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.
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.
May 24, 1994 |
President Clinton on Monday presented the Medal of Honor--the nation's highest military decoration--to the widows of two U.S. soldiers killed in Somalia, calling Master Sgt. Gary I. Gordon and Sgt. 1st Class Randall D. Shughart "real American heroes." At a solemn White House ceremony, Clinton presented the medals, the first such honors bestowed since the Vietnam War, to Carmen R. Gordon and Stephanie A. Shughart.
May 13, 2000 |
Twenty-one Asian Americans who fought in World War II for a country that doubted their loyalty will be awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for valor, by President Clinton next month. The veterans, each of whom previously received the second-highest citation, the Distinguished Service Cross, were chosen for the higher award after a special four-year review of their combat service by an Army panel.