Jeff, Remember those E.F. Hutton TV commercials from a couple of decades past? When a Veteran speaks, we should all be quiet and listen. There are not many Veterans on this great forum. And, I for one welcome any and all comments from any of our Veterans, even though I may not agree with his or her opinion. I have no qualms about listening to and acknowleding discussion from a veteran in subjects in pertinent to his experience in the war. You will note that I have never once called into question anything Tom or any or the other good men here who served did themselves or personally saw during the war. Whereas, when we all delve into to politics, social issues or aspects of the war where the veterans of the war do not necessarily enjoy any initmate or direct knowledge of, such as the goings-on within a higher command or in another theater, that is a different matter. That would be like me offering informed comments on the machinations of Norman Swartzkoff's command during the 1992 war, had I been a soldier in one of the combat units he commanded then. I'm a little flabbergasted by this thread. We're here to honour a broad range of soldiers, irrespective of their nationality and background, and although this forum is UK/Commonwealth biased it doesn't exist in isolation. While personally I don't support the retrospective issue of medals when the recipient is deceased, I wish the original poster every success with his endeavour. I agree Paul. I feel exactly the same on that; always find those 'should have got a VC/GC/MoH things' a bit pointless; retrospective judgement on contemporary issues and all that. But I looked up this 'Medal of Freedom', and it's a different sort of thing - no gallantry medal, apparently more some kind of honorific that seems to have quite often been handed out posthumously as a tribute. Is that right, Septics? More a state tribute than a gallantry medal? Correct, Adam. It is a super-duper "attaboy" given on behalf of the President. It is more or less an award for being good at what you do. It can be given to "furriners." It is not an award for valor, but can be given to someone who showed valor in what he did. If you look back, I've not once encouraged or discouraged anyone from signing the petition. My dog in the fight was the dreadful way that the original poster was treated by some members of this good forum. On chatting with Veterans; I find it more interesting that the war was fought by ordinary blokes with ordinary bloke's opinions. The rough & tumble of Internettage is going to reflect that isn't it? I'm not sure automatic pedestals are 100% part of the WW2Talk 'vibe'. Can't we chat/disagree sometimes like normal human beans? Respect due, naturally, particularly on certain subjects of specific war experience, but the veterans (to me) are a certain definition of 'big boys' - more than capable of looking after themselves in most areas - I like it like that, talking with 'em on a mostly level playing field always seemed one of the charms of this place to me, long before I became admin that was one of the things I quite liked about WW2T. Ordinary blokes is right, Adam. In my previous career, I had a huge interaction with veterans, especially from that war, as they were in their 70s mostly then and just starting to have medical problems that needed hospitalizaton. To see and talk to most of them, you'd never known that they had seen the elephant. They were rightly proud of what they individually or as a group had done back then. They did not have Hollywood screenwriters embellishing their stories, but they were exciting, even those in the chairborne brigades. I've spent about 60 hours (so far) over the last summer and autumn talking with Old Hickory, in preparation to write a book about his time with the US 30th Infantry Division in Northwest and Central Europe. If anything, he is just ordinary, but he keeps me in stiches. You ought to hear his "British accent," learned while he was in England before Normandy. It contrasts so much with his Southern drawl. He does this not to make fun, as he has nothing but the utmost respect for the people in England and the rest of Great Britain.