Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:
Seaman Horatio N. Young (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 16, 1863, on board the U.S.S. Lehigh. His citation reads:
On board the U.S.S. Lehigh, Charleston Harbor, 16 November 1863, during the hazardous task of freeing the Lehigh, which had grounded, and was under heavy enemy fire from Fort Moultrie. After several previous attempts had been made, Young succeeded in passing in a small boat from the Lehigh to the Nahant with a line bent on a hawser. This courageous action while under severe enemy fire enabled the Lehigh to be freed from her helpless position.
Private James M. Young (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 6, 1864, at Wilderness. Virginia. His citation reads:
With 2 companions, voluntarily went forward in the forest to reconnoiter the enemy's position, was fired upon and one of his companions disabled. Pvt. Young took the wounded man upon his back and, under fire, carried him within the Union lines.
Staff Sergeant Marvin R. Young (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 21, 1968, near Ben Cui, 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. S/Sgt. Young distinguished himself at the cost of his life while serving as a squad leader with Company C. While conducting a reconnaissance mission in the vicinity of Ben Cui, Company C was suddenly engaged by an estimated regimental-size force of the North Vietnamese Army. During the initial volley of fire the point element of the 1st Platoon was pinned down, sustaining several casualties, and the acting platoon leader was killed. S/Sgt. Young unhesitatingly assumed command of the platoon and began to organize and deploy his men into a defensive position in order to repel the attacking force. As a human wave attack advanced on S/Sgt. Young's platoon, he moved from position to position, encouraging and directing fire on the hostile insurgents while exposing himself to the hail of enemy bullets. After receiving orders to withdraw to a better defensive position, he remained behind to provide covering fire for the withdrawal. Observing that a small element of the point squad was unable to extract itself from its position, and completely disregarding his personal safety, S/Sgt. Young began moving toward their position, firing as he maneuvered. When halfway to their position he sustained a critical head injury, yet he continued his mission and ordered the element to withdraw. Remaining with the squad as it fought its way to the rear, he was twice seriously wounded in the arm and leg. Although his leg was badly shattered, S/Sgt. Young refused assistance that would have slowed the retreat of his comrades, and he ordered them to continue their withdrawal while he provided protective covering fire. With indomitable courage and heroic self-sacrifice, he continued his self-assigned mission until the enemy force engulfed his position. By his gallantry at the cost of his life are in the highest traditions of the military service, S/Sgt. Young has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
I would like to take a minute to wish my cousin Deeny a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!! We trust Jim will make it a great day! Well... "trust" is probably too strong of a word. Let's say we hope Jim will make it a great day!
A question that would sometimes come up in conversation while playing video games in college, was “If you could have 3 people on your side in a fight, who would you want?” This question (or variations of it) would come up from time to time and would usually lead to some of the better conversations we’d have (that I can tell you about). I forget all of the “rules” we’d have when coming up with these list, but for some reason the question came to my mind out of the blue the other day. So… the 3 people I’d want with me in a fight are:
Chuck Norris – I think this should be pretty self-explanatory... This is the man who can go against an army of well-armed men and crush them all (sometimes with his bare hands).
Charles Oakley – This former NBA player was a bad sunofagun when he was playing and still looks like he could break bones now.
Dalton (Patrick Swayze’s character) from Road House - This guy had ice-water running through his veins and could always stay calm in the middle of a bar fight.