Medal of Honor

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Medal of Honor Recipient Endured 'Hell' to Save 10

James McCloughan honored for his bravery in Vietnam

(Newser) - Saving a life may be a common bucket-list entry, but it's one that's rarely checked off. James McCloughan could've done so 10 times over two days in 1969. Ignoring his lieutenant's orders to evacuate Nui Yon Hill in Vietnam after shrapnel cut into his head and... More »

SEAL Team 6 Left Him for Dead. But Maybe He Wasn't

Inside the effort to award a Medal of Honor to Tech. Sergeant John Chapman

(Newser) - An incredible tale of bravery may have surfaced thanks to new "pixel signature" technology applied to 14-year-old videos—but it's a complicated revelation. The New York Times reports those videos, shot by overheard aircraft on March 4, 2002, may show Air Force Technical Sergeant John Chapman fighting al-Qaeda... More »

Medal of Honor Recipient Made 'Entire Family Trees' Possible

Charles Kettles helped to save 40 soldiers in Vietnam battle

(Newser) - A Vietnam War veteran who helped save 40 soldiers under enemy fire was presented with the Medal of Honor on Monday. Retired Lt. Col. Charles Kettles of Ypsilanti, Mich., led helicopter flights that brought reinforcements to soldiers and evacuated those who were injured, the AP reports. He repeatedly returned to... More »

SEAL Who Saved Hostage to Get Medal of Honor

He battled Taliban guards while shielding US doctor

(Newser) - A SEAL Team 6 member who took part in a daring hostage rescue in Afghanistan is going to become the first living sailor to receive the Medal of Honor in almost 20 years. The White House says Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers will receive the medal at a... More »

WWI Hero's Family 'Shocked' They Aren't Really Family

But Medal of Honor recipient still a hero—and family—in their eyes

(Newser) - President Obama honored Pvt. Henry Johnson posthumously yesterday with the Medal of Honor for his bravery in World War I, recognizing how Johnson fended off at least a dozen enemy troops while protecting a seriously wounded comrade —actions that made Johnson's family proud for nearly a century. So... More »

2 Soldiers to Be Honored for Their Valor—in 1918

Henry Johnson, William Shemin will receive Medal of Honor posthumously

(Newser) - Pvt. Henry Johnson is "one of the five bravest American soldiers in the war," Theodore Roosevelt once wrote . Today, Johnson will finally be recognized for his valor—almost a century after he joined an all-black National Guard unit and helped fight off German attackers while on loan to... More »

Black WWI Soldier May Get Medal of Honor

Henry Johnson fought off Germans to save fellow soldier

(Newser) - A black World War I soldier who single-handedly fought off nearly two dozen Germans with only a knife and a jammed rifle to save a fellow soldier is on his way to getting the nation's highest military honor almost a century after the fact. Defense chief Chuck Hagel has... More »

Navy: Java Sea Wreck Is Grave of 700

USS Houston was lost in 1942 battle

(Newser) - More than 70 years after the heavy cruiser nicknamed the "Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast" was sunk by the Japanese, divers have confirmed that they have found its wreck. The USS Houston was found in the Java Sea; officials say there is oil seeping from the hull and... More »

Medal of Honor Recipient Visits NYSE, Breaks Gavel

Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts helped close down the exchange with a bang

(Newser) - On Monday, former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts walked up to President Obama, shook his hand, and humbly accepted his Medal of Honor . Obama might have gotten off lightly because yesterday Pitts used that same hand to close the New York Stock Exchange with its ceremonial gavel, and the gavel... More »

Marine Who Saved Pal From Grenade to Get Medal of Honor

William Carpenter credited with throwing himself on blast in Afghanistan

(Newser) - A Marine credited with throwing himself on a grenade to save a buddy, suffering devastating injuries in so doing will become the third US marine of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars to receive the Medal of Honor, the Marine Corps Times reports. William Kyle Carpenter, now a 24-year-old medically retired... More »

19 Minorities to Receive Overdue Medal of Honor

Pentagon review found they were overlooked because of backgrounds

(Newser) - President Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 veterans next month—19 of whom were previously overlooked because of their Hispanic, Jewish, or African-American backgrounds, reports the Washington Post . Only three of those 19 are still alive. The move comes after the Pentagon conducted an exhaustive 12-year review... More »

Defense Chief Apologizes to Medal of Honor Soldier

We lost your paperwork, says Chuck Hagel

(Newser) - Yesterday, Former Army Capt. William Swenson got the Medal of Honor for bravery from President Obama. Today, Swenson got a personal apology from the secretary of defense for taking so long to recognize his actions, reports the AP . Defense chief Chuck Hagel said Swenson's paperwork got lost in the... More »

Medal of Honor Recipient: Send Me Back to War

Will Swenson makes rare request of Army to return to active duty

(Newser) - Former Army Capt. Will Swenson received the nation's highest military honor today for rescuing fellow soldiers under heavy fire in Afghanistan a few years ago, reports CNN . And in a rare move, the 34-year-old has formally asked the Army to return him to active duty, reports AP . Generally speaking,... More »

Military Mourns Oldest Medal of Honor Recipient

Veterans, soldiers watched over WWII hero

(Newser) - World War II hero Nicholas Oresko has died at the age of 96—more than 68 years after he was shot and left for dead by a German machine-gunner during the Battle of the Bulge. The New Jersey native, who wiped out two enemy machine gun bunkers despite his injuries,... More »

Afghanistan Vet Joins Elite Club, Gets Medal of Honor

Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter risked his life to save another

(Newser) - US Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter is set to get the nation's top military honor today, and with it, enter into a very exclusive club. Only a dozen men who have fought in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have received the Medal of Honor, reports Stars and Stripes , and... More »

Medal of Honor Winner Has 'Mixed Emotions'

Clint Romesha accepts decoration in White House ceremony

(Newser) - In an emotional White House ceremony, President Obama today awarded an Afghanistan veteran with the nation's highest military honor, CNN reports. Retired Army Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha accepted the Medal of Honor with his lower lip shaking and eyes moist, saying he was "conflicted" by the medal Obama... More »

Afghanistan Vet to Receive Medal of Honor

Clinton Romesha will join Michelle Obama at State of the Union

(Newser) - Today, President Obama will award Clinton Romesha the Medal of Honor, making the former Army staff sergeant just "the fourth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan," the White House notes, per USA Today . Romesha was among 53 soldiers at... More »

Supreme Court: You Can Lie About Military Honors

It may not be right, but it's not illegal, say justices

(Newser) - The health care decision wasn't the only one to emerge from the Supreme Court today: Justices also ruled that the First Amendment protects the right to lie about military decorations, Wired notes. In the 6-3 decision, justices called the Stolen Valor Act—a 2006 law forbidding such speech—unconstitutional.... More »

Should Fake Military Boasts Be a Crime?

They currently can be, and the Supreme Court will weigh in on the subject

(Newser) - Since 2006, lying about military valor—claiming to have received a prestigious medal, for instance—could result in prosecution. But that could change after this Wednesday, when the Supreme Court reviews the Stolen Valor Act. Proponents of the law, which include the Obama administration, say it prevents fraud. Such liars... More »

Medal of Honor Recipient's Story Inflated: Report

McClatchy says parts are exaggerated

(Newser) - President Obama told a tale of staggering heroism when he awarded the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer : The Marine had rushed to save ambushed US troops against orders, gunning down eight insurgents, rescuing 13 Americans, and jumping down from his turret to rescue 24 Afghan soldiers. It would be... More »

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