Just a few weeks ago Flo would get another incredible recognition. He would be awarded the Outstanding Citizen by Choice Award. Mr Eric Fanning, the US Army's Secretary attended and while praising the Captain's heroism also ..."Hailed the diversity in the room" and noted that the foreign born members were..."critical to America's strength."
Back in 2009 another Medal of Honor recipient also got the same award by the President. Hopefully you recognize his picture from past blogs. Shown below as well, this is Sergeant Peter Lemon, Toronto born, and a recipient for heroism in Vietnam.
The first, Benjamin F Youngs was born at Zorra Ontario and fought with a sharpshooter regiment for the Union back in 1864 when he captured an enemy flag. His award was announced in a General Order dated on 5 December... 152 years ago.
Navy man William Pelham from Halifax Nova Scotia earned his Medal of Honor in 1864 at the Battle of Mobile Bay. When his ship's cannon blew up and killed many, he helped get some of the wounded below deck and then returned to continue the fight on another gun. He was born on 8 December back in 1847.
On 4 December back in 1915, New Brunswick born John Grady, a naval Lieutenant, would be awarded a Medal of Honor for his bravery about 1 1/2 yrs earlier at Vera Cruz. Going ashore with landing parties, he constantly exposed himself to enemy fire as he led... not a naval unit... but a regiment of Artillery into battle.
There are many numbers of Canadians listed on the net as being Medal of Honor recipients and holding the rank of a general. My list is believed to be the most extensive and has 8 men so listed.
Others duties are screaming at me for attention, so I have to leave it off with the above. But On Sunday I want to bring you some very interesting news, touching on Canadians and the Spanish American War where 110 medals were awarded. almost 50 % of which also went to Non American born heroes.
See you on Sunday.