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  • 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,...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam News- February 2012

    Medal of Honor Recipient’s Colt .45, Stolen 33 Years Ago, Turns Up at Auction When George Berry bid on a rare 1911 Colt .45 in an online auction in July, he had no idea it had been stolen years before from a Vietnam War Medal of Honor...

  • Vietnam Magazine

    Vietnam News- August 2012

    Army Spc. 4 Leslie Sabo Awarded Medal of Honor Posthumously Leslie H. Sabo Jr., the nation’s newest Medal of Honor recipient, died in a Cambodian jungle on May 10, 1970, after a daylong battle in which he tried to save his fellow...

  • America's Civil War Magazine

    America’s Civil War Letters from Readers- January 2012

    Rolling the dice Thanks for the memories with the article “How to market a milestone” (July 2011). The centennial series of war games produced by Milton Bradley and its Avalon Hill division were my introduction to Civil War history. It...

  • 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...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Today- April 2012

    Fight On Two Fronts They sent him to a segregated boot camp, relegated him to a support role hauling ammunition, and refused to let him fight. But Ambrose Anderson Jr. never considered himself anything less than a full-fledged U.S. Marine....

  • HistoryNet

    Dispatches-Armchair General January 2013

    Lost Medal of Honor Returned to Filipino Hero’s Family In November 1912, Jose Baliton Nisperos became the first Asian and Filipino to receive the Medal of Honor, America’s highest valor award. After he died a decade later, his medal...

  • HistoryNet

    Dispatches- Armchair General March 2013

    Medal of Honor for Vietnam War Heroism President Barack Obama posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor to Specialist 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr. in a May 16, 2012, White House ceremony. Sabo’s widow, Rose Mary Sabo-Brown (née Buccelli),...

  • 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...

  • World War II Magazine

    Letters from Readers: World War II April 2013

    Dual Shermans THANKS FOR November/December’s “Heavier Metal,” about the USMC’s first use of the M4 Sherman tank in the Pacific, i.e. on the tough terrain and against the fanatical Japanese Naval Infantry stationed on Tarawa. It was...

  • HistoryNet

    Dispatches- Armchair General January 2014

    2d Medal of Honor for Battle of Kamdesh In an August 26, 2013, ceremony at the White House, President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Ty Michael Carter for his bravery above and beyond the call of duty during...

  • HistoryNet

    Dispatches- Armchair General March 2014

    Former Army Captain Receives Medal of Honor President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor, America’s highest valor award, to former U.S. Army Captain William D. Swenson at a White House ceremony October 15, 2013. Swenson, who left...

  • HistoryNet

    Dispatches- Armchair General May 2014

    Marine Scout-Sniper Awarded Navy Cross U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Joshua L. Moore received the Navy Cross, America’s second-highest valor award, from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus during a ceremony held November 1, 2013, at Camp...

  • HistoryNet

    Dispatches- Armchair General July 2014

    Navy Crosses for Two Fallen Marines On January 18, 2014, two Marines, Staff Sergeant Sky R. Mote and Captain Matthew P. Manoukian, were posthumously awarded Navy Crosses (the nation’s second highest valor award, after the Medal of Honor)...