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Valerie , Gilana , Arturo

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Valerie , Gilana , Arturo
"Medal of Honor"
For extraordinary heroism, distinguished service, and devotion above and beyond the call of duty. During the first attack by Japanese airplanes on the Naval Air Station, on December 7, 1941, Lieutenant Finn promptly secured and manned a 50-caliber machine gun mounted on an instruction stand in a completely exposed section of the parking ramp, which was under heavy enemy machine-gun and returned fire. Although painfully wounded many times, he continued to man his gun and return the enemy’s fire vigorously and with telling effect throughout the enemy’s fire and bombing attacks and with complete disregard for his own personal safety. It was only by specific orders that he was persuaded to leave his post to seek medical attention. Following first-aid treatment, although obviously suffering much pain and moving with great difficulty, he returned to the squadron area and actively supervised the rearming of the returning planes. His extraordinary heroism and conduct in this action were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Services. 
 John William Finn was 100 years old when he passed away.     
 
I chose Lieutenant John William Finn because he continued firing his weapon even though he was seriously injured and then had to be persuaded to leave his post to seek medical attention. John William Finn deserved the Medal of Honor for his bravery and disregard for his own safety. I choose sacrifice for my solider because he just keep shooting even when he was seriously injured.
Born on the 25th of July 1916, in Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA. Baker "joined the U.S. Army at Troy N.Y". During his service on Saipan, Marianas Islands, the 19th of June to the 7th of July 1944, Bakers entire company was he;d up by weapon fire from the enemy. By himself, he dashed out voluntarily with a bazooka, and within 100 yards of the enemy through heavy weapon fire directed at him and knocked out the strong point, enabling his company to assault the ridge, A few days later while his company went across an open field with places of concealment for the enemy, he volunteered to protect the group from any surprise attacks. While he remained his position he came upon 2 heavily armed enemy groups and despite being outnumbered , unhesitantly attacked killing them all. Farther he found more of the enemy, destroying them all. Later his part was attacked from 3 sides by 3,000 to 5,000 enemy soldiers. soon he was wounded but continued to fire as close as 5 yards, and finally ran out of ammunition. He was then carried by a comrade 50 yards back, also getting wounded the process. Not wanting anyone else to risk their lives, he requested they leave him to die, and be placed under a tree in a sitting position with a soldiers pistol with its remaining 8 rounds. His body was found in the same position gun empty, with 8 enemy soldiers lying dead before him. Sergeant baker died at the age of 28.

I chose Sergeant Baker because he volunteered his life on the battlefield for his group and his country. He kept on fighting until he ran out of ammunition . I chose citizenship for my soldier since it means a member dedicated to their country and Sergeant Baker was so dedicated to his country that he risked his life and still fought during the midst of death, killing 8 enemy soldiers in the process.
Similarities and Differences
John William Finn
Born July 23, 1909 - May 27, 2010
Born : January 29th 1925 - July 7th 1944
Harold Christ Agerholm
Thomas A. Baker
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of
his life, above and beyond the call of duty, Harold Christ
Agerholm was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by
Harry S. Truman. The medal was delivered to his mother by the Commandant of the Ninth Naval District because she didn't want any "public presentation".
While serving in action against Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 7 June 1944, a fierce, determined counterattack against his position was launched. Overrunning a neighboring artillery battalion, he immediately volunteered to assist in the efforts to evacuate the wounded.
He located an abandoned ambulance keep and repeatedly made life-risking trpis under extreme rifle and mortar fire. Managing to single-handedly load and evacuate around 56 wounded men, he tirelessly worked for more than 3 hours.
Despite persistent enemy fire, he ran out to help two men whom he believed to be wounded marines, but was killed by a Japanese sniper while carrying out his mission. Harold C. Agerholm's brilliant initiative, great personal valor and self-sacrificing efforts in the face of certain death reflect the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gladly gave his life for the United States.

I chose Agerholm for risking his life for his comrades without caring about himself, and ultimately paid the price. He deserved the Medal of Honor because of his complete disregard for his own safety, gallantly giving himself up for other soldiers

