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  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Thomas B. McGuire Jr.

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Thomas B. McGuire Jr.

    Was McGuire the last great ace?

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Vernon McGarity

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Vernon McGarity

    Read how in the opening act of the Battle of the Bulge, this son of Right, Tenn., answered the bell.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: James P. O'Connor

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: James P. O’Connor

    Read how the hero of the Red Beach landing in southern France, thrice wounded, continued to lead his platoon clearing out German snipers.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: John L. Levitow

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: John L. Levitow

    Unable to grasp the rolling flare with his hands, he threw himself bodily upon the burning flare. Hugging the deadly device to his body, he dragged himself back to the rear of the aircraft and hurled the flare through the open cargo door.

  • Medal of Honor: Marcellus H. Chiles

    Medal of Honor: Marcellus H. Chiles

    When his battalion, of which he had just taken command, was halted by machinegun fire from the front and left flank, he picked up the rifle of a dead soldier and, calling on his men to follow led the advance across a stream, waist deep, in the face of the machinegun fire.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: George F. Henrechon

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: George F. Henrechon

    Instantly enemy Moros opened point-blank fire on the exposed men and approximately 20 Moros rushed the small group from inside the huts and from other concealed positions. Henrechon, responding to the calls for help, was one of the first on the scene.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Nicky D. Bacon

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Nicky D. Bacon

    Without hesitation S/Sgt. Bacon took charge of the additional platoon and continued the fight. In the ensuing action he personally killed 4 more enemy soldiers and silenced an antitank weapon.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Maurice L. Britt

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Maurice L. Britt

    Despite his wounds, for which he refused to accept medical attention until ordered to do so by his battalion commander following the battle, he personally killed 5 and wounded an unknown number of Germans, wiped out one enemy machinegun crew, fired 5 clips of carbine and an undetermined amount of Ml rifle ammunition, and threw 32 fragmentation grenades.

  • Medal of Honor: Ola Lee Mize

    Medal of Honor: Ola Lee Mize

    When enemy onslaughts ceased he took his few men and moved from bunker to bunker, firing through apertures and throwing grenades at the foe, neutralizing their positions. When an enemy soldier stepped out behind a comrade, prepared to fire, M/Sgt. Mize killed him, saving the life of his fellow soldier.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Archie van Winkle

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Archie van Winkle

    Realizing that the left flank squad was isolated from the rest of the unit, he rushed through 40 yards of fierce enemy fire to reunite his troops despite an elbow wound which rendered 1 of his arms totally useless.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Father Emil J. Kapaun

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Father Emil J. Kapaun

    What is interesting about Kapaun’s Medal of Honor is that the Catholic Diocese of Wachita is advocating for the Vatican to recognize him as a saint.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Alonza H. Cushing

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Alonza H. Cushing

    Wisconsin hero of Pickett’s Charge at the Battle Gettysburg was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2010.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Hanneken, Button heroism in Haiti

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Hanneken, Button heroism in Haiti

    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-1 November 1919, resulting in the death of Charlemagne Peralte.

  • Medal of Honor Roll Call: Adelbert Ames

    Medal of Honor Roll Call: Adelbert Ames

    Remained upon the field in command of a section of Griffin’s Battery, directing its fire after being severely wounded and refusing to leave the field until too weak to sit upon the caisson where he had been placed by men of his command.

  • 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 »