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Episode Six lands in the jungles and the rocky grasslands of Vietnam, telling the stories of several men whose actions at the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley in 1965 earned them the Medal of Honor - most notably Second Lieutenant Walter Joseph Marm and helicopter pilots Captains Ed Freeman and Bruce Crandall who received their awards almost 40 years later. As well, African-Americans Milton Olive and Captain Riley Pitts, the first African-American officer to be awarded the medal.
Sergeant Alvin C. York of the U.S. 82nd Division is probably the most famous Medal of Honor recipient and his combat experience is detailed here. As is the epic story of Corporal Freddie Stowers who was posthumously awarded the medal seventy-three years after his 1918 action. Marine John Henry Pruitt was a rare awardee who received both the Army and Navy Medals of Honor for his action.
In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton first authorized a new medal, known now as the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government to her Soldiers & Sailors. The first awardees were members of the famous train-stealing "Andrews Raid" party, and this episode also explores some of the first American-Americans to win distinction in battle with the Medal of Honor.
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- Premise: Profiles of Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, including veterans of the Korean War, World War II and Vietnam. (more)