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May 6, 2021

Sunday, President Biden released a statement praising the “courage and skill” of US Special Forces, on the 10th anniversary of their Pakistan raid that killed 9/11 terrorist leader Osama bin Laden.

I noticed that this didn’t get nearly as much coverage as it deserved, maybe because media outlets feared it might remind viewers that Biden counseled Obama against ordering the raid. It was one of the reasons he was often described as being on the wrong side of every major issue for over 40 years, a record he seems intent on extending throughout his Presidency. For instance, by setting his date for withdrawal from Afghanistan on September 11, he's needlessly handing the Taliban and other terrorist groups a propaganda weapon on a silver platter.

Still, it’s good that Biden is honoring the heroes of the bin Laden raid and marking that anniversary appropriately. In that spirit, let’s also pay homage to two other American heroes with a final salute:

Navy veteran Clayton Schenkelberg, who was believed to be the oldest survivor of the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, died last month in San Diego at 103.

When the Japanese bombs started falling, he was near the end of his shift and planning to go see his girlfriend. Instead, he grabbed a rifle and began firing at low-flying planes. Then he and some other men were directed to move a train loaded with warheads, each containing 550 pounds of explosives, away from the base for safety. He later said, “Sure, I knew I could be killed. But it had to be done.” That is a genuine hero.

And another was Robert Holts, who was laid to rest last month at the Omaha National Cemetery after passing away at 96. He was one of the last three surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-black World War II Air Force squadron that, through their bravery and success, helped shoot down stereotypes and segregation in the armed forces.

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