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1st Lt Jacob Parrott The 1st Medal of Honor Winner

Jacob Wilson Parrott
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Parrot c. 1860
Born July 17, 1843
Fairfield CountyOhio
Died December 22, 1908 (aged 65)
Kenton, Ohio
Place of burial
Grove Cemetery Kenton, Ohio
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Seal of the United States Board of War.png United States Army Union Army (POW)
Years of service 1861 – 1865
Rank Union army 1st lt rank insignia.jpg 1st Lieutenant
Unit Company K, 33rd Ohio Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards borer Medal of Honor

Jacob Wilson Parrott (July 17, 1843–December 22, 1908) was an American soldier and carpenter. He was the first recipient of the Medal of Honor, a new military award first presented by the United States Department of War to six Union Army soldiers who participated in the Great Locomotive Chase in 1862 during the American Civil War (1861–1865).


A museum to Parrott in Kenton

Parrott was a native of Fairfield County, Ohio. He joined the United States Army in 1861 as a private in Company K, 33rd Ohio Infantry and first saw combat in the Battle of Ivy Mountain. In April 1862, he volunteered to take part in a daring raid with 21 others (later known as “Andrews’ Raiders” because they operated under the command of James J. Andrews). After infiltrating Confederate lines and hijacking the locomotive “General,” they were captured and imprisoned. Parrott was severely beaten 110 times in an attempt to make him talk. Parrott and 14 others managed to escape, but only six of them reached friendly lines. He was later exchanged and taken to Washington, D.C. meeting President Abraham Lincoln and was presented with the Medal of Honor by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. He served with the Union Army for the remainder of the war. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1863 after the Battle of Stones River and as a first lieutenant in 1864.

He returned to Kenton, Ohio after the war and remained a cabinet maker and operated a stone quarry south of Kenton, Ohio. Parrott suffered a heart attack and died while walking home from the county courthouse in Kenton, Ohio. He is buried in Grove Cemetery, on State Route 309, right across the street from Quest Federal Credit Union, east edge of Kenton, Ohio.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

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Rank and Organization:

Private, Company K, 33d Ohio Infantry. Place and date: Georgia, April 1862. Entered service at: Hardin County, Ohio. Birth: July 17, 1843, Fairfield County, Ohio. Date of issue: March 25, 1863.


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Colorado Senate committee advances package of gun control bills By Robert Davis

FILE - Colorado Sens. Brittany Pettersen and Lois Court

Colorado Sens. Brittany Pettersen and Lois Court

(The Center Square) – Lawmakers in Colorado’s Senate advanced three bills this week that seek to address gun violence – bills that have seen support and opposition break down along party lines.

Each bill passed the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee by a party line vote of 3-2, with Republican members Sen. Cleave Simpson, R-Alamosa, and Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, voting no.

House Bill 21-1255 modifies the requirements for gun ownership for people who have been charged with domestic violence or who have protection orders filed against them. It also requires a gun owner to file an affidavit with the court system within seven days of a court issuing a protection order.

The bill was introduced in April, prior to a shooting at a Colorado Springs mobile home park that left seven people dead, including the shooter. A report by 9News suggests that a domestic incident may have sparked the killing.

“Gun violence is an epidemic in the country,” Sen. Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, a sponsor, said in a statement. “Every year it seems we are shocked by a horrific mass shooting that shakes us to our core. But it’s the countless other shootings happening every day that represent the deadliest component of this crisis. Domestic abusers and other violent offenders are largely unobstructed from buying a firearm – putting vulnerable families and communities at increased risk of lethal violence.”

Pettersen is also sponsoring another bill passed by the House on Tuesday – House Bill 21-1298. If passed, the bill would prohibit a person convicted of a violent misdemeanor from owning a firearm for five years.

Specific violent crimes mentioned in the bill include child abuse, hate crimes, cruelty to animals, sexual assault, and third degree assault.

The legislation would also close a common loophole in firearm purchases that allow buyers to receive their firearms within three days of submitting a background check, regardless of whether the buyer passed the check.

To help bolster the state’s gun control efforts, lawmakers are pushing a bill to establish the Office of Gun Violence Prevention within the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

House Bill 21-1299 would create the office and empower it to conduct public awareness campaigns about gun violence and educate the public about existing laws and resources. This would include teaching people how to file Extreme Risk Protection Orders, according to the bill’s text.

“True gun violence prevention requires that we start thinking bigger and more holistically,” a sponsor, Sen. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, said in a statement. “Making top-down regulations without investing in grassroots education will only limit our policies’ effectiveness.”

HB21-1255 and HB21-1299 will head to the Senate Appropriations Committee next.

HB21-1298 will be heard by the full Senate Committee of the Whole.

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By Cobra Commander

FORT CARSON, Colo. — The soldiers of Charlie Company are giving Sgt. Kirk Tanner a wide berth after finding out that he brought every single item on the assigned packing list like an absolute psycho.

“You wonder what’s going on in a guy like that’s head,” said Sgt. 1st Class Cliff Thwape. “You hear stories about war and how much it can mess with you, but no one can prepare you for seeing something like this.”

The disconcerting situation was discovered when he showed up for a five-day field exercise with his rucksack, two duffel bags, an assault pack, and then also three more duffel bags.

“Look, I’m the first sergeant, and even I didn’t bring everything on the list,” said 1st Sgt. Tim Fluellen. “Hell, I didn’t even read the packing list, despite having written it.”


Despite an extensive background check on Tanner conducted by Duffel Blog showing no history of criminal activity or psychological issues, sources say the company must obviously be dealing with an unbalanced, yet highly intelligent, super reprobate.

“He had a toothbrush tray,” sobbed one specialist, “A toothbrush tray, for God’s sake!” as a team member wrapped a blanket around him.

“Back-up eyeglasses straps? The guy has 20/20 vision!” said a visibly rocked medic.

“The list said to bring a poncho or a tarpaulin. Well, Sgt. Tanner brought both,” muttered the first sergeant as he lit a cigarette. “I haven’t had a smoke in 10 years. I promised my wife I would quit on her deathbed.”

Tensions rose and a fight broke out as soldiers argued about whether Tanner should be referred to the Mental Health Support Program or if they should call the chaplain.

Eventually, the chaplain arrived and spoke with the soldier for an hour behind closed doors. He staggered out of the orderly room, fell to his knees, and tossed his frock in the trash can. It still sits there, resting among the dip cans and empty Monster cans.

“He had five laminated copies of his orders,” said the company commander, who was sure to be relieved for cultivating an environment of such profound depravity. “We didn’t even cut orders for this exercise!”

“Who produced the orders?” he shouted as he punched a computer monitor, “Who the hell produced the orders?”

Tanner was last heard claiming he needed to “step out after formation to get a few last-minute things”.

“I’m afraid the shoppette won’t stock the one thing he so desperately needs,” whispered the Chaplain to no one in particular. “A soul.”