Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:
Private James Sweeney (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 19, 1864, at Cedar Creek, Virginia. His citation reads:
With one companion captured the State flag of a North Carolina regiment, together with 3 officers and an ambulance with its mules and driver.
Ordinary Seaman Robert Sweeney (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 26, 1881, on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge. His citation reads:
Serving on board the U.S.S. Kearsarge, at Hampton Roads, Va., 26 October 1881, Sweeney jumped overboard and assisted in saving from drowning a shipmate who had fallen overboard into a strongly running tide. SECOND AWARD Serving on board the U.S.S. Jamestown, at the Navy Yard New York, 20 December 1883, Sweeney rescued from drowning A. A. George, who had fallen overboard from that vessel.
Landsman William Sweeney (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 15, 1880, on board the U.S.S. Jean Sands. His citation reads:
For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Jean Sands, opposite the Navy Yard, Norfolk, Va., on the night of 15 June 1880, and rescuing from drowning a young girl who had fallen overboard.
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It doesn’t really get easier as time goes on. Or maybe it does… I don’t know. I know it doesn’t really hurt as much, so maybe that makes it easier. I am, of course, talking about MaMa’s death five years ago. It’s hard going from talking to someone almost every day to not getting to talk to her at all. For the most part, I have broken the habit of starting to dial her number when I get in my car to leave work… but every now and then I find myself doing it. I know life isn’t fair, but MaMa really wanted me to have a boy. Don’t get me wrong, she loved Mary Ruth and Susie… but she wanted her little boy to have his own little boy. We found out two weeks after MaMa died that The Wife was pregnant with Daniel. I try not to think about it… but it’s hard sometimes not to sit and think “If only she could have lived long enough to know I was having a boy”. But, I suppose, few loved ones ever live as long as we would like. Still, it would have been nice. There’s a saying that if you really want to keep something a secret, you shouldn’t tell it to anyone… but I can tell you that if you told MaMa a secret, you could rest easy knowing she wouldn’t tell anyone. I mean anyone. I still remember the last time I talked on the phone with her and I can still hear her voice. So I’ve got that going for me… which is nice.
Hey! My Labor Day Cousin Sally has started a blog about running! Check it out here. Like me, Sally knows a lot about running… unlike me, she actually likes to run. I don’t really get it, but I’ve learned that there are some things in life I’ll never understand. Anyway, go check out Sally’s blog. I hope it lasts longer than the other blogs I’ve told you about over the years…
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