Archive for June, 2009

Been out for a bit. Household 6 had surgery and forced me into minimal, no, blogging for a bit. She is doing well. Sore, but getting around OK on her own.

And without further ado:

Speaking of medical procedures, the ObamaCare garbage will come to a head when his cronies on the left finally realize that Roe, where the government has no right to dictate to you or your doctor will be in complete loggerheads with each other.

Yeah, enjoy that government intervention on your behalf. Well, “Maybe this isn’t going to help. Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.”

Progressive Vagina Warriors will have a fit in 3…2…1.

Is ObamaCare the End of Roe v. Wade?
By Jeffrey Lord

Is ObamaCare poised to extinguish Roe v. Wade?

Talk about the law of unintended consequences.

Stated or unstated, a driving force behind modern liberalism takes root in the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, in which abortion was legalized. The Court found a “right to privacy” guaranteed by the due process clause of the 14th Amendment, saying that a woman had a constitutional right to abort her child up until the “point at which the fetus becomes viable.” The Court quite specifically defined viability as the point at which a fetus is “potentially able to live outside the mother’s womb, albeit with artificial aid. Viability is usually placed at about seven months (28 weeks) but may occur earlier, even at 24 weeks.”

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How to Make the GOP the Party of Growth – Amity Shlaes, Bloomberg
Waxman-Markey Is Our Smoot-Hawley – Rep. Tom McClintock, IBD
Waxman-Markey Flunks Math – Rich Karlgaard, Forbes
Health Care Policy in Wonderland – Thomas Sowell, Real Clear Politics
First Amendment Blockbuster at the Supreme Court – Institute for Justice
How Other Countries Judge Malpractice – Richard Epstein, WSJ
Obama’s Statist Ambitions – Gene Healy, Cato Institute
Amazon Cuts Its R.I. Ties Over Sales Tax – Peoples & Downing, ProJo.com
Bo Diddley Saved My Life One Night in Africa! – Jimmy Buffett, Garden & Gun

Today’s Heroes, 18 June

Posted: 18 Jun 2009 in Hero, Military, Truth
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Today’s heroes…

Henry Merritt
Place of birth: Tuckahoe, N.Y.
Home of record: Tuckahoe, N.Y.

Awards and Citations

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Henry C. Merritt, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company C, 38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F., near Gland, France, June 18 – 19, 1918. After successfully crossing the Marne with a night patrol, Lieutenant Merritt captured three prisoners. The patrol was then fired on by a detachment of the enemy, and, in the hand-to-hand conflict which followed, all of the enemy were killed. The patrol returned to our lines with one prisoner, and only two of the members wounded.

Service: Army
Rank: Second Lieutenant
War Department, General Orders 81 (1919)

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Samuel Lemma
Place of birth:
Home of record: Canandaigua, N.Y.

Awards and Citations

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private Samuel Lemma (ASN: 542066), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Medical Detachment, 7th Infantry Regiment (Attached), 3d Division, A.E.F., in the Belleau Wood, France, 18 June 1918. After being severely wounded in the leg, Private Lemma exposed himself to heavy machine-gun fire in order to give medical attention to other wounded. His activities after being wounded caused a serious hemorrhage, which resulted in his death from loss of blood.

Service: Army
War Department, General Orders No. 22 (1920)

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Curtis Harrison
Place of birth: Lancaster, Ohio
Home of record: Circleville, Ohio

Awards and Citations

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Curtis Harrison (ASN: 93847), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Supply Company, 166th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F., at Migneville, in the Baccarat sector, France, June 18 – 19, 1918. When the enemy threw approximately 600 gas shells into the town of Migneville, Corporal Harrison, who was assistant wagonmaster of supply company and in charge of the animals of the 3d Battalion, 166th Infantry, at the first gas alarm succeeded in adjusting their gas masks. Later, when shrapnel and high explosives were thrown into the town and were penetrating the barn in which the animals were billeted, Corporal Harrison entered the place alone to care for them, being twice knocked over by the concussion of high explosives and twice wounded in the leg by pieces of shrapnel. With utter disregard for his own personal safety he remained on duty for 12 hours in an effort to keep the animals in places of safety that they might be ready to effect a movement of the battalion the next night.

Service: Army
Rank: Corporal
War Department, General Orders No. 6 (1930)

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Robert Crandall
Place of birth: New Canaan, Conn.
Home of record: Stamford, Conn.

Awards and Citations

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Robert F. Crandall, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F., near Chateau-Thierry, France, 18 June 1918. Lieutenant Crandall led a platoon across the Marne River. When fired upon from three directions the patrol was forced back to the river bank. Finding some of the men missing, he alone returned to the place within the enemy lines in order to guide back the missing members of the patrol. In an encounter with a group of the enemy he captured and brought back an enemy noncommissioned officer.

Service: Army
Rank: First Lieutenant
War Department, General Orders No. 35 (1920)

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Henry Cheney
Place of birth: Goffstown, N.H.
Home of record: Hookset, N.H.

