Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:
Ordinary Seaman Richard Pile (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 12, 1872, on board the U.S.S. Kansas. His citation reads:
Serving on board the U.S.S. Kansas, Pile displayed great coolness and self-possession at the time Comdr. A. F. Crosman and others were drowned, near Greytown, Nicaragua, 12 April 1872, and by his extraordinary heroism and personal exertion prevented greater loss of men.
Private First Class Herbert K. Pililaau (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 17, 1951, near Pia-ri, Korea. His citation reads:
Pfc. Pililaau, a member of Company C, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. The enemy sent wave after wave of fanatical troops against his platoon which held a key terrain feature on "Heartbreak Ridge." Valiantly defending its position, the unit repulsed each attack until ammunition became practically exhausted and it was ordered to withdraw to a new position. Voluntarily remaining behind to cover the withdrawal, Pfc. Pililaau fired his automatic weapon into the ranks of the assailants, threw all his grenades and, with ammunition exhausted, closed with the foe in hand-to-hand combat, courageously fighting with his trench knife and bare fists until finally overcome and mortally wounded. When the position was subsequently retaken, more than 40 enemy dead were counted in the area he had so valiantly defended. His heroic devotion to duty, indomitable fighting spirit, and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit upon himself, the infantry, and the U.S. Army.
Technician Fifth Grade John J. Pinder, Jr. (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 6, 1944, near Colleville-sur-Mer, France. His citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, near Colleville-sur-Mer, France. On D-day, Technician 5th Grade Pinder landed on the coast 100 yards off shore under devastating enemy machinegun and artillery fire which caused severe casualties among the boatload. Carrying a vitally important radio, he struggled towards shore in waist-deep water. Only a few yards from his craft he was hit by enemy fire and was gravely wounded. Technician 5th Grade Pinder never stopped. He made shore and delivered the radio. Refusing to take cover afforded, or to accept medical attention for his wounds, Technician 5th Grade Pinder, though terribly weakened by loss of blood and in fierce pain, on 3 occasions went into the fire-swept surf to salvage communication equipment. He recovered many vital parts and equipment, including another workable radio. On the 3rd trip he was again hit, suffering machinegun bullet wounds in the legs. Still this valiant soldier would not stop for rest or medical attention. Remaining exposed to heavy enemy fire, growing steadily weaker, he aided in establishing the vital radio communication on the beach. While so engaged this dauntless soldier was hit for the third time and killed. The indomitable courage and personal bravery of Technician 5th Grade Pinder was a magnificent inspiration to the men with whom he served.
We’d like to take a minute to wish my good friend and Labor Day Uncle DG a VERY HAPPY Birthday!!!! We hope he has a great day and many, many more birthdays.
Since he’s the birthday boy, we’re going to take a look at DG’s Top 5 shows (as well as two shows that my Labor Day Aunt Janie asked me to include). Before I get to the list, I have to say that I can’t remember if DG gave these to me in a specific order or if he just listed 5 shows… but I hope I have them listed correctly.
5 The Mentalist
3 Winds of War/War & Remembrance
Janie's Bonus Picks
2 Downton Abbey
1 Perry Mason
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).
339 Welcome Back, Kotter 1975-1979
338 Laugh Inn 1968-1973
337 Living Single 1993-1998
336 Archie Bunker's Place 1979-1983 A spinoff of All In The Family
335 Nurse Jackie 2009-present I hear great things about this show.
334 One Day at a Time 1975-1984
333 Soap 1977-1981 Billy Crystal is in this show… that should tell you how funny it is.
332 Kojak 1973-1978
331 Boston Legal 2004-2008 I'm a little surprised this show didn't last longer.
330 Cheyenne 1955-1963
329 The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1967-1969 You want funny? You want the Smothers Brothers.
328 Newhart 1982-1990
327 Royal Pains 2009-present This is a pretty good show on USA that we try to keep up with.
326 The Bob Newhart Show 1972-1978 This is another funny show.
325 Dennis the Menace 1986-1988
324 Deadwood 2004-2006
323 Star Trek: Voyager 1995-2001 A decent Star Trek show.
322 Dear John 1988-1992
321 Law & Order: Los Angeles 2010-2011 A Law & Order that only lasts this long isn't a great show.
320 Step by Step 1991-1998
319 California Dreams 1992-1996
318 Meet the Press 1947-present
317 Colgate Comedy Hour 1950-1955
316 The Flintstones 1960-1966 The cartoon that taught us how cavemen lived.
315 The X-Files 1993-2002
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