Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor

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Alphabetical Roster By War
World War II
Vernon J. Baker - (Army)
Van Thomas Barfoot - (Army)
Melvin Earl Biddle - (Army)
Michael "Mike" Colalillo - (Army)
Charles Henry Coolidge - (Army)
Francis S. "Frank" Currey - (Army)
Michael Joseph Daly - (Army)
Russell Dunham - (Army)
Walter David Ehlers - (Army)
John William Finn - (Navy)
Nathan Green Gordon - (Navy)
Barney F. Hajiro (Army)
John Druse "Bud" Hawk - (Army)
Freeman Victor Horner - (Army)
Daniel K. Inouye (Army)
Arthur Junior Jackson - (USMC)
Robert Dale Maxwell - (Army)
Vernon McGarity - (Army)
Charles Patrick "Chuck" Murray - (Army)
Robert Burton Nett - (Army)
Nicholas Oresko - (Army)
Everett Parker Pope - (USMC)
Wilburn Kirby Ross - (Army)
Alejandro Renteria Ruiz - (Army)
George T. Sakato (Army)
James Elms Swett - (USMC)
George Edward Wahlen - (Navy)
Paul Joseph Wiedorfer - (Army)
Hershel W. "Woody" Williams - (USMC)
Korean War
Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. - (USMC)
William Richard Charette - (Navy)
Duane Edgar Dewey - (USMC)
Rodolfo Perez Hernandez - (Army)
Thomas J. Hudner, Jr. - (Navy)
Einar Harold Ingman, Jr. - (Army)
Lewis Lee "Red" Millett - (Army)
Hiroshi Miyamura - (Army)
Ola Lee Mize - (Army)
Ronald Eugene Rosser - (Army)
Robert Ernest Simanek - (USMC)
James Lamar Stone - (Army)
Ernest Edison West - (Army)
Vietnam War
John Philip Baca - (Army)
Nicky Daniel Bacon - (Army)
John Franklin Baker, Jr. - (Army)
Donald Everett Ballard - (Navy)
Harvey C. "Barney" Barnum - (USMC)
Gary Burnell Beikirch - (Army)
Patrick Henry Brady - (Army)
Paul William Bucha - (Army)
Jon Robert Cavaiani - (Army)
Sammy Lee Davis - (Army)
George Everett "Bud" Day - (Air Force)
Drew Dennis Dix - (Army)
David Charles Dolby - (Army)
Roger Hugh Charles Donlon - (Army)
Frederick Edgar Ferguson - (Army)
Bernard Francis Fisher - (Air Force)
Michael John Fitzmaurice - (Army)
James Phillip Fleming - (Air Force)
Robert Franklin Foley - (Army)
Wesley Lee Fox - (USMC)
Ed Freeman (Army)
Harold Arthur Fritz - (Army)
Charles Cris Hagemeister - (Army)
Frank Aloysious Herda - (Army)
Robert Lewis Howard - (Army)
Robert R. Ingram - (Navy)
Joe Madison Jackson - (Air Force)
Jack Howard Jacobs - (Army)
Don Jenkins - (Army)
Leonard Bert Keller - (Army)
Thomas Gunning Kelley - (Navy)
Allan Jay Kellogg, Jr. - (USMC)
Joseph Robert Kerrey - (Navy)
Thomas James Kinsman - (Army)
Howard Vincent Lee - (USMC)
Peter Charles Lemon - (Army)
Charles J. (Angelo) Liteky - (Army)
Gary Lee Littrell - (Army)
James Everett Livingston - (USMC)
Allan James Lynch - (Army)
Walter Joseph Marm, Jr. - (Army)
John James McGinty, III - (USMC)
David Herbert McNerney - (Army)
Robert Joseph Modrzejewski - (USMC)
Thomas Rolland Norris - (Navy)
Robert Emmett O'Malley - (USMC)
Robert Martin Patterson - (Army)
Richard Allan Pittman - (USMC)
Alfred Rascon - (Army)
Ronald Eric Ray - (Army)
Gordon Ray Roberts - (Army)
Clarence Eugene Sasser - (Army)
James Michael Sprayberry - (Army)
Kenneth Edward Stumpf - (Army)
James Allen Taylor - (Army)
Brian Miles Thacker - (Army)
Michael Edwin Thornton - (Navy)
Leo Keith Thorsness - (Air Force)
Jay R. Vargas - (USMC)
Gary George Wetzel - (Army)
Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor
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Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Virginia
Born: Jun 15, 1919 at Edinburg, MS
Entered Service At: Carthage, MS
Date/Place of Action: May 23, 1944 - Carano, Italy
Unit: Company L, 3d Bn, 157th Infantry, 45th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at Epinal, France
by LtGen Alexander M. Patch, III on Sep 28, 1944
Lieutenant Barfoot succeeded in knocking out two machine gun nests alone and capturing 17
prisoners. Later he placed himself in the path of three Mark VI tanks, disabling one and making
the others veer off. He killed the crew of the tank, destroyed an abandoned filed piece and then
carried two of his wounded men to safety.
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Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: California
*Only Surviving D-Day Recipient
Born: May 07, 1921 at Junction City, KS
Entered Service At: Manhattan, KS
Date/Place of Action: Jun 9 & 10, 1944 - Goville, France
Unit: Company L, 3d Bn, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at Paris, France
by LtGen John C. H. Lee on Dec 19, 1944
Always acting as the spearhead of an attack, Sergeant Ehlers led his squad against heavily
defended enemy strong points knocking out two machine guns and two mortars, personally
killing seven Germans himself. Although wounded, he stood up to draw enemy fire and allow his
men to withdraw before he returned to have his wound treated.
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Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Washington State
Born: May 30, 1924 at San Francisco, CA
Entered Service At: Bremerton, WA
Date/Place of Action: Aug 20, 1944 - Chambois, France
Unit: Company E, 2d Bn, 359th Infantry, 90th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at Olympia, Washington
by President Harry S Truman on Jun 21, 1945
During an enemy counterattack by tanks and infantry, Sergeant Hawk forced the infantry to
withdraw by machine-gun fire, then seizing a bazooka, he and a comrade forced the tanks back
to a wooded area. In full view of the enemy he directed the fire of two tank destroyers on the
enemy and as a result, two of the tanks were knocked out and the third driven off.
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Technician Fifth Grade, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Oregon
Born: Oct 26, 1920 at Boise, ID
Entered Service At: Creswell, CO
Date/Place of Action: Sep 7, 1944 - Besancon, France
Unit: HHQ, 3d Bn, 7th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at Denver, Colorado
by Gen. Danielson on May 12, 1945
T5 Robert Maxwell was manning an observation post with three infantry soldiers during a
night fight against enemy soldiers attempting to take the position. When an enemy grenade
landed among the four men, Maxwell unhesitatingly threw himself on the deadly explosive,
taking the blast in his own body to save the lives of the other three soldiers.
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Private, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Hawaii
Born: January 21, 1920, Waianae, Oahu, Hawaii
Entered Service At: Honolulu, Hawaii
Date/Place of Action: Oct 19, 22, & 29, 1944 - Bruyeres and Biffontaine, France
Unit: Company I, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President William J. Clinton on June 21, 2000
On October 19 Private Hajiro assisted allied troops attacking a house 200 yards away by
exposing himself to enemy fire to direct fire on the enemy, and personally kill two snipers. On
October 22 he and a comrade ambushes an 18-man, heavily armed enemy unit. Later he
initiated an attack up a slope called "Suicide Hill", leading the advance and killing two snipers
and destroying two camouflaged machine-gun nests.
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Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Tennessee
Born: Aug 04, 1921 at Signal Mountain, TN
Entered Service At: Signal Mountain, TN
Date/Place of Action: Oct 24 - 27, 1944 - Belmont sur Buttant, France
Unit: Company M, 3d Bn, 141st Infantry, 36th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented near Ulm, Germany
by MGen Frederick Haislip on Jun 18, 1945
With a handful of new reinforcements Sergeant Coolidge directed a 4-day battle against a
superior German force during which time he dueled two tanks with his carbine, advanced alone
to stop a German attack with two cases of grenades, and frustrated an attempt to turn the flank
of his battalion.
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Private, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Colorado
Born: Feb 19, 1921 at Colcon, California
Entered Service At: Glendale, AZ
Date/Place of Action: Oct 29, 1944 - Biffontaine, France
Unit: Company E, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President William J. Clinton on June 21, 2000
After his platoon destroyed two enemy defense lines, during which Private Sakato personally
killed 5 enemy and captured 4, his unit was pinned down. Sakato made a one-man charge on
the enemy then rallied his disorganized squad in repelling a counter-attack during which Sakato
personally killed 12 enemy, wounded 2, and aided in the capture of 34 prisoners.
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Private, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Washington State
Born: May 12, 1922 at Strunk, KY
Entered Service At: Strunk, KY
Date/Place of Action: Oct 30, 1944 - St. Jacques, France
Unit: Company G, 2d Bn, 30th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at Zepman Stadium, Nuremberg, Germany
by LtGen Alexander M. Patch, III on Apr 23, 1945
Private Ross placed his light machine gun 10 yards in advance of his supporting riflemen, in
order to absorb an anticipated enemy counterattack. Alone, in five hours of continuous combat,
he turned back nine enemy counterattacks by a company of elite German mountain troops. In
his fearless one-man stand, he killed or wounded at least 58 enemy soldiers.
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Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor
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Captain, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Georgia
Born: Jun 13, 1922 at New Haven, CT
Entered Service At: New Haven, CT
Date/Place of Action: Dec 14, 1944 - Cognon, Leyte, Philippine Islands
Unit: Company E, 2d Bn, 305th Infantry, 77th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at New Haven, Connecticut
by LtGen Oscar W. Griswold on Jan 10, 1945
Captain Nett led an attack against a reinforced enemy battalion that he held off previous
assaults from entrenched positions around a three-story concrete building. Although seriously
wounded in the neck and abdomen, he continued the fight. In a fierce hand-to-hand encounter,
he killed seven deeply entrenched enemy with his rifle and bayonet, and continued to lead
despite his wounds, until his objective had been taken.
