Archive for May 25th, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Lt. Col. Rusteberg, May 1944, London

West Point 1934

Two Silver Stars, One Bronze Star, Presidential Unit Citation (Battle of Hatten), Purple Heart. American hero.

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Edwin Rusteberg (ASN: 0-19542), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Headquarters, 1st Battalion, 242d Infantry Regiment, 42d Infantry Division, in action on 9 January 1945 at Hatten, France. As Commanding Officer of the First Battalion, 242d Infantry Regiment, during the action at Hatten, France, Colonel Rusteberg planned and executed the defense of that area with outstanding success. In spite of point blank fire from enemy tanks supported by Infantry that raked his positions with fire, Colonel Rusteberg by personal example held his troops in position and withstood the enemy attack. Fighting side by side with his men in the face of overwhelming odds without mechanized or artillery support, Colonel Rusteberg by his courageous leadership, tenacity and devotion to duty played a major role in the successful defense of the town of Hatten.

General Orders: Headquarters, 42d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 131 (1945)

Action Date: 9-Jan-45 Service: Army Rank: Lieutenant Colonel Company: Headquarters Battalion: 1st Battalion Regiment: 242d Infantry Regiment Division: 42d Infantry Division

Editor’s Note: The Hero at the Battle of Hatten was Vito Bertoldo. I tracked down his son who lives in California. His son served two tours in Vietnam as a Marine. He is a retired California State Highway patrolman.

Col. Rusteberg,  years after his retirment from the Army, related a story about Vito. On the voyage across the Atlantic to North Africa, word came up from the ranks that one of the cooks, Vito  Bertoldo, wanted to become a rifleman. Seems he was not getting along with his fellow cooks and wanted a transfer. Request granted. Little did Vito’s superiors know that Vito would go on to win the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Battle of the Bulge.     


State-Run Health Insurance Exchanges May Survive Supreme Court Ruling

Friday, May 25th, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down its opinion regarding the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Their ruling on the constitutionality of requiring every American to purchase health insurance may affect how health reform moves forward.

But one thing the ruling will not significantly alter, in all likelihood, is the development of state-run health insurance exchanges.

Here are five things to know about state-run health insurance exchanges. Insurance-Exchanges-2724569-1.html?utm_source=editorial&utm_ medium=email&utm_campaign=Voluntary_inBrief_010411_051412

Editor’s Note: Private health insurance exchanges will compete with government sponsored exchanges.

Putting The Insurance Back In Health Insurance

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Editor’s Note: Health care upon demand  is viewed by many as an entitlement funded with other people’s money

Hospitals & Doctors Raising Prices Faster Than A Speeding Bullet

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Insurers are facing high costs for many common medical services because doctors, hospitals and drugmakers are raising prices faster than inflation, according to a new report released Monday from the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI).