Disclaimer

If you do not know me (I mean, really know me) then there is something you need to understand before you read this blog: I value the truth above everything else... except a good laugh. A good laugh will almost always beat the truth as far as I’m concerned. Everything you read on this blog will be true, somewhat true, or something I made up in an effort to get a laugh. Sometimes I will go on a rant that I don’t really mean (or only kind of mean). Sometimes I will mean what I write only to completely change my mind a year, month, or day later. Such is life. By reading this blog you agree not to get offended by anything I write (or, at the very least, you agree not to tell me or anyone else that you are offended). It is worth noting that my employer does not endorse my blog (or even read it, to tell you the truth). The Wife also does not endorse my blog (though she will read it from time to time). I am not paid to write this... it’s just my way of giving back to the community. I have, and will, touch on a wide range of subjects and will give my opinion on these subjects. Again, most of what I say is for laughs but every now and then I will say what I really think and feel (see my views on Westboro Baptist Cult). How will you know when I’m serious and when I’m trying to get a laugh? You’ll know. And if you don’t know, well... maybe this isn’t the best thing for you to be reading. So, sit back, read and enjoy. Leave comments if you want and don’t be afraid to publicly follow me.



Thursday, December 31, 2015

Goodbye 2015!!!!!!!!!!!

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Major General Alexander Archer Vandegrift (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from August 7 – December 9, 1942, at Solomon Islands. His citation reads:

For outstanding and heroic accomplishment above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of the 1st Marine Division in operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands during the period 7 August to 9 December 1942. With the adverse factors of weather, terrain, and disease making his task a difficult and hazardous undertaking, and with his command eventually including sea, land, and air forces of Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, Maj. Gen. Vandegrift achieved marked success in commanding the initial landings of the U.S. forces in the Solomon Islands and in their subsequent occupation. His tenacity, courage, and resourcefulness prevailed against a strong, determined, and experienced enemy, and the gallant fighting spirit of the men under his inspiring leadership enabled them to withstand aerial, land, and sea bombardment, to surmount all obstacles, and leave a disorganized and ravaged enemy. This dangerous but vital mission, accomplished at the constant risk of his life, resulted in securing a valuable base for further operations of our forces against the enemy, and its successful completion reflects great credit upon Maj. Gen. Vandegrift, his command, and the U.S. Naval Service.

Private John M. Vanderslice (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 6, 1865, at Hatchers Run, Virginia. His citation reads:

Was the first man to reach the enemy's rifle pits, which were taken in the charge.

First Class Fireman Joseph E. Vantine (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on March 14, 1863, on board the U.S.S. Richmond. His citation reads:

Serving on board the U.S.S. Richmond in the attack on Port Hudson, 14 March 1863. Damaged by a 6-inch solid rifle shot which shattered the starboard safety-valve chamber and also damaged the port safety valve, the fireroom of the Richmond immediately filled with steam to place it in an extremely critical condition. Acting courageously in this crisis, Vantine persisted in penetrating the steam-filled room in order to haul the hot fires of the furnaces and continued this action until the gravity of the situation had been lessened.


I hope your 2015 was as great as my 2015. I’m still not sure what my posting schedule will be like in 2016… I guess you will just have to check back and see. If everything goes right, I might be posting from a new I’m just sayin… office building this time next year.

Monday, December 28, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARY RUTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private Charles Veal (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 29, 1864, at Chapins Farm, Virginia. His citation reads:

Seized the national colors after 2 color bearers had been shot down close to the enemy's works, and bore them through the remainder of the battle.

Captain Moses Veale (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 28, 1863, at Wauhatchie, Tennessee. His citation reads:

Gallantry in action manifesting throughout the engagement coolness, zeal, judgment, and courage. His horse was shot from under him and he was hit by 4 enemy bullets.

Colonel Wheelock G. Veazey (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 3, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. His citation reads:

Rapidly assembled his regiment and charged the enemy's flank; charged front under heavy fire, and charged and destroyed a Confederate brigade, all this with new troops in their first battle.


I just wanted to stop by the I’m just sayin… offices today to wish my sweet Mary Ruth a VERY HAPPY 10th BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe she is ten years old. I hope she has a GREAT day!!!!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Captain Franklin Van Valkenburgh (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on December 7, 1941, on board the U.S.S. Arizona. His citation reads:

For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage and complete disregard of his own life, during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor T.H., by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. As commanding officer of the U.S.S. Arizona, Capt. Van Valkenburgh gallantly fought his ship until the U.S.S. Arizona blew up from magazine explosions and a direct bomb hit on the bridge which resulted in the loss of his life.

