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

Civil War Heroes Receive Long Overdue Medal of Honor

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Civil War Heroes Receive Long Overdue Medal of Honor

More than 160 years after participating in what’s now known as the Great Locomotive Chase, Pvts. Philip Shadrach and George Wilson were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

The two Civil War heroes were recognized with the nation’s highest award for valor by President Joe Biden during a July 3 ceremony at the White House.

“This was a long time coming,” Biden said during the ceremony, as he described the Great Locomotive Chase as “one of the most daring operations in the entire Civil War.”

Air Defense System Renamed for Vietnam War Hero

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Air Defense System Renamed for Vietnam War Hero

The Army has renamed its short-range air defense system for Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Mitchell Stout, an artilleryman who was killed protecting his fellow soldiers in Vietnam.

Announced June 15 at the National Museum of the United States Army during a celebration of the Army’s 249th birthday, the Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense system, known as M-SHORAD, is now the Sgt. Stout, named for the only air defense artillery soldier to earn the nation’s highest award for valor.

Graphic Novel Features Captain Who Tackled Suicide Bomber

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Graphic Novel Features Captain Who Tackled Suicide Bomber

Retired Capt. Flo Groberg, who tackled a suicide bomber in Afghanistan to protect his fellow soldiers, 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 award for valor.

Medic Who Earned Medal of Honor in Vietnam Dies

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Medic Who Earned Medal of Honor in Vietnam Dies

Clarence Sasser, who received the Medal of Honor for saving his fellow soldiers’ lives in Vietnam, died May 13. He was 76.

In January 1968, then-Pfc. Sasser was a medical aidman with 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, when his unit was sent on an assault in Ding Tuong Province, Vietnam, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

Legendary Army Ranger Dies

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Legendary Army Ranger Dies

Retired Col. Ralph Puckett, a legendary and revered Army Ranger who fought in Korea and Vietnam, died April 8. He was 97.

Puckett, an inaugural member of the Ranger Hall of Fame, was awarded the Medal of Honor in May 2021, more than 70 years after leading the 8th Army Ranger Company to capture a frozen hilltop near the Chinese border during the Korean War.

AUSA Graphic Novel Honors WWII Tank Hero

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AUSA Graphic Novel Honors WWII Tank Hero

Staff Sgt. Ruben Rivers, who ignored his own wounds to protect his fellow soldiers in the 761st Tank Battalion during World War II, is the focus of the latest graphic novel in the Association of the U.S. Army’s series on recipients of the nation’s highest award for valor.

Medal of Honor Aviator, Vietnam Hero Dies

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Medal of Honor Aviator, Vietnam Hero Dies

Former Capt. Larry Taylor, who received the Medal of Honor for leading a harrowing rescue of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam, died Jan. 28. He was 81.

Taylor, an Army aviator, received the nation’s highest award for valor during a Sept. 5 ceremony at the White House, more than 55 years after his heroic actions.

In June 1968 near Ap Go Cong, Vietnam, Taylor, flying an AH-1 Cobra gunship, repeatedly braved enemy fire to rescue a four-man long-range reconnaissance patrol team that was surrounded by a much larger enemy force.

Vietnam War Hero, Green Beret Legend Dies

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Vietnam War Hero, Green Beret Legend Dies

Retired Col. Roger Donlon, the first person in the Vietnam War and the first Green Beret to receive the Medal of Honor, died Jan. 25. He was 89.

Donlon received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, for his actions in July 1964 near Nam Dong, Vietnam. During the battle, 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.

AUSA Releases 2 New Podcasts in November

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AUSA Releases 2 New Podcasts in November

The Association of the U.S. Army is releasing two new podcasts in November as part of its relaunched “Army Matters” series.

First up is a podcast featuring retired Lt. Gen. Robert Foley, who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam. Foley, who went on to command Fifth Army, is the author of Standing Tall: Leadership Lessons in the Life of a Soldier.

Army Pilot Receives Medal of Honor

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Capt. Larry Taylor
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Army Pilot Receives Medal of Honor

More than 55 years after a harrowing rescue in Vietnam, former Army aviator Capt. Larry Taylor received the Medal of Honor during a Sept. 5 ceremony at the White House.

In June 1968 near Ap Go Cong, Vietnam, Taylor, flying an AH-1 Cobra gunship, repeatedly braved enemy fire to rescue a four-man long-range reconnaissance patrol team that was surrounded by a much larger enemy force.