Awards and Citations

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Henry A. Cheney (ASN: 110250), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company B, 103d Machine-Gun Battalion, 26th Division, A.E.F., near Chateau-Thierry, France, June 18 – 24, 1918. When his unit advanced on Belleau and Givry Private Cheney was seriously wounded in the left arm, but continued to carry his heavy gun with his right arm through twelve hundred meters of enemy fire and took up his position with his squad. When a shell struck his position, severely wounding a comrade and half burying him, the gun, and the remainder of the squad, he extricated himself, assisted his companions to recover the gun, and remained at his post until ordered to a dressing station by his platoon commander.

Service: Army
War Department, General Orders No. 125 (1918)

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Robert Singleton
Place of birth: Vernal, Utah
Home of record: Vernal, Utah

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Robert M. Singleton (MCSN: 346995), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company B, First Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 18 June 1944. When his company’s attack against an enemy-held ridge was held up by fire from two hostile machine guns guarded by riflemen, Corporal Singleton voluntarily advanced alone and, working his way to within ten feet of the Japanese position, fired his automatic rifle, killing two of the enemy riflemen. After throwing two hand grenades into the gun positions, he stood up in view of the Japanese and again fired into the position, killing the six Japanese soldiers manning the guns. His courage, initiative and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Corporal Singleton and the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: Corporal
SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 9468

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Wray Lewis
Place of birth: Lawnsdale, N.C.
Home of record: Fallston, N.C.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Wray C. Lewis (MCSN: 0-14024), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while attached to the Third Battalion, Twenty-Fourth Marines, FOURTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 18 June 1944. When his company was forced to withdraw in the face of the enemy’s fierce barrage, leaving the wounded forward of our lines, First Lieutenant Lewis voluntarily risked his life to rescue the helpless Marines. Undeterred by concentrated Japanese machine-gun and rifle fire, he led stretcher parties on three separate missions and, advancing fearlessly into the fire-swept area on each occasion, succeeded in bringing approximately twelve of the wounded back to safety. By his daring initiative, outstanding fortitude and self-sacrificing efforts on behalf of others, First Lieutenant Lewis contributed to the saving of many lives and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: First Lieutenant
Commander in Chief, Pacific Forces: Serial 197 (January 25, 1945)

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Alvin Lawley
Place of birth: Erie, Colo.
Home of record: Erie, Colo.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Alvin E. Lawley (MCSN: 827074), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as Section Leader of a Special Weapons Assault Unit of Headquarters Company, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division during operations against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 18 June 1945. Ordered to wipe out numerous enemy cave emplacements along a steep coral ridge covering all possible supply and evacuation routes within the entire zone of action, Private First Class Lawley repeatedly made his way across the open fire-swept terrain to place demolition charges at the cave openings, valiantly returning after setting off each blast to renew his supply. Undeterred by Japanese snipers defending the approaches to the hostile emplacements, he destroyed nine caves and thirty-five of the enemy before he fell, fatally wounded by a vicious burst of sniper fire while placing still another charge. By his dauntless initiative and skill in the face of overwhelming opposition, Private First Class Lawley had contributed essentially to the clearing of a supply route, and his indomitable devotion to duty throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: Private First Class
Commander in Chief, Pacific Forces: Serial 032401 (November 15, 1946)

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John Reinburg , III

Awards and Citations

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant First Class John E. Reinburg, III, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam on 18 June 1965, while serving with Detachment A, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. The 883d Regional Force Company, Army of the Republic of Vietnam, and four American advisors were returning from a successful predawn combat mission when they were attacked by a superior Viet Cong force. Barely escaping total annihilation, the company began to move onto high ground. By this time two of the American advisors had been critically wounded and the company as desperately short of ammunition. At this moment Sergeant Reinburg arrived at the battle zone in an armed helicopter, bringing with him the much-needed ammunition. After distributing ammunition to two of the platoons, Sergeant Reinburg reorganized them and deployed them in a position to give covering fire to elements of the company still exposed on the forward slope of the hill. He accomplished these tasks with efficiency and at great personal risk, exposing himself many times to the withering fire of the pursuing Viet Cong forces. In response to sniper fire the company was receiving on the left rear flank, Sergeant Reinburg took a squad of Regional Force troops and flushed out the snipers. While still under enemy fire, he returned to the main position, bodily carrying one wounded soldier and assisting another, less seriously wounded. During this period Sergeant Reinburg was seriously wounded, but refused first aid and medical evacuation until the troops were cared for. Ignoring his wounds Sergeant Reinburg continued directing friendly fire. Observing an American advisor lying in an exposed position, he again braved the harrowing Viet Cong fire and crossed the open terrain to assist in moving his comrade to safety. Sergeant Reinburg then located an enemy automatic weapon whose accurate fire was seriously suppressing friendly fire. Disregarding the continuing pain from his wounds, he secured a Regional Force’s machinegun and proceeded to deploy it, crossing some 75 meters of terrain under extremely heavy enemy fire. He was critically wounded while accomplishing this task. Though knocked to the ground, he still attempted to crawl and drag the machinegun into position until he became unconscious. The Regional Force gun crew, inspired by Sergeant Reinburg’s heroic example, overtook him and dragged him to safety and proceeded to deliver successful fire on the enemy weapon emplacement. His actions on this occasion presented a sterling example of the highest standard of professional dedication, performance and extraordinary heroism. Sergeant Reinburg’s outstanding leadership and heroic actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant First Class
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 50 (September 8, 1970)