Lieutenant Commander Bruce Avery Van Voorhis (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 6, 1943, around the Solomon Islands. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Squadron Commander of Bombing Squadron 102 and as Plane Commander of a PB4Y-I Patrol Bomber operating against the enemy on Japanese-held Greenwich Island during the battle of the Solomon Islands, 6 July 1943. Fully aware of the limited chance of surviving an urgent mission, voluntarily undertaken to prevent a surprise Japanese attack against our forces, Lt. Comdr. Van Voorhis took off in total darkness on a perilous 700-mile flight without escort or support. Successful in reaching his objective despite treacherous and varying winds, low visibility and difficult terrain, he fought a lone but relentless battle under fierce antiaircraft fire and overwhelming aerial opposition. Forced lower and lower by pursuing planes, he coolly persisted in his mission of destruction. Abandoning all chance of a safe return he executed 6 bold ground-level attacks to demolish the enemy's vital radio station, installations, antiaircraft guns and crews with bombs and machinegun fire, and to destroy 1 fighter plane in the air and 3 on the water. Caught in his own bomb blast, Lt. Comdr. Van Voorhis crashed into the lagoon off the beach, sacrificing himself in a single-handed fight against almost insuperable odds, to make a distinctive contribution to our continued offensive in driving the Japanese from the Solomons and, by his superb daring, courage and resoluteness of purpose, enhanced the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Staff Sergeant Archie Van Winkle (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 2, 1950, Vicinity of Sudong, Korea. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a platoon sergeant in Company B, in action against enemy aggressor forces. Immediately rallying the men in his area after a fanatical and numerically superior enemy force penetrated the center of the line under cover of darkness and pinned down the platoon with a devastating barrage of deadly automatic weapons and grenade fire, S/Sgt. Van Winkle boldly spearheaded a determined attack through withering fire against hostile frontal positions and, though he and all the others who charged with him were wounded, succeeded in enabling his platoon to gain the fire superiority and the opportunity to reorganize. Realizing that the left flank squad was isolated from the rest of the unit, he rushed through 40 yards of fierce enemy fire to reunite his troops despite an elbow wound which rendered 1 of his arms totally useless. Severely wounded a second time when a direct hit in the chest from a hostile hand grenade caused serious and painful wounds, he staunchly refused evacuation and continued to shout orders and words of encouragement to his depleted and battered platoon. Finally carried from his position unconscious from shock and from loss of blood, S/Sgt. Van Winkle served to inspire all who observed him to heroic efforts in successfully repulsing the enemy attack. His superb leadership, valiant fighting spirit, and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of heavy odds reflect the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service.


The I’m just sayin… Hymn of the Week

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot


It is believed that this African-American spiritual may have been written by Wallis Willis (a Choctaw freedman) in Oklahoma sometime before 1862. You can read more about it here. I love this song!

Chorus:

Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home,
Swing low, sweet chariot,
Coming for to carry me home.


I looked over Jordan, and what did I see
Coming for to carry me home?
A band of angels coming after me,
Coming for to carry me home.

Chorus:

Sometimes I'm up, and sometimes I'm down,
(Coming for to carry me home)
But still my soul feels heavenly bound.
(Coming for to carry me home)

Chorus:

The brightest day that I can say,
(Coming for to carry me home)
When Jesus washed my sins away.
(Coming for to carry me home)

Chorus:

If you get there before I do,
(Coming for to carry me home)
Tell all my friends I'm coming there too.
(Coming for to carry me home)

Chorus:

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas (Eve)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private Joseph Van Matre (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 2, 1865, at Petersburg, Virginia. His citation reads:

In the assault on Fort Gregg, this soldier climbed upon the parapet and fired down into the fort as fast as the loaded guns could be passed up to him by comrades.

Private Junior Van Noy (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 17, 1943, near Finschafen, New Guinea. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy near Finschafen, New Guinea, on 17 October 1943. When wounded late in September, Pvt. Van Noy declined evacuation and continued on duty. On 17 October 1943 he was gunner in charge of a machinegun post only 5 yards from the water's edge when the alarm was given that 3 enemy barges loaded with troops were approaching the beach in the early morning darkness. One landing barge was sunk by Allied fire, but the other 2 beached 10 yards from Pvt. Van Noy's emplacement. Despite his exposed position, he poured a withering hail of fire into the debarking enemy troops. His loader was wounded by a grenade and evacuated. Pvt. Van Noy, also grievously wounded, remained at his post, ignoring calls of nearby soldiers urging him to withdraw, and continued to fire with deadly accuracy. He expended every round and was found, covered with wounds dead beside his gun. In this action Pvt. Van Noy killed at least half of the 39 enemy taking part in the landing. His heroic tenacity at the price of his life not only saved the lives of many of his comrades, but enabled them to annihilate the attacking detachment.

