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Citizen Honors recognizes outstanding Americans who have gone above and beyond to perform extraordinary acts of courage or service.


Congressional Medal of Honor Society

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Edward Clyde "ted" Benfold

Korean War

1952 - Korea

Edward Brown Jr.

U.S. Civil War

1863 - Fredericksburg & Salem Heights, Virginia, USA

Edward A. Carter Jr.

World War II

1945 - Near Speyer, Germany

Edward Maddin

Interim 1871 - 1899

1876 - Lisbon, Portugal

Edward Henry "butch" O'Hare

World War II

1942 - South Pacific

Edward Ringold

U.S. Civil War

1862 - Pocataligo, South Carolina, USA

Edward A. Silk

World War II

1944 - near St. Pravel, France

Edward Welsh

U.S. Civil War

1863 - Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA

Edward G. Allen

China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion)

1900 - China

Edward C. Allworth

World War I

1918 - Clery-le-Petit, France

Edward L. Baker Jr.

Spanish-American War

1898 - Santiago, Cuba

Edward Barrett

Interim 1871 - 1899

1881 - Callao Bay, Peru
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We Are Forever Grateful

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.

War on Terrorism (Iraq)

Thomas P. Payne

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.

World War II

Edward A. Carter Jr.

SSgt. Carter undertook a one-man mission under heavy fire in an attempt to neutralize an enemy position. Despite significant wounds and being pinned down in a field by enemy fire, he kept his wits about him and captured two enemy soldiers, gaining valuable intelligence that greatly facilitated the 1945 Allied advance on Speyer, Germany.

Vietnam War

John L. Levitow

In 1969, a AC-47 aircraft over Vietnam was heavily damaged by a hostile mortar. The crew had been dropping magnesium flares to provide illumination for ground troops. As the plane limped through the air, wounded Airman First Class Levitow threw himself on an activated flare and dragged it to the open cargo door. He threw it out of the plane just as it exploded, saving everyone on the aircraft.

U.S. Civil War

Mary E. Walker

Dr. Walker served Union Troops as a contract surgeon from 1861 to 1864, despite the negative reception she often endured as a woman. Her determination to serve the wounded and sick drove her to look after civilians and Confederate soldiers as well.

Korean War

Ronald E. Rosser

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.

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