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John Escutia and Aiden Santos

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Medal of Honor
The Medal of honor is the United States of America's highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. The medal is awarded by the president of the United states in the name of the U.S. Congress to U.S military personal only. There are three versions of the medal, one for the Army, one for the Navy, and one for the Air force.
Soldier 3
Patrick Henry Brady
Soldier 1
Duane E. Dewey received the Medal of Honor on accounts of immense courage and valor, and outstanding initiative in the face of almost certain death. On April 16, 1952 in his platoon stationed in Panjumun, Korea, while he and assistant gunner were receiving treatment from an attack the night before, a grenade rolled over to their position and, even though suffering great pain, pulled his comrade to the ground, alerted others in the area, and smothered the deadly grenade with his body, absorbing the explosion.
Soldier 2
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life and beyond the call of duty. Albanese's platoon, while advancing through densely covered terrain to establish a blocking position,received intense automatic weapons fire from close range. As other members maneuvered to to assault the enemy position, Albanese received intense fire and allowed his platoon to go ahead.
John Escutia and Aiden Santos
Duane E. Dewey
Lewis Albanese
Soldier 4
Sammy Davis

In march 1967, Davis was sent to south Vietnam as a private first class, and was assigned to battery C, 2nd battalion, 4th Artillery Regiment, 9th infantry division. On November 18, 1967, His unit at : Fire Support Base Cudge" west of Cai Lay, fell under machine gun fire and heavy motar attack by an estimated three companies of Vietcong from the 261st Vietcong main force battalion who swarmed the area from the south and then west. Upon detecting an enemy position, Davis manned a machine gun to give his comrades covering fire artillery in response. Davis was wounded, but ignored warnings to take cover.
Honor means to regard with great or high respect and esteem, and these four men out of countless others most certainly show that they deserve to be honored.
Patrick Brady received the Medal of Honor through his actions of patriotism and great valor. While commanding an ambulance helicopter in the Republic of Vietnam, he had to fly through a valley covered with thick, heavy, and dense fog, while dodging close-range enemy fire, and even landing in a minefield where a platoon of soldiers were trapped, he expended a total of 3 helicopters, managed to evacuate a total of 51 seriously wounded men, and successfully managed to fly 6 severely injured patients to medical aid, many of whom would have died if not for Brady.
Courage is the ability to do something that frightens one or showing strength in the face of pain or grief and these men showed courage almost daily while at war so they definitely show courage.
Valor is showing great courage in the face of danger, especially in war, and countless men and women who risk their lives show this the moment they step on to the battlefield.
Patriotism is an emotional attachment to a nation which an individual recognizes as their homeland that can be shown in many ways, but fighting for your nations safety shows how deeply these people fight for something they care for.
I believe that these soldiers earned the Medal of Honor because of their actions and their efforts in protecting our nations safety.
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