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Posted: 4/26/2001 8:43:41 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/26/2001 9:42:41 AM EDT

If you go to the site and click on the name it will give you the information.


             Sgt. Gary B. Beikirch
             Cpl. Thomas W. Bennett *
             Maj. Patrick H. Brady
             Sp4c. Donald W. Evans, Jr. *
             Sp5c. Charles C. Hagemeister
             Sp5c. Lawrence Joel
             Pfc. Kenneth M. Kays
             Sp4c. Joseph G. LaPointe, Jr. *
             Sp4c. Thomas J. McMahon *
             Sp5c. Edgar L. McWethy, Jr. *
             Pfc. James H. Monroe *
             CWO Michael J. Novosel
             Sp4c. Alfred V. Rascon
             WO1 Louis R. Rocco
             Sp5c. Clarence E. Sasser
             Pfc. Daniel J. Shea *
             Pfc. David F. Winder *

         * Posthumous Award
Link Posted: 4/26/2001 10:30:35 AM EDT
Rons Link only gives you Army Medic's that got the CMH.

This link will give you all awardees from all services.


My fav is LTC Mabry, WWII.  A SC native who attended PC and was the commander of the ROTC detachment where my father earned his commission.  I met Gen. Mabry at a ROA meeting.  Still quite an imposing fellow even at his advanced age.
Link Posted: 4/26/2001 10:48:57 AM EDT
For anyone interested in spending an hour reading about acts of valor, follow this link to the Khe Sanh Veterans Home Page article on the history of the hill battles of 67:


Khe Sanh Veterans Homepage
Link Posted: 4/26/2001 11:35:29 AM EDT
I have the honor and pleasure of knowing Sammy L. Davis who received the CMH for his actions in Vietnam.  Sammy is a true gentleman, very soft spoken and kind.  I am proud that he is also a member of the Nam Knights M/C.  I made a serious gaff the first time I met him.  I said I was honored to meet someone who had "won" the CMH.  He corrected me, said he didn't "win" it, he wasn't in a contest.  He is a recipient.  If you are in DC for Rolling Thunder on Memorial Day weekend you will have the pleasure of hearing Sammy address the crowd.
Link Posted: 4/26/2001 11:49:37 AM EDT
There are so many that I can not begin to mention.

How about the manager at a grocery store in my home town? His back is heavily scared. Guy behind him in 'Nam stepped on a mine.

My childhood friends' cousin who lost a foot in the 'Nam.

They didn't have to go but they did. Probably never received prestigous medals and/or honors but they served their time in HELL.

There are two stories in the sequel to "Marine Sniper", "Silent Warrior" that bear mention.

Chapter 14, ends with the story of Jose' Jimenez. 'a youthful leatherneck from Mexico.' LCPL fire team was pinned down during a sweep.

He rallied his men and charged. He fell to machine gun fire 10' from the enemy position but with his men he broke the enemies resistance. Yes, Lance Corporal Jimenez was awarded the CMOH.

The other story is of Cpl. Burke. Sgt. Hathcocks' partner in his first tour.

Chapter 12 is a very moving chapter dedicated to Cpl. John Burke. He to was awarded the CMOH posthumously.
Link Posted: 4/26/2001 11:58:08 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/26/2001 12:26:53 PM EDT
The official title is Medal of Honor.  The text at the Congressional Medal of Honor Society states that the Medal of Honor is presented by the President of the U.S. and is frequently called the Congressional Medal of Honor.  However you chose to nit pick the title, it is one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed on a citizen.
Link Posted: 4/26/2001 12:44:04 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/26/2001 12:54:28 PM EDT
October 3,1993

Master Sergeant Gary I. Gordon and SFC Randall D. Shugart,both Delta Force snipers volunteered to insert a few hundred yards away from  a downed blackhawk that was shot down that day.

The crash survivors were completely cut-off from help,but the two brave snipers insisted on trying to cover their withdrawl.

Finding their rifles of little use in the crowded,confined streets,both relied on their side arms to reach the helicopters..

When having expended nearly all their ammunition
Sgt. Shugart was fatally injured,Sgt. Gordon retrived a M-16 with only a few rounds in the magazine,he gave it to the pilot and said "good luck" he continued to defend the survivors until he was also fatally wounded.