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Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Tennessee
*Former Prisoner of War
Born: Dec 01, 1921 at Right, TN
Entered Service At: Model, TN
Date/Place of Action: Dec 16, 1944 - Krinkelt, Belgium
Unit: Company L, 3d Bn, 393d Infantry, 99th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Harry S Truman on Oct 12, 1945
Despite painful wounds in the face and legs, Sergeant McGarity rescued several wounded
comrades under fire. With his squad, he made possible a vital 2-day delaying action stand
against superior enemy forces before he and his men ran out of ammunition and were captured.
His leadership and heroic actions provided time necessary for the assembling of reserves and
the formation of a line against which the German striking power was subsequently shattered.
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First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: South Carolina
Born: Sep 26, 1921 at Baltimore, MD
Entered Service At: Wilmington, NC
Date/Place of Action: Dec 16, 1944 - Kaysersberg, France
Unit: Company C, 1st Bn, 30th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at Salzburg, Austria
by LtGen Geoffrey Keyes on Jul 05, 1945
While on a patrol, Lieutenant Murray observed a force of 200 Germans pouring deadly
mortar, bazooka, machinegun and small arms fire into an American battalion. He called for
friendly artillery fire but his radio went dead. Attacking alone with an automatic rifle, he killed 20,
wounded many others, and prevented the withdrawal of three mortars.
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Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor
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Private, U.S. Army
Current Residence: South Carolina
Born: Jun 29, 1925 at Loch Sheldrake, NY
Entered Service At: Hurleyville, NY
Date/Place of Action: Dec 21, 1944 - Malmedy, Belgium
Unit: Company K, 3d Bn, 120th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at Reims, France
by MGen Leland S. Hobbs on Jul 27, 1945
When his platoon was forced by German tanks to withdraw to a factory building, Private
Currey found a bazooka in the building and crossed the street under intense fire to secure
rockets. With his bazooka he stopped an enemy tank and infantry attack which threatened the
flank of his battalion. In the same action, he rescued five comrades that had been pinned down
by heavy enemy fire.
MEELLVVIINN EAARRLL BIIDDDDLLEE
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Indiana
Born: Nov 28, 1923 at Daleville, IN
Entered Service At: Anderson, IN
Date/Place of Action: Dec 23 & 24, 1944 - Soy and Hotton, Belgium
Unit: Company B, 1st Bn, 517 Parachute Infantry Regiment
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Harry S Truman on Oct 12, 1945
PFC Biddle was lead scout during an attack to relieve the enemy-encircled town of Hotton.
Advancing 400 yards in a densely wooded area and within 20 yards of enemy positions, he killed
two snipers. Continuing his assault, unassisted, he killed 17 enemy with 19 shots from his rifle,
and knocked out three enemy machinegun emplacements.
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Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Maryland
Born: Jan 17, 1921 at Baltimore, MD
Entered Service At: Baltimore, MD
Date/Place of Action: Dec 25, 1944 - Chaumont, Belgium
Unit: Company G, 2d Bn, 318th Infantry, 80th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at 137th Gen. Hospital, Ellesmere, Shropshire, England
by BGen E. F. Koenig on May 29, 1945
When Sergeant Wiedorfer realized that his platoon could not advance until two enemy
machine guns were destroyed, he voluntarily charged alone across slippery open ground to kill
and capture both crews with daring grenade and rifle fire. His one-man assault enabled the
platoon to advance from behind its protecting ridge and successfully reach its objective.
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Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor
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Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Illinois
Born: Feb 23, 1920 at East Carondelet, IL
Entered Service At: Brighton, IL
Date/Place of Action: Jan 8, 1945 - Kayersberg, France
Unit: Company I, 3d Bn, 30th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at Zepman Stadium, Nuremberg, Germany
by LtGen Alexander M. Patch, II on Apr 23, 1945
Camouflaged in a white robe made from a mattress cover, carrying 12 magazines and a
dozen hand grenades, Sergeant Dunham advanced up a snow-covered hill against a heavily
fortified enemy position. Ahead of his platoon and despite painful wounds, in his one-man
assault he killed nine enemy, wounded seven, captured two and drove the remaining enemy
soldiers from their foxholes with grenades and carbine fire.
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Sergeant Major, U.S. Army
Current Residence: New Jersey
Born: Jan 18, 1917 at Bayonne, NJ
Entered Service At: Bayonne, NJ
Date/Place of Action: Jan 23, 1945 - Tettington, Germany
Unit: Company C, 1st Bn, 302d Infantry, 9th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Harry S Truman on Oct 12, 1945
After charging alone against an enemy machine-gun bunker and killing all of its occupants
with grenades and rifle fire, Sergeant Oresko was seriously wounded in the hip by another
machinegun. Refusing to withdraw, and despite his painful wounds, he attacked the second
position, crippling the gun and killing its crew.
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First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Idaho
Born: Dec 17, 1919 at Cheyenne, WY
Entered Service At: Cheyenne, WY
Date/Place of Action: Apr 5 & 6, 1945 - Viareggio, Italy
Unit: Company C, 370th Infantry, 92d Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President William J. Clinton on Jan 13, 1997
When his company was stopped by fire from several machine gun emplacements, Lieutenant Baker
crawled to one and destroyed it, killing three enemy. Continuing forward, he attacked an enemy observation
post, killing both occupants. With the aid of one man, he then attacked two more machine gun nests, killing
or wounding the four enemy occupying the positions, then covered the evacuation of his wounded while
drawing the enemy's fire himself.
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Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor
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Private, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Minnesota
Born: Dec 11, 1925 at Hibbing, MN
Entered Service At: Duluth, MN
Date/Place of Action: Apr 7, 1945 - Untergriesheim, Germany
Unit: Company C, 1st Bn, 398th Infantry, 100th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Harry S Truman on Dec 18, 1945
When his unit was pinned down by enemy fire, Private Colalillo stood and shouted for his
company to follow has he ran forward in a daring assault. When his weapon was disabled, he
climbed on a tank to man an exposed machinegun, then took up a submachine gun to attack on
foot. His assault resulted in at least 25 enemy soldiers killed and, when ordered to withdraw, he
assisted a wounded comrade to safety across several hundred yards of open terrain.
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Captain, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Connecticut
Born: Sep 15, 1924 at New York, NY
Entered Service At: Southport, CT
Date/Place of Action: Apr 18, 1945 - Nuremberg, Germany
Unit: Company A, 1st Bn, 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Harry S Truman on Aug 23, 1945
Captain Daly fearlessly engaged in four single-handed firefights with a desperate, powerful
armed enemy, voluntarily taking all major risks himself and protecting his men at every
opportunity. As a result, he killed 15 Germans, silenced three enemy machine guns, and wiped
out an entire enemy patrol.
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Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Hawaii
Senator Inouye is the ONLY Medal of Honor Recipient now serving in the US Congress
Born: Sep 07, 1924 at Honolulu, HI
Entered Service At: Honolulu, HI
Date/Place of Action: Apr 21, 1945 - San Terenzo, Italy
Unit: Company E, 442nd Regimental Combat Team
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President William J. Clinton on June 21, 2000
Lieutenant Inouye crawled up a treacherous slope to within five yards of an enemy machine
gun that had halted the advance of his platoon. He destroyed it, then stood and attacked a
second such position with submachine gun fire. Wounded by a sniper, he continued his assault
until a grenade he was preparing to throw at yet another enemy position shattered his right arm.
Despite his pain he grasped and threw the live orb with his left hand.
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Private, U.S. Army
Current Residence: California
Born: Jun 26, 1924 at Loving, NM
Entered Service At: Carlsbad, NM
Date/Place of Action: Apr 28, 1945 - Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands
Unit: Company A, 1st Bn, 165th Infantry, 27th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Harry S Truman on Jun 14, 1946
Private Ruiz's unit was halted in their advance by a camouflaged enemy pill box on Okinawa.
Despite the hail of fire and a vicious grenade attack, Ruiz jumped to his feet, seized an
automatic rifle, and lunged to the top of the emplacement. Miraculously reaching the enemy
position, he leaped atop it firing into all openings to kill 12 enemy and destroy the position.
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Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor
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First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Current Residence: California
Born: Jun 15, 1920 at Seattle, WA
Entered Service At: San Mateo, CA
Date/Place of Action: Apr 7, 1943 - Solomon Islands
Unit: Marine Fighting Squadron 221, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Air Wing
Presentation: Presented at Espirito Santo Island, New Hebrides
by MGen Ralph Mitchell on Oct 12, 1943
In a daring flight to intercept a wave of 150 Japanese planes, Lieutenant Swett unhesitatingly
hurled his four-plane division against a formation of 15 bombers, personally destroying three.
Separated from his division, he then attacked six enemy bombers, shooting down four and
bringing his single-day tally to seven enemy aircraft destroyed.
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Private, U.S. Marine Corps
Current Residence: Washington State
Born: Oct 18, 1924 at Cleveland, OH
Entered Service At: Portland, OR
Date/Place of Action: Sep 18, 1944 - Peleliu Island, Palau Islands
Unit: Company I, 3d Bn, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Harry S Truman on Oct 05, 1945
When his platoon's left flank advance was halted by fire from enemy troops in fortified
positions, Private Jackson boldly attacked 1 large pillbox with rifle fire and grenades to destroy it
and kill 35 enemy. Advancing alone under continuous enemy fire, hen proceed from pillbox to
pillbox, wiping out a total of 12 and accounting for the loss of at lest 50 Japanese soldiers.
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Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor
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Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Current Residence: Florida
Born: Jul 16, 1919 at Milton, MA
Entered Service At: Quincy, MA
Date/Place of Action: Sep 19, 1944 - Peleliu Island, Palau Islands
Unit: Company C, 1st Bn, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Harry S Truman on Jun 15, 1945
With twelve Marines and one wounded officer, Captain Pope remained on an exposed hill
determined to hold out through the night. Attacked continuously from three sides and in hand-tohand combat, Pope continued to maintain his lines with eight remaining riflemen until daylight
dawned. Despite his own wounds, his valiant leadership against devastating odds allowed his
Marines to survive and hold their position.
