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John P. Baca

Vietnam War

1970 - near Quan Loi, Phuoc Long Province, Republic of Vietnam

Donald E. Ballard

Vietnam War

1968 - Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam

Harvey Curtiss "Barney" Barnum Jr.

Vietnam War

1965 - outside the village of Ky Phu, Quang Tin Province, Republic of Vietnam

Gary B. Beikirch

Vietnam War

1970 - Dak Seang Special Forces A Camp, Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam

David G. Bellavia

War on Terrorism (Iraq)

2004 - Fallujah, Iraq

Patrick H. Brady

Vietnam War

1968 - near Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam

Paul W. Bucha

Vietnam War

1968 - near Phuoc Vinh, Binh Duong Province, Republic of Vietnam

Edward C. Byers, Jr.

War on Terrorism (Afghanistan)

2012 - Qarghahyi District of Laghman, Afghanistan

Johnny L. Canley

Vietnam War

1968 - Hue, Republic of Vietnam

William K. Carpenter

War on Terrorism (Afghanistan)

2010 - Marjah District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan

Ty M. Carter

War on Terrorism (Afghanistan)

2009 - Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

Bruce P. Crandall

Vietnam War

1965 - Landing Zone X-Ray, Ia Drang Valley, Vietnam
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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.

Vietnam War

Garfield M. Langhorn

When Pfc. Langhorn's platoon came under intense attack, the casualties were placed away from the perimeter where he was radioing directions to overhead gunships and providing protective fire . An enemy grenade landed not far from his wounded comrades-in-arms. Seeing the danger, Langhorn threw himself on the grenade and pulled it into his own body. In giving his own life, he saved the lives of others, and for that, he was presented the Medal of Honor. 

Korean War

Ambrosio Guillen

SSgt. Guillen inspired his platoon to successfully repel a much larger force through courageous leadership, exposing himself to enemy fire while directing the men under his command and working to evacuate the wounded. Although he later succumbed to his wounds, was remembered by the lives he saved in his platoon.

World War II

Howard W. Gilmore

Damaged during a 1943 nighttime attack in the South Pacific, the submarine U.S.S. Growler needed to dive to save her crew. Gilmore, commander of the boat, was the last to leave the bridge. Realizing his wounds were too grievous to make it off the deck in time, his last order was "take her down." His remains were never recovered. For this final act, and for his brilliant command over the previous month, Gilmore received the Medal of Honor.

Korean War

Ernest E. West

West, aged 89, passed away May 1, 2021. He was presented the Medal of Honor for his actions on October 12, 1952, near Sataeri, Korea.

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