MOH recipient to receive highest Indiana honor

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Governor Eric J. Holcomb will present Vietnam veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Sammy L. Davis of Freedom, Indiana with the 2018 Sachem Award, the state’s highest honor, at a ceremony Monday, March 12, 2018.“Sammy’s story of service, courage and sacrifice for our nation and freedom is a true inspiration for all Americans,” Gov. Holcomb said. “In sharing his exceptional personal story, Sammy spreads an important and timeless message that grit and perseverance can help all of us overcome even the most challenging circumstances.”The Sachem is given annually to recognize a lifetime of excellence and moral virtue that has brought credit and honor to Indiana. Previous recipients include Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor (2017), Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, former president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame and world statesman (2006), and long-time businessman and civic leader P.E. MacAllister (2014). Sammy Davis will be the second Sachem honoree named by Gov. Holcomb.Davis, 71, received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968 for his “extraordinary heroism at the risk of his life.”In 1967, then Army Pfc. Davis served as a cannoneer with the 4th Artillery Regiment of the 9th Infantry Division in South Vietnam. His unit fell under heavy machine-gun fire and mortar attack by the Vietcong while defending a firebase west of the city of Cai Lay.Davis used a machine gun to provide cover for the members of his unit so they could return fire with artillery. Although wounded, Davis took over a burning howitzer and fired several rounds at the Vietcong. As a result, he sustained further injury—including a broken back. He then crossed a river on an air mattress to rescue his wounded comrades before joining another howitzer site to continue fighting the North Vietnamese until they fled.He continued to serve throughout the Vietnam War, though his severe injuries kept him from the battlefield. Davis served out the remainder of the war as a cook. He retired from the Army in 1984.In addition to his Medal of Honor, Davis has been awarded a Silver Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.Davis is actively engaged in the Boy Scouts of America organization and entered scouting when he was nine. He is involved with many veteran and service organizations, church, the Masonic Lodge and is especially dedicated to speaking to America’s youth. He and his wife, Dixie, live in Freedom, Indiana. They have both authored books about their life experiences and the importance of endurance and courage.Davis’ motto throughout his life is also the title of his book: You Don’t Lose ‘Til You Quit Trying.Sachem (Say-chum) background:In 1970, Gov. Edgar D. Whitcomb introduced the “Confederacy of the Sachem,” a group of business, industry, publishing, banking and legal leaders, who served as state hosts, welcoming visitors to Indiana and promoting the state’s culture and economy. The organization’s name came from the Algonquin term applied to village leaders, implying wisdom, judgment and grace.Bylaws outlined that Sachems were to nominate and recommend Sagamore appointments to the governor. The Sagamore of the Wabash dates to the term of Gov. Ralph Gates in 1945 and has been the state’s highest honor bestowed by the governor.Following Whitcomb’s term, the Sachem project was not pursued, and the organization dissolved in 1989. Whitcomb visited Gov. Daniels in 2005 to acquaint him with the concept and to give him custody of remaining Sachem funds. Gov. Daniels recreated the Sachem to underscore the importance of moral example; achievement alone without exemplary virtue does not qualify a person for this recognition.Twelve Sachem awards have been bestowed since the honor was revived in 2005:2005:John Wooden—Legendary college basketball coach, teacher and mentor.2006:Rev. Theodore Hesburgh—Former president of the University of Notre Dame and world statesman.2007:Jane Blaffer Owen—Philanthropist and preservationist of New Harmony.2008: Bill and Gloria Gaither—Grammy winning singer/songwriter duo from Alexandria, Indiana.2009: Donald C. “Danny” Danielson—New Castle business and civic leader.2010:Carl D. Erskine—Civic leader and legendary baseball player.2011:William A. “Bill” Cook—Philanthropist and cofounder of Cook Inc.2012:Ian M. Rolland—CEO of Lincoln National Corp.2013: Don Wolf—Civic leader and CEO of Do It Best, Corp.2014:P.E. MacAllister—Long-time businessman and civic leader.2015:Amos C. Brown, III—Radio host and civic leader.2016:None.2017:Eva Mozes Kor – Holocaust survivor; forgiveness and civility crusader.Each Sachem honoree receives a specially designed sculpture that captures the Native American heritage of the Sachem. All Sachem recipients are selected by Indiana’s governor.last_img read more

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Cricket News ICC World Cup 2019: Last chance to grab your tickets; Know how to book seats

