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The Medal of Honor in the Civil War

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The oldest and youngest Medal of Honor recipients together...The oldest recipient is Nicholas Oresko, age 95, where as the youngest is Dakota Meyer, age 23. Please share this amazing photo!

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Master Sergeant Woodrow Wilson Keeble (1917-1982) was a U.S. Army National Guard veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He was a full-blooded member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, a Sioux Native American tribe. Master Sergeant Keeble, a highly-decorated U.S. war veteran, didn't receive his Medal of Honor until some 16 years after his death.

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Sgt. John Basilone (Band of Brothers) Congressional Medal of Honor recipient for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action against enemy Japanese forces, above and beyond the call of duty, while serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division in the Lunga Area. Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 24 and 25 October 1942. Read more about his story via The Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

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Jared Monti, U.S. Army~ Congressional Medal of Honor~ Afghanistan. While still directing fire, he personally engaged the enemy with his rifle and a grenade, successfully disrupting an attempt to flank his patrol. Realizing one of his Soldiers was lying wounded & with disregard for his own safety he was determined not to leave his Soldier & on his 3rd attempt to cross open terrain through enemy fire he was mortally wounded.

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Private First Class Ralph E. Dias, US Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Que Son Mountains, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam November 12, 1969.

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Corporal William T. Perkins, Jr. US Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Operation Medina in the Hai Lang Forest, Quang Tri Province, Vietnam October 12, 1967.

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The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest medal for valor in combat that can be awarded to members of the armed forces.

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Jack C. Montgomery ~ A Cherokee from Oklahoma, and a First Lieutenant with the 45th Infantry Division Thunderbirds. On 22 February 1944, near Padiglione, Italy, Montgomery's rifle platoon was under fire by three echelons of enemy forces, when he single-handedly attacked all three positions, taking prisoners in the process. As a result of his courage, Montgomery's actions demoralized the enemy and inspired his men to defeat the Axis troops.

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