripes 🇺🇸

https://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/air-force-pararescuemen-receive-bronze-stars-with-valor-for-life-saving-actions-in-afghanistan-1.648372?fbclid=IwAR3NuuqYqRiZxHLFQs5lSLTZlL3ZtGFFa7SSaeLVEolF4ek1IidmIfg-MiQ#.X4ZT6r4Xzbc.twitter

Two airmen were recognized for their actions during separate missions with Army Special Forces units in the southern province of Helmand.

Help us wish a Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy! 🇺🇸
10/13/2020

Help us wish a Happy Birthday to the U.S. Navy! 🇺🇸

“The B-47 Ridge Designation Act, a bill honoring four airmen killed in a 1962 crash on Emigrant Peak, passed the House o...
10/12/2020
Congress passes bill honoring airmen killed in 1962 B-47 crash in Montana

“The B-47 Ridge Designation Act, a bill honoring four airmen killed in a 1962 crash on Emigrant Peak, passed the House of Representatives unanimously, and will now go to the U.S. Senate," reports Air Force Times.

Read more here: https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2020/09/28/congress-passes-bill-honoring-airmen-killed-in-1962-b-47-crash-in-montana/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Good%20News%20Report%2010.02.20&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Good%20News

The B-47 Ridge Designation Act, a bill honoring four airmen killed in a 1962 crash on Emigrant Peak, passed the House of Representatives unanimously.

A truly happy 100th birthday to the legendary Candy Bomber, Col. Gail Halvorsen. Born October 10, 1920, ‘Hal’ was tasked...
10/10/2020

A truly happy 100th birthday to the legendary Candy Bomber, Col. Gail Halvorsen. Born October 10, 1920, ‘Hal’ was tasked with flying relief missions during the Berlin Airlift in 1947. Charmed by the young German children he encountered, he began parachuting packages of chocolates to them from his cargo plane. His mission - which became known as Operation Little Vittles - became an international sensation, and played a major role in turning world opinion against the Soviet blockade.

An American legend, The Candy Bomber became a symbol of reconciliation and goodwill. And Col. Halvorsen remains a beloved figure among generations since. Happy 100th birthday, Hal!

#BehindTheScenes: look at our Emmy-award winning TV special, American Valor: We Stand Together, Hosted by Terry Crews an...
10/09/2020

#BehindTheScenes: look at our Emmy-award winning TV special, American Valor: We Stand Together, Hosted by Terry Crews and featuring Renee Zellweger, Chris Pine, Kevin Bacon, Pierce Brosnan, Tracy Morgan, Harrison Ford, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Trace Adkins, Rita Wilson, Alex Trebek and more.

We Stand Together, will premiere nationwide this Veterans Day weekend on local ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX stations. American Valor salutes the stories that have inspired us for the last 75 years of our shared history.

#OnThisDay in history (1942): Fight at Matanikau River, Guadalcanal. This Third Battle of the Matanikau was a U.S. succe...
10/08/2020

#OnThisDay in history (1942): Fight at Matanikau River, Guadalcanal. This Third Battle of the Matanikau was a U.S. success: the Marines mauled a Japanese infantry regiment and disrupted their offensive by capturing assembly and artillery positions on the east bank of the Matanikau.

#WWIIhistory #WWII75 #TBT

10/06/2020
Sergeant R.V. Burgin, Hero of 'The Pacific' (Full Interview)

#WATCH: we interview Sergeant R.V. Burgin, Hero of 'The Pacific.' 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Romus Valton “RV” Burgin joined the Marine Corps in November 1942, and would see heavy combat in the Pacific Theater of World War II, mostly notably at the Battle of Peleliu and the Battle of Okinawa. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his acts of valor on Okinawa. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal in the HBO miniseries, “The Pacific.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uluzoOOB1WY&feature=youtu.be

Romus Valton “RV” Burgin joined the Marine Corps in November 1942, and would see heavy combat in the Pacific Theater of World War II, mostly notably at the B...

Happy 95th birthday to AVC's dear friend Hershey Miyamura, a U.S. Army veteran and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for...
10/06/2020

Happy 95th birthday to AVC's dear friend Hershey Miyamura, a U.S. Army veteran and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean War.

A great story: Air Force chief, Gen. Charles "CQ" Brown, makes TIME's 100 most influential people list. Congratulations,...
10/05/2020
Air Force chief makes Time’s 100 most influential people list

A great story: Air Force chief, Gen. Charles "CQ" Brown, makes TIME's 100 most influential people list. Congratulations, Gen. Brown!

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2020/09/23/air-force-chief-makes-times-100-most-influential-people-list/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Good%20News%20Report%2009.25.20&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Good%20News

The people on Time's list, alongside Brown, range from President Trump and Joe Biden to cultural figures such as Tyler Perry and Yo-Yo Ma.

Happy birthday to the 39th President of the United States Jimmy Carter. President Carter graduated from the United State...
10/01/2020

Happy birthday to the 39th President of the United States Jimmy Carter. President Carter graduated from the United States Naval Academy and served in the U.S. Navy for several years before eventually running for public office.

#OnThisDay in military history (1943), The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps became the Women’s Army Corps, a regular conting...
09/30/2020

#OnThisDay in military history (1943), The Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps became the Women’s Army Corps, a regular contingent of the U.S. Army with the same status as other army service corps. #wwiihistory

ICYMI, General Richard Clark becomes the first African-American to lead the United States Air Force Academy, reports Air...
09/28/2020
General becomes 1st Black head of US Air Force Academy

ICYMI, General Richard Clark becomes the first African-American to lead the United States Air Force Academy, reports Air Force Times.

