Navy SEAL Michael Monsoor earned the Medal of Honor posthumously on this day in Ramadi, Iraq, when he smothered a grenade with his body. Honor and remember him!
Battalion commander Oscar Miller earned the Medal of Honor posthumously for his leadership during the Meuse-Argonne offensive, leading his soldiers onwards despite being wounded twice in the arm and leg. He was finally cut down by a third shot, but urged his troops forward to take the objective. He died a few days later and is buried in the Meuse-Argonne … Read More
Marine fighter ace Harold Bauer earned the Medal of Honor, posthumously, for his actions and leadership over Guadalcanal from May 10 to November 14, 1942, including the first feat in his citation on this day, downing a Japanese bomber. He repeatedly attacked stronger enemy formations and, on October 16, though low on fuel, single-handedly defended the USS MacFarland from a … Read More
Douglas Munro put his small boat between other landing craft and Japanese enemy fire in order cover the withdrawal of 500 Marines from a Guadalcanal beach. When asked if he would lead the mission to save the Marines, he answered “Hell, yes!” Mortally wounded during the action, his dying words were, “did they get off?” Munro received the Medal of … Read More
Deming Bronson earned the Medal of Honor for his heroic leadership in World War I on this date, when he refused to be evacuated despite being wounded three times, and led soldiers during the Meuse-Argonne offensive. A football player at the University of Washington before the War, he is one of eight UW alumni who earned the Medal of Honor … Read More
Humbert Roque “Rocky” Versace, a prisoner of war, earned the Medal of Honor for his heroic resistance while in Viet Cong captivity, attempting escape four times, demanding Geneva Convention coverage, and defiantly singing “God Bless America”. The Viet Cong executed him in 1965 and his remains have never been recovered.
John Dury New, a Marine fighting on Peleliu, earned the Medal of Honor for his heroic sacrifice, when he smothered a Japanese grenade to save the lives of his fellow Marines. Fighting with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, he had served in the Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester campaigns. The City of Mobile, Alabama, his hometown, named its Medal of Honor Park … Read More
Eddie Rickenbacker, the top American ace of World War I with 26 kills, earned the Medal of Honor for his actions on this day 105 years ago, when he attacked seven German planes, shooting down two of them. Originally a Distinguished Service Cross, the award was upgraded to the Medal of Honor in 1930.
Platoon Sergeant Joseph Schaefer led his squad in defense against a ferocious German attack, taking the most exposed potion and capturing ten Germans himself. He then led troops in a counter-attack and freed American POW’s. He earned the Medal of Honor, presented in August 1945, and later fought in Korea. Share his story and remember this great American.