30 September 2010

Operational Honours List

The Operational Honours and Awards List was released on 24 September. 130 members of the British Armed Forces, as well as one civilian, were included in the list. Awards for Afghanistan include two OBEs, five MBEs, four DSOs, five CGCs (one* posthumous), eighteen MCs (one** posthumous), three DFCs and a GM.

Amongst them:

Lance Corporal James McKie, 3rd Battalion The Rifles, was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross after picking up a live grenade which landed at his feet and throwing it back at the enemy. It exploded right after he released it, wounding him, but his action saved the lives of his commander and a fellow rifleman.

Acting Corporal Sarah Bushbye, Royal Army Medical Corps, is only the third woman*** to receive the Military Cross, after running 500 yards under heavy fire to try to save four wounded men.

Staff Sergeant Gareth Wood (left), 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps, received the Military Cross, and Acting Warrant Officer Class Two Karl Ley (right), also from 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment, received the George Medal. "Willingly accepting an incredibly high level of personal risk, on one 72-hour operation A/WO2 Ley defused 28 victim-operated devices and tackled 14 bombs - a feat which displays incredible determination and awesome bravery."

The only civilian on the list, Constable Amanda Henderson, Ministry of Defence Police, received the Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service for training female police officers in Afghanistan.

* Corporal Lee Brownson, 3rd Battalion The Rifles.
** Lieutenant Douglas Dalzell, 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards.
*** The other two - Private Michelle Norris MC, RAMC, and Able Seaman Medical Assistant Kate Nesbitt MC, RN, were also medics.

Photographs © Crown Copyright/MOD 2010.


I completely forgot about checking the Queen's Birthday Honours List, released on 12 June, what with everything else that was going on that month. Looking through it:

Order of the British Empire
Commanders of the Order of the British Empire

Elizabeth, Mrs BURNLEY
Chief Guide, Girlguiding UK. For services to Young People.
(Doncaster, South Yorkshire)

Order of the British Empire
Officers of the Order of the British Empire

Ms Sharon BERRY
Chief Executive, Storybook Dads. For services to Children and Families.
(Saltash, Cornwall)

Chief Publisher and Managing Director, Chicken House Books. For services to the Publishing Industry.
(Blackford, Somerset)

I don't think the Girl Guides need any introduction. Storybook Dads make CDs of imprisoned fathers reading bedtime stories for their children, complete with edited-in music and sound effects (and edited-out errors). Chicken House Publishing are, according to their website, "an independent-minded children's book publishing company with a special enthusiasm for finding new writers, artists and ideas."

Lapel pin for members of the Order of the British Empire.

26 September 2010

Victoria Cross: A. R. Hill and J. Doogan


Lieutenant, 2nd Battalion the Northamptonshire Regiment

Born: 12 July 1859, Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Died: 21 April 1944, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Citation: For gallant conduct at the action of Laing's Nek on the 28th January, 1881, in having, after the retreat was ordered, remained behind and endeavoured to carry out of action Lieutenant Baillie, of the same Corps, who was lying on the ground severely wounded. Being unable to lift that officer into the saddle, he carried him in his arms until Lieutenant Baillie was shot dead. Lieutenant Hill then brought a wounded man out of action on his horse, after which he returned and rescued another. All these acts being performed under a heavy fire.

[London Gazette issue 25084 dtd 14 Mar 1882, published 14 Mar 1882.]


Private, 1st Dragoon Guards

Born: March 1853, Aughrim, County Galway, Ireland
Died: 24 January 1940, Folkestone, Kent

Citation: For gallant conduct at the action of Laing's Nek on the 28th January, 1881. During the charge of the mounted men Private Doogan, servant to Major Brownlow, 1st Dragoon Guards, seeing that officer (whose horse had been shot) dismounted and among the Boers, rode up and (though himself severely wounded) dismounted and pressed Major Brownlow to take his horse, receiving another wound while trying to induce him to accept it.

[London Gazette issue 25084 dtd 14 Mar 1882, published 14 Mar 1882.]

Note: Laing's Nek is in northeastern South Africa, between Lesotho and Swaziland.

