Sgt. Dakota Meyer, first living Marine recipient of the Medal of Honor. He rescued 36 Marines, soldiers, and Afghan soldiers during six hours of combat. He was eventually wounded but was able to recover the bodies of his four teammates/friends. He is the first living Marine to receive the MOH since the Vietnam War.
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Honoring Robert Lewis Howard who was a highly decorated United States Army soldier and Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War. He was wounded 14 times over 54 months of combat, was awarded 8 Purple Hearts, 4 Bronze Stars, and was nominated for the Medal of Honor three separate times. He was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on February 22, 2010.
Hugh Thompson Jr., a Vietnam War helicopter pilot, saved 11 civilians during the My Lai massacre. He ordered his men to fire upon American soldiers if they tried to shoot civilians. While he was derided by Congress, 30 years later, he was awarded the "Soldier's Medal" by the Army."
"Breaking a tradition of 167 years, the U.S. Marine Corps started enlisting Negroes on June 1, 1942. The first class of 1,200 Negro volunteers began their training 3 months later as members of the 51st Composite Defense Battalion at Montford Point, a section of the 200-square-mile Marine Base, Camp Lejeune, at New River, NC. The first Negro to enlist was Howard P. Perry shown here," via Flickr.
Mary E. Walker..She was the only woman in military service who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for her duties during Civil War. She grew up with an abolitionist family and was born in Oswego, New York. She served as assistant surgeon in Cumberland Army in 1863. She was awarded the Medal of Honor on November 11, 1865.
Sergeant Major Daniel Joseph "Dan" Daly (November 11, 1873 – April 27, 1937) was a United States Marine and one of only nineteen men (including seven Marines) to have received the Medal of Honor twice. Of the Marines who are double recipients, only Daly and Major General Smedley Butler received their Medals of Honor for two, separate actions.
John Joseph Kelly (June 24, 1898-November 20, 1957) was a United States Marine who was awarded both the Army and Navy Medals of Honor for his heroic actions on October 13, 1918 at the Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge, France during World War I. He was the last of the 19 two-time Medal of Honor recipients to have been alive.
Maj. Megan McClung // I Marine Expeditionary Force // KIA December 2006 // Ramadi, Iraq. // She was the first female United States Marine Corps officer killed in combat during the Iraq War. // She was also the first female graduate of the United States Naval Academy to be killed in action since the school was founded in 1845.
Audie Leon Murphy was one of the most famous and decorated American combat soldiers of World War II. He served in the European Theater of Operations where he was awarded the Medal of Honor and several other decorations for combat heroism including combat decorations from France and Belgium. Murphy became a celebrated Hollywood actor after the war for over two decades, appearing in 44 films, mostly westerns. He also had some success as a country music composer.