Saturday, March 21, 2009

MEDALS OF HONOR—IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN

War in Afghanistan (2001-present)

Name: Michael P. Murphy*
Service: Navy
Rank: Lieutenant
Place of action: Kunar Province, Afghanistan
Date of action: June 28, 2005
Unit: SEALs SDV Team 1
Notes: Led a reconnaissance patrol in a fight against superior numbers, exposed himself to hostile fire in order to call for help.





Iraq War (2003-present)

Name: Paul R. Smith*
Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant First Class
Place of action: near Baghdad, Iraq
Date of action: April 4, 2003
Unit: B Company, 11th Engineer Battalion
Notes: Held the enemy at bay allowing for the wounded to be carried out.


Name: Jason Dunham*
Service: USMC
Rank: Corporal
Place of action: Iraq, near Syrian border
Date of action: April 14, 2004
Unit: 3rd Battalion 7th Marines
Notes: Fought hand-to-hand with the enemy and hurled himself on a grenade to protect fellow Marines



Name: Michael A. Monsoor*
Service: Navy
Rank: Master At Arms Second Class
Place of action: Ramadi, Iraq
Date of action: September 29, 2006
Unit: SEAL Team Three, Delta Platoon
Notes: Saved the lives of his fellow SEALs at his sniper position by diving on a grenade.



Name: Ross A. McGinnis*
Service: Army
Rank: Specialist
Place of action: Iraq
Date of action: December 4, 2006
Unit: C Company, 1-26th Infantry
Notes: Saved the lives of four soldiers by diving on a grenade while inside HMMWV


The * next to the name indicates that the Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously.

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A special thank you to my dear friendHeart for sharing this important information.
May Almighty God Bless each and every Airman, Soldier, Sailor and Marine! May Almighty God comfort the hearts of those who love these heroes!

14 comments:

Single and loving it said...

God Bless all those who sacraficed their lives that the rest of their team could go home safely. These are true heroes.

lolaberly said...

Thank you for posting this and putting faces to names. I am familiar with Monsoor's and McGinnis' stories, but had not yet looked into the others. Thank you!

Fragrant Liar said...

Always grabs me by the throat to see these guys who have given everything.

Mary Ellen said...

These posts are so moving to me. We are so blessed to have such dedicated heroes defending our country.

HeartBass said...

I'm glad I was able to share something that you could use. I'm also happy to see you added the pictures. How sad that most of the Medals of Honor are awarded posthumously. These men are true heroes!

AirmanMom said...

single...Amen!.

AirmanMom said...

lolaberly...thank you for taking the time to read of our heroes!

AirmanMom said...

FL...thank you! Your description is perfect!!!

AirmanMom said...

ME...i agree with you 100%, we are a blessed nation!

AirmanMom said...

heart...Again, I thank you for taking the time to pass these names to me. I felt each name deserved a face. Thanks again!!!

MightyMom said...

God Bless.

we are so fortunate to have such heroes walk in our midst....and fight/die for us.

AirmanMom said...

mm...we are a blessed nation!

Call Me Grandma said...

Thank God for heroes such as these.

AirmanMom said...

grandma...We are such a blessed nation to call these men are own!