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The Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor
The Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor

Sammy L. Davis
Private First Class
U.S. Army Battery C, 2nd Battalion,
4th Artillery, 9th Infantry Division
Cai Lay, Vietnam, 1967

"Convinced that the heavily outnumbered Americans couldn't survive the attack, he decided to fire off at least one round from the damaged artillery piece before being overrun..."

Richard M. McCool, Jr.
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
USS Landing Craft Support (L) (3) 122 n
Okinawa, Japan, 1945

"When he heard that several men were trapped in the burning deckhouse, he went in to rescue them, carrying one of them to safety on his back despite his burns..."

George E. "Bud" Day
Major, U.S. Air Force
Misty Forward Air Controller Squadron
In Prison, North Vietnam, 1967-1973

"His untreated wounds were infected, and he was suffering from malnutrition and unable to perform even the simplest task for himself ..."

Leo K. Thorsness
Major, U.S. Air Force
357th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Over North Vietnam, 1967

"After two years of unremitting torture, he learned, through a secret "tap code" among the prisoners, that his name had been submitted for the Medal of Honor ..."

Richard K. Sorenson
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
4th Marine Division
Marshall Islands, Western Pacific, 1944

"He instantly realized that his buddies would take the impact and that the entire squad would be overrun, so he threw himself on the grenade and took the full force of the explosion ..."

James L. Stone
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Company E
8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
Near Sokkogae, North Korea, 1951

"Those who escaped could hear him continuing the fight as they left. Just before dawn, Stone and six other survivors were overwhelmed ..."

Jose M. Lopez
Master Sargeant, U.S. Army Company K
23rd Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division
Near Krinkelt, Belgium, 1944

"Ignoring enemy fire from an advancing tank, he held his position and cut down 25 more enemy infantry attempting to turn his flank. Glancing to his right, he saw..."

Paul R. Smith
Sgt. First Class, U.S. Army
Baghdad, Iraq,

"Fellow soldiers said his actions killed 20 to 50 Iraqis, allowed wounded American soldiers to be evacuated, and saved an aid station and perhaps 100 lives..."

James B. Stockdale
Captain, U.S. Navy
Hoa Lo prison, Hanoi, North Vietnam, 1969

"He deliberately inflicted a near-mortal wound to his person in order to convince his captors of his willingness to give up his life rather than capitulate..."

Robert E. Galer
Major, U.S. Marine Corps
Marine Fighter Squadron 244
Solomon Islands Area

"Maj. Galer availed himself of every favorable attack opportunity, individually shooting down 11 enemy bomber and fighter aircraft over a period of 29 days..."

Robert J. Pruden
Staff Sgt., U.S. Army
75th Infantry, Americal Division
Republic of Vietnam

"With full knowledge of the extreme danger involved, he left his concealed position and, firing as he ran, advanced toward the enemy to draw the hostile fire..."

Edward C. Allworth
Capt., U.S. Army
60th Infantry, 5th Division
Clery-le-Petit, France

"He forced the enemy back for more than a kilometer, overcoming machine gun nests and capturing 100 prisoners, whose number exceeded that of the men in his command..."

Emory L. Bennett
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company B, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division
Near Sobangsan, Korea

"He moved through withering fire, stood within full view of the enemy, and, employing his automatic rifle, poured crippling fire into the ranks of the onrushing assailants, inflicting numerous casualties..."

Ambrosio Guillen
U.S. Marine Corps
Company F, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Division
Near Songuch-on, Korea

"Attacked under cover of darkness by an estimated force of two enemy battalions supported by mortar and artillery fire, he deliberately exposed himself to the heavy barrage and attacks..."

Charles G. Abrell
U.S. Marine Corps
Company E, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Division
Hangnyong, Korea

"He resolutely pulled the pin from a grenade clutched in his hand and hurled himself bodily into the bunker with the live missile still in his grasp..."

Sidney E. Manning
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company G, 167th Infantry, 42nd Division
Near Breuvannes, France

"Directing the consolidation of the position, he held off a large body of the enemy only fifty yards away by fire from his automatic rifle..."

Phill G. McDonald
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry
Near Kontum City, Republic of Vietnam

"Despite his painful wounds, McDonald recovered the weapon of a wounded machine gunner to provide accurate covering fire for the gunner's evacuation..."

Stanley T. Adams
Sgt. 1st Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 19th Infantry Regiment
Near Sesim-ni, Korea

"He jumped to his feet and, ignoring his wound, continued on to close with the enemy when he was knocked down four times from the concussion of grenades which had bounced off his body..."

Tibor Rubin
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company I, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
Republic of Korea

"He inflicted a staggering number of casualties on the attacking force during his personal 24-hour battle, single-handedly slowing the enemy advance and allowing..."

Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call to Duty

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Since the Civil War, more than 39 million men and women have answered the call to serve. Of those, 3,440 served with such uncommon valor and extraordinary courage that they were presented with the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award. In this collection, more than one hundred of America's living Medal of Honor recipients are honored. Their tales of bravery are recounted by best-selling author Peter Collier, and also feature portraits by award-winning photographer Nick Del Calzo.

Medal Of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty by Peter Collier, Photographs by Nick Del Calzo. All text is copyright 2003 by Peter Collier. All images are copyright 2003 by Nick Del Calzo.



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