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  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Salvatore A. Giunta

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Salvatore A. Giunta

    The team continued forward and upon reaching the wounded soldiers, Specialist Giunta realized that another soldier was still separated from the element. Specialist Giunta then advanced forward on his own initiative.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call:  J. Robert Kerrey

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: J. Robert Kerrey

    Most people know Bob Kerrey as the Democratic governor and senator from Nebraska, who dated Debra Winger. But, when he was a 25-year-old Navy SEAL in Vietnam, he was one of the great heroes of our war there. Make the | Read More »

  • Medal of Roll Call: Richard I. Bong

    Medal of Roll Call: Richard I. Bong

    Though assigned to duty as gunnery instructor and neither required nor expected to perform combat duty, Maj. Bong voluntarily and at his own urgent request engaged in repeated combat missions, including unusually hazardous sorties over Balikpapan, Borneo, and in the Leyte area of the Philippines.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: John Basilone

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: John Basilone

    Moving an extra gun into position, he placed it in action, then, under continual fire, repaired another and personally manned it, gallantly holding his line until replacements arrived.

  • Medal of Honor Roll: Daniel Inouye

    Medal of Honor Roll: Daniel Inouye

    Despite the intense pain, he refused evacuation and continued to direct his platoon until enemy resistance was broken and his men were again deployed in defensive positions. In the attack, 25 enemy soldiers were killed and eight others captured.

  • Medal of Roll Call: Marine Sgt. Maj. Daniel Joseph "Dan" Daly

    Medal of Roll Call: Marine Sgt. Maj. Daniel Joseph “Dan” Daly

    Reader, Without ANY doubt, I received the most recommendations for this week’s article from current and former serving Marines “suggesting,” as one Gunnery Sergeant put it, “that having once worn the Eagle, Globe and Anchor yourself, it might be ‘the | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: George G. McMurtry Jr.

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: George G. McMurtry Jr.

    Dear readers, Over the next few months we will be taking a look at a few of our ‘favorite’ awardees. I’ll start this out with one of my own personal favorites and open it up to you, dear readers. Send | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Earl D. Gregory

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Earl D. Gregory

    Advancing still farther from the machinegun nest, he captured a 7.5-centimeter mountain howitzer and, entering a dugout in the immediate vicinity, single-handedly captured 19 of the enemy.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: William H. Carney

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: William H. Carney

    When the color sergeant was shot down, this soldier grasped the flag, led the way to the parapet, and planted the colors thereon. When the troops fell back he brought off the flag, under fierce fire in which he was twice severely wounded.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: James B. Dozier

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: James B. Dozier

    “The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Civilian Scout James B. Dozier, a United States Civilian, for gallantry in action and on the march on 5 October 1870, while serving as an Indian Scout at Little Wichita River, Texas.”

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Amos Chapman & William Dixon

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Amos Chapman & William Dixon

    En route the six men were attacked along the Washita River by 125 Indians. William Dixon was one of the expeditions two scouts. Throughout the day the four soldiers and two civilian scouts, after taking shelter in a ravine, continued a valiant resistance while defending their wounded. A band of twenty-five Indians succeeded in scattering the detachment’s horses and the men fell back to a small knoll where throughout the day they were attacked from all directions

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: William H. Woodall

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: William H. Woodall

    At Deatonsville (Sailor’s Creek), Virginia, he captured flag of Brigadier General Rufus Barringer’s headquarters brigade.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody

    Rank: Civilian Scout. Born: Scott County, Iowa. Organization: 3rd Cavalry U.S. Army. Action date: 26 April 1872. Place: Platte River, Nebraska. Citation: Gallantry in action.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Theodore Roosevelt

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Theodore Roosevelt

    Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt, in total disregard for his personal safety, and accompanied by only four or five men, led a desperate and gallant charge up San Juan Hill, encouraging his troops to continue the assault through withering enemy fire over open countryside.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Mary Edwards Walker

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Mary Edwards Walker

    “…her efforts have been earnest and untiring in a variety of ways,” and that she was assigned to duty and served as an assistant surgeon in charge of female prisoners at Louisville, Ky., upon the recommendation of Major-Generals Sherman and Thomas, and faithfully served as contract surgeon in the service of the United States, and has devoted herself with much patriotic zeal to the sick and wounded soldiers…”

  • The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month

    The 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month

    Once we forget that cost, then we begin to take for granted those very freedoms that veterans bought for us with their lives. Complacency breeds contempt.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: James B. Stockdale

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: James B. Stockdale

    He deliberately inflicted a near-mortal wound to his person in order to convince his captors of his willingness to give up his life rather than capitulate. He was subsequently discovered and revived by the North Vietnamese who, convinced of his indomitable spirit, abated in their employment of excessive harassment and torture toward all of the Prisoners of War.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Richard I. Bong

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Richard I. Bong

    Though assigned to duty as gunnery instructor and neither required nor expected to perform combat duty, Maj. Bong voluntarily and at his own urgent request engaged in repeated combat missions, including unusually hazardous sorties over Balikpapan, Borneo, and in the Leyte area of the Philippines

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Audie L. Murphy

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Audie L. Murphy

    16OCT2012 Continuing our focus on ‘Familiar Names’ this month we come to WW2 and a fellow that everyone should remember – Audie Murphy. Besides being a true war hero in every sense, he was also quite a guy out of | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Alvin C. York

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Alvin C. York

    After his platoon had suffered heavy casualties and 3 other noncommissioned officers had become casualties, Cpl. York assumed command.