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Charles Lauer
Date of birth: 20 Aug. 1946
Home of record: Downey, Calif.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Charles Russell Lauer (MCSN: 2214200), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a Crew Chief with Company A, Third Amphibian Tractor Battalion, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in the Republic of Vietnam on 18 June 1967. Following an assault by three amphibian tractors, Hill 11 continued to receive heavy, accurate, automatic fire from tree lines to the right and left and tunnels and bunkers on the hill itself. As a platoon of infantry endeavored to reach the hill, vicious enemy fire cut down the Platoon Commander, his radio operator and another Marine. Corporal Lauer was at this time manning a machine gun mounted atop his amphibian tractor. With complete disregard for his own safety, he nonetheless ordered his tractor forward and dropped its ramp to pull in the wounded. At this time the enemy concentrated its already intense fire on the medical evacuation in progress by his vehicle. Unhesitatingly and knowing the intimate danger involved, he elected to stay by the gun to deliver accurate counter fire into the surrounding tree lines. When the incoming fire became so intense that it began ripping into the interior of the tractor and endangering the wounded, he ordered his tractor to be turned stern to the fire, so that the engine could shield the casualties. At this time Corporal Lauer elected to remain atop the tractor to cover for another group of wounded, fully mindful of the intense danger. With enemy fire ripping across his tractor from two sides, he began to shift his position, and was mortally wounded. By his daring initiative, valiant fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty in the face of imminent danger, Corporal Lauer was responsible for saving many of his comrades and thereby upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Corporal
Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

WTF? Over. You have got to be kidding. Please tell me this is a joke.

“Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorism?”

— Attacking the Pentagon

— IEDs

— Hate crimes against racial groups

— Protests

The correct answer, according to the exam, is “Protests.”

Pentagon Exam Calls Protests ‘Low-Level Terrorism,’ Angering Activists
By James Osborne

A written exam administered by the Pentagon labels “protests” as a form of “low-level terrorism” — enraging civil liberties advocates and activist groups who say it shows blatant disregard of the First Amendment.

The written exam, given as part of Department of Defense employees’ routine training, includes a multiple-choice question that asks:

“Which of the following is an example of low-level terrorism?”

— Attacking the Pentagon

— IEDs

— Hate crimes against racial groups

— Protests

The correct answer, according to the exam, is “Protests.”

“Its part of a pattern of equating dissent and protest with terrorism,” said Ann Brick, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, which obtained a copy of the question after a Defense Department employee who was taking the test printed the screen on his or her computer terminal.

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The left is at it again. Shifting the blame from a single individual to a mass of people who take a moral stand against the murder of innocent babies. Their argument doesn’t hold any sway with people that have half a brain. It is shameful that they would dare shift the blame to pro-life groups, or celebrities to justify their silencing. Silence is what they seek. They aren’t going to get it. Dr. Tiller’s death, although a tragedy, does not warrant their scorn against those that oppose the death mills. The person that committed the crime deserves all the scorn from every facet of Americans. Yet somehow, this idiot gets a pass from the left.

The idiots on the left continue to turn everything around in society, claiming what is actually bad is somehow good, and what is good, is really bad. And the media plays that shit up to the hilt.

Shame on all of you liberals that continue to twist America’s values into something they are not.

The National Debate about Late-Term Abortions
By
Janice Shaw Crouse

Bill O’Reilly only thought he opened up a hornet’s nest when he coined the term “death mill” for late-term abortion clinics.  But now public figures are blaming Mr. O’Reilly and pro-life advocates for the death of Dr. George Tiller, the famous abortion doctor who performed abortions up to the time of a baby’s birth.

There has been almost universal condemnation of the killing of Dr. Tiller; the vast majority of pro-life people — those who defend life and respect life from conception to natural death — find it abhorrent that anyone would kill another person, including those who perform abortions.  Yet, those looking for someone to blame for Dr. Tiller’s death have turned their attention to the Fox News celebrity, claiming that his outspoken opinions have created a climate where such crimes are commonplace.  Those same critics also blame pro-lifers for creating a “negative” climate because they speak boldly and passionately about the issue.  Those critics are especially condemning of pro-lifers who participate in silent prayer vigils near the clinics or have legal demonstrations on the sidewalks leading to the clinics.

