Medal Of Honor Recipients
Ernest Edwin Evans: A Cherokee/Creek during the Battle for Leyte Gulf, 24-26 October 1944, Commander of the USS Johnston, he formed a part of the screen for escort aircraft carriers of the SEVENTH Fleet which on 25 October encountered off Samar the Center Force of the Japanese Fleet after it had transited San Bernardino Strait during the night of 24-25 October. The USS Johnston waged a gallant fight against heavy Japanese fleet units but was sunk by the enemy ships.
“First Sioux to Receive Medal of Honor” via the U.S. Army: Master Sgt. Woodrow W. Keeble became the first Sioux to receive the Medal of Honor (posthumous), March 3, 2008 for actions in Korea, Oct. 20, 1951. Armed with grenades and a rifle, he flanked an enemy pillbox and eliminated it. Then Keeble took out two more positions. “There were so many grenades coming down on Woody, that it looked like a flock of blackbirds.” He was wounded at least five times.
Dwight Johnson was the only tank driver to receive The Medal of Honor for bravery in combat, strangely not with his tank that he exited when it stopped . Under devastating fire, he fought the enemy with a .45 caliber pistol, advanced to arm himself with a sub machine gun, brought a wounded tank driver to safety, remounted his own immobilized tank where he bravely and skillfully engaged the tank's externally-mounted .50 caliber machine gun until the situation was brought under control.
Richard Bong was the top scoring fighter pilot of the war for the US, shooting down at least 40 Japanese aircraft in less than three years of combat. By April 1944, Bong had shot down 27 enemy planes, and the Army Air Force wanted to recall him for duty as an instructor. Bong told them where they could stuff their desk job, and kept on flying fighter missions. He won the Medal of Honor in September, then was ordered to go home or face court martial.
Lloyd Cortez Hawks (1911-1953) was a US Army soldier and a recipient of the Medal of Honor - for his actions in World War II. Hawks remained in the army after World War II and later served in the Korean War reaching the rank of sergeant first class. Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On January 30 1944 at 3 p.m. near Carano Italy Pfc. Hawks braved an enemy counterattack in order to rescue 2 wounded men who unable to move were lying in an ex
U.S. Army chaplain Father Emil Joseph Kapaun, who died May 23, 1951, in a North Korean prisoner of war camp, is pictured in an undated photo. The Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award for bravery, awarded to the priest posthumously at the White House April 11.
On his last tour to Vietnam, at the age of 23, Navy SEAL Michael Thornton heroically saved the life of his senior officer on an intelligence gathering and prisoner capture operation. The small team of two Navy SEALs and three South Vietnamese commandos was discovered by a larger North Vietnamese Army force, and a fierce firefight ensued. SEAL LT Thomas Norris, who had himself earned the Medal of Honor just months earlier, was shot in the face and believed dead.
On 21 October 1950, Richard G. Wilson, would assist the wounded and assure that no one was left behind while his unit was withdrawing from the encircling enemy. Despite the protests of his comrades, unarmed and facing a merciless enemy, Wilson returned to the dangerous position in search of a comrade. Two days later a patrol found him lying beside the man he returned to aid. Was shot several times trying to shield and administer aid. The MOH was posthumously awarded for his sacrifice.
LTC James Howard, 354th Fighter Group, WWII - James Howell Howard (April 13, 1913 – March 18, 1995) was a general in the United States Air Force and the only fighter pilot in the European Theater of Operations in World War II to receive the Medal of Honor. He also served as a USN Aviator on the Enterprise (CV-6), 1939-41 and as a member of the 'Flying Tigers' (1941-42) where he flew 56 missions and is credited with 6 victories - making him an ACE in both the Pacific and European Theaters.
James Elms Swett (June 15, 1920 – January 18, 2009) was a United States Marine Corps fighter pilot and ace during World War II. He was awarded the United States' highest military decoration— the Medal of Honor — for actions while a division flight leader in VMF-221 over Guadalcanal on April 7, 1943. Subsequently he downed a total of 15.5 enemy aircraft during the war, earning eight Distinguished Flying Crosses and four Air Medals.
Valor award for PhM2c George Edward Wahlen (1924-2009) USN. Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty....during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima in the Volcano group on 3 March 1945. His heroic spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of overwhelming enemy fire upheld the highest traditions of U.S. Naval Service. George Wahlen later joined the US Army, served in Korea and Vietnam and retired as a major.
Valor award for SGT (then PFC) Dexter James Kerstetter (1907-1972) US Army. Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action above and beyond the call of duty on 13 April 1945....at Galiano, Luzon, Philippine Islands. ....his fearless attack in the face of great odds was an inspiration to his comrades in their dangerous task. Read more, scroll down page to Life After the War. HistoryLink.org