I found it amazing that all of them represent america as a socioeconomic, religious, and ethnic cross section of the population. The us army center of military history maintains a list of all medal of honor award recipients from all services. Posthumous recipients of the award are not covered. Beside the caldecott medal, the committee awards a variable number of citations to worthy runnersup, called the caldecott honors or caldecott honor books.
Thirteen went to the marines and their organic navy corpsmen, nine to army troops, and one to a navy officer. For other medals, see medal of honor disambiguation. Recipients must distinguish themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the united states. You are more than your ribbon rack or resume and call your. Either the page is no longer relevant or consensus on its purpose has become unclear. Audie murphy is the highest decorated soldier in american history.
The national museum of american jewish military history is honored to tell the stories of the seventeen men of the jewish faith who have received the medal for their bravery and courage. Medal of honor and choosing courage are stirring tributes to our bravest. Spradlins medal of honor books profiles the courage and accomplishments of recipients of the highest and most prestigious personal. Among his many acts of bravery in world war ii, he was awarded the medal of honor for singlehandedly holding off six german tanks and waves of infantry for over an hour during a firefight on 26 january 1945.
Medal of honor recipients congressional medal of honor. The recipient must have distinguished themselves at the risk. Medal of honor recipients naval historical foundation. Other books i have read in the past more or less regurgitated the recipients citation of bravery in action which though informative was lacking when compared to this book. Medal of honor graphic novels association of the united. Recommended medal of honor books the national medal of. The medal of honor was created during the american civil war and is the highest military decoration presented by the united states to a member of its armed forces. A comprehensive history of americas highest award for military valor. Medal of honor commemorative 150th anniversary edition by. This book takes offers a new perspective on the medal of honor, examining the historical facts and figures of its recipients. Out of many books written about medal of honor recipients i place this book as one of the best in term of honoring them. Medal of honor news is a participant in the amazon services llc associates program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
Five double recipients were awarded both the armys and navys medal of honor for the same action, with all five of these occurrences taking place during world war i. There are also essays by tom brokaw, senator john mccain, and victor davis hanson, and a multimedia dvd with historic footage and recipients firstperson reflections. Military awards and medals had little role in the early years of the u. In this webinar, presenter heather kensill discusses medal of honor stories.
United states of americas congressional medal of honor recipients and their citations is on my desk at all times and is the first source of information i use to confirm that an individual is a legitimate recipient of the medal of honor. The inspiring true story of green beret medic gary beikirch, medal of honor recipient by marcus brotherton. The greatest rescue mission in navy seal history hardcover. Portraits of valor beyond the call of duty has been published to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the medal. The 507 page book also includes the history of arlington national cemetery, the unknown soldiers, and much more. The recipient must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the united states. During the revolutionary war three soldiers received a purple heartshaped badge of military merit made of cloth for gallantry, fidelity, or essential service.
This page is currently inactive and is retained for historical reference. Medal of honor is a stirring tribute to our bravest military heroes, men who have earned their place in history and who continue to inspire and awe their fellow citizens through their selflessness and strength of character. Our militarys first medal was the badge for military merit, established by general george washington during the american. Shurer on 1 october 2018 at the white house in washington, d.
President donald trump awarded the medal of honor to former staff sgt. Portraits of asian, hispanic, jewish, african american, and native american recipients of the congressional medal of honor from the civil war to the war on terror. A history of service above and beyond follows the awards history from its inception in 1861, through the various wars and peacekeeping efforts and then, finally, to the present. Medal of honor recipients history of the american civil war. Medal of honor recipients the navy and marine corps medal of honor is our countrys oldest continuously awarded decoration, even though its appearance and award criteria has changed since it was created for enlisted men by secretary of the navy gideon welles on 16 december 1861. Provided within is a toplevel view of this group in its entirety, taking a new perspective, as it analyzes and summarizes the historical facts in stunning detail. Statistics of the medal of honor recipients, citations, and other resources concerning the nations highest medal for valor in combat. Greg kofford books pharmacists mate 2nd class george e. Listed below are the navy and marine corps battle of okinawa medal of honor recipients to include a brief synopsis of their heroics. This wonderfully detailed and beautifully designed history book puts the medal and its recipients into the context of their times, with brief and accessible. Battle of okinawa medal of honor recipients history. Such books were referred to as newbery or caldecott runnersup. Air force historical support division history medal of. Books medal of honor historical society of the united states.
Books on military honors congressional medal of honor foundation. Click here for caldecott medal winners and honor books, 1938present. He is the author of several books on the vietnam war, including abandoning vietnam, the battle of an loc and the tet offensive. Riveting oral histories of more than 100 recipients of the medal of honor, introduced by brian williams and collected in one place for the very first time. Besides the newbery medal, the committee awards a variable number of citations to leading contenders, called newbery honors or newbery honor books. The president of the united states of america, authorized by act of congress, march 3rd, 1863, has awarded in the name of congress the medal of honor to staff sergeant read more staff sergeant travis atkins, u. African american history month and the medal of honor naval.