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Today’s Heroes 17 June…

Posted: 17 Jun 2009 in Hero, Truth
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Here’s today’s heroes. There are quite a few on the 17th of June in 1944. Heavy fighting in the Pacific led to those fine Marines and their heroism.

Bertram Ream
Place of birth: Elizabethtown, Pa.
Home of record: Elizabethtown, Pa.

Awards and Citations

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Bertram Lee Ream (MCSN: 87355), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Seventy-Fifth Company, Sixth Machine-Gun Battalion, Sixth Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F., in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, on 17 June 1918. Corporal Ream and a comrade left shelter and went 200 yards in the open under fire of the enemy and carried a wounded infantry soldier back to his lines, thereby demonstrating heroic and voluntary disregard of self to save one who could not help himself.

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Corporal

War Department, General Orders No. 101 (1918)

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private Bertram Lee Ream (MCSN: 87355), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 75th Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, on 17 June 1918. Corporal Ream and a comrade left shelter and went 200 yards in the open under fire of the enemy and carried a wounded infantry soldier back to his lines, thereby demonstrating heroic and voluntary disregard of self to save one who could not help himself.

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Private

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James Pretty
Place of birth: Mansfield, Mo.
Home of record: Salt Lake City, Utah

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the Second Nicaraguan Campaign

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Francis E. Pierce (MCSN: 0-765), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and coolness under fire while acting as observer in the leading plane of an air patrol during an engagement with outlaws in the vicinity of Murra, Nicaragua, on 19 March 1928. Although painfully wounded early in the fight Captain Pierce with great courage and determination kept his gun in action with telling effect until due to loss of blood, he was removed from the plane in a fainting condition at the nearest emergency flying field.

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Captain

Authority – USMC Communiqué: 0765-1-3 (24 July 1928)

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private James Lewis Pretty (MCSN: 97256), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Twenty-Third Company, Sixth Machine-Gun Battalion, Sixth Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F., in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, on 17 June 1918. Private Pretty and a comrade left shelter and went 200 yards in the open under fire of the enemy and carried a wounded infantry soldier back to his lines, thereby demonstrating heroic and voluntary disregard of self to save one who could not help himself.

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Private

War Department, General Orders No. 101 (1918)

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private James Lewis Pretty (MCSN: 97256), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 23d Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, on 17 June 1918. Private Pretty and a comrade left shelter and went 200 yards in the open under fire of the enemy and carried a wounded infantry soldier back to his lines, thereby demonstrating heroic and voluntary disregard of self to save one who could not help himself.

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Private

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John Klunk
Place of birth: Sheboygan, Wis.
Home of record: Sheboygan, Wis.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private First Class John Klunk (MCSN: 442679), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company B, First Battalion, Sixth Marines, SECOND Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 17 June 1944. Serving with an antitank rocket team in the front lines when the enemy launched a heavy tank and infantry attack, Private First Class Klunk unhesitatingly left the protection of his emplacement to fire on the tanks and, despite the heavy hostile fire, moved about courageously and fired on the Japanese tanks at extremely close range. Scoring hits on three of the tanks with four rocket shells, he contributed materially to the successful repulse of the attack and, by his initiative, bravery and zealous devotion to duty throughout, upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: Private First Class
SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 6887

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Claude Rollen
Place of birth: Grandview, Texas
Home of record: San Diego, Calif.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Claude G. Rollen (MCSN: 0-11091), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Company B, First Battalion, Sixth Marines, SECOND Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the assault on Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 17 June 1944. When his company sector was undergoing a heavy attack by hostile tanks and supporting infantry, Captain Rollen remained cool and aggressive, although his company area was penetrated and overrun by the enemy and heavy casualties were sustained. As the tanks were approaching his Command Post Area at one stage of the action, he left his protected position and fired upon two tanks with antitank grenades and, although the resultant explosion broke his eardrums, continued to carry out his duties and control his company until ordered to be evacuated after the attack had been successfully repulsed. His outstanding courage, inspiring leadership and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: Captain
SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 6067 (SofN Signed January 26, 1948)

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Lyle Specht
Date of birth: 26 Nov. 1918
Place of birth: Silverton, Ore.
Home of record: Silverton, Ore.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Captain Lyle E. Specht (MCSN: 0-8911), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Company B, First Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines (Reinforced), in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 17 June 1944. After his company had supported two other companies in seizing a ridge, the battalion’s objective, Captain Specht ordered his men forward to assist in holding the ground gained. Realizing that the right flank of the battalion was no longer secure because of numerous casualties, he sent two platoons of his company to reinforce it. Seeing the platoon withdraw to a reverse slope following an intense barrage of enemy machine-gun and mortar fire, Captain Specht immediately proceeded to the top of the ridge despite the hostile gunfire and, rallying his men, led them in retaking the ridge and repulsing the subsequent counterattack of a strong Japanese unit. By his leadership, courage and devotion to duty throughout these hazardous operations, Captain Specht upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: Captain
SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 8745

