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

Medal of Honor Recipient Speaks at AUSA Webinar

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Medal of Honor Recipient Speaks at AUSA Webinar

Medal of Honor recipient David Bellavia will speak Feb. 21 as part of the Association of the U.S. Army’s Noon Report webinar series.

Bellavia, the only living recipient of the nation’s highest valor award for actions in Iraq, will discuss his new book, Remember the Ramrods: An Army Brotherhood in War and Peace. During his presentation, Bellavia will share how bonds with soldiers in his platoon motivated him to clear an enemy stronghold in Fallujah, Iraq, and how reuniting with them 15 years later helped the group grapple with their wartime service.

Special Forces Hero to Receive Belated Medal of Honor

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Special Forces Hero to Receive Belated Medal of Honor

Retired Col. Paris Davis, a Special Forces soldier who fought in Vietnam, will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during the war, the White House announced.

President Joe Biden called Davis Feb. 13 to inform him of the award for his “remarkable heroism,” the White House said in a brief statement. “The President told Colonel Davis that he looks forward to hosting him at the White House soon for a medal presentation,” the White House said.

Davis is being recognized with the nation’s highest award for valor almost 60 years after his courageous actions in Vietnam.

Congress Authorizes Award Upgrades

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Congress Authorizes Award Upgrades

Korean War veteran Cpl. Fred McGee and Master Sgt. David Halbruner, a special operations soldier who deployed to Benghazi, Libya, could receive the Medal of Honor for their actions under the 2023 defense authorization bill.

The 2023 National Defense Authorization Act is awaiting President Joe Biden’s signature. The bill, which supports $857.9 billion in national defense funding, was passed by the Senate Dec. 15 with a vote of 83–11. The House of Representatives passed the bill on a 350–80 vote on Dec. 8.

Graphic Novel Features Delta Force Snipers

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Graphic Novel Features Delta Force Snipers

Master Sgt. Gary Gordon and Sgt. 1st Class Randy Shughart, who gave their lives to save their fellow soldiers during the fierce Battle of Mogadishu, are 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.

Four Soldiers Awarded Belated Medals of Honor

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Four Soldiers Awarded Belated Medals of Honor

Four soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor on July 5, more than 50 years after their heroic actions in Vietnam.

Spc. 5 Dwight Birdwell, Spc. 5 Dennis Fujii and retired Maj. John Duffy received the nation’s highest award for valor from President Joe Biden during a ceremony at the White House.

Staff Sgt. Edward Kaneshiro, who was killed in action in Vietnam, was honored posthumously. His son John accepted the award from the president.

Four Vietnam Vets to Receive Medals of Honor

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Four Vietnam Vets to Receive Medals of Honor

More than 50 years after their heroic actions, four soldiers who fought in Vietnam will receive the Medal of Honor, the White House announced June 28.

President Joe Biden will recognize Staff Sgt. Edward Kaneshiro, Spc. 5 Dwight Birdwell, Spc. 5 Dennis Fujii and retired Maj. John Duffy with the nation’s highest award for valor July 5 at the White House.

Kaneshiro will be honored posthumously.

Graphic Novel Features Double Medal of Honor Recipient

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Graphic Novel Features Double Medal of Honor Recipient

Capt. Tom Custer, the first soldier in U.S. history to earn two Medals 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 award for valor.

AUSA Graphic Novel Features Legendary Army Ranger

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AUSA Graphic Novel Features Legendary Army Ranger

Retired Col. Ralph Puckett, a legendary and revered Army Ranger who fought in Korea and Vietnam, is the subject of the latest graphic novel in the Association of the U.S. Army’s series on recipients of the Medal of Honor. 

Medal of Honor: Ralph Puckett tells of Puckett’s actions as commander of the 8th Army Ranger Company during the Korean War, when he led his new unit to capture a frozen hilltop near the Chinese border and battled multiple counterattacks by a much larger enemy force.