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Here is a link to all the Medal of Honor Recipients.

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Edward C Byers Jr.
Chief Petty Officer (SEAL/Corpsman)
United States Navy
Grand Rapids, OH
Awarded the Medal of Honor on
29 Feb 2016
For service in Afghanistan

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Citation

 For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a Hostage Rescue Force Team Member in Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from 8 to 9  December 2012.

As the rescue force approached the target building, an  enemy sentry detected them and darted inside to alert his fellow  captors. The sentry quickly reemerged, and the lead assaulter attempted to neutralize him. Chief Byers with his team sprinted to the door of  the target building. As the primary breacher, Chief Byers stood in the  doorway fully exposed to enemy fire while ripping down six layers of  heavy blankets fastened to the inside ceiling and walls to clear a path  for the rescue force. The first assaulter pushed his way through the  blankets, and was mortally wounded by enemy small arms fire from within. Chief Byers, completely aware of the imminent threat, fearlessly  rushed into the room and engaged an enemy guard aiming an AK-47 at him.  He then tackled another adult male who had darted towards the corner of the room. During the ensuing hand-to-hand struggle, Chief Byers  confirmed the man was not the hostage and engaged him.

As other rescue  team members called out to the hostage, Chief Byers heard a voice  respond in English and raced toward it. He jumped atop the American  hostage and shielded him from the high volume of fire within the small  room. While covering the hostage with his body, Chief Byers immobilized another guard with his bare hands, and restrained the guard until a  teammate could eliminate him. His bold and decisive actions under fire  saved the lives of the hostage and several of his teammates. By his  undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to  duty in the face of near certain death, Chief Petty Officer Byers  reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Florent A Groberg
Captain
United States Army
Poissy, France/Bethesda, MD
Awarded the Medal of Honor on
12 Nov 2015

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Citation

Captain Florent  A. Groberg distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Personal Security Detachment Commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Asadbad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan on August 8, 2012.

On that day, Captain Groberg was leading a dismounted movement consisting of several senior leaders to include two brigade commanders, two battalion commanders, two command sergeants major, and an Afghanistan National Army brigade commander. As they approached the Provincial Governor's compound, Captain Groberg observed an individual walking close to the formation. When the individual made an abrupt turn towards the formation, he noticed an abnormal bulge underneath the individual's clothing. Selflessly placing himself in front of one of the brigade commanders, Captain Groberg rushed forward, using his body to push the suspect away from the formation. Simultaneously, he ordered another member of the security detail to assist with removing the suspect.

At this time, Captain Groberg confirmed the bulge was a suicide vest and with complete disregard for his life, Captain Groberg again with the assistance of the other member of the security detail, physically pushed the suicide bomber away from the formation. Upon falling, the suicide bomber detonated his explosive vest outside the perimeter of the formation, killing four members of the formation and wounding numerous others. The blast from the first suicide bomber caused the suicide vest of a previously unnoticed second suicide bomber to detonate prematurely with minimal impact on the formation.

Captain Groberg’s immediate actions to push the first suicide bomber away from the formation significantly minimized the impact of the coordinated suicide bombers’ attack on the formation, saving the lives of his comrades and several senior leaders.

Captain Groberg’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty at the risk of life are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect credit upon himself, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and the United States Army.

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Ryan Pitts
Sergeant
United States Army
Nashua, New Hampshire
Awarded the Medal of Honor on
21 July 2014
For service during the Battle of Wanat in Afghanistan

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Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:

Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts distinguished himself by extraordinary acts of heroism at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of  duty while serving as a Forward Observer in 2d Platoon, Chosen Company,  2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade,  during combat operations against an armed enemy at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler vicinity of Wanat Village, Kunar Province, Afghanistan on July  13, 2008.