Medal of Honor: W. R. Button


Corporal, US Marine Corps; First Provisional Brigade of Marines (Gendarmerie d'Haiti)

Born: 3 December 1895, St Louis, Missouri
Died: 15 April 1921, St Louis, Missouri

Citation: For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in actual conflict with the enemy near Grande Riviere, Republic of Haiti, on the night of 31 October-l November 1919, resulting in the death of Charlemagne Peralte, the supreme bandit chief in the Republic of Haiti, and the killing, capture and dispersal of about 1,200 of his outlaw followers. Cpl. William R. Button not only distinguished himself by his excellent judgment and leadership but also unhesitatingly exposed himself to great personal danger when the slightest error would have forfeited not only his life but the lives of the detachments of Gendarmerie under his command. The successful termination of his mission will undoubtedly prove of untold value to the Republic of Haiti.

Note: 2nd Lt Herman H Hanneken also received the Medal of Honor for this action.

21 September 2010

Medal of Honor awarded for Vietnam

ZUI this article from the US Department of Defence:
President Barack Obama today presented the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry to the family of an Air Force chief master sergeant killed in action 42 years ago in Laos.

“Today, we present the Medal of Honor to an American who displayed such gallantry more than four decades ago: Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. Etchberger,” the president said at a White House ceremony. “This medal reflects the gratitude of an entire nation.”

Etchberger’s brother, Robert, and sons, Cory Etchberger, Richard Etchberger and Steve Wilson, attended the ceremony.


During a “small, private” Pentagon ceremony in the winter of 1968, Etchberger’s wife, Catherine, and sons were presented with an Air Force Cross, Obama said, but public awareness of Etchberger’s actions didn’t occur until the Air Force declassified his mission in 1986.

“That’s when they learned the truth: that their father had given his life, not in Vietnam, but in neighboring Laos,” the president said. “That’s when they began to learn the true measure of their father’s heroism.”


Obama then presented the cased award to Etchberger’s sons. Etchberger became only the 14th airman to receive the Medal of Honor for actions during the Vietnam War, and only the third enlisted airmen so honored.

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Chief Master Sergeant, US Air Force; Detachment 1, 1043rd Radar Evacuation Squadron

Born: 5 March 1933, Hamburg, Pennsylvania
Died: 11 March 1968, Laos

Citation: Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. Etchberger distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism on March 11, 1968, in the country of Laos. While assigned as Ground Radar Superintendent, Detachment 1, 1043rd Radar Evacuation Squadron. On that day, Chief Etchberger and his team of technicians were manning a top-secret defensive position at Lima Site 85 when the base was overrun by an enemy ground force. Receiving sustained and withering heavy artillery attacks directly upon his unit’s position, Chief Etchberger’s entire crew lay dead or severely wounded. Despite having received little or no combat training, Chief Etchberger single-handedly held off the enemy with an M-16, while simultaneously directing air strikes into the area and calling for air rescue.

Because of his fierce defense and heroic and selfless actions, he was able to deny the enemy access to his position and save the lives of his remaining crew. With the arrival of the rescue aircraft, Chief Etchberger without hesitation repeatedly and deliberately risked his own life, exposing himself to heavy enemy fire, in order to place three surviving wounded comrades into rescue slings hanging from the hovering helicopter waiting to airlift them to safety. With his remaining crew safely aboard, Chief Etchberger finally climbed into the evacuation sling himself, only to be fatally wounded by enemy ground fire as he was being raised into the aircraft.

Chief Etchberger’s bravery and determination in the face of persistent enemy fire and overwhelming odds are in keeping with the highest standards of performance and traditions of military service. Chief Etchberger’s gallantry, self-sacrifice, and profound concern for his fellow men, at risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, reflect the highest credit on himself and the United States Air Force.

