Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by strollingbones, May 25, 2012.
Medal of Honor citation
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to
PRIVATE FIRST CLASS WILLIAM R. CADDY
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE
for service as set forth in the following CITATION:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Rifleman with Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-sixth Marines, Fifth Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces during the seizure of Iwo Jima in the Volcano Islands, 3 March 1945. Consistently aggressive, Private First Class Caddy boldly defied shattering Japanese machine-gun and small-arms fire to move forward with his platoon leader and another Marine during a determined advance of his company through an isolated sector and, gaining the comparative safety of a shell hole, took temporary cover with his comrades. Immediately pinned down by deadly sniper fire from a well-concealed position, he made several unsuccessful attempts to again move forward and then, joined by his platoon leader, engaged the enemy in a fierce exchange of hand grenades until a Japanese grenade fell in the shell hole. Fearlessly disregarding all personal danger, Private First Class Caddy instantly threw himself upon the deadly missile, absorbing the exploding charge in his own body and protecting the others from serious injury. Stouthearted and indomitable, he unhesitatingly yielded his own life that his fellow Marines might carry on the relentless battle against a fanatic enemy. His dauntless courage and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of certain death reflects the highest credit upon Private First Class Caddy and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country
"By their victory, the 3rd, 4th and 5th Marine Divisions and other units of the Fifth Amphibious Corps have made an accounting to their country which only history will be able to value fully. Among the Americans serving on Iwo island, uncommon valor was a common virtue"
Chester W. Nimitz
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afd_sDNYbpY]Memorial Day - YouTube[/ame]
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R-4yMns2oY]2012 Memorial Day Tribute to the Fallen - YouTube[/ame]
think of all the things these people gave up for this coumntry.
The love they didnt live to feel.
The children they didnt live to hold.
The son they were not there to steady.
The daughter they were not there to comfort.
the parents that they knew would have to survive losing their child.
The streams of sunshine in the summer lying on a blaket by the lake.
They gave up so much.
[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XS6aRmpTZvI&feature=related](New) Memorial Day 2012 Tribute ~ 21 Gun Salute & Taps - YouTube[/ame]
I think we owe them the honor of NEVER NEVER sending another man or woman to fight a war we dont NEED fighting.
No more lying this country into war for poltical gain.
ONLY defense in the most literal sense
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[ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2RwRi2TjA0]Memorial Day 2012 - Freedom Isn't Free - YouTube[/ame]
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
one of my favs...
If you take a flat map
And move wooden blocks upon it strategically,
The thing looks well, the blocks behave as they should.
The science of war is moving live men like blocks.
And getting the blocks into place at a fixed moment.
But it takes time to mold your men into blocks
And flat maps turn into country where creeks and gullies
Hamper your wooden squares. They stick in the brush,
They are tired and rest, they straggle after ripe blackberries,
And you cannot lift them up in your hand and move them.
--A string of blocks curling smoothly around the left
Of another string of blocks and crunching it up--
It is all so clear in the maps, so clear in the mind,
But the orders are slow, the men in the blocks are slow
To move, when they start they take too long on the way--
The General loses his stars and the block-men die......
John Brown's Body
Stephen Vincent Benét
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