- Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 19 September
- Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 18 September
- Let's toss this grenade out there into the living room...
- Caution, low flying aircraft...
- Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 17 September
- Apropos of nothing at all, really...
- Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 16 September
- Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 15 September
- Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 14 September
- Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 13 September
- Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 12 September
- On language...
- Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 11 September
- Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 10 September
The 19th of September is a busy day in US military history, with 25 Medals awarded from the Civil War through Korea. It was a _very busy_ day during the Civil War, with 21 Medals awarded for actions at Blackburns Ford, Va, and Iuka, Ms, in 1862; Chickamauga, Ga. (where I had a relative fighting for the Orphan Brigade) in 1863, and Winchester, Va, in 1864. Theres a lot of iconic flag captures going on in this group!
The Medal opens this day in its history during the Indian War Campaigns, with a sharp little fight involving the Buffalo Soldiers of the 9th Cavalry.
Read it, and note the author, before reflexively typing. I know, this is the Intertubz! How dare I make silly requests like that. Regardless, there it is. WHY WOMEN DO NOT BELONG IN THE U.S. INFANTRY. Not that I dont actually expect a whole lot of argument from this crowd of about 20 greybeards. Of course, had this article been written by someone plumbed differently, it would never have seen the light of day.
Yanno, I totally hate those jackrabbits who hot-rod their left turn in front of you as the light turns green - but there are some to whom I am prepared to yield the right of way... Airmen maneuver through traffic lights while towing an F-15 Eagle down Watson Boulevard to the Warner Robins City Hall, Warner Robins, Ga. Sept. 6, 2014. The aircraft was loaned to the city by the Georgia Air National GuardÂs 116th Air Control Wing to serve as a static display for a new veteranÂs memorial. The Airmen moving the aircraft are assigned to the 116th Maintenance Group. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Regina Young)
Today is a big day for the Medal during the Civil War, with 17 awarded for actions during the Battle of Antietam. There is a soldier not listed whos citation includes Antietam and a later battle, and as is my custom, I will list him on the last day covered by his citation. There are 25 Medals for this day, and only two of them are posthumous. The Battle of Antietam was the single bloodiest day in US military history, with 23,000 casualties, 3,654 of them fatalities. The Union lost Antietam at the tactical level by the standards of the day - that standard pretty much being "who controlled the battlefield at sunset." However, the victory was a pyrrhic one for General Lee and his Army of Northern Virginia, as the damage done was so severe as to force Lee to retire back into Virginia - making his attack into Maryland a strategic failure, costing him troops and materiel he could ill-afford to lose. The real strategic damage was the battle changed the strategic picture to the point that President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which changed the war aims to specifically include the issue of slavery - which served to keep Great Britain on the sidelines of the war, as Queen Victorias government had been toying with providing more active and direct aid to the South. When Lincoln made the war explicitly about slavery it made it politically impossible for the British to involve themselves deeper.
For those of you who buy into the revisionist historians view that Truman didnt order use of The Bomb because of projected casualties, but rather that that reasoning was a postwar fiction developed to hide the truth and cover the guilt, I offer this rather dry read: D. M. Giangreco, "Casualty Projections for the U.S. Invasions of Japan, 1945-1946: Planning and Policy Implications" in Journal of Military History, 61 (July 1997): 521-82, online at: http://theamericanpresident.us/images/projections.pdf [Link fixed. A pesky period snuck into the URL]
The Medal stays quiet until WWII.
The Medal opens on this day during the Civil War:FOUT, FREDERICK W.Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, 15th Battery, Indiana Light ArtilleryPlace and date: Near Harpers Ferry, W. Va., 15 September 1862Entered service at: Indianapolis, Ind.Date of issue: 2 November 1896Citation: Voluntarily gathered the men of the battery together, remanned the guns, which had been ordered abandoned by an officer, opened fire, and kept up the same on the enemy until after the surrender.Next it shows up during the Interim Period 1901-11, awarded to two sailors about USS Missouri, who tried to save another sailor from drowning. Today, this would be...
There have been 17 Medals awarded for actions on this day in history. The first ten, which cover from 1862 to 1943, were all awarded to living recipients. The remaining seven have started a bad trend of being posthumous Medals. The Civil War is where we start, at the Battle of South Mountain, Maryland, prelude to Antietam. (I find the un-self-aware bias of the author of the linked piece to be interesting)
We open with the Civil War during a skirmish near Berryville, Virginia in 1864. GAUSE, ISAAC Rank and organization: Corporal, Company E, 2d Ohio Cavalry. Place and date: Near Berryville, Va., 13 September 1864. Entered service at:------. Birth: Trumbull County, Ohio. Date of issue: 19 September 1864. Citation: Capture of the colors of the 8th South Carolina Infantry while engaged in a reconnaissance along the Berryville and Winchester Pike. The Medal next appears on this day in history during the Philippine Insurrection, for a fight at El Pardo, on the island of Cebu. GALBRAITH, ROBERT Rank and organization: Gunners Mate...
The Medal first appears during the Indian Campaigns, followed by WWI, WWII, and Korea.
Not to spoil the tranquility of your Sunday morning - but I have a gripe. Quelle surprise, non? The term, "beheading." Pretty much when I grew up that meant guillotine, axe, or the sword, and generally, but certainly not always, a single swipe and done. Bad enough. What were calling beheadings now are *not* that. Theyre "sawing off the head of someone who is completely aware of the event." I know, its a mouthful. But, words matter. Just as people on the anti-war side of things mock "collateral damage" as a euphemism, I call beheading a euphemism, and one designed to both minimize the horror, soothe nerves that might otherwise be jangled, and is certainly shorter to type. But it masks a reality. And Im not sure usefully.
On this death-shrouded day in our history, the Medal only appears once during the Civil War, and then 8 soldiers from the Army of the Plains earned the Medal. One at Fort Apache, Arizona in 1881, and the others at Upper Washita, Texas, in 1874. The citations are the typical sparse ones from this era, and today would most likely be Bronze or Silver Stars. But the Medal of Honor was the only option back in the day.
Food for thought, as we busily trade freedom for a faux sense of security, ala Ben Franklins dictum. Though, I think this graph changes when you account for effectiveness, at least as measured by body counts. _NON-MUSLIMS CARRIED OUT MORE THAN 90% OF ALL TERRORIST ATTACKS IN AMERICA._ But know this, you lefties... Im keeping an eye on your gun-grabbing selves. No wonder you want our guns... to clear the decks for your nefarious activities, since youre the biggest slice of terrorism-producers.
After taking a break for a couple of days, the Medal re-surfaces, in Korea.