Most Decorated Soldier Currently Serving
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Most decorated soldier currently serving. Sixty five years after d day britains most decorated former. Michael john flynn known as the bullet magnet is the most decorated serving soldier in the british army. Which leads to who is the most decorated soldier of the gwot living or dead. In the 80s he deployed to honduras during the contra wars as an army special forces green beret he deployed into honduras.
He is a regular contributor to television and radio news and current affairs programmes. In the 1970s he was among the last marines sent to deploy to vietnam. Military man speaks out. These articles are presented to honor the heroes they are written about.
Second most decorated wwii soldier wont get medal of honor march 12 2014 1014 pm ap update. He was nominated for the medal of honor three. The most decorated soldier per month served in combat area has got to be john kerry. The two names that come to mind are audie murphy and david hackworth.
Americas most decorated soldier in world war ii mr. Described by his royal highness the duke of cambridge as legendary it is not surprising that mick is a speaker in high demand. Australias most highly decorated former sas soldier ben roberts smith is being investigated by the australian federal police for allegedly kicking a handcuffed detainee off a small cliff in an afghan village in 2012. Anderson is currently serving as the deputy chief of the army reserve where she is responsible for developing professional and leadership.
The 4000 men who initially came in april 1943 had to be replaced nearly 35 times. He earned the medal of honor while serving as an army staff sergeant on february 21 1968 during the vietnam warhe was one of the most decorated us. Michael john flynn known as the bullet magnet is the most decorated serving soldier in the british army. History colonel george bud day us air force wwii korean war vietnam war medal of honor 1925 2013 by.
Some try and claim hackworth is the highest decorated officer but he never received the medal of honor so how can you rank him ahead of anyone who received the medal of honor. Robert lewis howard july 11 1939 december 23 2009 was a highly decorated united states army special forces officer and medal of honor recipient of the vietnam war. Strictly speaking the highest decorated soldiers at any given time would hav. It was while serving in vietnam that hooper proved why he would later become the most decorated american soldier of all time.
Most know about audie l. Murphy the most highly decorated soldier during wwii but a not so well known soldier wounded 14 times during five tours in vietnam lived his last days in waco. Thomas case a tactical air control party airman has joined the ranks of the militarys most. Both were soldiers in the us.
Howard was laid to rest feb. Soldier of the vietnam war. Audie murphy is a name that many would recognize due to his acting career after the war but he was also quite the soldier during world war ii and is known as the most decorated soldier of world war ii. One of the most decorated american competitors ever in bobsleigh competition steven holcomb earned a gold medal in four man at the 2009 world championships and has three world championship bronzes mixed team in 2008 and 2009 and two man in 2009 to his credit.
For example a wounded soldier was left overnight in. Continuing our celebration of national hispanic heritage month todays post comes from idaliz marie ortiz morales intern in the office of strategy and communications at the national archives. He earned 38 military decorations during his career and has been called the most decorated us. 13 american soldiers and marines have been awarded the medal of honor twice.
After serving in various infantry and paratrooper infantry units lt. Otero barreto born 7 april 1937 aka. In addition he was also decorated for bravery by the governments of france and belgium and. He received 5 medals in four months of service in vietnam a bronze star a silver star and three purple hearts.
On june 26 2018 president trump posthumously awarded the medal of honor to garlin murl conner. Us asian american and pacific islander military units. While serving in the military from 1951 1952 don larsen played baseball for an. Every effort was made to ensure that the information is current and correct.
Current pilots see the problems but are afraid of speaking out because of repercussions. General douglas macarthur was the most decorated soldier of all time. The medal together with his medal for gallantry awarded during a tour of afghanistan in 2006 made roberts smith the most highly decorated serving member of the australian defence force. Major chris hunter qgm had the worlds most dangerous job in the worlds most dangerous place.
Brian everstine november 13 2014 master sgt. It would have to be captain tom custer little brother of general custer and the. Audie leon murphy 20 june 1925 28 may 1971 was one of the most decorated american combat soldiers of world war ii receiving every military combat award for valor available from the us. America just lost one of the most decorated soldiers in history.
For 35 years most people would have said that it was audie murphy. Due to his multiple awards he has received recognition from numerous organizations and has had buildings named after him. The most decorated solider currently serving corporal joshua leakey after rescuing an injured soldier under relentless machine gun fire in helmand province afghanistan british soldier joshua shot 20 taliban fighters on his own. Was the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the entire history of the us.
The most decorated soldier veteran in american historyits people like him who make this. Get task purpose in your inbox. I currently teach history for various colleges and universities and have over the past few years had many students who served in the marines and other branches of the american and some in non. Mlitary personnel in american history.
In total about 14000 men served ultimately earning 9486. He was considered the epitome of bravery under fire and received the medal of. By any definition they would have to be considered the 13 highest decorated americans ever. Throughout his life and posthumously he earned more than 100 military decorations including some from countries other than.
