On Aug. 8, 2007, then-Spc. Jeremiah Church was assigned as a reconnaissance platoon machine gunner with the 82d Airborne Division. The group’s mission was to restore the flow of water to a village near Baqubah, Iraq; however, they were met by an insurgent ambush. Church told journalist Tim Holbert, “It might sound a little crazy, but the hair on the back of my neck was standing up, and something didn’t feel right in my stomach.” Read more
The nation’s first Medal of Honor recipient hijacked a Confederate train and sabotaged a vital railroad, with an enemy train in hot pursuit.
Exactly 153 years ago, a band of Union soldiers and two civilians launched an audacious raid to strike deep into Confederate territory, the success or failure of which hinged on an unconventional plan hatched by a civilian smuggler. The April 12, 1862, Andrews’ Raid, also known as The Great Locomotive Chase, is notable as a wild sequence of events where the military’s first-ever Medal of Honor recipients distinguished themselves. Read more
U.S. troops only spent a little over a year and a half in World War I and saw relatively little combat compared to their French and British counterparts. Nevertheless, American “doughboys” played a pivotal role in the offensives that overpowered the beleaguered German army in late-1918. Forced to contend with the horrors of industrialized combat, these troops produced some of the war’s most humbling and often tragic stories of heroism. From a balloon-busting fighter ace and a Navy escape artist to one of the most Marine Corps’ most legendary sergeants, meet six servicemen who distinguished themselves on the battlefields of World War I.Read more
Besides the word ‘sequester,’ perhaps the second most uttered word at the Reagan National Defense Forum over the weekend was ‘O’Neill,’ as in Rob O’Neill, the Navy SEAL who recently claimed to have fired the shot that killed Osama Bin Laden.
In a panel on valor and heroism, Medal of Honor recipient Sal Giunta was asked about O’Neill and other members of SEAL Team 6 who have spoken openly about the kill shot heard ’round the world.Read more
On March 28, 1966, Navy corpsman Robert Ingram tended to wounded Marines and held off the enemy under intense fire in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam. With the help of the men of his company, who insisted that his recommendation be reevaluated, Ingram received the Medal of Honor on July 10, 1998.
On May 12, 1968, Lieutenant Colonel Joe Jackson flew his transport aircraft into a besieged Special Forces camp at Kham Duc, South Vietnam, rescuing three combat controllers. President Johnson awarded the Medal of Honor to Jackson on January 16, 1969.
On January 12, 1952, Corporal Ronald Rosser charged up an enemy-held hill near Ponggilli, Korea, single-handedly enabling the withdrawal of his decimated unit. He was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Truman on June 27, 1952.Read more
On October 25, 2007, near the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan, Specialist Salvatore Giunta sought out and recovered a fellow soldier who was being dragged away by two Taliban. He was awarded the Medal of Honor exactly three years later, making him the first living recipient of the Medal since the Vietnam War.
Ira Hamilton Hayes (January 12, 1923 – January 24, 1955) was a Pima Native American and a United States Marine corporal who was one of the six flag raisers immortalized in the iconic photograph of the flag raising on Iwo Jima during World War II.Hayes was an enrolled member of the Gila River Pima Indian Reservation located in the Pinal and Maricopa counties in Arizona. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve on August 26, 1942, and after recruit training, volunteered to become a Paramarine. He fought in the Bougainville and Iwo Jima campaigns in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. Read more
US Army Staff Sergeant Lucian Adams; with his company pinned down by heavy machine gun fire, including 3 dead and 6 wounded, S/Sgt Adams pressed on and personally killed 9 Germans, eliminated 3 enemy machineguns, vanquished a specialized force which was armed with automatic weapons and grenade launchers, cleared the woods of hostile elements, and reopened the severed supply lines to the assault companies of his battalion. October 28, 1944. Staff Sergeant Lucian Adams *received the Medal of Honor for single-handedly destroying enemy machine gun emplacements to re-establish supply lines to U.S. Army companies. Wikipedia
Washington (CNN) — The newest Medal of Honor winner, former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts, said he wanted the nation not to remember his name, but those of the nine men who were killed in one of the fiercest fights of the war in Afghanistan. Read more