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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Who Was that Medal of Honor Winner?

In her speech, Senator Clinton mentioned a Medal of Honor winner’s daughter who gave her a picture of her father accepting the Medal from President Truman, with the winner’s words – in shaky handwriting – encouraging her to go on.

So, that begs the question: who was it?

There are only thirty living winners of the Medal of Honor from World War Two.  Some of them are out:

1) Vernon Baker – Didn’t actually receive the Medal until 1997, from President Clinton.

2) Van Barfoot – Received the Medal in the field in 1944.

3) Walter D. Ehlers – Received Medal in 1944.

4) John William Finn – Received the Medal from FDR.

5) Barney F. Hajiro – Received Medal from President Clinton.

6) Daniel Inouye – Democratic U.S. Senator.

7) Alton W. Knappenberger – Received Medal in 1944.

8) Robert D. Maxwell – Awarded medal during Roosevelt Administration.

9) Everett P. Pope – Received Medal from FDR.

10) George T. Sakato – Received Medal from President Clinton in 2000.

11) James E. Swett – Received Medal from FDR.

That leaves nineteen possible contenders:

1) Melvin Biddle – Received the Medal in October of 1945.

2) Mike Colalillo – Received the Medal in early 1946.

3) Charles H. Coolidge – Received the Medal in July of 1945.

4) Francis S. Currey – Received the Medal in August of 1945

5) Michael J. Daly – Received the Medal in September 1945.

6) Russell E. Dunham – Received Medal in 1945.

7) Nathan Green Gordon – Date of Medal unknown (former Lt. Gov. of Arkansas).

8) John D. Hawk – Received Medal in 1945.

9) Arthur J. Jackson – Received Medal in 1945.

10) Jacklyn H. Lucas – Received Medal in 1945.

11) Vernon McGarity – Received Medal in 1946.

12) Charles P. Murray, Jr. – Received Medal in 1945.

13) Robert B. Nett – Received Medal in 1946.

14) Nicholas Oresko – Received Medal in 1945.

15) Wilburn K. Ross – Received Medal in 1945

16) Alejandro R. Ruiz – Received Medal in 1946.

17) George Edward Wahlen –Received Medal in 1945.

18) Paul J. Wiedorfer – Received Medal in 1945.

19) Hershel W. Williams – Received Medal in 1945.

Perhaps someone better placed than I might ask the Clinton campaign which of those men it was?  I wonder because she didn’t mention a name.  If I was going to guess, the former Democratic Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas is the most obvious choice.  But, still, it immediately struck me that she didn’t name whoever it was.

UPDATE: Her exact words:

Not long ago a woman handed me a photograph of her father as a young soldier. He was receiving the Medal of Honor from President Truman at the White House. During World War II, he had risked his life on a daring mission to drive back the enemy and protect his fellow soldiers. In the corner of that photo, in shaky handwriting, this American hero had simply written: "To Hillary Clinton, keep fighting for us." And that is what I'm going to do because America is worth fighting for. You are worth fighting for.

Interesting.  Reading it closely, I suppose that might well rule out some of the people I listed - I'm going to look into that.  Basically, as I see it, her description would rule out anyone not on the ground.

Posted by Adam T. Yoshida on April 22, 2008 in International Politics | Permalink

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Why is this of any interest or importance to Canadians? Is this a Fifth Column American blog beach head in Canada?

Indeed, why would Americans care about this trivial bull? Yoshida is of self-professed limited intelligence and intellect. Small things preoccupy him while those of great import pass him by. So it is with idiots.

Posted by: ROGER | 2008-04-22 9:25:34 PM


Sorry, none of the below are from Pennsylvania. Are you sure it's not a figment of her imagination like the sniper fire in Tuzla? :)

1) Melvin Biddle – Received the Medal in October of 1945.

Indiana

2) Mike Colalillo – Received the Medal in early 1946.

Minnesota

3) Charles H. Coolidge – Received the Medal in July of 1945.

