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  • Wild West Magazine

    When the Medal of Honor Recipient Shot the Medal of Honor Recipient

    A double-barreled shotgun featured in the tragedy. In the nearly 150 years since Congress and President Abraham Lincoln authorized the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration awarded by the U.S. government, only once has one MOH...

  • American History Magazine

    The First: Purple Heart

    In 1782, General George Washington established the first honor ever designated for the common soldier, declaring, “The road to glory in a patriot army and a free country is thus open to all.” With no money to pay for promotions,...

  • Civil War Times Magazine

    Judging George Custer

    The real man has long since been overwhelmed by his myth. When fame reduces a man to caricature, his story is at the mercy of every succeeding generation, and few men in American history have been more famous or more caricatured than...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- April 2011

    Russia Finally Condemns Stalin In a major break with precedent, the Russian parliament officially condemned Joseph Stalin for the first time ever this fall for his role in the Katyn Forest massacre during World War II, setting the stage...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Pearl Harbor’s Unlikely Hero

    Doris Miller U.S. Navy Navy Cross Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Dec. 7, 1941 At a May 27, 1942, award ceremony on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, Admiral Chester W. Nimitz pinned the Navy Cross on the uniform of a tall,...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Bravery Over Belgium

    Robert Guy Robinson U.S. Marine Corps Medal of Honor Pitthem, Belgium Oct. 14, 1918 On Oct. 14, 1918, U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Robert Guy Robinson was grievously injured, with more than a dozen bullet wounds to his chest, leg and abdomen...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: The Normandy Ranger

    Leonard G. Lomell U.S. Army Distinguished Service Cross Pointe du Hoc, France June 6, 1944 Leonard G. ‘Bud’ Lomell is a leg- end among U.S. Army Rangers. Inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in 1994, he is one of the key heroes of the...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: A Multitude of Heroes

    Lieutenant John Chard Royal Engineers Victoria Cross Rorke’s Drift, Natal January 22 and 23, 1879 Queen Victoria called the 1879 British defense of Rorke’s Drift “immortal,” and a modern historian labeled it “one of the best...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Finding the Lost Battalion

    Harold Goettler Erwin Bleckley U.S. Army Medal of Honor Argonne, France October 5, 1918 The plight of the Lost Battalion is one of the most famous incidents of America’s involvement in World War I. For six harrowing days in early October...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: Gladiator Ace

    Gladiator Ace: Bill “Cherry” Vale, the RAF’s Forgotten Ace by Brian Cull, Haynes Publishing, Sparkford, England, 2010, $34.95 The classic image of the RAF fighter pilot is that of an upper-class, public school–educated young man...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    Aviation History Book Review: On Heroic Wings

    On Heroic Wings: Stories of the Distinguished Flying Cross by Barry A. Lanman and Laura M. Wendling, Distinguished Flying Cross Society, San Diego, Calif., 2012, $39.95 plus shipping and handling (dfcbook.info) “I look at the line of...

  • Aviation History Magazine

    High Aviation Ideals

    Chinese fighter pilot Gao Chi Hang is still revered 75 years after his untimely death in a Japanese bombing raid. For China, he was an improbable hero. At a time when most officers came from the upper class, his family was impoverished. On...

  • HistoryNet

    America’s Medal of Honor Heroes

    From the Civil War to Afghanistan, the United States’ highest valor award has recognized feats of courage and sacrifice. On October 25, 2007, in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, a patrol from 2d Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment, 173d...

  • HistoryNet

    Dispatches- Armchair General May 2013

    U.S. Pilots Receive French Valor Awards Two U.S. Army 10th Combat Aviation Brigade pilots each received the Cross for Military Valor with Silver Star, one of France’s highest military awards, October 23, 2012, at the residence of the...

  • HistoryNet

    Dispatches- Armchair General July 2013

    Afghan War Medal of Honor Former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha became the fourth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for the Afghanistan War when President Barack Obama presented him the United States’ highest valor...

  • Interviews

    Interview: Sal Giunta

    ACG interviews the first living Medal of Honor recipient for actions occurring after the Vietnam War. On a quiet, dark night in late October 2007, Army Staff Sergeant Salvatore A. “Sal” Giunta and his squad in Company B, 2d Battalion...