Archive for the ‘Medal of Honor’ Category

Charles Fall served in the American Civil War with the 26th Michigan.  In May 1864, General Grant launched his Overland Campaign.  Opposing armies first clashed at the Battle of the Wilderness, then met outside Spotsylvania Courthouse.  Fall and his 26th Michigan found themselves at the center of it all. On May 12, 1864, at dawn, [...]

Our Texas friend, Aggie alum, dedicated follower of the site and 90th Infantry Division veteran, Joel Harrell, informed us of an interesting update to the story of World War II Medal of Honor recipient, Turney Leonard. Leonard graduated from Texas A & M University in 1942 and joined the U.S. Army shortly after.  He served [...]

Germany’s Hurtgen Forest saw some of the most brutal fighting of World War II.  In fact, for the U.S., it still stands as the longest running battle in history, spanning from September 1944 to February 1945.  U.S. First Army casualties topped 33,000. Tom Franks, from Wawaka, Indiana, fought in Northern Europe with Company I, 121st [...]

The origins of the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest award, can be traced to the Civil War.  Fewer than 3,500 have been earned since its inception. Henry Hardenbergh was born in Noble County, Indiana in the early 1840s.  He grew to manhood on a farm in York Township, west of Albion.  He joined [...]

Medal of Honor: David Ray

February 3, 2011

I am continually amazed by the courage and spirit of members of our armed forces, past and present.  On occasion, I will be featuring those who have earned our highest military award, the Medal of Honor, and their extraordinary acts of bravery. Danny Mitchell served in Vietnam with Delta Battery, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division [...]

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