List of living Medal of Honor recipients
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There are currently 78 living recipients of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is bestowed to any member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself "conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States."
Of the 78 living recipients, eight earned their Medals of Honor in World War II, 11 in the Korean War, 53 in the Vietnam War, and six in the War in Afghanistan. Four earned their medal while serving in the U.S. Air Force, 51 in the U.S. Army, 16 in the U.S. Marine Corps, and seven in the U.S. Navy. The oldest recipient is Robert D. Maxwell, aged 93, whereas the youngest is Dakota Meyer, aged 25. Only two medal holders are still on active duty in the U.S. military, War in Afghanistan soldiers Leroy Petry and Ty Carter, both of the U.S. Army. Among the recipients are former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey and three retired generals: Patrick Henry Brady and Robert F. Foley of the Army and James E. Livingston of the Marine Corps.
Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War and is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. The recipient must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the United States. Due to the nature of this medal, it is commonly presented posthumously.
World War II
During World War II 464 United States military personnel received the Medal of Honor, 266 of them posthumously. A total of 42 Medals of Honor were presented for action in just two battles – 15 for actions during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and 27 for actions during the Battle of Iwo Jima. A total of 21 (4.5% of all World War II Medals of Honor) were received by members of the all-Japanese American 100th Infantry Battalion of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, for actions in numerous battles across six different campaigns. Additionally, the only Medal of Honor ever presented to a member of the United States Coast Guard was received for actions during this war.
|Image||Name||Branch||Birth date and age||Current residence|
|Coolidge, Charles H.Charles H. Coolidge||Army||19210804 ! August 4, 1921||Tennessee, Signal Mountain !Signal Mountain, Tennessee|
|Currey, Francis S.Francis S. Currey||Army||19250629 ! June 29, 1925||New York, Selkirk !Selkirk, New York|
|Ehlers, Walter D.Walter D. Ehlers||Army||19210507 ! May 7, 1921||California, Buena Park !Buena Park, California|
|Jackson, Arthur J.Arthur J. Jackson||Marine Corps||19241018 ! October 18, 1924||Idaho, Boise !Boise, Idaho|
|Maxwell, Robert D.Robert D. Maxwell||Army||19201026 ! October 26, 1920||Oregon, Bend !Bend, Oregon|
|Ross, Wilburn K.Wilburn K. Ross||Army||19220512 ! May 12, 1922||Washington, DuPont !DuPont, Washington|
|Sakato, George T.George T. Sakato||Army||19210219 ! February 19, 1921||Colorado, Denver !Denver, Colorado|
|Williams, Hershel W.Hershel W. Williams||Marine Corps||19231002 ! October 2, 1923||West Virginia, Ona !Ona, West Virginia|
During the Korean War, 136 Medals of Honor were presented for bravery in action, 98 of them posthumously. As of 2013, only 11 were still living.
|Image||Name||Branch||Birth date and age||Current residence|
|Cafferata, Jr., Hector A.Hector A. Cafferata, Jr.||Marine Corps||19291104 ! November 4, 1929||Florida, Venice !Venice, Florida|
|Dewey, Duane E.Duane E. Dewey||Marine Corps||19311116 ! November 16, 1931||Michigan, Irons !Irons, Michigan|
|Hernandez, Rodolfo P.Rodolfo P. Hernandez||Army||19310414 ! April 14, 1931||North Carolina, Fayetteville !Fayetteville, North Carolina|
|Hudner, Jr., Thomas J.Thomas J. Hudner, Jr.||Navy||19240831 ! August 31, 1924||Massachusetts, Concord !Concord, Massachusetts|
|Ingman, Jr., Einar H.Einar H. Ingman, Jr.||Army||19291006 ! October 6, 1929||Wisconsin, Irma !Irma, Wisconsin|
|Miyamura, Hiroshi H.Hiroshi H. Miyamura||Army||19251006 ! October 6, 1925||New Mexico, Gallup !Gallup, New Mexico|
|Mize, Ola L.Ola L. Mize||Army||19310828 ! August 28, 1931||Alabama, Rainbow City !Rainbow City, Alabama|
|Rosser, Ronald E.Ronald E. Rosser||Army||19291024 ! October 24, 1929||Ohio, Roseville !Roseville, Ohio|
|Rubin, TiborTibor Rubin||Army||19290618 ! June 18, 1929||California, Garden Grove !Garden Grove, California|
|Simanek, Robert E.Robert E. Simanek||Marine Corps||19300426 ! April 26, 1930||Michigan, Farmington Hills !Farmington Hills, Michigan|
|West, Ernest E.Ernest E. West||Army||19310902 ! September 2, 1931||Kentucky, Wurtland !Wurtland, Kentucky|
During the Vietnam War, 248 Medals of Honor were received, 156 (62.9%) of them posthumously. Of the living recipients who received their medals for actions in the Vietnam War, only 53 are still alive as of October 2013.
