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Congress Creates US Army Medal of Honor

July 12 1862, Congress creates the U.S. Army Medal of Honor to be
awarded to soldiers for “gallantry in action”. This is our nations
highest honor and those that have earned this honor shall forever be
remembered for the HEROES they are. One day the media will remember that
we once honored these HEROES above those in the entertainment industry.


Here are some name of the more recent recipients. Thank you to

http://www.history.army.mil/moh.html and all of our
heroes.

IRAQ
*DUNHAM, JASON L.
Rank and Organization:
Corporal, United States Marine Corps
For conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty
while serving as Rifle Squad Leader, 4th Platoon, Company K, Third
Battalion, Seventh Marines (Reinforced), Regimental Combat Team 7, First
Marine Division (Reinforced... See More), on 14 April 2004. Corporal
Dunham's squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in the town of
Karabilah, Iraq, when they heard rocket-propelled grenade and small arms
fire erupt approximately two kilometers to the west. Corporal Dunham
led his Combined Anti-Armor Team towards the engagement to provide fire
support to their Battalion Commander's convoy, which had been ambushed
as it was traveling to Camp Husaybah. As Corporal Dunham and his Marines
advanced, they quickly began to receive enemy fire. Corporal Dunham
ordered his squad to dismount their vehicles and led one of his fire
teams on foot several blocks south of the ambushed convoy. Discovering
seven Iraqi vehicles in a column attempting to depart, Corporal Dunham
and his team stopped the vehicles to search them for weapons. As they
approached the vehicles, an insurgent leaped out and attacked Corporal
Dunham. Corporal Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground and in the
ensuing struggle saw the insurgent release a grenade. Corporal Dunham
immediately alerted his fellow Marines to the threat. Aware of the
imminent danger and without hesitation, Corporal Dunham covered the
grenade with his helmet and body, bearing the brunt of the explosion and
shielding his Marines from the blast. In an ultimate and selfless act
of bravery in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of at
least two fellow Marines. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting
spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Dunham gallantly gave
his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself
and upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United
States Naval Service.
*McGINNIS, ROSS A.
Rank and Organization:
Private First Class, United States Army
For conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Private
First Class Ross A. McGinnis distinguished himself by acts of gallantry
and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an
M2 .50-caliber Machine Gunner, 1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion,
26th Infantry Regiment, in connection with combat operations against an
armed enemy in Adhamiyah, Northeast Baghdad, Iraq, on 4 December 2006.

That
afternoon his platoon was conducting combat control operations in an
effort to reduce and control sectarian violence in the area. While
Private McGinnis was manning the M2 .50-caliber Machine Gun, a
fragmentation grenade thrown by an insurgent fell through the gunner's
hatch into the vehicle. Reacting quickly, he yelled "grenade," allowing
all four members of his crew to prepare for the grenade's blast. Then,
rather than leaping from the gunner's hatch to safety, Private McGinnis
made the courageous decision to protect his crew. In a selfless act of
bravery, in which he was mortally wounded, Private McGinnis covered the
live grenade, pinning it between his body and the vehicle and absorbing
most of the explosion.

Private McGinnis' gallant action directly
saved four men from certain serious injury or death. Private First Class
McGinnis' extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own
life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the
highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon
himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
*MONSOOR, MICHAEL, A.
Rank
and Organization: Master-At-Arms Second Class (Sea, Air And Land),
United States Navy
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the
risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as automatic weapons
gunner for Naval Special Warfare Task Group Arabian Peninsula, in
support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 29 September 2006. As a member of a
combined SEAL and Iraqi Army Sniper Overwatch Element, tasked with
providing early warning and stand-off protection from a rooftop in an
insurgent held sector of Ar Ramadi, Iraq, Petty Officer Monsoor
distinguished himself by his exceptional bravery in the face of grave
danger. In the early morning, insurgents prepared to execute a
coordinated attack by reconnoitering the area around the element's
position. Element snipers thwarted the enemy's initial attempt by
eliminating two insurgents. The enemy continued to assault the element,
engaging them with a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire. As
enemy activity increased, Petty Officer Monsoor took position with his
machine gun between two teammates on an outcropping of the roof. While
the SEALs vigilantly watched for enemy activity, an insurgent threw a
hand grenade from an unseen location, which bounced off Petty Officer
Monsoor's chest and landed in front of him. Although only he could have
escaped the blast, Petty Officer Monsoor chose instead to protect his
teammates. Instantly and without regard for his own safety, he threw
himself onto the grenade to absorb the force of the explosion with his
body, saving the lives of his two teammates. By his undaunted courage,
fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of certain
death, Petty Officer Monsoor gallantly gave his life for his country,
thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest
traditions of the United States Naval Service.
*SMITH, PAUL R.
Rank
and Organization: Sergeant First Class, United States Army
For
conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty:Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith distinguished
himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call
of duty in action with an armed enemy near Baghdad International
Airport, Baghdad, Iraq on 4 April 2003. On that day, Sergeant First
Class Smith was engaged in the construction of a prisoner of war holding
area when his Task Force was violently attacked by a company-sized
enemy force. Realizing the vulnerability of over 100 fellow soldiers,
Sergeant First Class Smith quickly organized a hasty defense consisting
of two platoons of soldiers, one Bradley Fighting Vehicle and three
armored personnel carriers. As the fight developed, Sergeant First Class
Smith braved hostile enemy fire to personally engage the enemy with
hand grenades and anti-tank weapons, and organized the evacuation of
three wounded soldiers from an armored personnel carrier struck by a
rocket propelled grenade and a 60mm mortar round. Fearing the enemy
would overrun their defenses, Sergeant First Class Smith moved under
withering enemy fire to man a .50 caliber machine gun mounted on a
damaged armored personnel carrier. In total disregard for his own life,
he maintained his exposed position in order to engage the attacking
enemy force. During this action, he was mortally wounded. His courageous
actions helped defeat the enemy attack, and resulted in as many as 50
enemy soldiers killed, while allowing the safe withdrawal of numerous
wounded soldiers. Sergeant First Class Smith’s extraordinary heroism and
uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of the
military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Third
Infantry Division “Rock of the Marne,” and the United States Army.

