Thursday, January 13, 2011

Photo of the Day

This one is for Gary Graybill, brilliant blogger, regular Gubu World commenter and US Navy veteran. I took this picture recently in Balinrobe Co Mayo. It is of John King, a native of Balinrobe and one of only 19 men to ever win the Medal of Honor twice. He did so while serving in the US Navy during the Spanish American war (1901) and later during a boiler accident in 1909.

4 comments:

Gary said...

Ted,
You know you almost made me spill my coffee this morning when I read those exceptionally (and undeserved) kind words. Thank you very much.

The man in the picture is someone I had never heard of but 2 Medals of Honor is an amazing accomplishment. I will have to find out more about him.

As for writing blogs, yours is nothing short of excellent. I make it a habit to check it out every morning and thoroughly enjoy the lively debates it generates.
Gary

Ted Leddy said...

Thank Yoy Gary for the Kind words.

I am glad you are enjoying the banter (Irish word for lively debate) here on Gubu World.

John King is a wonderful testament to the many Irishmen who have served in the American armed forces over the centuries.

Gary said...

Ted,
Yes, there is a definite history to be proud of about Irishmen serving in American uniforms.

During the Civil War both the Union and the Confederacy had Irish Brigades (which tragically faced each other at the battle of Fredricksberg).

One of my favorite little stories was at Lee's surrender. After the signing two generals, one union and one southern, were having a friendly chat when they walked past a group of soldiers from the Confederate Irish Brigade. The Confederate General looked at them for a moment then turned to the Union General and said "The only reason you won was because you had more Irish than we did."

Gary

Ted Leddy said...

Gary

My apologies for the delay in responding to your comment.

Great story about the Civil war. Ironically many American veterans of the First World War also fought in the Irish Civil War of 1922-23.

Just before New Years I was in a emote part of Co Roscommon in the west of Ireland. A local friend brought me to a quiet rural pub for a drink. It was a quite a picturesque scene like something from the movie "The Quiet Man". There was an elderly man sitting by the fire singing songs. My friend told me to my astonishment that this man was a former US marine and veteran of both the Korea and Vietnam wars. I was advised against asking him about it because he apparently can get emotional and he was a bit under the weather (ie hammered) and I was told it would be a bad time to strike up a conversation on the subject. But next time I'm in that pub I certainly will.