November 11, 1995 |
Federal authorities are cracking down on trafficking in unauthorized Medals of Honor, arresting a man for allegedly selling two replicas of the nation's highest military decorations at a collectables show. Robert S. Nemser, 57, is charged with selling the medals to an undercover agent, charging $510 for the Army version and $485 for the Air Force version and its service ribbon bar, the FBI said. The Navy also has a version of the medal.
December 16, 1989 |
The Army announced Friday it would not recommend awarding the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award for valor, to a World World II veteran who charged he was earlier denied the award because of anti-Semitism. David Rubitsky, 72, of Milton, Wis., a Jew, said that as an Army sergeant on the South Pacific island of New Guinea, he single-handedly killed 500 to 600 Japanese soldiers from "a machine gun nest" on Dec. 1, 1942.
October 19, 1996 |
The company that holds the government contract to manufacture the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest combat decoration, admitted Friday that it sold 300 unauthorized medals for $75 each. H. L. I. Lordship Industries Inc. of Hauppauge, N.Y., said it will plead guilty in federal court Nov. 4 to making unauthorized medals and pay up to $225,000 in fines. Under the plea bargain, there will be no further prosecution of Lordship or any individuals, said its lawyer Frederick Hafetz.
July 30, 1986 |
A former Roman Catholic chaplain Tuesday renounced the Medal of Honor he won for heroism under fire in Vietnam, returning the nation's highest military honor to protest U.S. support of Nicaraguan rebels. His action, which supporters called unprecedented, was part of a new campaign by religious leaders and members of Congress who oppose the Reagan Administration on aid to the guerrillas, known as contras.
March 25, 1995
Retired Brig. Gen. James H. Howard, 81, the only fighter pilot in the European theater of World War II to receive the Medal of Honor. In 1944, as Allied bombers flew over Germany, Howard single-handedly took on 30 Nazi aircraft that hampered the bombing mission. He destroyed at least four enemy airplanes and damaged others before he was forced to return to England. The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest military award.
October 12, 2007 |
A Navy SEAL killed in Afghanistan will be awarded the Medal of Honor, the first such award for troops serving in Afghanistan and the first for a SEAL since the war in Vietnam, the White House announced Thursday. Lt. Michael P. Murphy, 29, who had SEAL training here and was assigned to a SEAL team in Hawaii, was killed in June 2005 during a mission in the Hindu Kush mountains to find a key Taliban leader.