Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:
Corporal John G. Palmer (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 13, 1862, at Fredericksburg, Virginia. His citation reads:
First of 6 men who volunteered to assist gunner of a battery upon which the enemy was concentrating its fire, and fought with the battery until the close of the engagement. His commanding officer felt he would never see this man alive again.
Colonel William J. Palmer (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 14, 1865, at Red Hill, Alabama. His citation reads:
With less than 200 men, attacked and defeated a superior force of the enemy, capturing their fieldpiece and about 100 prisoners without losing a man.
Boatswain’s Mate Alexander Parker (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 25, 1876, at the Navy Yard, Mare Island, California. His citation reads:
For gallant conduct in attempting to save a shipmate from drowning at the Navy Yard, Mare Island, Calif., on 25 July 1876.
I usually just post the Medal of Honor section and a Bible verse on Sunday’s, but today is a little different. You see, the world lost a great man last week and today he is being laid to rest. Mr. Melvin Leroy Freeman passed away on March 20th after a long fight with cancer. Some will tell you he lost his battle with cancer… but based on my firm belief that Mr. Freeman is now in Heaven, I’d say he won. While I know it’s not easy for a family who loved him very much, I hope they are able to take comfort in the knowledge that he truly fought the good fight and finished the race. He and his wife (conveniently named Mrs. Freeman) raised three sons who have been lifelong friends to me, Teresa Lynn and Sonny. Based on my limited experience as a father, I must say I’m extremely impressed at the amount of love and respect all three sons (now grown men) have for their dad. That’s not something that just happens. I said this on Facebook, but it’s worth repeating here… While I am sad for the friends and family, I am also sad for the people who never got to meet Mr. Freeman. He was a great man and my life is better for having known him.
The I’m just sayin… Gospel Verse of the Week
“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
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