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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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