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The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation is asking first responders to consider such acts they've witnessed, and to nominate those civilian heroes who rose to the challenge and performed heroic acts of courage or kindness for the Medal of Honor Society Citizen Honors Award.
A blacksmith by trade, he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism in action at Franklin, Tennessee for capture of the Confederate flag.
The act makes it a crime "to falsely claim receipt of military decorations or medals and provides an enhanced penalty if the Congressional Medal of Honor is involved.
Besides the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor is the only other award sanctioned by both houses of the United States Congress and recipients are listed in the Congressional Record.
Height, President of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) since 1957, and author of her memoir, Open Wide the Freedom Gales: A Memoir (Public Affairs, June 2003), has been selected for a Congressional Medal of Honor.
A new book released in time for Veterans' Day tells the tales of those who have received the US military's highest award, the Congressional Medal of Honor, given for acts of extreme sacrifice and bravery.
General Joe Foss-Marine Corps ace, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and former Governor of South Dakota--suffered a stroke in fall 2002 and passed away in January.
After 45 minutes of repeated searches and questioning, Foss was allowed to continue his trip, and was even permitted to keep the "throwing star"--which was actually the congressional Medal of Honor that the general had received in 1943 from President Franklin D.