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) Conceived in the State of Washington, this holiday should be one of our most revered. Unfortunately, all too many Americans are not even aware of its existence.

The date of March 25th was chosen to highlight this special day because it was on March 25, 1863, that the first Medals of Honor were presented to six members of Andrews’ Raiders, all soldiers from Ohio. 

Below are a few of the Medal of Honor recipients stories, as produced and recorded by Ken Rogge for Veterans Radio.

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Medal of Honor Readings

 

Landsman John Henry Lawson

US Navy

Civil War

Hometown – Philadelphia, PA

Sgt First Class Paul Ray Smith

US Army

Iraqi Freedom

Hometown – Tampa, FL

PFC Ross A. McGinnis

US Army

Iraqi Freedom

Hometown – Knox, PA

First Lieutenant (Infantry) William Rufus Shafter

US Army

Civil War

Hometown – Galesburg, MI

Captain Seymour W. Terry

US Army

WWII

Hometown – Little Rock, AR

PFC Charles Heyward Barker

Army

Korea

Hometown – Pickens County, SC

Second Lieutenant Darwin Keith Kyle

US Army

Korea

Hometown – Racine, WV

Sgt First Class Donald Raymond Moyer

US Army

Korea

Hometown – Keego Harbor, MI

Colonel George Everett “Bud” Day

US Air Force

Vietnam

Hometown – Sioux City, IA

Sergeant Daniel Paul Matthews

US Marine Corps

Korea

Hometown – Van Nuys

Sergeant Sammy Lee Davis

Army

Vietnam

Hometown – Indianapolis, IN

CMDR (Chaplain) Joseph Timothy O’Callahan

US Naval Reserve

WWII

Hometown – Boston, MA

All Gave Some. Some Gave All. Always Remember