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Erwin J. Boydston

China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion)

1900 - Peking, China

Gregory "Pappy" Boyington

World War II

1943 - Central Solomons area

Charles Brown

Korean Campaign 1871

1871 - Korean Forts, Korea

Daniel D. Bruce

Vietnam War

1969 - Fire Support Base Tomahawk, Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam

Howard M. Buckley

Philippine Insurrection

1899 - Philippine Islands

Robert C. Burke

Vietnam War

1968 - Le Nam 1, Go Nai Island, Quang Nam Province (southern), Republic of Vietnam

James Burnes

China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion)

1900 - Tientsin, China

Richard E. Bush

World War II

1945 - Mount Yaetake, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands

Smedley D. Butler

Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz)

1914 - Vera Cruz, Mexico

Smedley D. Butler

Haitian Campaign 1915

1915 - Fort Riviere, Haiti

William R. Button

Haitian Campaign 1919 - 1920

1919 - near Grande Riviere, Republic of Haiti

William R. Caddy

World War II

1945 - Iwo Jima, Volcano 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)

Alwyn C. Cashe

Cashe was presented the Medal of Honor on December 16, 2021, by President Joseph Biden, Jr., alongside Christopher Celiz and Earl Plumlee, making him one of the most recent Recipients of the Medal of Honor. He was recognized for his actions in Iraq on October 17, 2005.

War on Terrorism (Afghanistan)

Christopher A. Celiz

Celiz was presented the Medal of Honor on December 16, 2021, by President Joseph Biden, Jr., alongside Alwyn Cashe and Earl Plumlee, making him one of the most recent Recipients of the Medal of Honor. He was recognized for his actions in Afghanistan on July 12, 2018.

War on Terrorism (Afghanistan)

Earl D. Plumlee

Plumlee was presented the Medal of Honor on December 16, 2021, by President Joseph Biden, Jr., alongside Alwyn Cashe and Christopher Celiz, making him one of the most recent Recipients of the Medal of Honor. He was recognized for his actions in Afghanistan on August 28, 2013.

Korean War

Emil J. Kapaun

On March 5, 2021, the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that Army Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun had been accounted for. A veteran of WWII, he continued his service in the Chaplain Corps during the Korean War. He died in a POW Camp in 1951. In September 2021 his remains will be interred at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita, Kansas.

War on Terrorism (Afghanistan)

Robert J. Miller

Staff Sergeant Miller became a one-man Army against an overwhelming enemy force. He was killed in action preserving the lives of 22 squad members. His Medal of Honor was presented to his parents in 2010.

Vietnam War

Ralph E. Dias

Despite wounds, PFC Dias moved through unprotected areas four times, while under extreme fire, to destroy an enemy machine gun bunker that had pinned down two Marine platoons. He destroyed the bunker just as he was killed by a sniper. His actions contributed greatly to the survival of numerous men that day.

World War I

Frank Luke Jr.

Second Lieutenant Frank Luke, Jr. was so legendary for his aerial take-downs of German observation balloons that he was given the nickname "Balloon Buster" in newspaper reports. He was killed in action in 1918 after a forced landing in a field in France.

Vietnam War

Gary B. Beikirch

Gary B. Beikirch passed away December 26, 2021 at the age of 74. He was presented the Medal of Honor by President Richard Nixon on October 15, 1973. He served as Chaplain of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

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