151 years later, Medal of Honor for hero at Gettysburg

1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing (center, back row) with other officers at Antietam, Maryland, in 1862. He died at Gettysburg in July 1863. Photo from Library of Congress via CNN

1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing (center, back row) with other officers at Antietam, Maryland, in 1862. He died at Gettysburg in July 1863. Photo from Library of Congress via CNN

151 years later, Medal of Honor for hero at Gettysburg

 

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The face of courage: President Obama awards 24 Medals of Honor

The face of courage: President Obama awards 24 Medals of Honor

Staff Sgt. Felix Conde-Falcon (l.) was a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division; Spec. Ardie Copas was a machinegunner in the 25th Infantry Division and Spec. Jesus Duran a machinegunner in the 1st Cavalry Division. All served in the Vietnam War.

Staff Sgt. Felix Conde-Falcon (l.) was a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division; Spec. Ardie Copas was a machinegunner in the 25th Infantry Division and Spec. Jesus Duran a machinegunner in the 1st Cavalry Division. All served in the Vietnam War.

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Master Sgt. Mike Pena (l.) served in the 1st Cavalry Division during the Korean War; Master Sgt. Juan Negron (c.) in the infantry in Korea and Pfc. Leonard Kravitz (r.) was an assistant machinegunner in the 24th Infantry Division in Korea.

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Sgt. William Leonard (l.) was a Squad Leader in the 3d Infantry Division, serving in France Nov. 7, 1944. Staff Sg Manuel Mendoza (c.), a platoon sergeant in the 88th Infantry Division, fought in Italy on Oct. 4, 1944. 1st Lt. Donald Schwab was a company commander in the 3d Infantry Division in France on Sept. 17, 1944.

Pvt. Pedro Cano, (l.), will be honored for heroism while serving with the 4th Infantry Division in Schevenhutte, Germany, Dec. 3, 1944. Pvt. Joe Gandara (c.) fought with the 17th Airborne Division in France on June 9, 1944. Pfc. Salvador Lara served as Squad Leader of a infantry rifle squad in Italy on May 27 and 28, 1944.

Pvt. Pedro Cano, (l.), will be honored for heroism while serving with the 4th Infantry Division in Schevenhutte, Germany, Dec. 3, 1944. Pvt. Joe Gandara (c.) fought with the 17th Airborne Division in France on June 9, 1944. Pfc. Salvador Lara served as Squad Leader of a infantry rifle squad in Italy on May 27 and 28, 1944.

nly three of the Medal of Honor winners being awarded today, all veterans of the Vietnam War, are alive. From left: Spc. Santiago Erevia, Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris and Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela. ((All photos courtesy U.S. Army)

Only three of the Medal of Honor winners being awarded today, all veterans of the Vietnam War, are alive. From left: Spc. Santiago Erevia, Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris and Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela. ((All photos courtesy U.S. Army)