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Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Current Residence: West Virginia
Born: Oct 02, 1923 at Quiet Dell, WV
Entered Service At: Fairmont, WV
Date/Place of Action: Feb 23, 1945 - Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands
Unit: Headquarters Company, 1st Bn, 21st Marines, 3d Marine Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Harry S Truman on Oct 05, 1945
As American tanks maneuvered vainly to open a lane for infantry through a network of
pillboxes and buried mines, Corporal Williams daringly went forward alone to reduce the
devastating fire of enemy machineguns. Covered by four riflemen, he fought desperately for four
hours to use his flamethrower to destroy pillbox after pillbox. Under fire from enemy guns and
against bayonet attacks from groups of Japanese soldiers, he destroyed several of them.
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Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor
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Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
Current Residence: California
Oldest Living Recipient and only surviving Pearl Harbor Day recipient
Born: Jul 24, 1909 at Los Angeles, CA
Entered Service At: Belle Vernon Acres, CA
Date/Place of Action: Dec 7, 1941 - Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
Unit: VP-14 Squadron (Patrol Planes Squadron)
Presentation: Presented aboard the USS Enterprise, Pearl Harbor, HI
by Adm. Chester W. Nimitz on Sep 15, 1942
During the first attack by Japanese airplanes on Kaneohe Bay, Finn manned a .50 caliber
machinegun mounted on an instruction stand, in a completely exposed section of the parking
ramp, which was under heavy enemy strafing. Painfully wounded many times, he continued to
man his gun and return the enemy's fire with telling effect.
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Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
Current Residence: Arkansas
Born: Sep 04, 1916 at Morrilton, AR
Entered Service At: Morrilton, AR
Date/Place of Action: Feb 15, 1944 - Kavieng Harbor, New Ireland
Unit: Patrol Squadron 34 (VPB-34), Naval Air Base, Samari Island, New Guinea
Presentation: Presented at Brisbane, Australia
by Vice Adm Thomas C. Kincaid on Jul 13, 1944
As commander of a Catalina patrol plane, Lieutenant Gordon responded to a report of the
crash of an American aircraft in a harbor. He flew in, defying close-range fire from enemy shore
guns, to make three separate landings in full view of the enemy and rescue nine Americans.
Returning home overloaded, he turned back upon report of another group stranded in a rubber
life raft 600 yards from the enemy shore to rescue six more Americans.
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Pharmacist's Mate Second Class, U.S. Navy
Current Residence: Utah
Born: Aug 08, 1924 at Ogden, UT
Entered Service At: Ogden, UT
Date/Place of Action: Mar 3, 1945 - Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands
Unit: Company F, 2d Bn, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Harry S Truman on Oct 05, 1945
A Corpsman serving with Marines at Iwo Jima, Wahlen was painfully wounded on Feb 26,
1945 but remained on the battlefield ahead of the front lines, to aid a wounded Marine and carry
him to safety under intense enemy fire. Wounded again on Mar 2, he refused evacuation to
move out with his unit in an attack the following day to treat casualties, despite a third wound.
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TIIBBO
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BIIN
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Corporal, U.S. Army
Current Residence: California
Born: June 18, 1929 at Hungary
Entered Service At: New York, NY
Date/Place of Action: July 23, 1950 to April 20, 1953 - As a Prisoner of War
Unit: Company I, 2d Bn, 9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President George W. Bush on Sept 23, 2005
When his unit withdrew, Corporal Rubin stayed behind to keep open the Taegu-Pusan Road.
After inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy over a 24-hour period, Rubin was captured. During
three years of captivity, he served as an inspiration to others, drawing on his World War II
experiences of survival in a Nazi camp to encourage other American prisoners to do all that was
necessary to survive.
LEEW
WIISS LE
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Captain, U.S. Army
Current Residence: California
Born: Dec 15, 1920 at Mechanic Falls, ME
Entered Service At: Mechanic Falls, ME
Date/Place of Action: Feb 7, 1951 - Hill 180, Soam-Ni, Korea
Unit: Company E, 2d Bn, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Harry S Truman on Jul 05, 1951
Pinned down when he led his platoon against a fortified enemy position, Millett ordered
another platoon forward, placing himself at the head of both platoons. Fixing his bayonet, he led
the assault up the fire-swept slope, bayoneting two enemy, then forging ahead throwing
grenades, clubbing and bayoneting additional enemy, and encouraging his men forward.
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EIINNAARR HAARRO
OL
LD
D IN
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GM
MA
AN
N, JR
R.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Wisconsin
Born: Oct 06, 1929 at Milwaukee, WI
Entered Service At: West Bend, WI
Date/Place of Action: Feb 26, 1951 - Maltari, Korea
Unit: Company E, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Harry S Truman on Jul 5, 1951
Assuming command and reorganizing two squads after being pinned down by heavy enemy
fire, Ingman charged alone against an enemy position, threw a grenade and then killed all
surviving enemy with rifle fire. When another position opened fire from 15 yards away, again he
attacked. Hit by grenade fragments and a hail of fire that threw him to the ground, he rose up,
resumed the attack with only a rifle, destroying the enemy before collapsing from his wounds.
HIIRRO
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MU
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RA
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Corporal, U.S. Army
Current Residence: New Mexico
As a POW, his Medal of Honor had to be classified TOP SECRET until his release
Born: Oct 06, 1925 at Gallup, NM
Entered Service At: Gallup, NM
Date/Place of Action: Apr 24 & 25, 1951 - Taejon-ni, Korea
Unit: Company H, 2d Bn, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Oct 27, 1953
When his company was attacked while manning a defensive position, Miyamura jumped from
shelter wielding a bayonet to kill 10 enemy. Returning to his position, he administered first aid to
the wounded and directed their evacuation. Alone, he manned his machine gun against another
savage attack until he ran out of ammunition, then bayoneted his way to a second gun to cover
his men's withdrawal. His fearless actions resulted in more than 50 enemy killed.
RO
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RN
NA
AN
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Corporal, U.S. Army
Current Residence: North Carolina
Born: Apr 14, 1931 at Colton, CA
Entered Service At: Fowler, CA
Date/Place of Action: May 31, 1951 - Wontong-ni, Korea
Unit: Company G, 2d Bn, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Harry S Truman on Apr 12, 1952
When his comrades were forced to withdraw from their defensive position by lack of
ammunition, Hernandez though wounded, continued to exchange grenade and rifle fire with
advancing enemy. Armed only with rifle and bayonet, and despite a withering hail of enemy fire,
he attacked and killed six enemy before falling unconscious from his serious wounds.
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JAAM
ME
ESS LA
AM
MA
AR
R ST
TO
ON
NE
E
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Texas
*Former Prisoner of War
Born: Dec 27, 1922 at Pine Bluff, AR
Entered Service At: Houston, TX
Date/Place of Action: Nov 21 & 22, 1951 - Sokkogae, Korea
Unit: Company F, 2d Bn, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Oct 27, 1953
In the face of an overwhelming attack, Stone stood exposed to enemy fire to calmly direct his
men in their defense. When a flamethrower ceased operation, he moved through the fire-swept
area to personally repair it. Throughout a second, following attack, though painfully wounded, he
personally carried the only remaining operable machine gun from position to position to fire on
the enemy, shouting encouragement to his men until their position was finally overrun.
RO
ON
NA
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EN
NE
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Corporal, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Ohio
Ron Rosser enlisted for service in Korea after his brother was killed in action there
Born: Oct 24, 1929 at Columbus, OH
Entered Service At: Crooksville, OH
Date/Place of Action: Jan 12, 1952 - Ponggilli, Korea
Unit: Headquarters Company (Heavy Mortar), 38th Infantry, 2d Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Harry S Truman on Jun 27, 1952
When his company was halted in their advance by heavy enemy fire, Rosser ignored the hail
of grenades and bullets to assault an enemy bunker armed only with a carbine and a grenade.
Reaching the hilltop, he advanced down a trench killing five more enemy. Twice he expended all
his ammunition and grenades and returned across the fire-swept area to obtain more, eventually
wiping out several bunkers and killing at least 13 enemy soldiers.
ERRNNEESSTT EDDIISSO
ON
N WE
ESST
T
Private, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Kentucky
Born: Sep 02, 1931 at Russell, KY
Entered Service At: Wurtland, KY
Date/Place of Action: Oct 12, 1952 - Sataeri, Korea
Unit: Company L, 3d Bn, 14th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Jan 12, 1954
When a patrol West volunteered to join in a mission to destroy an enemy outpost was ambushed, he saw the patrol leader lying wounded in an exposed position. After ordering the other
men to withdraw, he braved intense enemy fire to reach the wounded man. Attacked by three
enemy soldiers, he shielded the man with his own body, then carried him to safety. Though
wounded himself, he killed three more enemy while returning to rescue a second wounded man.
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OLLAA LEEEE MIIZZEE
Sergeant Major, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Alabama
Born: Aug 28, 1931 at Albertville, AL
Entered Service At: Gadsen, AL
Date/Place of Action: Jun 10 & 11, 1953 - Surang-ni, Korea
Unit: Company K, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at Denver, Colorado
by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Sep 07, 1954
Upon learning that a comrade at a listening post had been wounded, Mize moved through an
intense barrage, accompanied by an aid man to rescue the wounded soldier. In defense of his
position, he was later blown down three times by enemy artillery and grenades, but continued
his defense, leading his men from bunker to bunker to destroy the enemy, personally killing ten.
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HEECCTTO
OR
R AL
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RT
T CA
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A, JR
R.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Current Residence: New Jersey
Born: Nov 04, 1929 at New York, NY
Entered Service At: Dover, NJ
Date/Place of Action: Nov 28, 1950 - Toktong Pass, Korea
Unit: Company F, 2d Bn, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein)
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Harry S Truman on Nov 24, 1952
The only survivor of his fire team on Fox Hill (Bill Barber's Company), Caferata waged a lone battle with
grenades and rifle fire. Making a target of himself under devastating fire, he killed 15 attacking enemy and
wounded many more until reinforcements could move up. Later the same morning he saw a grenade land in
a trench among wounded Marines, seized it and attempted to throw it back. Exploding as it lobbed it away,
his right hand and arm were seriously wounded.
