Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:
Private First Class Eugene Arnold Obregon (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 26, 1950, at Seoul, Korea. His citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company G, in action against enemy aggressor forces. While serving as an ammunition carrier of a machine gun squad in a marine rifle company which was temporarily pinned down by hostile fire, Pfc. Obregon observed a fellow marine fall wounded in the line of fire. Armed only with a pistol, he unhesitating dashed from his covered position to the side of the casualty. Firing his pistol with 1 hand as he ran, he grasped his comrade by the arm with his other hand and, despite the great peril to himself dragged him to the side of the road. Still under enemy fire, he was bandaging the man's wounds when hostile troops of approximately platoon strength began advancing toward his position. Quickly seizing the wounded marine's carbine, he placed his own body as a shield in front of him and lay there firing accurately and effectively into the hostile group until he himself was fatally wounded by enemy machine gun fire. By his courageous fighting spirit, fortitude, and loyal devotion to duty, Pfc. Obregon enabled his fellow marines to rescue the wounded man and aided essentially in repelling the attack, thereby sustaining and enhancing the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
First Lieutenant Carlos C. Ogden (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 25, 1944, near Fort du Roule, France. His citation reads:
On the morning of 25 June 1944, near Fort du Roule, guarding the approaches to Cherbourg, France, 1st Lt. Ogden's company was pinned down by fire from a German 88-mm. gun and 2 machineguns. Arming himself with an M-1 rifle, a grenade launcher, and a number of rifle and handgrenades, he left his company in position and advanced alone, under fire, up the slope toward the enemy emplacements. Struck on the head and knocked down by a glancing machinegun bullet, 1st Lt. Ogden, in spite of his painful wound and enemy fire from close range, continued up the hill. Reaching a vantage point, he silenced the 88mm. gun with a well-placed rifle grenade and then, with handgrenades, knocked out the 2 machineguns, again being painfully wounded. 1st Lt. Ogden's heroic leadership and indomitable courage in alone silencing these enemy weapons inspired his men to greater effort and cleared the way for the company to continue the advance and reach its objectives.
Sergeant Allan M. Ohata (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 29-30, 1943, near Cerasuolo, Italy. His citation reads:
Sergeant Allan M. Ohata distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 29 and 30 November 1943, near Cerasuolo, Italy. Sergeant Ohata, his squad leader, and three men were ordered to protect his platoon's left flank against an attacking enemy force of 40 men, armed with machine guns, machine pistols, and rifles. He posted one of his men, an automatic rifleman, on the extreme left, 15 yards from his own position. Taking his position, Sergeant Ohata delivered effective fire against the advancing enemy. The man to his left called for assistance when his automatic rifle was shot and damaged. With utter disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant Ohata left his position and advanced 15 yards through heavy machine gun fire. Reaching his comrade's position, he immediately fired upon the enemy, killing 10 enemy soldiers and successfully covering his comrade's withdrawal to replace his damaged weapon. Sergeant Ohata and the automatic rifleman held their position and killed 37 enemy soldiers. Both men then charged the three remaining soldiers and captured them. Later, Sergeant Ohata and the automatic rifleman stopped another attacking force of 14, killing four and wounding three while the others fled. The following day he and the automatic rifleman held their flank with grim determination and staved off all attacks. Staff Sergeant Ohata's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.
I wanted to take a minute to wish my great (as in wonderful, not old… well…) Aunt Yvonne a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So, from all of us at I’m just sayin… to all of you (named Aunt Yvonne)… HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!
Note - We were going to make a video for Aunt Yvonne, but Maverick is still resting his voice after all of the singing he had to do in January. Sorry!
Word on the street is that the minimum wage for federal employees is going up (to a little over $10/hour, I think). I’ve talked on here before about how I was against raising it to $15/hr (as had been talked about) and I continue to stand by that position. As for this new rate… I still think it might be a little high, but it’s not as bad as $15/hour. Now, let me be clear… I’m not against raising the minimum wage… I’m just against the idea that a minimum wage job should provide a comfortable living. It’s a starting point… a stepping stone. For it to become more than that would, in my opinion, cause more problems than it would solve. I think the minimum wage should be tied in some way to inflation. I’m not sure of the exact formula or the details… but I’m not paid for details… I’m a big picture guy.
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