WWII Veteran To Be Honored With Bronze Star | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Morning Edition

Filed Under:

WWII Veteran To Be Honored With Bronze Star

Award coincides with 71st anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack

Play associated audio

 

There will be many events around the Metro D.C. region to mark the 71st anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, but one later today will have special significance for one World War II veteran from D.C.

Jack Faulconer Jr., a Washington native who now lives in Prince William County, will receive the Bronze Star for Heroism today nearly 70 years after he was wounded in battle. Faulconer, now 88, was an 18 year-old machine gunner when he landed on Omaha Beach in France a few weeks after D-Day in 1944.

He was severely wounded and left behind enemy lines, but Faulconer managed to survive and find advancing U.S. army troops. He almost lost his left arm and had to endure months of rehabilitation at Walter Reed army hospital. 

Faulconer will be awarded the Bronze Star in a ceremony at the office of Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly in Annandale, Va. 

 

NPR

The Colorful, Blossoming D.C. Arts Scene In The 1950s, '60s

In 1965 the work of six local painters went on exhibit at the now-defunct Washington Gallery of Modern Art. The show launched a movement, and the painters' work now hangs in major museums. One of those artists, now 97, lives in Arlington, Va.
NPR

Cash For Halloween Candy? Dentists' Buyback Program Is Booming

If you're like many parents, by tomorrow morning you'll be facing a candy glut. One possible solution? Sell it to a dentist participating in a program that sends candy care packages to troops.
NPR

For This Colorado Voter, Oil And Gas Debate Plays Out On His Property

Knocking on doors in Colorado, Steve Inskeep asks Antionio Covello about the election. The successful Denver business owner, a conservative, weighs mineral rights, foreign policy and division at home.
NPR

Selfies With Bears Prompt Warning From Park Rangers

Selfies with bears are showing up on Instagram. Rangers in South Lake Tahoe have been sufficiently worried to issue a warning: Wild bears are unpredictable, and could attack. #bearselfie

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.