America’s Most Honorable Men Stand with Trump

When Hillary Clinton’s media tried to make Trump’s crude sexual banter the centerpiece of the last debate, Trump pivoted to national security and once again said how proud he is to be backed by 200 generals and admirals.   

These are among America’s finest, bravest, most admirable men.   Seventeen medal of honor winners endorsed Trump.  So did fifteen brigadier generals, thirty-four major generals, eighteen lieutenant generals, forty-one rear admirals, six vice-admirals, and three 4 star generals and admirals.

Such men do not put their names down for a candidate and a cause without serious thought.

This is what they signed their names to on the choice between Hillary and Trump:

The 2016 election affords the American people an urgently needed opportunity to make a long-overdue course correction in our national security posture and policy.  As retired senior leaders of America’s military, we believe that such a change can only be made by someone who has not been deeply involved with, and substantially responsible for, the hollowing out of our military and the burgeoning threats facing our country around the world. 

For this reason, we support Donald Trump’s candidacy to be our next Commander-in-Chief. 

 For the past eight years, America’s armed forces have been subjected to a series of ill-considered and debilitating budget cuts, policy choices and combat operations that have left the superb men and women in uniform less capable of performing their vital missions in the future than we require them to be.   

 Simultaneously, enemies of this country have been emboldened, sensing weakness and irresolution in Washington and opportunities for aggression at our expense and that of other freedom-loving nations.   

In our professional judgment, the combined effect is potentially extremely perilous.  That is especially the case if our government persists in the practices that have brought us to this present pass.   

For this reason, we support Donald Trump and his commitment to rebuild our military, to secure our borders, to defeat our Islamic supremacist adversaries and restore law and order domestically.  We urge our fellow Americans to do the same.

This letter from our military leaders to the voting public was organized by Major General Shachnow. 

Major General Shachnow has an amazing life story told in his memoir, Hope and Honor.  His life experience help explains his leadership in opposing Hillary Clinton and supporting Donald Trump.   Shachnow is the only Holocaust survivor to become a U.S. General and was a legend in the Green Berets, with whom he served for forty years.

Like the perfidious Hillary supporter, the Nazi collaborator George Soros, Major General Sid Shachnow was a child in Nazi-era Europe.  Shachnow took the opposite path from Soros.

Shachnow was seven years old when the Nazis invaded his town, burned alive doctors and patients in the hospital, gunned down the elderly and orphans, and rounded up the Jews in a “grand action,” sending ten thousand directly to their deaths. Shachnow and his parents were sent to the nightmare Kovno concentration camp, where he survived for three years before his resourceful family escaped once again, only days before the children’s death march to Auschwitz.  There followed months of surviving in the forests, before the Shachnows joined up with Zionist partisans and stealthily crossed 2000 miles of Soviet-occupied Europe to reach freedom in the American zone in Germany. Eventually Shachnow’s family immigrated to America.  He joined the U.S. Army before graduating from high school and, for obvious reasons, volunteered for the Green Berets.  He eventually rose to command the Green Berets, and helped develop America’s modern Special Forces.

In his memoir, Gen. Shachnow wrote: “I remembered how the American GIs had inspired me as a young immigrant and ignited in me dreams for freedom and a better life…Freedom is a reality that everyone deserves.”

Maj. Gen Shachnow was awarded many medals and honors including, the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Clusters and "V" device, the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Major General Shachnow teamed with Rear Admiral Charles Williams to quickly gather other retired military flag officers to support a Trump victory.  Rear Admiral Williams’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy Meritorious Service Medals and two Navy Commendation Medals.  He served onboard submarines, aircraft, surface ships, and with Seabee and SEAL team units, including the successful evacuation of Americans out of war-torn Lebanon following the attack on our U.S. Embassy. Rear Admiral Williams’ last service was running the Naval Inventory Control Point responsible for aviation, ship, and submarine repair.  He understands our woeful loss of readiness under the current administration. 

Google these admirals and generals and medal of honor recipients and you will know Trump is utterly sincere when he states he is humbled and honored by their support.

Admiral Jerome (Jerry)Johnson was a four-star Admiral who served on active duty for almost 38 years; his final assignment was the Vice Chief of Naval Operations. At sea he commanded Attack Squadron Twenty-seven (VA-27), the combat stores ship USS San Jose, the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea, the Carrier Group Four, the US Second Fleet and NATO’s Striking Fleet Atlantic.

Gen. Alfred Hansen is a retired four star US Air Force general who served as Commander, Air Force Logistics command. In Vietnam, he flew 113 combat missions. In 1985 he became director for logistics for the Joint chiefs of Staff. In this position, he was responsible for worldwide logistics in support of theater commander’s war plans and was a member of the Senior NATO Logistics Forum.

Lt. General Marvin Covault, US Army (ret) was former chief of staff for NATO forces in Southern Europe. He had 32 years of military experience.

Lt. General Timothy Kinnan, US Air Force, served as Vice Director for Strategic Plans and Policy with the Joint Chiefs of Staff  developing military strategy and policy. His final active duty assignment was as US Military Representative to NATO Military Committee in Belgium, NATO’s highest military authority.

Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams (born October 2, 1923) is a retired United States Marine who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. He is the last surviving recipient of the Medal of Honor from that battle. 

Landing on February 21, 1945, Williams, by then a corporal, distinguished himself two days later when American tanks, trying to open a lane for infantry, encountered a network of reinforced concrete pillboxes. Williams went forward alone with his 70-pound (32 kg) flamethrower to attempt the reduction of devastating machine gun fire from the unyielding positions.

Harry Truman congratulates Hershel Williams on being awarded the Medal of Honor, 5 October 1945

Covered by only four riflemen, he fought for four hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to prepare demolition charges and obtain serviced flame throwers. He returned to the front, frequently to the rear of hostile emplacements, to wipe out one position after another. At one point, a wisp of smoke alerted him to the air vent of a Japanese bunker, and he approached close enough to put the nozzle of his flamethrower through the hole, killing the occupants. On another occasion, he was charged by enemy riflemen who attempted to stop him with bayonets and he killed them with a burst of flame from his weapon.

These actions occurred on the same day as the raising of the U.S. flag commemorated in the famous photo and later statute for the Marine Corps War Memorial.

These are the men who stand with Trump and want him as our Commander in Chief.