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Medal of Honor spotlight: Sr. Chief Petty Officer Edward Byers Jr.

By Katie Lange DoD News, Defense Media Activity This blog is part of a weekly series called “Medal of Honor Monday,” in which we’ll highlight one of the nearly 3,500 Medal of Honor recipients who have earned the honor of wearing the U.S. military’s highest medal for valor. In this blog, we honor one of the most recent Medal of Honor recipients: Navy Special Warfare Operator Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward Byers Jr., a SEAL who received the award a little over a year ago for helping ... More

Meet the only Navy Seabee to receive the MOH

By Gidget Fuentes We Are The Mighty In their 75 years building, fighting and serving on every continent – even Antarctica – only one Navy Seabee has been bestowed with the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor in combat. Marvin G. Shields was a third-class construction mechanic with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 and assigned to a nine-member Seabee team at a small camp near Dong Xoai, Vietnam. The camp housed Army Green Berets with 5th Special Forces Group, who were ... More

Navy surprises MOH recipient for 92nd birthday celebration

  By Rachel Engel Korean War veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, Capt. Thomas Hudner, received a very special present for his 92nd birthday. A group of 50 chief petty officers from the USS Constitution  surprised Capt. Hudner when they gathered outside his house Wednesday. The group sang the Navy Hymn, as well as “Happy Birthday,” while Hudner stood with his family members. Medal of Honor recipient #ThomasHudner salutes @USNavy team that helps him celebrate 92nd bday in #Co ... More

Navy to name ship after last living Medal of Honor recipient from Iwo Jima

Fox News The last living Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima is set to receive a special honor Thursday, when the U.S. Navy names a ship after the veteran. Hershel “Woody” Williams was honored for clearing concrete pillboxes with a flame thrower while under heavy fire during the World War II battle in Japan. Bullets bounced off the equipment strapped to his back, he told Stars and Stripes. Despite suffering shrapnel wounds, he refused to evacuate. “When that flag when up ... More