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Monday, May 2, 2016

Songs 1,400 – 1,351

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Chaplain Charles Joseph Watters (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 19, 1967, near Dak To Province, 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. Chaplain Watters distinguished himself during an assault in the vicinity of Dak To. Chaplain Watters was moving with one of the companies when it engaged a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the battle raged and the casualties mounted, Chaplain Watters, with complete disregard for his safety, rushed forward to the line of contact. Unarmed and completely exposed, he moved among, as well as in front of the advancing troops, giving aid to the wounded, assisting in their evacuation, giving words of encouragement, and administering the last rites to the dying. When a wounded paratrooper was standing in shock in front of the assaulting forces, Chaplain Watters ran forward, picked the man up on his shoulders and carried him to safety. As the troopers battled to the first enemy entrenchment, Chaplain Watters ran through the intense enemy fire to the front of the entrenchment to aid a fallen comrade. A short time later, the paratroopers pulled back in preparation for a second assault. Chaplain Watters exposed himself to both friendly and enemy fire between the two forces in order to recover two wounded soldiers. Later, when the battalion was forced to pull back into a perimeter, Chaplain Watters noticed that several wounded soldiers were lying outside the newly formed perimeter. Without hesitation and ignoring attempts to restrain him, Chaplain Watters left the perimeter three times in the face of small arms, automatic weapons, and mortar fire to carry and to assist the injured troopers to safety. Satisfied that all of the wounded were inside the perimeter, he began aiding the medics ... applying field bandages to open wounds, obtaining and serving food and water, giving spiritual and mental strength and comfort. During his ministering, he moved out to the perimeter from position to position redistributing food and water, and tending to the needs of his men. Chaplain Watters was giving aid to the wounded when he himself was mortally wounded. Chaplain Watters' unyielding perseverance and selfless devotion to his comrades was in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.

First Lieutenant Robert T. Waugh (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 11-14, 1944, near Tremensuoli, Italy. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy. In the course of an attack upon an enemy-held hill on 11 May, 1st Lt. Waugh personally reconnoitered a heavily mined area before entering it with his platoon. Directing his men to deliver fire on 6 bunkers guarding this hill, 1st Lt. Waugh advanced alone against them, reached the first bunker, threw phosphorus grenades into it and as the defenders emerged, killed them with a burst from his tommygun. He repeated this process on the 5 remaining bunkers, killing or capturing the occupants. On the morning of 14 May, 1st Lt. Waugh ordered his platoon to lay a base of fire on 2 enemy pillboxes located on a knoll which commanded the only trail up the hill. He then ran to the first pillbox, threw several grenades into it, drove the defenders into the open, and killed them. The second pillbox was next taken by this intrepid officer by similar methods. The fearless actions of 1st Lt. Waugh broke the Gustav Line at that point, neutralizing 6 bunkers and 2 pillboxes and he was personally responsible for the death of 30 of the enemy and the capture of 25 others. He was later killed in action in Itri, Italy, while leading his platoon in an attack.

First Lieutenant David C. Waybur (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 17, 1943, near Agrigento, Sicily. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action involving actual conflict with the enemy. Commander of a reconnaissance platoon, 1st Lt. Waybur volunteered to lead a 3-vehicle patrol into enemy-held territory to locate an isolated Ranger unit. Proceeding under cover of darkness, over roads known to be heavily mined, and strongly defended by road blocks and machinegun positions, the patrol's progress was halted at a bridge which had been destroyed by enemy troops and was suddenly cut off from its supporting vehicles by 4 enemy tanks. Although hopelessly outnumbered and out-gunned, and himself and his men completely exposed, he quickly dispersed his vehicles and ordered his gunners to open fire with their .30 and .50 caliber machineguns. Then, with ammunition exhausted, 3 of his men hit and himself seriously wounded, he seized his .45 caliber Thompson submachinegun and standing in the bright moonlight directly in the line of fire, alone engaged the leading tank at 30 yards and succeeded in killing the crewmembers, causing the tank to run onto the bridge and crash into the stream bed. After dispatching 1 of the men for aid he rallied the rest to cover and withstood the continued fire of the tanks till the arrival of aid the following morning.

The I'm just sayin… Top 1,453 Songs of All-Time

Rank Song Artist/Group

1400 Ode to My Car by: Adam Sandler

1399 Austin by: Blake Shelton

1398 Edge of a Broken Heart by: Bon Jovi

1397 Allison Road by: Gin Blossoms

1396 Sumter County Friday Night by: Lee Brice

1395 Lucky by: Britney Spears

1394 Lonely at the Top by: Bon Jovi

1393 Have A Nice Day by: Bon Jovi

1392 Young Country by: Hank Williams, Jr.

1391 Never Grow Up by: Taylor Swift

1390 Carrie by: Europe

1389 I'll Be Your Man (Song for a Daughter) by: Zac Brown Band

1388 How Do U Want It by: 2pac

1387 How Am I Supposed to Live Without You by: Michael Bolton

1386 Good by: Better Than Ezra

1385 Girls Just Want to Have Fun by: Cyndi Lauper

1384 Giants by: Felling Giants

1383 Don't Trip by: The Game feat. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and will.i.am

1382 Country Nation by: Brad Paisley

1381 Comin' to Your City by: Big & Rich

1380 Can I Get A… by: Jay Z

1379 Blurred Lines by: Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell

1378 Better in Stereo by: Dove Cameron

1377 Beer With Jesus by: Thomas Rhett

1376 Be My Yoko Ono by: Barenaked Ladies

1375 Battleground by: Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators

1374 Automobile by: N.W.A.

1373 All My Friends Say by: Luke Bryan

1372 All I Do Is Win by: DJ Khaled feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross

1371 Ain't No Sunshine by: Bill Withers

1370 Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word by: Elton John

1369 Damned by: Bon Jovi

1368 Life's A Dance by: John Michael Montomery

1367 Bang a Drum by: Jon Bon Jovi

1366 Love Like Crazy by: Lee Brice

1365 Every Day by: Rascal Flatts

1364 Ooh La La by: Rod Stewart

1363 Fly Like An Eagle by: Steve Miller Band

1362 The Freshmen by: The Verve Pipe

1361 Love Will Keep Us Alive by: The Eagles

1360 Santeria by: Sublime

1359 Mean by: Taylor Swift

1358 Some Guys Have All the Love by: Little Texas

1357 Danger Zone by: Kenny Loggins

1356 Island Girl by: Elton John

1355 Can't Stop This Thing We Started by: Bryan Adams

1354 If Love Was a Plane by: Brad Paisley

1353 Dry County by: Bon Jovi

1352 Pretty Good At Drinkin' Beer by: Billy Currington

1351 Why Don't We Get Drunk by: Jimmy Buffett

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