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Knife-Wielding Robber Chased Off By Armed Resident



Ruby And Hugh Mathis

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” Police said a knife-wielding robber was outgunned when he tried to rob homeowners on Monday.

  The 92-year-old World War II veteran and his 89-year-old wife were more than a handful for the alleged attacker.

  Investigators said Robert Kelly Jr. talked his way into a home in the 8800 block of Monsanto Drive, where he had previously done odd jobs.

  Ruby Mathis and Hugh Mathis said they thought they were helping someone who lives right in their neighborhood but it almost backfired.

“ He stuck the knife out there and said ‘Give me your money,’ and I said ‘You go to hell!’” Hugh Mathis said.

“ They were talking real low, and I came in to see what it was and when I did he was standing in front of Hugh with a knife saying, ‘Give me the money out of your pocket,’ so when I heard that I ran to the bedroom and got the gun,” Ruby Mathis said.”


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Update: Officer Charged In Death Of Elderly Veteran







” A Park Forest, Illinois police officer has been charged in the death of 95-year-old John Wrana, a WWII veteran who was killed in a dispute over medical treatment. Officer Craig Taylor appeared before a judge and faces one charge of reckless conduct, a Class 4 felony. He was freed on his own recognizance.

  As reported last August, police were called to the Victory Centre Senior Living Facility because Wrana was refusing medical care and had reportedly become aggressive in his refusal. According to the police, Wrana was “combative” and went so far as to shake his cane at the staff, as well as a knife. Police also claimed he had brandished a shoehorn that was first mistaken for a machete.

  There were several police officers at the scene, and they used a riot shield to force entry into Wrana’s room. After an attempt to Taser Wrana had failed, Taylor allegedly fired five bean bag rounds at him while he was sitting in a chair.”



     Another example of the culture of violence bred into today’s law enforcement officers … numerous fit , highly trained police could not manage to contain a single 95 year-old man who needed a walker to get around without resorting to deadly force … and before you go and say “but bean bag rounds are not deadly force” think about that . Five rounds from close range at a seated centenarian has got to be considered excessive in our minds . 



Read the rest from Ben Swann











The Greatest Generations Foundation

” We are deeply saddened by the passing of World War II veteran Mr. William “Wild Bill” Guarnere, age of 90 and original member of Easy Company, Band of Brothers. 

  Guarnere was born in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in April 28 1923, to Italian parents Joseph and Augusta Guarnere, with ten other siblings. He attended Citizens Military Training Camp for three summers – (took 4 years to complete). His mother had lied to the owners that Guarnere was 17, when he was actually 15. 

  He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August 31, and was put in Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, and was put in the Mortar Squad of 2nd Platoon. He went through rough training at Camp Toccoa, Georgia under Captain Herbert Sobel. After training at Camp Mackall, he and the 101st went to Aldbourne, England to await their next mission. “

” In Upottery, England, the night before the invasion of Normandy, Guarnere found out his brother was killed at Monte Casino, Italy. This gave Guarnere a desire for revenge.

  He made a parachute drop on D-Day Normandy, was separated from his company, and later successfully regrouped with the rest of the company. He fought during Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he got many jobs as a salesman, a clerk, and a carpenter. He eventually married a woman named Frances, and had two sons.  On behalf of a grateful nation, we salute you for your dedication and service to your country. 

Remember Those Who Served
The Greatest Generations Foundation

 — with Timothy Davis.”

    Readers can find a very informative biography of Staff Sergeant Guarnere’s military career at Together We Served . His awards included the Silver Star and the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf cluster and two Purple Hearts . God Speed Sgt . Thank you for your service .

WWII Vet Oldest Medal of Honor Recipient, Dies




” A World War II veteran and the nation’s oldest living Medal of Honor recipient has died in New Jersey.

Nicholas Oresko, an Army master sergeant who was badly wounded as he single-handedly took out two enemy bunkers during the Battle of the Bulge in 1945, died Friday night at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, hospital officials announced Saturday. He was 96.”

 At 28, Oresko was the platoon leader when automatic fire pinned down his unit. Realizing a machine gun in a nearby bunker needed to be eliminated, Oresko moved out alone in the morning darkness, braving bullets that zipped about him, until he was close enough to throw a grenade into the German bunker. He rushed the bunker and used his M-1 rifle to kill the soldiers who survived the grenade blast.”



Army Medal of Honor







” M/Sgt. Oresko was a platoon leader with Company C, in an attack against strong enemy positions. Deadly automatic fire from the flanks pinned down his unit. Realizing that a machinegun in a nearby bunker must be eliminated, he swiftly worked ahead alone, braving bullets which struck about him, until close enough to throw a grenade into the German position. He rushed the bunker and, with pointblank rifle fire, killed all the hostile occupants who survived the grenade blast. Another machinegun opened up on him, knocking him down and seriously wounding him in the hip. Refusing to withdraw from the battle, he placed himself at the head of his platoon to continue the assault. As withering machinegun and rifle fire swept the area, he struck out alone in advance of his men to a second bunker. With a grenade, he crippled the dug-in machinegun defending this position and then wiped out the troops manning it with his rifle, completing his second self-imposed, 1-man attack. Although weak from loss of blood, he refused to be evacuated until assured the mission was successfully accomplished. Through quick thinking, indomitable courage, and unswerving devotion to the attack in the face of bitter resistance and while wounded, M /Sgt. Oresko killed 12 Germans, prevented a delay in the assault, and made it possible for Company C to obtain its objective with minimum casualties.”




God bless you Master Sgt. Oresko and thank you for your service . Godspeed .