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HE DOVE ON A GRENADE – AND LIVED

Kyle Carpenter to Receive Medal of Honor
By Harold Hutchison

During the War on Terror, American servicemen have covered grenades with their own bodies to protect their comrades. Three of them, Army Private First Class Ross McGinnis, Master-At-Arms Second Class Michael A. Monsoor, and Marine Corporal Jason Dunham, who made the ultimate sacrifice, received the Medal of Honor posthumously. A fourth American serviceman, Marine Sergeant Rafael Peralta, controversially received the Navy Cross for covering a grenade in Iraq – with the possibility that he, too, could receive the Medal of Honor.

Marine to Receive the Medal of Honor

During the war on Terror, SEAL Michael Monsoor, Army PFC Ross McGinnis, and Marine Jason Dunham threw themselves onto grenades to save the lives of ther comrades, selflessly giving their lives to do so. They each received the Medal of Honor posthumously.

Now, another Marine, William Kyle Carpenter, will receive the Medal of Honor for covering a grenade... only he survived the experience.

SOF'S COVERAGE OF OPERATION RED WINGS

In the April, 2008 issue of SOF, we covered operation Red Wings, including the awarding of the Medal of Honor to Lt. Michael Murphy.

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Medal of Honor Citation for Rodolfo P. Hernandez

HERNANDEZ, RODOLFO P.

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company G, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team.
Place and date: Near Wontong-ni, Korea, 31 May 1951.
Entered service at: Fowler, Calif.
G.O. No.: 40, 21 April 1962.

BATAAN DEATH MARCH SURVIVOR HONORED

Seven-Decade Delay In Recognition Rectified
By Harold Hutchison

In 1942, as many as 80,000 Americans and Filipinos were forced to march 80 miles across the Bataan Peninsula on the island of Luzon. One of those who survived not just that ordeal, but over three years in Japanese POW camps, was Phillip Coon.

White House Medal of Honor Ceremony

President Barack Obama awards former Army Capt. William D. Swenson the Medal of Honor. Swenson received the Nation's highest honor for his courageous actions while serving as an 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 8 September, 2009.

MEDAL OF HONOR FOR SWENSON!

Second to be Awarded for Battle of Ganjgal
By Harold Hutchison

Captain William Swenson, United States Army, fought at the side of Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer during the Battle of Ganjgal, will receive the Medal of Honor next month. Swenson, whose nomination was controversial due to a delay, is scheduled to be presented the medal on 15 October.

White House Medal of Honor Ceremony

Video by Office of the Chief of Public Affairs

SSGT TY CARTER RECEIVES MEDAL OF HONOR

Second Medal Awarded for Battle of COP Keating
By Harold Hutchison

Staff Sergeant Ty Carter received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the battle of COP Keating. Carter is the second living Medal of Honor recipient from that battle, the first time in 50 years that two American military personnel have lived to receive the Medal of Honor in the same engagement.

Kentucky Marine Awarded Silver Star for Leading Marines Through Heavy Combat

The commanding general of 1st Marine Division awarded Sgt. Matthew T. Woodall the Silver Star Medal at Camp San Mateo here Aug. 2 for his actions while deployed to Helmand province, Afghanistan, during 2011. Woodall, a native of Paducah, Ky., displayed conspicuous gallantry while conducting combat operations in Helmand's Sangin district during a firefight, July 10 through 11, 2011.

OSPREY PILOTS DECORATED

First Award of DFC to V-22 Pilots
By Harold Hutchison

The pilot and co-pilot of a V-22 Osprey have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism during a 27 June, 2012 operation in Helmand province. These are the first such awards to any pilot of the tilt-rotor aircraft, which has been serving in Afghanistan since 2009.

PJ AWARDED SILVER STAR

Heroism in Afghanistan Recognized
By Harold Hutchison

An Air Force pararescue jumper was awarded the Silver Star for heroism during the recovery of the crew of an OH-58 Kiowa during Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sergeant Zachary Kline received the country’s third-highest award for valor on 14 July. Kline was under fire for six hours on 23 April, 2011, while recovering the two-man crew of an OH-58 Kiowa scout helicopter, one of whom had died.

ANOTHER BECKWITH IN SPECIAL OPS

Charlie’s Granddaughter To Serve as AC-130 Gunner
By Harold Hutchison

Charlie Beckwith became a special operations legend, best known for founding the Army’s Delta Force. His legacy, however, is not ending with him. Now, one of his descendants is joining the special operations community – and it is not where or who you would expect.