I chose sacrifice for this soldier because he gave himself for other people
Born: July 25th 1916-July 17nth
Awarded the medal of honor
Served in a war
Awarded for their actions
Born in the USA
Male
All buried at state of birth
They died at different ages
Some not awarded posthumously
Some didn't die on the battlefield
All born in different states
Script by Gilana (idk I might've spelled this incorrectly lol):
It was the day of June 22nd, 1944
The door of the arsenal room swung open as two very young adult men came in.
John WIlliam Finn was gathering his weapons when he saw the young men come in.
As he watched them, he looked at their faces. So young.... He hoped for the best as they ventured into battle.
As John was about to leave, one of the young men, Thomas A. Baker asked
Thomas: “Sir, what war are you going into?”
John, surprised by the question, stops in his tracks and answered: “Pearl Harbor, how about you two?”
Thomas: “Saipan Marianas Islands”, the other young soldier suddenly answered, me too. Both Thomas and John turn to his attention.
“What is your name, young man?”, asked John.
“Harold Christ Agerholm”, he answered.
“What’s yours?”, John asked Thomas.
“Thomas Alexander Baker”, responded Thomas.
John: “Well, high hopes and wishes to you in war and your safety”
Thomas: “To you as well”
Harold: “Mr. Finn, are you scared?”
John: “I think every soldier thinks of that, but if we push behind out thoughts of fear and face the challenges in front of us, we are capable of incredible acts, no matter the size”
John: “Are any of you scared?”
Harold: “I want to serve my country with pride, even if it means my life is in danger. You know, I’ve heard that when you save a life, you save a nation. It’s all about protecting the people and the country we love”
Thomas: “Well, I’m here to serve my country to honor it as a proud American citizen, no matter the cost”
John saw the greatness in these two men, even if he didn’t know how or what they would do.
John: “Well, I must get going. I hope the best for both of you.”
Before he stepped out the door, Thomas said: “For America”
Harold: “For America”
John: “For America”, he said with a slight nod.
John: “Goodbye”
It was the first time meeting them, and it would be the last.
Sadly, both Thomas and Harold died in action with honor and pride, saving many in the process.
Actions performed :
John William Finn-
During Pearl Harbor, John William Finn, (who was a lieutenant) promptly secured and manned a 50- caliber machine gun mounted on a instruction stand in a completely exposed section of the parking ramp, which was under heavy enemy machine-gun and returned fire. Although painfully wounded many times, he continued to man his guns and return the enemy’s fire vigorously and with telling effect throughout the enemy’s fire and bombing attacks and with complete disregard for his own personal safety.
After first-aid treatment he returned to the squadron area and actively supervised the rearming of the returning planes. His extraordinary heroism and conduct in this action were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Services.
Harold Christ Agerholm-
While serving in action against Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 7 July 1944, Harold Christ Agerholm encountered a fierce determined counterattack against their positions that was launched. Harold Christ Agerholm (who was in the Private First Class in the U.S. Navy, in the 4th Battalion, 10th Marines, 2nd Marine Division), overrunning a neighboring artillery battalion, he immediately volunteered to assist in the efforts to evacuate the wounded. He located an abandoned ambulance jeep and repeatedly made life-risking trips under extreme rifle and mortar fire. He managed to single-handedly load and evacuate around 45 wounded men, working tirelessly and with complete disregard for his own safety for more than 3 hours. Despite persistent enemy fire, he ran out to help two men whom he believed to be wounded marines. He was killed by a Japanese sniper while carrying out his mission. His brilliant initiative, great personal, valor and self-sacrificing efforts in the face of certain death, reflect the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gladly gave his life for the United States.
Thomas Alexander Baker-
Born on the 25th of July 1916, in Troy, Rensselaer County, New York, USA. Baker "joined the U.S. Army at Troy N.Y". During his service on Saipan, Marianas Islands, the 19th of June to the 7th of July 1944, Bakers entire company was held up by weapon fire from the enemy. By himself, he dashed out voluntarily with a bazooka, and within 100 yards of the enemy through heavy weapon fire directed at him and knocked out the strong point, enabling his company to assault the ridge, A few days later while his company went across an open field with places of concealment for the enemy, he volunteered to protect the group from any surprise attacks. While he remained his position, he came upon 2 heavily armed enemy groups and despite being outnumbered, he was unhesitant and attacked killing them all. Farther he found more of the enemy, destroying them all. Later his part was attacked from 3 sides by 3,000 to 5,000 enemy soldiers. soon he was wounded but continued to fire as close as 5 yards, and finally ran out of ammunition. He was then carried by a comrade 50 yards back, also getting wounded the process. Not wanting anyone else to risk their lives, he requested they leave him to die, and be placed under a tree in a sitting position with a soldier's pistol with its remaining 8 rounds. His body was found in the same position gun empty, with 8 enemy soldiers lying dead before him. Sergeant baker died at the age of 28. Sergeant baker honored his country with pride while he kept fighting during the midst of death.

In 2008
William (John Williams Grandson): “Grandpa, the same award you have is being awarded to two soldiers on TV!”
As he watched, John recognized the faces and remembered that short talk with those two young men. Even though it was short, it was priceless. He was happy to see the greatness they fulfilled as well.
William (John Williams grandson): “When I grow up, I want to be brave and get an award, just like you!”
John: “William, the awards aren’t just for us to wear to show what we did, but for those who never returned home, and whose heroic acts went unnoticed”
Later that night:
John went up to the display case with the medal inside. Putting his hands on the glass, he whispered:
“For America”
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