12-224 Garand Picture of the day-Luzon, Philippines
Troops resting during pause in fighting during battle for the Philippines.
Troops in action in the field during battle for the Philippines.
Raymond H. Cooley (May 14, 1914 – March 12, 1947) was a soldier who received the Medal of Honor for actions in the campaign to recapture the Philippines from Japanese forces during World War II. Cooley is one of a few known Medal of Honor recipients to have fallen on a grenade and survived.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Lumboy, Luzon, Philippine Islands, February 24, 1945. Entered service at: Richard City, Tenn. Born: May 7, 1914, Dunlap, Tenn. G.O. No.: 77, September 10, 1945.
He was a platoon guide in an assault on a camouflaged entrenchment defended by machineguns, rifles, and mortars. When his men were pinned down by 2 enemy machineguns, he voluntarily advanced under heavy fire to within 20 yards of 1 of the guns and attacked it with a hand grenade. The enemy, however, threw the grenade back at him before it could explode. Arming a second grenade, he held it for several seconds of the safe period and then hurled it into the enemy position, where it exploded instantaneously, destroying the gun and crew. He then moved toward the remaining gun, throwing grenades into enemy foxholes as he advanced. Inspired by his actions, 1 squad of his platoon joined him. After he had armed another grenade and was preparing to throw it into the second machinegun position, 6 enemy soldiers rushed at him. Knowing he could not dispose of the armed grenade without injuring his comrades, because of the intermingling in close combat of the men of his platoon and the enemy in the melee which ensued, he deliberately covered the grenade with his body and was severely wounded as it exploded. By his heroic actions, S/Sgt. Cooley not only silenced a machinegun and so inspired his fellow soldiers that they pressed the attack and destroyed the remaining enemy emplacements, but also, in complete disregard of his own safety, accepted certain injury and possible loss of life to avoid wounding his comrades.
Last edited by Mark in Rochester; 08-12-2012 at 02:43 PM.
There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet.
The Following 9 Members Say Thank You to Mark in Rochester For This Useful Post:
08-12-2012 02:35 PM
Friends and Sponsors
I assume there is a rifle in the bag propped against tbe tree, and the one guy relaxing has a knife strapped to his leg.
Thanks for those pic's.
In the second pic down. Is the guy in the middle holding a BAR?
BAR left, Thompson second from left and three M1s at right.
Really Senior Member
Originally Posted by Sarge1998
---------- Post added at 11:32 AM ---------- Previous post was at 11:29 AM ----------
Is there such a thing as a semi auto BAR or semi auto aftermarket reciever?
Originally Posted by browningautorifle
Ohio Ordinance 1918A3 is semi-auto
Originally Posted by HOOKED ON HISTORY
Thank You to Sarge1998 For This Useful Post: