Issue 4: 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.

Issue 3: 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.

Issue 2: 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.

Issue 1: 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.