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Friday, July 10, 2015

RIP Mr. Mayor

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private James Sumner (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 20, 1869, at Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona. His citation reads:

Gallantry in action.

Chief Carpenter’s Mate Axel Sundquist (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from July 26-27, 1898, on board the U.S.S. Marblehead. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Marblehead at the approaches to Caimanera, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 26 and 27 July 1898. Displaying heroism, Sundquist took part in the perilous work of sweeping for and disabling 27 contact mines during this period.

Ordinary Seaman Gustav A. Sundquist (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 11, 1898, on board the U.S.S. Nashville. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Sundquist displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

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He hasn’t been the mayor of Summerville since 2011, but I think most people around town still consider him the mayor. Mr. Berlin G. Myers died on Wednesday at the age of 98. He was the mayor of Summerville for 39 years (and could have been mayor for over 40 years if he had wanted). I was reading the paper yesterday to see what they had to say about the death of Berlin G. Myers (not sure what the “G” stood for, but I’d like to think it’s “Gangsta”… or “Greg”… but mainly “Gangsta”) and saw this…

“He was among the Allied troops who hit the beach during D-Day”.

My first thought was… “Hitting the beach” now sure means something different from what it did then. My second thought was… How in the world could he stand being mayor for so long after going through something like that? What I mean is this; How could he sit in meetings and listen to someone complain about something without going off on them… “Are you kidding me? Are YOU kidding me?! You’re complaining about this?! I’m sorry for (insert whatever stupid “problem” people usually have), but the boat I was on dropped me off 500 feet from the beach in freezing water… WHILE THE GERMANS WERE SHOOTING AT ME! So until you have a problem that even comes close to that, I kindly ask that you sit down and shut up”. I’m pretty sure that’s how I would have acted.

RIP Mr. Mayor… you will be missed.

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