DUUAANNEE EDDG
GA
AR
R DE
EW
WE
EY
Y
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Current Residence: Michigan
Born: Nov 16, 1931 at Grand Rapids, MI
Entered Service At: Muskegon, MI
Date/Place of Action: Apr 16, 1952 - Panmunjom, Korea
Unit: Company E, 2d Bn, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein)
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Mar 12, 1953
A machine gunner, Dewey and his assistant gunner were being treated for wounds by a
Corpsman when an enemy grenade landed near them. Dewey shouted a warning to the other
Marines around him, then smothered the grenade with his own body to shield its blast and save
his comrades from possible injury or death.
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RN
NE
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T SIIM
MA
AN
NE
EK
K
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
Current Residence: Michigan
Born: Apr 26, 1930 at Detroit, MI
Entered Service At: Detroit, MI
Date/Place of Action: Aug 17, 1952 - Outpost Irene, Korea
Unit: Company F, 2d Bn, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein)
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Eisenhower on Oct 27, 1953
While accompanying a patrol on its way to occupy a combat outpost ahead of friendly lines,
Simanek's unit suffered heavy casualties from an ambush by enemy mortar and small arms fire.
The patrol was seeking cover in a trench when an enemy grenade landed among them. Without
hesitation, Private Simanek threw himself on the grenade to spare his fellow Marines.
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TH
HO
OM
MA
ASS JE
ER
RO
OM
ME
E HU
UD
DN
NE
ER
R, JR
R.
Lieutenant (j.g.), U.S. Navy
Current Residence: Massachusetts
Born: Aug 31, 1924 at Fall River, MA
Entered Service At: Fall River, MA
Date/Place of Action: Dec 4, 1950 - Chosin Reservoir, Korea
Unit: Fighter Squadron 32, Air Group e, USS Leyte
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Harry S Truman on Apr 13, 1951
When one of the pilots of his squadron crashed on a Korean hillside and was trapped inside
the cockpit of his battered aircraft, and despite the fact that the area was heavily controlled by
enemy soldiers, Hudner deliberately made a controlled crash landing near his comrade in an
unsuccessful attempt to rescue him, remaining with his comrade until he died.
WIILLLLIIAAM
M RIIC
CH
HA
AR
RD
D CH
HA
AR
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ET
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TE
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Hospital Corpsman Third Class, U.S. Navy
Current Residence: Florida
Born: Mar 29, 1932 at Ludington, MI
Entered Service At: Ludington, MI
Date/Place of Action: Mar 27, 1953 - Panmunjom Corridor (DMZ), Korea
Unit: Company F, 2d Bn, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on Jan 12, 1954
A corpsman, Charette was treating a wounded Marine when an enemy grenade landed near
him. Unhesitatingly he covered the wounded man with his own body, absorbing numerous
painful wounds. Despite these wounds, he continued to treat other wounded, once standing
exposed to enemy fire to direct effective aid to another wounded Marine.
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RO
OG
GE
ER
R HU
UG
GH
H CH
HA
AR
RL
LE
ESS DO
ON
NL
LO
ON
N
Captain, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Kansas
First Green Beret to earn the Medal of Honor/First MOH of the Vietnam War
Born: Jan 30, 1934 at Saugerties, NY
Entered Service At: Saugerties, NY
Date/Place of Action: Jul 6, 1964 - Nam Dong, Vietnam
Unit: Detachment A-726, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Dec 05, 1964
During a 5-hour night attack by an overwhelming enemy force, Donlon directed the defense
by the 11 members of his team and a small group of Nung and South Vietnamese soldiers.
Wounded repeatedly, Donlon ignored his wounds to repulse the enemy and lead and direct the
successful efforts of his men.
WAALLTTEERR JO
OSSE
EPPH
H MA
AR
RM
M, JR
R.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: North Carolina
Born: Nov 20, 1941 at Washington, PA
Entered Service At: Pittsburgh, PA
Date/Place of Action: Nov 14, 1965 - Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam
Unit: Company A, 1st Bn, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
Presentation: Presented at the Pentagon
by Secretary of the Army Stanley R. Resor on Dec 19, 1966
Leading his platoon through a withering fire in the Ia Drang Valley, Marm moved quickly to kill
four enemy as his platoon took cover. He then deliberately exposed himself to hostile machine
gun fire, attempting to destroy it with an antitank weapon, then charging across open ground
killing eight enemy with grenades and silencing the position. Severely wounded, he continued to
fight with his rifle when his grenades were expended, killing the remaining enemy soldiers.
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EDD W. FRREEEEM
MA
AN
N
Captain, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Idaho
Born: Nov 20, 1927 in Neely, MS
Entered Service At: Hattiesburg, MS
Date/Place of Action: Nov 14, 1965 at Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam
Unit: Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Bn, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by George W. Bush on Jul 16, 2002
Even after intense enemy fire forced the ground commander to close the helicopter landing
zone at LZ X-Ray, Freeman made repeated trips in his unarmed helicopter to deliver needed
supplies. When medical helicopters refused to fly into the area because of the gauntlet of enemy
fire, Freeman flew 14 separate rescue missions to recover wounded soldiers.
ALLFFRREEDD RAASSCCO
ON
N
Medic, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Maryland
Born: 1945 in Mexico
Entered Service At: Oxnard, CA
Date/Place of Action: Mar 16, 1966 at Long Khanh Province, Vietnam
Unit: HHQ, 1st Bn, 503d Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President William Clinton on February 8, 2000
Ignoring a hail of enemy fire, Rascon went to the rescue of a wounded machine gunner,
placing himself between the helpless man and enemy fire, sustaining numerous wounds as he
protected him. After dragging the man to safety, he returned to recover the needed man's
ammunition, distributing it to other gunners. As the battle continued, despite additional wounds,
Rascon shielded other wounded men with his own body, rescuing two more point soldiers.
DAAVVIIDD CH
HA
AR
RL
LE
ESS DO
OL
LB
BY
Y
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Pennsylvania
Current Residence: Pennsylvania
Born: May 14, 1946 at Norristown, PA
Entered Service At: Philadelphia, PA
Date/Place of Action: May 21, 1966 - Vietnam
Unit: Company B, 1st Bn (Airborne), 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Sep 28, 1967
When his platoon came under intense enemy fire, 6 men being killed and many more wounded,
Dolby evacuated the wounded and then assumed command of his platoon. Positioning his men
for defense, alone he attacked and killed three enemy manning a deadly position. Defying
hostile fire, he then personally carried a wounded soldier to safety, before continuing his assault.
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RO
ON
NA
AL
LD
D ER
RIIC
C RA
AY
Y
Captain, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Florida
Born: Dec 07, 1941 at Cordele, GA
Entered Service At: Atlanta, GA
Date/Place of Action: Jun 19, 1966 - Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam
Unit: Company A, 2d Bn, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on May 14, 1970
Ray organized a reaction force to move more than a mile through heavy jungle in relief of an
embattled ambush patrol. When three of his men were pinned down by enemy fire, he kocked
out the position with a grenade and killed four enemy with his rifle. When a grenade landed
nearby, he quickly moved to shield two of his men, absorbing numerous wounds. Despite these,
and yet another wound in his legs, he assaulted and destroyed another enemy machine gun.
JO
OH
HN
N FR
RA
AN
NK
KL
LIIN
N BA
AK
KE
ER
R, JR
R.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: South Carolina
Born: Oct 30, 1945 at Davenport, IA
Entered Service At: Moline, IL
Date/Place of Action: Nov 5, 1966 - Dau Tieng, Vietnam
Unit: Company A, 2d Bn, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on May 01, 1968
When his column came under fire and the point man was killed, Baker moved to the front and
with another soldier, destroyed two enemy bunkers. When his comrade was hit, Baker spotted
and shot four snipers and evacuated the wounded man. He charged two more bunkers,
knocking out one and then destroying the fourth, despite serious wounds. When ordered to
withdraw, Baker carried one man after another to the rear, killing snipers as he did so.
RO
OB
BE
ER
RT
T FR
RA
AN
NK
KL
LIIN
N FO
OL
LE
EY
Y
Captain, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Alabama
Born: May 30, 1941 at Newton, MA
Entered Service At: Newton, MA
Date/Place of Action: Nov 5, 1966 - Quan Dau Tieng, Vietnam
Unit: Company A, 2d Bn, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on May 01, 1968
Leading his company in relief of another embattled unit, when both his radio operators were
wounded Foley braved intense fire to rescue them. When a machine-gun crew fell, he took their
weapon and charged forward firing and shouting orders to rally his men. He continued to attack
despite wounds from an enemy grenade, until all his wounded men were evacuated.
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CH
HA
AR
RL
LE
ESS CH
HR
RIISS HA
AG
GE
EM
ME
EIISST
TE
ER
R
Specialist Fifth Class, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Kansas
Born: Aug 21, 1946 at Lincoln, NE
Entered Service At: Lincoln, NE
Date/Place of Action: Mar 20, 1967 - Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam
Unit: HHQ, 1st Bn, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
Presentation: Presented in the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on May 14, 1968
A medic, Hagemeister saw two comrades seriously wounded in a sudden attack from three
sides and ignored enemy fire to go to their aid. When the platoon leader and others were
wounded, he crawled forward to render first aid and encouragement. Taken under fire at close
range, he killed the sniper and three other enemy soldiers, silencing their machine gun that had
covered the area with deadly fire. He then continued to evacuate all wounded.
DAAVVIIDD HEERRBBEERRTT MCCNEERRNNEEYY
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Texas
Born: Jun 02, 1931 at Lowell, MA
Entered Service At: Fort Bliss, TX
Date/Place of Action: Mar 22, 1967 - Polei Doc, Vietnam
Unit: Company A, 1st Bn, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Sep 19, 1968
Under attack by a large enemy force, McNerney despite serious wounds, assaulted and
destroyed an enemy bunker. Throughout the battle he fearlessly led his men, calling in friendly
artillery within 20 meters of his position. When he ran out of smoke grenades to mark his position
for the artillery, he entered a clearing in full view of the enemy to hold an identification panel to
mark his location, then climbed a tree and tied the marking panel in place there.
