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  1. 1. MEDAL OF HONORSabrina Wulchak
  2. 2. Background 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 It was passed as a law in July 12, 1862 when president Abraham Lincoln signed it
  3. 3. Guidelines July 25, 1948 3 guidelines were established under which the Medal of Honor can be rewarded 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 3. while serving with friendly forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the U.S. is not a belligerent party
  4. 4. Mason Carter Indian War Campaigns First Lieutenant U.S. Army Bear Paw Mountain, Montana on September 30, 1877 Led a charge under fire, inflicted great loss upon the enemy
  5. 5. George Berg War with Spain Private U.S. Army El Caney, Cuba, July 1, 1898 Gallantly assisted in the rescue of wounded from in front of the lines and while under heavy enemy fire
  6. 6. Oscar F. Miller World War 1 Major U.S. Army Near Gesnes, France, September 28, 1918 Energetically reorganized his battalion and ordered an attack and inspired his men by personal courage. He was shot in the right leg, arm, and fell when shot in the abdomen but continued to urge his men on and leave him
  7. 7. Thomas E. Atkins World War II Private First Class U.S. Army Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 10 March 1945 Held his position after getting a deep wound to hold off Japanese attacks, discovered an enemy group moving behind platoon lines and delivered heavy fire despite severe wounds
  8. 8. Maurice L. Britt World War II Captain U.S. Army North of Mignano, Italy, 10 November 1943 Disdaining enemy hand grenades, close range machine pistol, machinegun, and rifle, he inspired/led handful of his men in repelling a counterattack by about 100 Germans. Refused medical attention and took aggressive actions while disregarding superior enemy numbers.