Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:
Sergeant John C. Squires (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 23-24, 1944, near Padiglione, Italy. His citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. At the start of his company's attack on strongly held enemy positions in and around Spaccasassi Creek, near Padiglione, Italy, on the night of 23-24 April 1944, Pfc. Squires, platoon messenger, participating in his first offensive action, braved intense artillery, mortar, and antitank gun fire in order to investigate the effects of an antitank mine explosion on the leading platoon. Despite shells which burst close to him, Pfc. Squires made his way 50 yards forward to the advance element, noted the situation, reconnoitered a new route of advance and informed his platoon leader of the casualties sustained and the alternate route. Acting without orders, he rounded up stragglers, organized a group of lost men into a squad and led them forward. When the platoon reached Spaccasassi Creek and established an outpost, Pfc. Squires, knowing that almost all of the noncommissioned officers were casualties, placed 8 men in position of his own volition, disregarding enemy machinegun, machine-pistol, and grenade fire which covered the creek draw. When his platoon had been reduced to 14 men, he brought up reinforcements twice. On each trip he went through barbed wire and across an enemy minefield, under intense artillery and mortar fire. Three times in the early morning the outpost was counterattacked. Each time Pfc. Squires ignored withering enemy automatic fire and grenades which struck all around him, and fired hundreds of rounds of rifle, Browning automatic rifle, and captured German Spandau machinegun ammunition at the enemy, inflicting numerous casualties and materially aiding in repulsing the attacks. Following these fights, he moved 50 yards to the south end of the outpost and engaged 21 German soldiers in individual machinegun duels at point-blank range, forcing all 21 enemy to surrender and capturing 13 more Spandau guns. Learning the function of this weapon by questioning a German officer prisoner, he placed the captured guns in position and instructed other members of his platoon in their operation. The next night when the Germans attacked the outpost again he killed 3 and wounded more Germans with captured potato-masher grenades and fire from his Spandau gun. Pfc. Squires was killed in a subsequent action.
Private Charles Stacey (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 2, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His citation reads:
Voluntarily took an advanced position on the skirmish line for the purpose of ascertaining the location of Confederate sharpshooters, and under heavy fire held the position thus taken until the company of which he was a member went back to the main line.
Seaman William B. Stacy (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions sometime between 1866-1870, in the harbor of Cape Haiten. His citation reads:
While coaling ship in the harbor of Cape Haiten, one of the crew of the Rhode Island fell overboard, and, after catching a rope, had been forced by exhaustion, to relinquish his hold. Although the sea was running high at the time, Stacy, at the peril of his life, jumped overboard, secured the rope around his shipmate, and thus saved him from drowning.
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Top 20 NFL Players of All-Time
20 Levon Kirkland I'm not going to post a bunch of stats in this list. Maybe I should, but I'm not. Click on the link if you want stats. I'm here to talk about players and Levon Kirkland is a player. I'm not going to apologize to you for having him in my Top 20. I WILL apologize to him for only having him at #20. This guy had it all... speed, size, strength. He was great.
19 Tony Gonzalez I have him as the best TE ever… Some might not agree, but they would have him as "one of" the best.
18 Eric Dickerson A great running back (the best goggle-wearing running back).
17 Mike Singletary He was a leader on one of the greatest NFL defenses ever.
16 Michael Irvin I was never really a "fan" of his, but man Michael Irvin was a good WR.
15 Brian Dawkins Brian Dawkins was one of the harddest hitting DB's in the business. No telling what he could have done if he'd played back when DB's could really hit a WR without getting a flag. He even looked like a bad dude (though, from what I hear, he's pretty nice).
14 Mike Webster With all due respect to Peyton Manning's Center and Dermontti Dawson (my all-time favorite NFL Center… yes, I have one) Mike Webster is the best ever.
13 Mean Joe Greene He was a key piece of the GREATEST Defence EVER.
12 Tom Brady He's got a lot of wins… but I've still got a lot of questions.
11 Reggie White He was a great DE who died way too soon.
10 Deion Sanders I dare say I hated Deion Sanders (at least for most of his career)… and one usually doesn't hate a bad player. He was a great shutdown cornerback.
9 Joe Montana Some will argue he's the greatest QB ever. I don't think he is (as you will see), but I'd be willing to listen to what they have to say.
8 Barry Sanders There were times I thought Barry Sanders would never get tackled. He was that good.
7 Ronnie Lott Ronnie Lott once cut the end of his finger off so he wouldn't have to miss any games. Or something like that. Whatever it was, he cared more about his job than I probably care about mine. I'm just sayin…
6 Peyton Manning I know he "only" has one championship, but he's the greatest QB I've ever seen play. BUT… not the greatest QB ever.
5 Walter Peyton Watching Walter Peyton run was… well, it was fun. He was such a great running back. He's another player who died too young.
4 Terry Bradshaw THIS is the greatest QB ever. Also, the most underrated ever. He called his own plays… won 4 Super Bowls… and did it all in a time when QBs got hit like they were just another player (nothing like today).
3 Lawrence Taylor He was a game changing type of player.
2 Jim Brown I never saw him play, but I've read books that talk about him and in those books I've read great players talk about how great of a player Jim Brown was. So I feel safe having him at #2.
1 Jerry Rice Greatest WR ever. Greatest football player ever. I stand by my statements.
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