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Medal of Honor Podcast

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Ken Harbaugh tells the stories of service members who have distinguished themselves through an act of valor. These stories from the Civil War to present day include recipients who were originally overlooked for the medal as well as those who were celebrated at the time. This podcast is made in partnership with The National Medal of Honor Museum.

Ken Harbaugh tells the stories of service members who have distinguished themselves through an act of valor. These stories from the Civil War to present day include recipients who were originally overlooked for the medal as well as those who were celebrated at the time. This podcast is made in partnership with The National Medal of Honor Museum.

Location:

United States

Description:

Ken Harbaugh tells the stories of service members who have distinguished themselves through an act of valor. These stories from the Civil War to present day include recipients who were originally overlooked for the medal as well as those who were celebrated at the time. This podcast is made in partnership with The National Medal of Honor Museum.

Language:

English


Episodes

Harold Gonsalves

10/12/2020
Harold Gonsalves sacrificed his own life for the sake of his fellow Marines and their mission at the Battle of Okinawa. He was the only Latino Marine to earn the Medal of Honor during World War II.

Duration:00:02:30

Tibor Rubin

10/5/2020
Holocaust-survivor and Hungarian immigrant Tibor Rubin received the Medal of Honor for his incredible resilience as a prisoner of war in Korea. Despite saving the lives of up to 40 fellow prisoners, he served under an anti-Semitic sergeant who blocked his nomination for the Medal four separate times.

Duration:00:02:32

Joseph De Castro

9/28/2020
The standard bearer for his unit, Joseph De Castro carried the Union Flag into the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. He was the first Latino to receive the Medal of Honor for his role in the Battle of Gettysburg.

Duration:00:03:12

George Sakato

9/21/2020
George Sakato's courageous solo charge up a German-held hill during World War II inspired his platoon to follow and complete their mission, capturing more than 30 enemy soldiers. Initially awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Sakato's award was upgraded to the Medal of Honor in 2000 along with 21 other veterans of Asian descent.

Duration:00:03:15

Rerun: John Chapman

9/14/2020
John Chapman, the first airman since Vietnam to be awarded the medal, earned his Medal of Honor during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan.

Duration:00:03:00

Rodolfo Hernandez

9/7/2020
Corporal Rodolfo (Rudy) Hernandez received the Medal of Honor for his heroism in Korea, after he was launched a solo attack armed only with a bayonet and a few grenades.

Duration:00:02:29

Desmond Doss

8/31/2020
Though he hated the term "conscientious objector", Corporal Desmond Doss was the first in history to receive the Medal of Honor. He refused to shoot or even to carry a weapon, but served as a medic and saved dozens of lives in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. His story was told in the 2017 Oscar-winning film "Hacksaw Ridge", played by actor Andrew Garfield.

Duration:00:03:49

William Harvey Carney

8/24/2020
The first Black American to earn the Medal of Honor, William Harvey Carney nearly died at Fort Wagner in the Civil War - but he never once let the Union flag touch the ground.

Duration:00:03:51

Sen. Daniel Inouye

8/17/2020
The only US Senator so far to receive both the Medal of Honor and the President Medal of Freedom, Senator Daniel Inouye lost his right arm fighting in World War II. He went on to serve nine terms in the Senate and was the highest-ranking Senator at the time of his death in 2012. Read the AUSA's graphic novel about Sen. Inouye for a gripping retelling and illustration of his story.

Duration:00:02:31

Milton Olive

8/10/2020
PFC Olive earned the Medal of Honor for his selfless act of bravery in Vietnam. At only 18 years old, he sacrificed his own life to save four of his fellow soldiers. He was the first Black soldier to receive the Medal of Honor during Vietnam. PFC Olive also earned a mention in the recent Spike Lee film, Da 5 Bloods - the character Otis says, "I would be the first cat in line if there was a film about a real hero, you know, one of our blood. Somebody like Milton Olive."

Duration:00:02:29

Juan Negrón

8/3/2020
M.Sgt. Juan Negrón fought with the Borinqueneers, an all-Puerto Rican regiment, in Korea. He did not originally receive the Medal of Honor, but was one of the 24 veterans to whom President Obama awarded the medal in 2014 - veterans who should have received it in the first place, but had been overlooked due to their race or religion.

Duration:00:02:59

Dr. Mary Edwards Walker

7/27/2020
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker is the only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor. She fought her whole life to become a surgeon, to serve her country, and to achieve full rights for women. She refused to wear women's clothing and even testified before Congress on behalf of women's suffrage, but was never fully recognized for her groundbreaking work.

Duration:00:02:59

Ernest Childers

7/20/2020
The first Native American to receive the Medal of Honor since the 1880s, Lt. Col. Childers served in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam. He earned the Medal of Honor for his bravery at Oliveto, Italy in 1943.

Duration:00:02:59

Hershel "Woody" Williams

7/13/2020
The last surviving Marine to have received the Medal of Honor during World War II, Woody Williams' heroism was vital to American efforts in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Duration:00:02:59

William Pitsenbarger

7/6/2020
William "Pits" Pitsenbarger flew in helicopter rescue missions to treat and evacuate wounded soldiers and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his selfless actions near Cam My, Vietnam in 1966. Pitsenbarger's heroism was the subject of the recent film The Last Full Measure, starring Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jeremy Irvine as Pitsenbarger.

Duration:00:02:36

Jacob Parrott

6/5/2020
Jacob Parrott received the first Medal of Honor ever awarded for his participation in the Great Locomotive Chase during the Civil War.

Duration:00:03:02

Audie Murphy

6/5/2020
Before Audie Murphy was a 1950s Hollywood star, he earned a Medal of Honor for his bravery in Germany during World War II.

Duration:00:02:53

John Chapman

6/5/2020
John Chapman, the first airman since Vietnam to be awarded the medal, earned his Medal of Honor during Operation Anaconda in Afghanistan.

Duration:00:03:00