Medal of Honor Day

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March 25, 2013 12:45 PM by Smash

Medal of HonorToday is the 150th anniversary of the Medal of Honor award, the highest military honor in the land of the United States of America. It was first introduced on March 25, 1863 and has been a main stay in our country ever since.

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed on a member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.” Because of the nature of its criteria, the medal is often awarded posthumously.

Thousands of men have been awarded it for their acts of selflessness when they were needed most. Many have died in their actions that earned the Medal of Honor although some have survived to receive the medal. The one characteristic they all share is that their selfless actions saved the lives of many men and women from meeting their maker.

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the first Medal of Honor, we present you with the 10 really awesome Medal of Honor Stories.The top ten list:

10. LCmdr. Ernest E. Evans WWII
9. 1SG Leonard A. FunkWWII
8. Capt. Robert “Bobbie” E. Brown WWII
7. MSG Roy P. Benavidez Vietnam
6. Cpl. Tony Stein WWII
5. Sgt. Thomas A. Baker WWII
4. Col. Robert L. Howard Vietnam
3. SG Alvin C. York WWI
2. Lt. Audie L. Murphy WWII
1. Lt. William D. Hawkins WWIIRead each story here.

Below are several links in which you can learn more about the Medal of Honor. We owe a lot of what we all get in life to the sacrifices made by veterans and active military members. Let us all take a time to recognize all they do for us and realize ways we can help, through monetary donation or volunteering.

Medal of Honor Museum Website

List of Heroes that have recieved the Medal of Honor catergorized by each conflict/war.

President Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha:

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