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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James Howard

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James Howard won the Medal of Honor as a fighter pilot defending American bombers from German attacks during WWII....
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Henry Johnson

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Henry Johnson earned the Medal of Honor defending his comrades in hand-to-hand combat while heavily outnumbered, though his life after returning h...
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George A. Davis Jr

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Davis earned the Medal of Honor attacking a vastly superior enemy formation during the Korean War....
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Eddie Rickenbacker

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Rickenbacker was awarded the Medal of Honor for destroying two enemy aircraft in a one-versus-seven dogfight behind enemy lines....
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Rerun: Hershel "Woody" Williams

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Earlier this week, Hershel Woody Williams, the last surviving WWII Medal of Honor recipient, passed away. His legacy endures. Here is his story....
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Harold Gonsalves

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The only Latino Marine to earn the Medal of Honor during World War II, Harold Gonsalves sacrificed his own life for the sake of his fellow Marines...
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Tibor Rubin

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Holocaust-survivor Tibor Rubin received the Medal of Honor for his incredible resilience as a prisoner of war in Korea....
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Joseph De Castro

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Joseph De Castro was the first Latino to receive the Medal of Honor for his role in the Battle of Gettysburg....
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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 sol...
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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 bayo...
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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 Wo...
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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...
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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 ...
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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 Ba...
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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 s...
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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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