What is the Medal of Honor? The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.What are the three guidelines to be awarded the Medal of Honor? 1) while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; 2) while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or, 3) while serving with friendly forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. When was it created and who signed the bill creating it? It was created on July 12, 1862. President Lincoln signed the bill and the (Navy) Medal of Honor was born.
War with SpainName:John W. HeardConflict:War with SpainRank:First LieutenantBranch of Service:U.S. ArmyDate and Location of action for which medal was awarded:Mouth of Manimani River, west of Bahia Honda, Cuba, 23 July 1898 After 2 men had been shot down by Spaniards while transmitting orders to the engine-room on the Wanderer, the ship having become disabled, this officer took the position held by them and personally transmitted the orders, remaining at his post until the ship was out of danger.
Indian War CampaignsName:Charles A. BesseyConflict:Indian War CampaignsRank:CorporalBranch of Service:U.S. ArmyDate and Location of action for which medal was awarded:Near Elkhorn Creek, Wyo., 13 January 1877While scouting with 4 men and attacked in ambush by 14 hostileIndians, held his ground, 2 of his men being wounded, and kept upthe fight until himself wounded in the side, and then went to theassistance of his wounded comrades.
World War IName:James C. DozierConflict:World War IRank:First LieutenantBranch of Service:US ArmyDate and Location of action for which medal was awarded:Near Montbrehain, France October 8, 1918 He was in command of two platoons and got wounded inthe shoulder early in attack. He continued to lead his men. Hedisposed his men in the best cover available.
Name:Edward C. DahlgrenConflict:World War IIRank:Second LieutenantBranch of Service:Portland, MaineDate and Location of action for which medal was awarded:Oberhoffen, France, 11 February 1945 The bold leadership and magnificent courage displayed by Sgt. Dahlgren in his heroic attacks were in a large measure responsible for repulsing an enemy counterattack and saving an American platoon from great danger.
Name:Charles Howard RoanConflict:World War IIRank:Private First ClassBranch of Service:N/ADate and Location of action for which medalwas awarded:N/A Roan was wounded by an enemy grenade which fell close to their position and, immediately realizing the eminent peril to his comrades when another grenade landed in the midst of the group, unhesitatingly flung himself upon it, covering it with his body and absorbing the full impact of the explosion. By his prompt action and selfless conduct in the face of almost certain death, he saved the lives of 4 men.
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