Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:
Private First Class David F. Winder (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 13, 1970, in the Republic of Vietnam. His citation reads:
Pfc. Winder distinguished himself while serving in the Republic of Vietnam as a senior medical aidman with Company A. After moving through freshly cut rice paddies in search of a suspected company-size enemy force, the unit started a thorough search of the area. Suddenly they were engaged with intense automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade fire by a well entrenched enemy force. Several friendly soldiers fell wounded in the initial contact and the unit was pinned down. Responding instantly to the cries of his wounded comrades, Pfc. Winder began maneuvering across approximately 100 meters of open, bullet-swept terrain toward the nearest casualty. Unarmed and crawling most of the distance, he was wounded by enemy fire before reaching his comrades. Despite his wounds and with great effort, Pfc. Winder reached the first casualty and administered medical aid. As he continued to crawl across the open terrain toward a second wounded soldier he was forced to stop when wounded a second time. Aroused by the cries of an injured comrade for aid, Pfc. Winder's great determination and sense of duty impelled him to move forward once again, despite his wounds, in a courageous attempt to reach and assist the injured man. After struggling to within 10 meters of the man, Pfc. Winder was mortally wounded. His dedication and sacrifice inspired his unit to initiate an aggressive counterassault which led to the defeat of the enemy. Pfc. Winder's conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit and the U.S. Army.
Private Charles Windolph (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 25-26, 1876, at Little Big Horn, Montana. His citation reads:
With 3 comrades, during the entire engagement, courageously held a position that secured water for the command.
Staff Sergeant William G. Windrich (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 1, 1950, at Vicinity of Yudam-ni, Korea. His citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a platoon sergeant of Company I, in action against enemy aggressor forces the night of 1 December 1950. Promptly organizing a squad of men when the enemy launched a sudden, vicious counterattack against the forward elements of his company's position, rendering it untenable, S/Sgt. Windrich, armed with a carbine, spearheaded the assault to the top of the knoll immediately confronting the overwhelming forces and, under shattering hostile automatic-weapons, mortar, and grenade fire, directed effective fire to hold back the attackers and cover the withdrawal of our troops to commanding ground. With 7 of his men struck down during the furious action and himself wounded in the head by a bursting grenade, he made his way to his company's position and, organizing a small group of volunteers, returned with them to evacuate the wounded and dying from the frozen hillside, staunchly refusing medical attention himself. Immediately redeploying the remainder of his troops, S/Sgt. Windrich placed them on the left flank of the defensive sector before the enemy again attacked in force. Wounded in the leg during the bitter fight that followed, he bravely fought on with his men, shouting words of encouragement and directing their fire until the attack was repelled. Refusing evacuation although unable to stand, he still continued to direct his platoon in setting up defensive positions until weakened by the bitter cold, excessive loss of blood, and severe pain, he lapsed into unconsciousness and died. His valiant leadership, fortitude, and courageous fighting spirit against tremendous odds served to inspire others to heroic endeavor in holding the objective and reflect the highest credit upon S/Sgt. Windrich and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
I was asked the other day by Jeremy who my All-Time NBA Team would be. And by “asked by Jeremy”, I mean I said “Do you want to hear who my All-Time NBA Team would be?” and then I started talking without waiting for him to answer. The difficult thing, of course, is that you only get 5 spots on this team. And since it’s a team, I’m going to do it by position (so I’m not going to have 5 centers or 5 guards). For me, Center is probably the most difficult to pick. I’m going with Bill Russell, but others I looked at closely are Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Hakeem Olajuwon. Kareem maybe the most underrated of the group. At forward, I have Larry Bird and LeBron James. Others I wanted to have on here were Tim Duncan, Dr. J, Dennis Rodman, James Worthy and Dominique Wilkins. The next two positions were easy for me (though I still had to leave some great players off the team). For my shooting guard I have a fella out of North Carolina named Michael Jordan. For my point guard I have the man I consider the greatest player ever (and my second favorite player ever behind Charles Oakley) Magic Johnson. Others guards I wish I had room for were Jerry West, Oscar Robertson, Kobe Bryant, Isiah Thomas, Walt Frazier, Ray Allen and Allen Iverson and Jason Kidd.