Korean War Medal of Honor Recipients

Instructor: Michael Sherman

Michael has over 20 years experience in architecture, urban planning, and real estate. He has taught at Framingham State College and the University of the District of Columbia

The Korean War conflict was between North and South Korea and fought from 1950 to 1953. This lesson highlights the valor of the 146 service members awarded the US Congressional Medal of Honor from this war.

Summary of US Involvement in the Korean War

The United States has participated in several international conflicts during the 20th century including the Korean War. The Korean War was fought between North Korea and South Korea from 1950 to 1953. The US aligned with South Korea as part of a United Nation's Security Force. Many American men and women made the ultimate sacrifice by fighting and dying as part of US combat operations during this conflict. The US suffered over 33,000 combat related deaths during the Korean War. Many of these men and women exhibited extraordinary bravery and valor. This lesson highlights those US service members who fought during this war and were awarded the US Congressional Medal of Honor for their heroism.

Korean War Map
Korean War Map

US Congressional Medal of Honor Background

The United States highest military award is called the Congressional Medal of Honor and is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who demonstrate bravery in combat above and beyond the call of duty. The medals' history goes back over 150 years. The President normally presents the honor on behalf of Congress.

Medal of Honor
Medal of Honor

Overview of US Medal of Honor Recipients

According to the Center for Military History, United States Army, there are 146 Medal of Honor recipients. President Barack Obama recently honored 14 veterans of the Korean War with the Medal of Honor during a special ceremony in 2014. Of the 146 medal recipients, 107 were awarded posthumously. According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, 7 Korean War Medal of Honor recipients are living and 139 deceased. While no women were awarded the honor, the Korean War Medal of Honor recipients represents the racial diversity of America. There are African, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish and Native American among the recipients. There are 93 Army, 4 Air Force, 7 Navy and 42 Marine recipients of the Medal of Honor.

US Tank Crossing River on Pontoon Raft
US Army Tank Crossing River on Pontoon Raft

Individual Bravery Highlights

All of the Medal of Honor recipients demonstrated valor and bravery. The following provides examples of individual recipients courage:

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