Today is National Medal of Honor Day. The United States Congress has designated March 25th of each year as NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR DAY, a day dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. (Public Law 101-564) March 25th was selected as the date because it is the date of the first presentation of the award 156 years ago. You can read more about it here.
We here at Blackfive have written about MOH recipients since day one. I have met Ola Lee Mize (more here) and more MOH recipients later in life. We also have written about Paul Ray Smith, Michael Murphy, Jason Dunham, Michael Monsoor and Ross McGinnis among others.
Be sure to read this guest column in Stars and Stripes by COL (ret) Howard. Here's a taste:
...Just after Christmas in 1968, I was on a mission to rescue a missing American soldier in enemy controlled Vietnam. We had just left the landing zone when we were attacked and many of us critically wounded, including me. For the next three and half hours, I had one choice: to lay and wait, or keep fighting for my men.
If I waited, I gambled that things would get better while I did nothing. If I kept fighting, no matter how painful, I could stack the odds that recovery for my men and a safe exodus was achievable.
On National Medal of Honor Day (March 25) — an annual tribute that I and other recipients humbly appreciate — I encourage Americans to recognize that in untenable situations, selfless people make the difference...
I'll close the post with this Military Motivator:
Update: Greyhawk has a great roundup of MOH Day posts and asks the question that I should have asked: Where the @#$% is the media on this?