What Our Supporters Say

USA

Colonel Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor (Ret), Medal of Honor

Jack Jacobs received the Medal Honor for his many courageous actions in the Vietnam war. They involved repeatedly fighting his way for through intense enemy fire, despite being heavily wounded himself, in order to save thirteen lives. Those lives - Jack's comrades - included a fellow US Advisor and twelve South Vietnamese soldiers. Men from different nations who had lived together, fought together and always risked dying together.

USA

Lieutenant Commander Theodore Roosevelt IV former US Navy SEAL

Ted Roosevelt IV served two tours in the Vietnam War as an Officer with the U.S. Navy SEAL’s. He is the Great Grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt and the Grandson of Theodore Roosevelt Jr (TR Jr), Medal of Honor Recipient and Founder of The American Legion. Ted also served as the Honorary 100th Anniversary Chairman of The American Legion and has spoken on behalf of TR Jr in TR Jr’s Hallowed History video.

Australia

Warrant Officer Keith Payne, Victoria Cross VC, OAM, DSC (USA), SS (USA), CG (RSVN)

Victoria Cross recipient Keith Payne kindly provides his opinion and support for the Hallowed History mobile system and project.

Tom & Romayne McGinnis
USA

Tom & Romayne McGinnis Parents of Medal of Honor recipient, the late Ross McGinnis

We are honored that Tom and Romayne McGinnis have joined our other Gold Star families in supporting Hallowed History. They lost their only son Ross in December 2006 while he was serving as a Humvee machine gunner in the Iraq war. When a hand grenade was thrown into his Humvee Ross could have easily jumped from the gunner’s turret as he was trained to do. He chose instead to throw himself on the grenade, sacrificing his life so his friends would all survive.

Personal Message:

To the Hallowed History team

We want to thank you for creating a system that will tell the story of our son. Ross’ life was so much more than can be told in a few words carved into a headstone. With the Hallowed History System, everybody can have the opportunity to learn what kind of a man he was.

Regards,
Tom McGinnis

New Zealand

Sir Richard Taylor KNZM

CEO and Co-founder of Weta Workshop, five time Oscar and four time BAFTA winner, gives his support to Hallowed History

USA

Dave Eubank Founder and Leader of The Free Burma Rangers.

Saviours of the Innocent in Conflict Zones. Dave kindly gives his support to Hallowed History.

Fusilier Derek Kinne
UK

Fusilier Derek Kinne GC, QKM, UNKM

George Cross Recipient, known as ‘The Man they Couldn’t Break’.

Korean War veteran, the late Derek Kinne was awarded the George Cross for his incredible bravery as a POW and his repeated attempts to escape. Derek defied his captors for over two years, withstanding torture, striking an officer who assaulted him and steadfastly protecting his mates. We are very proud and grateful that Derek chose to support Hallowed History.

Personal Message:

After studying the Hallowed History website I am very pleased with the things I have seen.

I fully agree with Keith Payne VC and wonder why this hasn’t been done previously.

If your system will allow families to tell the tale of so many brave people, and comfort them in the process, I am fully behind it.

Regards,

Derek Kinne, GC, QKM, UNKM.

SAS Legends ‘Bronco’ Lane & ‘Brummie’ Stokes
UK

SAS Legends ‘Bronco’ Lane & ‘Brummie’ Stokes Major - MM, BEM | Sergeant - MBE, BEM

Legendary Soldiers of the 22nd Special Air Service (SAS) Regiment and Military Mountaineers

Renowned veterans of the SAS who served throughout the world, from Dhofar to the Falklands and beyond. Both were severely frostbitten, losing many fingers and toes when they successfully climbed Mt Everest in 1976, but still they fought on.

'Bronco' Lane and (the late) 'Brummie' Stokes generously lend their support to Hallowed History

Personal Message:

To the team at Hallowed History. After looking at the Hallowed History Project we are very impressed by its potential to honour our fallen soldiers and to assist those who still need help.

Teaching people about those who have given their lives is incredibly important and this technology offers a new and fascinating way of doing that. We are happy to back the project and wish you all the best.

Michael ‘Bronco’ Lane, MM, BEM.


John ‘Brummie’ Stokes MBE, BEM.

New Zealand

Sqd Ldr Les Munro, Dambuster CNZM, DSO, QSO, DFC, JP "Dambusters" pilot

Squadron Leader John Leslie (Les) Munro kindly spoke about the Hallowed History Project before he passed away.

Sqd Ldr Johnny Johnson, Dambuster
UK

Sqd Ldr Johnny Johnson, Dambuster DFM, Highly Decorated Dambuster Veteran

George 'Johnny' Johnson is the last survivor of the legendary Dambuster raid of May 1943. As the bomb aimer of the American Joe McCarthy’s crew, Johnny coolly called for ten separate runs at the Sorpe Dam before he finally dropped their bomb, bang on target. Like so many of his comrades, Johnny is a strong believer in selflessness and as a teacher and councillor after the war he has spent much of his life in the service of others. We are thrilled that Johnny has agreed to support us.

Personal Message:

To Hallowed History.

After studying your goals and viewing the video of my old comrade, the late Les Munro, I am delighted to lend my wholehearted support to The Hallowed History Project. As a former school teacher I believe your system will be a valuable aid in educating younger (and future) generations about the sacrifices our service people have made, and continue to make.

