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Sgt Lena Mae (Riggi) Basilone

Sgt Lena Mae (Riggi) Basilone, 1913-1999, Camp Pendleton field cook during World War II, and wife of WWII hero and Medal of Honor winner Marine Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone (1916-1945) | Women Marines Association #genealogy #military #veterans

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Staff Sgt. Walter Ehlers, a Medal of Honor recipient for his heroic actions during World War II, died Thursday at the age of 92. He was the last living Medal of Honor recipient who stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day. Ehlers joined the armed forces in 1940. He earned his Medal of Honor "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty" on June 9 and 10, 1944, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

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14-year-old Orion Perseus Howe not only was a Union drummer boy in the 55th Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment, he was also a Medal of Honor recipient for his actions at Vicksburg.

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Veterans Day Parade

Nicholas Oresko, the oldest Medal of Honor winner, died 10/4/13, at the age of 96. He won the honor for singlehandedly killing 12 German soldiers in the Battle of the Bulge.

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CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR WINNERS | Roy Benavidez, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

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Medal of Honor winner Ricky Sorenson at the soda fountain in Anoka, Minn., after coming home from fighting in the Pacific, 1945. (Photo courtesy of the Minnesota HIstorical Society)

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Medal of Honor Citations: Vietnam War. The officer on the left is LTG Foley.

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Walt Ehlers, World War II Medal of Honor recipient for actions on D-Day, dead at 92 -

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