KEENNNNEETTH
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WA
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D ST
TU
UM
MPPFF
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Wisconsin
Born: Sep 28, 1944 at Neenah, WI
Entered Service At: Milwaukee, WI
Date/Place of Action: Apr 25, 1967 - Duc Pho, Vietnam
Unit: Company C, 1st Bn, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Sep 19, 1968
When three men from his squad fell wounded in front of a hostile machine gun, Stumpf left his
secure position in a deep trench making three trips under fire to rescue the men. Reorganizing
his squad, he led an assault against several enemy bunkers, personally using grenades to
eliminate a key enemy position after a daring dash across open ground under enemy fire.
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LEEO
ON
NA
AR
RD
D BE
ER
RT
T KE
EL
LL
LE
ER
R
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Florida
His comrade in this action, Sp4 Raymond Wright, also received the Medal of Honor
Born: Feb 25, 1947 at Rockford, IL
Entered Service At: Chicago, IL
Date/Place of Action: May 2, 1967 - Ap Bac Zone, Vietnam
Unit: Company A, 3d Bn, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Sep 19, 1968
Keller and a comrade systematically charged numerous enemy bunkers after their unit came
under a deadly fire. Keller would pin down the enemy in the positions with his M-60 machine
gun, allowing his comrade to destroy it with grenades. For over 30 minutes the two fought the
VC continuously, knocking out seven bunkers, killing many enemy, and causing their withdrawal.
JAAM
ME
ESS AL
LL
LE
EN
N TA
AY
YL
LO
OR
R
Captain, U.S. Army
Current Residence: California
Born: Dec 31, 1937 at Arcata, CA
Entered Service At: San Francisco, CA
Date/Place of Action: Nov 9, 1967 - Que Son , Vietnam
Unit: Troop B, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry, Americal Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Nov 19, 1968
When enemy forces hit his troop of armored personnel carriers, Taylor braved heavy enemy
fire and the threat of explosions to rescue fifteen crewmembers from three burning APCs.
Despite wounds from an enemy mortar, he then attacked and killed three enemy soldiers
manning a machine gun that had been pouring deadly fire on his men and .
SAAM
MM
MY
Y LE
EE
E DA
AV
VIISS
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Illinois
Born: Nov 01, 1946 at Dayton, OH
Entered Service At: Indianapolis, IN
Date/Place of Action: Nov 18, 1967 - Firebase Cudgil, Cai Lay, Vietnam
Unit: Battery C, 2d Bn, 4th Artillery, 9th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Nov 19, 1968
Davis took up a machinegun to cover his artillery position from a concentrated enemy attack
across a river and, though seriously wounded, later single-handedly manned a howitzer to rain
fire in defense of his position. Seeing three wounded comrades across the river, and despite the
fact he couldn't swim, Davis ignored his wounds while using an air mattress to cross the river,
stand and rain defensive fire on the enemy, and personally ferry one wounded man to safety.
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CH
HA
AR
RL
LE
ESS JA
AM
ME
ESS (AN
NG
GE
EL
LO
O) LIIT
TE
EK
KY
Y
Captain, U.S. Army
*Only living former Chaplain to have the Medal of Honor
Born: Feb 14, 1931 at Washington, DC
Entered Service At: Fort Hamilton, NY
Date/Place of Action: Dec 6, 1967 - Phuoc-Lac, Bien Hoa Province, Vietnam
Unit: HHQ, 199th Infantry Brigade (Separate) (Light)
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Nov 19, 1968
During an intense battle, Liteky repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to rescue wounded
and administer last rites to the dying. Under fire he extracted one wounded man by laying him
across his chest as he crawled on his back using his heels and elbows, to safety. When helicopters arrived, he stood boldly exposed to rocket and small arms fire to direct the evacuation.
ALLLLAANN JAAM
ME
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NC
CH
H
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Illinois
Born: Oct 28, 1945 at Chicago, IL
Entered Service At: Chicago, IL
Date/Place of Action: Dec 15, 1967 - My An (2), Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam
Unit: Company D, 1st Bn (Airmobile), 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on May 14, 1970
Lynch dashed across 50 yards of open ground through intense enemy fire to aid 3 wounded
men. He killed two enemy in a nearby trench and cleared it for the wounded, returning 3 times to
drag men to safety. When his company was forced to withdraw, he remained with his comrades.
Alone he defended their position for 5 hours, killing five more enemy soldiers. Five more times
he ignored enemy fire to carry wounded men from the battlefield.
PAATTRRIICCK
K HE
EN
NR
RY
Y BR
RA
AD
DY
Y
Major, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Washington State
Born: Oct 01, 1936 at Philip, SD
Entered Service At: Seattle, WA
Date/Place of Action: Jan 6, 1968 - Chu Lai, Vietnam
Unit: Medical Services Corps, 54th Medical Det., 67th Medical Gp, 44th Medical Bde
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Oct 09, 1969
After seven rescue attempts by other choppers, Brady ignored fog and enemy fire to land and
recover two wounded men. Throughout the continuing action of the day, despite destruction
caused by enemy fire that forced him to change helicopters three times, Brady valiantly flew his
dustoff missions to extract 55 wounded men before nightfall.
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GAARRYY GEEO
OR
RG
GE
E WE
ET
TZ
ZE
EL
L
Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Wisconsin
Born: Sep 29, 1947 at South Milwaukee, WI
Entered Service At: Milwaukee, WI
Date/Place of Action: Jan 8, 1968 - Ap Dong An, Vietnam
Unit: 173d Assault Helicopter Co, 11 Combat Aviation Bn, 1st Aviation Brigade
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Nov 19, 1968
A door gunner aboard a helicopter trapped in a landing zone under heavy enemy fire, Wetzel
was going to aid his aircraft commander when he was blown into a rice paddy and critically
wounded. Although his left arm was gone and he had wounds in his right arm, chest, and left
leg, he staggered back to his gun-well to return fire on the enemy. He stayed at his post until the
enemy withdrew, refusing evacuation to crawl back to the paddy to rescue his commander.
CLLAARREENNCCEE EUUG
GE
EN
NE
E SA
ASSSSE
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R
Specialist Fifth Class, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Texas
Born: Sep 12, 1947 at Chenango, TX
Entered Service At: Houston, TX
Date/Place of Action: Jan 10, 1968 - Ding Tuong Province, Vietnam
Unit: HHQ, 3d Bn, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Mar 07, 1969
A medic, though seriously wounded, Sasser continued to brave enemy fire to treat other
wounded men in a day-long battle. When additional wounds immobilized his legs, for five hours
he continued to literally crawl through the rice paddies to reach and treat casualties. He then
refused evacuation until all other wounded were removed from the battlefield.
DRREEW
W DE
EN
NN
NIISS DIIX
X
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: New Mexico
Born: Dec 14, 1944 at West Point, NY
Entered Service At: Denver, CO
Date/Place of Action: Jan 31 & Feb 1, 1968 - Chau Doc Province, Vietnam
Unit: Senior Advisor Group, IV Corps, Military Assistance Command
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Jan 16, 1969
When two Viet Cong battalions took the city of Chau Doc during the Tet Offensive of 1968,
Dix embarked on a rescue mission. Over two days he attacked numerous enemy positions killing
14 enemy and possibly 25 more. He captured 20 prisoners including a high ranking VC official,
and rescued 14 endangered US and free-world civilians.
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FRREEDDEERRIICCK
K ED
DG
GA
AR
R FE
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RG
GU
USSO
ON
N
Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Arizona
Born: Aug 18, 1939 at Pilot Point, TX
Entered Service At: Phoenix, AZ
Date/Place of Action: Jan 31, 1968 - Hue, Vietnam
Unit: Company C, 227th Aviation Bn, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on May 17, 1969
Hearing a radio call from wounded crewmen from a down helicopter in the city of Hue, and
despite warnings to stay clear of the area due heavy anti-aircraft fire, Ferguson volunteered to
attempt a rescue. Flying at maximum air speed, he landed in the tiny compound despite a
blinding dust cloud and heavy mortar and small-arms fire. His helicopter was badly damaged but
he still managed to rescue the five wounded men, lift off, and fly them to safety.
TH
HO
OM
MA
ASS JA
AM
ME
ESS KIIN
NSSM
MA
AN
N
Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Washington State
Born: Mar 04, 1945 at Renton, WA
Entered Service At: Seattle, WA
Date/Place of Action: Feb 6, 1968 - Vinh Long, Vietnam
Unit: Company B, 3d Bn, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on May 17, 1969
His group of eight men was cut off from the main body of their company in dense jungle and
under intense enemy fire, after assaulting a well-defended enemy position. While moving to link
up with, a hidden enemy soldier hurled a grenade among them. Without hesitation Kinsman
jumped on the grenade to cover the explosion with his own body and save his comrades.
JAACCK
K HO
OW
WA
AR
RD
D JA
AC
CO
OB
BSS
Captain, U.S. Army
Current Residence: New Jersey
Born: Aug 02, 1945 at Brooklyn, NY
Entered Service At: Trenton, NJ
Date/Place of Action: Mar 9, 1968 - Kien Phong Province, Vietnam
Unit: US Military Assistance Command, Army Element
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Oct 09, 1969
When a South Vietnamese battalion he was advising suffered major casualties from a large
attacking enemy force, Jacobs assumed command and, though wounded, ordered withdrawal of
the exposed position while establishing a defensive position. He returned under fire to evacuate
a wounded advisor and made repeated trips under fire to rescue other wounded. Three times he
drove off Viet Cong squads, single-handedly killing 3 enemies and rescuing 14 allied solders.