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2020/09/23/general-becomes-1st-black-head-of-us-air-force-academy/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Good%20News%20Report%2009.25.20&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Good%20News

The U.S. Air Force Academy installed a new superintendent who will be the first Black officer to lead the military institution.

09/27/2020

Today is Gold Star Mother's Day.

It is the day we honor mothers and families, whose sons or daughters died while in service to their country. We are forever indebted to all those soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and to their families who must endure life without them.

#GoldStarMothersDay

Rest In Peace, American hero.
09/27/2020

Rest In Peace, American hero.

Emily Perez was the first African American cadet Brigade Command Sgt. Major of West Point - The U.S. Military Academy -- tough as nails in formation, she also spent her free time tutoring cadets and writing letters of encouragement to those who felt like quitting.

Deployed after graduation, 2nd Lt. Perez demonstrated this same selfless service by volunteering to go on convoy in place of an inexperienced leader and paying the ultimate sacrifice when an improvised explosive device took her life.

Her mother remembers, “In her diary, she wrote that people have taken care of her all her life and now she had the opportunity to take care of other people. Her biggest concern was taking care of her Soldiers.”

Learn more about her & Gold Star Families at: https://go.usa.gov/xGmaa

#GoldStarMother | #HispanicHeritageMonth | #ServeWithHonor

#OnThisDay, 1945: Lt. Col. Peter Dewey, a U.S. Army officer with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Vietnam, is s...
09/26/2020

#OnThisDay, 1945: Lt. Col. Peter Dewey, a U.S. Army officer with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Vietnam, is shot and killed in Saigon. Dewey was the head of a seven-man team sent to Vietnam to search for missing American pilots and to gather information on the situation in the country after the surrender of the Japanese. #WWIIhistory

#GoodNews: the House of Representatives passed the ‘Stephanie Murphy Bill,’ making the Medal of Honor possible for the l...
09/25/2020
House passes Stephanie Murphy bill making Medal of Honor possible for Alwyn Cashe

#GoodNews: the House of Representatives passed the ‘Stephanie Murphy Bill,’ making the Medal of Honor possible for the late Alwyn Cashe.

The bipartisan bill was introduced by Democratic U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy and cosponsored by Republican Representative Michael Waltz and Dan Crenshaw.

Read and share. https://floridapolitics.com/archives/369038-house-passes-stephanie-murphy-bill-making-medal-of-honor-possible-for-alwyn-cashe

Bill asks President Donald Trump to award Medal of Honor to Oviedo hero.

Heads up! Tomorrow, 70 World War II-era planes will fly over the Potomac River and National Mall to honor the 75th anniv...
09/24/2020
World War II Aircraft Will Fly Over DC On Friday | DCist

Heads up!

Tomorrow, 70 World War II-era planes will fly over the Potomac River and National Mall to honor the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II!

https://dcist.com/story/20/09/21/world-war-ii-aircraft-dc-flyover-75-anniversary/?fbclid=IwAR10ElpTu8UytMpHjNSWJmOh0cwkouy7AdvVRFSoNdxQ9STnrKYGSfR7Xmk

The event will honor the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. It was originally scheduled for May but had to be postponed due the coronavirus pandemic.

09/24/2020

Off the coast of Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944. A young Coast Guardsman, Frank DeVita, was in charge of lowering the ramp of his landing craft, the only thing shielding troops from the USS Samuel Chase from rapid enemy gunfire. His chilling experience would haunt him for the rest of his life.

The AVC was honored to capture his story at his home last month. Please watch and share friend friends and family, a reminder of the sacrifices made by a generation of heroes, 75 years ago.

09/23/2020
Medal of Honor Recipient Ronald Rosser, Sergeant First Class during the Korean War (Full Interview)

#WATCH our interview with Sergeant First Class Ronald E. Rosser, U.S. Army, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for leading an assault on a fortified hill near Ponggilli during the Korean War.

Rosser had served in the Army at the end of World War II and prior to Korea. He re-enlisted upon the death of his brother in Korea, requesting front-line duty.

An American original, Ron Rosser passed away on August 26, 2020, one of the great heroes of the Korean War.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvqjI00BeY4&t=139s

Sergeant First Class Ronald E. Rosser, U.S. Army, was awarded the Medal of Honor for leading an assault on a fortified hill near Ponggilli during the Korean ...

September 21, 1967.  Near Con Thein, Republic of Vietnam.  During a reconnaissance operation, Marines of F Company, 2nd ...
09/21/2020

September 21, 1967. Near Con Thein, Republic of Vietnam. During a reconnaissance operation, Marines of F Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines were suddenly hit by sniper fire. Advancing toward a fortified enemy position, the Marines faced heavy fire, causing numerous casualties among the patrol. Among the wounded Marines was Lance Corporal Jedh Colby Barker. Refusing to back down, L/Cpl. Barker remained in the open, delivering a devastating counter-attack on the enemy position.

Intent on annihilating the much smaller Marine force, the enemy fighters directed the brunt of their fire toward L/Cpl. Barker, wounding him again. When an enemy grenade landed among the surviving Marines, without hesitation Barker threw himself on top of it, absorbing the blast of the explosion. In a final act of valor, the grievously wounded Marine crawled to a wounded comrade and administered first aid, before succumbing to his wounds. For his actions 53 years ago today, Lance Corporal Jedh Colby Barker would be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. Rest In Peace, and Semper Fidelis.

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