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Charles Merritt
Place of birth: Greenville, S.C.
Home of record: Greenville, S.C.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private First Class Charles D. Merritt (MCSN: 365182), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Member of an Antitank Rocket Team of Company B, First Battalion, Sixth Marines, SECOND Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 17 June 1944. During a fierce enemy tank and infantry attack at night, Private First Class Merritt moved out to meet the hostile tanks and, bringing his fire to bear on the vehicles, succeeded in hitting and putting out of action seven hostile tanks while firing only seven rounds of ammunition. His intrepid spirit, great personal valor and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Merritt and the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: Private First Class
SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 6685

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Richard Lynes
Place of birth: Morris, Ill.
Home of record: Morris, Ill.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Sergeant Richard J. Lynes (MCSN: 375564), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Squad Leader of Company B, First Battalion, Twenty-ninth Marines (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in action against enemy Japanese forces at Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 17 June 1944. When hostile forces launched a fierce counterattack following his platoon’s seizure of a strategic hill and proceeded to close for hand-to-hand combat, Corporal Lynes promptly shot two of three Japanese personnel who charged him. When the third man advanced waving his saber, he succeeded in throwing him to the ground despite his own painful wounds and, disarming him, killed him with the saber. By his leadership and courage, Corporal Lynes contributed materially to breaking up the enemy counterattack, and his devotion to duty throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: Sergeant
SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 8745

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Frederick Stott
Place of birth: Andover, Mass.
Home of record: Andover, Mass.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to First Lieutenant Frederick A. Stott (MCSN: 0-14173), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as Liaison Officer of the First Battalion, Twenty-Fourth Marines, FOURTH Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 17 and 18 June 1944. Personally contacting the various commanders in the front lines at a critical time on the third day in this decisive battle, First Lieutenant Stott efficiently organized a coordinated attack by tank, infantry and amphibian tank units, maintaining this coordination while riding in the tank commander’s vehicle to confer with the infantry officers, aiding them in directing the tanks to specific targets and in maintaining proper speed and course. On the following day, he helped coordinate a similar attack while riding in an amphibian tank and, although considerably shaken when the tank was set afire by a large caliber shell, left the burning tank and proceeded on foot to assist in bringing the attack to a successful conclusion. His initiative, leadership and determination in the face of grave hazards were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: First Lieutenant
SPOT AWARD, Commander in Chief, Pacific Forces: Serial 12109 (SofN Signed October 28, 1947)

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Horace Narveson

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private First Class Horace A. Narveson (MCSN: 507713), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with an Antitank Rocket Team of Company B, First Battalion, Sixth Marines, SECOND Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 17 June 1944. During a night attack by enemy infantry and heavy tanks, Private First Class Narveson braved the intense fire to lead his team from its protected position to attack the tanks. Scoring hits on three tanks with four rocket shells, he contributed materially to the successful repulse of the enemy. His intrepid spirit, courage and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Narveson and the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: Private First Class
SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 6685 (SofN Signed January 28, 1948)

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Alex Smith
Place of birth: Magee, Miss.
Home of record: Forest, La.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Sergeant Alex B. Smith (MCSN: 297786), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Member of Company B, First Battalion, Sixth Marines, SECOND Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 17 June 1944. When his squad’s machine-gun fire failed to halt the advance of three oncoming tanks during an enemy counterattack, Corporal Smith courageously left his position and, armed only with a carbine and an antitank grenade launcher, attacked and put out of action all three of the Japanese tanks. His determination, fighting spirit and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Sergeant
SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 6887

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Frederick Cramer
Place of birth: Clallam Bay, Wash.
Home of record: Sequim, Wash.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Frederick W. Cramer (MCSN: 337558), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the Second Battalion, Second Marines, SECOND Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on the Island of Saipan in the Marianas, on 17 June 1944. Manning his machine-gun with determined aggressiveness during a fierce tank-supported Japanese counterattack, Private First Class Cramer poured a steady stream of devastating gunfire at the oncoming enemy forces until his position was ruthlessly overrun by an enemy tank. Armed only with a pistol and hand grenades, he fearlessly risked his life to run alongside the tank and, firing his gun at the tank commander and hurling a grenade into the open hatch, he succeeded in damaging and disabling the armored vehicle. By his intrepid initiative, indomitable fighting spirit and great personal valor, Private First Class Cramer aided materially in the successful defense of his sector, and his unwavering devotion to duty throughout a period of bitter hostilities reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Private First Class
Commander in Chief, Pacific Forces: Serial 255 (February 6, 1945)

