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Most Decorated American Hero
« on: April 14, 2011, 09:29:16 AM »
A short clip worth watching. The dont make em like they used to.

Bob Howard, the most heavily decorated american soldier.

Most Heavily Decorated Soldier

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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2011, 09:36:04 AM »
Thanks for sharing...  A man like that im sure had stories that we will never know What he did under orders... Classified...
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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2011, 09:45:23 AM »
A true American Hero
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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2011, 10:14:25 AM »
Thanks for sharing this.  RIP Col Howard your job here is done.  This man will live on forever and they will tell stories about him for years to come just like Chesty!  Good night where ever you are!
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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2011, 11:24:27 AM »
Thank you for that link,
 
 
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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2011, 01:32:51 PM »
People like that make me even more proud to live in this great country of ours  :tup:
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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #6 on: April 14, 2011, 01:43:07 PM »
The report claimed one MOH per Lifetime.  I thought I had seen Double Awards while looking up other people?

Anyway, here is the Citation for Bob Howard

HOWARD, ROBERT L.

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 30 December 1968. Entered service at: Montgomery, Ala. Born: 11 July 1939, Opelika, Ala. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Howard (then Sfc .), distinguished himself while serving as platoon sergeant of an American-Vietnamese platoon which was on a mission to rescue a missing American soldier in enemy controlled territory in the Republic of Vietnam. The platoon had left its helicopter landing zone and was moving out on its mission when it was attacked by an estimated 2-company force. During the initial engagement, 1st Lt. Howard was wounded and his weapon destroyed by a grenade explosion. 1st Lt. Howard saw his platoon leader had been wounded seriously and was exposed to fire. Although unable to walk, and weaponless, 1st Lt. Howard unhesitatingly crawled through a hail of fire to retrieve his wounded leader. As 1st Lt. Howard was administering first aid and removing the officer's equipment, an enemy bullet struck 1 of the ammunition pouches on the lieutenant's belt, detonating several magazines of ammunition. 1st Lt. Howard momentarily sought cover and then realizing that he must rejoin the platoon, which had been disorganized by the enemy attack, he again began dragging the seriously wounded officer toward the platoon area. Through his outstanding example of indomitable courage and bravery, 1st Lt. Howard was able to rally the platoon into an organized defense force. With complete disregard for his safety, 1st Lt. Howard crawled from position to position, administering first aid to the wounded, giving encouragement to the defenders and directing their fire on the encircling enemy. For 3 1/2 hours 1st Lt. Howard's small force and supporting aircraft successfully repulsed enemy attacks and finally were in sufficient control to permit the landing of rescue helicopters. 1st Lt. Howard personally supervised the loading of his men and did not leave the bullet-swept landing zone until all were aboard safely. 1st Lt. Howard's gallantry in action, his complete devotion to the welfare of his men at the risk of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.


I did find a list of 19 who were awarded the MOH twice. All that I looked at were WWI and earlier.  Including Custer's brother.
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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #7 on: April 14, 2011, 04:14:59 PM »
I thought Audie murphy was the most decorated?

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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2011, 05:35:33 PM »
I thought Audie murphy was the most decorated?

Me too.   But the Reporter stressed "of the modern era"    Maybe that doesn't count WWII... :dunno:

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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2011, 07:01:19 PM »
I thought Audie murphy was the most decorated?

Me too.   But the Reporter stressed "of the modern era"    Maybe that doesn't count WWII... :dunno:

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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #10 on: April 14, 2011, 07:41:56 PM »
tony herbert I thought was

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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2011, 08:16:40 PM »
Is there a difference between Heavily and Highly?   Howard had what? 14 Purple Hearts...

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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2011, 03:33:57 AM »
all bold men with a moral stature we can only hope to achieve.
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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2011, 08:52:07 AM »
all bold men with a moral stature we can only hope to achieve.