 Early that morning, while Sergeant Pitts was providing  perimeter security at Observation Post Topside, a well-organized  Anti-Afghan Force consisting of over 200 members initiated a close  proximity sustained and complex assault using accurate and intense rocket-propelled grenade, machine gun and small arms fire on Wanat Vehicle Patrol Base. An immediate wave of rocket-propelled grenade rounds engulfed the Observation Post wounding Sergeant Pitts and  inflicting heavy casualties. Sergeant Pitts had been knocked to the  ground and was bleeding heavily from shrapnel wounds to his arm and  legs, but with incredible toughness and resolve, he subsequently took  control of the observation post and returned fire on the enemy. As the  enemy drew nearer, Sergeant Pitts threw grenades, holding them after the pin was pulled and the safety lever was released to allow a nearly  immediate detonation on the hostile forces. Unable to stand on his own  and near death because of the severity of his wounds and blood loss,  Sergeant Pitts continued to lay suppressive fire until a two-man  reinforcement team arrived. Sergeant Pitts quickly assisted them by  giving up his main weapon and gathering ammunition all while continually lobbing fragmentary grenades until these were expended.

At this point, Sergeant Pitts crawled to the northern position radio and described the situation to the command post as the enemy continued to try and isolate the Observation Post from the main Patrol Base. With the enemy close  enough for him to hear their voices and with total disregard for his own life, Sergeant Pitts whispered in radio situation reports and conveyed  information that the Command Post used to provide indirect fire support.

Sergeant Pitts' courage, steadfast commitment to the defense of his  unit and ability to fight while seriously wounded prevented the enemy  from overrunning the observation post and capturing fallen American soldiers, and ultimately prevented the enemy from gaining fortified  positions on higher ground from which to attack Wanat Vehicle Patrol  Base. Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts' extraordinary heroism and selflessness  above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest  traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself,  Company C, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment, 173d  Airborne Brigade and the United States Army.

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William Kyle Carpenter
Corporal
 
United States Marine Corps
Jackson, Mississippi
Awarded the Medal of Honor on
19 June 2014.
For service as a Lance Corporal  in the Marjah District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

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Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an automatic  rifleman with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat  Team One, 1st Marine Division (Forward), 1st Marine Expeditionary Force  (Forward), in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation  Enduring Freedom on 21 November, 2010.

Lance Corporal Carpenter was a member of a platoon-sized coalition force comprised of two reinforced Marine rifle squads, partnered with an Afghan National Army squad.  The platoon had  established Patrol Base Dakota two days earlier in a small village in the Marja District in order to disrupt enemy activity and provide  security for the local Afghan population.

Lance Corporal Carpenter and a fellow Marine were manning a  rooftop security position on the perimeter of Patrol Base Dakota when  the enemy initiated a daylight attack with hand grenades, one of which  landed inside their sandbagged position.  Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own safety, Lance Corporal Carpenter moved  towards the grenade in an attempt to shield his fellow Marine from the deadly blast.  When the grenade detonated, his body absorbed the brunt  of the blast, severely wounding him but saving the life of his fellow Marine.

By his undaunted courage, bold fighting spirit, and unwavering  devotion to duty in the face of almost certain death, Lance Corporal  Carpenter reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service

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Ty Michael Carter
Staff Sergeant
United
States Army
Spokane, Washington
Awarded the Medal of Honor on
26 August 2013
For service during the
Battle of Kamdesh in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

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Citation:

Specialist Ty M. Carter distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and  intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty  while serving as a Scout with Bravo Troop, 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry  Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat  operations against an armed enemy in Kamdesh District, Nuristan  Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009. On that morning, Specialist  Carter and his comrades awakened to an attack of an estimated 300 enemy  fighters occupying the high ground on all four sides of Combat Outpost  Keating, employing concentrated fire from recoilless rifles, rocket  propelled grenades, anti-aircraft machine guns, mortars and small arms  fire.

Specialist Carter reinforced a forward battle position, ran twice  through a 100 meter gauntlet of enemy fire to resupply ammunition and  voluntarily remained there to defend the isolated position. Armed with  only an M4 carbine rifle, Specialist Carter placed accurate, deadly fire on the enemy, beating back the assault force and preventing the  position from being overrun, over the course of several hours. With  complete disregard for his own safety and in spite of his own wounds, he ran through a hail of enemy rocket propelled grenade and machine gun  fire to rescue a critically wounded comrade who had been pinned down in  an exposed position.

Specialist Carter rendered life extending first aid and carried the Soldier to cover. On his own initiative, Specialist  Carter again maneuvered through enemy fire to check on a fallen Soldier  and recovered the squad’s radio, which allowed them to coordinate their  evacuation with fellow Soldiers. With teammates providing covering fire, Specialist Carter assisted in moving the wounded Soldier 100 meters  through withering enemy fire to the aid station and before returning to  the fight.

