Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:
First Lieutenant Donald D. Pucket (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 9, 1944, during the Ploesti Raid, Rumania. His citation reads:
He took part in a highly effective attack against vital oil installation in Ploesti, Rumania, on 9 July 1944. Just after "bombs away," the plane received heavy and direct hits from antiaircraft fire. One crewmember was instantly killed and 6 others severely wounded. The airplane was badly damaged, 2 were knocked out, the control cables cut, the oxygen system on fire, and the bomb bay flooded with gas and hydraulic fluid. Regaining control of his crippled plane, 1st Lt. Pucket turned its direction over to the copilot. He calmed the crew, administered first aid, and surveyed the damage. Finding the bomb bay doors jammed, he used the hand crank to open them to allow the gas to escape. He jettisoned all guns and equipment but the plane continued to lose altitude rapidly. Realizing that it would be impossible to reach friendly territory he ordered the crew to abandon ship. Three of the crew, uncontrollable from fright or shock, would not leave. 1st Lt. Pucket urged the others to jump. Ignoring their entreaties to follow, he refused to abandon the 3 hysterical men and was last seen fighting to regain control of the plane. A few moments later the flaming bomber crashed on a mountainside. 1st Lt. Pucket, unhesitatingly and with supreme sacrifice, gave his life in his courageous attempt to save the lives of 3 others.
Sergeant Hiram W. Purcell (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 31, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia. His citation reads:
While carrying the regimental colors on the retreat he returned to face the advancing enemy, flag in hand, and saved the other color, which would otherwise have been captured.
Lieutenant James J. Purman (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 2, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His citation reads:
Voluntarily assisted a wounded comrade to a place of apparent safety while the enemy were in close proximity; he received the fire of the enemy and a wound which resulted in the amputation of his left leg.
Say a prayer for me, my baseball family and Coach Hatley tomorrow. The James Island Charter High School Board is meeting tomorrow night. Word on the street is that they are going to fire Coach Hatley (and a couple of other coaches… I hope their jobs are safe, too… but Coach Hatley is my coach, so that’s who I’m focused on. Players for the other guys can ask you to support them). Since this word got out, Facebook has been pretty busy (for me, at least). I won’t go into detail right now, because I like for my Sunday posts to focus mainly on the Bible Verse… but say a prayer. The Board meeting is tomorrow at 5:00. I will be there with Dad and some former players (some were my teammates, some played with Sonny). Maybe we can help Coach Hatley keep his job as the baseball coach. And if we can’t, at least we’ll go down swinging.
The I’m just sayin… Gospel Verse of the Week
Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.
Wrapping up 2017-18
3 weeks ago