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Saturday, January 3, 2015

RIP Uncle Alfred…

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Ordinary Seaman Fred Jurgen Schnepel (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 21-22, 1914, on board the U.S.S. Florida. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Florida, Schnepel showed extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession during the seizure of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21 and 22 April 1914.

Wagoner John Schnitzer (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 23, 1882, at Horseshoe Canyon, New Mexico. His citation reads:

Assisted, under a heavy fire, to rescue a wounded comrade.

Major John M. Schofield (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 10, 1861, at Wilsons Creek, Missouri. His citation reads:

Was conspicuously gallant in leading a regiment in a successful charge against the enemy.

My last great-uncle, Uncle Alfred, passed away New Year’s Eve. Here is a link to his obit that was on the Times and Democrat. He was a great man. I enjoyed the times I got to spend taking MaMa up to Branchville and listening to her and Uncle Alfred talk. You will note, of course, that his son Ron is the favorite author of I’m just sayin…. Uncle Alfred leaves behind a great family… something I’m sure he would be proud of.

It’s kind of hard to transition from that to this, but… HAPPY 13th BIRTHDAY MAVERICK!!!!!!! Funny story… We thought he was only 10 years old last year, but we found out during a trip to the Vet that he was actually 12. He was not happy after that visit. Anyway, his back legs don’t always work the way they used to (and the way he thinks they still should), but he’s still the most protective dog we’ve got. You know how the saying goes… It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, if that dog is a big dumbass like Scooby (or something like that… I don’t remember the exact saying). Anyway, as a birthday gift to Maverick, we sent the kids away for the day so he could catch up on some sleep that he lost while the kids were home for Christmas break. We hope Mavi has many more birthdays… but let’s be honest, at 13 years old, the clock is ticking on this little old man (as we have started calling him).

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