First Lieutenant Louis J. Van Schaick (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 23, 1901, near Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippine Islands. His citation reads:

While in pursuit of a band of insurgents was the first of his detachment to emerge from a canyon, and seeing a column of insurgents and fearing they might turn and dispatch his men as they emerged one by one from the canyon, galloped forward and closed with the insurgents, thereby throwing them into confusion until the arrival of others of the detachment.





From all of us at I’m just sayin…, to all of you… I’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas! I hope you get to spend it with the people you love. I know I will.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Some pictures to share…

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private Michael Valente (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 29, 1918, east of Ronssoy, France. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy during the operations against the Hindenburg line, east of Ronssoy, France, 29 September 1918. Finding the advance of his organization held up by a withering enemy machinegun fire, Pvt. Valente volunteered to go forward. With utter disregard of his own personal danger, accompanied by another soldier, Pvt. Valente rushed forward through an intense machinegun fire directly upon the enemy nest, killing 2 and capturing 5 of the enemy and silencing the gun. Discovering another machinegun nest close by which was pouring a deadly fire on the American forces, preventing their advance, Pvt. Valente and his companion charged upon this strong point, killing the gunner and putting this machinegun out of action. Without hesitation they jumped into the enemy's trench, killed 2 and captured 16 German soldiers. Pvt. Valente was later wounded and sent to the rear.

Seaman Hudson Van Etten (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 11, 1898, on board the U.S.S. Nashville. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Van Etten displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this period.

Sergeant Ludovicus M. M. Van Iersel (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions at Mouzon, France. His citation reads:

While a member of the reconnaissance patrol, sent out at night to ascertain the condition of a damaged bridge, Sgt. Van Iersel volunteered to lead a party across the bridge in the face of heavy machinegun and rifle fire from a range of only 75 yards. Crawling alone along the debris of the ruined bridge he came upon a trap, which gave away and precipitated him into the water. In spite of the swift current he succeeded in swimming across the stream and found a lodging place among the timbers on the opposite bank. Disregarding the enemy fire, he made a careful investigation of the hostile position by which the bridge was defended and then returned to the other bank of the river, reporting this valuable information to the battalion commander.


I believe I’ve shared this story before, but it’s worth sharing again…

Daniel: “I love you Mommy!”

Me: “Daniel, do you love me?”

Daniel: “Yep! I love you and Mommy!”

Me: “Right… but can you just say that you love me?”

Daniel: “But I love you and Mommy.”

The Wife: “Daniel, do you love me?”

Daniel: “Yep! I love you!”

The Wife (trying not to laugh): “Tell Daddy you love him.”

Daniel: “I love you Daddy!........................................................and I love Mommy!”


Are you ready for Christmas? I’m pretty sure I am. I can’t wait to see what Santa brings me! I’ve been a great boy this year (which is pretty much normal for me). This reminds me of something I’ve been wanting to talk about on here….

The other day I was walking out of a store and one of the employee’s there wished me a Merry Christmas to which I replied (with a smile) “Thank you. Merry Christmas to you, too.” I then entered another store to do some shopping and as I left that store an employee told me to “Have a nice day” to which I replied, “Go to hell you sinning Jesus-hater! This is the Christmas season and I won’t let you take Christ out of Christmas!!!!!!!!!” Of course I didn’t say that… I replied (again with a smile) “Thank you”. Here’s the thing… If you want to wish people a Merry Christmas, wish them a Merry Christmas. If you don’t want to do it, don’t do it. It’s ok. If someone doesn’t wish you a Merry Christmas, it doesn’t mean they hate you and/or your religion. So get off of their back, because chances are they are working a ton of hours this time of year for not much money.

Me and Ethan taking a nap... Well, he was taking a nap.  Then I started to take a nap, but opened my eyes to see a wide-eyed Ethan staring at me (most likely asking me not to fall asleep on him).

Mary Ruth before her first basketball game

Scoring a basket

Shooting around before the second half

A post-game hug from Daniel

They lost that game, but won the game this past Saturday

Crazy Daniel

Daniel, Susie and Mary Ruth after the girls walked in the Summerville Christmas Parade

A drawing I did (on my phone) of Daniel during the parade

Crazy Susie

Crazy Maverick

Monday, December 21, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Seaman Albert Vadas (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 11, 1898, on board the U.S.S. Marblehead. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Marblehead during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Vadas displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this period.

