Medal of Honor Recipients
First Sioux to Receive Medal of Honor
“First Sioux to Receive Medal of Honor” via the U.S. Army: Master Sgt. Woodrow W. Keeble became the first Sioux to receive the Medal of Honor (posthumous), March 3, 2008 for actions in Korea, Oct. 20, 1951. Armed with grenades and a rifle, he flanked an enemy pillbox and eliminated it. Then Keeble took out two more positions. “There were so many grenades coming down on Woody, that it looked like a flock of blackbirds.” He was wounded at least five times.
These dress blues belonged to Major General Smedley Butler. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, in Central America and the Caribbean during the Banana Wars, and France in World War I. He is the only man to earn the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions. He is said to have had a large eagle, globe and anchor tattooed on his chest. Semper Fidelis #USMC #USA #Marines #MOH #SmedleyButler #SpanAm #Gitmo #P....
John G. Gertsch
19 July 1969 - 46 years ago today in the A Shau Valley, Republic of Vietnam, John G. Gertsch would be mortally wounded from enemy fire. Without SSG Gertsch’s courage, ability to inspire others, and profound concern for the welfare of his men, the loss of life among his fellow soldiers would have been significantly greater and thus would be posthumously awarded the MOH.
Clifton T.Speicher Corporal ,U.S Army. 1952 Korea. CMOH Cpl Speicher squad was pinned down. Already wounded Speicher charge the enemy machine gun emplacement.and killed the enemy ,Inspired by his actions his men moved up and completed the mission. Speicher dazed walk to the hill where he collapsed and died.
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Awarded the MOH for conspicuous gallantry in action against the enemy above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a radio operator-air gunner on a heavy bombardment aircraft in a mission over Bremen, Germany, on 20 December 1943.