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American Iron Specials American Iron Salute - Heroes in Uniform 2017

Check out American Iron’s new laser focused special issues.  American Iron Salute – Heroes in Uniform is our motorcycle thank you to the brave men and women who protect our nation.  American Iron Power – Performance Upgrades is your source for how to get the greatest power from your American motorcycle.

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support for veterans

“… you don’t need to be a veteran to be a hero and you don’t need anything but time and heart to make a difference.” THERE’S AN OLD SAYING (ATTRIBUTED to George Washington) about how a country treats and honors its veterans is the ultimate measure of the people and the nation. The idea behind it is that without the continued support of citizens, fewer great men and women would be inclined to serve in the future. After putting this special issue together and seeing it come to frui-tion, I’m blown away by the love and support shown to our veterans on a massive scale. We’ve come a long way since the Vietnam era, and I’m glad to see those veterans included in that much-deserved support. Jay Hirsch does an excellent job…

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riding to sturgis with the veterans charity ride

“I’ve seen ghosts that haunt them chased away with the twist of a throttle” DAVE FREY SAID IT WOULD HAPPEN. He said there’d be that moment when it hits you, where it overwhelms you because there’s something special about this ride. And he was right. It hit me in Moab, Utah, when two young sisters walked up on a stage and handed the veterans letters they had written thanking them for their service. Punched me in the heart. The girls wanted to do something special when they heard the vets were coming to town. It doesn’t get much more special than letters of “Thank You” with hand-drawn hearts. It got me when Scott Prothero, a World War II veteran who had fought in the Battles of Saipan and Okinawa, met Josh Stein, a…

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This is my grandfather, Carl S. Harper, sitting on an Indian in France during World War I. He was in the US Army Medical Corps. He was also an All-American basketball player at the University of Wiscon-sin. My family has been riding Indians for just about a century. John C. HarperMount Pleasant, WI This is my uncle Edmund Stangel on his 1939 Indian Scout taken when he was employed as a security guard in Chicago in 1947. Eddie Stangel served in the US Navy in the Pacific Theater from 1943 to 1945. He was recalled to duty in 1950 and served on a subma-rine off the California coast for the duration of the Korean War. He’s still going strong. Steve RemyVia Internet Here is a photo of my father-in-law, Larry Samford, with his police…

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the tunnel rat

During the Vietnam War, there was a special breed of volunteer infantryman, typically from the US, Australia, and New Zealand, with a specialized mission: infiltrate and destroy myriad tunnels carved into the Vietnamese landscape by the Viet Cong. The tunnel system was mas-sive. They could contain underground headquarters, storage facilities, train-ing facilities, and even hospitals. The VC were obviously skilled at guerrilla warfare given their protracted battle with the French Colonial Forces first, followed by the Aussies, Kiwis, and, of course, Americans. With the network of tunnels, they might stay hidden underground for months on end. In order to defeat a tunnel system, a volunteer was sent in with noth-ing more than a pistol or revolver, a bayonet, and a flashlight. The task at hand? Simple. Wipe out any hiding enemy soldiers…

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for the fallen

After surviving the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, Kyle Smith returned home only to crash his 2013 Harley-Davidson FLHX. He says that was really just a blessing in disguise, because it offered him a way to honor some of his fallen friends. “I bought this bike used late in 2015,” Kyle says. “And early in 2016, I was eager to get out on the road. During the ride, I was coming up a hill and at the crest, I made a lane position change to set up for a corner, and I hit some loose gravel. There was a death wobble from the front end, and I was thrown from the bike. “I was only going a bit better than 30 mph, and I landed in the ditch while the bike skidded down the…

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patina'd iron

You’d be hard pressed to find a group of people more atten-tive to the needs of those who could use a helping hand than motorcyclists. From charity rides to raffles, custom bike shows to toy drives, no matter where you look you can always find a group of bikers participating in some type of charitable ca-pacity. The team over at Roy’s Toys Customs is a fine example of the generosity you can find in the motorcycle industry. A family-run cus-tom motorcycle shop based in Colo-rado, Roy’s Toys is comprised of Roy Martin and his kids, Nikki and Tony, as well as a few of Roy’s grandkids. Roy’s has a passion for building radical custom motorcycles, working with family, and giving back to the heroes of our country. A while back, Roy’s was ap-proached…