19 September 2010

Victoria Cross: T. O'Hea


Private, 1st Battalion the Prince Consort's Own Rifle Brigade

Born: 1846, Bantry, County Cork, Ireland
Died: November 1874, in the desert of Queensland, Australia

Citation: THE Queen having been graciously pleased, by a Warrant under Her Royal Sign Manual, bearing date the 10th of August, 1858, to direct that the decoration of the Victoria Cross shall be conferred, subject to the rules and ordinances already made and ordained for the government thereof, on Officers and Men of Her Majesty's Naval and Military Services who may perform acts of conspicuous courage and bravery under circumstances of extreme danger, such as the occurrence of a fire on board ship, or of the foundering of a vessel at sea, or under any other circumstances in which, through the courage and devotion displayed, life or public property may be saved:--Her Majesty has accordingly been pleased to signify Her intention to confer this high distinction on the under-mentioned Private Soldier, whose claim to the same has been submitted for Her Majesty's approval, for his courageous conduct in Canada, as recorded against his name; viz:
For his courageous conduct on the occasion of a Fire which occurred in a Railway Car containing ammunition, between Quebec and Montreal, on the 9th of June last [1866]. The Serjeant in charge of the Escort states that, when at Danville Station, on the Grand Trunk Railway, the alarm was given that the Car was on fire; it was immediately disconnected, and, whilst considering what was best to be done, Private O'Hea took the keys from his hand, rushed to the Car, opened it, and called out for water and a ladder. It is stated that it was due to his example that the fire was suppressed.

[London Gazette issue 23204 dated 1 Jan 1867, published 1 Jan 1867.]

Note: Private O'Hea is the only person to have been awarded the Victoria Cross for service in Canada. He died of thirst whilst a member of a party searching the Australian desert for looking for a reported survivor of the Ludwig Leichhardt expedition, which had been lost in 1848. See here and here.

Medal of Honor: C. A. MacGillivary


Sergeant, US Army; Company I, 71st Infantry, 44th Infantry Division

Born: 7 January 1917, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Died: 24 June 2000, Brockton, Massachusetts

Citation: He led a squad when his unit moved forward in darkness to meet the threat of a breakthrough by elements of the 17th German Panzer Grenadier Division [near Woelfling, France, on 1 January 1945]. Assigned to protect the left flank, he discovered hostile troops digging in. As he reported this information, several German machineguns opened fire, stopping the American advance. Knowing the position of the enemy, Sgt. MacGillivary volunteered to knock out 1 of the guns while another company closed in from the right to assault the remaining strong points. He circled from the left through woods and snow, carefully worked his way to the emplacement and shot the 2 camouflaged gunners at a range of 3 feet as other enemy forces withdrew. Early in the afternoon of the same day, Sgt. MacGillivary was dispatched on reconnaissance and found that Company I was being opposed by about 6 machineguns reinforcing a company of fanatically fighting Germans. His unit began an attack but was pinned down by furious automatic and small arms fire. With a clear idea of where the enemy guns were placed, he voluntarily embarked on a lone combat patrol. Skillfully taking advantage of all available cover, he stalked the enemy, reached a hostile machinegun and blasted its crew with a grenade. He picked up a submachine gun from the battlefield and pressed on to within 10 yards of another machinegun, where the enemy crew discovered him and feverishly tried to swing their weapon into line to cut him down. He charged ahead, jumped into the midst of the Germans and killed them with several bursts. Without hesitation, he moved on to still another machinegun, creeping, crawling, and rushing from tree to tree, until close enough to toss a grenade into the emplacement and close with its defenders. He dispatched this crew also, but was himself seriously wounded. Through his indomitable fighting spirit, great initiative, and utter disregard for personal safety in the face of powerful enemy resistance, Sgt. MacGillivary destroyed four hostile machineguns and immeasurably helped his company to continue on its mission with minimum casualties.

18 September 2010


It occurs to me that I never posted a link to Darter the Chronicler's pictures from last year's Pennsic War.

He only has a few pictures from this year, as he didn't attend the full war.

And for those who are more interested in the swishy-poke style of fighting, there are some pictures from the Queen's Rapier Tourney, held last year in Æthelmearc.