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PAAUULL WIILLLLIIAAM
M BU
UD
DD
DYY BU
UC
CH
HA
A
Captain, U.S. Army
Current Residence: New Jersen
Born: Aug 01, 1943 at Washington, DC
Entered Service At: USMA West Point, NY
Date/Place of Action: Mar 16 - 19, 1968 - Phuoc Vinh, Binh Duong Prov, Vietnam
Unit: Company D, 3d Bn, 187th Infantry, 3d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on May 14, 1970
When his company was attacked on a reconnaissance-in-force mission, Bucha crawled
through a hail of fire to single-handedly destroy a key enemy bunker, sustaining wounds in the
effort. He ordered withdrawal of his troops, directed artillery fire, and ordered one over-run
element to play dead while the enemy passed. Using flashlights at night, in complete view of
enemy snipers, he directed evacuation of the wounded, later leading search parties for others.
JAAM
ME
ESS MIIC
CH
HA
AE
EL
L SPPR
RA
AY
YB
BE
ER
RR
RY
Y
Captain, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Alabama
Born: Apr 24, 1947 at LaGrange, GA
Entered Service At: Montgomery, AL
Date/Place of Action: Apr 25, 1968 - Vietnam
Unit: Company D, 5th Bn, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Oct 09, 1969
In a volunteer night mission to rescue his commander and other wounded Americans that had
been ambushed and cut off, Sprayberry personally killed 12 enemy soldiers, eliminated two
machine guns, and destroyed numerous bunkers. With 10 volunteers in his 7 ½ hour rescue
effort,, he reached the wounded, organized their evacuation, and saved many American lives.
RO
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BE
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RT
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AR
RT
TIIN
N PA
AT
TT
TE
ER
RSSO
ON
N
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: North Carolina
Born: Apr 16, 1948 at Durham, NC
Entered Service At: Raleigh, NC
Date/Place of Action: May 6, 1968 - La Chu, Vietnam
Unit: Troop B, 2d Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Oct 09, 1969
When the leading squad in his platoon was pinned down by heavy fire from two enemy
bunkers, Patterson and two comrades destroyed them with grenades and machinegun fire. He
then proceeded to commence his assault, single-handedly destroying five enemy bunkers, killing
eight enemy soldiers, and capturing seven weapons.
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FRRAANNK
K A . HE
ER
RD
DA
A
Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Ohio
Born: Sep 13, 1947 at Cleveland, OH
Entered Service At: Cleveland, OH
Date/Place of Action: Jun 29, 1968 - Dak To, Quang Trang Province, Vietnam
Unit: Co A, 1st Bn (Airborne), 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile)
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on May 14, 1970
Five enemy sappers viciously attacked Herda and two comrades, one of whom was wounded,
in a night battle. The enemy came within 10 feet of the foxhole where the three Americans
returned fire. When a grenade landed in the foxhole, Herda dispatched a final round from his
own grenade launcher, killing one enemy. Then, without hesitation, he covered the live enemy
grenade in the foxhole with his own body to absorb the explosion and save his two comrades.
NIICCK
KY
Y DA
AN
NIIE
EL
L BA
AC
CO
ON
N
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Arkansas
Born: Nov 25, 1945 at Caraway, AR
Entered Service At: Phoenix, AZ
Date/Place of Action: Aug 26, 1968 - Tam Ky, Vietnam
Unit: Company B, 4th Bn, 21st Infantry, 11th Inf Brigade, Americal Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Nov 24, 1969
Advancing on an enemy bunker line after his company was attacked, many men including the
platoon leader fell wounded. Bacon assumed command and assaulted the hostile position, killing
the enemy in a single-handed effort. Taking charge of a second leaderless platoon, he continued
his attack. He killed 4 more enemy, silenced an anti-tank weapon, and ignored hostile fire to
climb on an exposed tank to direct suppressive fire while the wounded were recovered.
RO
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BE
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RT
T LE
EW
WIISS HO
OW
WA
AR
RD
D
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Texas
With EVERY US Army and several foreign decorations, he is the MOST DECORATED American
Born: Jul 11, 1939 at Opelika, AL
Entered Service At: Montgomery, AL
Date/Place of Action: Dec 30, 1968 - Vietnam
Unit: 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Mar 02, 1971
Wounded and his weapon destroyed by a grenade explosion, and though unable to walk,
Howard crawled through intense enemy fire to rescue his wounded platoon leader. While giving
first aid, the platoon leader's ammunition pouch was hit by an enemy round, exploding several
magazines. Ignoring the danger, Howard dragged the officer to safety. For 3 ½ hours he
continued to drag himself from position to position to organize and direct the defense.
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DO
ON
N JE
EN
NK
KIIN
NSS
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Kentucky
Born: Apr 18, 1948 at Quality, KY
Entered Service At: Nashville, TN
Date/Place of Action: Jan 6, 1969 - Kien Phong Province, Vietnam
Unit: Company A, 2d Bn, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Mar 02, 1971
When his company came under fire from an enemy bunker line, Jenkins repeatedly exposed
himself at the front to rain suppressive fire on the enemy. Armed with two antitank weapons,
alone he moved though enemy fire to within 20 meters of an enemy bunker to destroy it. Though
wounded, he moved forward 100 meters to aid a friendly element that had been pinned down
and, ignoring his pain and falling darkness, made three trips to pulled wounded men to safety.
HAARRO
OL
LD
D AR
RT
TH
HU
UR
R FR
RIIT
TZ
Z
Captain, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Illinois
Born: Feb 21, 1944 at Chicago, IL
Entered Service At: Milwaukee, WI
Date/Place of Action: Jan 11, 1969 - An Loc, Binh Long Province, Vietnam
Unit: Troop A, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Mar 02, 1971
Wounded when his armored column was ambushed by a superior force, and with his own
vehicle disabled, Fritz realized his men were in danger of being overrun. Leaping to the top of
his burning vehicle, he directed the defense. Later, armed only with a bayonet and pistol, he led
a group of soldiers in an attack to repel advancing enemy forces, valiantly directing his men until
reinforcements arrived.
GO
OR
RD
DO
ON
N RA
AY
Y RO
OB
BE
ER
RT
TSS
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: North Carolina
Youngest Living MOH recipient
Born: Jun 14, 1950 at Middletown, OH
Entered Service At: Cincinnati, OH
Date/Place of Action: Jul 11, 1969 - Thua Thien Province, Vietnam
Unit: Company B, 1st Bn, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile)
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Mar 02, 1971
When the NVA unleashed small-arms fire and RPGs on his unit, pinning it down, Roberts
crawled through the grass, jumped to his feet rifle blazing, and knocked out the first bunker.
Continuing his assault, he destroyed a second before his rifle was shot from his hands. Grabbing
a rifle from another soldier, he returned to destroy the bunker, then attacked and destroyed a
third and fourth. Ahead of his company, he joined another unit to complete the fight.
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JO
OH
HN
N PH
HIIL
LIIPP BA
AC
CA
A
Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army
Current Residence: California
Born: Jan 10, 1949 at Providence, RI
Entered Service At: Fort Ord, CA
Date/Place of Action: Feb 10, 1970 - Quan Loi, Vietnam
Unit: Company D, 1st Bn, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Jun 15, 1971
Baca led a team through enemy fire to set up a perimeter defense during a night ambush
mission. As his team prepared to engage the enemy, a grenade was thrown into the midst of the
patrol. With complete disregard for his safety, Baca covered the grenade with his steel helmet
and fell on it as it exploded, saving the lives of the other eight men.
GAARRYY BUURRNNEELLLL BEEIIK
KIIR
RC
CH
H
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: New York
Born: Aug 29, 1947 at Rochester, NY
Entered Service At: Buffalo, NY
Date/Place of Action: Apr 1, 1970 - Dak Seang, Vietnam
Unit: Det 8245, Co B, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Oct 15, 1973
During an attack on his outpost at Dak Seang, Beikirch moved through withering enemy fire
to help wounded men, rendering first aid and helping them to an aid station. He suffered severe
wounds running through a hail of enemy fire to reach and rescue a wounded officer, then
dragged a critically wounded Vietnamese soldier to safety while administering mouth-to-mouth
resuscitation. He continued to search and rescue other casualties until he collapsed himself.
PEETTEERR CH
HA
AR
RL
LE
ESS LE
EM
MO
ON
N
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Colorado
Only living Canadian-born MOH recipient
Born: Jun 05, 1950 at Toronto, Canada
Entered Service At: Tawas City, MI
Date/Place of Action: Apr 1, 1970 - FSB Illingworth, Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam
Unit: Company E (Recon), 2d Bn, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Jun 15, 1971
Wounded three times in defense of a small base camp, Lemon continued fighting, often
standing fully exposed atop the earth perimeter to rain effective fire on advancing enemy.
Waging fierce hand-to-hand combat, and despite his wounds, he carried wounded comrades to
safety under intense enemy fire and then returned to repulse the enemy.
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GAARRYY LEEEE LIITTTTRREELLLL
Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Florida
President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Born: Oct 26, 1944 at Henderson, KY
Entered Service At: Los Angeles, CA
Date/Place of Action: Apr 4 - 8, 1970 - Kontum Province, Vietnam
Unit: US Military Assistance Command, II Corps Advisory Gp, Advisory Team 21
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Oct 15, 1973
When his Vietnamese Ranger group came under intense fire that killed the Vietnamese
commander and seriously wounded all other advisors, Littrell single-handedly bolstered the
beleaguered battalion for our critical days. Inspiring his men to repulse repeated attacks, when
ordered to withdraw under repeated ambush, he prevented disorder by his leadership, calling in
air strikes within 50 meters of his position.
MIICCH
HA
AE
EL
L JO
OH
HN
N FIIT
TZ
ZM
MA
AU
UR
RIIC
CE
E
Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army
Current Residence: South Dakota
Born: Mar 09, 1950 at Jamestown, ND
Entered Service At: Cavour, SD
Date/Place of Action: Mar 23, 1971 - Khe Sanh, Vietnam
Unit: Troop D, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile)
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Oct 15, 1973
When three satchel charges were thrown into the bunker he shared with three other men,
Fitzmaurice managed to toss two out before covering the third with his flak jacket and his own
body to shield the other men. Seriously wounded and partially blinded, he charged out of the
bunker to engage the enemy, killing one sapper in hand-to-hand combat before returning to his
bunker to man a machine gun until the enemy fled.
