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  1. Michael Nugent
    December 10, 2014

    WOW!!! Thank you for sharing!!! Captain Ben L. Salomon I am going to raise my glass to you tonight at dinner.

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    • The Dental Warrior
      December 10, 2014

      We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy! 🙂

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  2. Michael Kaner
    December 10, 2014

    One of the reasons it took 50 plus years for him to receive the MOH was that it was erroneously thought that medical personnel were ineligible for the honor.

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    • The Dental Warrior
      December 10, 2014

      Yeah… weird and sad.

      When I was in the Persian Gulf, I got “imminent danger pay.” That’s the modern euphemism for “combat pay.” And, they made sure we all had our wills and powers of attorney filled out. Bombs and missiles don’t discriminate or spare certain people if one hits the ship.

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  3. Alan De Angelo
    December 11, 2014

    Great story. Thanks for sharing and thank you for your service, too.

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  4. Ken
    December 11, 2014

    What a hero. A very sad ending yet noble story of bravery and American patriotism. We need more real life brave and heroic figures like this now!

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  5. John
    December 15, 2014

    Not to detract from the heroic deeds of Capt. Salomon…
    The site (Human Events.com) should have done a bit of research before pairing his image with what looks like either a Russian Maxim or British Vickers water-cooled machine gun.

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    • The Dental Warrior
      December 15, 2014

      I was trying to figure that out! I didn’t know what kind of gun it was, and I tried to find out what he actually used. Even with my strong Google-fu… I couldn’t find it.

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      • John
        December 17, 2014

        Salomon was at an American battalion area. He saw the men manning the machine gun were down and he moved to get it back into action. To me that means Americans were killed operating an American crew served machine gun. The only guns that could have been there were Browning .30 or .50 (air or water-cooled). The art director screwed up this one.

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  6. MARYLEBONE DENTAL PRACTICE
    December 19, 2014

    Great article! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  7. 44DentalCare
    December 23, 2014

    Wow amazing story! Thanks for sharing it!

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  8. ellebelle
    February 9, 2015

    Wow! My grandfather (also a dentist, got a full ride because he played football for Pop Warner at Temple) was also sent overseas during WWII. He ended up in the European Theater a few days after D-Day, yes, as a surgeon. He never, ever talked about it, ever. I cannot imagine the horror. The only story I know is that at one point he was behind enemy lines and the only way he knew that was because, gulp, there he heard German soldiers. Fortunately, my grandmother spoke fluent German (and indeed worked after WW2 translating) so I guess he understood enough (from being with her) to get out of whatever situation he was in. Dr. Salomon was definitely an amazing hero! I cannot say that I am surprised by his actions, since I think most of us go into dentistry for the living, but also for being able to help others.

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    • The Dental Warrior
      February 9, 2015

      They were an amazing generation.

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  9. Mac
    April 22, 2015
  10. J G Spanyer
    September 21, 2015

    Until this date, 9/21/2015, I never knew Ben Soloman had received the Medal of Honor. I had been told by my parents that he had been nominated for it but it had been denied because he had not removed the Red Cross medical insignia from his arm or helmet when he had picked up the rifle as the Japs were killing our wounded laying outside the medical tent. In the 1950’s, there was a men’s magazine called “Argosy” that carried a story of Ben Soloman titled, “Captain Ben”. When I was about 16, I had a copy of the magazine containing the article. It was either given to me by his father when I visited his father and mother in Los Angeles or shortly after I returned home from our family visit. Ben Soloman’s father was a distant cousin on my mother’s side of the family. Wish I could found that magazine or at least a copy of the article to pass on to my two grandsons. Nice to know he finally received the Medal of Honor but too bad his parents never knew about it. (Well, perhaps now they do now that they’re together.)

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    • The Dental Warrior
      September 21, 2015

      Thanks for sharing your memory. It’s nice to know that Captain Soloman’s story has not been completely forgotten.

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  11. Mike Caldwell
    February 20, 2017

    What a great article honoring one of our nation’s great heroes!

    Here is the full citation for Capt. Saloman from the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation: themedalofhonor.com/medal-of-honor-recipients/recipients/salomon-benjamin-world-war-two

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    • The Dental Warrior
      February 20, 2017

      Thanks for visiting and reading my article, Colonel Caldwell! I see that you are the COO of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, now. I’m honored that you saw fit to comment and compliment my article. I have great respect for all MOH recipients. Of course, being a dentist, Captain Saloman’s story was even more special. And, what a story… that should be told and retold!

      Also… I turned the web address in your comment into an active link. Thanks!

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  12. Glen Dental Leicester
    February 12, 2018

    Thank you for writing such a great article, it’s important that we stay in touch with our roots and honour the people that went before us. It’s also great to hear that you have such enthusiasm for being a dentist… We’re proud to be in that same group and help so many people stay dentally fit.

    Thanks once again for your great article.

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