In the thick of it alone attacking Germans…
Another Badass report! Francis (Frank) X. Burke, 1Lt US Army, definitely earned the Medal of Honor on this day in Germany in WWII. His citation states, “he fought with extreme gallantry” and that is indeed true. He was in the streets of war-torn Nuremberg rooting out fanatical defenders of this headquarters of Nazism.
He was a motor-pool officer that decided he wanted to participate more directly in the fight. Moving ahead alone he found 10 Germans, so he grabbed a machine gun and single-handedly attacked. The Germans opened up on him from multiple positions with machinegun and rocket fire, but he pushed through and killed enough that the rest fled. He then began clearing buildings alone, found a sniper in a basement and ran right at the window, firing full auto the whole time, then dived through the window into the basement to finish the job. His gun was now no longer working, so he loaded up on grenades, pulled the pins from 2 grenades, and, holding 1 in each hand, rushed the next enemy-held building. Just as he was tossing his explosives, a German grenade was thrown and all three went off. The triple explosion killed all the Germans, but Lt Frank Burke emerged from the smoke only dazed. He grabbed the nearest rifle and charged the next Nazi position, killing all of them.
Figuring he had done enough on his own, he regrouped with his unit for another 4 hours of driving off Germans. All told, this motor-pool officer that wanted to be in the thick of it before the war ended, killed or wounded 14 Germans on his own, and another 29 with his unit. His voluntary and courageous mission showed him to be a true badass, and a worthy Medal of Honor winner.
See more at http://www.nj.gov/military/veterans/journal/summer2007/8.html
Another Badass Report! Sgt. Peter C. Lemon, US Army, earned the Medal of Honor on this day in 1970, in Vietnam. Sgt Lemon was a machine gunner at Fire Support Base Illingworth, when the base came under heavy enemy attack. He was defending the perimeter with his machine gun until it malfunctioned, so he grabbed another and kept going until that one malfunctioned too. Although wounded from grenade shrapnel, Sgt Lemon kept going by tossing grenades until he was out, and then pursuing the remaining enemy in his area and killing him by hand! He returned to his position, carrying a wounded comrade with him, and got shot on the way but made it back. He knew he was still needed on the perimeter which was in danger of being overrun, so although wounded twice, he charged again with grenades until out and then engaged in hand to hand combat. He got wounded a third time, but would not give up. Grabbing a machine gun nearby, he climbed an embankment and stood exposed, firing as long as he could until he collapsed from lack of blood and exhaustion. He was evacuated and lives today in the US, a model of perseverance and badassness.
See more at http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/3341/lemon-peter-c.php
These 98 Mausers are a joy to shoot, and have great historical importance. Here are some videos from J&G and one of our YouTube associates explaining some of the history and showing how well they shoot! Enjoy. See the guns here: http://www.jgsales.com/-p-65309.html
DocTacDad showing the fun shooting these rifles
J&G Sales talking about some of the history.
And here is some info on the 8mm ammo as well.
His men thanked him for decades afterward…
Another Badass Report! 1st Lt. William R Lawley Jr earned the Medal of Honor in 1944 while over the skies of Germany in a B17 bomber. Lt Lawley was pilot of the B17 and they were near the target when they were attacked by 20 German fighters. They suffered serious damage, the plane was severely crippled, and 8 of his 10 man crew were wounded. He lost use of his right arm, and his face was painfully wounded, and his copilot was killed by a 20mm shell. Add to this one engine was on fire, the controls partially destroyed, and the copilot’s body was laying on the stick pushing the plane into a steep dive.
Keeping his wits, Lt Lawley forced the copilot’s body off the controls, and brought the plane out of a steep dive, flying with his left hand only. Blood covered the windshield making visibility impossible. He tried to the drop the bomb load to make the plane easier to maneuver but the racks were frozen. He chose to give the order to bailout. One crew member bailed out, then a waist gunner informed him that 2 crew members were so severely wounded there was no way for them to bail out. Lt Lawley had to decide. England was 5 hours away, the fire in the engine was spreading, the danger of an explosion was imminent, and he was extremely weak. He chose to remain with the plane and try to bring his wounded crew to safety.
Then enemy fighters found them and again attacked but he managed to lose them in the clouds. Suddenly another engine caught fire. Wrestling the plane toward home, Lt Lawley then passed out from sheer exhaustion caused by loss of blood, and the extreme effort it took to keep control of his plane. The bombardier was able to reach the cockpit, revive him and he again took over the controls. As they finally reached the English coast they completely lost one engine. Then yet another engine started to burn. They were now down to one engine as they began looking for a field to crash in, when they spotted a small Canadian airfield. Lt Lawley was able to crash land the plane with one good hand, and all the wounded crew survived. He went on to fly 4 more missions over Germany before returning home. For the rest of his life he kept in touch with the men he saved through his valiant determination.
See more at http://www.nytimes.com/1999/06/01/us/col-w-r-lawley-jr-78-world-war-ii-hero.html
Our YouTube friend over at The Late Boy Scout has put together and published a couple of interesting review videos of the Star Super B pistol. Check them out!
A one man whirlwind of destruction!
Another Badass Report! Capt. Jack Treadwell, US Army, earned the Medal of Honor on this day in 1945 while assaulting the Siegfried line in Germany. His men had been pinned down for hours, and after 8 of his men were sent forward to attack, all became casualties, and he decided to attack alone. With his sub-gun and grenades he charged through intense fire, grenading the first pillbox, killing and capturing several Germans. He went from pillbox to pillbox, a one man whirlwind, capturing and killing enemy over and over, including the German Commander of the emplacement. He never slackened, reaching the crest of the hill and continuing down the other side, taking out three more pillboxes. He so weakened the German position that his company was able to rally behind him and break through the Seigfried line. During his one man offensive Capt Treadwell was able to take out at least six pillboxes and capture 18 prisoners, killing several more, in the face of continuous enemy fire. Truly an unstoppable badass.
See more at http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=1423
Duty above all else…
Another Badass Report. In 1943, 1st Lt. Jack Mathis went beyond the call of duty, earned the Medal of Honor, and showed everyone he was a badass. Lt. Mathis was the lead bombardier for his squadron’s run over Vegesack, Germany, meaning all the bombers depended on him to know when to drop their payloads. They encountered intense and accurate antiaircraft fire just as they were starting the bomb run. He was lined up at his bomb sight in the nose when he was hit by antiaircraft fire. His right arm was destroyed, and his rib cage and abdomen were torn open, and the blast threw him to the rear of the compartment. He knew the accuracy of the whole mission depended on him, so Lt. Mathis put duty above himself, and by sheer willpower dragged himself back to his bomb sight, although mortally wounded, and released his bombs on target before dying. As the result of this action the planes of his squadron placed their bombs directly upon the assigned target for a perfect attack against the enemy. In his mortally wounded condition he had every right to give in, but chose not to until his duty was performed. An example to all of true badassness.
See more at http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=14318