Stories of America's Greatest Heroes

Ken Harbaugh tells the stories of service members who have distinguished themselves through an act of valor. These stories feature recipients from the Civil War to present day, including a few who were originally overlooked for the medal.

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PFC Eugene Obregon: The Ultimate Sacrifice

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PFC Obregon served in the Korean War and was awarded the Medal of Honor for shielding a wounded Marine from enemy fire at the cost of his life....
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1SG Benjamin Kaufman: Determination and Bravery

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First Sergeant Kaufman served in World War I and was awarded the Medal of Honor for capturing a machine gun nest despite sustaining serious injuri...
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Technical Sgt. Ted Tanouye: “Go For Broke”

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Technical Sgt. Tanouye served in World War II and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for seizing the infamous Hill 140 in Italy....
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2ndLt Raymond Zussman: Taking Positions and Prisoners

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2ndLt Zussman served in World War II and was awarded the Medal of Honor for clearing a town with his tank while not sacrificing any men....
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Colonel Harvey C. Barnum: Taking Command in Vietnam

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Colonel Barnum served in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Medal of Honor for taking command of a rifle company and rallying his men during a de...
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HMCM William Charette: Saving Lives in the Mountains of Korea

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MCHM Charette served in the Korean War and was awarded the Medal of Honor for saving wounded Marines despite his own serious injuries....
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Maj Louis Cukela: Stopping an Ambush Alone

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Major Cukela served in World War I and was awarded the Medal of Honor for single handedly clearing a bunker firing on his Marines....
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Captain Florent Groberg: Stopping Suicide Bombers in Afghanistan

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Captain Groberg served in Afghanistan and was awarded the Medal of Honor for stopping a suicide bomber....
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SSgt. William Bordelon: Bunker Buster

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SSgt. Bordelon served in World War II and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for destroying multiple bunkers and saving fellow Marines du...
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Color Sergeant Andrew Jackson Smith: From Slave to Soldier

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Color Sergeant Smith was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for keeping his unit’s battle flag out of enemy hands in the Civil War....
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CAPT Cromwell: Down With The Ship

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Captain Cromwell was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in WWII for scuttling his submarine and preventing vital intelligence from falling in...
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SgtMaj Charles Hoffman (Ernest Janson): Battle of Belleau Wood

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Sergeant Major Hoffman was awarded the Medal of Honor for single handedly stopping a German counterattack at the Battle of Belleau Wood....
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MSgt Roy Benavidez

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MSgt Roy Benavidez was awarded the Medal of Honor after risking his own life during the Vietnam War to rescue wounded soldiers and recover the bod...
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2ndLt O’Brien: First Battle of the Hook

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2ndLt O’Brien served in the Korean War and received the Medal of Honor for leading an attack to seize a vital hill....
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LT Capodanno: The Grunt Padre in Vietnam

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Lieutenant Capodanno, a noncombatant chaplain, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for recovering wounded Marines....
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SERG Sabo Jr.: Ambush on the Ho Chi Minh Trail

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Sergeant Sabo was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for repelling an enemy ambush and saving a comrade’s life....
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MA2 Michael Monsoor

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Master-at-Arms Second Class Michael Monsoor was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor after giving his life to defend fellow SEALs in Iraq....
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LT COL Rascon: No Soldier Left Behind

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LT COL Rascon was awarded the Medal of Honor for recovering wounded soldiers in Vietnam and shielding them from grenades with his own body....
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Fernando García

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During an engagement with China’s People's Volunteer Army in the Korean War, Fernando García gave his life to protect fellow Marines, for which he...
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Henry Erwin

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Henry Erwin received the Medal of Honor for saving a plane full of his comrades, though he suffered severe injuries that required multiple surgeri...
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Happy Holidays from Medal of Honor

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The Medal of Honor podcast team is taking some time off for the holidays but episodes will return on January 2nd....
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John Balch

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John Balch was awarded the Medal of Honor for multiple displays of bravery in pivotal engagements during the first World War....
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Melvin Morris

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Melvin Morris was awarded the Medal of Honor for escorting injured comrades to safety and for retrieving classified information to prevent it fall...
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Francis Wai

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Francis Brown Wai was awarded a posthumous Distinguished Service Cross for his leadership in World War II, which was eventually upgraded to the Me...
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Alonzo Cushing

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Alonzo Hereford Cushing earned the Medal of Honor fighting against Confederate soldiers during Pickett’s Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg....
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Dan Daly

