You may notice that this is largely a repeat of what we were thankful for last year. But you know what? We’ve been thankful for American Jedi since long before the term was invented. And we’ll be thankful for them in the years to come. Sit back, have a beer or five, while reflecting on what servicemen and first responders do for us in this great nation. We sure as hell wouldn’t be here in the first place without American Jedi, and so long as we continue producing them, we’ll be here as a nation long after anyone reading this has passed on.
American Jedi Maj. William Goldsborough of the 2nd Maryland Infantry, WIA by a musket ball that went completely through him front to back. Major Goldsborough’s brother Charles was also an American Jedi, but one who served in the Union Army as a surgeon. They met twice during the war.
Sometimes American Jedi work with fire and lead.
Sometimes American Jedi don’t deal in violence at all.
One of the students came to class with her kid because she didn’t have a sitter. The baby started to cry so his mom, embarrassed, got up to leave. The professor took the kid, calmed him down, and continued to instruct. He is an American Jedi.
Compassion is one of the worthiest traits of an American Jedi, no matter how they dress or if they ever wear a uniform.
Sometimes American Jedi are crusty old contrary fellows, all dick and backbone but damned dangerous nonetheless.
John Burns. Though not a soldier, he fought at Gettysburg, where he was wounded five times. He was 70 years old and “dressed in his best coat” for the fight.
Sometimes they’re not very old at all.
American Jedi Ruby Bridges, the first black child to attend and all-white school in Louisiana. Said one of the other American Jedi there keeping her safe, “She showed a lot of courage. She never cried. She didn’t whimper. She just marched along like a little soldier, and we’re all very very proud of her.”
American Jedi Emery Bensen, awarded the Boy Scout Honor Medal for saving the life of a drowning child.
American Jedi come in many sizes, shapes and colors. Although all serve their country and community and accomplish great things, some do it in different ways (and not always in a uniform).
Sgt. Sinew Riley, United States Indian Scouts (2nd from right) speaks with retired US Scout Black Lariat near Ft. Huachuca, April 1942.
American Jedi Satwant Singh Kaleka, 65, murdered at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin — he was charging the gunman with a butter knife when he was shot.
American Jedi Sadao Munemori, 442nd RCT, Medal of Honor Recipient, KIA 05 APR 45 in the service of a country that wasn’t treating his people the right way at all. He was the only Japanese American to be awarded the MoH during WWII (though 20 others were posthumously awarded later). The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was comprised almost entirely of Nisei. Earning over 18,000 individual awards, it remains the single most decorated fighting unit for its size and length of service in the history of the United States military.
Some American Jedi were famous.
USAF Korean War veteran Johnny Cash, a SIGINT specialist who apparently purchased his first guitar while stationed in Germany.
Some of their names we’ll never know.
The first Tomb of the Unknowns, 1922.
American Jedi often have a sense of humor.
We here at Breach-Bang-Clear believe in American Exceptionalism. We believe American Jedi can come from any political party and any religion, or none. We ask you to exemplify this ethos. Teach your children to do the same.
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