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  • 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...

  • HistoryNet

    Armchair General- Dispatches September 2013

    Valor Medals For Four USMC “Silent Warriors” In a rare public ceremony, four “Silent Warriors” from 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command (MARSOC), were recognized with the...

  • HistoryNet

    Armchair General- Dispatches November 2013

    Navy Cross for Vietnam War Heroism Former active duty Marine Ned E. Seath received the Navy Cross, the second highest award for valor in the Marine Corps and Navy, in a February 11, 2011, ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine...

  • MHQ Magazine

    Until They Are Home: The Work of JPAC

    Decades after Carlson’s Raiders stormed Makin Island, an elite team of forensic sleuths found the remains of the Marines who died there. IT WAS WINDY AND RAINY, and Christmas was fast approaching on that day in 1999 when Hugh Thomason...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    America’s Civil War Book Review: Home of the Brave

    Home of the Brave: In Their Own Words— Immigrant Soldiers Who Received the Medal of Honor During the Civil War Les Rolston, Blue Mustang Press 2012, $12.95 There are plenty of existing accounts of veterans on both sides of the Civil War,...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Hanging By a Thread

    William Lowrey John McCants U.S. Navy Distinguished Flying Cross San Diego, California May 15, 1941 What the Navy would call “one of the most brilliant and daring rescues” in the history of the service occurred not in war but seven...

  • Military History Magazine

    First Black Colonel: Charles Young

    Charles Young made a career of breaking down barriers in the segregated U.S. Army. Charles Young was born into slavery in a two-room log cabin in Mays Lick, Ky., on March 12, 1864. His father Gabriel later fled to freedom and in 1865...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Humanity at Sea

    Werner Hartenstein Deutsche Kriegsmarine South Atlantic Ocean September 12, 1942 Korvettenkapitän Werner Hartenstein was both a top German World War II U-boat commander and a holder of the Knight’s Cross of the Iron Cross. But it was...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Finland’s White Death

    Simo Häyhä Finnish Army Order of the Cross of Liberty Finland 1940 The Russians called him “White Death.” During the 1939–40 Winter War, in the space of 100 days, Finnish sniper Simo Häyhä killed a confirmed 505 Russian soldiers...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: Breaking into Hell

    Witold Pilecki Polish Resistance Order of the White Eagle 1940–43 By 1920, 19-year-old Witold Pilecki had won the Polish Cross of Valor twice for action against the Red Army, and in World War II he commanded a cavalry platoon. After...

  • Military History Magazine

    Valor: The Other Custer Hero

    Thomas Ward Custer U.S. Army Medal of Honor (double award) Virginia 1865 “He should have been the general,” George Armstrong Custer often said about brother Tom. While the flamboyant and dashing brevet Maj. Gen. Custer was busy gaining...

  • HistoryNet

    Dispatches- Armchair General November 2014

    Marine Awarded Medal of Honor On June 19, 2014, former U.S. Marine Corps Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter was presented the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. Carpenter received the medal in...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    “Everybody was a Hero that Day”

    In the battle for Widows’ Village during Tet 1968, a single scout platoon earned three DSCs, six Silver Stars and 22 Bronze Stars. In late January 1968, my scout platoon—part of the 9th Infantry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 47th...