Take the case of Newfoundland born Medal of Honor recipient Thomas Kersey. This sailor earned a medal for saving a fellow sailor from drowning in 1876.
Confirmation, health and other issues seems to be the cause of the hold-ups but hopefully I can soon bring news about when a ceremony to unveil the new marker will take place.
Another case involves a Civil War soldier who was born in Virginia. He would spend about 15 of the last 30 years of life in Ontario Canada before passing away in New York State and being buried there.
His name was Alonzo Wyman and as the last few blogs have noted, was the subject of 2 very short paragraphs in two 1899 US newspapers. They claimed he was awarded a Medal of Honor, a fact that has yet to be supported by anyone of the many standard authorities on the subject.
Here is today's tidbit. I was looking for some info on John Turner, one of the Canadian Victoria Cross recipients who's name is memorialized with one of Mountain Peaks in Jasper. But en-route the tidbit came my way about another one of the 19 Canadian VC recipients so honoured.
That 2nd fellow was John Pattison, a VC recipient for bravery at Vimy. Within several weeks he'd be killed in action near Lens, France. That happened 101 years ago early last month.
This bridge was officially opened in 1967 and named in Pattison's honour. On its side a plaque tells part of his story.
Here it is...
Recent blogs brought you news that in the spring, 100 years ago, Victoria Rowland Bourke earned his Victoria Cross and Distinguished Service Order. Tomorrow marks the 100 year mark of the Bourke VC being announced in the London Gazette.
Tomorrow is also the birthday of Haile Se Lassie, Woody Harrelson, Monica Lewinsky and associate Supreme Court Judge Anthony Kennedy. His recent retirement has done wonders for the Trump naming of another judge to the Supreme Court, and heck... we all needs friends in high places.
This completes today's blog.. #450. In a few days I also celebrate a birthday, somewhat less than 450 though!