The Defense Department also weighed in with some Medal of Honor stories, including that of the only female recipient, a doctor in the Civil War.
The Army brought its top brass to Washington this week for its annual Association of the U.S. Army Expo. Among the dignitaries, an unusual recipient of the Medal of Honor. It’s typically given to service members within three years of their heroics in battle. In the case of 80 year old retired Special Forces member Bennie Adkins, it took nearly five decades. Adkins tells Emily Kopp how he learned he would receive the nation’s highest military award.
When President Barack Obama awarded the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, to Army Ranger Sfc.Leroy Arthur Petry, he became only the second living, active-duty service member to receive the honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.
There are some rather staggering numbers coming out of the war in Iraq. Four thousand soldiers killed in action, more than 34,000 wounded – and only six considered worthy of the nation’s highest military award,…