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Monday, May 5, 2014

Ashley’s Top 5 Shows

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private First Class Frank J. Petrarca (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 27, 1943, at Horseshoe Hill, New Georgia. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Petrarca advanced with the leading troop element to within 100 yards of the enemy fortifications where mortar and small-arms fire caused a number of casualties. Singling out the most seriously wounded, he worked his way to the aid of Pfc. Scott, Iying within 75 yards of the enemy, whose wounds were so serious that he could not even be moved out of the direct line of fire Pfc Petrarca fearlessly administered first aid to Pfc. Scott and 2 other soldiers and shielded the former until his death. On 29 July 1943, Pfc. Petrarca. during an intense mortar barrage, went to the aid of his sergeant who had been partly buried in a foxhole under the debris out, restored him to consciousness and caused his evacuation. On 31 July 1943 and against the warning of a fellow soldier, he went to the aid of a mortar fragment casualty where his path over the crest of a hill exposed him to enemy observation from only 20 yards distance. A target for intense knee mortar and automatic fire, he resolutely worked his way to within 2 yards of his objective where he was mortally wounded by hostile mortar fire. Even on the threshold of death he continued to display valor and contempt for the foe, raising himself to his knees, this intrepid soldier shouted defiance at the enemy, made a last attempt to reach his wounded comrade and fell in glorious death.

Staff Sergeant Leroy A. Petry (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 26, 2008, at Paktya Province, Afghanistan. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Staff Sergeant Leroy A. Petry distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy in the vicinity of Paktya Province, Afghanistan, on May 26, 2008. As a Weapons Squad Leader with D Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Staff Sergeant Petry moved to clear the courtyard of a house that potentially contained high-value combatants. While crossing the courtyard, Staff Sergeant Petry and another Ranger were engaged and wounded by automatic weapons fire from enemy fighters. Still under enemy fire, and wounded in both legs, Staff Sergeant Petry led the other Ranger to cover. He then reported the situation and engaged the enemy with a hand grenade, providing suppression as another Ranger moved to his position. The enemy quickly responded by maneuvering closer and throwing grenades. The first grenade explosion knocked his two fellow Rangers to the ground and wounded both with shrapnel. A second grenade then landed only a few feet away from them. Instantly realizing the danger, Staff Sergeant Petry, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his safety, deliberately and selflessly moved forward, picked up the grenade, and in an effort to clear the immediate threat, threw the grenade away from his fellow Rangers. As he was releasing the grenade it detonated, amputating his right hand at the wrist and further injuring him with multiple shrapnel wounds. Although picking up and throwing the live grenade grievously wounded Staff Sergeant Petry, his gallant act undeniably saved his fellow Rangers from being severely wounded or killed. Despite the severity of his wounds, Staff Sergeant Petry continued to maintain the presence of mind to place a tourniquet on his right wrist before communicating the situation by radio in order to coordinate support for himself and his fellow wounded Rangers. Staff Sergeant Petry's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service, and reflect great credit upon himself, 75th Ranger Regiment, and the United States Army.

Lieutenant Orlando Henderson Petty (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 11, 1918, in France. His citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment, U.S. Marines, in France during the attack in the Boise de Belleau, 11 June 1918. While under heavy fire of high explosive and gas shells in the town of Lucy, where his dressing station was located, Lt. Petty attended to and evacuated the wounded under most trying conditions. Having been knocked to the ground by an exploding gas shell which tore his mask, Lt. Petty discarded the mask and courageously continued his work. His dressing station being hit and demolished, he personally helped carry Capt. Williams, wounded, through the shellfire to a place of safety.

Today we have our next “Fan Top 5” list, with our submission from the multi-I’m just sayin… Fan of the Year Ashley. As with every other list we’ve had on here, Ashley begged to count different shows as one. To help her out, I allowed Ashley to submit an honorable mentioned list along with her top 5. So… here’s Ashley’s Top 5…

5   Gilmore Girls 
4   Young and the Restless 
3   Sex and the City 
2   Big Bang Theory
1   Friends          

Honorable Mention
Law & Order: SVU    
Law & Order
Parks & Recreation    
The Cosby Show    
House Hunters  
Dallas (The Original)  
Days of Our Lives    

The I’m just sayin… Top 747 TV Shows of All-Time

Below we will have the rank, show, and years that the show ran (and sometimes any notes/thoughts I might have).

564   Nikita   2010-present  

563   The Lawrence Welk Show   1951-1982  

562   What's Happening!!   1976-1979  

561   Weeds   2005-present  

560   Quincy, M.E.   1976-1983  

559   Boardwalk Empire   2010-present  

558   Mystery Science Theater 3000   1988-1999  

557   My Two Dads   1987-1990  

556   Hard Copy   1989-1999  

555   The Six Million Dollar Man   1974–1978  

554   The Secret Life of the American Teenager   2008 – present  

553   The Suite Life of Zack & Cody   2005–2008  

552   Love Connection   1983-1994  

551   The Dick Cavett Show   1968-1975  

550   The Great Grape Ape Show   1975-1978  

549   The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles   1992-1996  

548   The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer   1975-present  

547   Rugrats   1991-2004  

546   Ally McBeal   1997-2002  

545   Army Wives   2007-present  

544   Pac-Man   1982-1983   Great game… ok cartoon

543   Men Behaving Badly   1996-1997  

542   Dennis the Menace   1959-1963  

541   Smallville   2000-2011  

540   Blue Bloods   2010-present  

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