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Congressional Medal of Honor

Discussion in 'Military' started by trtripoli, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. Feb 8, 2010 at 3:45 PM
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    X2!
     
  2. Feb 8, 2010 at 4:03 PM
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    That is very cool! We salute you Grandma! Hooraaa!
     
  3. Feb 8, 2010 at 4:07 PM
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    Congrats to your grandma.
     
  4. Feb 8, 2010 at 6:29 PM
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    First off PAL---read the requirements..."in direct combat action with an enemy force" is part of the requirement. Secondly while you were sucking on your MaMa's tit...I was carrying an M-14 in a place you probably have never heard of in a jungle in a land far far away. Oh by the way...I wore the same uniform as you did then and was an 0331.

    I wish his grandmother well as her contribution to the protection of the country is honorable and she should be recognized for what she did. Flying aircraft just out of maintenance is dangerous enough. Secondly for those who have received the MOH they deserve and should expect those of us who have served our country both in and out of uniform to defend them.

    His Grandmother (as I have said before and will say again) deserves to be recognized...I would bet there are alot more women that should be recognized as well but unfortunately the silent generation didn't ask for recognition but simply served and provided the back bone and back up to the fight going forward. Being a woman in the military service in that day and time was tough enough...my eternal respect will always go to them and to the "rosie riveter's" who kept the home and the ammunition going forward.

    By the way "PAL" anytime you want to compare war time service post your resume..."I'll answer it!"

    33 years in and still serving. Proud as always to serve my country and defend the rights of others to say or write what they want in a "Free Country!!"
     
  5. Feb 8, 2010 at 6:54 PM
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    What are the guidelines for which the medal could be awarded?
    On July 25,1963 Congress established a set of guidelines under which the Medal of Honor could be awarded:
    a.) while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
    b.) while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or,
    c.) while serving with friendly forces engaged in armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

    Congrats and thanx to the OP's Grandmother
     
  6. Feb 8, 2010 at 6:57 PM
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    Read the requirements and this is what is stated:

    Criteria: The Medal of Honor is awarded by the President, in the name of Congress, to a person who, while a member of the Army, distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The deed performed must have been one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. Incontestable proof of the performance of the service will be exacted and each recommendation for the award of this decoration will be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.
     
  7. Feb 8, 2010 at 7:08 PM
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    Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Republican Leader John Boehner, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, and Members of Congress will hold a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony on March 10, 2010 in the Capitol to honor the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II.
    The WASP was a pioneering organization of civilian female pilots employed to fly military aircrafts under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. More than 60 years ago, they flew fighter, bomber, transport, and training aircraft in defense of America’s freedom. Through their actions, the WASP eventually were the catalyst for revolutionary reform in the integration of women pilots into the Armed Services.
    Legislation to support the WASP Congressional Gold Medal was co-sponsored by: Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Representative Susan Davis (D-CA). On July 1, 2009, President Obama signed this legislation.
    “This Congressional Gold Medal honors the remarkable accomplishments, courage, and sacrifice of a distinct group of women in the United States military,” said Congresswomen Ros-Lehtinen and Davis, and Senators Hutchison and Mikulski. “The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII will be remembered for their dedicated efforts and unwavering service to our country in the fight for freedom
     
  8. Feb 8, 2010 at 7:13 PM
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    Wyden honors WWII women fliers
    By Special to The Oregonian
    January 08, 2010, 9:32AM
    View full sizeJanet Goetze
    Jeannette Goodrum of Lake Oswego thanks Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and people at the King City Town Hall for honoring her World War II achievements as a member of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, called WASP. She plans to join other WASP to receive a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor, in a Washington, D.C., ceremony tentatively set for March.
    Jeannette Gagnon Goodrum of Lake Oswego learned during World War II to land planes on skis in the New Hampshire snow as a member of the pioneering Women Airforce Service Pilots.

    The 89-year-old Massachusetts native was among the 1,074 women who became the first to fly U.S. military planes. At the time, some questioned whether women were capable of doing the job. They received no military benefits nor honors until 1977, when their records of service were unsealed and they gained full military status.

