Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:
Julius H. Stickoffer (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on November 11, 1868, at Cienaga Springs, Utah. His citation reads:
Gallantry in action.
Private Thomas W. Stivers (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 25-26, 1876, at Little Big Horn, Montana. His citation reads:
Voluntarily brought water to the wounded under fire.
Rear Admiral James B. Stockdale (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on September 4, 1969, at Hoa Lo prison, Hanoi, North Vietnam. His citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while senior naval officer in the Prisoner of War camps of North Vietnam. Recognized by his captors as the leader in the Prisoners' of War resistance to interrogation and in their refusal to participate in propaganda exploitation, Rear Adm. Stockdale was singled out for interrogation and attendant torture after he was detected in a covert communications attempt. Sensing the start of another purge, and aware that his earlier efforts at self-disfiguration to dissuade his captors from exploiting him for propaganda purposes had resulted in cruel and agonizing punishment, Rear Adm. Stockdale resolved to make himself a symbol of resistance regardless of personal sacrifice. He deliberately inflicted a near-mortal wound to his person in order to convince his captors of his willingness to give up his life rather than capitulate. He was subsequently discovered and revived by the North Vietnamese who, convinced of his indomitable spirit, abated in their employment of excessive harassment and torture toward all of the Prisoners of War. By his heroic action, at great peril to himself, he earned the everlasting gratitude of his fellow prisoners and of his country. Rear Adm. Stockdale's valiant leadership and extraordinary courage in a hostile environment sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
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The I’m just sayin… Hymn of the Week
The Old Rugged Cross
This hymn was written in 1912 by George Bennard as a response to ridicule he’d received at a revival meeting. Goaspel-song composer helped Bennard with the harmonies and the completed version of the song was first performed on June 7, 1913. Read more about it here.
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.
So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it someday for a crown.
Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.
In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.
To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me someday to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.
The I'm just sayin… Countdown May List of the Day
Top 31 Hymns of All-Time
31 Precious Lord, Take My Hand
30 Oh How I Love Jesus
29 Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
28 Onward, Christian Soldiers
27 Jesus Loves the Little Children
26 What a Friend We Have in Jesus
25 I'll Fly Away
24 Go Tell It On The Mountain
23 Silent Night, Holy Night
22 Just as I Am
21 Sweet By and By
20 When We All Get to Heaven
19 Stand by Me
18 Standing on the Promises
17 At The Cross
16 It is Well With My Soul
15 Shall We Gather at the River
14 How Great Thou Art
13 In the Garden
12 Great is Thy Faithfulness
11 I Love to Tell The Story
10 He Lives
9 To God be the Glory
8 Just a Closer Walk With Thee
7 Jesus Loves Me
6 Love Lifted Me
5 Softly and Tenderly
4 Joy to the World
3 Amazing Grace
2 Old Rugged Cross
1 Because He Lives
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