Vermont Morning

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A shot from Vermont taken early in the morning in early October. I would imagine all the leaves on the trees are down by now and the country is snuggling down, putting on its long johns in preparation for winter.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1965, for action in the Iron Triangle northwest of Saigon, Specialist Five Lawrence Joel, a medic with the 1st Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade earned the Medal of Honor, becoming the first living African American since the Spanish-American War to receive the nation’s highest award for valor.

When his unit was outnumbered in an attack by an enemy force, Specialist Joel, who suffered a severe leg wound in the early stages of the battle, continued to administer aid to his wounded comrades. Wounded a second time—with a bullet lodged deep in his lungs—Joel continued to treat the wounded, completely disregarding the battle raging around him and his own safety. Even after the 24-hour battle had subsided, Joel, a 38-year-old father of two, continued to treat and comfort the wounded until his own evacuation was ordered.

President Johnson presented the Medal of Honor to Specialist Joel on March 9, 1967, in ceremonies held on the South Lawn of the White House.

Galen: that is the definition of a hero, not someone who wins some game in sports. We need more heroes these days!

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: the first X-ray (or roentgenogram) was of Roentgen’s wife’s hand, complete with wedding ring, in 1895. His wife was less than impressed and declared: “I have seen my death!” And by the way, it was also on this day that x-rays were discovered by Roentgen.

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