Friday, May 18th

3 Heroes You Should Know On Memorial Day

On Memorial Day in the U.S., observed on the fourth Monday in May, we celebrate and remember America’s fallen  heroes, and pay tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces who have given all for their country. In the spirit of honoring this national day of tribute, we bring you 3 Heroes You Should Know on Memorial Day.

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”
—–Elmer Davis

Corporal Alvin York: In 1918, during the Battle of Argonne, York and his battalion came upon a nest of German machine guns. He and thirteen other men were ordered to go behind enemy lines, where they captured the headquarters of a German  unit. However, a second unit began firing on them. Nine Americans were killed. While under fire, York charged a trench and shot six German soldiers. At the end of the assault, he and his surviving seven men captured 132 German soldiers. For his actions, York received a Medal of Honor.

Lieutenant Benjamin F. Wilson: In 1951, during the Korean War, WWII veteran Wilson – then a sergeant – was ordered along with his company to take “Hell Hill,” defended by a superior, hostile force of Chinese soldiers. During the action, he was wounded in the leg and carried down the hill on a stretcher. However, preferring to remain with his men, he returned to the battle. Under heavy fire, he charged alone with bayonet, rifle and grenades, killing 4 enemy soldiers armed with sub-machine guns. He led a further assault, and when his rifle was wrested from his hands, killed a further 4 enemy solders with his entrenching tool. For his actions, he received the Medal of Honor.

Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta: In 2007 in Afghanistan, Giunta’s battalion was ambushed by insurgents armed with rocket propelled grenades, AK-47s, and machine guns, injuring several soldiers in his unit. While under heavy fire, Giunta rescued his squad leader, and was struck twice by bullets, though not wounded. With two other soldiers, he advanced toward the enemy through machine gun and small arms fire, throwing grenades. When he spotted two combatants attempting to drag away Staff Sgt. Joshua Brennan, who had been wounded. Giunta ran forward, firing at the enemy and killing one, and causing the rest to flee without Brennan. For his actions, Giunta became the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.

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