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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.

"The most famous of the dozens of young drummer boys was Johnny Clem of Newark, Ohio (1851-1937). He went to war at the age of ten. Clem made the army a career, and he retired in 1916 with the rank of major general. He is the youngest soldier ever to receive such that honor. He died in San Antonio, TX

Union Private Orion Perseus Howe one of the youngest Medal of Honor awardees, received the Medal for action on May 19th 1863 as part of the Vicksburg Campaign.

Arthur Macarthur was a brave teenaged officer in the Civil War. He won the Medal of Honor at 18, and was a Lt. Col by the age of 19. Years later his son, Douglas MacArthur, would also win the Medal of Honor - making them one of only two Father-Son recipients of the Medal of Honor.

William Matthews was so enthusiastic about the new First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry in 1862 that he was one of the first to volunteer. Matthews’ enthusiasm spread and he convinced a number of exslaves to enlist in the regiment. The Leavenworth businessman soon was appointed captain, the highest ranking African American officer in the regiment. He is probably wearing two pistols because if captured, he would be executed immediately.

This young drummer boy who was a member of the United States infantry during the Civil War. | 20 Powerful Black-And-White Photographs Of Regular Americans From History

Though one of eight American military nurses who died while serving in Vietnam, First Lieutenant Sharon Ann Lane. was the only American nurse killed as a direct result of hostile fire. For her service in Vietnam, she was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with “V” device, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Order of Vietnam Medal, and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross (with Palm).

Audie Murphy was awarded 33 U.S. decorations and medals, five medals from France, and one from Belgium.[1][5] He received every U.S. decoration for valor available to Army ground personnel at the time.[12] He earned the Silver Star twice in three days, two Bronze Star Medals, three Purple Hearts, the Distinguished Service Cross, and the Medal of Honor.

Clifford Chester Sims, a Staff Sergeant in Vietnam, and Medal of Honor recipient. Sims was honored for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." He threw himself on a triggered booby-trap device, taking the entire blast to save his squad.

This is an extraordinary photo of 2nd Rhode Island Infantry. It was made between 1861 and 1865.

William Black was 12 years old when his hand was shattered by an exploding shell. While he is the youngest recorded soldier, he was not alone. Historians estimate that 5% of all soldiers were under 18 and some as young as 10.

Great shot of WWII action, the bravery of American soldiers and the love of their fellow soldiers.

Albert Henry Woolson (February 11, 1848 – August 2, 1956) was the last surviving member of the Union Army, which fought in the American Civil War. He was also the last surviving Civil War veteran on either side whose status is undisputed. At least three men who followed him in death claimed to be Confederate veterans, but their status as Civil War veterans has been debunked.

“An eighteen year old boy is carried into the shock ward, and he looks up at my trustingly asking, “How am I doing, nurse?” I just kiss his forehead and say, “You are doing just fine soldier.” He smiles sweetly and says, “I was just checking,” Then he dies. We all cry in private. But not in front of the boys. Never in front of the boys.” - June Wandrey, WWII in HD

Edward Black, drummer boy for the 21st Indiana Volunteers. At 8 years old, it is believed that he was the youngest Union army soldier.

An East German soldier helping a boy cross the newly formed ‘Berlin Wall,’ 1961. The boy was found on the opposite side of the wall from his family. Despite given orders by the East German government to let no one pass, the soldier helped the boy through the barbwire.

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 Medal of Honor Society.

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.

George Watson was a private in the United States Army who was killed in action during World War II. He was one of seven African American soldiers to be awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during World War II, and the only one of the seven to earn his medal while serving in the Pacific Theater.

Today in history: May 23, 1900 Sergeant William Harvey Carney becomes the first African American to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for his heroism on May 23, 1863 in the Assault on the Battery Wagner during the Civil War.

Julia Ward Howe -wrote the words to "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" .She was inspired by her abolitionist work . The song was popular in the union during the civil war. After being widowed she worked tirelessly for womens sufferage . She became a pacifist because of her horror at the Civil War carnage.