Private First Class Jose F. Valdez (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 25, 1945, near Rosenkrantz, France. His citation reads:

He was on outpost duty with 5 others when the enemy counterattacked with overwhelming strength. From his position near some woods 500 yards beyond the American lines he observed a hostile tank about 75 yards away, and raked it with automatic rifle fire until it withdrew. Soon afterward he saw 3 Germans stealthily approaching through the woods. Scorning cover as the enemy soldiers opened up with heavy automatic weapons fire from a range of 30 yards, he engaged in a fire fight with the attackers until he had killed all 3. The enemy quickly launched an attack with 2 full companies of infantrymen, blasting the patrol with murderous concentrations of automatic and rifle fire and beginning an encircling movement which forced the patrol leader to order a withdrawal. Despite the terrible odds, Pfc. Valdez immediately volunteered to cover the maneuver, and as the patrol 1 by 1 plunged through a hail of bullets toward the American lines, he fired burst after burst into the swarming enemy. Three of his companions were wounded in their dash for safety and he was struck by a bullet that entered his stomach and, passing through his body, emerged from his back. Overcoming agonizing pain, he regained control of himself and resumed his firing position, delivering a protective screen of bullets until all others of the patrol were safe. By field telephone he called for artillery and mortar fire on the Germans and corrected the range until he had shells falling within 50 yards of his position. For 15 minutes he refused to be dislodged by more than 200 of the enemy; then, seeing that the barrage had broken the counter attack, he dragged himself back to his own lines. He died later as a result of his wounds. Through his valiant, intrepid stand and at the cost of his own life, Pfc. Valdez made it possible for his comrades to escape, and was directly responsible for repulsing an attack by vastly superior enemy forces.

Private John Vale (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 15, 1863, at Nolensville, Tennessee. His citation reads:

Was one of a detachment of 16 men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of 125 cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train.


I’d like to take a minute to wish Dad a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We know he’ll have a great day because he’s going to get to see me (and that would make every birthday a very happy birthday). It’s special occasions like today that give me a leg up on my brother and sister. At the end of the day, Dad will look at his “offspring scorecard” and see a record of 1-1-1… I, of course, will be the win. “It’s just another day” Sonny will be the loss and Teresa Lynn will be the tie (she won’t come down to see him, but she’ll feel bad about it… unlike Sonny who, honestly, will only call Dad because this post will shame him into doing it. If Sonny was in the Wizard of Oz, he’d be the Tin Man because he’s got no heart. I’m just sayin…).

If Sonny is reading this, get ready… Daniel is perfecting his “knock-knock” jokes in anticipation of seeing you later this week.


With a new Star Wars movie in theaters, I thought it would be nice to show this little known clip from the original Star Wars movie. Enjoy…




Also… This Conspiracy Theory from the first movie…

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Silent Night, Holy Night

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Quartermaster Frank Monroe Upton (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 17, 1918, at on board the USS Stewart. His citation reads:

For extraordinary heroism following internal explosion of the Florence H, on 17 April 1918. The sea in the vicinity of wreckage was covered by a mass of boxes of smokeless powder, which were repeatedly exploding. Frank M. Upton, of the U.S.S. Stewart, plunged overboard to rescue a survivor who was surrounded by powder boxes and too exhausted to help himself. Fully realizing the danger from continual explosion of similar powder boxes in the vicinity, he risked his life to save the life of this man.

Lieutenant Colonel Matt Urban (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from June 14 – September 3, 1944, at Renouf, France. His citation reads:

Lieutenant Colonel (then Captain) Matt Urban, l 12-22-2414, United States Army, who distinguished himself by a series of bold, heroic actions, exemplified by singularly outstanding combat leadership, personal bravery, and tenacious devotion to duty, during the period 14 June to 3 September 1944 while assigned to the 2d Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. On 14 June, Captain Urban's company, attacking at Renouf, France, encountered heavy enemy small arms and tank fire. The enemy tanks were unmercifully raking his unit's positions and inflicting heavy casualties. Captain Urban, realizing that his company was in imminent danger of being decimated, armed himself with a bazooka. He worked his way with an ammo carrier through hedgerows, under a continuing barrage of fire, to a point near the tanks. He brazenly exposed himself to the enemy fire and, firing the bazooka, destroyed both tanks. Responding to Captain Urban's action, his company moved forward and routed the enemy. Later that same day, still in the attack near Orglandes, Captain Urban was wounded in the leg by direct fire from a 37mm tank-gun. He refused evacuation and continued to lead his company until they moved into defensive positions for the night. At 0500 hours the next day, still in the attack near Orglandes, Captain Urban, though badly wounded, directed his company in another attack. One hour later he was again wounded. Suffering from two wounds, one serious, he was evacuated to England. In mid-July, while recovering from his wounds, he learned of his unit's severe losses in the hedgerows of Normandy. Realizing his unit's need for battle-tested leaders, he voluntarily left the hospital and hitchhiked his way back to his unit hear St. Lo, France. Arriving at the 2d Battalion Command Post at 1130 hours, 25 July, he found that his unit had jumped-off at 1100 hours in the first attack of Operation Cobra." Still limping from his leg wound, Captain Urban made his way forward to retake command of his company. He found his company held up by strong enemy opposition. Two supporting tanks had been destroyed and another, intact but with no tank commander or gunner, was not moving. He located a lieutenant in charge of the support tanks and directed a plan of attack to eliminate the enemy strong-point. The lieutenant and a sergeant were immediately killed by the heavy enemy fire when they tried to mount the tank. Captain Urban, though physically hampered by his leg wound and knowing quick action had to be taken, dashed through the scathing fire and mounted the tank. With enemy bullets ricocheting from the tank, Captain Urban ordered the tank forward and, completely exposed to the enemy fire, manned the machine gun and placed devastating fire on the enemy. His action, in the face of enemy fire, galvanized the battalion into action and they attacked and destroyed the enemy position. On 2 August, Captain Urban was wounded in the chest by shell fragments and, disregarding the recommendation of the Battalion Surgeon, again refused evacuation. On 6 August, Captain Urban became the commander of the 2d Battalion. On 15 August, he was again wounded but remained with his unit. On 3 September, the 2d Battalion was given the mission of establishing a crossing-point on the Meuse River near Heer, Belgium. The enemy planned to stop the advance of the allied Army by concentrating heavy forces at the Meuse. The 2d Battalion, attacking toward the crossing-point, encountered fierce enemy artillery, small arms and mortar fire which stopped the attack. Captain Urban quickly moved from his command post to the lead position of the battalion. Reorganizing the attacking elements, he personally led a charge toward the enemy's strong-point. As the charge moved across the open terrain, Captain Urban was seriously wounded in the neck. Although unable to talk above a whisper from the paralyzing neck wound, and in danger of losing his life, he refused to be evacuated until the enemy was routed and his battalion had secured the crossing-point on the Meuse River. Captain Urban's personal leadership, limitless bravery, and repeated extraordinary exposure to enemy fire served as an inspiration to his entire battalion. His valorous and intrepid actions reflect the utmost credit on him and uphold the noble traditions of the United States.

Private M. Emmet Urell (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 14, 1863, at Bristoe Station, Virginia. His citation reads:

Gallantry in action while detailed as color bearer; was severely wounded.


The I’m just sayin… Hymn of the Week

Silent Night, Holy Night


This popular Christmas carol was composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in a small town in Austria. It could very well be my favorite Christmas carol (though Joy to the World is up there too). Read more about it here.

Silent night, holy night,
all is calm, all is bright
round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace,
sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night,
shepherds quake at the sight;
glories stream from heaven afar,
heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love's pure light;
radiant beams from thy holy face
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

Silent night, holy night,
wondrous star, lend thy light;
with the angels let us sing,
Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Go Tell It on the Mountain

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Sergeant George Uhrl (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 30, 1862, at White Oak Swamp Bridge, Virginia. His citation reads:

Was 1 of a party of 3 who, under heavy fire of advancing enemy, voluntarily secured and saved from capture a field gun belonging to another battery, and which had been deserted by its officers and men.

Private Oscar J. Upham (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from July 21 – August 17, 1900, at Peking, China. His citation reads:

In the presence of the enemy at Peking, China, 21 July to 17 August 1900. Although under a heavy fire from the enemy during this period, Upham assisted in the erection of barricades.

Captain William Peterkin Upshur (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 24, 1915, in Haiti. His citation reads:

In company with members of the 15th Company of Marines, all mounted, Capt. Upshur left Fort Liberte, Haiti, for a 6-day reconnaissance. After dark on the evening of 24 October 1915, while crossing the river in a deep ravine, the detachment was suddenly fired upon from 3 sides by about 400 Cacos concealed in bushes about 100 yards from the fort. The marine detachment fought its way forward to a good position which it maintained during the night, although subjected to a continuous fire from the Cacos. At daybreak, Capt. Upshur, in command of one of the 3 squads which advanced in 3 different directions led his men forward, surprising and scattering the Cacos, and aiding in the capture of Fort Dipitie.


The I’m just sayin… Hymn of the Week

Go Tell It on the Mountain


Based on my friends at Wikipedia, this song is an African-American spiritual song dating back to 1865. It is considered a Christmas carol because of the lyrics celebrating the birth of Jesus. You can read more here. This is one of my favorite Christmas carols and is one I think every kid in a children’s choir sings in church this time of year.

Refrain

Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain,
That Jesus Christ is born.


While shepherds kept their watching
Over silent flocks by night
Behold throughout the heavens
There shone a holy light.