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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2011, 05:36:43 PM »
" The dont make em like they used to. "


Sure they do:

DUNHAM, JASON L.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Rifle Squad Leader, 4th Platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines (Reinforced), Regimental Combat Team 7, First Marine Division (Reinforced), on 14 April 2004. Corporal Dunham's squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in the town of Karabilah, Iraq, when they heard rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire erupt approximately two kilometers to the west. Corporal Dunham led his Combined Anti-Armor Team towards the engagement to provide fire support to their Battalion Commander's convoy, which had been ambushed as it was traveling to Camp Husaybah. As Corporal Dunham and his Marines advanced, they quickly began to receive enemy fire. Corporal Dunham ordered his squad to dismount their vehicles and led one of his fire teams on foot several blocks south of the ambushed convoy. Discovering seven Iraqi vehicles in a column attempting to depart, Corporal Dunham and his team stopped the vehicles to search them for weapons. As they approached the vehicles, an insurgent leaped out and attacked Corporal Dunham. Corporal Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground and in the ensuing struggle saw the insurgent release a grenade. Corporal Dunham immediately alerted his fellow Marines to the threat. Aware of the imminent danger and without hesitation, Corporal Dunham covered the grenade with his helmet and body, bearing the brunt of the explosion and shielding his Marines from the blast. In an ultimate and selfless act of bravery in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of at least two fellow Marines. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Dunham gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

MCGINNIS, ROSS A.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an M2 .50-caliber Machine Gunner, 1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy in Adhamiyah, Northeast Baghdad, Iraq, on 4 December 2006. That afternoon his platoon was conducting combat control operations in an effort to reduce and control sectarian violence in the area. While Private McGinnis was manning the M2 .50-caliber Machine Gun, a fragmentation grenade thrown by an insurgent fell through the gunner's hatch into the vehicle. Reacting quickly, he yelled "grenade," allowing all four members of his crew to prepare for the grenade's blast. Then, rather than leaping from the gunner's hatch to safety, Private McGinnis made the courageous decision to protect his crew. In a selfless act of bravery, in which he was mortally wounded, Private McGinnis covered the live grenade, pinning it between his body and the vehicle and absorbing most of the explosion. Private McGinnis' gallant action directly saved four men from certain serious injury or death. Private First Class McGinnis' extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

For More Info on Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis visit: www.army.mil/medalofhonor/mcginnis

MONSOOR, MICHAEL A.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as automatic weapons gunner for Naval Special Warfare Task Group Arabian Peninsula, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on 29 September 2006. As a member of a combined SEAL and Iraqi Army Sniper Overwatch Element, tasked with providing early warning and stand-off protection from a rooftop in an insurgent held sector of Ar Ramadi, Iraq, Petty Officer Monsoor distinguished himself by his exceptional bravery in the face of grave danger. In the early morning, insurgents prepared to execute a coordinated attack by reconnoitering the area around the element’s position. Element snipers thwarted the enemy’s initial attempt by eliminating two insurgents. The enemy continued to assault the element, engaging them with a rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire. As enemy activity increased, Petty Officer Monsoor took position with his machine gun between two teammates on an outcropping of the roof. While the SEALs vigilantly watched for enemy activity, an insurgent threw a hand grenade from an unseen location, which bounced off Petty Officer Monsoor’s chest and landed in front of him. Although only he could have escaped the blast, Petty Officer Monsoor chose instead to protect his teammates. Instantly and without regard for his own safety, he threw himself onto the grenade to absorb the force of the explosion with his body, saving the lives of his two teammates. By his undaunted courage, fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of certain death, Petty Officer Monsoor gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