Specialist Carter’s heroic actions and tactical skill were  critical to the defense of Combat Outpost Keating, preventing the enemy  from capturing the position and saving the lives of his fellow Soldiers. Specialist Ty M. Carter’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness above  and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions  of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Bravo Troop,  3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th  Infantry Division and the United States Army.

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Salvatore Augustine Giunta
Staff Sergeant
United States Army
Clinton, Iowa
Awarded the Medal of Honor on
16 November 2010
For service near Firebase Vegas in the Korengal Valley near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border

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Citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:

Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the  call of duty in action with an armed enemy in the Korengal Valley,  Afghanistan, on October 25, 2007. While conducting a patrol as team  leader with Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment,  Specialist Giunta and his team were navigating through harsh terrain  when they were ambushed by a well-armed and well-coordinated insurgent  force.
While under heavy enemy fire, Specialist Giunta immediately  sprinted towards cover and engaged the enemy. Seeing that his squad  leader had fallen and believing that he had been injured, Specialist  Giunta exposed himself to withering enemy fire and raced towards his  squad leader, helped him to cover, and administered medical aid. While  administering first aid, enemy fire struck Specialist Giunta’s body  armor and his secondary weapon. Without regard to the ongoing fire, Specialist Giunta engaged the enemy before prepping and throwing  grenades, using the explosions for cover in order to conceal his  position. Attempting to reach additional wounded fellow soldiers who  were separated from the squad, Specialist Giunta and his team  encountered a barrage of enemy fire that forced them to the ground. The  team continued forward and upon reaching the wounded soldiers,  Specialist Giunta realized that another soldier was still separated from the element. Specialist Giunta then advanced forward on his own  initiative.
As he crested the top of a hill, he observed two insurgents  carrying away an American soldier. He immediately engaged the enemy,  killing one and wounding the other. Upon reaching the wounded soldier,  he began to provide medical aid, as his squad caught up and provided  security. Specialist Giunta’s unwavering courage, selflessness, and  decisive leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his  platoon's ability to defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow  American soldier from the enemy.
Specialist Salvatore A. Giunta’s  extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and  reflect great credit upon himself, Company B, 2d Battalion (Airborne),  503d Infantry Regiment, and the United States Army.
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Dakota L Myer
Sergeant
United States Marine Corps
Columbia, Kentucky
Awarded the Medal of Honor
on 15 September 2011
For service near the village of Ganjgal, Kunar Province, Afghanistan

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Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life  above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Marine Embedded  Training Team 2-8, Regional Corps Advisory Command 3-7, in Kunar  Province, Afghanistan, on 8 September 2009. Corporal Meyer maintained  security at a patrol rally point while other members of his team moved  on foot with two platoons of Afghan National Army and Border Police into the village of Ganjgal for a pre-dawn meeting with village elders. 

Moving into the village, the patrol was ambushed by more than 50 enemy  fighters firing rocket propelled grenades, mortars, and machine guns  from houses and fortified positions on the slopes above. Hearing over  the radio that four U. S. team members were cut off, Corporal Meyer  seized the initiative. With a fellow Marine driving, Corporal Meyer took the exposed gunner's position in a gun-truck as they drove down the  steeply terraced terrain in a daring attempt to disrupt the enemy attack and locate the trapped U. S. team. Disregarding intense enemy fire now  concentrated on their lone vehicle, Corporal Meyer killed a number of  enemy fighters with the mounted machine guns and his rifle, some at near point blank range, as he and his driver made three solo trips into the  ambush area. During the first two trips, he and his driver evacuated two dozen Afghan soldiers, many of whom were wounded.

When one machine gun  became inoperable, he directed a return to the rally point to switch to  another gun-truck for a third trip into the ambush area where his  accurate fire directly supported the remaining U.S. personnel and Afghan soldiers fighting their way out of the ambush. Despite a shrapnel wound to his arm, Corporal Meyer made two more trips into the ambush area in a third gun-truck accompanied by four other Afghan vehicles to recover  more wounded Afghan soldiers and search for the missing U .S. team  members. Still under heavy enemy fire, he dismounted the vehicle on the  fifth trip and moved on foot to locate and recover the bodies of his  team members.