Medal of honor historical society of the united states. Originally published in the may 20 issue of armchair general. A collection of recommended books related to medal of honor recipients who. The clothbound book fits into an elegant clothbound slipcase embedded with a commemorative medallion that was struck for this occasion and has been embossed and debossed on both sides. Lonesome jones, usmc, is a medal recipient in the timetravel, alternative history novels in john birminghams axis of time series. The medal of honor was created during the american civil war and is the highest military decoration presented by the united states government to a member of its armed forces. Medal of honor recipients buried at arlington national cemetery includes the names, citations, individual photos and headstone photos of all medal of honor recipients buried at arlington national cemetery. Listing of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen who received the medal of honor during world war. Medal of honor, distinguished service cross, air force cross, and usaf recipients. The first medal of honor recipient for actions during the battle of iwo jima, stein charged right into the thickest parts of the fray on dday, with the 1st battalion, 28th reg.
The june 2019 almanac i ssue of air force magazine, contains a listing of recipients of. This magnificent hardcover book, sponsored by the foundation and published in collaboration with. Carpenter imparts the wisdom he learned on the way with book chapters like. Af, gl, mp, qs and tz the american civil war 18611865 was an undeclared war between the united states the union and the southern states of the newly formed confederate states of america under jefferson davis. Statistics of the medal of honor for the united states army. List of jewish medal of honor recipients wikipedia. The new terminology was made retroactive so that all former runnersup are now referred to as newbery or caldecott honor books. The medal of honor recipients in the book fought in conflicts from world war ii to afghanistan, serving in every branch of the armed services.
List of living medal of honor recipients wikipedia. Oct 07, 2014 produced in cooperation with the congressional medal of honor society of the united states of america, the medal of honor. Medal of honor recipients from the civil war to afghanistan. See more ideas about medal of honor recipients, medal of honor winners and history. Of the 3,470 medals of honor awarded, 90 have been bestowed to 89 different african american recipients. Building a life worth fighting for by kyle carpenter, alone at dawn. Recent books tell the stories of contemporary recipients, including seal of honor michael murphy and living with honor. No modern recipients have more than one medal because of laws passed for the army in 1918, and for the navy in 1919, which stipulated that no more than one medal of honor. A historical and biographical series for young readers, new york times bestselling author michael p. The book and accompanying dvd highlight stories of the medal of honor recipients that were still living at the time of its publication. Online shopping from a great selection at books store. The award was an upgrade from the silver star that shurer previously received for his actions on 6 april 2008 while serving as a medical sergeant in shok valley, afghanistan, during operation commando. May 11, 2016 explore janmkcs board history winners of medal of honor, medal of freedom. Portraits of valor beyond the call of duty peter collier, nick del.
Medal of honor recipients with citations home of heroes. List of medal of honor recipients simple english wikipedia. In 1971 the term runnersup was changed to honor books. The book includes 144 contemporary portraits of recipients by awardwinning. Lists of american civil war medal of honor recipients. Books on military honors congressional medal of honor.
On an individual basis, 24 servicemembers received the medal of honor for actions performed during the battle of okinawa. To provide for the research, preservation, and documentation of the history of the individuals who have been awarded the medal of honor, the highest award that can be bestowed upon a member of the u. The current air force medal of honor was approved in 1965. Medal of honor history national cemetery administration. The mission of the national medal of honor museum and its attendant education center is to commemorate the stories of our medal of honor recipients, unite americans around what it means to be patriotic, and inspire us to find the hero within ourselves. Detailed minutiae of solder life in the army of northern virginia, 18611865. While the award criteria for the medal of honor has become far more stringent since the awards listed below, nonetheless these men earned the nations highest and most prestigious military decoration. The medal of honor stands for the highest degree of heroism. The medal of honor has several free character education programs to teach students important concepts resembled by the medal of honor. It is an outstanding book, thoroughly accurate, that should be read by everyone.
From delinquent to medal of honor recipient a soldier of the u. Brostrom was the only one of the nine lds medal of honor recipients to serve a mission. The randolph caldecott medal association for library. As few as zero and as many as eight have been named, but from 1938 the number of honors or runnersup has been one to five. The honor was introduced in 1971, but some runnersup had been identified annually and all those runnersup were retroactively named caldecott honor books. The medal in popular culture medal of honor convention. Medal of honor book united states of america medal of honor.468 1419 1505 1578 1482 911 1072 319 791 1207 1675 122 101 838 779 111 1157 1624 339 1075 1674 156 1486 1086 1345 480 712 65 1601 1343 1459 233 1476 736 1194 788 983 583 334 986 549 48 255