Volume 2, Issue 4: Medal of Honor: Tibor Rubin
Tibor Rubin is the only Holocaust survivor to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Rubin emigrated to the United States after World War II and joined the Army. Fighting in Korea in July 1950, he single-handedly fought off a North Korean assault, inflicting staggering numbers of casualties. He was later captured and risked his life to gather food for fellow prisoners. Rubin was recognized for his actions, both as a combatant and as a POW, with the nation’s highest honor.
Volume 2, Issue 3: Medal of Honor: Mary Walker
Mary Walker, one of the first women to earn a medical degree in America, served as a contract surgeon for the U.S. Army during the Civil War. Often crossing enemy lines to treat sick civilians, she was captured by Confederate soldiers and held as a prisoner of war for several months before being released in an exchange. Dr. Mary Walker is the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor.
Volume 2, Issue 2: Medal of Honor: Henry Johnson
Henry Johnson served on the Western Front of the First World War as member of the 369th Infantry Regiment, an African American unit that later became famous as the Harlem Hellfighters. While on sentry duty, Johnson fought off a German raiding party in hand-to-hand combat, despite being seriously injured. He was the first American to receive a Croix de Guerre with a golden palm, France’s highest award for bravery, and became a national hero back home.
Volume 2, Issue 1: Medal of Honor: Daniel Inouye
Daniel Inouye personally witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor and volunteered for the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, which became one of the most decorated units in World War II. As a second lieutenant, Inouye led an assault on the German defenses in Italy during the final weeks of the war, where he lost an arm but continued fighting the battle. He entered politics upon his return to Hawaii and became the first Japanese American elected to the U.S. Senate.
Volume 1, Issue 4: Medal of Honor: Sal Giunta
Specialist Sal Giunta was on patrol in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan on the moonlit night of 25 October 2007 when his platoon was caught in a Taliban ambush. Braving rocket-propelled grenades and intense small arms fire, he advanced on the enemy, prevented the capture of a fellow paratrooper, and turned the tide of the battle. In recognition of his efforts, Giunta became the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.
Volume 1, Issue 3: Medal of Honor: Audie Murphy
Audie Murphy is the highest decorated soldier in American history. Among his many acts of bravery in World War II, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for single-handedly holding off six German tanks and waves of infantry for over an hour during a firefight on 26 January 1945. Murphy stopped only when he ran out of ammunition, then made his way back to his men and organized a successful counterattack.
Volume 1, Issue 2: Medal of Honor: Roy Benavidez
On the morning of 2 May 1968, Special Forces Staff Sergeant Roy Benavidez volunteered to help rescue a 12-man reconnaissance team trapped by the North Vietnamese Army. During hours of bloody fighting, Benavidez was seriously wounded multiple times but still worked tirelessly to defend his comrades and help bring them back. For his actions that day he became a legend in the Green Beret community and was recognized with a Medal of Honor.
Volume 1, Issue 1: Medal of Honor: Alvin York
On October 8, 1918, Alvin York was part of a small patrol fighting behind enemy lines during the Meuse-Argonne campaign of World War I. Suddenly a German machine gun brought down most of his platoon. York assumed command of the seven surviving Americans, took out the machine-gun nest, and captured 132 German soldiers. Corporal York was soon awarded sergeant’s stripes—and a Medal of Honor.