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The public ballot for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales which was opened on August 1 for the fans for ticket requests is set to close on Wednesday (29 August). The ticket applications are available for all 48 fixtures of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. The public ballot which went live on 1 August will shut on August 29 with fans being able to apply for tickets for all matches between the campaign opener on May 30 and the final, which will be played at the iconic Lord’s, on 14 July.ALSO READ: Eng vs Ind 4th Test Preview: Virat Kohli looks to conquer SouthamptonAny tickets that will go unsold from the public ballot will go for the general sale on a first-come, first-served basis later in 2018.Hosts England play the opener at the Oval on May 30 against South Africa, while the defending champions Australia lock horns with Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1. Whereas, India will face arch-rivals Pakistan at Old Trafford on June 16.The World Cup final will take place at Lord’s on 14 July.ALSO READ: Asian Games 2018, Day 11 LIVEHere is the how you can register for the Public Ballot for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup:Register on the Official CWC19 Ticket Website.Log in and click the ‘My Application’ tab to plan your CWC19 trip.‘Create My Application’ tab will give you the details of all 48 matches.Select the matches and number of tickets you want.Confirm your ticketing order.last_img read more

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Clairton’s Desimon Green lights up Chartiers-Houston, 48-0

first_imgIn a rare battle of undefeated teams, Chartiers-Houston at Clairton, the Bears (4-0) stomped the Buccaneers (3-1) as badly as everyone else they’ve faced this season, winning 48-0 in front of a sold out Neil C. Brown Stadium last Friday night. While storms rolled through the region causing many to be without power; Clairton’s high-powered offense electrified the home crowd. When you talk about football talent in the WPIAL, the first name in the conversation has to be Desimon Green. At 6-5 and 230 pounds, Green often looks like a man among boys. He draws comparison to the Tennessee Titans Vince Young and Ohio State’s Heisman trophy candidate, Terrelle Pryor. Green completed 5 of 9 passes for 131 yards and three touchdowns. He carried the ball only five times for 60 yards.Clairton took the opening kickoff and marched down the field. Brandon Small, who rushed for 68 yards and two touchdowns, opened the scoring with a 6-yard run. The biggest sleeper in the WPIAL this year may be Josh Page. Page caught touchdown passes of 32 and 22 yards.Chartiers-Houston was the epitome of sloppiness Friday night, gaining more penalties yards than total offensive yards.Clairton, the WPIAL and PIAA No. 1 Class A team, has forced the mercy rule in all four games. Under the rule, the clock runs continuously in the second half when a team gets ahead by 35 points or more. Clairton has outscored its opponents, 204-12 and they are averaging over 50 points a game.Clairton owns the state’s longest winning streak at 19 games and may be the best team in the state and one of the top teams in the country. The Bears, a traditional WPIAL football powerhouse, won WPIAL titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009. They have played in two consecutive PIAA championship games, and claimed the state gold last season.Defensive coordinator Wayne “Rinky” Wade saw his unit produce another shutout. Clairton has now produced a shutout in 18 of its past 36 games. It could be argued that no WPIAL or City League team has ever looked as dominant defensively as this group of Grizzly Bears. Is Clairton just too good for Class A competition?“No, Rochester is better than Clairton,” said Char­tiers-Houston coach Terry Fetsko. “Clairton showed poor sportsmanship. We didn’t have our best night. We have a good running tandem with Joey Joscsak and Garrett Vulcano. I would like to get another crack at them on a neutral site.”Many experts feel that Clairton is the class of the WPIAL. Better than Woodland Hills, North Alle­gheny, Hopewell and Ali­quippa. Westinghouse and General Braddock dominated the 1950s and ’60s. Penn Hills dominated the 1970s. Aliquippa in the 1980s and the new millennium seems to belong to Clairton.“I have never seen this much speed and talent on a high school team,” said athletic trainer Tammy Ridgley. “We have Trenton Coles, the fastest player in the state, Brandon Small, Josh Page, Bishop Neal, Karvonn “Mud Puppy” Coles, Deon Ellis, Brian Boyd and Pitt recruit Desimon Green.” Maybe it is time to mention Green in the same breath as Tony Dorsett, Dan Marino, Dwight Collins, Lavar Arrington, Bill Fralic, Eugene Jarvis, Justin King, Darrelle Revis and Pryor.Good fortune has been with Clairton as late coach Demonje Rosser looks over the team. Rosser was shot and killed March 26, 2009 and the crime remains unsolved. His spirit is still with the players and community. Many people, including most of the Clairton players, believe that the only way the Bears will lose this season will be if the team beats itself. MAN AMONG BOYS—Clairton quarterback Desimon Green threw four touchdown passes in the Bears 48-0 win over Chartiers-Houston. (Photo by William McBride) last_img read more

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