14 September 2010

Discovery preparing for final flight

I've been more than a little remiss in paying attention to the space programme this last twelve months, having missed events such as the STS-129 (16-27 Nov 09), STS-130 (8-21 Feb 10), STS-131 (5-20 Apr 10) and STS-132 (14-26 May 10; last scheduled flight of space shuttle Atlantis and second spaceflight for CAPT Steve Bowen, the second American submariner in space) flights.

STS-129 (space shuttle Atlantis): Mission specialist Leland D Melvin, commander Charles O Hobaugh, mission specialist Michael Foreman, mission specialist Robert Satcher, pilot Barry E Wilmore and mission specialist Randolph Bresnik. (They were joined for the return flight by mission specialist Nicole Stott, who travelled to the space station aboard STS-128.)

STS-130 (Endeavour): Mission specialist Nicholas Patrick, pilot Terry Virts, mission specialist Robert L Behnken, mission specialist Kathryn P Hire, commander George D Zamka and mission specialist Stephen Robinson.

STS-131 (Discovery): Mission specialist Rick Mastracchio, mission specialist Stephanie Wilson, pilot James Dutton, mission specialist Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, commander Alan Poindexter, mission specialist Naoko Yamazaki (JAXA) and mission specialist Clayton Anderson.

STS-132 (Atlantis): Mission specialist Garrett Reisman, commander Kenneth Ham and mission specialist Stephen G Bowen (seated, left to right); and mission specialist Michael T Good, pilot Tony Antonelli and mission specialist Piers Sellers (standing, left to right).

Discovery will be making its final flight this fall. ZUI this NASA press release:
NASA's Shuttle Discovery To Make Its Final Trip To Launch Pad

Journalists are invited to cover space shuttle Discovery’s last move from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to Launch Pad 39A on Sept. 20 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Six astronauts are set to launch aboard the shuttle on Nov. 1. The

STS-133 mission to the International Space Station is the final scheduled flight for Discovery before it is retired.

Live coverage of Discovery's rollout will air on NASA Television beginning at 8 p.m. EDT. NASA TV’s Video File will broadcast highlights of the move.

Discovery's first motion out of the VAB to the pad is scheduled for 8 p.m. The shuttle's 3.4- mile journey atop a giant crawler-transporter is expected to take approximately six hours.


The 11-day mission will be the 35th flight to the station and the 39th flight for Discovery. The mission will deliver and install the Permanent Multipurpose Module, the Express Logistics Carrier 4 - an external platform that holds large equipment - and critical spare components for the space station. Discovery also will deliver Robonaut 2, or R2, to become a permanent resident of the station as the first human-like robot in space.

(Yes, the extra line feeds in the first paragraph appear in the actual press release.)

The STS-133 crew consists of mission specialists Col Tim Kopra (USAF) and Col Alvin Drew (USAF), pilot Col Eric Boe (USAF), commander Col Steve Lindsey (USAF, ret), and mission specialists Dr Michael Barratt and Nicole Stott (left to right in photo below). This - the 164th American manned space flight as well as the 133d space shuttle mission - will be the fifth space flight for Lindsey and the second for each of the others.

12 September 2010

Victoria Cross: G. Hinckley


Able Seaman, Royal Navy; HMS Sphinx (Naval Brigade)

Born: 22 Jun 1819, Liverpool, Lancashire
Died: 31 Dec 1904, Plymouth, Devonshire

Citation: For volunteering, while under the East Gate of the city of Fung-Wha [on 9 October 1862], to carry to a joss house, a hundred and fifty yards distant, under a heavy and continuous fire of musketry, gingalls and stink-pots, Mr. Coker, Master's Assistant of the "Sphinx," who had been wounded in the advance to the gate; in which object Hinckley succeeded.
On his return to the gate, under a similar fire, he again volunteered, and succeeded in carrying to the joss-house Mr. Bremen, an officer of Ward's force, who had been also wounded in the advance on the gate; and he again returned to his post under the gate.

[London Gazette issue 22705 dtd 6 Feb 1863, published 6 Feb 1863.]

Notes: Fung-Wha, now known as Fenghua, is in eastern China. A gingall (or jingal) is a heavy musket used as light artillery. Stink-pots were incendiary weapons similar to grenades.

