These are Cincinnatians of renown who have contributed to the legacy and history of our great city. They also have great facial hair! Our remembrance can do little to truly honor these men, we strive to live up to them.
William Haines Lytle was a brigadier general with the Union Army during the Civil War. Born and raised in Cincinnati, he went to Cincinnati College and was in the state legislature. During the Civil War he was killed at the battle of Chickamauga where an honor guard of Confederate soldiers made sure that his body was unmolested until it could be recovered by the Union.
William Procter was a candlemaker who settled in Cincinnati and created a partnership with his brother-in-law James Gamble. The company that they created went on to become one of the largest consumer products companies in the world.
William Alexander Procter was the son of William Procter and the father of William Cooper Procter (who founded the first profit sharing program in the US and was noted for philanthropic works, no doubt taught to him by his father).
For heroism in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Four Ries distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 21 May 1970 while serving as a Rifleman with Company C, 5th Battalion, 46th Infantry. On that date, the company was conducting routine combat operations near the village of Trung Tin when it came under intense enemy small arms fire. In the initial barrage of hostile rounds, a friendly soldier was wounded and fell in an exposed area. Responding immediately to the urgency of the situation, Specialist Ries unhesitatingly left the relative security of his position to assist his wounded comrade. Rushing to the side of the injured man, he positioned himself so as to shield the casualty and effectively engage the enemy with protective fire. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Specialist Ries remained in his highly vulnerable position until members of the friendly element were able to extract the wounded soldier from the contact zone. Through his timely and courageous actions, he was instrumental in saving the life of his fellow soldier. Specialist Four Ries’ personal heroism, professional competence, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Americal Division, and the United States Army.