This is kind of interesting:
The Pentagon has recommended that the White House consider awarding the Medal of Honor to a living soldier for the first time since the Vietnam War, according to U.S. officials.
The soldier, whose nomination must be reviewed by the White House, ran through a wall of enemy fire in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley in fall 2007 in an attempt to push back Taliban fighters who were close to overrunning his squad. U.S. military officials said his actions saved the lives of about half a dozen men.
It is possible that the White House could honor the soldier’s heroism with a decoration other than the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor. Nominations for the Medal of Honor typically include detailed accounts from witnesses and can run hundreds, if not thousands, of pages. The review has been conducted so discreetly that the soldier’s family does not know that it has reached the White House, according to U.S. officials who discussed the nomination on the condition of anonymity because a final decision is pending.
When I was in the military, we used to joke (morbidly) that the CMH didn’t stand for Congressional Medal of Honor, but for “coffin with metal handles.” I think awarding the CMG to more living soldiers is definitely a good thing.
*** Update ***
From the comments, apparently I have been calling the Medal of Honor by the wrong name for decades (as were a bunch of my NCO’s):
Goddammit, Cole, you should know that it’s not the Congressional Medal of Honor, just the Medal of Honor.
Do you need to be sent back to Basic?
I’d love to be in the shape I was in after Basic!