February 11, 2013 |
A former Californian was awarded the nation's highest military honor on Monday for his efforts against a 2009 Taliban attack on his Afghanistan outpost that U.S. officials have described as tactically indefensible. Former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, 31, received the Medal of Honor from President Obama during a nationally televised ceremony Monday. Romesha is the fourth living recipient who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan. Seven others who fought in those conflicts have received the medal posthumously . Romesha grew up in Lake City in Northern California, near the Oregon border, and now lives in Minot, N.D., with his wife and three children, all of whom attended Monday's ceremony.
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December 17, 2012 |
When Daniel K. Inouye was 17, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. An aspiring surgeon, he spent much of the next week helping care for the wounded at an elementary school in his native Honolulu. He wanted to enlist immediately but couldn't. Japanese Americans were classified as "enemy aliens. " Two years later, once restrictions were lifted in 1943, he joined the Army's 442nd Regimental Combat Team, whose motto was "Go for broke. " PHOTOS: Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii The Japanese American soldiers became the most decorated unit in U.S. history.
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December 12, 2012 |
The secretary of Defense has decided not to overrule his predecessor and posthumously award the Medal of Honor to Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta of San Diego, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) announced Wednesday. The decision by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta means the Navy Cross awarded to Peralta for heroism during the 2004 battle in Fallouja, Iraq, will not be upgraded to the nation's highest award for combat courage. Hunter had petitioned Panetta to overturn the decision made by then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates in 2008.
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November 19, 2012 |
Eight years ago this month, Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta of San Diego was killed in Iraq during the battle for Fallouja, the bloodiest house-to-house fighting involving Marines since Vietnam. A dispute about whether Peralta, 25, a Mexican immigrant, deserves the Medal of Honor remains one of the last pieces of unfinished business from the U.S. involvement in Iraq. The Marine Corps nominated Peralta for the Medal of Honor. But then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates in 2008 downgraded the award to the Navy Cross - upsetting the Marines and Peralta's family.
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November 13, 2012 |
Retired Army Col. James L. Stone Sr., who received the Medal of Honor for bravery under fire in Korea, died Friday at his home in Arlington, Texas. He was 89. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society announced his death but did not reveal the cause. There are 80 living recipients of the medal, the nation's highest award for wartime valor. Col. Stone was a 28-year-old first lieutenant when his 48-man platoon was attacked by Chinese troops on a hilltop near Sokkogae, Korea, on the night of Nov. 21, 1951.
November 9, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — Seven Navy SEALs, including one involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, have been reprimanded for divulging classified information to the maker of a video game, Pentagon officials said Thursday. The seven received letters of reprimand and forfeited half of their pay for two months after a Navy investigation found they had served as paid consultants to the designers of "Medal of Honor Warfighter," one official said. All are members of Seal Team 6, the secretive commando unit based in Virginia.
September 10, 2012 |
In an unusual marketing partnership, Electronic Arts will promote the upcoming film "Zero Dark Thirty," about the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, with a pair of downloadable maps for its military video game "Medal of Honor Warfighter. " Although the video game will be released in stores in October, EA will make the digital content available on Dec. 19, during the same week that "Zero Dark Thirty" is scheduled to hit theaters. The "Medal of Honor Zero Dark Thirty Map Pack" will cost $9.99.
July 1, 2012
Xavier Alvarez, a former member of the Three Valleys Municipal Water District governing board in eastern Los Angeles County, won an important victory in the Supreme Court on Thursday. But he probably won't want to frame the leading opinion and hang it on his wall. "Lying was his habit," begins JusticeAnthony M. Kennedy's opinion. "Xavier Alvarez, the respondent here, lied when he said that he played hockey for the Detroit Red Wings and that he once married a starlet from Mexico.
June 4, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Alonzo H. Cushing is close to receiving the Medal of Honor, nearly 150 years after his heroic actions at Gettysburg. A little-noticed provision of a House-approved defense bill would waive the time limit for posthumously bestowing the nation's highest military honor, allowing the medal to be bestowed on the 22-year-old Union artillery lieutenant who died during Pickett's charge on July 3, 1863. If passed by the Senate and signed by President Obama, the measure would end a decades-long struggle by a 92-year-old resident of Cushing's native Wisconsin.
May 16, 2012 |
President Obama awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor to a Vietnam-era warrior Wednesday, commemorating his bravery as well as a generation of veterans often forgotten, even shunned, by the nation they served. Obama presented the medal to the widow of Spc. Leslie H. Sabo Jr. in a televised ceremony from the East Room of the White House, 42 years after he gave his life to save his comrades from a North Vietnamese ambush in Cambodia. “He saved his comrades who meant more to him than life,” Obama said at the ceremony, also saluting other Vietnam War veterans.