Medal of Honor: W. D. and H. H. Miller


Seaman, US Navy; USS Nashville (PG 7)

Born: 5 June 1877, Noel Shore, Hants County, Nova Scotia
Died: 19 February 1959

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Miller displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.


Seaman, US Navy; USS Nashville (PG 7)

Born: 4 May 1879, Noel Shore, Hants County, Nova Scotia
Died: 12 March 1968, Costa Rica

Citation: On board the U.S.S. Nashville, during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Miller displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

Note: One of eight pairs of brothers who have been awarded the Medal of Honor - and the only pair who received it for the same action.

11 September 2010

Medal of Honor to be awarded for Afghanistan

For the first time since the end of the Vietnam War, the Medal of Honor will be awarded to a living man. ZUI this article from the Wall Street Journal:
On a moonlit Afghan ridge in 2007, Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta ran alone through a barrage of gunfire to rescue a friend being dragged off by insurgent fighters.

On Friday, the White House said Sgt. Giunta will receive the Medal of Honor for his bravery, making him the first living serviceman from the Iraq or Afghan wars to receive the nation's highest military award.

"His courage and leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his platoon's ability defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American paratrooper from enemy hands," the White House said.


The selection of a living Medal of Honor recipient comes as welcome news to the military. The seven medals from Iraq or Afghanistan announced until now had been for men killed performing the acts of courage for which they were being recognized.


Sgt. Giunta's action came on his second deployment to Afghanistan, when his unit — Co. B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne) — was operating in the Korengal Valley, at the time considered the most dangerous spot in the country for U.S. troops.

ZUI also this article from the New York Times, this one from the Los Angeles Times, and this press release from the White House. Note that "[f]urther information about the date and time of the ceremony will be released at a later date."

09 September 2010

Medal of Honor to be awarded for Afghanistan

ZUI this article from the American Forces Press Service:
In an Oct. 6 ceremony at the White House, President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor to the parents of a soldier who died while saving members of his team and 15 Afghan soldiers.

Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, who was 24 years old when he died, will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for heroic actions in Barikowt, Afghanistan, on Jan. 25, 2008.


Miller ... enlisted in the Army in August 2003 as a Special Forces candidate. He attended basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga., and received his Green Beret in 2005.

He served as a weapons sergeant in Alpha Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, based at Fort Bragg, N.C.

07 September 2010

Medal of Honor to be awarded for Vietnam

ZUI this post from the official US Air Force news site:
An Air Force senior NCO who was killed 42 years ago will receive the Medal of Honor for actions he took after enemy forces overran a clandestine U.S. radar site in Laos.

Chief Master Sgt. Richard L. "Dick" Etchberger, 35, died March 11, 1968, after being shot following an overnight battle on Mount Phou Pha Thi at Lima Site 85, as the radar location was known to Americans, where he helped maintain equipment that aided the U.S. bombing campaign of North Vietnam.

Despite having received little or no combat training, Chief Etchberger single-handedly held off the enemy with an M-16, while simultaneously directing air strikes into the area and calling for air rescue. Because of his fierce defense and heroic and selfless actions, he was able to deny the enemy access to his position and save the lives of some of his crew.


"He should have a 55-gallon drum full of medals," said retired Tech Sgt. John G. Daniel, 71, of La Junta, Colo. Sergeant Daniel was one of the three rescued. "I wouldn't be alive without him."

Following a 2008 personnel board of review of the chief's actions, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley nominated the Hamburg, Pa., native for the U.S. military's highest decoration, which is awarded "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty."

President Obama approved the Medal of Honor, which will be presented in a White House ceremony on Sept. 21.

ZUI also this article (dated 3 Nov 08) from the Air Force Times:
Etchberger was nominated for the Medal of Honor in 1968, but President Lyndon B. Johnson didn’t approve it. Military officials instead awarded Etchberger the Air Force Cross.

This is where the story gets complicated.

Johnson didn’t sign off on the award because the U.S. wasn’t supposed to have troops in Laos, and at the time of his death, Etchberger wasn’t technically in the Air Force.

