May 032020

Maj. Michelle M. Curran

Lead Solo
Maj. Michelle M. Curran is the Lead Solo Pilot for the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. As Thunderbird 5, she flies the #5 jet and serves as the squadron’s Chief of Standardization and Evaluation. She is in her second season with the team. Curran entered the Air Force in 2009 with a Reserve Officer Training Corps commission from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She completed the Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training at Columbus, MS and assigned to the F-16 Misawa Air Base, Japan. Curran has flown more than 1,500 hours in the F-16, including 163 combat hours over Afghanistan in support of Operation Resolute Support and Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Prior to the Thunderbirds, she was an F-16 Instructor Pilot and Flight Commander at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas.

2009 Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice, University of St. Thomas
2010 Air and Space Basic Course, Squadron Officer College
2014 Squadron Officer School

Nov 2009 – Nov 2011 Student, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training and Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals,
14th Operational Support Squadron Columbus AFB, Miss.
Nov 2011 – Nov 2012 Student, F-16 Basic Course, 308th Fighter Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz.
Nov 2012 – Nov 2015 F-16 Pilot/Chief of Scheduling, 13th Fighter Squadron, Misawa AB, Japan
Nov 2015 – Sept 2018 F-16 Instructor Pilot/Flight Commander, 355th Fighter Squadron, NAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas
Sept 2018 – Present Thunderbird #5, Opposing Solo, USAF Air Demonstration Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.

Rating: Senior Pilot
Flight hours: More than 1,500
Aircraft flown: T-6, T-38, F-16C

Air Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster

Second Lieutenant Aug 2009
First Lieutenant Aug 2011
Captain Aug 2013
Major July 2019

Jul 222019

Calvin Leon Graham (April 3, 1930 – November 6, 1992) was the youngest U.S. serviceman to serve and fight during World War II. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the United States Navy from Houston, Texas on August 15, 1942, at the age of 12.

Calvin Leon Graham
Calvin Graham.jpg

Seaman First Class Calvin Graham in 1942
Born April 3, 1930
Canton, Texas
Died November 6, 1992 (aged 62)
Fort Worth, Texas
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Navy
United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1942–1943
Rank Seaman first class – USN
Corporal – USMC[1]
Unit USS South Dakota
Battles/wars World War II

Awards Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star Medal (1+1 “V” Device
Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple Heart

Graham’s decorations and military awards, as finally settled circa 1994 after intervention by Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton:


Bronze star

Bronze star
Bronze star

1st Row Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”
2nd Row Purple Heart Medal Navy Unit Commendation
with service star
American Campaign Medal
3rd Row Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal 
with two service stars
World War II Victory Medal National Defense Service Medal

Jan 312018

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Apr 192017

Engraving of Kilroy on the WWII Memorial in Washington DC

Feb 012017

New Suffolk Today:

A United States Submarine Veterans designated

USSVI National Memorial Site

The New Suffolk Memorial is in New Suffolk, LI, NY and is on a grassy knoll, in the sand, facing Peconic Bay.

It is within a stones’ throw of the original “Holland Torpedo Boat” docks and is within the original boatyard.

The inscription reads:

  • “Be it known by all that this monument marks the location of the first United States Submarine Base and commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the United States Submarine Service which had it’s birthplace here on this point of land in the hamlet of New Suffolk, Long Island on 11 April 1900.
  • This Monument is a testimony to all the gallant men who have served on submarines of the United States Navy”

Memorial was dedicated 8 April 2000
United States Submarine Veterans Long Island Base.

Information provided by
John R. Saeli    USSVI Long Island Base

  • © Sid Harrison – USSVI WebMaster
  • From the late Floyd D. Houston’s memoribilia, the four historical images shown immediately above were submitted by the grandson of Floyd D. Houston . Mr. Houston was one of the latter owners of the New Suffolk Boatyard.
Jan 172017

Listen very closely to everything this veteran had to say

3 tours, wounded twice, she deserved every bit and more
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