Refrain

The shepherds feared and trembled,
When lo! above the earth,
Rang out the angels chorus
That hailed the Savior’s birth.

Refrain

Down in a lowly manger
The humble Christ was born
And God sent us salvation
That bless├Ęd Christmas morn.

Refrain

Saturday, December 12, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Private John Tweedale (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from December 31, 1862 – January 1, 1863, at Stone River, Tennessee. His citation reads:

Gallantry in action.

Corporal Voltaire P. Twombly (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 15, 1862, at Fort Donelson, Tennessee. His citation reads:

Took the colors after 3 of the color guard had fallen, and although most instantly knocked down by a spent ball, immediately arose and bore the colors to the end of the engagement.

Corporal George William Tyrrell (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 14, 1864, at Resaca, Georgia. His citation reads:

Capture of flag.


I would like to wish my brother-in-law Brent a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!! I can honestly say… of all the men my sister has married, Brent is my favorite. I hope he has a GREAT birthday!

Mary Ruth has her first basketball game today… hopefully The Wife won’t get tossed for yelling at the refs.

Today is one of the best days of the college football season… Army/Navy. Back at the end of 2004, Sonny and I decided to pick sides in this great match-up. At the time, Navy had just won the game for the 3rd time in a row bringing the series record to 49-49-7. Since that time, Navy has won every game in the series to take a 59-49-7 lead. Army hasn’t won this game since 2001. It’s actually at the point now that I feel kind of bad for them. Not so bad, however, that I want them to win…

GO NAVY! BEAT ARMY!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Sergeant Day G. Turner (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 8, 1945, at Dahl, Luxembourg. His citation reads:

He commanded a 9-man squad with the mission of holding a critical flank position. When overwhelming numbers of the enemy attacked under cover of withering artillery, mortar, and rocket fire, he withdrew his squad into a nearby house, determined to defend it to the last man. The enemy attacked again and again and were repulsed with heavy losses. Supported by direct tank fire, they finally gained entrance, but the intrepid sergeant refused to surrender although 5 of his men were wounded and 1 was killed. He boldly flung a can of flaming oil at the first wave of attackers, dispersing them, and fought doggedly from room to room, closing with the enemy in fierce hand-to-hand encounters. He hurled handgrenade for handgrenade, bayoneted 2 fanatical Germans who rushed a doorway he was defending and fought on with the enemy's weapons when his own ammunition was expended. The savage fight raged for 4 hours, and finally, when only 3 men of the defending squad were left unwounded, the enemy surrendered. Twenty-five prisoners were taken, 11 enemy dead and a great number of wounded were counted. Sgt. Turner's valiant stand will live on as a constant inspiration to his comrades His heroic, inspiring leadership, his determination and courageous devotion to duty exemplify the highest tradition of the military service.

Private First Class George B. Turner (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on January 3, 1945, at Philippsbourg, France. His citation reads:

At Phillippsbourg, France, he was cut off from his artillery unit by an enemy armored infantry attack. Coming upon a friendly infantry company withdrawing under the vicious onslaught, he noticed 2 German tanks and approximately 75 supporting foot soldiers advancing down the main street of the village. Seizing a rocket launcher, he advanced under intense small-arms and cannon fire to meet the tanks and, standing in the middle of the road, fired at them, destroying 1 and disabling the second. From a nearby half-track he then dismounted a machinegun, placed it in the open street and fired into the enemy infantrymen, killing or wounding a great number and breaking up the attack. In the American counterattack which followed, 2 supporting tanks were disabled by an enemy antitank gun. Firing a light machinegun from the hip, Pfc. Turner held off the enemy so that the crews of the disabled vehicles could extricate themselves. He ran through a hail of fire to one of the tanks which had burst into flames and attempted to rescue a man who had been unable to escape; but an explosion of the tank's ammunition frustrated his effort and wounded him painfully. Refusing to be evacuated, he remained with the infantry until the following day, driving off an enemy patrol with serious casualties, assisting in capturing a hostile strong point, and voluntarily and fearlessly driving a truck through heavy enemy fire to deliver wounded men to the rear aid station. The great courage displayed by Pfc. Turner and his magnificently heroic initiative contributed materially to the defense of the French town and inspired the troops about him.

Corporal Harold L. Turner (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 8, 1918, near St. Etienne, France. His citation reads:

After his platoon had started the attack Cpl. Turner assisted in organizing a platoon consisting of the battalion scouts, runners, and a detachment of Signal Corps. As second in command of this platoon he fearlessly led them forward through heavy enemy fire, continually encouraging the men. Later he encountered deadly machinegun fire which reduced the strength of his command to but 4 men, and these were obliged to take shelter. The enemy machinegun emplacement, 25 yards distant, kept up a continual fire from 4 machineguns. After the fire had shifted momentarily, Cpl. Turner rushed forward with fixed bayonet and charged the position alone capturing the strong point with a complement of 50 Germans and 1 machineguns. His remarkable display of courage and fearlessness was instrumental in destroying the strong point, the fire from which had blocked the advance of his company.