Before he was deployed to Lima Site 85 — a radar station used to locate bombing targets in North Vietnam and Laos — Etchberger and his wife went to Washington, D.C., along with the other airmen about to go on the secret mission and their wives. There they were told they would be made into civilian employees who worked for Lockheed Aircraft Services as a cover, said Col. Gerald H. Clayton, then the commander of 1043rd Radar Evaluation Squadron, Detachment 1.

“The site was established and operated by American technicians in a manner designed not to violate the 1962 Geneva Agreements and to ‘guarantee’ the ‘neutrality’ of Laos,” according to declassified top secret Air Force report, “The Fall of Site 85.”


For 14 years Etchberger’s sons didn’t know the truth of their father’s death, Cory Etchberger said.

His mother was briefed on the mission when she went to D.C. with her husband, but was sworn to secrecy. Not until the mission was declassified did she tell her sons about what their father did in Laos.

The official White House announcement is here.

05 September 2010

Victoria Cross: A. C. Booth


Colour-Sergeant, 80th Foot

Born: 21 April 1846, Carrington, Nottinghamshire
Died: 8 December 1899, Brierley Hill, Staffordshire

Citation: For his gallant conduct on the 12th March, 1879, during the Zulu attack on the Intombi River, in having, when considerably outnumbered by the enemy, rallied a few men on the south bank of the river, and covered the retreat of fifty soldiers and others for a distance of three miles. The Officer Commanding 80th Regiment reports that, had it not been for the coolness displayed by this Non-commissioned Officer, not one man would have escaped.

[London Gazette issue 24814 dtd 24 Feb 1880, published 24 Feb 1880.]

Medal of Honor: W. S. Sitman


Sergeant First Class, US Army; Company M, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division

Born: 9 August 1923, Bellwood, Pennsylvania
Died: 14 February 1951, near Chipyong-ni, South Korea

Citation: Sfc. Sitman distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations. Sfc. Sitman, a machine gun section leader of Company M, was attached to Company I, under attack by a numerically superior hostile force [near Chipyong-ni, South Korea, on 14 February 1951]. During the encounter when an enemy grenade knocked out his machine gun, a squad from Company I, immediately emplaced a light machine gun and Sfc. Sitman and his men remained to provide security for the crew. In the ensuing action, the enemy lobbed a grenade into the position and Sfc. Sitman, fully aware of the odds against him, selflessly threw himself on it, absorbing the full force of the explosion with his body. Although mortally wounded in this fearless display of valor, his intrepid act saved 5 men from death or serious injury, and enabled them to continue inflicting withering fire on the ruthless foe throughout the attack. Sfc. Sitman's noble self-sacrifice and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and uphold the honored traditions of the military service.

Note: Chipyong-ni is now known as Jipyeong-ri.

01 September 2010

Quote of the day


Book list - Aug 10

Bamboo People: A Novel - YA, by Mitali Perkins
Lucy's Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins - palaeoanthropology, by Donald C Johanson
A Hundred Million Francs (aka The Horse Without a Head) - children's mystery, by Paul Berna *
Crossing the Tracks - YA historical fiction, by Barbara Stuber
Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History - German history, by Simon Winder
Family Reunion - YA, by Caroline B Cooney
The Coils of Time - SF, by A Bertram Chandler *
They Never Came Back - YA, by Caroline B. Cooney
Into the Alternate Universe - SF, by A Bertram Chandler *
Both Sides of Time - YA time travel, by Caroline B Cooney
The Ransom of Mercy Carter - YA historical fiction, by Caroline B Cooney
Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher - children's picture book, by Laurel Snyder
The Moon in the Cloud - children's Bible story, by Rosemary Harris (Carnegie Medal, 1968)
Conquistador - SF, by S M Stirling *
Wildside - SF, by Steven Gould *
Prisoner of Time - YA time travel, by Caroline B Cooney

Sixteen books last month, with five rereads (marked by asterisks). To reach my goal of 210 books this year, I have to average 17.5 per month, so I'm currently still a bit behind track....

The one Carnegie Medal winner brings me up to 40 of 71. My thanks to the Enfield Central Library, Hazardville CT, for the ILL.