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Michael J. Novosel, Sr. Medal of Honor citation

Army MOH CitationThe President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to

CHIEF WARRANT OFFICER

MICHAEL JOSEPH NOVOSEL

ARMY

For service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Chief Warrant Officer Michael Joseph Novosel, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as commander of a medical evacuation helicopter with the 82d Medical Detachment, 45th Medical Company, 68th Medical Group, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Kien Tuong Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 2 October 1969. Chief Warrant Officer Novosel unhesitatingly maneuvered his helicopter into a heavily fortified and defended enemy training area where a group of wounded Vietnamese soldiers were pinned down by a large enemy force. Flying without gunship or other cover and exposed to intense machinegun fire, Chief Warrant Officer Novosel was able to locate and rescue a wounded soldier. Since all communications with the beleaguered troops had been lost, he repeatedly circled the battle area, flying at low level under continuous heavy fire, to attract the attention of the scattered friendly troops. This display of courage visibly raised their morale, as they recognized this as a signal to assemble for evacuation. On six occasions he and his crew were forced out of the battle area by the intense enemy fire, only to circle and return from another direction to land and extract additional troops. Near the end of the mission, a wounded soldier was spotted close to an enemy bunker. Fully realizing that he would attract a hail of enemy fire, Chief Warrant Officer Novosel nevertheless attempted the extraction by hovering the helicopter backward. As the man was pulled on aboard, enemy automatic weapons opened fire at close range, damaged the aircraft and wounded Chief Warrant Officer Novosel. He momentarily lost control of the aircraft, but quickly recovered and departed under the withering enemy fire. In all, 15 extremely hazardous extractions were performed in order to remove wounded personnel. As a direct result of his selfless conduct, the lives of 29 soldiers were saved. The extraordinary heroism displayed by Chief Warrant Officer Novosel was an inspiration to his comrades in arms and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.


Born: Sept. 3, 1922 in Etna, Pa…. Joined the Army Air Corps in 1941, and would fly B-29s during World War II, ultimately reaching the rank of Captain… Joined the Air Force Reserve during Korea, and became a Lieutenant Colonel… Left his career as an airline pilot – and resigned his commission – to fly medevac helicopters for the Army… During his two tours in Vietnam, he flies 2,543 missions, rescuing 5,589 wounded personnel… Flew alongside his son, and both aviators would take turns rescuing each other when their helicopters were shot down… At time of his retirement in 1985, was last remaining World War II aviator on active duty… Departed Apr. 2, 2006… Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

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Mitchell Paige Medal of Honor Citation

Navy MOH CitationThe President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to

MITCHELL PAIGE

MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company H, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in combat against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on 26 October 1942. When the enemy broke through the line directly in front of his position, Platoon Sergeant Paige, commanding a machinegun section with fearless determination, continued to direct the fire of his gunners until all his men were either killed or wounded. Alone, against the deadly hail of Japanese shells, he fought with his gun and when it was destroyed, took over another, moving from gun to gun, never ceasing his withering fire against the advancing hordes until reinforcements finally arrived. Then, forming a new line, he dauntlessly and aggressively led a bayonet charge, driving the enemy back and preventing a breakthrough in our lines. His great personal valor and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.


Born: Aug. 31, 1919, Charleroi, Penn…. Saw service in China prior to World War II… One of only eight known Eagle Scouts to receive the Medal of Honor… Enlisted in 1936, earned battlefield commission from Platoon Sergeant to Second Lieutenant at Guadalcanal… Also fought at Cape Gloucester… Commanded 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, First Marine Division… Retired as Colonel in 1959… Departed: Nov. 15, 2003

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Edwin J. Hill Medal of Honor citation

Navy MOH Citation

The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to

CHIEF BOATSWAIN

EDWIN JOSEPH HILL

NAVY

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

For The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Chief Boatswain Edwin Joseph Hill, United States Navy, for distinguished conduct in the line of his profession, extraordinary courage, and disregard of his own safety during the attack on the Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, by Japanese forces on 7 December 1941. During the height of the strafing and bombing, Chief Boatswain Hill led his men of the line-handling details of the U.S.S. NEVADA (BB-36) to the quays, cast off the lines and swam back to his ship. Later, while on the forecastle, attempting to let go the anchors, he was blown overboard and killed by the explosion of several bombs.


Born: Oct. 4, 1895 in Philadelphia, Pa…. When the attacks began, Chief Hill dove from the deck of the ship and swam to the dock to supervise the release of Nevada from her mooring. Once that was complete, Hill dove back into the water and swam back to the ship and climbed back aboard to resume his duties… Is the namesake of the destroyer escort USS Hill (DE-141)… Interred at the National Military Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii

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Smedley D. Butler’s Second Medal of Honor citation

Navy MOH CitationThe President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to

MAJOR

SMEDLEY DARLINGTON BUTLER

MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor (Second Award) to Major Smedley Darlington Butler, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action as Commanding Officer of detachments from the 5th, 13th, 23d Companies and the Marine and Sailor Detachment from the U.S.S. CONNECTICUT, Major Butler led the attack on Fort Riviere, Haiti, on 17 November 1915. Following a concentrated drive, several different detachments of Marines gradually closed in on the old French bastion fort in an effort to cut off all avenues of retreat for the Caco bandits. Reaching the fort on the southern side where there was a small opening in the wall, Major Butler gave the signal to attack and Marines from the 15th Company poured through the breach, engaged the Cacos in hand-to-hand combat, took the bastion and crushed the Caco resistance. Throughout this perilous action, Major Butler was conspicuous for his bravery and forceful leadership.


Born: July 30, 1881 in West Chester, Pa…. Departed: June 21, 1940… When war broke out between the United States and Spain, a 16-year-old Butler lied to recruiters about his age and received a commission in the Marine Corps in 1898… One of two Marines to be awarded two Medals of Honor for two separate engagements… Also awarded the Marine Corps Brevet Medal – which is comparable to the Medal of Honor, and both the Army and Navy Distinguished Service Medals… Served during the the Spanish-American War, the Philippines, Boxer Rebellion, Banana Wars, Mexican Revolution, and World War I… Retired as Major General in 1931… Interred: Oaklands Cemetery in West Chester, Pa.

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Smedley D. Butler’s First Medal of Honor citation

Navy MOH CitationThe President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to

MAJOR

SMEDLEY DARLINGTON BUTLER

MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor (First Award) to Major Smedley Darlington Butler, United States Marine Corps, for distinguished conduct in battle, in the engagement of Vera Cruz, Mexico, on 22 April 1914. Major Butler was eminent and conspicuous in command of his battalion. He exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action of the 22d and in the final occupation of the city.


Born: July 30, 1881 in West Chester, Pa…. Departed: June 21, 1940… When war broke out between the United States and Spain, a 16-year-old Butler lied to recruiters about his age and received a commission in the Marine Corps in 1898… One of two Marines to be awarded two Medals of Honor for two separate engagements… Also awarded the Marine Corps Brevet Medal – which is comparable to the Medal of Honor, and both the Army and Navy Distinguished Service Medals… Served during the the Spanish-American War, the Philippines, Boxer Rebellion, Banana Wars, Mexican Revolution, and World War I… Retired as Major General in 1931… Interred: Oaklands Cemetery in West Chester, Pa.