May 11, 2019

French Rescue Four Hostages Lose Two Soldiers

Viva Liberty!

French commandos rescued four foreign hostages including two French citizens from a militant group in Burkina Faso, France's military said on Friday, adding that two of the elite soldiers were killed in the night-time operation.

French special forces carried out the raid under cover of dark over the night of Thursday-Friday, supported by U.S. intelligence and troops from France's Barkhane operation deployed in the Sahel region to counter Islamist militants.

All four hostages were safe, President Emmanuel Macron's office said, adding that a U.S. woman and a South Korean woman were also freed in the covert operation.

I want to extend our thanks to France, our oldest ally, for their sacrifice in freeing our citizen.

Let us never forget who fights for liberty.

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I cannot find these hero's names, but if anyone has the identity of those lost, please post in comments and we'll list them here.

Update:

They were identified as petty officers CÚdric de Pierrepont and Alain Bertoncello. A Facebook post by the French Navy added that both men received numerous awards and recognitions throughout their military careers, such as the Gold Level of the National Defense Medal.

By Howie at 06:49 AM | Comments |

May 07, 2019

Attn: Twitter User @str___00

Howdy O Ginger Stranger!

https://twitter.com/str___00

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We hardly knew ye,

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By Howie at 02:16 PM | Comments |

May 02, 2019

RIP: Peter Mayhew AKA Chewy

Actor Peter Mayhew has passed away.

Peter Mayhew, who became known to fans worldwide as the lovable Wookiee Chewbacca in the Star Wars galaxy of films, has died. He was 74.

The actor died Tuesday in his North Texas home with his family by his side. His official Twitter account shared the news Thursday.

After wrapping the first Star Wars, he went back to work as an orderly and did not leave the job for good until the release of Return of the Jedi, after which he made a living off of Chewbacca, becoming a favorite on the fan convention circuit.

While Mayhew did not provide the voice of the 200-year-old Wookiee (that was created by sound designer Ben Burtt), many credit the body language and expressiveness of the eyes the actor brought to the role in making Chewbacca a beloved character. It was a part that Mayhew would take on his whole life and well beyond the movies, reprising the role for appearances on Donny & Marie and The Muppet Show...

Hat Tip: Garret.

By Howie at 10:45 PM | Comments |