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Dan Daly is one of only two Marines to receive the Medal of Honor twice....
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Randy Shugart

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Randy Shugart received the Medal of Honor for actions in Somalia. His story would eventually serve as the basis for the book, and later movie, Bla...
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Hiroshi Miyamura

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Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura’s military career included a two-and-a-half year period in which he suffered as a POW, earning him a secret nomination ...
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Alwyn Cashe

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Alwyn Cashe received the Medal of Honor for rescuing fellow soldiers from a burning vehicle in Iraq, suffering grievous injuries in the process....
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Hector Cafferata

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Hector Cafferata Jr was awarded the Medal of Honor for defeating enemy soldiers and holding critical ground during the Korean War....
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John Bobo

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John Bobo’s bravery defending his comrades in combat, after suffering serious injuries, earned him the Medal of Honor, and the enduring respect of...
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James Howard

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James Howard won the Medal of Honor as a fighter pilot defending American bombers from German attacks during WWII....
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Henry Johnson

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Henry Johnson earned the Medal of Honor defending his comrades in hand-to-hand combat while heavily outnumbered, though his life after returning h...
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George A. Davis Jr

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Davis earned the Medal of Honor attacking a vastly superior enemy formation during the Korean War....
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Eddie Rickenbacker

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Born in Columbus, Ohio in the year 1890, Eddie Rickenbacker's love of engineering would eventually lead him to join the AEF's first aerial combat ...
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Rerun: Hershel "Woody" Williams

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Earlier this week, Hershel Woody Williams, the last surviving WWII Medal of Honor recipient, passed away. His legacy endures. Here is his story....
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Harold Gonsalves

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The only Latino Marine to earn the Medal of Honor during World War II, Harold Gonsalves sacrificed his own life for the sake of his fellow Marines...
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Tibor Rubin

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Holocaust-survivor Tibor Rubin received the Medal of Honor for his incredible resilience as a prisoner of war in Korea....
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Joseph De Castro

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Joseph De Castro was the first Latino to receive the Medal of Honor for his role in the Battle of Gettysburg....
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George Sakato

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George Sakato's courageous solo charge up a German-held hill during World War II inspired his platoon to follow and capture more than 30 enemy sol...
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Rerun: John Chapman

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John Chapman, the first airman since Vietnam to be awarded the medal, earned his Medal of Honor during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan....
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Rodolfo Hernandez

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Corporal Rodolfo (Rudy) Hernandez received the Medal of Honor for his heroism in Korea, after he was launched a solo attack armed only with a bayo...
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Desmond Doss

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Refusing to shoot or even to carry a weapon, Desmond Doss was the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for his service in Wo...
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William Harvey Carney

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The first Black American to earn the Medal of Honor, William Harvey Carney nearly died at Fort Wagner in the Civil War - but he never once let the...
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Sen. Daniel Inouye

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The only US Senator so far to receive both the Medal of Honor and the President Medal of Freedom, Senator Daniel Inouye earned the Medal of Honor ...
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Milton Olive

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The first Black recipient of the Medal of Honor during Vietnam, Milton Olive sacrificed his own life to save four of his fellow soldiers....
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Juan Negrón

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M.Sgt. Juan Negrón, a member of legendary Puerto Rican regiment the Borinqueneers, earned the Medal of Honor for his bravery in Korea....
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Dr. Mary Edwards Walker

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The only women to ever receive the Medal of Honor, Army surgeon Mary Edwards Walker's award was rescinded towards the end of her life....
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Ernest Childers

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For his service in World War II, Ernest Childers was the first Native American to receive the Medal of Honor since the 1880s....
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Hershel "Woody" Williams

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The last surviving Marine to have received the Medal of Honor during World War II, Woody Williams' heroism was vital to American efforts in the Ba...
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William Pitsenbarger

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William "Pits" Pitsenbarger flew in helicopter rescue missions to treat and evacuate wounded soldiers and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his s...
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Audie Murphy

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Before Audie Murphy was a 1950s Hollywood star, he earned a Medal of Honor for his bravery in Germany during World War II....
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John Chapman

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John Chapman, the first airman since Vietnam to be awarded the medal, earned his Medal of Honor during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan....
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Jacob Parrott

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Jacob Parrott received the first Medal of Honor ever awarded for his participation in the Great Locomotive Chase during the Civil War....
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