Friday, July 02, 2010

Living Medal Of Honor Recipient Pending

"The Pentagon is preparing to nominate a living soldier for the Medal of Honor — the military's highest distinction — for the first time since the Vietnam War, the Washington Post reports Thursday.

The Pentagon has not released the nominee's name while the award is under consideration, but the Post reports that he ran through a wall of enemy fire in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley, saving the lives of several comrades. Military officials told Post reporters Greg Jaffe and Craig Whitlock that even the soldier's own family does not know how far his nomination has gone: all the way to the White House (which must review the nomination).

Only eight Medals of Honor have been awarded for wars since Vietnam, the Post says: two in Somalia and six in the current Afghanistan and Iraq wars. All of them were posthumous. Of the six most recent recipients, three of them jumped on grenades to save fellow troops. (One awardee from the Korean War, however, did get the medal in 2005)..." (source)

I love the concept of "honorable." I can't wait to read about this MOH recipient and the story that brought him to this rare and distinguished honor.

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