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Michelle and Hannah Medal of Honor
Transcript of Michelle and Hannah Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor Project
Freedom is Not Free
Freedom is something that is often taken for granted, because people often cannot understand the depth of the sacrifice given by those through out history who have been a part of our fight for freedom. Liberty 2017, let's make this a year to go down in history, but also to appreciate those who have come before us.
Edward A. Carter
When the tank he was riding was fired on, Sergeant Carter led a group of three men across an open field. After a short amount of time, two were killed and the third seriously injured. Continuing alone, he was wounded five times and forced to take cover. Eight enemies tried to capture him, but Carter killed six of them and captured the other two. He crossed the field using the two prisoners as a shield, and made it to safety with important information from the prisoners.
On July 18, 1963 (during the Civil War) Carney entered into a battle where both his commanding officer and color bearer were injured in action. Seeing these wounds, Carney decided to take matters into his own hands, and recover the American flag to safety without allowing this powerful symbol of freedom, strength, and equality hit the ground. On his way to safety, the young soldier encountered multiple gunshots to his chest, leg, and head all while still keeping the US flag high in the air, refusing to allow the opposing soldiers to destroy the pride and unity felt while his flag was still high. After a long, difficult journey back to safety, Carney returned to his unit and collapsed after gasping with spared breaths “Boys, the
old flag never touched the ground.”
Tyler M. Carter
Another extraordinary hero is Ty M. Carter. Sergeant Carter earned his Medal of Honor on October 3, 2009 in the Afghanistan War, while serving in the Bravo Troop. After an unexpected early morning attack, Ty Carter sprinted through 100-meters of enemy fire two times to deliver ammunition in an effort to help defeat an estimated 300 opposing soldiers. Mr.Carter also volunteered to defend an isolated position, using only one rifle to protect himself. Without a thought for his personal survival, Sargent Carter dashed again through enemy fire, this time to aide an injured soldier. With the help of his teammates Sargent Carter relocated the fallen soldier over 100 meters to safety.
These four remarkable men have gone above and beyond for their country, many even giving their lives for our great nation. They have shown their undeniable honor through personal sacrifice, and have truly exemplified what it is to be an American.
Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is the most prestigiosus award in the US military. It is given to people who "distinguish themselves by their gallantry in action, and other soilderlike qualities". It was originally only created for the civil war, but was made a permanent decoration in 1863. The Medal of Honor recpients we have chosen have all displayed valor, courage, honor, and patriotism while in action, which is why have have earned the Medal of Honor.
Lance Corporal Carpenter and a fellow Marine were manning a rooftop position when an enemy launched an attack with hand grenades, one of which landed inside their position. With complete disregard for his own safety, Carpenter moved toward the grenade in an attempt to save his fellow Marine from the deadly blow. When the grenade exploded, his body absorbed the most of the impact, severely wounding him, but saving the life of his fellow Marine, Lance Corporal Eufrazio. Kyle Carpenter made a miraculous recovery and is still with us today.
All of the medal of honor recipients listed above have displayed courage by performing an act that helps save someone else's life. For example, Lance Corporal Carpenter jumped in front of the grenade to save his partner's life, and Edward A. Carter attempted to cross an open field to save the
lives of 3 men.
All of the medal of honor recipients
listed above have displayed
patriotism by protecting and
loving their country. William Carney
was a true patriot, by refusing to let
the flag touch the ground even though he was being shot at. Ty M. Carter
also showed patriotism towards his country, by volunteering to defend
an isolated position to help
his fellow soilders.
Valor is one of the most difficult character traits to achieve. It requires whole-hearted selflessness and bravery. For this reason, valor is the word inscribed on the Medal of Honor.
All Medal of Honor recipients have shown valor by going into war and emerging as leaders who put others' lives above theirs. For example, when Ty Carter ran through enemy fire to help save one of his fellow soldiers, he showed immense valor, courage, and selflessness.
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