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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Yay Mary Ruth

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Corporal Francis E. Warren (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 27, 1863, at Port Hudson, Louisiana. His citation reads:

Volunteered in response to a call, and took part in the movement that was made upon the enemy's works under a heavy fire therefrom in advance of the general assault.

First Lieutenant John E. Warren, Jr. (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 14, 1969, in the Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Warren, distinguished himself at the cost of his life while serving as a platoon leader with Company C. While moving through a rubber plantation to reinforce another friendly unit, Company C came under intense fire from a well-fortified enemy force. Disregarding his safety, 1st Lt. Warren with several of his men began maneuvering through the hail of enemy fire toward the hostile positions. When he had come to within 6 feet of one of the enemy bunkers and was preparing to toss a hand grenade into it, an enemy grenade was suddenly thrown into the middle of his small group. Thinking only of his men, 1st Lt. Warren fell in the direction of the grenade, thus shielding those around him from the blast. His action, performed at the cost of his life, saved 3 men from serious or mortal injury. First Lt. Warren's ultimate action of sacrifice to save the lives of his men was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflection upon himself and the U.S. Army.

First Lieutenant Lewis Warrington (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 8, 1874, at Muchague Valley, Texas. His citation reads:

Gallantry in a combat with 5 Indians.

I would like to give a shout-out to my Mary Ruth for her academic performance last week. She was on the 4th grade quiz bowl team for her school and they went up against schools from around the district last Wednesday. While they did not win, I did receive reports that Mary Ruth did a great job and answered (correctly) many questions. I also received reports that most of the students (on all of the teams) seemed to know more than the people running the contest. Maybe (maybe) the people asking the questions are not to blame. Maybe they were told just to show up and read the questions. But somebody in the district is to blame. From what I was told, it sounded like there wasn’t a lot of planning done for this event. Maybe I am being unfair, but for the second year in a row there were issues that I feel could have been prevented. Still, it’s a good learning experience that life isn’t fair and sometimes the people in charge don’t know what they’re doing.

Mary Ruth followed up her quiz bowl performance with a 2nd place showing in Math Wizards competition at her school last Thursday. I am very proud of her and I’m pretty sure she is now better at math than I am…

Mary Ruth reading to Susie and Daniel

Susie lost another tooth Friday night.  She thinks she now looks like a first grader...

The Wife was out of town Friday night, so this was how we slept

Susie showing me what the Tooth Fairy brought her

Susie and Ethan... This might be the last time she is bigger than him

Ethan and Mary Ruth

The Twins taking a break from fighting

Mary Ruth - Math Wizards 2nd Place

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