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Rathvon Tompkins
Place of birth: Boulder, Colo.
Home of record: Denver, Colo.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Colonel Rathvon McC. Tompkins (MCSN: 0-5269), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism while serving as Commanding Officer of the First Battalion, Twenty-Ninth Marines, SECOND Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on the island of Saipan in the Marianas, on 17 June 1944. Summoned from a distant section of the front when the commanding officer of a hard-pressed battalion became a casualty, Lieutenant Colonel Tompkins found that the unit’s advance had been held up by a swamp heavily infested with Japanese snipers, a cliff honeycombed with powerful hostile gun emplacements, and an elaborate trench system in a cocoanut grove. Determined to seize these terrain features before dusk, he unhesitatingly risked his life to make a hasty reconnaissance of the front lines. Rallying the weary troops who had fought bitterly all day with but slight gain, he skillfully disposed his tanks for maximum combat efficiency and led his men in a brilliantly executed attack against these vital objectives, waging battle with relentless fury and reducing the Japanese strongpoints according to plan. An inspiring leader, Lieutenant Colonel Tompkins, by his bold tactics, decisive judgment and indomitable fighting spirit in the face of overwhelming opposition, contributed essentially to the ultimate conquest of this important enemy base, and his great personal valor and constant devotion to duty throughout a period of fierce hostilities reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 6067 (SofN Signed May 26, 1945)

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Herbert Hodges
Place of birth: Louisville, Ky. |
Home of record: Anchorage, Ky.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private First Class Herbert J. Hodges (MCSN: 374695), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Gunner in an Antitank Rocket Team of Company B, First Battalion, Sixth Marines, SECOND Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 17 June 1944. During a fierce enemy tank and infantry attack at night, Private First Class Hodges moved out to meet the hostile tanks and, bringing his fire to bear on the vehicles, succeeded in hitting and putting out of action, seven hostile tanks while firing only seven rounds of ammunition. His intrepid spirit, great personal valor and devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Private First Class Hodges and the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Private First Class
SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 6685 (SofN Signed January 28, 1948).

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Robert Hund
Place of birth: Mascoutah, Ill.
Home of record: Mascoutah, Ill.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private First Class Robert J. Hund (MCSN: 458775), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company I, Third Battalion, Sixth Marines, SECOND Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 17 June 1944. Armed with a bazooka during an intense hostile counterattack against our tanks in the hours before dawn, Private First Class Hund worked his way from his position into a front line area to assist in repelling the assault, scoring direct hits on a Japanese tank with his accurate gunfire. Although subjected to a continuous barrage from hostile machine guns, he courageously crawled into an open field to secure a better firing position and, advancing against an approaching tank, registered several well-placed rounds. While preparing to turn his weapon on a third tank which was moving into the area, he suffered severe wounds. His outstanding courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: Private First Class
SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 6112

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James Nelson
Place of birth: St. Louis, Mo.
Home of record: St. Louis, Mo.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private First Class James J. Nelson (MCSN: 810731), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Sixth Marines, SECOND Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 17 June 1944. When his company’s sector was heavily attacked by enemy tanks during the early morning hours, Private First Class Nelson personally attacked one of the vehicles with antitank grenades, setting it on fire. As the crew attempted to escape from the burning tank, he disregarded the fire directed at him from another tank and succeeded in annihilating the entire crew. Quickly changing his position to bring fire to bear on the supporting Japanese infantry, he inflicted heavy casualties on the approaching hostile troops with his accurate rifle fire. By his cool courage, great personal valor and devotion to duty, he contributed materially to our success in this area and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Private First Class
SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 8418

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Clyde Simmons
Home of record: Texas City, Texas

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Sergeant Clyde A. Simmons (MCSN: 269471), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Section Leader of Company I, Third Battalion, Sixth Marines, SECOND Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 17 June 1944. When the front lines were attacked by enemy tanks during the predawn hours, Corporal Simmons skillfully led his bazooka section to assist the troops under attack and, although subjected to intense hostile fire along the route, courageously directed his men over open fields and under total darkness to contact the Japanese. When three hostile tanks approached simultaneously, he immediately manned the weapon of one of his seriously wounded men and scored hits on all three vehicles, although continuously exposed to intense enemy fire. His outstanding courage and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: Sergeant
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 341 (August 1945)

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John Watson
Place of birth: Des Moines, Iowa
Home of record: El Segundo, Calif.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal John E. Watson (MCSN: 348449), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Sixth Marines, SECOND Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, on 17 June 1944. When his battalion was attacked by hostile tanks during hours of darkness, Private First Class Watson unhesitatingly left the safety of his foxhole and voluntarily led an assault on one of the Japanese tanks. Throwing two incendiary grenades, he stopped the tank and then killed its occupants as they attempted to escape. Continuing to render valiant service, he braved intense machine-gun fire from another enemy tank to carry a wounded comrade to safety. Later, he again exposed himself to intense enemy machine-gun and sniper fire to cross open terrain and bring back to the comparative safety of our lines his mortally wounded Company Commander. By his initiative, courage and zealous devotion to duty throughout, he contributed materially to the success of our forces and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: Corporal
Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 6887