    They have gained additional recognition since then, including the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation's highest civilian award, bestowed in early 2009. However, the medals of the approximately 300 surviving pilots each will receive are still at the United States Mint, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Or., said earlier this week.

    For that reason, he has been honoring each of the seven surviving WASP known in Oregon as he attends meetings near their homes. Goodrum's turn came this week at a Town Hall meeting in King City, where Wyden presented her with a framed copy of the bill authorizing the Gold Medal and a flag that has flown over the Capitol.

    "We know you flew many of the same missions as the men, but you didn't get the recognition at the time," Wyden said to Goodrum. Now, the trailblazing WASP accomplishments can inspire young women, including his 2-year-old daughter, to great achievements, he said.

    Goodrum thanked Wyden and the people filling the King City Club House meeting room, who loudly applauded the former teacher and school administrator, who raised four children after her days in the cockpit.

    "I'm overwhelmed," she said later.

    Another WASP, Anna Flynn Monkiewicz, 90, of The Dalles, said renewed interest in the pilots has surprised her. However, she noted, the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African American military airmen, and the Navajo code talkers, whose wartime communication was based on their ancient language, also have been recognized in recent years.

    "I guess it's our turn," said Monkiewicz, who flew small fighter planes. Goodrum flew a lot of twin-engine aircraft.

    The WASP duties included ferrying planes between air bases, transporting cargo, towing targets for live anti-aircraft artillery practice and simulated strafing missions.

    In addition to Goodrum and Monkiewicz, according to Wyden's office, Oregon's surviving WASP include Madelon Burcham Hill of Bend; Catherine Murphy of Jacksonville; Elinor Fairchild Stebbins of Portland; Shirley Haugan Wunsch of Manzanita and Kay Chaffey of Medford.

    Both Goodrum and Monkiewicz said they plan to attend a Washington, D.C., ceremony to receive their Congressional Gold Medals, tentatively set for March.

    -- Janet Goetze
     
  9. Feb 8, 2010 at 7:13 PM
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    Tell ur grandma Congradaltions and Thank her for her service.
     
  10. Feb 8, 2010 at 7:19 PM
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    I don't want to stir up a hornets nest here, but what exactly did she do to receive this award that separated her from the other women pilots? I hope they aren't just handing these things out like candy, or to be PC, but anyway congrats to her. And double check to make sure it isn't a different award, because if she is, than she would be the second only women to ever win this award.
     
  11. Feb 8, 2010 at 7:25 PM
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    I think if you look at TacoBelle's press release quote it's not the CMH
    but
    the Congressional Gold Medal..

    just a simple misunderstanding :)
     
  12. Feb 8, 2010 at 7:28 PM
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  13. Feb 8, 2010 at 7:29 PM
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    Yeah, didn't have time to read everything, it happens a lot with all of us.
     
  14. Feb 8, 2010 at 7:32 PM
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    All this MOH talk, I thought I would share one of my personal favorites. It makes me tear up reading this because of the self sacrifice and courage.