Corporal Meyer's daring initiative and bold fighting  spirit throughout the 6-hour battle significantly disrupted the enemy's  attack and inspired the members of the combined force to fight on. His unwavering courage and steadfast devotion to his U. S. and Afghan  comrades in the face of almost certain death reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Staff Sergeant Robert J. Miller

Robert J Miller
Staff Sergeant
United States Army

Awarded the Medal of Honor on
06 Oct 2010
For service in Konar Province Afghanistan

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Citation

Robert J. Miller distinguished himself by extraordinary acts  of heroism while serving as the Weapons Sergeant in Special Forces  Operational Detachment Alpha 3312, Special Operations Task Force-33,  Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan during combat  operations against an armed enemy in Konar Province, Afghanistan on  January 25, 2008. While conducting a combat reconnaissance patrol  through the Gowardesh Valley, Staff Sergeant Miller and his small  element of U.S. and Afghan National Army soldiers engaged a force of 15  to 20 insurgents occupying prepared fighting positions. Staff Sergeant  Miller initiated the assault by engaging the enemy positions with his  vehicle's turret-mounted Mark-19 40 millimeter automatic grenade  launcher while simultaneously providing detailed descriptions of the  enemy positions to his command, enabling effective, accurate close air  support. Following the engagement, Staff Sergeant Miller led a small  squad forward to conduct a battle damage assessment.

As the group neared the small, steep, narrow valley that the enemy had inhabited, a large,  well-coordinated insurgent force initiated a near ambush, assaulting  from elevated positions with ample cover. Exposed and with little  available cover, the patrol was totally vulnerable to enemy rocket  propelled grenades and automatic weapon fire. As point man, Staff  Sergeant Miller was at the front of the patrol, cut off from supporting  elements, and less than 20 meters from enemy forces. Nonetheless, with  total disregard for his own safety, he called for his men to quickly  move back to covered positions as he charged the enemy over exposed  ground and under overwhelming enemy fire in order to provide protective  fire for his team. While maneuvering to engage the enemy, Staff Sergeant Miller was shot in his upper torso. Ignoring the wound, he continued to push the fight, moving to draw fire from over one hundred enemy  fighters upon himself. He then again charged forward through an open  area in order to allow his teammates to safely reach cover. After  killing at least 10 insurgents, wounding dozens more, and repeatedly  exposing himself to withering enemy fire while moving from position to  position, Staff Sergeant Miller was mortally wounded by enemy fire. His  extraordinary valor ultimately saved the lives of seven members of his  own team and 15 Afghanistan National Army soldiers. Staff Sergeant  Miller's heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty, and at the cost of his own life, are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the  United States Army.

Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti

Jarad C Monti
Sergeant First Class
United States Army

Abdington, MA
Awarded the Medal of Honor on
17 Sep 2009
For service in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan

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Citation

Staff Sergeant Jared C. Monti distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while  serving as a team leader with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3d  Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain  Division, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, on June 21, 2006. While Staff Sergeant  Monti was leading a mission aimed at gathering intelligence and  directing fire against the enemy, his 16-man patrol was attacked by as  many as 50 enemy fighters. On the verge of being overrun, Staff Sergeant Monti quickly directed his men to set up a defensive position behind a  rock formation. He then called for indirect fire support, accurately  targeting the rounds upon the enemy who had closed to within 50 meters  of his position. While still directing fire, Staff Sergeant Monti  personally engaged the enemy with his rifle and a grenade, successfully  disrupting an attempt to flank his patrol. Staff Sergeant Monti then  realized that one of his Soldiers was lying wounded in the open ground  between the advancing enemy and the patrol's position. With complete  disregard for his own safety, Staff Sergeant Monti twice attempted to  move from behind the cover of the rocks into the face of relentless  enemy fire to rescue his fallen comrade. Determined not to leave his  Soldier, Staff Sergeant Monti made a third attempt to cross open terrain through intense enemy fire. On this final attempt, he was mortally  wounded, sacrificing his own life in an effort to save his fellow  Soldier. Staff Sergeant Monti's selfless acts of heroism inspired his  patrol to fight off the larger enemy force. Staff Sergeant Monti's  immeasurable courage and uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest  traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself,  Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3d Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, and the United States  Army.

