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Obama to award 3 Medals of Honor

By Patrick Dickson 
Stars and Stripes

Published: August 26, 2014
 
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WASHINGTON — The White House announced late Tuesday that President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to two soldiers who fought during the Vietnam War.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat will be honored Sept. 15 for conspicuous gallantry.

Adkins will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions while serving as an intelligence sergeant assigned to Detachment A-102, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces. Then-Sgt. 1st Class Adkins distinguished himself March 9-12, 1966, at Camp A Shau, Vietnam.

Sloat will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as a machine gunner with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. Sloat distinguished himself in the vicinity of Hawk Hill Fire Base, Vietnam, on Jan. 17, 1970.

Obama also approved the awarding of the Medal of Honor to Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing for gallantry in action at the battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. Additional details on the award are forthcoming, the White House said.

Cushing will be honored for his actions while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. Cushing distinguished himself during combat operations against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Penn., on July 3, 1863.

The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the armed forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or serving with friendly foreign forces in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

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Re: Obama to award 3 Medals of Honor
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2014, 05:41:53 PM »
Kerry is going to be pissed. He doesn't get one?
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Re: Obama to award 3 Medals of Honor
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2014, 07:09:11 AM »
Kerry is going to be pissed. He doesn't get one?

The Medal of Honor isn't high enough for all the "heroic"  exploits of Lurch. :silly:
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Civil War officer to receive Medal of Honor 151 years after death at Gettysburg
Published August 27, 2014
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This undated photo provided by the Wisconsin Historical Society shows First Lt. Alonzo Cushing. (AP Photo/Wisconsin Historical Society)

The White House has announced that a Union Army officer killed at the Battle of Gettysburg will receive the Medal of Honor next month in a White House ceremony.

The decision to honor 1st. Lt. Alonzo Cushing, originally of Wisconsin, brings a successful end to a campaign by Cushing's descendants and Civil War buffs that began in the late 1980s with a series of letters to then-Wisconsin Sen. William Proxmire.

Congress granted a special exemption last December for Cushing to receive the award posthumously since recommendations normally have to be made within two years of the act of heroism and the medal awarded within three years.

Cushing was born in 1841 in Delafield, Wisconsin, raised in Fredonia, New York, and buried at his alma mater, West Point. At Gettysburg, he commanded about 110 men and six cannons as part of Battery A of the 4th U.S. Artillery company.

During the battle, Cushing's small force stood their ground under a severe artillery bombardment as nearly 13,000 Confederate infantrymen waited to advance as part of Pickett's Charge on July 3, 1863. Cushing was wounded, and his battery was left with two guns and no long-range ammunition. Historians say his stricken battery should have been withdrawn and replaced with reserve forces, but Cushing insisted on ordering his guns to the front lines on the last day of fighting. He was shot in the head and killed instantly.

"Refusing to evacuate to the rear despite his severe wounds, he directed the operation of his lone field piece continuing to fire in the face of the enemy," the White House said in its announcement. "With the rebels within 100 yards of his position, Cushing was shot and killed during this heroic stand. His actions made it possible for the Union Army to successfully repulse the Confederate assault."

More than 1,500 soldiers from the Civil War have received the Medal of Honor, most recently Cpl. Andrew Jackson Smith of Clinton, Ill., who was awarded the medal in 2001 by President Bill Clinton.

The White House also announced that Obama will award the medal in a ceremony on Sept. 15 to two Vietnam War soldiers who also received the congressional exemption — Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat.

The award also will be given posthumously to Sloat, who was killed in action in Vietnam on Jan. 17, 1970, at age 20. Sloat, of Coweta, Oklahoma, picked up a live grenade triggered by a fellow soldier and used his own body to shield the blast and save his fellow soldiers.

Adkins, a veteran who served 22 years and has retired to Opelika, Alabama, plans to receive his medal in person. He was deployed three times to Vietnam with the Special Forces and is being awarded for actions in combat on his second tour, in 1966, when he ran wounded through enemy fire to drag wounded comrades to safety.

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His battery was near the "copse of trees" that the confederates centered on.  His refusal to yield was certainly one of the reasons the south couldn't carry Cemetery Ridge.
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I had two ancestors on the other side of that horrific scene at cemetery Hill, both with the 11th NC under Pettigrew. One written account of what it looked like from  the Federal lines, was at the fence line that Picket and Pettigrew had to cross, because of the intense volley of canister shot, formed what looked like a fog, but oddly bright red.  Red from the men being blown apart from the canister shot and minie balls adding bloody mist to the smoke. It was a terrible slaughter.
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