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July 12, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli
President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, lauding his "extraordinary heroism" during a solemn White House ceremony Tuesday that marked just the second time since Vietnam that the honor was bestowed to a living recipient. Petry, an Army Ranger from New Mexico, lost his hand throwing a grenade away from two fellow soldiers during a fight with insurgents in Afghanistan's Paktia province in May 2008. Petry had already been shot in both legs but could have dragged himself around a wall to save himself.
June 24, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
President Obama, at recent campaign stops, has pointed out that his hair is now getting gray, a sign of how he has aged and the toll taken by his job. But on Thursday, the president had a different kind of senior moment. Speaking at Ft. Drum in upstate New York, Obama thanked troops from the 10th Mountain Division for their deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. To hammer home his point, he told a story of awarding the Medal of Honor to a living member of the division. Obama, however, misspoke.
June 13, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times
It may seem hard to believe now, but there were awards given out in Hollywood before the Oscars came along. Nine years before the first Academy Awards were handed out in 1929, the movie fan publication Photoplay magazine created the first motion picture awards. Unlike the Oscars, which are voted on by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Photoplay Magazine Medal of Honor winner was selected by readers. All the surviving winners of the medal of honor from 1920 to 1928 will be screened Monday evenings during the academy's "Summer of Silents" at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
March 28, 2011
Someone who boasts of a military honor he didn't receive is contemptible, but is he a criminal? Congress thought so when it enacted the Stolen Valor Act, which provided for fines or prison time for anyone who "falsely represents himself or herself, verbally or in writing, to have been awarded any decoration or medal authorized by Congress for the armed forces of the United States. " But the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has taken the wiser view, concluding that such misrepresentation, however offensive, is protected by the 1st Amendment.
March 22, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
"Saints may always tell the truth, but for mortals living means lying. " Those were the words of Chief Judge Alex Kozinski in Monday's decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that the Stolen Valor Act is an unconstitutional restraint on free speech and a threat to every citizen who fibs to embellish his or her image, avoid embarrassment or perpetuate a child's belief in Santa Claus. The court struck down both the 2005 act of Congress and the fines and sentence meted out to a Pomona man convicted on criminal charges for falsely claiming to have been awarded the congressional Medal of Honor.
January 28, 2011 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Barney F. Hajiro, whose heroic actions as a World War II Army private during the rescue of the so-called Lost Battalion and in two other fierce battles in eastern France earned him a belated Medal of Honor nearly six decades later, has died. He was 94. Hajiro, who had been in declining health, died Jan. 21 at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Honolulu, said his son, Glenn. The Hawaiian-born son of Japanese immigrants, Hajiro was a member of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the highly decorated Army unit activated in early 1943 and made up mostly of Japanese Americans.
December 23, 2010
Melvin E. 'Bud' Biddle Medal of Honor recipient Melvin E. "Bud" Biddle, 87, a World War II infantryman who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, died Dec. 16 at Saint John's Medical Center in Anderson, Ind., where he lived. The cause was not given. On Dec. 23, 1944, Pfc. Biddle was acting as the lead scout for his unit during an Allied attack in frigid conditions that liberated the town of Hotton, Belgium, from the Germans.
November 17, 2010 | Kim Geiger
Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who rushed into enemy fire and pulled three wounded soldiers to safety in Afghanistan in 2007, on Tuesday became the first living soldier to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in a conflict since the Vietnam War. At a White House ceremony, President Obama noted that nearly 40 years had passed since a recipient of the nation's highest award for valor in an ongoing conflict had received the award in person....
October 6, 2010 | By Jordan Steffen, Tribune Washington Bureau
President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor on Wednesday to Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, who died in Afghanistan after exposing himself to enemy fire and saving the lives of more than 20 U.S. and Afghan troops. Obama presented the award ? the nation's highest military recognition ? to Miller's parents during a somber ceremony in the East Room of the White House. More than 100 of Miller's friends and family attended the ceremony. "You gave your oldest son to America, and America is forever in your debt," Obama told Miller's parents, Phil and Maureen Miller.
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