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  • 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.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Edward V. Rickenbacker

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Edward V. Rickenbacker

    While on a voluntary patrol over the lines, 1st Lt. Rickenbacker attacked 7 enemy planes (5 type Fokker, protecting two type Halberstadt). Disregarding the odds against him, he dived on them and shot down one of the Fokkers out of control.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: George Dilboy

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: George Dilboy

    From a standing position on the railroad track, fully exposed to view, he opened fire at once, but failing to silence the gun, rushed forward with his bayonet fixed, through a wheat field toward the gun emplacement, falling within 25 yards of the gun with his right leg nearly severed above the knee and with several bullet holes in his body.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: John H. Pruitt

      Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, 78th Company, 6th Regiment, 2d Division. Place and date: At Blanc Mont Ridge, France, 3 October 1918. Entered service at: Phoenix, Ariz. Born: 4 October 1896, Fayettesville, Ark. G.O. No.: 62, W.D., | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Louis Cukea

    This week is another ‘Double’, though different than the one from a previous week this month. This week we honor another who received the medal twice. Read more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Cukela Make the most of your day! –RKL                                        CUKELA, | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Paul R. Smith

    Paul R. Smith Rank and Organization: Sergeant First Class, United States Army For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith distinguished himself by acts of | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Button and Hanneken

    This week is another double – though some might take a different view of the action. Whatever view you take, the heroism still stands.

  • Medal of Honor Rollcall: Marine Orderly Sgt. Christopher Nugent

    Reconnoitering on the Crystal River on this date and in charge of a boat from the Fort Henry, Orderly Sgt. Nugent ordered an assault upon a rebel breastwork fortification.

  • Medal of Honor citation: Thomas Custer

    This week we visit an awardee of the MoH who seemingly got lost in his more famous brothers shadow – even though our man was decorated with the award TWICE. I hope his story inspires each of you to greater | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor citation: Jose B. Nisperos

    This week – Action against Philippine Outlaws, 1911. Our recipient became the first Asian/Filipino to be awarded the MoH. I have included his back story as well, due to the obscurity of the man and the action he was involved | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor citiation: Edward Albert Ostermann

    This month we reach back once again to the ‘forgotten’ conflicts. Our first recipient’s action occurred during the Marines 1915 expedition to Haiti – where they would return in force following WWI. Make the most of your day! RJL   | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor citation: Randall Shughart and Gary Gordon

    Our last US Army feature for this month’s 20th Century theme comes from the war in Somalia, where our forces only received two awards, both for the same action and in conjunction with one another. I present both here. Though | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor citation: Daniel Fernandez

    Medal of Honor citation: Daniel Fernandez

    Continuing the 20th Century Recipients theme, this month featuring those of the US Army, we move on to Vietnam and a fellow who gave his absolute all for the benefit of his comrades.                 “Greater love hath no one than | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor roll call: Ernest E. West

    Our Recipients of the 20th Century – US Army theme continues this month with a recipient from the war in Korea. Often referred to as the ‘forgotten conflict’, Korea today represents a true enigma in the general public’s imagination. I | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor citation: Mike Colalillo

    Featuring the US ARMY this month in our Recipients of the 20th Century theme, this week we move on to WWII. By definition all our recipients are special, but I chose this fellow because for some reason he struck a | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor citation: George Price Hays

    Following our theme of the last few months, we continue to feature MoH recipients of the 20th Century. This month we wrap it up with US Army awardees, and our first has been virtually forgotten in the folds of time. | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor citation: John McGinty

    We wrap up this month’s feature of Marine recipients from the 20th Century in Vietnam, where a young 2nd Lieutenant shows the stuff of Marine legend. I hope this month’s theme – and this article overall – are an inspiration | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor roll call: Hector Cafferata

    This week we go to Korea – the Chosin Reservoir to be exact – and follow the action of another Marine for whom dedication to duty and devotion to his fellow Marines was never in doubt. It’s because of men | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: James L. Day

     Okinawa – One veteran once said, “If you were there is ’45, you don’t like fireworks today.” This week’s WW2 Marine MoH recipient gained the decoration there and could certainly attest to that statement. ‘Semper Fi’ indeed…   Make the | Read More »

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Fred W. Stockham

    We continue the theme of spotlighting MoH awardees of the 20th Century this month by featuring members of the U.S. Marine Corps. Since 1775 ‘The Corps’ has exemplified American courage, determination and might “from the Halls of Montezuma, to the | Read More »