Veteran’s Day is a time to thank all those who served our country over the years. It is also a time to celebrate how bad-ass veterans really are.

Here are some of Connecticut’s most bad-ass veterans.

 

Ethan Allen – Litchfield, CT

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Born January 21, 1738
LitchfieldConnecticut Colony
Died February 12, 1789 (aged 51)
BurlingtonVermont Republic
Buried at Burlington
Allegiance  Great Britain
 United States
 Vermont Republic
Service/branch Continental Army
Vermont Republic militia
Years of service 1757 Connecticut provincial militia
1770–1775 Green Mountain Boys[1]
1778–1781 Continental Army[2]1779–1780 Vermont Republic militia[3]
Rank Major General (Vermont Republic militia)
Colonel (Continental Army)
Commands held Green Mountain Boys
Fort Ticonderoga
Battles/wars American Revolutionary War

Other work farmer, politician, land speculator, philosopher

 

WHY HE’S BAD-ASS

When you are one of the founders of a state that alone makes you pretty bad-ass. Ethan Allen was one of the original founder of the state of Vermont. He is also best known in history for the capture of capture of Fort Ticonderoga early in the American Revolutionary War. Not only was he an American Revolutionary War patriot and a hero, but he also somehow found time to have a thousand other jobs. He was a farmer,  businessman, land speculator, philosopher, and writer as well.

After capturing Fort Ticonderoga in May of 1775, he got a little too confident and tried to capture Montreal in September of 1775. He failed and was caught and imprisoned by British authorities. He spent three years in prison before being paroled in NYC in 1778.

On a personal level Ethan was married twice and had eight kids.

 

 

Benedict Arnold – Norwich, CT

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Born January 14, 1741
NorwichConnecticut Colony
Died June 14, 1801 (aged 60)
LondonEnglandUnited Kingdom
Place of burial St Mary’s Church, Battersea, London
Allegiance  United States of America
 Kingdom of Great Britain
Service/branch
Years of service
  • Colonial militia: 1757, 1775
  • Continental Army: 1775–1780
  • British Army: 1780–1781
Rank
Commands held
Battles/wars American Revolutionary War

Awards Boot Monument
Signature

 

WHY HE’S BAD-ASS

Ah yes, the most hated bad-ass veteran. At least here in America. Benedict Arnold was a general during the American Revolutionary War. He was on our side fighting for the American Continental Army. Until… he wasn’t. Arnold switched sides declaring allegiance to the British Army. His plan while still a general on the American side was obtaining command of the fort at West Point, NY and then to surrender it to British forces. In September of 1780 the plan was exposed and he got commissioned into the British Army officially. He even led British force raids right here in Connecticut on Groton and New London. He eventually ended up moving to London with his wife, where he died in 1801.

Traitor!

Sure, this all makes Benedict quite the dick, but coming from a bad-ass standpoint it does take a lot of balls to try to pull off something like betraying your own country. Even to the point that here in the U.S. his name alone has become a term for treason and betrayal.

 

Nathan Hale – Coventry, CT

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Birth name Nathan Hale
Born June 6, 1755
CoventryConnecticut Colony
Died September 22, 1776 (aged 21)
New York CityProvince of New York
Buried Coventry, Connecticut
Alma mater Yale College
Signature Nathan Hale's signature

 

WHY HE’S BAD-ASS

Nathan Hale was a soldier for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. In a risky move he volunteered himself for an intelligence gathering mission in New York City (aka undercover spying). His mission failed when he was captured by the British and hanged. He gave us what is possibly one of the best history quotes of all time when he said just before being hanged “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country”. I mean, c’mon! It doesn’t get much more bad-ass than that. America!

Just when you thought Nathan Hale couldn’t get anymore bad-ass, in 1985 he was officially designated the state hero of Connecticut.

 

Henry Mucci

American Colonel Posing at Raid Site of Luzon

Born March 4, 1909
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Died April 20, 1997 (aged 86)
Melbourne, Florida
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Department of the Army Seal.svg United States Army
Years of service 1936–1946
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Commands held 6th Ranger Battalion
Battles/wars World War II

Awards Distinguished Service Cross

 

WHY HE’S A BAD-ASS

We could really just post that photo of Henry again in this section. How awesome does he look in that! Pipe hanging out of the mouth, sweet stache, just looking like a straight up bad-ass.

Henry was a colonel in the U.S. Army Rangers, which is definitely one of the more bad-ass divisions of the military. In January of 1945 while fighting in World War II Henry led a force of 121 rangers on a mission to rescue 513 survivors of the Bataan Death March from Cabanatuan Prison Camp. Henry and his crew were heavily outnumbered but still managed to get it done. It is still to this day considered the largest and most successful rescue mission in the history of the United States Military.

 

 

source: Wikipedia

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