BRRIIAANN MIILLEESS TH
HA
AC
CK
KE
ER
R
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Maryland
Born: Apr 25, 1945 at Columbus, OH
Entered Service At: Salt Lake city, UT
Date/Place of Action: Mar 31, 1971 - Fire Base 6, Kontum Province, Vietnam
Unit: Battery A, 1st Battalion, 92d Artillery
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Oct 15, 1973
Thacker rallied his men against an overwhelming enemy force when his position was attacked
calling in air strikes and eventually ordering his men to withdraw while he covered them with his
M-16 rifle. Alone, he then called artillery in on his own position to allow his men more time to
escape. Wounded and unable to escape, when the position was over run he eluded the enemy
for eight days until friendly forces regained control of the firebase.
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JO
ON
N RO
OB
BE
ER
RT
T CA
AV
VA
AIIA
AN
NII
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
Current Residence: California
Born: Aug 02, 1943 at Royston, England
Entered Service At: Fresno, CA
Date/Place of Action: Jun 4 & 5, 1971 - Hill 10to, Khe Sahn Airfield, Vietnam
Unit: Vietnam Training Advisory Group
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Gerald R. Ford on Dec 12, 1974
Cavaiani directed his small unit in a desperate defense of an isolated outpost during two days
of heavy attack. Ignoring enemy fire he boldly moved through the perimeter to direct a defense.
When evacuation was ordered he volunteered to remain behind to direct the effort, encouraging
his few remaining troops throughout a long night of attack. The following morning he covered the
withdrawal of the remaining men with a lone machinegun stand against great odds.
BRRUUCCEE P. CRRAANNDDAALLLL
Major, U.S. Army
Current Residence: Washington
Entered Service At: Kent, WA
Date/Place of Action: Nov 14, 1965 - LZ X-Ray, Ia Drang, Vietnam
Unit: Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Company
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President George W. Bush on Feb 28, 2007
During the heavy fighting in the Ia Drang Valley, early in the Vietnam War (the battle made famous
by the movie "We Were Soldiers," Major Crandall ignored heavy enemy fire to make repeated
landings to re-supply troops and evacuate the wounded.
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BEERRNNAARRDD FRRAANNCCIISS FIISSH
HE
ER
R
Major, U.S. Air Force
Current Residence: Idaho
First man to receive the distinctive Air Force Medal of Honor
Born: Jan 11, 1927 at San Bernardino, CA
Entered Service At: Kuna, ID
Date/Place of Action: Mar 10, 1966 - Bien Hoa and Pleiku, Vietnam
Unit: 1st Air Commandos
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Jan 19, 1967
Flying in support of embattled ground forces despite poor weather, low ceiling and visibility,
when Fisher observed a fellow airman crash on the battle-torn airstrip, with no regard for his own
welfare he attempted a rescue. He landed and taxied the full length of the runway while under
intense enemy fire to recover his comrade, then took off to carry him to safety despite 19 bullets
that struck his own aircraft.
LEEO
O KE
EIIT
TH
H TH
HO
OR
RSSN
NE
ESSSS
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force
Current Residence: Arizona
Former Prisoner of War
Born: Feb 14, 1932 at Walnut Grove, MN
Entered Service At: Walnut Grove, MN
Date/Place of Action: Apr 19, 1967 - North Vietnam
Unit: 357th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 355th Tactical Fighter Wing
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Oct 15, 1973
When his wingman was shot down over enemy controlled territory in North Vietnam, he
remained on station to circle the place where his two comrades had parachuted to the ground.
Thorsness shot down one enemy MIG, then climbed to refuel. When four more MIGs entered the
area, threatening the helicopter rescue, despite his low fuel he returned to engage them,
damaging one and driving the others away.
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GEEO
OR
RG
GE
E EV
VE
ER
RE
ET
TT
T BU
UD
D DA
AY
Y
Colonel, U.S. Air Force
Current Residence: Florida
Only man to escape a Prison Camp in North Vietnam and then be recaptured in South Vietnam
Born: Feb 24, 1925 at Sioux City, IA
Entered Service At: Sioux City, IA
Date/Place of Action: Aug 26, 1967 - POW, North Vietnam
Unit: Misty Super FAC's F-100 Squadron, Phu Cat Air Base
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Gerald R. Ford on Mar 06, 1976
Wounded when forced to eject from his crippled aircraft over North Vietnam, Day was
immediately captured and subsequently tortured. Waiting for guards to relax their vigil, Day later
escaped and evaded hostile forces for three weeks in a daring trek south, only to be recaptured
as he neared safety. Returned to his North Vietnamese prison and later transferred to the "Hanoi
Hilton", Day spent 67 months as a POW, resisting his captors until liberated.
JO
OE
E MA
AD
DIISSO
ON
N JA
AC
CK
KSSO
ON
N
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force
Current Residence: Washington State
Born: Mar 14, 1923 at Newnan, GA
Entered Service At: Newnan, GA
Date/Place of Action: May 12, 1968 - Kham Duc, Vietnam
Unit: 311th Air Commando Squadron, Da Nang, RVN
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Jan 16, 1969
When a 3-man combat control team was left behind when enemy over ran the Special Forces
camp at Kham Duc, Jackson attempted a rescue. Returning home from a routine flight in a C123, despite deteriorating weather conditions and complete enemy control of the area, he landed
on the battle-torn airstrip, rescued the three Americans, and then taxied for takeoff amid a
daunting hail of enemy fire.
JAAM
ME
ESS PH
HIIL
LL
LIIPP FL
LE
EM
MIIN
NG
G
Captain, U.S. Air Force
Current Residence: Washington State
Born: Mar 12, 1943 at Sedalia, MO
Entered Service At: Pullman, WA
Date/Place of Action: Nov 26, 1968 - Duc Co, Vietnam
Unit: 20th Special Operations Squadron
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on May 14, 1970
Fleming unhesitatingly flew to the aid of a 6-man long range reconnaissance patrol in danger
of being overrun by a large, heavily armed hostile force. Descending twice in his lightly armed
helicopter through a barrage of enemy fire, he finally balanced his helicopter in an exposed
position on a river bank with its tail boom hanging over open water. Disregarding enemy bullets
smashing through his windshield, he held his position until all six men were safely aboard.
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RO
OB
BE
ER
RT
T EM
MM
ME
ET
TT
T O'MA
AL
LL
LE
EY
Y
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Current Residence: Texas
Born: Jun 03, 1943 at Woodside, NY
Entered Service At: New York, NY
Date/Place of Action: Aug 18, 1965 - An Cuong 2, Vietnam
Unit: Company I, 3d Bn, 3d Marine Regiment, 3d Marine Division (Rein) FMF
Presentation: Presented at the Federal Building, Austin, Texas
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Dec 06, 1966
When his squad came under intense enemy fire, O'Malley raced across an open rice paddy to
an enemy trench line, jumping in to kill eight men. He then led his squad to assist an adjacent
unit under heavy attack, directing the evacuation of wounded. Ordered to evacuate and though
wounded three times himself, he refused aid until all other Marines had been evacuated.
HAARRVVEEYY CUURRTTIISSSS BAARRNNEEYY BAARRNNUUM
M
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Current Residence: Virginia
Born: Jul 21, 1940 at Cheshire, CT
Entered Service At: Cheshire, CT
Date/Place of Action: Dec 18, 1965 - Ky Phu, Vietnam
Unit: Company H, 2d Bn, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein) FMF
Presentation: Presented at the Marine Barracks, Washington, DC
by Secretary of the Navy Paul H. Nitze on Feb 27, 1967
When his company was pinned down by enemy fire and the rifle company commander and
radio operator were killed, Barnum assumed command and moved his men at once into the
midst of the heaviest activity, encouraging all units. He directed helicopter attacks from exposed
position, helped his decimated units recoup and finally seize their objective.
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RO
OB
BE
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RT
T JO
OSSE
EPPH
H MO
OD
DR
RZ
ZE
EJJE
EW
WSSK
KII
Major, U.S. Marine Corps
Current Residence: California
Born: Jul 03, 1934 at Milwaukee, WI
Entered Service At: Milwaukee, WI
Date/Place of Action: Jul 15 - 18, 1966 - Vietnam
Unit: Company K, 3d Bn, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein) FMF
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Mar 12, 1968
In a 3-day battle Modrzejewski led his men in the successful seizure of a large, well-equipped
enemy redoubt. Though greatly outnumbered and wounded the second day, he crawled 200
yards to provide ammunition to his men and directed artillery fire within a few yards of his
position. When a regimental-size enemy force attacked on the third day, he reorganized his men
and encouraged them to heroic limits, defeating the enemy forces.
JO
OH
HN
N JA
AM
ME
ESS MC
CGIIN
NT
TY
Y, III
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
Current Residence: California
Born: Jan 21, 1940 at Boston, MA
Entered Service At: Laurel Bay, SC
Date/Place of Action: Jul 18, 1966 - Quang Tri Province, Vietnam
Unit: Company K, 3d Bn, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein) FMF
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Mar 12, 1968
Commanding 1st Platoon of Major Modrzejewski's company, on the third day of battle McGinty
and his Marines were hit in the opening minutes of the attack. For four hours he led his 32
Marines in a valiant effort to fight off wave after wave of enemy. Wounded by a grenade, he
continued directing his men, personally killing five enemy at point-blank range with his pistol.
RIICCH
HA
AR
RD
D AL
LL
LA
AN
N PIIT
TT
TM
MA
AN
N
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Current Residence: California
Born: May 26, 1945 at French Camp, CA
Entered Service At: Stockton, CA
Date/Place of Action: Jul 24, 1966 - DMZ, Vietnam
Unit: Company I, 3d Bn, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein) FMF
Presentation: Presented at the Hall Of Heroes at the Pentagon
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on May 14, 1968
When his company came under attack on a jungle trail, Pittman exchanged his rifle for a
machinegun and left relative safety to silence the enemy position. Forging ahead to aid the lead
platoon, he destroyed two automatic rifle positions, then single-handedly engaged 30 to 40
enemy well down the trail as he sought for wounded comrades. When his machine gun failed, he
continued the assault with a captured enemy submachine gun until the enemy withdrew.