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Robert Reed
Place of birth: Ozark, Ark. |
Home of record: Richmond, Calif.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private Robert S. Reed (MCSN: 317507), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Sixth Marines, SECOND Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the assault on Saipan, Marianas islands, 17 June 1944. During a Japanese tank attack which took place under the cover of darkness, Private Reed accounted for four hits on four different hostile tanks with his rocket launcher and, after running out of rockets, climbed upon a fifth tank and dropped an incendiary grenade in the turret, thereby disabling the enemy vehicle. His aggressive courage, initiative and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Private
SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 6067

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Joseph Shawn
Place of birth: Saratoga, Texas
Home of record: Liberty, Texas

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Platoon Sergeant Joseph W. Shawn (MCSN: 331690), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Tank commander serving with Company A, First Tank Battalion, FIRST Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, on 17 June 1945. Unable, because of rough terrain, to bring his tank to bear on a hostile position which had disabled his platoon leader’s tank and was continuing to fire on the vehicle, Platoon Sergeant Shawn dismounted from his own tank and crawled forward to within grenade range and hurled white phosphorous grenades into the Japanese emplacement, creating a smoke screen and silencing the enemy fire. Under cover of the screen, he directed an infantry fire team forward to evacuate the wounded tank crew members and platoon leader. By his courageous initiative and determination in the face of grave danger, Platoon Sergeant Shawn was responsible for saving the lives of his comrades, and his valiant action reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Platoon Sergeant
Commander in Chief, Pacific Forces: Serial 032387 (November 6, 1945)

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George Van Daele
Place of birth: Ivanhoe, Minn.
Home of record: Rhame, N.D.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Private First Class George Van Daele (MCSN: 881251), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving as a Group Leader of Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 17 June 1945. When his unit deployed to accomplish its assigned mission of securing commanding ground on the flank of a newly won Regimental objective, Private First Class Van Daele moved up the slope toward the objective and reached the peak just as a sudden burst of fire from a perfectly concealed hostile pillbox severely wounded an automatic rifleman who was in additional danger from an enemy grenade which landed near him. Unhesitatingly throwing himself across the wounded man, he successfully protected the casualty from the fragments caused by the explosion of the weapon. Immediately opening fire into the aperture of the pillbox, he succeeded in neutralizing the Japanese fire and enabling a flame thrower to engage the emplacement and destroy its occupants, thereby permitting the attack to continue. His resourcefulness and courageous initiative in voluntarily risking his life to save that of another reflect the highest credit on Private First Class Van Daele and the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: Private First Class
Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 79496 (November 30, 1948)

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Fitzgerald Atkinson , Jr.
Place of birth: Nashville, Tenn.
Home of record: Nashville, Tenn.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to First Lieutenant Fitzgerald Atkinson, Jr. (MCSN: 0-34179), United States Marine Corps (Reserve), for extraordinary heroism as a Platoon Leader, attached to Company C, First Tank Battalion, FIRST Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands, 17 June 1945. Left for dead behind enemy lines after being wounded several times by Japanese riflemen while directing the evacuation of his crew from his shelled and disabled tank, First Lieutenant Atkinson remained alone and unaided in this precarious position far in advance of friendly lines. Finally regaining consciousness, he lay motionless and, with great calmness and fortitude, carefully observed the enemy who were freely moving about him. After committing to memory the location of several Japanese installations and of flanking routes to them, he cautiously worked his way through hostile territory to our lines and succeeded in relaying this valuable information to the sector commander before allowing himself to be evacuated. By his outstanding courage and determination in the face of overwhelming odds, First Lieutenant Atkinson contributed materially to the successful completion of a difficult mission and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps Reserve
Rank: First Lieutenant
SPOT AWARD, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific: Serial 79496 (Signed February 27, 1947)

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Edward Clapp

Awards and Citations

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Edward A. Clapp, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving with Company B, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces near Inje, Korea, on 17 June 1951. Brutal crossfire from three machine-gun positions emplaced on commanding ground rained down on Private Clapp’s platoon, inflicting numerous casualties. Although his assistant gunner was wounded and all ammunition carriers were assisting in evacuating the wounded, Private Clapp remained at his post and fearlessly continued to man his machine-gun, delivering point-blank fire into the enemy positions. When the platoon initiated a limited withdrawal, Private Class selflessly remained behind to provide protective fire for the platoon. He maintained his magnificent stand until the last man had safely cleared the area and then, struggling with his heavy weapon to deny its use to the enemy, he made his way to his unit. Private Clapp’s intrepid actions and consummate devotion to duty reflect the highest credit on himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of the military service.

