Private William W. Cranston (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 2, 1863 at Chancellorsville, Virginia. His citation reads:
One of a party of 4 who voluntarily brought in a wounded Confederate officer from within the enemy's line in the face of a constant fire.
Colonel Demas T. Craw (US Army) received his first Medal of Honor for his actions on November 8, 1942 near Port Lyautey, French Morocco. His citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty. On 8 November 1942, near Port Lyautey, French Morocco, Col. Craw volunteered to accompany the leading wave of assault boats to the shore and pass through the enemy lines to locate the French commander with a view to suspending hostilities. This request was first refused as being too dangerous but upon the officer's ins1stence that he was qualified to undertake and accomplish the mission he was allowed to go. Encountering heavy fire while in the landing boat and unable to dock in the river because of shell fire from shore batteries, Col. Craw, accompanied by 1 officer and 1 soldier, succeeded in landing on the beach at Mehdia Plage under constant low-level strafing from 3 enemy planes. Riding in a bantam truck toward French headquarters, progress of the party was hindered by fire from our own naval guns. Nearing Port Lyautey, Col. Craw was instantly killed by a sustained burst of machinegun fire at pointblank range from a concealed position near the road.
Fireman Alexander Crawford (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 25, 1864 on board the USS Wyalusing. His citation reads:
On board the U.S.S. Wyalusing, Crawford volunteered 25 May 1864, in a night attempt to destroy the rebel ram Albemarle in the Roanoke River. Taking part in a plan to explode the rebel ram Albemarle, Crawford executed his part in the plan with perfection, but upon being discovered, was forced to abandon the plan and retire leaving no trace of the evidence. After spending two hazardous days and nights without food, he gained the safety of a friendly ship and was then transferred back to the Wyalusing. Though the plan failed his skill and courage in preventing detection were an example of unfailing devotion to duty.
One of the “things” we sometimes do in our house is call people (usually family members) on their birthday to sing to them. This is usually done so they can have Maverick sing to them… the rest of us are just back-up singers. Mom has gone so far as to request that we not call to sing to her on her birthday unless Maverick is with us. This year, I decided to video us singing to Mom (“Nana”) and post it on here. Also, Mary Ruth was selected by her teacher as the “Terrific Kid” for January for her class. They had a little awards ceremony at her school on Friday and below are some pics of it.
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|The Wife and Mary Ruth after MR got her award|
|Me and Mary Ruth|