Medal of Honor

Thank you Nicholas O’Donnell for understanding what the Medal of Honor is all about.  The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. It is generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.

On December 9, 1861, Iowa Senator James W. Grimes introduced S. No. 82 in the United States Senate, a bill designed to “promote the efficiency of the Navy” by authorizing the production and distribution of “medals of honor.”  On December 21st, the bill was passed, authorizing 200 such medals be produced “which shall be bestowed upon such petty officers, seamen, land men, and maries as shall distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action and other seamanlike qualities during the present war (Civil War).”   Medal

Hershel Woodrow Williams Citation:

Rank and organization:  Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division.  Place and date:  Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 23 February 1945.  Entered service at:  West Virginia.  Born:  2 October 1923, Quiet Dell, W.Va.

 

Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as demolition sergeant serving with the 21 Marines, 3d Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 23 February 1945.  Quick to volunteer his services when our tanks were maneuvering vainly to open a lane for the infantry through the network of reinforced concrete pillboxes, buried mines, and black volcanic sands, Cpl. Williams daringly went forward alone to attempt the reduction of devastating machinegun fire from the unyielding position.  Covered only by 4 riflemen, he fought desperately for 4 hours under terrific enemy small-arms fire and repeatedly returned to his own lines to

Formal Review

The Boys State prestigious Formal Review was held on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The 13 counties marched in perfect sync with the band while they honored the staff, crowd, and state by playing “Country Roads.” Each cottage put forward their best to march in unison and show the utmost respect for our counselors. After the main parade, the cottages assembled in the livestock area. Guest speakers consisted of Buddy Curnutte who spoke of the women of America, and philosophical lessons from the only winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor in WV, Woody Williams. Also included were ceremonies and applauses for any veterans in the building. All in all, the ceremony portrayed excellency and represented the United Boys State and the progress the program has made throughout the past 76 years.

Kareem Ahiami

Flag Day: Celebrate the Meaning of Our Flag

Throughout the past 200 years Americans have been celebrating Flag Day to commemorate and honor the progression of our country and the sentimental meaning of the flag. The celebration of Flag Day is to commemorate the day the flag of our nation was adopted. The Army of the United States also celebrates their birthdate on the day of June 14.There have been multiple showings of patriotism by leaders in society who celebrated before Flag Day was even considered a holiday. Among these leaders in society were George Balch in 1889 and the governor of New York in 1894, which included approximately 300,000 children. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson put forward a proclamation to have Flag Day set up as a national holiday. However it was not until 35 years later president Truman signed an Act of Congress making June 14 the annual date for Flag Day.

Crash at Panhandle

At approximately 9:00 a.m. troopers responded to a single vehicle crash at the Panhandle county intersection. There was a black Toyota truck traveling South East until eventually crashing head-on into a power pole. The driver was Dominique Newman from Panhandle, and he was treated by EMS at the scene of the crash. He was then immediately transported to the MBS hospital for further treatment. Alcohol use is suspected by the police, but the investigation is ongoing.

An eye witness report indicates that Dominique disappeared during his work preparations before nine. The driver is said to have never shown signs of alcoholism in the past. The driver sustained minor cuts, bruises, and a knee injury.

Garrett Willis

 

Citizens’ Trip to Charleston Proves Fruitful

Today the legislative and executive branches made the long trip down to the state capital of Charleston. Along the way, the two buses carrying citizens experienced storms, torrential rains and foggy conditions, but these predicaments did not hinder all the good that happened today at the State Capitol. The Senate and House passed numerous bills, the Governor signed a smoking ban and our Governor Earl Ray Tomblin gave us a riveting speech on current West Virginian politics.

The day started with a demonstration of how roll calls work in the House and Senate. People were amazed when they pressed a green button and – voila – the name of the Delegate turned green on the screen in the front of the chamber. Others were fascinated by how the bills would be listed electronically so everyone could see them. This fascination with the technology in both chambers initiated great interest in the

Blackhawks Outlast Bruins in Game One

The Chicago Blackhawks are looking for their second straight Stanley Cup title. After cruising through two of the first three rounds of the playoffs, the Blackhawks were ready to take on the Boston Bruins in game one of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins, coming off a sweep against the Pittsburgh Penguins, were also ready to begin a finals run for a title. Boston, away at Chicago, came out strong going up 2-0 after two goals from Milan Lucic. Brandon Saad was the first to get on the board for Chicago making the score 2-1. The Bruins then scored one more time before the Blackhawks added two goals to make the game tied at three. The match went into triple overtime before a goal from Andrew Shaw ended the game. Action will continue once again in Chicago on Saturday, June 15 at 8:00 p.m.

Anthony Gemondo

Thursday lunch menu

Breakfast

Jiffies

Hot and Cold Cereal

Apples

Orange Juice

Milk

Lunch

Tacos and Shells

Pears and Cottage Cheese

Shredded Lettuce and Diced Tomatoes

Sour Cream and Salsa

Cheddar Cheese

Churros

Milk

Dinner

Spaghetti w/ Meat Sauce

Italian Blend Veg.

Garlic Bread

Salad

Apple Bites

Milk

 

Exciting New Day for Upshur

Each member of Upshur cottage woke up at 6:15 in the morning to get cleaned up for the cottage pictures.  Everyone was working fast and cleaning.  After several minutes, Upshur was prepared and in their uniforms to look good for the picture.  The cottage was set on time for the photographer to arrive to take the picture.  Everyone lined up perfectly on the porch stairs of the cottage and they got their pictures taken.  It was a good morning and a good cottage picture for Upshur.

Upshur cottage is excited to do their jobs for the remainder of the week.  They were all talking about their job positions.  Most of the members of Upshur have city or council positions.  Some are attorneys, state police, and National Guard.  It is going to be an exciting day and thrilling week for Upshur cottage.

By Brandin Phillips

Tug of War

Game 1
Marion vs Lewis

Game 2

Kanawha vs Panhandle

Game 3

Barbour/Webster vs Braxton

Game 4

Calhoun/Gilmer vs Upshur/Harrison

Game 5

Winner of game 1 vs Monroe

Game 6

Randolph vs Winner of game 2

 

It is with a heavy heart to announce The American Legion Mountaineer Boys State and The American Legion Auxiliary Rhododendron Girls State programs have been cancelled for 2020. Please know this decision was made after thorough deliberation with our program’s senior leadership and based on the current national and state-wide effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information see the attached ALMBS and ALARGS Memoranda.