With Best Wishes,

George ‘Johnny’ Johnson DFM.

Stephen Buckhorn
USA

Stephen Buckhorn US Naval Expeditionary Combat Command

During his service in both Gulf Wars, Stephen was wounded on multiple occasions. His injuries included being stabbed in close quarter fighting, being shot in the back and the leg and having his trigger finger blown off. Showing great resilience, Stephen recovered his missing finger and stored it in his camelback water carrier until it was sewn back on. We are honored to have Stephen’s support.

Personal Message:

To the team at Hallowed History

I am very pleased to give you my backing and am highly impressed with your App. So too are many veteran buddies, including a good friend and psychologist at Veterans Affairs. He was so convinced by its potential to help those struggling with PTSD that he borrowed my mobile phone to show it to other veterans. Now he’s bugging me to know when it will be publicly available. Like him, I can’t wait.

Stephen W Buckhorn,

US Navy SWCC Boat Captain (Rtd)

Flt Sgt Fred Sutherland, Dambuster
Canada

Flt Sgt Fred Sutherland, Dambuster RCAF Dambuster Gunner and Successful Evader

The late Fred Sutherland was kind enough to join fellow Dambusters George ‘Johnny’ Johnson and the late Les Munro as supporters of Hallowed History. Not only was he one of the last two survivors of that legendary raid, Fred’s luck continued throughout the war largely thanks to the sacrifice of his pilot Les Knight who dragged their badly damaged Lancaster high enough for the crew to bail out over occupied Holland. Hell-bent on evading capture, Fred went on the run for the next three months and successfully made it all the way back to the UK and then home to Canada.

Personal Message:

To the Hallowed History team.

I am very pleased to give my backing to your project. Your aim to honour and support our veterans is very worthwhile and the potential of your system to do that is impressive. Preserving the memory of those who have sacrificed their lives is extremely important, so I am keen to see the Hallowed History system in action.

Good luck.

Fred Sutherland.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Renowned Explorer
UK

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Renowned Explorer OBE

Sir Ranulph Fiennes is described by the Guinness Book of Records and many other sources as "The World’s Greatest Living Explorer".

He also served in the UK Armed Forces as an Officer with the Royal Scots Greys and the SAS. His feats as an Expedition Leader, Mountaineer and Extreme Endurance Athlete span over 40 years and are simply incredible. They include, to name just a few, being the first (along with fellow team mates) to reach both Poles, to cross both the Antarctic and Arctic Oceans and to circumnavigate the polar axis. He has climbed Everest and many other mountains on multiple occasions, self-amputated his own frostbite-ridden fingers and raised many millions for charity on the way. We are honoured and grateful that he has agreed to support Hallowed History.

Personal Message:

To the Hallowed History team.

Having studied your aims to assist military veterans and to educate children, using the technology you have developed, I am happy to support your Project. The best endeavours are never easy and always take courage, persistence and endurance. I urge you to keep going and the day will come when those who need your help will receive it. Both then and now I look forward to following your progress and wish you all the very best.


Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

New Zealand

Rear Admiral Jack Steer (Ret), ONZM, Former Chief Executive of the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association

Gives the RNZRSA’s support to Hallowed History

S/Sgt Tina Grant, NZDF Families of the Fallen
New Zealand

S/Sgt Tina Grant, NZDF Families of the Fallen NZDSD, New Zealand Defence Force Liaison Officer – Families of the Fallen

When SAS Corporal Doug Grant was killed in action rescuing hostages in Afghanistan, Tina lost her incredible husband and their children lost a wonderful father. But Tina is an incredible woman in her own right, shouldering not only her own family’s burden but taking care of other New Zealand families who have lost their fathers, sisters, daughters and sons in the service of their country. We are very grateful that Tina is also supporting Hallowed History.

Personal Message:

To the Hallowed History team.

I am pleased to offer my personal backing and to pass on the sentiments of other bereaved families I have spoken to about Hallowed History. All of us who have lost a loved one are very enthusiastic about what your system will do in commemorating our fallen and raising funds to help those left behind. To know that your loved one will never be forgotten is tremendously important and this aspect of your system will help to give many people a great deal of comfort. Please keep going!

Regards, Tina Grant

NZDF Liaison Officer – Families of the Fallen

New Zealand

Lieutenant Colonel Haddon Donald DSO, MC, MiD, USA Legion of Merit. Commanding Officer 22nd Battalion, NZEF.

Shot three times. Blown up five times. Shot a Ju 52 German Paratroop Carrier down with a Thompson submachine gun.
Fought through Greece, Crete, North Africa and Italy before personally accepting the German surrender at Trieste. Aged 101, Haddon has since passed away.

New Zealand

Flight Lieutenant Ken Orman DFC & Bar, Bomber Command Pilot

Ken Orman flew 38 Operations with Bomber Command, receiving two Distinguished Flying Crosses in World War 2. One of those awards came after he suffered severe facial wounds on a raid but completed his bombing run and flew all the way home despite heavy blood loss and without blacking out.

New Zealand

Col Roger Howard (Rtd)

Father of the late Private John 'Jack' Howard, Killed-In-Action 2010. Jack Howard fought and died while serving with The (UK) Parachute Regiment in Afghanistan. Roger talks about keeping the memory of his son alive through Hallowed History and the value of this to their family.