Just had the privilege to meet Chief Warrant Officer 4, Herschel “Woody” Williams, USMC Retired, Medal of Honor Recipient, Iwo Jima. An incredible and humble man. Thanks @shariasanderson_ for making the connection. #semperfidelis#usmc#medalofhonor
¡!¡#HappyFathersDay fellas. Lord knows y’all special because I just can’t deal with having the pressures of this world on my shoulders and have a whole extra human or humans depending on me and looking up at me , etc, y’all are for real gangsta for that. #salute to the #MEN doin they thing for their family no matter what’s happening. Y’all deserve a #MedalOfHonor#onlife#salute . 💯💯💯¡!¡
I couldn’t be more proud of this father to our little wildlings; navigating two households on opposite coasts. The one who always implements living and loving freely- you show that to our boys implicitly. We love you to the moon.❤️
Happy 120th Birthday to the Hospital Corps! 120 years of avoiding formation, low fades, silver bullets and reminding Marines that there is somebody tougher than them. Here are some shots of the Hospital Corps in action!
On June 17, 1898 President William H. McKinley signed U.S. Navy Hospital Corps into law. With the Spanish-American war looming, the Navy needed an enlisted medical force beyond the collateral duty that was presently available. Shortly after Corpsmen(then Hospital Apprentice) surged on to the battlefield creating a name for themselves. Switching to the rate Pharmacist’s mate in 1916, they made their presence known on the bloody fields of Europe in WWI, then WWII. The Hospital Corps got national recognition after a fine young chap named Doc Bradley helped put a flag up on a little Island named Iwo Jima. Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal also commended the Hospital Corps in a speech post- WWII. The only Corps in the U.S. Navy to do so. In 1947 the title, “Hospital Corpsman” was officially brought into service. We have earned a strong reputation for being the toughest and most decorated medical fight force in the world. Earning 23 Medals of Honor, 174 Navy Crosses, 31 Distinguished Service Crosses, 946 Silver stars, and 1,582 Bronze stars. 2,012 Corpsmen have paid the ultimate sacrifice since the Civil War. The Corpsman will always be right behind a Marine, Sailor, Soldier, Airman or Coastguardsman, to help them up and call them a “bitch” for falling out in the first place. So happy birthday and here’s to many more! Shout out to @ezraisskeptical for a picture and instructors @erick_huertas and @samwow15 -
My first MoH item!! For those who don’t know, then Lt Col Justice Chambers, served with the 1st Raider Bn on Tulagi and received a silver star for evacuating and organizing the defense throughout the nights despite being wounded himself.
During Roi-Namur campaign, he became the commander of 3/25th. On Saipan he suffered a concussion blast and returned to lead his battalion and then continued to do so at Tinian. He received a Legion of Merit with a Valor device for his competent and conspicuous leadership.
On Iwo Jima, he was awarded the Navy Cross during an action which led to his 3rd and near fatal wounding and his medical retirement in 1946. In 1950, President Truman awarded him the Medal of Honor - upgrading his NC due to reinvestigation and added evidence.
His MoH citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as commanding officer of the 3d Assault Battalion Landing Team, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, from 19 to 22 February 1945. Under a furious barrage of enemy machinegun and small-arms fire from the commanding cliffs on the right, Col. Chambers (then Lt. Col.) landed immediately after the initial assault waves of his battalion on D-day to find the momentum of the assault threatened by heavy casualties from withering Japanese artillery, mortar rocket, machinegun, and rifle fire. Exposed to relentless hostile fire, he coolly reorganized his battle-weary men, inspiring them to heroic efforts by his own valor and leading them in an attack on the critical, impregnable high ground from which the enemy was pouring an increasing volume of fire directly onto troops ashore as well as amphibious craft in succeeding waves. Constantly in the front lines encouraging his men to push forward against the enemy's savage resistance, Col. Chambers led the 8-hour battle to carry the flanking ridge top and reduce the enemy's fields of aimed fire, thus protecting the vital foothold gained. ⬇️⬇️⬇️
🇫🇷 #OldAbe vous emmène aujourd'hui à #Carentan pour vous parler de la charge à la baïonnette du Colonel Cole. Cet acte heroïque fut récompensé par la Médaille d'honneur du Congrès américain. Découvrez ici la citation et un récit détaillé de cette charge. Pour cela, rendez-vous auprès de l'entreprise Auto Négoce 50 (49°18'44.50" N ; 1°15'39.92" O). Retrouvez également, à quelques mètres de là, le Monument Cole en mémoire du colonel et de ses hommes. La carte est disponible sur notre site internet (lien dans la bio) et auprès de l'office de tourisme de Carentan (@baieducotentintourisme) 🦅
🇬🇧🇺🇸 Today #OldAbe guides you through Carentan to tell you about Colonel Cole's bayonet charge. His heroic action earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. Here you'll learn more about the details of the charge and his citation. One can locate the sign near 'Auto Négoce 50' (49°18'44.50" N; 1°15'39.92" W). Moreover, just a few yards from there, you'll find the monument dedicated to Colonel Cole and his men. The map can be found on our website (see link) and at the Carentan Tourist Office (@baieducotentintourisme) 🦅
We couldn’t be more proud to have our post of our client, and Medal of Honor recipient, John Baca, featured by @abc7la! We are elated that John is getting this special attention, as well as his loyal therapy dog Jojo. Their picture will even be seen on an on air TV promo throughout the last couple of weeks of June on channel 7. The promo Premieres tonight at 6:16 and 7:04 pm. We will definitely be watching. Thanks again @abc7la! You guys have been so good to our hospital 🙏🏻♥️ #abc7la with @get_repost
We want to thank our Eyewitnesses for sharing thousands of photos and videos with us each day! Every couple of weeks we put together a promo that displays one of your images from each day of the month. This is our spot for mid-June, which premieres today! Catch it today at 6:16pm and 7:04pm on ABC7. You'll see more of this clip on ABC7 throughout the last two weeks of this month. We'd like to thank each of the people we tagged in the comments below for helping us pay tribute to the last four weeks in SoCal!
