Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:
Sergeant Larry S. Pierce (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 20, 1965, near Ben Cat, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Pierce was serving as squad leader in a reconnaissance platoon when his patrol was ambushed by hostile forces. Through his inspiring leadership and personal courage, the squad succeeded in eliminating an enemy machinegun and routing the opposing force. While pursuing the fleeing enemy, the squad came upon a dirt road and, as the main body of his men entered the road, Sgt. Pierce discovered an antipersonnel mine emplaced in the road bed. Realizing that the mine could destroy the majority of his squad, Sgt. Pierce saved the lives of his men at the sacrifice of his life by throwing himself directly onto the mine as it exploded. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his safety, and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, he averted loss of life and injury to the members of his squad. Sgt. Pierce's extraordinary heroism, at the cost of his life, are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.
First Sergeant Edward M. Pike (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 7, 1862, at Cache River, Arkansas. His citation reads:
While the troops were falling back before a superior force, this soldier, assisted by one companion, and while under severe fire at close range, saved a cannon from capture by the enemy.
Lieutenant Colonel Emory J. Pike (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 15, 1918, near Vandieres, France. His citation reads:
Having gone forward to reconnoiter new machinegun positions, Lt. Col. Pike offered his assistance in reorganizing advance infantry units which had become disorganized during a heavy artillery shelling. He succeeded in locating only about 20 men, but with these he advanced and when later joined by several infantry platoons rendered inestimable service in establishing outposts, encouraging all by his cheeriness, in spite of the extreme danger of the situation. When a shell had wounded one of the men in the outpost, Lt. Col. Pike immediately went to his aid and was severely wounded himself when another shell burst in the same place. While waiting to be brought to the rear, Lt. Col. Pike continued in command, still retaining his jovial manner of encouragement, directing the reorganization until the position could be held. The entire operation was carried on under terrific bombardment, and the example of courage and devotion to duty, as set by Lt. Col. Pike, established the highest standard of morale and confidence to all under his charge. The wounds he received were the cause of his death.
We’re sorry to hear of the passing of my brother-in-law Brent’s dad yesterday. We hope Brent, Teresa Lynn and the girls are able to remember the good times and that God gives them comfort with happy memories.
There’s not really a good way to transition here, so I’m just going to tell you that we’re going to take a look at Sonny’s Top 5 list today…
5 Perry Mason
4 The Andy Griffith Show
3 The Six Million Dollar Man
2 Knight Rider
1 Dukes of Hazzard
It’s hard to argue with those 5 shows…
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).
364 Eight Is Enough 1977-1981
363 Thomas and Friends 1989-present
362 Webster 1983-1989 This show is funny enough that it probably could have been ranked higher.
361 Falcon Crest 1981-1990
360 Happy Endings 2011-present This is another show The Wife and I started watching at the beginning (and found it very funny), but we just didn't have enough time to keep up with it.
359 Maude 1972-1978
358 Dirty Jobs 2005-present This will probably make you feel better about your job.
357 McCloud 1970-1977
356 M.A.S.K 1985-1986 This is a great cartoon I grew up watching… I wish it had lasted longer.
355 Jem 1985-1988 The Wife loves this cartoon.
354 Better with You 2010-2011
353 Dave's World 1993-1997 This is a show based on Dave Berry.
352 Bosom Buddies 1980-1982
351 Renegade 1992-1997
350 Modern Marvels 1995-present
349 The Archie Show 1968-1969
348 The Gong Show 1976-1989
347 The Fall Guy 1981-1986
346 The Magnificent Seven 1998-1999
345 South Park 1997-present I don't watch this show a lot… but I usually laugh a lot when I do watch it. Then I feel guilty for laughing. This isn't a kids cartoon.
344 Gilmore Girls 2000-2007
343 Wipeout 2008-present Who doesn't love watching and laughing at people failing at something.
342 Lonesome Dove: The Series 1994-1995
341 Petticoat Junction 1963-1970
340 My Favorite Martian 1963-1966 Not my favorite show.
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