Congressional Medal of Honor Society

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Charles Asten

U.S. Civil War

1864 - Red River, Louisiana, USA

Edgar R. Aston

Indian Campaigns

1868 - San Carlos, Arizona, USA

Travis W. Atkins

War on Terrorism (Iraq)

2007 - Abu Samak, Iraq

Thomas Eugene "gene" Atkins

World War II

1945 - Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippine Islands

Daniel Atkins

Interim 1871 - 1899

1898 - U.S.S. Cushing at sea

Thomas E. Atkinson

U.S. Civil War

1864 - Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA

John F. Auer

Interim 1871 - 1899

1883 - Marseille, France

Oscar P. Austin

Vietnam War

1969 - west of Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam

William G. Austin

Indian Campaigns

1890 - Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota, USA

William B. Avery

U.S. Civil War

1862 - Tranter's Creek, North Carolina, USA

James Avery

U.S. Civil War

1864 - Mobile Bay, Alabama, USA

David Ayers

U.S. Civil War

1863 - Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
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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.

Honor their sacrifice today so we may shape a better future tomorrow.

Korean War

Ralph Puckett, Jr.

Puckett was presented the Medal of Honor on May 21, 2021, by President Joseph Biden, Jr., making him the most recent Recipient of the Medal of Honor. He was recognized for his actions in Korea on November 25-26, 1950.

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

Charles C. Hagemeister

Charles C. Hagemeister passed away May 19, 2021, at the age of 74. He was presented the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam on March 20, 1967.

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