Recently President Trump took the time to meet and honor all of our Medal of Honor recipients during a special ceremony in the White House. In attendance with him was one-third of all living Medal of Honor recipients. Locked and Loaded take great pride in our nation's freedom and those who, thru their their un-selfish acts of heroism, put their life on the line so we may enjoy the precious freedom we have today. It is a great sacrifice not only made by our military themselves but also by their families. Mothers and fathers watch their sons and daughters go off to serve, and don’t know if they will ever see them again. Spouses and children see their loved one go on deployments for months at a time, sometimes without even a phone call that they are being deployed. Families and loved ones are left wondering if they will get that dreaded knock on their door. We are free because they choose to risk or sacrifice their lives. They are true heroes one and all. We can’t thank them enough.
When you think of the Medal of Honor you must realize its significance and what it takes to receive this very special award. It is the highest military awarded honor. It is held by men and women from all walks of life and some very famous and dedicated individuals. One such being former President Theodore Roosevelt. It is so rare and prestigious that it is only awarded by the President of the United States and has special protections guarding against altering its appearance in anyway and prohibits the sale of the medal. Recipients who receive this honor have undertaken some special sacrifice, demonstrated courageous act of valor or other act of service to earn this special award. Some noted individuals who were awarded the Medal of Honor are:
Pfc. Desmond Doss – In late April of 1945 on Okinawa during WWII. Pfc. Doss, a US Army Medic, took heroic actions against insurmountable odds and saved 75 fellow soldiers in the face of a Japanese Army battalion attack. His bravery didn’t stop there and is documented in great detail in the Oscar-winning film, Hacksaw Ridge.
Dr. Mary Walker – Out of nearly 3,500 Medal of Honor Recipients, one stands out as the only ever awarded to a woman --Dr. Mary Walker, a Civil War doctor who contributed to changing the face of medicine during her time. Dr. Walker was a gifted surgeon who wanted to join the Army as a surgeon but was denied because she was a woman. She didn’t let that dissuade her and three years later her credentials were finally accepted and she became a surgeon for the Union Army. Her story is unique as she was an outspoken advocate for women's rights and had her Medal of Honor rescinded that was awarded to her in 1865. She never surrendered it and it wasn’t until 1977 that her status as a Medal of Honor recipient was restored by President Jimmy Carter many years after she had already passed.
Sr. Chief Petty Officer Edward Byers Jr. – Byers was awarded his Medal of Honor in 2012 as an integral asset to an assault and rescue team during Operation Enduring Freedom. Made up of an all-volunteer unit, the mission was to rescue Dr. Dilip Joseph who had been abducted by Taliban forces. Facing a time sensitive deadline due to intel that Joseph was soon to be moved, the unit had to work fast and smart. They moved into position but were spotted and came under enemy fire with several of his team being killed. Although his remaining squad was at a severe disadvantage and he himself was in grave danger, Byers pushed forward anyway, killing several enemy soldiers and his team prevailed in rescuing Joseph.
These are just some of the stories of these brave soldiers that lay down their life for us every day. If you wish to read more about the sacrifices they have made please visit “Medal of Honor Mondays” on the DODLive website .
We would not have the freedom to produce the high quality products that we do if it were not for the men and women of our armen forces who wrote that blank check to our country. These outstanding individuals, thru their acts of heroism, have made it possible for us to have and keep the freedom we enjoy today. The people who have not had the honor of serving in our military have a responsibility to work diligently in preserving this precious freedom. Freedo isn’t free. It was paid for by the blood, sweat and lives of our American heroes. So the next time you see an American Soldier, US Navy, Airman, Coast Guardsman or Marine at the grocery store, airport or anywhere you come across one, THANK THEM. They appreciate it more than you will ever know. You have no idea how different our lives would be without their sacrifice. WE HONOR ALL OUR MILITARY PERSONEL, PAST AND PRESENT. THANK YOU!
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