The first person to earn the Medal of Honor in this war was Roger Donlon who, on 6 July 1964, rescued and administered first aid to several wounded soldiers and led a group against an enemy force.
|Image||Name||Branch||Birth date and age||Current residence|
|Baca, JohnJohn Baca||Army||19490110 ! January 10, 1949||California, San Diego !San Diego, California|
|Ballard, Donald E.Donald E. Ballard||Navy||19451205 ! December 5, 1945||Missouri, Grain Valley !Grain Valley, Missouri|
|Barnum, Jr., Harvey C.Harvey C. Barnum, Jr.||Marine Corps||19400721 ! July 21, 1940||Virginia, Reston !Reston, Virginia|
|Beikirch, Gary B.Gary B. Beikirch||Army||19470829 ! August 29, 1947||New York, Rochester !Rochester, New York|
|Brady, Patrick HenryPatrick Henry Brady||Army||19361001 ! October 1, 1936||Washington, Sumner !Sumner, Washington|
|Bucha, PaulPaul Bucha||Army||19430801 ! August 1, 1943||Connecticut, Ridgefield !Ridgefield, Connecticut|
|Cavaiani, Jon R.Jon R. Cavaiani||Army||19430802 ! August 2, 1943||California, Columbia !Columbia, California|
|Crandall, Bruce P.Bruce P. Crandall||Army||1933 ! February 17, 1933||Washington, Port Orchard !Port Orchard, Washington|
|Davis, Sammy L.Sammy L. Davis||Army||19461101 ! November 1, 1946||Illinois, Flat Rock !Flat Rock, Illinois|
|Herda, Frank A.Frank A. Herda||Army||19470913 ! September 13, 1947||Ohio, Cleveland !Cleveland, Ohio|
|Dix, Drew DennisDrew Dennis Dix||Army||19441214 ! December 14, 1944||New Mexico, Mimbres !Mimbres, Luna County, New Mexico|
|Donlon, RogerRoger Donlon||Army||19340130 ! January 30, 1934||Kansas, Leavenworth !Leavenworth, Kansas|
|Ferguson, Frederick EdgarFrederick Edgar Ferguson||Army||19390818 ! August 18, 1939||Arizona, Chandler !Chandler, Arizona|
|Fisher, Bernard F.Bernard F. Fisher||Air Force||19270111 ! January 11, 1927||Idaho, Kuna !Kuna, Idaho|
|Fitzmaurice, Michael JohnMichael John Fitzmaurice||Army||19500309 ! March 9, 1950||South Dakota, Hartford !Hartford, South Dakota|
|Fleming, James P.James P. Fleming||Air Force||19430312 ! March 12, 1943||Washington, Longview !Longview, Washington|
|Foley, Robert F.Robert F. Foley||Army||19410530 ! May 30, 1941|
|Fox, Wesley L.Wesley L. Fox||Marine Corps||19310930 ! September 30, 1931||Virginia, Blacksburg !Blacksburg, Virginia|
|Fritz, Harold A.Harold A. Fritz||Army||19440221 ! February 21, 1944||Illinois, Peoria !Peoria, Illinois|
|Hagemeister, Charles C.Charles C. Hagemeister||Army||19460821 ! August 21, 1946||Kansas, Leavenworth !Leavenworth, Kansas|
|Ingram, Robert R.Robert R. Ingram||Navy||19450120 ! January 20, 1945||Florida, Jacksonville !Jacksonville, Florida|
|Jackson, Joe M.Joe M. Jackson||Air Force||19230314 ! March 14, 1923||Washington, Kent !Kent, Washington|
|Jacobs, Jack H.Jack H. Jacobs||Army||19450802 ! August 2, 1945||New Jersey, Far Hills !Far Hills, New Jersey|
|Jenkins, Don J.Don J. Jenkins||Army||19480418 ! April 18, 1948||Kentucky, Quality !Quality, Butler County, Kentucky|
|Kelley, Thomas G.Thomas G. Kelley||Navy||19390513 ! May 13, 1939||Massachusetts, Somerville !Somerville, Massachusetts|
|Kellogg, Allan J.Allan J. Kellogg||Marine Corps||19431001 ! October 1, 1943||Hawaii|
|Kerrey, BobBob Kerrey||Navy||19430827 ! August 27, 1943||New York, New York !New York, New York|
|Kinsman, Thomas JamesThomas James Kinsman||Army||19450304 ! March 4, 1945||Washington, Winlock !Winlock, Washington|
|Lee, Howard V.Howard V. Lee||Marine Corps||19330801 ! August 1, 1933|
|Lemon, Peter C.Peter C. Lemon||Army||19500605 ! June 5, 1950||Colorado, Colorado Springs !Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Liteky, CharlesCharles Liteky||Army||19310214 ! February 14, 1931||California, San Francisco !San Francisco, California|
|Littrell, Gary L.Gary L. Littrell||Army||19441026 ! October 26, 1944||Florida|
|Livingston, James E.James E. Livingston||Marine Corps||19400112 ! January 12, 1940||South Carolina, Mount Pleasant !Mount Pleasant, South Carolina|
|Lynch, Allen JamesAllen James Lynch||Army||19451028 ! October 28, 1945||Illinois, Gurnee !Gurnee, Illinois|
|Marm, Jr., Walter JosephWalter Joseph Marm, Jr.||Army||19411120 ! November 20, 1941||North Carolina, Fremont !Fremont, North Carolina|