AFGANISTAN
*MONTI, JARED C.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant First
Class, United States Army.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity
at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Staff
Sergeant Jared C. Monti distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and
intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a team
leader ... See
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with Headquarters and Headquarters troop, 3rd Squadron, 71st
Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, in
connection with combat operations against an enemy in Nuristan Province,
Afghanistan, on June 21st, 2006. While Staff Sergeant Monti was leading
a mission aimed at gathering intelligence and directing fire against
the enemy, his 16-man patrol was attacked by as many as 50 enemy
fighters. On the verge of being overrun, Staff Sergeant Monti quickly
directed his men to set up a defensive position behind a rock formation.
He then called for indirect fire support, accurately targeting the
rounds upon the enemy who had closed to within 50 meters of his
position. While still directing fire, Staff Sergeant Monti personally
engaged the enemy with his rifle and a grenade, successfully disrupting
an attempt to flank his patrol. Staff Sergeant Monti then realized that
one of his soldiers was lying wounded in the open ground between the
advancing enemy and the patrol's position. With complete disregard for
his own safety, Staff Sergeant Monti twice attempted to move from behind
the cover of the rocks into the face of relentless enemy fire to rescue
his fallen comrade. Determined not to leave his soldier, Staff Sergeant
Monti made a third attempt to cross open terrain through intense enemy
fire. On this final attempt, he was mortally wounded, sacrificing his
own life in an effort to save his fellow soldier. Staff Sergeant Monti's
selfless acts of heroism inspired his patrol to fight off the larger
enemy force. Staff Sergeant Monti's immeasurable courage and uncommon
valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and
reflect great credit upon himself, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop,
3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th
Mountain Division, and the United States Army.

