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Friday, December 4, 2015

Winthrop baseball signing…

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

First Lieutenant William B. Turner (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 27, 1918, near Ronssoy, France. His citation reads:

He led a small group of men to the attack, under terrific artillery and machinegun fire, after they had become separated from the rest of the company in the darkness. Single-handed he rushed an enemy machinegun which had suddenly opened fire on his group and killed the crew with his pistol. He then pressed forward to another machinegun post 25 yards away and had killed 1 gunner himself by the time the remainder of his detachment arrived and put the gun out of action. With the utmost bravery he continued to lead his men over 3 lines of hostile trenches, cleaning up each one as they advanced, regardless of the fact that he had been wounded 3 times, and killed several of the enemy in hand-to-hand encounters. After his pistol ammunition was exhausted, this gallant officer seized the rifle of a dead soldier, bayoneted several members of a machinegun crew, and shot the other. Upon reaching the fourth-line trench, which was his objective, 1st Lt. Turner captured it with the 9 men remaining in his group and resisted a hostile counterattack until he was finally surrounded and killed.

First Sergeant James H. Turpin (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from 1872-1874, in Arizona. His citation reads:

Gallantry in actlons with Apaches.

Seaman Alexander Haure Turvelin (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions in February 1881, on board from the U.S.S. Trenton. His citation reads:

For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Trenton, at Toulon, France, February 1881, and rescuing from drowning Augustus Ohlensen, coxswain.

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I don’t usually post on here about college signings because I feel like all of the publicity around such things puts undue pressure on kids who just want to play a game. This one is a little different, however. A couple of days ago this week, the Winthrop University baseball team signed Chase Kent… a 5 year old from Fort Mill who is living with Leukemia. Below is the press conference. I have been critical of the baseball leadership the past few years (for good reason), but this is pretty cool. Congrats to Chase and congrats to Winthrop.

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