Who really is americas most combat decorated soldier in world war ii. The ten living recipients of britains highest military honour it is the highest british military award and is given for valour in the face of the enemy. And he certainly was deserving of the title. The puerto rican rambo is a retired united states army soldier.
The longest serving member of the us military is. Army as well as french and belgian awards for heroism. 1919 to 1982 he retired at the age of 82. The second most decorated soldier of wwii by dianeshort2014 the 7th infantry regiment 3rd infantry division known as the cottonbalers from their use of a cotton bale breastworks during the battle of new orleans under andrew jackson has served in more campaigns than any other infantry unit in the united states army.
Tacp airman joins ranks of militarys most decorated by. Kufchak has spent nearly three decades in the 1st marine division. 22 in arlington national cemetery after having served his country for nearly half a century. He even stated on a talk show it was another actor who was the second most cant remember who he said it was that is also not on this list.
As to who is the most decorated us soldier ever. Growing up on a sharecroppers farm in hunt county texas murphy had to assist in raising his 10 siblings after his father left his mother and dealt with the untimely death of his mother. He was wounded 14 times over 54 months of combat was awarded the medal of honor eight purple hearts a distinguished service cross a silver star and four bronze stars. Joe ronnie hooper august 8 1938 may 6 1979 was an american who served in both the united states navy and united states army where he finished his career there as a captain.
Mick flynn is the most decorated front line soldier serving in the british army. But he did not win his conspicuous gallantry cross and his military cross by sticking blindly to the rules writes. Howard was wounded 14 times while serving over 54 months of combat. Let try something light.
The web is abuzz over dillard johnson a retired army sergeant first class whose newly released memoir carnivore claims he killed 2746 enemy combatants in iraq with everything from a 25 mm. Although i believe the list to be inclusive of all soldiers sailors airmen and marines it is still a work in progress. The most decorated officer in modern us. 442nd infantry regimental combat team.
On this page i have used my medal points system to list the top 50 most highly decorated us. A list of 10 most highly decorated americans was drawn from the military tim. Answering this question is probably not entirely easy as comparing types of honours across nations and also just time is rather difficult as the rarity fluctuate a lot. The title of most decorated american soldier probably goes to robert lewis howard a us army soldier and medal of honor recipient of the vietnam war.
He would return to action in 1969 with special permission from the president. Howard was born july 11 1939 and he died at age 70 on december 23 2009. Im pretty sure neville was the second most decorated soldier in wwii although in interviews i saw he kind of dismissed and played down his bravery just as all great heroes do. Politics government 1st marine divisions top enlisted longest serving member to retire sgt.
Well this vietnam war veteran had his share non judicial punishments authorized by article 15 of ucmj racked up 115 confirmed kills and was awarded the medal of honor. 17 top black military officers. Audie murphy became a national hero during world war ii as the most decorated combat soldier of the war. Modesto cartagena the most decorated hispanic soldier of the korean war.
Murphy was the most highly decorated soldier of world war ii. Among his 33 awards was the medal of honor the highest award for bravery that a soldier can receive. He was presented with the vc by the governor general of australia quentin bryce at a ceremony in perth on 23 january 2011. We subsequently lived in camp lejeune for some time as well.
Soldiers of the war and was wounded in action eight times. Your answers could probably prove very enlightening. We all know about audy mruphy who was the most decorated american soldier of wwii and col david hackworth who was until recently the most decorated living american soldier. No audie murphy is.
I am the son of a marine and was born in quantico where a marine corps base known as the crossroads of the marine corps is located. Sergeant first class jorge a. Admiral hyman george rickover with 63 years of continuous service. This includes all military branches and all time periods.
He was also one of the most decorated soldier in american international combat even eclipsing both alvin york and audie murphy. When tommy macpherson was ordered by churchill to cause chaos for the nazis and set europe ablaze he took to his task with relish. Having just read in foreign fields by dan collins which relates the stories of many of the award winners from iraq and afghanistan it made me think who is the most decorated serving soldier in the british army johnson beharry apart. Australias most highly decorated former sas soldier ben roberts smith is being investigated by the australian federal police for allegedly kicking a handcuffed detainee off a small cliff in an afghan village in 2012.
One of the most noteworthy of all of hooperas battles took place on february 21st 1968 in hue south vietnam. One of americas most decorated soldiers col. Most decorated living us. One of britains most decorated soldiers has died only weeks after the birth of his first child.
I recently hit my two year mark last week and i am more than grateful to be stationed here in camp pendleton ca for my first duty station. Since 2001 only 10 american warriors have earned more than one of the nations top three combat valor medals meaning they were recognized for displaying the highest levels of battlefield heroism on more than one occasion.