Medal of Honor Recipients are a part of something greater. They collectively embody the values that we as a country strive to uphold—courage, bravery, and the desire and dedication to do what is right in the midst of life’s most difficult circumstances. But they are also unique. They are parents and siblings, colleagues and friends. They are ordinary people who did extraordinary things, each with their own story to tell.
Honor their sacrifice today so we may shape a better future tomorrow.
Payne was awarded the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on September 11, 2020, making him the most recent Recipient of the Medal of Honor. He was recognized for his actions in Iraq on October 22, 2015.
When Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941, the Japanese forces also attacked other U.S. interests, including Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Finn took a lead in defending the Naval Air Station located there.
Jenkins used his body as a shield to save the life of another Marine during the Vietnam War on March 5, 1969.
During World War II, Herrera became a one-man Army, charging strongholds to allow the capture of two emplacements and enabling his company to advance.
Rosser, aged 90, passed away on August 26, 2020. He was presented the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean War on January 12, 1952.