Congressional medal of honor winner Col. Wesley L. Fox, USMC (Ret.), he retired from the Marine Corps in 1993 after forty-three years of distinguished service. In addition to the Medal of Honor, he received two awards of the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star with Combat V, four awards of the Purple Heart, and numerous commendations. Col. Fox is someone I have the privileged to know personally and he was a strong influence on my oldest son though-out the latter half of his teenage years.
Staff Sgt. Walter Ehlers, a Medal of Honor recipient for his heroic actions during World War II, died Thursday at the age of 92. He was the last living Medal of Honor recipient who stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day. Ehlers joined the armed forces in 1940. He earned his Medal of Honor "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty" on June 9 and 10, 1944, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
World War I Double Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Louis Cukela was born on May1, 1888. One of only 19 United States servicemen to be awarded two Medals of Honor. Served during World War I in the United States Marine Corps as a Sergeant in the 66th Company, 5th Marine Regiment. He was awarded two Medals of Honor - one from the Army and one from the Navy - for his bravery near
Mary Edwards Walker in her later years, 1911. She received the Medal of Honor for her work as a surgeon during the US Civil War, the only woman to ever get one. In 1917 the Army tightened up the rules for what you had to do/be to get the MoH...and deleted 911 names from the Medal of Honor Roll, including hers. She kept her medal and wore it till her death. Jimmy Carter restored her medal posthumously.