Stories of America's Greatest Heroes

Ken Harbaugh tells the stories of service members who have distinguished themselves through an act of valor. These stories feature recipients from the Civil War to present day, including a few who were originally overlooked for the medal.

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George Sakato

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George Sakato's courageous solo charge up a German-held hill during World War II inspired his platoon to follow and capture more than 30 enemy soldiers.
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Rerun: John Chapman

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John Chapman, the first airman since Vietnam to be awarded the medal, earned his Medal of Honor during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan.
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Rodolfo Hernandez

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Corporal Rodolfo (Rudy) Hernandez received the Medal of Honor for his heroism in Korea, after he was launched a solo attack armed only with a bayonet and a few grenades.
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Desmond Doss

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Refusing to shoot or even to carry a weapon, Desmond Doss was the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor for his service in World War II.
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William Harvey Carney

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The first Black American to earn the Medal of Honor, William Harvey Carney nearly died at Fort Wagner in the Civil War - but he never once let the Union flag touch the ground.
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Sen. Daniel Inouye

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The only US Senator so far to receive both the Medal of Honor and the President Medal of Freedom, Senator Daniel Inouye earned the Medal of Honor for his courage and sacrifice in World War II.
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Milton Olive

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The first Black recipient of the Medal of Honor during Vietnam, Milton Olive sacrificed his own life to save four of his fellow soldiers.
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Juan Negrón

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M.Sgt. Juan Negrón, a member of legendary Puerto Rican regiment the Borinqueneers, earned the Medal of Honor for his bravery in Korea.
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Dr. Mary Edwards Walker

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The only women to ever receive the Medal of Honor, Army surgeon Mary Edwards Walker's award was rescinded towards the end of her life.
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Ernest Childers

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For his service in World War II, Ernest Childers was the first Native American to receive the Medal of Honor since the 1880s.
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Hershel "Woody" Williams

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The last surviving Marine to have received the Medal of Honor during World War II, Woody Williams' heroism was vital to American efforts in the Battle of Iwo Jima.
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William Pitsenbarger

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William "Pits" Pitsenbarger flew in helicopter rescue missions to treat and evacuate wounded soldiers and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his selfless actions near Cam My, Vietnam in 1966.
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Audie Murphy

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Before Audie Murphy was a 1950s Hollywood star, he earned a Medal of Honor for his bravery in Germany during World War II.
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John Chapman

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John Chapman, the first airman since Vietnam to be awarded the medal, earned his Medal of Honor during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan.
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Jacob Parrott

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Jacob Parrott received the first Medal of Honor ever awarded for his participation in the Great Locomotive Chase during the Civil War.
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