    BENAVIDEZ, ROY P.
    Rank and organization: Master Sergeant. Organization: Detachment B-56, 5th Special Forces Group, Republic of Vietnam
    Place and date: West of Loc Ninh on May 2, 1968
    Entered service at: Houston, Texas June 1955
    Born: August 5, 1935, DeWitt County, Cuero, Texas.
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    Master Sergeant (then Staff Sergeant) Roy P. Benavidez United States Army, who distinguished himself by a series of daring and extremely valorous actions on 2 May 1968 while assigned to Detachment B56, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 2 May 1968, a 12-man Special Forces Reconnaissance Team was inserted by helicopters in a dense jungle area west of Loc Ninh, Vietnam to gather intelligence information about confirmed large-scale enemy activity. This area was controlled and routinely patrolled by the North Vietnamese Army. After a short period of time on the ground, the team met heavy enemy resistance, and requested emergency extraction. Three helicopters attempted extraction, but were unable to land due to intense enemy small arms and anti-aircraft fire. Sergeant Benavidez was at the Forward Operating Base in Loc Ninh monitoring the operation by radio when these helicopters returned to off-load wounded crewmembers and to assess aircraft damage. Sergeant Benavidez voluntarily boarded a returning aircraft to assist in another extraction attempt. Realizing that all the team members were either dead or wounded and unable to move to the pickup zone, he directed the aircraft to a nearby clearing where he jumped from the hovering helicopter, and ran approximately 75 meters under withering small arms fire to the crippled team. Prior to reaching the team's position he was wounded in his right leg, face, and head. Despite these painful injuries, he took charge, repositioning the team members and directing their fire to facilitate the landing of an extraction aircraft, and the loading of wounded and dead team members. He then threw smoke canisters to direct the aircraft to the team's position. Despite his severe wounds and under intense enemy fire, he carried and dragged half of the wounded team members to the awaiting aircraft. He then provided protective fire by running alongside the aircraft as it moved to pick up the remaining team members. As the enemy's fire intensified, he hurried to recover the body and classified documents on the dead team leader. When he reached the leader's body, Sergeant Benavidez was severely wounded by small arms fire in the abdomen and grenade fragments in his back. At nearly the same moment, the aircraft pilot was mortally wounded, and his helicopter crashed. Although in extremely critical condition due to his multiple wounds, Sergeant Benavidez secured the classified documents and made his way back to the wreckage, where he aided the wounded out of the overturned aircraft, and gathered the stunned survivors into a defensive perimeter. Under increasing enemy automatic weapons and grenade fire, he moved around the perimeter distributing water and ammunition to his weary men, reinstilling in them a will to live and fight. Facing a buildup of enemy opposition with a beleaguered team, Sergeant Benavidez mustered his strength, began calling in tactical air strikes and directed the fire from supporting gunships to suppress the enemy's fire and so permit another extraction attempt. He was wounded again in his thigh by small arms fire while administering first aid to a wounded team member just before another extraction helicopter was able to land. His indomitable spirit kept him going as he began to ferry his comrades to the craft. On his second trip with the wounded, he was clubbed with additional wounds to his head and arms before killing his adversary. He then continued under devastating fire to carry the wounded to the helicopter. Upon reaching the aircraft, he spotted and killed two enemy soldiers who were rushing the craft from an angle that prevented the aircraft door gunner from firing upon them. With little strength remaining, he made one last trip to the perimeter to ensure that all classified material had been collected or destroyed, and to bring in the remaining wounded. Only then, in extremely serious condition from numerous wounds and loss of blood, did he allow himself to be pulled into the extraction aircraft. Sergeant Benavidez' gallant choice to join voluntarily his comrades who were in critical straits, to expose himself constantly to withering enemy fire, and his refusal to be stopped despite numerous severe wounds, saved the lives of at least eight men. His fearless personal leadership, tenacious devotion to duty, and extremely valorous actions in the face of overwhelming odds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflect the utmost credit on him and the United States Army
     
  15. Feb 8, 2010 at 7:41 PM
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    Correct,
    The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest and most distinguished award Congress can award to a civilian. Since the American Revolution; Congress has commissioned gold medals as its highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. In 2000 and 2006, Congress awarded the Gold Medal to the Navajo Code Talkers and the Tuskegee Airmen, respectively.

    A very Honorable Group indeed and a very Honorable Citizen and Grandmother.
     
  16. Feb 9, 2010 at 5:56 AM
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    Congrats to your Grandmother for earning the CGM. That's awesome.
     
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    Congrats to your grandmother, that's cool:cool: Check out this website sometime www.cmohs.org It tells of all the MOH recipients (their citation, who's still living, etc). Pretty interesting stuff.
     
  18. Mar 10, 2010 at 11:44 AM
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    Congrats to his GM, either award is a tremendous accomplishment.
     
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    absoulutly. no doubt about that

    secretsquirl, great story. i love that stuff
     
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