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Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Lt. Raymond Beaudoin

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Army 1st Lt. Raymond Beaudoin made it through years of battle during World War II, just to be cut down within reach of its end. But the actions he took to save his platoon will always be remembered, and that’s why he earned the Medal of Honor. Beaudoin was born on July 15, 1918, in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where he grew ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Vice Adm. James Stockdale

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Nearly 600 U.S. prisoners of war returned from Vietnam during Operation Homecoming in early 1973. Many had endured the longest wartime captivity of any group of U.S. POWs in the nation’s history. One of those repatriated was Navy Vice Adm. James B. Stockdale, an iconic Naval aviator who remains the only three-star admiral to have worn both aviator wings and the ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Maj. Gen. Joshua Chamberlain

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Anyone who knows the Civil War history of Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg likely remembers the name of the man who held the hill, Army Maj. Gen. Joshua Chamberlain. His actions July 2, 1863, were pivotal to the Union winning that crucial battle, and, years later, they earned him the Medal of Honor. Chamberlain was born on ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Owen Hammerberg

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Most Medal of Honor recipients earned the award during combat, but that’s not the case for everyone. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Owen Francis Patrick Hammerberg, a boatswain’s mate, is one of the few recipients who earned it for his heroic efforts outside of normal duty. Hammerberg was born May 31, 1920, and grew up on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. His ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Air Force Maj. George Andrew Davis Jr.

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To be a flying “ace,” you have to be credited with shooting down several enemy aircraft during combat. It didn’t happen often in the 20th century, and it rarely happens now. Air Force Maj. George A. Davis Jr., a Medal of Honor recipient, is one of only a handful of U.S. military pilots to hold the distinction of being an ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Corps Capt. Raymond Murphy

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For this week’s Medal of Honor Monday, we’re highlighting Marine Corps Capt. Raymond Murphy, a recipient who honorably served his fellow Marines during war, then spent the rest of his life serving them, as well. Murphy was born Jan. 14, 1930, in Pueblo, Colorado. He had three brothers and a sister and said he loved to play sports growing up. ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing

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In the past few decades, several service members from the Civil War have received posthumous Medals of Honor for their actions in keeping our nation together more than 150 years ago. One of them was Army 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing, who helped stop Confederate soldiers from breaking through the Union line during Confederate Maj. Gen. George Pickett’s famous charge at ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Capt. Thomas Custer

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For this Medal of Honor Monday, we’re honoring a famous Custer, but not THE Custer you’re thinking of — Civil War Gen. George Custer, of “Custer’s last stand” fame. Today, we’re honoring his brother, Capt. Thomas Custer, who became the first double recipient of the Medal of Honor. Thomas Custer was born March 15, 1845, in New Rumley, Ohio. He ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Capt. Thomas Custer

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For this Medal of Honor Monday, we’re honoring a famous Custer, but not THE Custer you’re thinking of — Civil War Gen. George Custer, of “Custer’s last stand” fame. Today, we’re honoring his brother, Capt. Thomas Custer, who became the first double recipient of the Medal of Honor. Thomas Custer was born March 15, 1845, in New Rumley, Ohio. He ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing

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In the past few decades, several service members from the Civil War have received posthumous Medals of Honor for their actions in keeping our nation together more than 150 years ago. One of them was Army 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing, who helped stop Confederate soldiers from breaking through the Union line during Confederate Maj. Gen. George Pickett’s famous charge at ...

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A Sniper’s Role Is Crucial

It was 2006, and Army Staff Sgt. Brett Johnson of the 1st Ranger Battalion peered through night-vision goggles, slowly moving with his squad toward a house in Iraq with a high-value target inside. They knew there were armed militants nearby, but they had no idea they were about to run into one. “Right as we were about to break the ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Sgt. Leonard Funk

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Army 1st Sgt. Leonard Funk served in some of the most pivotal campaigns in the European theater of World War II, making him one of the war’s most decorated paratroopers. After jumping into Normandy on D-Day with the 82nd Airborne Division, he earned the Distinguished Service Cross during Operation Market Garden. His Medal of Honor was earned toward the end ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Seaman Lewis Horton

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As we head into the new year, we would be remiss to not highlight one of the first-ever service members to earn the Medal of Honor as a noncombatant. Navy Seaman Lewis Horton served during the Civil War, and his time in the military included being a prisoner of war, a double amputee and a courageous lifesaver. Horton was born ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Seaman Dennis Conlan

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Those who perform valiant actions don’t always succeed in their missions, but that doesn’t mean their efforts aren’t worthy of commendation. Navy Seaman Dennis Conlan was one of several men who received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Civil War that didn’t bring success for their side —  but they were courageous nonetheless. Conlan was born in 1838 in ...

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