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Congressional Medal of Honor

'Fighting Quaker' battled enemies around globe, war profiteers at home | Posted 06.02.2016 | Fifty

For a full tribute to Smedley Butley, or to create a tribute to someone you care about, click here. Two-time Congressional Medal of Honor winner beca...

Civil War Doctor, First Woman to Win Congressional Medal of Honor, Only to Have it Taken Back | Posted 05.31.2016 | Women

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, an outspoken advocate for women's rights, was the first woman ever awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

An Honor Too Far, or Far Too Many Honors?

Dorian de Wind | Posted 01.08.2016 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Should more of our heroes who have displayed "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty" be awarded ...

Virginia Gentlewomen

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.06.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The daughter of a free white man and an enslaved black woman, she sued for her freedom. Through petition, her case was sent to the Virginia General Assembly and she was freed in 1656.

5 Female Fashion Pioneers You've Probably Never Heard of

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

As I read Diane von Furstenberg's biography, The Woman I Wanted to Be, I was reminded of the significant role of women in the world of fashion. Match the following women with her accomplishment.

Nominate Your Hometown Hero by January 10

Wendy Drake | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Wendy Drake

"It can happen in a single instance of bravery, or through a lifetime of service to others."

Borinqueneers Deserve Their Gold Medals

National Council of La Raza | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

The Borinqueneers was the only Hispanic-segregated active-duty unit ever in the U.S. Armed Forces that played a prominent role in three U.S. wars.

Why Are There No Medals for Teachers?

William H. Harwood | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William H. Harwood

In the wake of Sandy Hook, the nation was confronted with the long overdue question of gun safety and individual liberty. But there is another long overdue question. Why are there no medals for teachers?

This Day In History: Mandela Presented With Congressional Gold Medal

Posted 09.23.2013 | Black Voices

Nelson Mandela is revered as one of the world's foremost advocates for justice as he dedicated his life to fighting prejudice and inequality in South ...

"That Which MIght Have Been, Birmingham, 1963" : 50 Year Anniversary

Amy Waddell | Posted 11.15.2013 | Arts
Amy Waddell

September 15, 1963. A car travels North from Valle de Bravo, Mexico toward the border of Laredo, Texas. Artist John Henry Waddell, age 42, and his family have spent the past two and half years living in Mexico.

Military Chaplains -- Treating PTSD at the Battlefield

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA

Chaplains have direct access to our troops, as they are experiencing trauma, whether it be sexual trauma or the result of a physical injury on the battlefield.

Uncommon Reporting: The Story of Clint Romesha

David Westin | Posted 04.13.2013 | Media
David Westin

At a time when people are so quick to judge TV news as superficial or glossy, it's important we all pay special attention when there's great, serious work being done for us all.

Why We Can't Call Every Military Member A 'Hero'

Chris Marvin | Posted 11.20.2012 | Impact
Chris Marvin

When I was young I read comic books. Superman and the Fantastic Four -- they were my heroes. In school, I learned about courageous acts performed in ...

Awarding the Medal of Honor to Marine Sgt. Peralta Is "Preserving the Integrity of the Process"

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.26.2012 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Most Americans would say that "ensuring that Sgt. Peralta's sacrifice receives the honor it deserves" goes hand in hand with -- if not being a necessary part of -- "preserving the integrity of the process for awarding decorations for heroism" to our troops.

Criminalizing Lies -- An Unusual Free Speech Case in Supreme Court

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

Congress passed the Stolen Valor Act to protect the reputation of military decorations and honors from false pretenders. Such false representations dishonor the decorations themselves, and diminish the reputation.

Dakota Meyer, Austin, Tex. Resident, Will Receive the Medal of Honor

Dorian de Wind | Posted 09.19.2011 | Impact
Dorian de Wind

Dakota Meyer, a former Marine Corps corporal, will be the first living Marine Corps recipient of our nation's highest award for valor "since now-retired Sgt. Maj. Allan Kellogg received the medal for actions 41 years ago in Vietnam."

Veterans Day 2010

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

In honor of Veterans Day 2010, we've gathered images and profiles of incredible United Stated soldiers who have received the coveted Congressional Med...

Remembering Dorothy Height

Bonnie St. John | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bonnie St. John

Today we lay to rest Dr. Dorothy Height, who stood next to Dr. Martin Luther King on the day he had a dream, and she in her wheelchair, at age 97, alongside Barack Obama during his inauguration.

An American Hero

Robert Slayton | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Slayton

It's Memorial Day, so I'm going to nominate someone for the Congressional Medal of Honor, and by so doing, try to give credit to an overlooked American hero.