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Esel1964
11-02-2007, 05:58 AM
My great-uncle as a few already know,was a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient,in Italy,WW2.
Well,today is his birthday,Nov. 2,1911.And eventhough he's been gone since 1998,I'd like to wish him a Happy Birthday. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif

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Here's his Congressional Citation:

"Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 133d Infantry, 34th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Cisterna, Italy, 26 May 1944. Entered service at: Baraboo, Wis. Birth: Baraboo, Wis. G.O. No.: 5, 15 January 1945. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty on 26 May 1944. Attacking the strongly held German Anzio-Nettuno defense line near Cisterna, Italy, 1st Lt. Newman, in the lead of his platoon, was suddenly fired upon by 2 enemy machineguns located on the crest of a hill about 100 yards to his front. The 4 scouts with him immediately hit the ground, but 1st Lt. Newman remained standing in order to see the enemy positions and his platoon then about 100 yards behind. Locating the enemy nests, 1st Lt. Newman called back to his platoon and ordered 1 squad to advance to him and the other to flank the enemy to the right. Then, still standing upright in the face of the enemy machinegun fire, 1st Lt. Newman opened up with his tommygun on the enemy nests. From this range, his fire was not effective in covering the advance of his squads, and 1 squad was pinned down by the enemy fire. Seeing that his squad was unable to advance, 1st Lt. Newman, in full view of the enemy gunners and in the face of their continuous fire, advanced alone on the enemy nests. He returned their fire with his tommygun and succeeded in wounding a German in each of the nests. The remaining 2 Germans fled from the position into a nearby house. Three more enemy soldiers then came out of the house and ran toward a third machinegun. 1st Lt. Newman, still relentlessly advancing toward them, killed 1 before he reached the gun, the second before he could fire it. The third fled for his life back into the house. Covering his assault by firing into the doors and windows of the house, 1st Lt. Newman, boldly attacking by himself, called for the occupants to surrender to him. Gaining the house, he kicked in the door and went inside. Although armed with rifles and machine pistols, the 11 Germans there, apparently intimidated, surrendered to the lieutenant without further resistance, 1st Lt. Newman, single-handed, had silenced 3 enemy machineguns, wounded 2 Germans, killed 2 more, and took 11 prisoners. This demonstration of sheer courage, bravery, and willingness to close with the enemy even in the face of such heavy odds, instilled into these green troops the confidence of veterans and reflects the highest traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces."

Have a good one Uncle Beryl... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

BSS_Goat
11-02-2007, 06:22 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif Happy Birthday!!

Bearcat99
11-02-2007, 07:25 AM
~!S!~

T_O_A_D
11-02-2007, 07:40 AM
Didn't know it,Thanks for sharing, and happy Birthday.

TgD Thunderbolt56
11-02-2007, 08:23 AM
THAT is very cool. I too say thanks for sharing.

Choctaw111
11-02-2007, 08:27 AM
To a great man. My thoughts are with you and your family on this very special day. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v343/PublicPhotoAccount2/SmileSaluteUbiBackgroundLG.jpg

I just had to make a smiley wearing dress greens and saluting for this occasion http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

It always gives me goosebumps and brings tears to my eyes when I read Medal of Honor citations. I have read all of the citations from the 1st and 2nd World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam to present. It amazes me to know that such courage and tenacity can posses those people in times of extreme duress.

Divine-Wind
11-02-2007, 08:37 AM
Originally posted by TgD Thunderbolt56:
THAT is very cool. I too say thanks for sharing.
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S! and Happy Birthday.

Von_Rat
11-02-2007, 08:46 AM
a true hero, may he rest in peace.

han freak solo
11-02-2007, 09:21 AM
Impressive!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

cmirko
11-02-2007, 09:45 AM
S!

ytareh
11-02-2007, 06:37 PM
Wow...jaw dropping stuff!

Copperhead311th
11-02-2007, 08:08 PM
WoW. now that's balls.

Such a shame that few men are made that way or that tough anymore.

Low_Flyer_MkIX
11-02-2007, 08:18 PM
~S!~

Sillius_Sodus
11-02-2007, 08:46 PM
Great Big Brass Ones.

woofiedog
11-02-2007, 10:08 PM
Happy Birthday Beryl!

Great story... Thank's for sharing.

Esel1964
11-02-2007, 11:14 PM
Thanks for all the kind thoughts and words,M8s.
It's greatly appreciated! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I'll pass your thoughts on to my mother(his niece),and my cousin(his nephew),the gunsmith/taxedermist in Saluda,VA.