World of Warships Easter Eggs – like the London DoubleDecker going all Dukes of Hazzard on the partially-raised Tower Bridge.
Wargaming sticks all sorts of little tidbits in the game maps and ports. Gives you something to do after some snotty little tier 8 destroyer erased your mighty tier 10 battleship. You can go explore the map looking for the Easter Eggs.
Like yesterday, today was a busy day in 20th century American military history regarding the Medal of Honor, with nine Medals awarded for actions on the 6th of June. One in 1876, 3 in WWI, for the fighting around Chateau Thierry, well, really only *two* were awarded for fighting around Chateau Thierry, but you’ll have to read the cites to understand that… four Medals for Normandy, all at “Bloody Omaha,” and one for action in the Philippines, in 1945.
Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1853, France. Accredited to: New York. G.O. No.: 212, 9 June 1876. Citation: Serving on board the U.S.S. Plymouth, Lejeune displayed gallant conduct in rescuing a citizen from drowning at Port Royal, S.C., 6 June 1876.
There are nine Medals awarded for this day, two of them posthumous, one kinda unfairly so. We start with six during the Civil War, continue through WWII and our unfairly posthumous award, and end with Korea, and a Master Sergeant so badass he was awarded the Medal for one day, and was recommended again for another one for his actions on the next day. But Army regs wouldn’t allow two, so he had to settle for a Distinguished Service Cross instead.
Civil War – and, we’ll lead with quality, the Redleg in the group, Lieutenant Avery:
AVERY, WILLIAM B.
Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 1st New York Marine Artillery. Place and date: At Tranters Creek, N.C., 5 June 1862. Entered service at: Providence, R.I. Born: 10 September 1840, Providence, R.I. Date of issue: 2 September 1893. Citation: Handled his battery with greatest coolness amidst the hottest fire. Continue reading “Today’s Medal of Honor moment for 5 June”
There are seven Medals awarded for actions on this day, spanning a real headache in the Civil War, through what appears to be almost gladiatorial combat in Arizona during the Indian Campaigns, through determined pilots, sailors in WWII, and some really hard-as-woodpecker-lips soldiers in Korea and Vietnam.
Civil War – Private Hilliker gets a hell of a migraine.
HILLIKER, Benjamin F RANK: MUSICIAN UNIT/COMMAND: COMPANY A, 8TH WISCONSIN INFANTRY DATE: JUNE 4, 1863 PLACE: MECHANICSBURG, MISSISSIPPI, USA
CITATION: When men were needed to oppose a superior Confederate force he laid down his drum for a rifle and proceeded to the front of the skirmish line which was about 120 feet from the enemy. While on this volunteer mission and firing at the enemy he was hit in the head with a minie ball which passed through him. An order was given to “lay him in the shade; he won’t last long.” He recovered from this wound being left with an ugly scar.
There are fifteen Medals awarded for actions on this day, spanning the Civil War to WWII, including a lot of fights over colors, a too-clever naval officer and the ratings who broke the cardinal rule and volunteered, and a Colonel who went in harm’s way and caused one of his Sergeants to earn the Medal.
Civil War and the Battle of Cold Harbor. The last major “victory” (gained at such cost as to ensure that the Army of the Potomac was going to essentially grind the Army of Northern Virginia to ineffectiveness) of the Army of Northern Virginia. This day, June 3, was the bloodiest of many bloody days of the two weeks of fighting that culminated Grant’s Overland Campaign. Unit colors, as they often do, loom large here, and bearing those colors was a very dangerous, if sought-after, duty. Lastly, I may dig around to try and find out why Sergeant William’s dead colonel was perambulating close to the enemy’s lines – not a usual location to find the commander of the Heavy Artillery unit. Continue reading “Today’s Medal of Honor Moment for 3 June”