SMITH, PAUL RAY

Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy near Baghdad International Airport, Baghdad, Iraq on 4 April 2003. On that day, Sergeant First Class Smith was engaged in the construction of a prisoner of war holding area when his Task Force was violently attacked by a company-sized enemy force. Realizing the vulnerability of over 100 fellow soldiers, Sergeant First Class Smith quickly organized a hasty defense consisting of two platoons of soldiers, one Bradley Fighting Vehicle and three armored personnel carriers. As the fight developed, Sergeant First Class Smith braved hostile enemy fire to personally engage the enemy with hand grenades and anti-tank weapons, and organized the evacuation of three wounded soldiers from an armored personnel carrier struck by a rocket propelled grenade and a 60mm mortar round. Fearing the enemy would overrun their defenses, Sergeant First Class Smith moved under withering enemy fire to man a .50 caliber machine gun mounted on a damaged armored personnel carrier. In total disregard for his own life, he maintained his exposed position in order to engage the attacking enemy force. During this action, he was mortally wounded. His courageous actions helped defeat the enemy attack, and resulted in as many as 50 enemy soldiers killed, while allowing the safe withdrawal of numerous wounded soldiers. Sergeant First Class Smith’s extraordinary heroism and uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Third Infantry Division “Rock of the Marne,” and the United States Army.
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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2011, 05:41:56 PM »
The views expressed here are solely those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of  the Department of Defense or any other entity of the US Government. The Department of Defense does not approve, endorse or authorize this posting.

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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2011, 06:23:50 PM »
I thought Audie murphy was the most decorated?
So did I. All the medals he received were b4 his 19th B-day I beleive. "To Hell And Back"
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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2011, 06:33:34 PM »
Definitely a video worth watching. Thanx for posting it.
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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #18 on: July 09, 2017, 10:32:15 AM »
I thought Audie murphy was the most decorated?

Sgt. Joe Hooper, Viet Nam,  is also listed as the most heavily decorated, more than Murphy.   I go past the old Nike site in Bothell, now an Army Reserve Center a lot now, it's named for him and thought to look him up one day.
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« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2017, 11:47:18 AM »
I believe the American Legion post in Moses Lake that's named for Joe Hooper.

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« Reply #20 on: July 09, 2017, 01:55:00 PM »
He was a great American warrior. Rest easy.

Sorry to see Brian Williams deliver the report.
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« Reply #21 on: July 09, 2017, 02:01:19 PM »
I thought Audie murphy was the most decorated?

Murphy was the most decorated WW II veteran.
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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #22 on: July 10, 2017, 12:58:52 PM »
Many of us have exited I90 eastbound at Cle Elum and seen the sign for the Douglas A Munro US Coast Guard Cemetery.  I drove past for years before finally doing a quick Google search.  Douglas Munro was from Cle Elum and is the only member of the US Coast Guard awarded the MOH.  Lots of you know this, thought I'd share for those who may not.

Rank and organization: Signalman First Class, U.S. Coast Guard Born: 11 October 1919, Vancouver, British Columbia. Accredited to Washington. Citation: For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry m action above and beyond the call of duty as Petty Officer in Charge of a group of 24 Higgins boats, engaged in the evacuation of a battalion of marines trapped by enemy Japanese forces at Point Cruz Guadalcanal, on 27 September 1942. After making preliminary plans for the evacuation of nearly 500 beleaguered marines, Munro, under constant strafing by enemy machineguns on the island, and at great risk of his life, daringly led 5 of his small craft toward the shore. As he closed the beach, he signaled the others to land, and then in order to draw the enemy's fire and protect the heavily loaded boats, he valiantly placed his craft with its 2 small guns as a shield between the beachhead and the Japanese. When the perilous task of evacuation was nearly completed, Munro was instantly killed by enemy fire, but his crew, 2 of whom were wounded, carried on until the last boat had loaded and cleared the beach. By his outstanding leadership, expert planning, and dauntless devotion to duty, he and his courageous comrades undoubtedly saved the lives of many who otherwise would have perished. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #23 on: July 10, 2017, 01:48:54 PM »
Interesting point. It's just the Medal of Honor - no congressional in there at all.

Interesting story about Douglas Munro. Thanks Double.  :tup:
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Re: Most Decorated American Hero
« Reply #24 on: July 11, 2017, 07:43:12 AM »
Interesting point. It's just the Medal of Honor - no congressional in there at all.

Interesting story about Douglas Munro. Thanks Double.  :tup:
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