Articles from ARMY Magazine, Headline News, and AUSA News on the Congressional Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor Recipients Continue to Inspire

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Medal of Honor Recipients Continue to Inspire

It started with the realization that Medal of Honor recipients had confronted the most difficult moment in their lives and responded with incredible courage, and it turned into a mission to tell their stories.

In his new book, In the Company of Heroes: The Inspiring Stories of Medal of Honor Recipients from America’s Longest Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, author James Kitfield sets out to tell the stories of 25 of those heroes.

AUSA Webinar Highlights Medal of Honor Heroes

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AUSA Webinar Highlights Medal of Honor Heroes

Author James Kitfield will discuss his new book, which tells the stories of Medal of Honor recipients, during an upcoming webinar hosted by the Association of the U.S. Army.

The event, part of AUSA’s Thought Leaders webinar series, will take place at 2 p.m. Eastern Nov. 16. It is free, but registration is required here.

New Graphic Novel Features Vietnam, Green Beret Hero

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New Graphic Novel Features Vietnam, Green Beret Hero

Retired Col. Roger Donlon, the first person in the Vietnam War and the first Green Beret to receive the Medal of Honor, is the subject of the latest graphic novel in the Association of the U.S. Army’s series on recipients of the nation’s highest valor award.

Medal of Honor: Roger Donlon tells of how then-Capt. Donlon disregarded multiple wounds and successfully led his 12-man Green Beret team as they held off an attack by a reinforced battalion of Viet Cong fighters in July 1964.

Army to Review Distinguished Service Cross Awards

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Army to Review Distinguished Service Cross Awards

The Army will review Distinguished Service Cross medals awarded to African American and Native American troops for their actions in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, the Pentagon announced.

The review, directed by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to all the services, will examine whether the recipients of the Service Crosses warrant the Medal of Honor. The Distinguished Service Cross, which is awarded by the Army, the Navy Cross and the Air Force Cross are the nation’s second-highest valor awards, behind only the Medal of Honor.

New Graphic Novel Highlights ‘Wild Bill’ Donovan

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New Graphic Novel Highlights ‘Wild Bill’ Donovan

The story of Lt. Col. William “Wild Bill” Donovan, the World War I hero who went on to lead the agency that would become the CIA, is featured in the latest graphic novel in the Association of the U.S. Army’s series on Medal of Honor recipients.

Donovan, the only American to have received the nation’s four highest awards, the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal and the National Security Medal, is well known for founding the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA.

Thought Leaders - In the Company of Heroes

AUSA’s Thought Leaders webinar series—an extension of our Thought Leaders podcast—focuses on contemporary military authors and senior military leaders. Thought Leaders seeks to educate the public on critical issues affecting land forces and strategy.

AUSA’s Thought Leaders Webinar series invites you to join us on Tuesday, 16 November 2021, at 1400 EST, to hear a presentation by James Kitfield, author of In the Company of Heroes: The Inspiring Stories of Medal of Honor Recipients from America’s Longest Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

New Graphic Novel Features WWII, Korean War Hero

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New Graphic Novel Features WWII, Korean War Hero

Cpl. Mitchell Red Cloud Jr., the Korean War hero who single-handedly held off the enemy so his fellow soldiers wouldn’t get overrun, is the subject of the latest graphic novel in the Association of the U.S. Army’s series on recipients of the nation’s highest valor award.

Graphic Novel Highlights 1st Medal of Honor Recipient

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Graphic Novel Highlights 1st Medal of Honor Recipient

The story of Pvt. Jacob Parrott, the first soldier to be awarded the Medal of Honor, is highlighted in the newest graphic novel in the Association of the U.S. Army’s series on recipients of the nation’s highest valor award.

Medal of Honor: Jacob Parrott tells of how Parrott and 23 other men volunteered during the Civil War to go nearly 200 miles into Confederate territory to steal a train and destroy tracks behind them as they sped north, all part of a plan to prevent reinforcements from interfering with an attempted capture of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Puckett Awarded Medal of Honor for Heroism in Korea

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Puckett Awarded Medal of Honor for Heroism in Korea

Retired Col. Ralph Puckett, a legendary and revered Army Ranger who fought in Korea and Vietnam, received the Medal of Honor May 21 during a ceremony at the White House.

President Joe Biden presented the 94-year-old Puckett with the nation’s highest award for valor during a ceremony attended by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and other dignitaries.

Honored for his heroic actions more than 70 years ago during a vicious battle in the Korean War, Puckett is now one of the most highly decorated soldiers in U.S. history.