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Friday, May 20, 2016

Songs 500 - 451

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private J. Henry White (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 23, 1862, at Rappanhannock Station, Virginia. His citation reads:

At the imminent risk of his life, crawled to a nearby spring within the enemy's range and exposed to constant fire filled a large number of canteens, and returned in safety to the relief of his comrades who were suffering from want of water.

Captain of the Gun Joseph White (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 24-25, 1864 and January 13-15, 1865, on board the U.S.S. New Ironsides. His citation reads:

White served on board the U.S.S. New Ironsides during action in several attacks on Fort Fisher, 24 and 25 December 1864; and 13, 14, and 15 January 1865. The ship steamed in and took the lead in the ironclad division close inshore and immediately opened its starboard battery in a barrage of well-directed fire to cause several fires and explosions and dismount several guns during the first 2 days of fighting. Taken under fire as she steamed into position on 13 January, the New Ironsides fought all day and took on ammunition at night despite severe weather conditions. When the enemy came out of his bombproofs to defend the fort against the storming party, the ships battery disabled nearly every gun on the fort facing the shore before the ceasefire order was given by the flagship.

Sergeant Kyle J. White (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 9, 2007, at Aranas, Afghanistan. His citation reads:

Specialist Kyle J. White distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a radio telephone operator with Company C, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on November 9, 2007. On that day, Specialist White and his comrades were returning to Bella Outpost from a shura with Aranas Village elders. As the soldiers traversed a narrow path surrounded by mountainous, rocky terrain, they were ambushed by enemy forces from elevated positions. Pinned against a steep mountain face, Specialist White and his fellow soldiers were completely exposed to enemy fire. Specialist White returned fire and was briefly knocked unconscious when a rocket-propelled grenade impacted near him. When he regained consciousness, another round impacted near him, embedding small pieces of shrapnel in his face. Shaking off his wounds, Specialist White noticed one of his comrades lying wounded nearby. Without hesitation, Specialist White exposed himself to enemy fire in order to reach the soldier and provide medical aid. After applying a tourniquet, Specialist White moved to an injured Marine, similarly providing aid and comfort until the Marine succumbed to his wounds. Specialist White then returned to the soldier and discovered that he had been wounded again. Applying his own belt as an additional tourniquet, Specialist White was able to stem the flow of blood and save the soldier's life. Noticing that his and the other soldier's radios were inoperative, Specialist White exposed himself to enemy fire yet again in order to secure a radio from a deceased comrade. He then provided information and updates to friendly forces, allowing precision airstrikes to stifle the enemy's attack and ultimately permitting medical evacuation aircraft to rescue him, his fellow soldiers, Marines and Afghan Army soldiers. Specialist Kyle J. White's extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Company C, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade and the United States Army.

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

Rank Song Artist/Group

500 Rock of Ages by: Def Leppard

499 Surrender by: Cheap Trick

498 Teach Your Children by: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

497 Levon by: Elton John

496 Rock and Roll Band by: Boston

495 Wild in the Streets by: Bon Jovi

494 You May Be Right by: Billy Joel

493 I Shot the Sheriff by: Bob Marley

492 Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution by: AC/DC

491 Sweet Emotion by: Aerosmith

490 Roll Me Away by: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

489 Who Says You Can't Go Home by: Bon Jovi with Jennifer Nettles

488 Welcome To The Future by: Brad Paisley

487 Look Away by: Chicago

486 Photograph by: Def Leppard

485 Silver Springs by: Fleetwood Mac

484 Learn To Fly by: Foo Fighters

483 Sherry by: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

482 Longneck Bottle by: Garth Brooks with Steve Wariner

481 November Rain by: Guns N' Roses

480 Never Been Any Reason by: Head East

479 My Kinda Party by: Jason Aldean

478 Purple Haze by: Jimi Hendrix

477 Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven by: Kenny Chesney

476 Good Times Bad Times by: Led Zeppelin

475 Lonesome Loser by: Little River Band

474 You Got That Right by: Lynyrd Skynyrd

473 Push by: Matchbox Twenty

472 Home Sweet Home by: Motley Crue

471 Paranoid by: Ozzy Osbourne

470 Yesterday by: Paul McCartney

469 Even Flow by: Pearl Jam

468 Brain Damage by: Pink Floyd

467 Fallen Angel by: Poison

466 Man on the Moon by: R.E.M.

465 Georgia on My Mind by: Ray Charles

464 Should've Said No by: Taylor Swift

463 Edison's Medicine by: Tesla

462 Fun, Fun, Fun by: The Beach Boys

461 Chantilly Lace by: The Big Bopper

460 Tequila Sunrise by: The Eagles

459 Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds by: The Beatles

458 Used to Love Her by: Guns N' Roses

457 Without You by: Mariah Carey

456 Wingo & His Yard Cocks by: Patrick Davis

455 Those Crazy Christians by: Brad Paisley

454 St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion) by: John Parr

453 Someone Like You by: Adele

452 Slam by: Onyx

451 Signs by: Five Man Electrical Band

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