Lieutenant Michael P. Murphy

Michael P Murphy
Lieutenant (SEAL)
United States Navy

Smithtown, NY
Was awarded the Medal of Honor on
22 Oct 2007
For service in Asadabad, Afghanistan

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Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his  life above and beyond the call of duty as the leader of a special  reconnaissance element with Naval Special Warfare Task Unit Afghanistan  on 27 and 28 June 2005. While leading a mission to locate a high-level  anti-coalition militia leader, Lieutenant Murphy demonstrated  extraordinary heroism in the face of grave danger in the vicinity of  Asadabad, Konar Province, Afghanistan. On 28 June 2005, operating in an  extremely rugged enemy-controlled area, Lieutenant Murphy's team was  discovered by anti-coalition militia sympathizers, who revealed their  position to Taliban fighters. As a result, between 30 and 40 enemy  fighters besieged his four-member team. Demonstrating exceptional  resolve, Lieutenant Murphy valiantly led his men in engaging the large  enemy force. The ensuing fierce firefight resulted in numerous enemy  casualties, as well as the wounding of all four members of the team.  Ignoring his own wounds and demonstrating exceptional composure,  Lieutenant Murphy continued to lead and encourage his men. When the  primary communicator fell mortally wounded, Lieutenant Murphy repeatedly attempted to call for assistance for his beleaguered teammates.  Realizing the impossibility of communicating in the extreme terrain, and in the face of almost certain death, he fought his way into open  terrain to gain a better position to transmit a call. This deliberate,  heroic act deprived him of cover, exposing him to direct enemy fire.  Finally achieving contact with his Headquarters, Lieutenant Murphy  maintained his exposed position while he provided his location and  requested immediate support for his team. In his final act of bravery,  he continued to engage the enemy until he was mortally wounded,  gallantly giving his life for his country and for the cause of freedom.  By his selfless leadership, courageous actions, and extraordinary  devotion to duty, Lieutenant Murphy reflected great credit upon himself  and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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Leroy Arthur Petry
Sergeant First Class
United States Army

Santa Fe, New Mexico
Awarded the Medal of Honor on
12 July 2011
For service in the Paktia Province of Afghanistan

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Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Staff Sergeant Leroy A. Petry distinguished himself by acts of  gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy in the vicinity of Paktya  Province, Afghanistan, on 26 May 2008. As a Weapons Squad Leader with D  Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Staff Sergeant Petry moved to clear the courtyard of a house that potentially contained high-value combatants. While crossing the courtyard, Staff Sergeant Petry and  another Ranger were engaged and wounded by automatic weapons fire from enemy fighters. Still under enemy fire, and wounded in both legs, Staff Sergeant Petry led the other Ranger to cover.
 He then reported the  situation and engaged the enemy with a hand grenade, providing  suppression as another Ranger moved to his position. The enemy quickly  responded by maneuvering closer and throwing grenades. The first grenade explosion knocked his two fellow Rangers to the ground and wounded both with shrapnel. A second grenade then landed only a few feet away from  them. Instantly realizing the danger, Staff Sergeant Petry,  unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his safety, deliberately  and selflessly moved forward, picked up the grenade, and in an effort to clear the immediate threat, threw the grenade away from his fellow Rangers.
As he was releasing the grenade it detonated, amputating his right hand at the wrist and further injuring him with multiple shrapnel wounds. Although picking up and throwing the live grenade grievously  wounded Staff Sergeant Petry, his gallant act undeniably saved his fellow Rangers from being severely wounded or killed. Despite the  severity of his wounds, Staff Sergeant Petry continued to maintain the  presence of mind to place a tourniquet on his right wrist before communicating the situation by radio in order to coordinate support for  himself and his fellow wounded Rangers.
Staff Sergeant Petry's  extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the  highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon  himself, 75th Ranger Regiment, and the United States Army.
Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha

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Staff Sergeant
United States Army
Minot, North Dakota
Awarded the Medal of Honor on
11 Feb 2013
For service at Combat Outpost Keating in eastern Afghanistan

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Citation:

Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha distinguished himself by acts of  gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the  call of duty while serving as a Section Leader with Bravo Troop, 3d  Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry  Division, during combat operations against an armed enemy at Combat  Outpost Keating, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on  October 3, 2009. On that morning, Staff Sergeant Romesha and his  comrades awakened to an attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters  occupying the high ground on all four sides of the complex, employing  concentrated fire from recoilless rifles, rocket propelled grenades,  anti-aircraft machine guns, mortars and small arms fire. Staff Sergeant  Romesha moved uncovered under intense enemy fire to conduct a  reconnaissance of the battlefield and seek reinforcements from the  barracks before returning to action with the support of an assistant  gunner. Staff Sergeant Romesha took out an enemy machine gun team and,  while engaging a second, the generator he was using for cover was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade, inflicting him with shrapnel wounds.  Undeterred by his injuries, Staff Sergeant Romesha continued to fight  and upon the arrival of another soldier to aid him and the assistant  gunner, he again rushed through the exposed avenue to assemble  additional soldiers. Staff Sergeant Romesha then mobilized a five-man  team and returned to the fight equipped with a sniper rifle.

With  complete disregard for his own safety, Staff Sergeant Romesha  continually exposed himself to heavy enemy fire, as he moved confidently about the battlefield engaging and destroying multiple enemy targets,  including three Taliban fighters who had breached the combat outpost's  perimeter. While orchestrating a successful plan to secure and reinforce key points of the battlefield, Staff Sergeant Romesha maintained radio  communication with the tactical operations center. As the enemy forces  attacked with even greater ferocity, unleashing a barrage of  rocket-propelled grenades and recoilless rifle rounds, Staff Sergeant  Romesha identified the point of attack and directed air support to  destroy over 30 enemy fighters. After receiving reports that seriously  injured Soldiers were at a distant battle position, Staff Sergeant  Romesha and his team provided covering fire to allow the injured  Soldiers to safely reach the aid station. Upon receipt of orders to  proceed to the next objective, his team pushed forward 100 meters under  overwhelming enemy fire to recover and prevent the enemy fighters from  taking the bodies of their fallen comrades.

Staff Sergeant Romesha’s  heroic actions throughout the day-long battle were critical in  suppressing an enemy that had far greater numbers. His extraordinary  efforts gave Bravo Troop the opportunity to regroup, reorganize and  prepare for the counterattack that allowed the Troop to account for its  personnel and secure Combat Outpost Keating. Staff Sergeant Romesha’s  discipline and extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty  reflect great credit upon himself, Bravo Troop, 3d Squadron, 61st  Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and the United States Army.

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William D Swenson
Captain
United States Army
Seattle, Washington
Awarded the Medal of Honor on
16 October 2013
For service in the Battle of Ganjgal near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border

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Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:

Captain William D. Swenson distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of  duty while serving as embedded advisor to the Afghan National Border  Police, Task Force Phoenix, Combined Security Transition  Command-Afghanistan in support of 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on  September 8, 2009. On that morning, more than 60 well-armed, well-positioned enemy fighters ambushed Captain Swenson's combat team as it moved on foot into the village of Ganjgal for a meeting with village elders.

As the enemy unleashed a barrage of rocket-propelled grenade, mortar and machine gun fire, Captain Swenson immediately returned fire  and coordinated and directed the response of his Afghan Border Police, while simultaneously calling in suppressive artillery fire and aviation  support. After the enemy effectively flanked Coalition Forces, Captain  Swenson repeatedly called for smoke to cover the withdrawal of the forward elements. Surrounded on three sides by enemy forces inflicting  effective and accurate fire, Captain Swenson coordinated air assets,  indirect fire support and medical evacuation helicopter support to allow for the evacuation of the wounded. Captain Swenson ignored enemy radio  transmissions demanding surrender and maneuvered uncovered to render medical aid to a wounded fellow soldier. Captain Swenson stopped administering aid long enough to throw a grenade at approaching enemy  forces, before assisting with moving the soldier for air evacuation. With complete disregard for his own safety, Captain Swenson unhesitatingly led a team in an unarmored vehicle into the kill zone,  exposing himself to enemy fire on at least two occasions, to recover the wounded and search for four missing comrades. After using aviation  support to mark locations of fallen and wounded comrades, it became clear that ground recovery of the fallen was required due to heavy enemy fire on helicopter landing zones.

