More living Medal of Honor recipients may follow
WASHINGTON — If the White House soon names a living Medal of Honor recipient, the news could be followed quickly by nearly a dozen more heroes receiving the nation’s top military honor.
A military expert with ties to the Marine Corps said he knows of at least 10 living servicemembers under consideration by top Pentagon officials for the award. Another, a Marine who served in Iraq, has already been told by the White House that he would receive the Medal of Honor, the expert said.
He expects to see at least one of the candidates honored this fall, with several others to be announced early next year. White House officials would not comment on news reports of a living Medal of Honor recipient.
Last fall, in a Pentagon press conference, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters that the lack of a living Medal of Honor recipient from Iraq or Afghanistan was a source of real concern for him, and that several living troops were already under consideration.
But Defense Department officials would not confirm that any living candidates have been forwarded to the White House for final approval.
All six of the Medal of Honor recipients for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were awarded the honor posthumously. The last living Medal of Honor recipient was Bruce Crandall in 2007, who received the honor for heroics 42 years earlier in the Vietnam War.