Thursday, November 18, 2010

Brig. Gen. Thomas Gwin, CSA

Thomas Benjamin Gwin served in the 32nd and 58th Alabama Infantry.
He was Brig. General, Commander of the Fourth Brigade, Alabama Divison, UCV.
He died in 1926

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Richard Alfred Gwinn

Name: Richard Alfred Gwinn
Date of Birth: Dec. 24, 1947
Years at NGCSU: 1964-1967
Began Tour in Vietnam: March 24, 1969
Date of Death: Sept. 26, 1969

Richard A. Gwinn was born in Florida, the son of an Army man. Gwinn moved around a lot when he was younger, typical of a military family.
The Gwinn family moved to Germany in 1950 then moved back to the U.S. in 1954. Gwinn spent his high school year in Anchorage, Alaska, and graduated in 1964.
Gwinn then enrolled at North Georgia College where his father taught Military Science.
While at North Georgia Gwinn became close friends with Tom McLaughlin, or "Buddha" as his friends called him. McLaughlin remembered Gwinn as a quiet individual who never bragged on himself.
"Richard was always out to help others. He was a great listener who would never let you get down. He took everything with a smile," McLaughlin said.
Gwinn was a member of Foxtrot Co. his freshman year, but was moved to Charlie Co. his junior year. In 1967 Gwinn became a member of Scabbard and Blade.
After graduation from North Georgia College in 1967, Gwinn commissioned into the Army as an infantry unit commander in the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division. Gwinn went to Vietnam in April of 1969, where he spent much of his time fighting in Long An Province.

On Sept. 26, 1969 Gwinn was killed by hostile fire.

Lt. Cmdr. William Gwin, USN

 Left: Lt. William Gwin; above: Gunboat 'Tyler'
Lt. William Gwin

William Gwin - A Biography
William Gwin, naval officer, was born in Columbus, Ind., Dec. 5, 1832. He entered the U.S. navy as midshipman, April 7, 1847, and was regularly promoted, reaching the rank of lieutenant, Sept. 16, 1855, and lieutenant-commander, July 16, 1862. He was an officer on the Cambridge and Commodore Perry on blockading duty with the Atlantic squadron in 1861, and on the formation of the river flotilla in January, 1862, he was assigned to the Tyler, a Mississippi steamboat transformed into a gunboat, but not iron-clad. His first service in the west was in removing torpedoes planted in the Tennessee river and in the capture of Fort Henry, Feb. 6, 1862, when his vessel with the Conestoga and Lexington acted as the reserve to the iron-plated gunboats holding the advance in the assault. By orders of General Grant he then proceeded up the Tennessee river, destroyed or captured the enemy's boats, and a new gunboat, and broke up their camps. He returned in time to take part in the second day's unsuccessful assault on Fort Donelson, Feb. 14, 1862, when, as at Fort Henry, he was assigned to a position far in the rear, and the shells fired from the Tyler and Conestoga passing over the Federal ironclads holding the advance line did more damage to the U.S. gunboats than to the Confederate fort and he ordered the guns to stop firing. The Tyler was detained in the Tennessee river to cooperate with the army of General Grant while the rest of Flag-officer Foote's fleet proceeded down the river to Cairo and thence to Island No. 10. Lieutenant Gwin took part in the battle of Pittsburg Landing, April 7, 1862, and by shelling the enemy enabled the army to recover the ground lost on the first day of the battle. On July 15, 1862, the Tyler with a large body of soldiers on board left the combined fleet then stationed above Vicksburg and under sealed orders proceeded to the mouth of the Yazoo river, where he met the Queen of the West and the Carondelet going in the same direction. The Tyler had proceeded about six miles when she met the Confederate iron-clad ram Arkansas steaming down the river in the direction of the Federal fleet. As his boat was of wood, Lieutenant-Commander Gwin fired a few shots against the armored side of the ram, but they glanced off and he stopped the engines and awaited the Carondelet, an iron-clad, when they united in a running fire against the Arkansas while steaming together down the river. The soldiers on board were unprotected from the shot of the ram and under the restraint furnished by the good fight made by the Carondelet Commander Gwin was enabled to escape, as was the Queen of the West. On reaching the Federal fleet the Tyler announced the approach of the Arkansas, and after the Confederate ram had run the gauntlet of the entire fleet Gwin was dispatched to Cairo to announce the news of the escape of the Arkansas, then under protection of the batteries at Vicksburg. On Dec. 27, 1862, he was given command of a fleet of four iron-clads and two gunboats with the Benton as flagship, and directed to attack the Confederate batteries at Haynes's Bluff on the Yazoo river, but after a gallant fight of an hour and a quarter, during which time the Benton received twenty-five damaging shot and her commander was mortally wounded, the gunboats withdrew. He died on the gunboat Benton near Haynes's Bluff, Miss., Jan. 3, 1863.

From: Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, Johnson, Rossiter, editor

Friday, November 12, 2010

I love pictures of aeroplanes...but I'm concerned.....