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Private First Class
General Headquarters Far East Command: General Orders No. 207 (August 13, 1951)

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Charles Briscoe
Home of record: Bryan, Texas

Awards and Citations

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain (Infantry) Charles H. Briscoe, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company C, 4th Battalion, 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade. Captain Briscoe distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 17 June 1968 while leading an infantry company. During the initial probe of an enemy battalion’s stronghold, Captain Briscoe learned that several wounded were trapped in a field raked by enemy fire. He rushed to the forefront and led an assault to recover the wounded personnel. As he and his headquarters element came in sight of the wounded they began drawing fire from two bunkers armed with heavy machine guns. He crawled toward his senior aidman who was lying wounded in a clearing, firing his submachine gun at the bunkers in an effort to pin the enemy gunner down. Unmindful of the intense small arms fire from two bunkers, Captain Briscoe, with complete disregard for his own life, single-handedly assaulted the bunkers with hand grenades destroying both of them, killing their occupants. As he dragged the wounded aidman toward cover, an intense volley of heavy machinegun fire killed the aidman, narrowly missing Captain Briscoe. In spite of continued heavy enemy fire, he returned, located, and dragged his wounded forward observer out of the line of enemy fire, being himself wounded in the process. Overcoming his own pain, he continued to pull his wounded comrade toward cover. When another burst of enemy fire killed the forward observer, Captain Briscoe began crawling backward toward his unit’s perimeter. As he attempted to evade the enemy fire, he fell into a concealed well. In spite of his wounds and awkward predicament, he kept command of his company. Calling to his radiomen above, he rallied his men and relayed the necessary instructions to form a defensive perimeter within the base camp. By relaying directions to his radiomen, Captain Briscoe directed a determined defense that successfully repulsed two enemy counterattacks. Following his rescue from the well, Captain Briscoe directed air strikes into the base camp to cover his company’s withdrawal to a more defensible position and remained throughout the seven-hour battle, refusing to be evacuated until all his men had been cared for. His valor and total disregard for his own safety inspired his men to success against a numerically larger enemy force. Captain Briscoe’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Service: Army
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1971)

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Roger Rosenberger
Date of birth: 29 July 1950
Home of record: Swartz Creek, Mich.

Awards and Citations

Navy Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Roger Dale Rosenberger (MCSN: 2484828), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Rifleman with Company M, Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 17 June 1969, Company M was participating in Operation VIRGINIA RIDGE approximately seven miles north of the Dong Ha Combat Base in Quang Tri Province. As the Marines crossed a large open field, the point element came under a heavy volume of small arms, automatic weapons, machine gun, and rocket-propelled grenade fire from enemy forces well-concealed in a hedgerow. Observing that his companions were pinned down by the intense hostile fire, Private First Class Rosenberger unhesitatingly rushed across the fire-swept terrain to attack the most forward enemy position. Although seriously wounded and knocked to the ground by the explosion of a hostile hand grenade, he resolutely regained his footing and continued his aggressive assault against the enemy emplacement, temporarily suppressing the enemy fire. As the enemy soldiers began to retreat, one of them threw a second hand grenade at Private First Class Rosenberger, mortally wounding him. His heroic actions and sincere concern for the welfare of his fellowman inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the lives of several Marines. By his courage, determination and selfless devotion to duty, Private First Class Rosenberger contributed significantly to the subsequent defeat of the hostile force and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Private First Class
Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

The man is an out and out liar. That’s all there is to it really, but you ask for proof. Well here’s a nice article that represents said proof. Obama lied, people believed that BS…

Still Decoding Obama
Peter Wehner

I recently devoted a piece to trying to decode President Obama. In reading more of his comments, I’ve noticed a tendency that now almost qualifies as a reflex: the more strongly the president denies something — and especially, the more he mocks his critics and feigns amusement at what they say — the greater the odds are that he will do what he denies.

In an interview yesterday, the president said, “I think the irony … is that I actually would like to see a relatively light touch when it comes to the government.”

Of course; examples of his “light touch” abound during the first five months of his presidency.

During his press conference discussing his first 100 days in office, Obama said, “And that’s why I’m always amused when I hear these, you know, criticisms of, ‘Oh, you know, Obama wants to grow government.’ No. I would love a nice, lean portfolio to deal with, but that’s not the hand that’s been dealt us.”

Why would anyone think Obama wants to “grow government”? Isn’t it clear by now he wants to limit it?

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Where’s the love? NBC, ABC, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, all the major news papers, all love him. BUT, there is one. One network that just doesn’t love him and he’s hurt. His feewings have been hurt and someone’s gonna get it now!

Video: Obama whines about Fox News, kills fly
by Allahpundit

In which The One celebrates getting his very own health-care infomercial in primetime on broadcast TV by arguing that Fox News’s criticism proves the media isn’t biased in his favor. “I’ve got one television station that is entirely devoted to attacking my administration,” he says, neglecting to mention that he’s also got one entirely devoted to praising it and a bunch of others perpetually softballing him in the guise of objectivity.

The Fox News whinge happened in the same interview as his Jedi-like fly-swat but they’re in two separate clips. I’m posting the more substantive of the two below. You can watch the other here.

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