Army cadet and returned Mormon missionary receives notable award for humility, mental toughness

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  • 1Reader Alpine, UT
    Dec. 9, 2017 9:37 p.m.

    Wow, what an amazing and well deserved honor!

  • JohnInSLC Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 8:25 a.m.

    "Our Christ taught to turn the other cheek and to love our enemies as ourselves, rather than to shed the blood of other human beings."


    Then please explain His admonition to His apostles shortly before His death, as recorded in Luke 22:36: "he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one."

    Obviously, Christ knew the only way to reason with those intent solely on harming others is by force. LTG Moore, who was also my commanding general at Ft. Ord, CA during the early '70's, knew that as well as anybody. You should be grateful to him and people like him, even the kids at West Point, for being willing to protect us.

  • ssev Maple Grove, MN
    Dec. 6, 2017 10:39 a.m.

    West Point cadet Raaqim Rispress received the Lt. Gen. Harold 'Hal' Moore Warrior Athlete of Excellence Award " presented to the top male and female athlete who best exemplify the tenets of the warrior ethos and values of Lt. Gen. Hal Moore . ..." 

    During the Korean War, General Moore commanded a heavy mortar company in combat. At West Point, he was an instructor in infantry tactics. At the Pentagon, he helped develop airborne/air assault tactics. Moore was also a NATO Plans Officer. During the Vietnam War, he led the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) in the Battle of Ia Drang. He was promoted to colonel and commanded of the Garry Owen (3rd) Brigade. After the Vietnam War, he served at the Pentagon as the military liaison.

    God is not happy with “ the man of war” and the “captain of fifty” and their “men shall fall by the sword, and [their] mighty in the war.” (Isaiah 3:2-3, 25.) Our Christ taught to turn the other cheek and to love our enemies as ourselves, rather than to shed the blood of other human beings.

  • Farmer in Farmington Farmington, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 9:33 a.m.

    What a wonderful young man... doing great things early that lay a firm foundation for an exceptional life.

    Millions of us from all stripes and backgrounds are grateful that people like this stand up to defend our nation, and extend (hopefully) freedom to the world.

    In the midst of the debris of fleeting moral and ethical leadership that characterize this day, here is one, that is developing character that will stand in the crucible of fire.

  • Common-Tator Saint Paul, MN
    Dec. 6, 2017 6:01 a.m.

    I had the privilege of many one-on-one talks with Rocky while he was at our quarters (and elsewhere), when my bride and I served a Military Relations - Senior Couple mission back at West Point. I can guarantee that he is everything this article and award are about ... and then some.

    Way to go, Rocky!!!

  • Chris Degn Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 6, 2017 5:39 a.m.

    We need to clone this young warrior. Imagine the future our Army if every platoon had had him for a Platoon Leader!?!

  • Mr. Investigator South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 5, 2017 9:06 a.m.

    Way to go!