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Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor
HO
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Major, U.S. Marine Corps
Current Residence: Virginia
Born: Aug 01, 1933 at New York, NY
Entered Service At: Dumfries, VA
Date/Place of Action: Aug 8 & 9, 1966 - Cam Lo, Vietnam
Unit: Company E, 2d Bn, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein) FMF
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Oct 25, 1967
Lee took 7 men and a helicopter to reinforce a beleaguered platoon, disembarking with two of
them under a withering enemy fire. Moving from position to position he directed and encouraged
his desperate troops. Wounded in several places, he established a defense and maintained his
position against several attacks throughout the night. The following morning he collapsed from
his wounds, but his Marines were safely evacuated due his valor and intrepid leadership.
JAAYY R. VAARRG
GA
ASS
Major, U.S. Marine Corps
Current Residence: California
Born: Jul 29, 1937 at Winslow, AZ
Entered Service At: Winslow, AZ
Date/Place of Action: Apr 20 - May 2, 1968 - Dai Do, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam
Unit: Company G, 2d Bn, 4th Marines, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on May 14, 1970
Vargas valiantly led his company of marines through a series of successful actions concluding
with an attack on the fortified village of Dai Do. He maneuvered his men over 700 yards of open
rice paddy under intense enemy fire to establish a foothold. When elements were pinned down,
he led a reserve platoon to their aid, destroying several bunkers. Though wounded, he continued
to lead through a night of hand-to-hand combat, and carried his wounded commander to safety.
JAAM
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Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Current Residence: Louisiana
Born: Jan 12, 1940 at Towns, GA
Entered Service At: McRae, GA
Date/Place of Action: May 2, 1968 - Dai Do, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam
Unit: Company E, 2d Bn, 4th Marines, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on May 14, 1970
Livingston led his company in a relief effort to assist the battered Marines at Dai Do after the
enemy had seized it and isolated a Marine unit the previous night. Painfully wounded three
times, he directed his Marines towards the heaviest areas of enemy resistance, joined forces
with the previously isolated Marine unit, and deployed his men in a successful evacuation
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Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor
WEESSLLEEYY LEEEE FO
OX
X
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Current Residence: Virginia
Born: Sep 30, 1931 at Herndon, VA
Entered Service At: Leesburg, VA
Date/Place of Action: Feb 22, 1969 - A Shau Valley, Vietnam
Unit: Company A, 1st Bn, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein) FMF
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Mar 02, 1971
In the A Shau Valley, though painfully wounded, Fox continued to lead his company against
NVA attackers. With all other officers wounded he personally led a grenade charge that drove
the enemy into retreat. Under his spirited leadership, his Marines turned back a large enemy
force, destroyed a key enemy bunker complex, and captured large quantities of enemy supplies.
ALLLLAANN JAAYY KEELLLLO
OG
GG
G, JR
R.
Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Current Residence: Hawaii
Kellogg laid the wreath marking the casket of the Unknown Soldier of the Vietnam War
Born: Oct 01, 1943 at Bethel, CT
Entered Service At: Bridgeport, CT
Date/Place of Action: Mar 11, 1970 - Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Unit: Company G, 2d Bn, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Oct 15, 1973
Kellogg was leading a small unit to evacuate a fallen soldier when his men came under heavy
enemy fire. One enemy soldier maneuvered close to the American unit and threw a grenade. It
glanced off Kellogg's chest and fell to the ground amid the group. Kellogg forced the orb into the
mud and covered it with his own body. Though seriously wounded in the blast, he continued to
lead his men until all of them reached safety.
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Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor
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GR
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Hospital Corpsman, U.S. Navy
Current Residence: Florida
Born: Jan 20, 1945 at Clearwater, FL
Entered Service At: Clearwater, FL
Date/Place of Action: Mar 28, 1966 - Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam
Unit: Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President William J. Clinton on Jul 10, 1998
A corpsman with Marines attacking a North Vietnamese outpost, Ingram crawled across the
fire-swept area to treat wounded. Shot in the hand while treating one casualty, he ignored his
own pain to treat others and distribute ammunition. Wounded four more times, he continued to
move across the battlefield under fire to treat others.. His actions saved many American lives.
DO
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Hospital Corpsman Second Class, U.S. Navy
Current Residence: Missouri
Born: Dec 05, 1945 at Kansas City, MO
Entered Service At: Kansas City, MO
Date/Place of Action: May 16, 1968 - Quang Tri Province, Vietnam
Unit: Company M, 3d Bn, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on May 14, 1970
After treating two heat casualties, Corpsman Ballard was returning to his own unit when his
company was ambushed by a large enemy unit, causing many casualties. He moved across the
fire-swept terrain to treat one wounded Marine and was directing his evacuation when a grenade
landed nearby. Ballard threw himself on the grenade to spare those nearby and, when the
grenade failed to explode, stood and continued to treat casualties throughout the engagement.
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Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor
JO
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Lieutenant (j.g.), U.S. Navy
Current Residence: Nebraska & Washington, DC
First Navy SEAL to earn the Medal of Honor
Born: Aug 27, 1943 at Lincoln, NE
Entered Service At: Omaha, NE
Date/Place of Action: Mar 14, 1969 - Nha Trang Bay, Vietnam
Unit: Seal Team 1
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on May 14, 1970
Kerrey led his small SEAL team down a 350-foot to surprise enemy forces in a recon mission
to capture prisoners. He suffered massive injury when a grenade exploded at his feet and threw
him backwards, but ignored his pain and loss of blood to direct his team throughout the ensuing
firefight. Though immobilized by his multiple wounds, he maintained control of his team, directing
establishment and defense of an LZ and their extraction by helicopter.
TH
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Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
Current Residence: Maryland
Born: May 13, 1939 at Boston, MA
Entered Service At: Boston, MA
Date/Place of Action: Jun 15, 1969 - Ong Muong Canal, Kien Hoa Province, Vietnam
Unit: River Assault Division 152
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on May 14, 1970
Directing a column of eight river assault craft in extraction of an Army infantry unit on a canal,
Kelley's boats came under intense enemy fire. He moved his monitor craft to the exposed side
and ordered it to return fire. His boat was hit by an enemy rocket causing Kelley severe head
wounds. Heedless of his pain and unable to speak clearly, he nevertheless relayed commands
through one of his men to continue directing the attack and recover the infantrymen.
TH
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LA
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ND
D NO
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RR
RIISS
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
Current Residence: Idaho
One of the men rescued by Norris was Iceal B. Hambleton, "Bat-21" from the popular movie by that title
Born: Jan 14, 1944 at Jacksonville, FL
Entered Service At: Silver Spring, MD
Date/Place of Action: Apr 10 - 13, 1972 - Quang Tri Province, Vietnam
Unit: US Military Assistance Command, HQ, SEAL Advisor,
Strategic Technical Directorate Assistance Team
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Gerald R. Ford on Mar 06, 1976
Navy SEAL Norris attempted a daring rescue of two downed pilots deep in enemy territory.
He lead a 5-man Vietnamese SEAL team through 2,000 meters of hostile territory to locate and
rescue one airman. Two days later dressed in fisherman disguise, he and one Vietnamese
SEAL returned to rescue the remaining pilot, floating him down river under intense enemy fire.
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Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor
MIICCH
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Engineman First Class, U.S. Navy
Current Residence: Texas
His rescue of Tom Norris is one of only three times the MOH was awarded for saving another MOH recipient
Born: Mar 23, 1949 at Greenville, SC
Entered Service At: Spartanburg, SC
Date/Place of Action: Oct 31, 1972 - Vietnam
Unit: Naval Advisory Group
Presentation: Presented at the White House
by President Richard M. Nixon on Oct 15, 1973
Thornton and a Navy lieutenant accompanied a 3-man Vietnamese SEAL team on an
intelligence-gathering mission deep in enemy controlled territory when they came under attack
by a vastly superior force. Calling for Naval off-shore gunfire, the team pulled back when
Thornton discovered his lieutenant had fallen wounded. He returned through a hail of fire to
locate his comrade, killing two enemy soldiers as he carried the unconscious man to the beach
where he inflated his and his officer's life jackets and swam two hours to safety.
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Medal Of Honor Fact Sheet
Medal of Honor Designs through history:
Navy
Army
Army
Army
Navy
Navy
Army
Air Force
1862
1862
1896
1904
1913
Current
Current
Current
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Since it was established during the Civil War, the Medal of Honor has been awarded to 3,448
different heroes, including NINE unknown soldiers. Fifteen of these heroes received a SECOND
MEDAL OF HONOR for a second action, and FIVE WWI Marines received two Medals of Honor
(Army and Marine Corps medals) for the same action. In all, a total of 3,467 Medals have been awarded
for 3,462 different acts of heroism.
The Roll of Honor includes the names of EIGHT CIVILIANS, including ONE WOMAN.
Since the beginning of World War II, posthumous awards have exceeded awards to living recipients. Of
850 recipients of the Medal since the start of World War II, only 328 survived to personally wear the
Medal of Honor.
WWII
Korea
Vietnam
Iraq
Somalia
Totals
Total Recipients
464
132
246
2
5
849
Posthumous
266
95
154
2
5
522
Surviving Recipients
198
38
92
0
0
328
Died Since
170
24
31
0
0
225
28
14
61
0
0
103
Living Today
The surviving 103 Medal of Honor recipients break down by war and branch as follows:
Totals
Army
Air
Navy
Marines
Force
21
0
3
4
WWII
28
9
0
2
3
Korea
14
40
5
6
10
Vietnam
61
70
5
11
17
103
Breakdown by Age
The AVERAGE AGE of the living recipients is AGE 73.
The YOUNGEST is Gordon Roberts at age 58
The OLDEST is John Finn at age 99
Current as of July 21, 2008
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Aged 50 - 59
5 Recipients
Aged 60 - 69
42 Recipients
Aged 70 - 79
21 Recipients
Aged 80 - 89
32 Recipients
Aged 90+
4 Recipients
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