Happy 238th Birthday U.S. Navy

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Meet the U.S. Navy's 7 Living Medal of Honor Recipients in an Infographic by iFreedom Direct®

Living U.S. Navy Medal of Honor Recipients Infographic from iFreedom Direct

iFreedom Direct Honors Living U.S. Navy Medal of Honor Recipients

iFreedom Direct® Special Projects Manager and 23-year Army Veteran, Tim Lewis, says, “It’s because of the courage of all our service members that America is what it is today. On this Navy birthday we extend a warm THANK YOU to these seven Veterans."

October 13, 2013 marks the 238th year of the U.S. Navy's existence. To commemorate the day, iFreedom Direct®, a Salt Lake-based VA lender, dedicates a new Navy Infographic entitled "Not Self But Country." The title is borrowed from the unofficial U.S. Navy motto. The graphic showcases the bravery of seven living Navy veterans who are recipients of the rare Congressional Medal of Honor.

The Medal of Honor is our country’s highest award for valor and is given carefully to the most daring of daring servicemembers whose selfless acts of courage are well documented.

The seven individuals featured in the graphic are the only remaining U.S. Navy veterans who still live to tell of their incredible rescue missions that earned them the award. They are Donald E. Ballard, Thomas Jerome Hudner, Jr., Robert R. Ingram, Thomas G. Kelley, Joseph R. Kerrey, Thomas R. Norris and Michael Edwin Thornton. The graphic summarizes their stories of incredible valor during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The accounts include carrying out daring rescues and other sensitive missions even if it meant enduring life-threatening injuries in the process.

iFreedom Direct® Special Projects Manager and 23-year Army Veteran, Tim Lewis, says, “It’s because of the courage of all our service members that America is what it is today. On this Navy birthday we extend a warm thank you to these seven veterans who have received the nation’s highest award, and to all who represent our country’s character.”

On this day in 1775, the Navy was born. Beginning with the separation from British tyranny, the mission of the U.S. Navy remains today; to maintain, train and equip combat-ready Naval forces capable of winning wars, deterring aggression and maintaining freedom of the seas.

Since then, the U.S. Navy has fought strong in 10 more U.S. wars and conflicts, with the most recent in Iraq and Afghanistan in the continuous effort to let freedom ring with security, democracy and prosperity not only for America but for the world.

If you know any U.S. Navy service members, take a moment today to wish them a happy branch birthday.    To learn more about iFreedom Direct®, visit http://www.directvaloans.com.

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