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Medal of Honor Monday: Air Force Capt. John S. Walmsley Jr.

Many of our nation’s fallen heroes have yet to make it home from war. One of those men is Air Force Capt. John S. Walmsley Jr., whose dedication to completing his mission during the Korean War cost him his life, but it earned him the Medal of Honor. Walmsley was born and raised in Baltimore and attended the University of ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Capt. Ed Freeman

Heroes are often people who volunteer for missions they know might be their last. During the Vietnam War, despite having reached retirement age while managing to survive two wars, Army Capt. Ed Freeman volunteered for just such a mission. Freeman was born on Nov. 20, 1927, into a big family who lived on a farm in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He never finished ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Adm. Frank Jack Fletcher

Operational commander Navy Adm. Frank Jack Fletcher used his leadership experience in two key World War II engagements in the Pacific theater: the Battle of Midway and the Battle of the Coral Sea. But long before that, his actions during the 1914 occupation of Veracruz, Mexico, earned him the Medal of Honor. Born in Marshalltown, Iowa, in April 1885, Fletcher ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Corps Pfc. Harold Gonsalves

Artillery battalions were rarely on the front lines of the battle during World War II, but cannon units often found themselves in line with the infantrymen directly facing the enemy. Marine Corps Pfc. Harold Gonsalves lost his life on the front line of the Battle of Okinawa in the Pacific, but in doing so, he earned the Medal of Honor. ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Union Army Pvt. George Maynard

The American Civil War accounts for 1,522 Medal of Honor recipients — nearly half of the total who have earned the award since its creation in 1861. One of those recipients was Union Army Pvt. George Maynard, who refused to leave a man behind during a lopsided fight. Maynard was born in a suburb of Boston in 1836 and attended ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Navy Lt. Vincent Capodanna

Chaplains aren’t just religious advocates for service members. They’re also relied upon for moral and spiritual well-being, with an ability to be calm in the most harrowing of circumstances. Only a handful of chaplains have earned the Medal of Honor. Navy Lt. Vincent Capodanno, whose bravery and selflessness were exemplified during the Vietnam War, is one of them. Capodanno was ...

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Watch: President Trump Presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins

President Donald Trump presents the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry. Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions of June 1, 2007, in support of IRAQI FREEDOM.  While serving in Iraq with Company D, 2d Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade Combat Team, ...

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President Donald Trump’s Schedule for Wednesday, March 27, 2019

President Donald Trump will have lunch with Vice President Mike Pence. Later, the president will present the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Travis W. Atkins, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry. Keep up with Trump on President Trump’s Schedule Page. President Trump’s schedule for 3/27/19 All Times EDT 12:30 PM Lunch with the Vice President – Private Dining Room 4:00 PM ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins

For some people, the military is a calling. That was the case for Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins, who reenlisted during the height of the Iraq War after a break in service. It was a decision that led to his death, but his dedication to the cause saved the lives of three of his fellow soldiers, and those actions are ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Capt. Jack Treadwell

By spring of 1945, the end of World War II was imminent. The Allies had pushed into Germany, and that momentum may be what pushed Army 1st Lt. Jack Treadwell to single-handedly clear out six enemy bunkers and take 18 prisoners as his battalion hammered the Siegfried Line, Germany’s last major defensive fortification. His actions inspired his men and earned ...

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Marine Corps Cpl. Hershel Williams

The Battle of Iwo Jima in the Pacific during World War II is one of the most famous battles of all time. A photo of service members raising the American flag there on Feb. 23, 1945, is iconic, and it was the inspiration behind the Marine Corps War Memorial near Arlington National Cemetery. Also iconic is Hershel “Woody” Williams, a Marine ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Spc. Daniel Fernandez

Of the more than 260 service members who received the Medal of Honor for actions taken in Vietnam, not many volunteered for their tour of duty. Army Spc. 4th Class Daniel Fernandez volunteered for his second stint there. It was a choice that led to his death, but the soldiers he saved will never forget his sacrifice. Fernandez was born ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Army Lt. Col. Teddy Roosevelt

In honor of Presidents Day, we thought it would be worthwhile to honor the only president to have earned the Medal of Honor – President Theodore ”Teddy” Roosevelt. Roosevelt was known for many things — most notably his two terms as president, his exploration of the South American wilderness, having his profile carved into Mount Rushmore, and the many nonfiction stories ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Marine Corps Pvt. Albert Smith

The majority of service members who earn the Medal of Honor do so during times of conflict, but several recipients earned it for bravery that didn’t have anything to do with war. Marine Corps Pvt. Albert J. Smith is one of those recipients, and he earned his medal on this day 98 years ago. Smith was born in Calumet, Michigan, ...

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Medal of Honor Monday: Air Force Col. Joe Jackson

Air Force Col. Joe Jackson earned the nation’s highest honor by rescuing three men in Vietnam in 1968, and he became a living example of military valor for 50 years after that. Unfortunately, he passed away Jan. 12 at age 95. But his story — and the famous photograph that goes with it — will live on in military pilot ...

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