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Medal of Honor recipient from Illinois honored after 156 years

The Irish-born Murphy volunteered for war at age 17, and two years later was serving as a corporal in the 31st Illinois Infantry when it was sent to assault the fortifications in Vicksburg, Miss.


Howard Lee, Medal of Honor recipient who led long-odds defense, dies at 85

He volunteered to rescue a beleaguered platoon that had embarked on a reconnaissance mission and helped the Marines stave off North Vietnamese forces for six hours.


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Fallen soldier’s son accepts Medal of Honor for his father’s dive onto ‘living grenade’

Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins was killed in Iraq in June 2007, after tackling a suicide bomber and using his own body to shield three soldiers from the blast. His Distinguished Service Cross was upgraded to the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor in the U.S.

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Medal of Honor recipient Hershel Williams on heroic deeds

World War II Medal of Honor recipient Hershel Williams talks about heroic deeds, the thought process of those who perform them, and how they're by no means limited to the military.

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