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Al Cross: On Memorial Day, we will get to see a story that was almost never told

Fifty-one years ago last month, my Clinton County High School classmate Paul Conner and I got on a bus in Lexington for a 4-H trip to Washington, D.C., our first visit there. We rode up with his parents, Murl and Pauline Conner, whom I knew mainly as mainstays of the local Farm Bureau. I also knew Murl from my work at WANY in Albany, where we would often read a notice that he would be at the courthouse...

Kentucky soldier’s heroism, 20-year campaign for Medal of Honor, subjects of KET documentary May 25

As Americans honor patriotic sacrifice on Memorial Day, KET will premiere the story of a Kentucky soldier who repeatedly put his life on the line for his country – but wasn’t fully honored for it until 73 years later. “From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner,” airing at 8/7 p.m. ET/CT on May 25, tells the story of one of the most decorated soldiers of World War II – who received...

Governor, widow unveil Medal of Honor plaque at state Capitol including First Lt. Garlin Murl Conner

Gov. Matt Bevin and Mrs. Pauline Conner today unveiled a new Medal of Honor plaque at the Kentucky State Capitol that includes the name of First Lieutenant Garlin Murl Conner. First Lieutenant Conner, of Clinton County, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by President Donald Trump earlier this year for his heroic acts during World War II. Following the medal presentation by President Trump...

World War I Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Willie Sandlin reinterred at Kentucky Veterans Cemetary

Kentucky World War I hero Sgt. Willie Sandlin was reinterred Tuesday, along with his wife, in a special ceremony at the newly dedicated Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Southeast in Leslie County. One hundred years ago, Eastern Kentucky’s own Willie Sandlin received the Medal of Honor after single-handedly destroying three German machine gun emplacements and neutralizing 24 enemy soldiers at Bois de Forges...

Old Time Kentucky: Andy Smith’s long-delayed Medal of Honor was a wrong that was righted

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist Andrew Jackson Smith saw the color-bearer die with Old Glory in his grasp. A Kentuckian who escaped slavery in Lyon County, “Andy” Smith grabbed the battle flag. Waving the Stars and Stripes over his head, the 21-year-old Union soldier charged the Rebel foe. Smith’s bravery in the Civil War earned him the Medal of Honor, his country’s highest military decoration....

Kentucky author’s book leads to Medal of Honor for Civil War soldier – 150 years later

Almost 150 years after his death in the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Alonzo Cushing has received the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration awarded by the United States. And it’s thanks in large part to Kentucky author and historian Kent Masterson Brown.   In an NPR interview, Brown revealed that the Army War Decorations Board contacted him as part of their verification process...