Captain Swenson's team returned to the kill zone another time in a Humvee. Captain Swenson voluntarily exited the vehicle, exposing himself to enemy fire, to locate and recover three fallen Marines and one fallen Navy corpsman. His exceptional leadership and stout resistance against the enemy during six hours of continuous fighting rallied his teammates and effectively disrupted the enemy's assault. Captain William D. Swenson's  extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and  reflect great credit upon himself, Task Force Phoenix, 1st Battalion,  32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division and the United States Army.

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Kyle Jerome White
Sergeant
United States Army
Seattle, Washington
Awarded the Medal of Honor on
13 May 2014
For service in the Nuristan Province,  Afghanistan

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Citation:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of  Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of Congress the Medal  of Honor to Specialist Kyle J. White, United States Army.

Specialist Kyle J. White distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of  duty while serving as a radio telephone operator with Company C, 2nd  Battalion Airborne, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade  during combat operations against an armed enemy in Nuristan Province,  Afghanistan on November 9, 2007.

On that day, Specialist White and his comrades were returning to Bella Outpost from a shura with Aranas village elders. As the soldiers traversed a narrow path surrounded by mountainous, rocky terrain, they were ambushed by enemy forces from elevated positions. Pinned against a steep mountain face, Specialist White and his fellow soldiers were completely exposed to enemy fire. Specialist White returned fire and was briefly knocked unconscious when a rocket-propelled grenade impacted near him.

When he regained consciousness, another round impacted near him, embedding small pieces of shrapnel in his face. Shaking off his wounds, Specialist White noticed one of his comrades lying wounded nearby. Without hesitation, Specialist White exposed himself to enemy fire in order to reach the soldier and provide medical aid.

After applying a tourniquet, Specialist White moved to an injured Marine, providing aid and comfort until the Marine succumbed to his wounds. Specialist White then returned to the soldier and discovered that he had been wounded again. Applying his own belt as an additional tourniquet, Specialist White was able to stem the flow of blood and save the soldier's life.

Noticing that his and the other soldiers' radios were inoperative,  Specialist White exposed himself to enemy fire yet again in order to  secure a radio from a deceased comrade. He then provided information and updates to friendly forces, allowing precision air strikes to stifle the enemy's attack and ultimately permitting medical evacuation aircraft to rescue him, his fellow soldiers, Marines, and Afghan army soldiers.

Specialist Kyle J. White's extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest  traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself,  Company C, 2nd Battalion Airborne, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd  Airborne Brigade, and the United States Army.[
 

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael A. Monsoor

Michael A Monsoor
Petty Officer 2nd Class(SEAL)
United States Navy
Long Beach, CA
Awarded the Medal of Honor on
08 Apr 2008
For service in Ar Ramadi, Iraq

 

NavMC MOH

Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above  and beyond the call of duty as automatic weapons gunner for Naval  Special Warfare Task Group Arabian Peninsula, in support of Operation  IRAQI FREEDOM on 29 September 2006. As a member of a combined SEAL and  Iraqi Army Sniper Overwatch Element, tasked with providing early warning and stand-off protection from a rooftop in an insurgent held sector of  Ar Ramadi, Iraq, Petty Officer Monsoor distinguished himself by his  exceptional bravery in the face of grave danger. In the early morning,  insurgents prepared to execute a coordinated attack by reconnoitering  the area around the element's position. Element snipers thwarted the  enemy's initial attempt by eliminating two insurgents. The enemy  continued to assault the element, engaging them with a rocket-propelled  grenade and small arms fire. As enemy activity increased, Petty Officer  Monsoor took position with his machine gun between two teammates on an  outcropping of the roof. While the SEALs vigilantly watched for enemy  activity, an insurgent threw a hand grenade from an unseen location,  which bounced off Petty Officer Monsoor's chest and landed in front of  him. Although only he could have escaped the blast, Petty Officer  Monsoor chose instead to protect his teammates. Instantly and without  regard for his own safety, he threw himself onto the grenade to absorb  the force of the explosion with his body, saving the lives of his two  teammates. By his undaunted courage, fighting spirit, and unwavering  devotion to duty in the face of certain death, Petty Officer Monsoor  gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the United States  Naval Service.

