Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:
Staff Sergeant Clifford Chester Sims (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 21, 1968, near Hue, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Sims distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader with Company D. Company D was assaulting a heavily fortified enemy position concealed within a dense wooded area when it encountered strong enemy defensive fire. Once within the woodline, S/Sgt. Sims led his squad in a furious attack against an enemy force which had pinned down the 1st Platoon and threatened to overrun it. His skillful leadership provided the platoon with freedom of movement and enabled it to regain the initiative. S/Sgt. Sims was then ordered to move his squad to a position where he could provide covering fire for the company command group and to link up with the 3d Platoon, which was under heavy enemy pressure. After moving no more than 30 meters S/Sgt. Sims noticed that a brick structure in which ammunition was stocked was on fire. Realizing the danger, S/Sgt. Sims took immediate action to move his squad from this position. Though in the process of leaving the area 2 members of his squad were injured by the subsequent explosion of the ammunition, S/Sgt. Sims' prompt actions undoubtedly prevented more serious casualties from occurring. While continuing through the dense woods amidst heavy enemy fire, S/Sgt. Sims and his squad were approaching a bunker when they heard the unmistakable noise of a concealed booby trap being triggered immediately to their front. S/Sgt. Sims warned his comrades of the danger and unhesitatingly hurled himself upon the device as it exploded, taking the full impact of the blast. In so protecting his fellow soldiers, he willingly sacrificed his life. S/Sgt. Sims' extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.
Sergeant Walter K. Singleton (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on March 24, 1967, at Gio Linh District, Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Singleton's company was conducting combat operations when the lead platoon received intense small arms, automatic weapons, rocket, and mortar fire from a well entrenched enemy force. As the company fought its way forward, the extremely heavy enemy fire caused numerous friendly casualties. Sensing the need for early treatment of the wounded, Sgt. Singleton quickly moved from his relatively safe position in the rear of the foremost point of the advance and made numerous trips through the enemy killing zone to move the injured men out of the danger area. Noting that a large part of the enemy fire was coming from a hedgerow, he seized a machinegun and assaulted the key enemy location, delivering devastating fire as he advanced. He forced his way through the hedgerow directly into the enemy strong point. Although he was mortally wounded, his fearless attack killed 8 of the enemy and drove the remainder from the hedgerow. Sgt. Singleton's bold actions completely disorganized the enemy defense and saved the lives of many of his comrades. His daring initiative selfless devotion to duty and indomitable fighting spirit reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps, and his performance upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
Seaman Lawrence C. Sinnett (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 21, 1914, on board the U.S.S. Florida. His citation reads:
On board the U.S.S. Florida, Sinnett showed extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession during the seizure of Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21 April 1914.
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CONGRATS to Mary Ruth for making the A/B Honor Roll for the 3rd Quarter! She had a little slump at the start of the quarter, but was able to turn things around by the end. Great job, MR!!!!
Here’s a story that (I think) slipped by me… Long-time high school basketball coach Ronnie Dupre was inducted this past Friday into the SC Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. () Coach Dupre is currently the head coach at West Ashley High School. So… why do I care? Because Coach Dupre used to coach at James Island High School… and as Jeremy will tell you, I care about everything James Island. Anyway, there’s another reason I care. Ronnie Dupre has won over 500 games… and Sonny was there at the beginning. Yep, Sonny was on Coach Dupre’s first team at JIHS. I don’t remember how many games they won, but I don’t think it was a lot. Sonny was the starting point guard, which says a lot about the program when Ronnie took over. I mean, listen, it was a long time ago and I’m sure time can play tricks on my memory… but I’m pretty sure what Sonny lacked in height, he also lacked in speed and skill. The main thing he had going for him was that he was white… that made it easier for his teammates to find him. James Island went to back to back State Championship games (winning one of them) shortly after Sonny graduated. That’s when I first heard the saying, “addition by subtraction”, but we don’t need to get into that right now...
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