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Posted by aaron on September 21, 2009

Medal of Honor - US ArmyLast week US Army Sgt 1st Class Jared C. Monti was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan on 21 June 2006. His parents received the Medal from the President  in a ceremony at the White House. After reading about Monti's heroism and the award ceremony, it made me think that, as far as I could recall, every Medal of Honor recipient involved in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have received our nation's highest honor after being killed in combat. I did a little research on the Internet and, sure enough, two Medals of Honor have now been awarded for operations in Afghanistan, four in Iraq, all posthumously. To me, that doesn't seem right and it doesn't seem possible.
 
Medal of Honor - US NavyBeing killed is not a requirement for receiving the Medal of Honor. In Vietnam 246 Medals of Honor were awarded, 154 posthumously. That means in southeast Asia, 37% of those awarded the Medal of Honor survived their heroic incident. US involvement in Vietnam lasted for 14 years, an average of almost 18 Medals of Honor per year. I know the scale of the conflict is different but we've been in Afghanistan and Iraq over six years with only six Medals of Honor, an average of just one a year. My point here is that, without a doubt, there have been many more acts of heroism, many that probably warrant the Medal of Honor, than just six. I certainly do not want to water down the Medal of Honor or purposely pursue increased numbers of the award. However, I have to believe that there are walking, living heroes out there that deserve the recognition of their courage and selflessness.
 
Medal of Honor - US Air ForceMaybe commanders, for whatever reason, have become reluctant to elevate acts of heroism. Maybe approving authorities are hesitant to endorse them at the Medal of Honor level. I'm not trying to create an issue, I'm just asking a question. 

Of course there have been hundreds and hundreds of heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan and just about every military participant there has some inkling of hero in them. However, when you get to the echelons of the Medal of Honor and the only recipients have been killed during their courageous efforts, to me, it creates an almost depressing image of our involvement there. It's almost as if we're saying that our bravest and most noble are gone and maybe our chances of winning are too. 
 
Heroes are important. They inspire us to be like them. They rally people to a cause that may be difficult to support at times but because of their unwavering allegiance we have the strength and desire to press on too.  Honoring a hero should not have to always include also mourning them. It's important to be able to be near them, to shake their hand, to hear them speak and, in all that, to be moved and motivated by them. I know there are heroes out there that warrant the Medal of Honor who have protected their comrades, destroyed the enemy and walked away. I want to hear their story and I want to see them honored at the highest level our country has to offer.

Comments:

Posted by Jon on
Perhaps the problem is our politican's lack of understanding or other atributes related to the proper waging of war and or police actions...or lack of using their brains for more than a spacer between their ears. Unfortunately, there are probably some of our "leaders" who feel that by awarding the actions of those who are willing to and in fact do take a stand and actively oppose the actions of our enemies we might offend those who actively intend to harm (read kill) us. Don't get me wrong I appluad those who seek peaceful resolution of problems, however there comes a time when one must draw a line in the sand and actively defend our nation. As much as I'd like for us all to link arms and sing Kumbaya I know there are many who link arms only for the purpose of keeping us from using ours. We are not a perfect people or nation...however neither is anyone else! To those who seek our destruction I can only hope and pray for the day when you reap what you so actively wish to sow or you correct your rectal cranial inversion and turn to the path of peace. Was it Thomas Jefferson who said if we are not prepared to defend our liberties then surely we must be prepared to forfeit them? Well whoever it was hit the nail right on the head!

Sorry if there are typos but this is scrolling out of view and I can't see the right side.
Posted by rpistol on
The nature of giving medals has changed over the years. There are no medals given now for taking lives, only saving lives. We have wimps and politically correct leaders who are more interested in moving up the status pole than developing warriors and destroying our enemies. I read today that the Navy is going to add women to the submarine fleet. So you got your affirmative action political pukes getting their accolades and fighting battles nice. This old Marine KNOWS that our enemies sense our weakening and will cut our heads off WHEN the opportunity arises. They will not be politically correct or affirmatively action inclined about it and don't expect any mercy either, they will slaughter, plunder and maybe if we are lucky, surrender as slaves.

Four PUCs and a purple but no medals for saving lives. There's nobody to save walking point except yourself but good killing ops.
Posted by Wrangler on
Strange coincidence: I read this article for the first time last week, and the next day at work, I see President Obama putting the MoH around a living soldier's neck on t.v. Double rainbow, what does it mean!?
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