Tag Archives: Medal of Honor

RACISM KEPT CALIFORNIAN CARTER FROM RECEIVING MEDAL OF HONOR UNTIL 34 YEARS AFTER HIS PASSING

On March 23, 1945, Army Private Edward A. Carter Jr. and three others in his tank squad came under attack by German forces as they neared Speyer, Germany. Their tank ablaze, the four soldiers ran toward cover across the field. Two died, another was wounded. Carter knocked out two enemy machine gun nests and engaged […]

General John Pershing pins the Distinguished Service Cross medal on 1LT George Abramson in 1922. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

SEVEN ON CALVET’S MEDAL OF HONOR WALL ALSO EARNED DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

Seven Californians received both the Medal of Honor and the Distinguished Service Cross. Their names grace the Medal of Honor Hall in California’s Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters in downtown Sacramento.

SHINING LIGHT ON CALIFORNIA’S TWO JEWISH MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS AS HANUKKAH BEGINS

With eight days of Hanukkah – the Jewish Festival of Lights – beginning tonight, CalVet would like to salute the memories of the 18 known Jewish Medal of Honor recipients, two of whom were from California.  Their names grace the Medal of Honor Wall at CalVet Headquarters in downtown Sacramento, and their stories are worth […]

TODAY MARKS 158th ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICA’S HIGHEST MILITARY HONOR

At the headquarters of the California Department of Veterans Affairs in Sacramento, the Medal of Honor Wall honors 173 Californians who received the nation’s highest military honor. Plaques honor many of them in the adjacent Medal of Honor Hall as well. “Our admiration and respect for the Californians, and to all others who received the […]

California veteran slated to receive Medal of Honor

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran from California is in line to receive the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest award for valor in action against an enemy force. Retired Sgt. Maj. John Canley, of Oxnard, will receive the award for his actions during the Battle of Hue in Vietnam in 1968. He learned the news in […]

Marine veteran from California poised to receive Medal of Honor

John Canley, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran from Oxnard, is in line to receive the military’s highest award – the Medal of Honor. Canley was approved for the award for his actions in and outside of Hue, Vietnam in 1968. The Medal of Honor has been bestowed on 3,496 men and one woman (a Civil […]