Both were award The Medal of Honor,posthumiosly
Link Posted: 4/26/2001 3:26:25 PM EDT
I just went to the CMOH site and read the Joe Hooper's citation.
Quite an event.
Link Posted: 4/26/2001 3:37:13 PM EDT
Landing in China is not one that I would recommend for a medal. I am still pissed about that.
Link Posted: 4/26/2001 3:49:07 PM EDT
Not to take anything away from veterans of previous wars around the world, lord knows us Finns have our share of heroic indivuals. But the attempt to save the crew of Mike Durant by Gary Gordon and Randall Shughart is breath taking. The men knew the odds were slim but as professionals knew there was a chance. As i noted on a previous post about them, many men know the creed but it takes a a different man to live by it, from the Ranger creed "I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country". Hoo-ah to MSG Gordon and SFC Shughart where ever they may be
Link Posted: 4/26/2001 4:24:46 PM EDT
One of the above mentioned Delta force snipers father,who accepted the Medal of Honor for his son,refused to shake Clintons hand.Wish I could remember which one.
Link Posted: 4/26/2001 10:25:04 PM EDT
I just got done reading "Blackhawk Down" and those snipers from Delta deserved the MOH, do doubt there.   There was an Air Force PJ named Tim Wilkinson that ran thought the firefight to get to some wounded, then ran thought the fire again, twice, so that he could get what he needed to say a man's life.  He received received the Air Force Cross and a Purple Cross for his actions that day.  Not quite the MOH, but close.
Link Posted: 4/26/2001 10:43:39 PM EDT
I guess as long as we are mentioning acts of bravery in combat, I should mention my dad.  I can't remember the exact citation for his bronze star w/ "V" device, but the meat of it was after his patrol was ambused, and they started taking heavy fire from an enemy with greater numbers, he lead a bayonet charge against the position, and sent the enemy scrambling.  His CO put him in for a Silver Star, but it came back a Bronze.  

I would love to know what he and his men did to get a Presidential Unit Citation.  That citation is the equivalet of all the men in a given unit getting a Distinguished Service Cross.  
Link Posted: 4/26/2001 11:54:46 PM EDT
Sigman, yes those guys were brave. They died in Somalia trying to help rescue a shot down helo with Ranger's in it. Some of you may remember bodies of U.S. soldiers(they were Rangers) dragged thru the streets on the news. What I didn't know(till years later) was that this is the same incident. Precision Shooter or Tacticle Rifle(can't remember which) did a couple article's on this same incident(attempt to rescue Rangers in Somalia).Very good reading. The pilot of the chopper the snipers repelled in from told them not to go, it was suicide, but they insisted. The point is they knew they were probably going to die but went on in(couldn't leave a man behind).Jesus I didn't think they they made Men like that anymore, Real American Heros. Most people I know talk a lot of sh*t, but I don't think any of them are of the caliber of these two brave men.
Link Posted: 4/27/2001 12:04:32 AM EDT
Tac, a little correction there, the bird only had Durant and his crew onboard, and the bodies dragged were aircrew or Shughart or Gordon, no Rangers.
Link Posted: 4/28/2001 8:09:21 AM EDT
Link Posted: 4/28/2001 3:13:44 PM EDT
Link Posted: 4/29/2001 1:06:27 AM EDT
Whenever I hear or see the word "Hero", I always think of the guys who made up Torpedo Sqdn 8, of the USS Hornet at Midway. These guys had gotten seperated from their fighter escort, and were flying woefully out-dated aircraft, but attacked anyway. They HAD to have known that they had no chance of even returning to the Hornet, but they knew what the stakes were, and went in, anyway. They didn't even damage anything, but they caused the Japanese to take time to re-arm their aircraft, which HAD been ready to launch, and removed the Japanese fighter CAP. Consequently, the Japanese fleet had carrier decks filled with idle planes when Bombing Sqdn 3, lead by Lt Cmdr Wade McClusky (another Hero), showed up. The delay caused by Torpedo Sqdn 8 gave us victory at Midway, and thus greatly speeded up the victory in the Pacific theater. These guys had plenty of time to think it over, KNEW that attacking without support was suicidal, and did it anyway, for the sake of their country. Even Winston Churchill cried for them, when he was told of their sacrifice, and by this time, he had seen his fair share of heroism.
Link Posted: 4/29/2001 1:16:01 AM EDT

I'm just going to plug my own family; specifically, my grandfather, who happened to be the Captain of the U.S.S. [i]Raleigh[/i] on December 7th, 1941.

His account of the battle can be found here:


 I mention it not to go "yay, my grandad rocked" but simply because it's clear from his account that [i]every single man on the ship [/i] acted above and beyond the call of duty. Every time I read it, I'm amazed.
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