Tennessee

4) Francis S. Currey – Received the Medal in August of 1945

New York

5) Michael J. Daly – Received the Medal in September 1945.

Connecticut

6) Russell E. Dunham – Received Medal in 1945.

Illinois

7) Nathan Green Gordon – Date of Medal unknown (former Lt. Gov. of Arkansas).

Arkansas

8) John D. Hawk – Received Medal in 1945.

Washington State

9) Arthur J. Jackson – Received Medal in 1945.

Ohio/Oregon

10) Jacklyn H. Lucas – Received Medal in 1945.

North Carolina

11) Vernon McGarity – Received Medal in 1946.

Tennessee

12) Charles P. Murray, Jr. – Received Medal in 1945.

North Carolina

13) Robert B. Nett – Received Medal in 1946.

Connecticut

14) Nicholas Oresko – Received Medal in 1945.

New Jersey

15) Wilburn K. Ross – Received Medal in 1945

Kentucky

16) Alejandro R. Ruiz – Received Medal in 1946.

New Mexico

17) George Edward Wahlen –Received Medal in 1945.

Utah

18) Paul J. Wiedorfer – Received Medal in 1945.

Maryland

19) Hershel W. Williams – Received Medal in 1945.

West Virginia

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-04-22 9:39:26 PM


I should have been more attentive. She meant that a Medal of Honor winner's daughter gave her the picture of him with President Truman. He did not have to be alive.

If only Canada treated its veterans as well as the US does.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-04-22 9:41:19 PM


No, Zebulon - she claimed that the picture was signed by the veteran "in shaky writing" encouraging her to go on, or something to that effect.

Posted by: Adam Yoshida | 2008-04-22 9:54:20 PM


That still doesn't mean it was done that very day. It could have been done in the past.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-04-22 10:14:24 PM


Encouraging Hillary to go on? I'd like to hear her exact words.

If there's a pattern here I'd be interested to see it.

Posted by: dp | 2008-04-22 10:20:03 PM


"To Hillary Clinton, keep fighting for us."

That's what she claimed was written. They just re-played it on Fox.

Posted by: Adam Yoshida | 2008-04-22 10:29:59 PM


I heard that it was given to her as she was running for cover from Reverend Wright who was yelling about her being a "typical white woman Presidential candidate" trying to keep the black man down. She's quite a gal!

Posted by: Markalta | 2008-04-22 11:22:18 PM


As big a liar as Hillary Clinton is, I would prefer her to the president of the USA than that communist elitist, Negro, Barry Hussein.

Of course McCain is the best choice of the three. Perhaps not the best choice of all who ran, but certainly of those three.

Posted by: John V | 2008-04-23 9:06:37 AM


John V,

And that is the tragedy of the Democrats, when this lying wench is preferable to the alternative, that is a problem.

As to your second comment, I couldn't agree more.

Posted by: deepblue | 2008-04-23 9:18:08 AM


>>If only Canada treated its veterans as well as the US does.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 22-Apr-08 9:41:19 PM<<

LOL! Seriously, hundreds of American vets are committing suicide. Others are dying as homeless bums, freezing to death outside on street corners. Inside Walter Reed Hospital, roaches were running over patients, others lay in their own urine and feces for hours, plus other horror stories of a complete lack of infection control leading to complications and deaths which were entirely avoidable. It is so bad, vets recently filed a law suit against the US government over treatment at Walter Reed and other military hospitals!

Injured Iraqi vets are discharged and they are on their own. One guy in his 20s from some hick town was abandoned by his inbred family after he returned blind and physically disabled from Iraq. Wives leave their badly injured husbands. Imagine a husband or boyfriend returning to his gf/wife minus his genitalia or missing half his face or his body ripped apart and needing to wear an ostomy bag to catch his feces and a urine bag? Or missing both legs, arms....