This is the hard-hitting and unforgettable memoir of Jack Lucas, the youngest Medal of Honor recipient of 20th century. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps (@marines) on August 6, 1942, at the age of 14. During the Battle of Iwo Jima, two enemy grenade landed close to Jack and three of his fellow Marines. Jack threw himself on one of the grenades, then grabbed the second and pulled it beneath his body. His buddies were saved, but Jack was badly injured. Miraculously, he survived - but just barely. For this #brave action, 17-year-old Jack Lucas from North Carolina received the Medal of Honor from President Harry S. Truman (@whitehouse) on October 5, 1945. #Indestructible reveals the rocky road that led Jack Lucas to Iwo Jima, his arduous recovery, and the obstacles Jack overcame later in life. Jack's moving and powerful #memoir is a testament to one of the greatest of America's greatest generation. (From the back cover of Indestructible by Jack H Lucas with D K Drum)
Alfred Velazquez Rascon (b. 10 September, 1945) is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel. In 2000, he was awarded the Medal of Honor—the United States' highest military decoration—for his actions as a medic near Long Khánh Province during the Vietnam war. Rascon was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and was the only child of Alfredo and Andrea Rascon. His family emigrated to Oxnard, California to search for a better life and where Al would complete his primary and secondary education. He joined the army in August 1963. When he was deployed to Vietnam in May 1965 he was assigned in a Reconnaissance unit in the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade serving as a combat medic. In March 1966 his reconnaissance unit was aiding a sister battalion which was under enemy mortar and machine gun fire by numerically superior Viet Cong forces. Specialist Four Rascon came to rescue and aid wounded soldiers. He also exposed himself to enemy fire and covered the bodies of his wounded comrades from grenade explosions. Rascon was so badly wounded that day he was given his last rites. He was transfered to Johnson Army Hospital in Japan where he remained in for 6 months. Mr. Rascon was honorably discharged later that year and was nominated for the Medal of Honor, although it never went through for unknown reasons. He also became a naturalized citizen. Lt. Colonel Rascon was presented the special award in 2000 by President Clinton.
Freedom Fighter Friday🇺🇸 🦅
Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris
While serving as Commander of a Strike Force drawn from Company D, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, during combat operations against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Chi Lang, Republic of Vietnam on September 17, 1969. On that afternoon, Staff Sergeant Morris’ affiliated companies encountered an extensive enemy mine field and were subsequently engaged by a hostile force.
Staff Sergeant Morris learned by radio that a fellow team commander had been killed near an enemy bunker and he immediately reorganized his men into an effective assault posture before advancing forward and splitting off with two men to recover the team commander’s body. Observing the maneuver, the hostile force concentrated its fire on Staff Sergeant Morris’ three-man element and successfully wounded both men accompanying him.
After assisting the two wounded men back to his forces’ lines, Staff Sergeant Morris charged forward into withering enemy fire with only his men’s suppressive fire as cover. While enemy machine gun emplacements continuously directed strafing fusillades against him, Staff Sergeant Morris destroyed the positions with hand grenades and continued his assault, ultimately eliminating four bunkers.
Upon reaching the bunker nearest the fallen team commander, Staff Sergeant Morris repulsed the enemy, retrieved his comrade and began the arduous trek back to friendly lines. He was wounded three times as he struggled forward, but ultimately succeeded in returning his fallen comrade to a friendly position.
On this day in 1971, Specialist Fourth Class John Baca received the Medal of Honor for his service in Vietnam. He selflessly threw himself on a grenade to protect his comrades, saving 8 men. Click the link in the bio to read his full story. Photograph credit: Nick Del Calzo - themedal.com #MedalOfHonor#USArmy#HonorThem#ThisDayInHistory
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On this day (June 15th) in 1971, Michael Novosel was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Richard Nixon.
As a medevac pilot, "Mike" was credited with saving more than 5,000 lives in Vietnam ― including his son.
To put that in perspective, the number 5,000 is roughly the number of personnel on an aircraft carrier.
All servicemembers cringe when they hear "dustoff" come over the radio. We instantly know that one of our own is down. CW4 Novosel was a true hero, and we are grateful for his actions.
@frontier_tactical #frontier_tactical#armyveteran#medalofhonor#moh#heroes#hero#medic#medevac#vietnam#usarmy @usarmy 🖤