Captain William H. Walling (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 25, 1864, at Fort Fisher, North Carolina. His citation reads:
During the bombardment of the fort by the fleet, captured and brought the flag of the fort, the flagstaff having been shot down.
Captain John S. Walmsley, Jr. (US Air Force) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 14, 1951, near Yangdok, Korea. His citation reads:
Capt. Walmsley, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While flying a B-26 aircraft on a night combat mission with the objective of developing new tactics, Capt. Walmsley sighted an enemy supply train which had been assigned top priority as a target of opportunity. He immediately attacked, producing a strike which disabled the train, and, when his ammunition was expended, radioed for friendly aircraft in the area to complete destruction of the target. Employing the searchlight mounted on his aircraft, he guided another B-26 aircraft to the target area, meanwhile constantly exposing himself to enemy fire. Directing an incoming B-26 pilot, he twice boldly aligned himself with the target, his searchlight illuminating the area, in a determined effort to give the attacking aircraft full visibility. As the friendly aircraft prepared for the attack, Capt. Walmsley descended into the valley in a low level run over the target with searchlight blazing, selflessly exposing himself to vicious enemy antiaircraft fire. In his determination to inflict maximum damage on the enemy, he refused to employ evasive tactics and valiantly pressed forward straight through an intense barrage, thus insuring complete destruction of the enemy's vitally needed war cargo. While he courageously pressed his attack Capt. Walmsley's plane was hit and crashed into the surrounding mountains, exploding upon impact. His heroic initiative and daring aggressiveness in completing this important mission in the face of overwhelming opposition and at the risk of his life, reflects the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Air Force.
Seaman James A. Walsh (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 21-22, 1914, on board the U.S.S. Florida. His citation reads:
On board the U.S.S. Florida; for extraordinary heroism in the line of his profession during the seizure of Vera Cruz Mexico, 21 and 22 April 1914.
So you may or may not have noticed that I’ve been away for a while (from Rebecca’s birthday to Daniel’s birthday)… This was due to us moving the I’m just sayin… offices. Phase one of that move (going from our old office space to a temporary space) is now complete. Once we sell our old space, we will be able to build our new permanent office. It had been about 13 years since my last move and I can tell you with all honesty… I didn’t miss it. I am looking forward to my next move being the last move we ever make.
Since I’ve been gone: Peyton Manning (the best QB I ever saw, in my opinion) retired, Nancy Reagan (who taught me to just say “no”) passed away, Donald Trump all but locked up the Republican nomination for President and President Obama took a little trip down to Cuba. I know a lot of people aren’t happy with President Obama, but I don’t really blame him. I mean, Cuba is one of the very (very) few foreign countries I’m interested enough in visiting that I would be willing to fly there. So if I had a chance to go on Air Force One along with a Secret Service escort, I’d probably do it too. I’m guessing his trip to Cuba was easier than my Uncle George’s trip out of Cuba (which, you may remember, involved riding on the back of a shark all the way to Folly Beach while his little sister sat on his shoulders… or something like that. I don’t remember the exact details right now)…
Here are a few pictures from my time away… more to follow next week.
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