By Jim Willbanks
America's Heroes: Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil battle to Afghanistan can pay tribute to american citizens who've verified unusual valor within the face of significant risk. The Medal of Honor recipients featured during this ebook all acted heroically to earn this hugely coveted award, a lot of them through risking—or sacrificing—their lives to avoid wasting the lives of others. The tales of those individuals—chosen to mirror the extensive range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, branches of provider, and conflicts of the recipients—will expand readers' realizing and appreciation of the Medal of Honor and the prestigious american citizens who've obtained it.In addition to the gripping tales of those heroic americans, this detailed encyclopedia comprises an advent that chronicles the evolution within the award's value. The Medal of Honor has replaced significantly over the past one hundred fifty years, not just within the layout of the actual ornament itself, but in addition when it comes to the qualifying standards for the award's recipients.
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25 26 | Bleak, David B. with constant low-level combat. To determine whether the opposing Chinese communists were planning an offensive, the 2nd Battalion of the 223rd Infantry was ordered to scout enemy positions and obtain one or more prisoners for questioning. Bleak volunteered to accompany the Intelligence and Reconnaissance (I&R) platoon on this dangerous mission up Hill 499. The patrol, consisting of 20 enlisted men under a technical sergeant, set out from UN lines at 0430 hours on June 14, 1952.
After two more days of intense combat, Britt’s Company L was down to only 55 effectives when more than 100 Germans attacked his 600-yard-wide sector. During the fierce fighting, Britt was hit in the side by a rifle bullet and suffered multiple grenade fragmentation wounds to his face, chest, and hands. His canteen was shot full of holes, and his field glasses were shattered. After expending all his carbine ammunition, he threw 32 hand grenades, killing five Germans, wounding many more, and capturing four.
However, the time limit on the medal had expired. An appeal to Congress resulted in an exemption for Benavidez, but he was still denied the medal because the board required an eyewitness account. In 1980, however, a witness was located—an old friend who Benavidez thought had been killed in the battle. The man, radioman Brian O’Connor, who learned by chance about the effort to have his friend awarded the Medal of Honor, submitted a 10-page sworn statement on the battle and Benavidez’s actions to save his companions.