|McGinty III, John J.John J. McGinty III||Marine Corps||19400121 ! January 21, 1940||California, San Diego !San Diego, California|
|Modrzejewski, Robert J.Robert J. Modrzejewski||Marine Corps||19340703 ! July 3, 1934||California, San Diego, Tierrasanta !Tierrasanta, San Diego, California|
|Norris, Thomas R.Thomas R. Norris||Navy||19440114 ! January 14, 1944||Idaho, Hayden Lake !Hayden Lake, Idaho|
|O'Malley, Robert EmmettRobert Emmett O'Malley||Marine Corps||19430603 ! June 3, 1943||New York, New York !New York, New York|
|Patterson, Robert MartinRobert Martin Patterson||Army||19480416 ! April 16, 1948||Florida, Pensacola !Pensacola, Florida|
|Pittman, Richard A.Richard A. Pittman||Marine Corps||19450526 ! May 26, 1945||California, Stockton !Stockton, California|
|Rascon, Alfred V.Alfred V. Rascon||Army||19450910 ! September 10, 1945||Maryland, Laurel !Laurel, Maryland|
|Ray, Ronald E.Ronald E. Ray||Army||19411207 ! December 7, 1941||Florida, Tarpon Springs !Tarpon Springs, Florida|
|Roberts, Gordon RayGordon Ray Roberts||Army||19500614 ! June 14, 1950|
|Sasser, ClarenceClarence Sasser||Army||19470912 ! September 12, 1947||Texas, Rosharon !Rosharon, Texas|
|Sprayberry, James M.James M. Sprayberry||Army||19470424 ! April 24, 1947||Alabama, Titus !Titus, Elmore County, Alabama|
|Stumpf, Kenneth E.Kenneth E. Stumpf||Army||19440928 ! September 28, 1944||Wisconsin, Tomah !Tomah, Wisconsin|
|Taylor, James AllenJames Allen Taylor||Army||19371231 ! December 31, 1937||California, Trinity Center !Trinity Center, California|
|Thacker, BrianBrian Thacker||Army||19450425 ! April 25, 1945||Maryland, Wheaton !Wheaton, Maryland|
|Thornton, Michael E.Michael E. Thornton||Navy||19490323 ! March 23, 1949||Texas, Montgomery !Montgomery, Texas|
|Thorsness, Leo K.Leo K. Thorsness||Air Force||19320214 ! February 14, 1932||Alabama, Madison !Madison, Alabama|
|Vargas, Jay R.Jay R. Vargas||Marine Corps||19380729 ! July 29, 1938||California, San Diego !San Diego, California, Winslow, Arizona|
|Wetzel, GaryGary Wetzel||Army||19470929 ! September 29, 1947||Wisconsin, Oak Creek !Oak Creek, Wisconsin|
War in Afghanistan
The War in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001 and was the beginning of the War on Terrorism. The war was launched by the United States, the United Kingdom, and NATO allies in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. The stated purpose of the invasion was to capture Osama bin Laden, destroy al-Qaeda, and remove the Taliban regime which had provided support and safe harbor to al-Qaeda. Since 2001, nine American service-members have received the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan, three of them posthumously.
|Image||Name||Branch||Birth date and age||Current residence|
|Carter, TyTy Carter||Army||19800125 ! January 25, 1980||Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington !Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington|
|Giunta, SalvatoreSalvatore Giunta||Army||19850121 ! January 21, 1985||Colorado, Fort Collins !Fort Collins, Colorado|
|Meyer, DakotaDakota Meyer||Marine Corps||19880626 ! June 26, 1988||Kentucky !Kentucky|
|Petry, LeroyLeroy Petry||Army||19790729 ! July 29, 1979||Washington, Joint Base Lewis-McChord !Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington|
|Romesha, ClintonClinton Romesha||Army||19810801 !August 1981 (age 32)||North Dakota, Minot !Minot, North Dakota|
|Swenson, William D.William D. Swenson||Army||19781102 ! November 2, 1979||Seattle, Washington|
Recipients who died within the last six months are listed below.
|Image||Name||Branch||Conflict||Birth date||Death date||Place of death||Ref.|
|McGarity, VernonVernon McGarity||Army||World War II||December 1, 1921||May 21, 2013||Tennessee, Memphis !Memphis, Tennessee|
|Day, BudBud Day||Air Force||Vietnam War||February 24, 1925||July 27, 2013||Florida, Fort Walton Beach !Fort Walton Beach, Florida|||
|Oresko, NicholasNicholas Oresko||Army||World War II||January 18, 1917||October 4, 2013||New Jersey, Cresskill !Cresskill, New Jersey|||
|Hawk, John D.John D. Hawk||Army||World War II||May 30, 1924||November 4, 2013||Washington, Bremerton !Bremerton, Washington|||
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