Photo Essay: French President Pays Respects At Arlington
Posted By Blackfive
Is this really the first time that this has happened?
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greets French President Francois Hollande at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Feb. 11, 2014, before Hollande lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns and presents the World Ward II Unknown with the French Legion of Honor, France's highest military award. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
French President Francois Hollande lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Feb. 11, 2014, as U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, second from right, looks on and Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan salutes. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
French President Francois Hollande presents the World War II Unknown with the French Legion of Honor, France's highest military award, at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Feb. 11, 2014. U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who participated in the ceremony, thanked Hollande for the honor. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald Dvorsky crews a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter out of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Feb 3, 2014. The Black Hawk was conducting a battle field circulation mission. Dvorsky is the command sergeant major of the 101st Airborne Division's Task Force Thunder, 159th Combat Aviation Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph Green
U.S. Marines board a rigid-hull inflatable boat from the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Arabian Sea, Feb. 1, 2014. The Boxer is the flagship for the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group, and, with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Conor Minto
PFC Mark Deville - Silver Star Awarded for Actions in 1984! - SYSK
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Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presents retired Army Pfc. Mark A. Deville with a Silver Star, the nation's third highest military award, for his actions in Korea 30 years ago, at the Pentagon, Jan. 28, 2014. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
In 1984, a Soviet defector escaped across the Korean DMZ, pursued by NORKs determined to kill him rather than let him escape...one American down, another South Korean soldier down...and a squad of Infantry arrived to stop the NORKS...they flanked, then, after a 45 minute fight, captured the NORKS and the defector...the squad was awarded Silver Stars in 2000 but no one could find PFC Devine, until now.
Private First Class Mark A. Deville, United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for exceptional valor and gallantry in action while serving with the Joint Security Force Company, United Nations Command Security Force at Panmunjom, Korea, on 23 November 1984. In reaction to thirty attacking North Korean soldiers in pursuit of a Soviet defector, Private Deville's aggressive actions were instrumental in defeating the enemy. Throughout the intense firefight, Private Deville displayed a complete disregard for his own personal safety while accomplishing his mission. Private First Class Deville's bravery and aggressive performance of duty under extremely hazardous circumstances are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect great credit upon him, the United Nations Command and the United States Army.
Deville's old squad from the Joint Security Force Company reconvened at the Pentagon to see him pinned with the Silver Star and with a Combat Infantryman Badge. General Dempsey said, "You are gathered together again as a group as you were nearly 30 years ago in support of your country."
Former platoon members and Kwi, right, the wife of retired Army Pfc. Mark A. Deville, listen as Deville speaks during a ceremony where he received a Silver Star, the nation's third highest military award, for his actions in Korea 30 years ago, at the Pentagon, Jan. 28, 2014. DOD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton
Air Force Senior Airman Eric Mann runs through smoke used for cover as his team crosses a field during a survival course on North Auxiliary Airfield, S.C., Jan. 14, 2014. Mann is a broadcaster assigned to the 1st Combat Camera Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Dennis Sloan
A U.S. soldier hands another soldier a round to be loaded before firing their 120mm mortars during a live-fire exercise on Forward Operating Base Lightning in Afghanistan's Paktia province, Jan. 17, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Capt. John Landry
Marined Corps Capt. David Kucirka leads a group of Marines during a hike with 90-pound packs at the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 19, 2014. To gain an expeditionary mindset, Marines and sailors conducted a 10-day field exercise, which included walking through rugged terrain with extreme elevation changes. Kucirka is an intelligence officer assigned to the 2nd Marine Division's 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Steve Cushman
A soldier with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force jumps out of a CH-46E Sea Knight while conducting Helo Cast training with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, during Exercise Iron Fist 2014 aboard Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Jan. 27, 2014. Iron Fist is an amphibious exercise that brings together Marines and sailors from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, other I Marine Expeditionary Force units, and soldiers from the JGSDF, to promote military interoperability and hone individual and small-unit skills through challenging, complex and realistic training. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Emmanuel Ramos/Released)
Students participate in the Navy Basic Underwater Demolition course during an evolution known as "surf passage" on Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif., Jan. 21, 2014. The evolution is part of training to be a SEAL, which is the maritime component of U.S. Special Forces. SEALs are trained to conduct a variety of operations from the sea, air and land. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Russell
U.S. Special Forces and Afghan soldiers arrive in UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to conduct a clearing operation to disrupt insurgent movement in Jafare Sufla in the Shah Joy district in Afghanistan's Zabul province, Jan. 15, 2014. The U.S. soldiers are assigned to Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. David Devich
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