War is not glorious. It is not honourable. It is mean and vicious and to quote that old windbag insubordinate scumbag, Dougie MacArthur, "in war, there is no substitute for victory!" So true, and America has not won the last two wars--they have been defeated! Americans hate defeat--they will abandon their troops, just like they did during Viet Nam!

Is this an American wannabe blog? Do Albertans think you guys are really Americans? Do you live for the day you can secede and join America? Idiots. LOL!

Posted by: ROGER | 2008-04-23 9:33:40 AM


We've all known at least one fibber at some point in our lives. They usually seem pretty harmless as long as you don't make the mistake of believing anything they tell you. I've known at least 10 that I'm aware of. I've been fooled quite a few times, and it really, really pisses me off.

The one subject that fibbers should avoid is war. Nothing makes a veteran angrier than someone fibbing about his/her involvement. That is unforgivable. So is attempting to cash in on someones sacrifice.

If this fibbing is a compulsion, it will (and should) bring this candidate down.

Posted by: dp | 2008-04-23 10:46:27 AM


LOL! Soon America will have an African president, one whom Harper insulted and attacked! Why does Harper go out of his way to attack the black candidate for president? Is Harper a racist? Judging from what Harper supporters say, it could be interpreted that way!

Posted by: ROGER | 2008-04-24 12:46:12 AM


Roger,
you are so full of it your eyes must have turned solid brown. "hundreds of American vets are committing suicide", really? Got a link bubba? This I would like to see.

Posted by: jacob | 2008-04-25 8:05:22 AM


Harper is not a racist. If he was, then he would have won every seat in Toronto, where Apartheid is being reintroduced. Someday there will be slavery too.

I have three words for Toronto: We shall overcome.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-04-25 8:14:56 AM


But wouldn't it be cool if Obama won, and showed up to his inauguration dressed as a Black Panther? "Awwww right white people! The black man is now in charge and things are going to change!"

Vice President Mumia Abu Jamal
Sec of State Al Sharpton (h/t to Saturday Night Live)
Sec of Defence Rev. Wright
Attorney General Bernardine Dohrn (Weather Underground)
Sec of Education Bill Ayers (also Weather Underground)

I can already see Congress preparing the impeachment papers.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-04-25 8:21:06 AM


zebulon,
don't forget:
Sec of HUD Jesse Jackson
Geraldine Ferraro becomes the ambassador to Nepal
Sec of the Treasury Hon William Jefferson (LA)
Sec of Homeland Def. Gavin Newsom

Posted by: jacob | 2008-04-25 8:29:14 AM


Harper is not a racist. If he was, then he would have won every seat in Toronto, where Apartheid is being reintroduced. Someday there will be slavery too.

I have three words for Toronto: We shall overcome.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 25-Apr-08 8:14:56 AM

Where do you live again? How's Obama doing amongst white voters in the South? How's Obama doing with black voters in the South?

Posted by: The Stig | 2008-04-25 8:30:20 AM


Like many Southern states, whites tend to vote Republican while blacks vote Democratic. Therefore Obama has a substantial base.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-04-25 9:29:58 AM


Jacob: OUCH! That's worse than an NDP cabinet!

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-04-25 11:05:37 AM


zeb:Yup, thank your stars, it can always get worse

Posted by: jacob | 2008-04-25 3:52:57 PM


So who will be in Hillary's cabinet?

VP Al Gore?
Sec of Peace Dennis Kucinich
Sec of State Geraldine Ferraro
Sec of Treasury Mark Rich (Bill pardoned him in 2000 for financial problems)
Sec of Energy Bill Richardson
Sec of Interior (of Interns) Bill Clinton.

Posted by: Zebulon Pike | 2008-04-25 5:25:09 PM


The Medal of Honor winner was my Grandfather, Alejandro Ruiz. He is the last living Latino Medal of Honor winner from WWII. He lives in Napa now, my mother gave her the photo in SF.

Posted by: Martin Ruiz | 2008-05-02 4:08:36 PM



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