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The I’m just sayin… Hymn of the Week

O Come, All Ye Faithful


This Christmas carol has been attributed to various authors (John Francis Wade, John Reading and King John IV of Portugal among others). The English translation was written in 1841 by Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley. You can read more about it here.

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem. Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;

Refrain

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.


True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal,
Lo, He shuns not the Virgin’s womb;
Son of the Father, begotten, not created;

Refrain

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;
O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest;

Refrain

See how the shepherds, summoned to His cradle,
Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze;
We too will thither bend our joyful footsteps;

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Lo! star led chieftains, Magi, Christ adoring,
Offer Him incense, gold, and myrrh;
We to the Christ Child bring our hearts’ oblations.

Refrain

Child, for us sinners poor and in the manger,
We would embrace Thee, with love and awe;
Who would not love Thee, loving us so dearly?

Refrain

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.

Refrain

Friday, December 4, 2015

Winthrop baseball signing…

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

First Lieutenant William B. Turner (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 27, 1918, near Ronssoy, France. His citation reads:

He led a small group of men to the attack, under terrific artillery and machinegun fire, after they had become separated from the rest of the company in the darkness. Single-handed he rushed an enemy machinegun which had suddenly opened fire on his group and killed the crew with his pistol. He then pressed forward to another machinegun post 25 yards away and had killed 1 gunner himself by the time the remainder of his detachment arrived and put the gun out of action. With the utmost bravery he continued to lead his men over 3 lines of hostile trenches, cleaning up each one as they advanced, regardless of the fact that he had been wounded 3 times, and killed several of the enemy in hand-to-hand encounters. After his pistol ammunition was exhausted, this gallant officer seized the rifle of a dead soldier, bayoneted several members of a machinegun crew, and shot the other. Upon reaching the fourth-line trench, which was his objective, 1st Lt. Turner captured it with the 9 men remaining in his group and resisted a hostile counterattack until he was finally surrounded and killed.

First Sergeant James H. Turpin (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions from 1872-1874, in Arizona. His citation reads:

Gallantry in actlons with Apaches.

Seaman Alexander Haure Turvelin (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions in February 1881, on board from the U.S.S. Trenton. His citation reads:

For jumping overboard from the U.S.S. Trenton, at Toulon, France, February 1881, and rescuing from drowning Augustus Ohlensen, coxswain.


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I don’t usually post on here about college signings because I feel like all of the publicity around such things puts undue pressure on kids who just want to play a game. This one is a little different, however. A couple of days ago this week, the Winthrop University baseball team signed Chase Kent… a 5 year old from Fort Mill who is living with Leukemia. Below is the press conference. I have been critical of the baseball leadership the past few years (for good reason), but this is pretty cool. Congrats to Chase and congrats to Winthrop.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

College Football on TV this weekend…

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Sergeant Allen Tucker (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 2, 1865, at Petersburg, Virginia. His citation reads:

Gallantry as color bearer in the assault on Fort Gregg.

Corporal Jacob R. Tucker (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 1, 1865, at Petersburg, Virginia. His citation reads:

Was 1 of the 3 soldiers most conspicuous in the final assault.

Sergeant First Class Charles W. Turner (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 1, 1950, near Yongsan, Korea. His citation reads:

Sfc. Turner distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. A large enemy force launched a mortar and automatic weapon supported assault against his platoon. Sfc. Turner, a section leader, quickly organized his unit for defense and then observed that the attack was directed at the tank section 100 yards away. Leaving his secured section he dashed through a hail of fire to the threatened position and, mounting a tank, manned the exposed turret machine gun. Disregarding the intense enemy fire he calmly held this position delivering deadly accurate fire and pointing out targets for the tank's 75mm. gun. His action resulted in the destruction of 7 enemy machine gun nests. Although severely wounded he remained at the gun shouting encouragement to his comrades. During the action the tank received over 50 direct hits; the periscopes and antenna were shot away and 3 rounds hit the machine gun mount. Despite this fire he remained at his post until a burst of enemy fire cost him his life. This intrepid and heroic performance enabled the platoon to withdraw and later launch an attack which routed the enemy. Sfc. Turner's valor and example reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.


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Some TV games of note this weekend…

Friday: Bowling Green vs Northern Illinois - 8:00pm on ESPN2 – It’s not so much that I care about this game… it’s just that it’s the only one I know of on TV Friday night.


