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Hudson van Etten

Spanish-American War

1898 - Cienfuegos, Cuba

Van T. Barfoot

World War II

1944 - near Carano, Italy

Michael Hudson

U.S. Civil War

1864 - Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA

Aaron R. Hudson

U.S. Civil War

1865 - Near Culloden, Georgia, USA

John M. Burns

U.S. Civil War

1864 - Fort Morgan, Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA

Charles Cunningham

Indian Campaigns

1876 - Little Big Horn River, Montana, USA

Frederick Jarvis

Indian Campaigns

1869 - Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona Territory, USA

John J. Toffey

U.S. Civil War

1863 - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA

Junior van Noy

World War II

1943 - near Finschafen, New Guinea

Ludovicus M. van Iersel

World War I

1918 - Mouzon, France

Franklin van Valkenburgh

World War II

1941 - Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Territory, Territory of Hawaii

Bruce A. van Voorhis

World War II

1943 - Greenwich Island, Solomon Islands
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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.

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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

John W. Finn

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.

Vietnam War

Robert H. Jenkins Jr.

Jenkins used his body as a shield to save the life of another Marine during the Vietnam War on March 5, 1969.

World War II

Silvestre S. Herrera

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.

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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