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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Songs 300 - 251

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Sergeant Hulon B. Whittington (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 29, 1944, near Grimesnil, France. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On the night of 29 July 1944, near Grimesnil, France, during an enemy armored attack, Sgt. Whittington, a squad leader, assumed command of his platoon when the platoon leader and platoon sergeant became missing in action. He reorganized the defense and, under fire, courageously crawled between gun positions to check the actions of his men. When the advancing enemy attempted to penetrate a roadblock, Sgt. Whittington, completely disregarding intense enemy action, mounted a tank and by shouting through the turret, directed it into position to fire pointblank at the leading Mark V German tank. The destruction of this vehicle blocked all movement of the remaining enemy column consisting of over 100 vehicles of a Panzer unit. The blocked vehicles were then destroyed by handgrenades, bazooka, tank, and artillery fire and large numbers of enemy personnel were wiped out by a bold and resolute bayonet charge inspired by Sgt. Whittington. When the medical aid man had become a casualty, Sgt. Whittington personally administered first aid to his wounded men. The dynamic leadership, the inspiring example, and the dauntless courage of Sgt. Whittington, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.

Major Charles W. Whittlesey (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 2-7, 1918, at Northeast of Binarville, in the forest of Argonne France. His citation reads:

Although cut off for 5 days from the remainder of his division, Maj. Whittlesey maintained his position, which he had reached under orders received for an advance, and held his command, consisting originally of 46 officers and men of the 308th Infantry and of Company K of the 307th Infantry, together in the face of superior numbers of the enemy during the 5 days. Maj. Whittlesey and his command were thus cut off, and no rations or other supplies reached him, in spite of determined efforts which were made by his division. On the 4th day Maj. Whittlesey received from the enemy a written proposition to surrender, which he treated with contempt, although he was at the time out of rations and had suffered a loss of about 50 percent in killed and wounded of his command and was surrounded by the enemy.

Corporal Jerry Wayne Wickam (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 6, 1968, near Loc Ninh, 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. Cpl. Wickam, distinguished himself while serving with Troop F. Troop F was conducting a reconnaissance in force mission southwest of Loc Ninh when the lead element of the friendly force was subjected to a heavy barrage of rocket, automatic weapons, and small arms fire from a well concealed enemy bunker complex. Disregarding the intense fire, Cpl. Wickam leaped from his armored vehicle and assaulted one of the enemy bunkers and threw a grenade into it, killing 2 enemy soldiers. He moved into the bunker, and with the aid of another soldier, began to remove the body of one Viet Cong when he detected the sound of an enemy grenade being charged. Cpl. Wickam warned his comrade and physically pushed him away from the grenade thus protecting him from the force of the blast. When a second Viet Cong bunker was discovered, he ran through a hail of enemy fire to deliver deadly fire into the bunker, killing one enemy soldier. He also captured 1 Viet Cong who later provided valuable information on enemy activity in the Loc Ninh area. After the patrol withdrew and an air strike was conducted, Cpl. Wickam led his men back to evaluate the success of the strike. They were immediately attacked again by enemy fire. Without hesitation, he charged the bunker from which the fire was being directed, enabling the remainder of his men to seek cover. He threw a grenade inside of the enemy's position killing 2 Viet Cong and destroying the bunker. Moments later he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. Cpl. Wickam's extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.

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

Rank Song Artist/Group

300 Something for the Pain by: Bon Jovi

299 Alcohol by: Brad Paisley

298 Some Beach by: Blake Shelton

297 It's My Life by: Bon Jovi

296 On Our Own by: Bobby Brown

295 Rock N' Roll Never Forgets by: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

294 Get Up Stand Up by: Bob Marley

293 Shelter Me by: .38 Special

292 Well Did You Evah? by: Bing Crosby; Frank Sinatra

291 We Didn't Start the Fire by: Billy Joel

290 Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler) by: Alabama

289 Dude (Looks Like a Lady) by: Aerosmith

288 For Those About To Rock by: AC/DC

287 This Ain't a Love Song by: Bon Jovi

286 Better Than This by: Brad Paisley

285 Rave On by: Buddy Holly and The Crickets

284 A Bad Goodbye by: Clint Black with Wynonna Ryder

283 Drinkin' and Dialin' by: Darius Rucker

282 Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be a Long, Long Time) by: Elton John

281 Go Your Own Way by: Fleetwood Mac

280 I'm Over You by: Hootie and the Blowfish

279 Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) by: Journey

278 Cum On Feel The Noize by: Quiet Riot

277 Surfin' USA by: The Beach Boys

276 Take It to the Limit by: The Eagles

275 Hot for Teacher by: Van Halen

274 Chicken Fried by: Zac Brown Band

273 Dr. Feelgood by: Motley Crue

272 Billie Jean by: Michael Jackson

271 I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That) by: Meat Loaf

270 Open Arms by: Journey

269 Come Monday by: Jimmy Buffett

268 Stay by: Jackson Browne

267 The Load-Out by: Jackson Browne

266 The Power of Love by: Huey Lewis and The News

265 Goodbye Girl by: Hootie and the Blowfish

264 Carolina by: Eric Church

263 Your Song by: Elton John

262 Straight To Hell by: Drivin' N Cryin'

261 Don't Think I Don't Think About It by: Darius Rucker

260 Stealing Cinderella by: Chuck Wicks

259 You're the Inspiration by: Chicago

258 Hearts Breaking Even by: Bon Jovi

257 Whiskey Lullaby by: Brad Paisley with Alison Krauss

256 You've Got To Stand For Something by: Charley Pride

255 Turn the Page by: Metallica

254 Bad by: Michael Jackson

253 Life in the Fast Lane by: The Eagles

252 Free Fallin' by: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

251 Top of the World by: Van Halen

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