*MURPHY, MICHAEL
P.
Rank and Organization: Lieutenant, United States Navy
For
conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty as the leader of a special reconnaissance
element with Naval Special Warfare Task Unit Afghanistan on 27 and 28
June 2005. While leading a mission to locate a high-level anti-coalition
militia leader, Lieutenant Murphy demonstrated extraordinary heroism in
the face of grave danger in the vicinity of Asadabad, Konar Province,
Afghanistan. On 28 June 2005, operating in an extremely rugged
enemy-controlled area, Lieutenant Murphy's team was discovered by
anti-coalition militia sympathizers, who revealed their position to
Taliban fighters. As a result, between 30 and 40 enemy fighters besieged
his four-member team. Demonstrating exceptional resolve, Lieutenant
Murphy valiantly led his men in engaging the large enemy force. The
ensuing fierce firefight resulted in numerous enemy casualties, as well
as the wounding of all four members of the team. Ignoring his own wounds
and demonstrating exceptional composure, Lieutenant Murphy continued to
lead and encourage his men. When the primary communicator fell mortally
wounded, Lieutenant Murphy repeatedly attempted to call for assistance
for his beleaguered teammates. Realizing the impossibility of
communicating in the extreme terrain, and in the face of almost certain
death, he fought his way into open terrain to gain a better position to
transmit a call. This deliberate, heroic act deprived him of cover,
exposing him to direct enemy fire. Finally achieving contact with his
Headquarters, Lieutenant Murphy maintained his exposed position while he
provided his location and requested immediate support for his team. In
his final act of bravery, he continued to engage the enemy until he was
mortally wounded, gallantly giving his life for his country and for the
cause of freedom. By his selfless leadership, courageous actions, and
extraordinary devotion to duty, Lieutenant Murphy reflected great credit
upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States
Naval Service.
Somalia
*GORDON, GARY I.
Rank and
organization: Master Sergeant, U.S. Army. Place and date: 3 October
1993, Mogadishu, Somalia. Entered service at: ----- Born: Lincoln,
Maine. Citation: Master Sergeant Gordon, United States Army,
distinguished himself by actions above and beyond the call of duty on 3
October 1993, while serving as Sniper Team ... See MoreLeader,
United States Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in
Mogadishu, Somalia. Master Sergeant Gordon's sniper team provided
precision fires from the lead helicopter during an assault and at two
helicopter crash sites, while subjected to intense automatic weapons and
rocket propelled grenade fires. When Master Sergeant Gordon learned
that ground forces were not immediately available to secure the second
crash site, he and another sniper unhesitatingly volunteered to be
inserted to protect the four critically wounded personnel, despite being
well aware of the growing number of enemy personnel closing in on the
site. After his third request to be inserted, Master Sergeant Gordon
received permission to perform his volunteer mission. When debris and
enemy ground fires at the site caused them to abort the first attempt,
Master Sergeant Gordon was inserted one hundred meters south of the
crash site. Equipped with only his sniper rifle and a pistol, Master
Sergeant Gordon and his fellow sniper, while under intense small arms
fire from the enemy, fought their way through a dense maze of shanties
and shacks to reach the critically injured crew members. Master Sergeant
Gordon immediately pulled the pilot and the other crew members from the
aircraft, establishing a perimeter which placed him and his fellow
sniper in the most vulnerable position. Master Sergeant Gordon used his
long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of
attackers until he depleted his ammunition. Master Sergeant Gordon then
went back to the wreckage, recovering some of the crew's weapons and
ammunition. Despite the fact that he was critically low on ammunition,
he provided some of it to the dazed pilot and then radioed for help.
Master Sergeant Gordon continued to travel the perimeter, protecting the
downed crew. After his team member was fatally wounded and his own
rifle ammunition exhausted, Master Sergeant Gordon returned to the
wreckage, recovering a rifle with the last five rounds of ammunition and
gave it to the pilot with the words, "good luck." Then, armed only with
his pistol, Master Sergeant Gordon continued to fight until he was
fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life. Master Sergeant
Gordon's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with
the highest standards of military service and reflect great credit upon
him, his unit and the United States Army.
*SHUGHART, RANDALL D.
Rank
and organization: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army. Place and date: 3
October 1993, Mogadishu, Somalia. Entered service at: ----- Born:
Newville, Pennsylvania. Citation: Sergeant First Class Shughart, United
States Army, distinguished himself by actions above and beyond the call
of duty on 3 October 1993, while serving as a Sniper Team Member, United
States Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in
Mogadishu, Somalia. Sergeant First Class Shughart provided precision
sniper fires from the lead helicopter during an assault on a building
and at two helicopter crash sites, while subjected to intense automatic
weapons and rocket propelled grenade fires. While providing critical
suppressive fires at the second crash site, Sergeant First Class
Shughart and his team leader learned that ground forces were not
immediately available to secure the site. Sergeant First Class Shughart
and his team leader unhesitatingly volunteered to be inserted to protect
the four critically wounded personnel, despite being well aware of the
growing number of enemy personnel closing in on the site. After their
third request to be inserted, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team
leader received permission to perform this volunteer mission. When
debris and enemy ground fires at the site caused them to abort the first
attempt, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his team leader were
inserted one hundred meters south of the crash site. Equipped with only
his sniper rifle and a pistol, Sergeant First Class Shughart and his
team leader, while under intense small arms fire from the enemy, fought
their way through a dense maze of shanties and shacks to reach the
critically injured crew members. Sergeant First Class Shughart pulled
the pilot and the other crew members from the aircraft, establishing a
perimeter which placed him and his fellow sniper in the most vulnerable
position. Sergeant First Class Shughart used his long range rifle and
side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers while traveling the
perimeter, protecting the downed crew. Sergeant First Class Shughart
continued his protective fire until he depleted his ammunition and was
fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life. Sergeant First
Class Shughart's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in
keeping with the highest standards of military service and reflect great
credit upon him, his unit and the United States Army.
For all
those decroated with our nations highest honor...........
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  • jonnyrttn POTL~PWCM~JLA 2010/07/12 12:40:09
    jonnyrttn POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Ran into a medal of honor recipient at the nhra thunder valley nationals he was a guest of honor but hung out in the stands with the rest of us in 90 degree heat. He had two other vet flanking him I had to trll him a heart felt thank you I was in a daze from meeting such a Hero.
  • Backlas... jonnyrt... 2010/07/12 14:59:20
    Backlashjack
    +1
    Wow. What an Honor that had to be.
  • jonnyrt... Backlas... 2010/07/12 15:01:38
    jonnyrttn POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    It was, almost forgot about the top fuelers behind me.
  • Backlas... jonnyrt... 2010/07/12 15:59:12
    Backlashjack
    +1
    God Bless you. If only our youth had that much respect for those Heroes, I wouldnt have wrote this.
  • jonnyrt... Backlas... 2010/07/12 16:42:39 (edited)
    jonnyrttn POTL~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Know what you mean! The kids now are selfish and indoctinated with liberal crap. No respect at all! God Bless You too Brother!!!!
  • k clark 2010/07/12 12:00:58

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