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WHO WAS JACOB PARROTT?

The Medal of Honor was created and stipulations for its use signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861, in part: "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty"

In 1862, Union army volunteers who were in northern Georgia led by James Andrews commandeered a train and headed for Chattanooga. Along the way they damaged as much confederate track, telegraph, and supplies as possible. On March 25, 1863, Secretary of War under Lincoln, Edward Stanton, awarded the first Medal of Honor to Ohio native army private Jacob Parrott, a member of the crew of Union volunteers.

In the Disney movie, "The Great Locomotive Chase" Fess Parker played James Andrews and Claude Jarman was Parrott.

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society (http://www.cmohs.org/) was chartered by the Congress in 1958 to create a brotherhood among the living Medal of Honor recipients, to protect and uphold the dignity and honor of the Medal, to promote patriotism and love of country, and to inspire our youth to become worthy and dedicated citizens of our nation. Its membership consists exclusively of those individuals who have received the Medal of Honor. Today, there are 77 living recipients of the Medal of Honor. The Society is unique in that its membership hopes that there will be no need to welcome new inductees.


OLD BARRACKS - EVER BEEN THERE ???

A lot of US Military personnel spent countless hours in places like this- a WW2 vintage wooden 2 floor barracks once found in all parts of the US-- this one is at an Army base in central Georgia. Many such barracks have been demolished or in some cases moved to allow new construction on the site.

While on a business trip to Georgia in 1990, I was able to stop off where I had been in 1961 or 2. My barracks was gone and replaced by an all-brick military school building, complete with air conditioning, audio-visual instruction equipment, lunch/break rooms, large parking lot, swing sets for the kids. All substantially different from the 1962 setup where we were packed into what had been a small mess hall, loaded with communication devices, all giving off heat. Did I mention the Georgia sun, no A/C in the old 1 floor building, and it was summer?

Several old barracks were vacant nearby and obviously "on the list". In front of one of the buildings was a rose bush- apparently planted by some now unknown GI during the 1940's, trying to maintain a touch of home. The main trunk of the old bush was nearly 10 inches in diameter but the entire plant was no more than 2 feet high but 4 or 5 feet wide and in bloom. The touch of home had lasted. I wonder who took that effort to plant a rose bush; where did that GI come from, where did he go and what other contributions did he make during his GI years?

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