Corporal Jason L. Dunham

Jason L Dunham
Corporal
United States Marine Corps

Scio, NY
Awarded the Medal of Honor on
10 Nov 2007
For service in Karabilah, Iraq

NavMC MOH

Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his  life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Rifle Squad  Leader, 4th Platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines  (Reinforced), Regimental Combat Team 7, First Marine Division  (Reinforced), on 14 April 2004. Corporal Dunham's squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in the town of Karabilah, Iraq, when they heard  rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire erupt approximately two  kilometers to the west. Corporal Dunham led his Combined Anti-Armor Team towards the engagement to provide fire support to their Battalion  Commander's convoy, which had been ambushed as it was traveling to Camp  Husaybah.

As Corporal Dunham and his Marines advanced, they quickly  began to receive enemy fire. Corporal Dunham ordered his squad to  dismount their vehicles and led one of his fire teams on foot several  blocks south of the ambushed convoy. Discovering seven Iraqi vehicles in a column attempting to depart, Corporal Dunham and his team stopped the vehicles to search them for weapons. As they approached the vehicles,  an insurgent leaped out and attacked Corporal Dunham. Corporal Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground and in the ensuing struggle saw the insurgent release a grenade. Corporal Dunham immediately alerted his fellow Marines to the threat. Aware of the imminent danger and without  hesitation, Corporal Dunham covered the grenade with his helmet and  body, bearing the brunt of the explosion and shielding his Marines from  the blast. In an ultimate and selfless act of bravery in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of at least two fellow Marines. By  his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Dunham gallantly gave his life for his country,  thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest  traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith

Paul R Smith
Sergeant First Class
United States Army

Awarded the Medal of Honor on
05 Apr 2005
For service in Baghdad, Iraq

Army_MOH

Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his  life above and beyond the call of duty. Sergeant First Class Paul R.  Smith distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above  and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy near Baghdad  International Airport, Baghdad, Iraq on 4 April 2003. On that day,  Sergeant First Class Smith was engaged in the construction of a prisoner of war holding area when his Task Force was violently attacked by a  company-sized enemy force. Realizing the vulnerability of over 100 fellow soldiers, Sergeant First Class Smith quickly organized a hasty defense consisting of two platoons of soldiers, one Bradley Fighting Vehicle and three armored personnel carriers.

As the fight developed,  Sergeant First Class Smith braved hostile enemy fire to personally  engage the enemy with hand grenades and anti-tank weapons, and organized the evacuation of three wounded soldiers from an armored personnel  carrier struck by a rocket propelled grenade and a 60mm mortar round.  Fearing the enemy would overrun their defenses, Sergeant First Class Smith moved under withering enemy fire to man a .50 caliber machine gun mounted on a damaged armored personnel carrier. In total disregard for his own life, he maintained his exposed position in order to engage the  attacking enemy force. During this action, he was mortally wounded. His  courageous actions helped defeat the enemy attack, and resulted in as many as 50 enemy soldiers killed, while allowing the safe withdrawal of  numerous wounded soldiers.

Sergeant First Class Smith's extraordinary  heroism and uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Third Infantry Division "Rock of the Marne," and the United States Army.

Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis

Ross A McGinnis
Private First Class
United States Army

Was awarded the Medal of Honor on
05 Jun 2008
for service in Adhamiyah, Iraq

Army_MOH

Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his  life above and beyond the call of duty: Private First Class Ross A.  McGinnis distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity  above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an M2 .50-caliber  Machine Gunner, 1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry  Regiment, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy in Adhamiyah, Northeast Baghdad, Iraq, on 4 December 2006. That afternoon  his platoon was conducting combat control operations in an effort to  reduce and control sectarian violence in the area. While Private  McGinnis was manning the M2 .50-caliber Machine Gun, a fragmentation  grenade thrown by an insurgent fell through the gunner's hatch into the  vehicle. Reacting quickly, he yelled "grenade," allowing all four  members of his crew to prepare for the grenade's blast. Then, rather  than leaping from the gunner's hatch to safety, Private McGinnis made  the courageous decision to protect his crew. In a selfless act of  bravery, in which he was mortally wounded, Private McGinnis covered the  live grenade, pinning it between his body and the vehicle and absorbing  most of the explosion. Private McGinnis' gallant action directly saved  four men from certain serious injury or death. Private First Class  McGinnis' extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own  life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon  himself, his unit, and the United States Army.