Saturday: #22 Temple at #19 Houston - 12:00pm on ABC

Texas at #12 Baylor – 12:00pm on ESPN

#18 Florida vs #2 Alabama – 4:00pm on CBS

#20 USoCal vs #7 Stanford – 7:45pm on ESPN

#5 Michigan State vs #4 Iowa – 8:00pm on FOX

#10 UNC vs #1 Clemson – 8:00pm on ABC


Good luck to all of the teams I want to win. And may the losing teams not get injured.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

From the game…

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Second Lieutenant Walter E. Truemper (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 20, 1944, over Europe. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy in connection with a bombing mission over enemy-occupied Europe on 20 February 1944. The aircraft on which 2d Lt. Truemper was serving as navigator was attacked by a squadron of enemy fighters with the result that the copilot was killed outright, the pilot wounded and rendered unconscious, the radio operator wounded and the plane severely damaged Nevertheless, 2d Lt. Truemper and other members of the crew managed to right the plane and fly it back to their home station, where they contacted the control tower and reported the situation. 2d Lt. Truemper and the engineer volunteered to attempt to land the plane. Other members of the crew were ordered to jump, leaving 2d Lt. Truemper and the engineer aboard. After observing the distressed aircraft from another plane, 2d Lt. Truemper's commanding officer decided the damaged plane could not be landed by the inexperienced crew and ordered them to abandon it and parachute to safety. Demonstrating unsurpassed courage and heroism, 2d Lt. Truemper and the engineer replied that the pilot was still alive but could not be moved and that they would not desert him. They were then told to attempt a landing. After 2 unsuccessful efforts their plane crashed into an open field in a third attempt to land. 2d Lt. Truemper, the engineer, and the wounded pilot were killed.

Corporal Donald Leroy Truesdale (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on April 24, 1932, in the vicinity of Constancia, near Coco River, northern Nicaragua. His citation reads:

Cpl. Truesdale was second in command of a Guardia Nacional Patrol in active operations against armed bandit forces in the vicinity of Constancia, near Coco River, northern Nicaragua, on 24 April 1932. While the patrol was in formation on the trail searching for a bandit group with which contact had just previously been made, a rifle grenade fell from its carrier and struck a rock, igniting the detonator. Several men close to the grenade at the time were in danger. Cpl. Truesdale, who was several yards away, could easily have sought cover and safety for himself. Knowing full well the grenade would explode within 2 or 3 seconds, he rushed for the grenade, grasped it in his right hand, and attempted to throw it away from the patrol. The grenade exploded in his hand, blowing it off and inflicting serious multiple wounds about his body. Cpl. Truesdale, in taking the full shock of the explosion himself, saved the members of the patrol from loss of life or serious injury.

Coxswain Alexander H. Truett (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on August 5, 1864, on board the U.S.S. Richmond. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864. Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Truett performed his duties with skill and courage throughout a furious 2_hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.


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As many of you know, The Wife and I went to the big game this past Saturday thanks to my Uncle George. We had a great time hanging out with Teresa Lynn and Brent and watching Clemson win. I came close to cheering for USC because before the game some Revolutionary War Hero fans shared their Chick-fil-a with me… that might not mean much to you, but to me that meant I was dang close to owing them a life-debt. We had great seats and the people around us (mostly USC fans, but also some Clemson fans) were very nice. The person who annoyed me the most was a Clemson fan a couple of rows behind us. The Wife was about to fight a 90 year old woman sitting in front of me, but I’m not sure the woman knew they were about to fight. In the end, though, The Wife kept her cool. All in all, it was a good day.


Here’s a video from the halftime show. I don’t usually remember halftime shows, but this is one I’m sure I will remember for a while. It was pretty cool…




We had a great Thanksgiving. Daniel and Sonny told “knock-knock” jokes to each other for about two days. It was probably the most Sonny has talked in the last 10 years combined. It’s a little known fact that Sonny is the only student in the history of the Charleston County School District to ever get in trouble for NOT talking in class (one teacher was once overheard saying, “It just ain’t natural for a boy to be that quiet!”).

I was mimicking The Wife last night yelling about something and just as she was about to complain that “I don’t sound like that” Susie walked into the den and said, “Is Mommy yelling at someone?”. We hadn’t planned it, but her timing and delivery were perfect.

MR, Susie and me on the train at the park to see the lights

There was a lot of orange in the stadium this past Saturday

A picture of my friend Cory... somewhere behind the FG posts

Both bands spelling out SC Strong

Me and The Wife

Taking a picture of The Wife taking a selfie with a Revolutionary War Hero fan

Ethan explaining to me that his cheeks are hiding his neck

Me and Susie at the park (before the train ride)