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CW2 Ralph Long
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Posted - October 08 2018 :  8:27:09 PM  Show Profile  Click to see CW2 Ralph Long's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
On this date in 1918, a former alcoholic blacksmith, dirt poor farmer (and crack marksman), turned devout Christian named Alvin York from Pall Mall, Tennessee earned the Medal of Honor. When all other leaders in his section and over half the men of the group were killed or wounded by intense fire of a German machinegun battalion during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Corporal York sprang into action with his .30 caliber M1917 US Enfield Rifle and a .45 ACP M1911 pistol. The six surviving men of his platoon followed his example, fighting back against the overwhelming German force. By sheer courage and unsurpassed marksmanship, York killed over 25 Germans (six with his pistol when rushed by them at close range) and ended up capturing 128 men with 32 machineguns.

America’s hero warriors are unknown or have become faceless to this generation due to the mishmash of “feel good” and self-doubting history taught in our schools. Men like these have always been the key to our country’s victory on the battlefields of the world. We will only stay free so long as the Almighty allows such fighters as these to live among us. Don’t let them be forgotten.

Our lives, our fortunes and our Sacred Honor,

RDL


“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed;
if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may
come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

Winston Churchill

oldmuleskinner
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Posted - October 08 2018 :  11:46:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks CW

May God bless all of the forgotten and unmentioned heroes in America's past and present.

Each of us is an innkeeper, and we decide if there is room for Jesus.
Neal A. Maxwell
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jle3030
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Posted - October 09 2018 :  04:39:39 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And a special thanks to those heroic dead whose acts of valor went unwitnessed by any survivors; so therefor unrecorded.

I'm sure there are many.

Jeff

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Dave in PA
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Posted - October 09 2018 :  07:52:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you for posting this.
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LittleBill
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Posted - October 09 2018 :  08:31:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
+ 1 to all of the above!

It’s good to be reminded every now and then of the sort of men this great country is capable of producing.



"Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at its testing point"--- C.S. Lewis

"There are some ideas so foolish, that only an intellectual could believe them"--- George Orwell

Slow Is Smooth, Smooth Is Fast

Edited by - LittleBill on October 09 2018 1:49:22 PM
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gw
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Posted - October 09 2018 :  08:37:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Important to remember that Cpl York was part of a squad that participated in the action as well.

"some accounts claiming that he silenced thirty-five machine guns and captured 132 prisoners single-handedly. York never claimed that he acted alone, nor was he proud of what he did. Twenty-five Germans lay dead, and by his accounting, York was responsible for at least nine of the deaths. Only two of the seven survivors were acknowledged for their participation in the event; Sergeant Early and Corporal Cutting were finally awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1927."

York's squad had inadvertantly flanked a German position after misreading French maps, the Germans thought they had been enveloped by a superior force.

after capturing a large number of enemy soldiers, York's squad effectively used the prisoners as a shield limiting the German fire on their position.

the confusion caused by their error in navigation aided in the action

in his MOH review York always claimed he acted to save lives and gave all credit to God

"Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..."
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