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Medal of Honor Recipients Receive Recognition During USO Event

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Mary, speak before an audience of about 600 during the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore’s 33rd awards dinner in Arlington, Va., March 24, 2015. Recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nations highest military decoration, were recognized during the dinner. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Nathan Gallahan
  • Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Sammy L. Davis, a Medal of Honor recipient, plays 
“Shenandoah” on a harmonica during the invocation for the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore's 33rd awards dinner in Arlington, Va., March 24, 2015. Davis plays the song as a tribute to his sergeant in Vietnam. The sergeant, who was killed, had asked Davis to learn to play it because it renewed his spirit and gave his heart hope. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Nathan Gallahan
  • Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Sammy L. Davis, a Medal of Honor recipient, gives the invocation and later plays “Shenandoah” on a harmonica during the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore's 33rd awards dinner in Arlington, Va., March 24, 2015.  DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Nathan Gallahan
  • Former Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, who received a Medal of Honor for acts of valor while serving as a section leader in Afghanistan, attends the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore's 33rd annual awards dinner in Arlington, Va., March 24, 2015. Romesha took out an enemy machine gun team and other targets when his comrades came under intense gunfire. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Keenan
  • Former Army Spc. Robert Patterson, who received a Medal of Honor for bravery while serving as a fire team leader during the Vietnam War, attends the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore's 33rd annual awards dinner in Arlington, Va., March 24, 2015. Patterson and two others got past a hail of gunfire to destroy two heavily fortified bunkers sheltering the enemies. U.S Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Keenan
  • Former Army Staff Sgt. Kenneth Stumpf, who received a Medal of Honor during a search-and-destroy mission in Vietnam, attends the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore's 33rd annual awards dinner in Arlington, Va., March 24, 2015. Stumpf rescued three of his wounded comrades despite heavy gunfire from an enemy bunker. He also helped destroy two bunkers that day and singlehandedly destroyed a third. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Keenan
  • Former Army 2nd Lt. Walter Marm, who received a Medal of Honor while serving in Vietnam, attends the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore's 33rd annual awards dinner in Arlington, Va., March 24, 2015. Marm killed several enemy attackers when his platoon was ambushed in November 1965, even though he was severely wounded himself. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Keenan
  • Former Air Force Lt. Col. Joe Jackson, a pilot during the Vietnam War and one of the oldest living Medal of Honor recipients at age 92, attends the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore's 33rd annual awards dinner in Arlington, Va., March 24, 2015. Jackson volunteered to rescue a three-man Air Force combat control team from a special forces camp in Kham Duc, where a forward outpost had become overrun by hostile forces. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Keenan
  • Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of naval operations, poses for a photograph with former Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who received a Medal of Honor for bravery while serving in Afghanistan, during the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore's 33rd annual awards dinner in Arlington, Va., March 24, 2015. U.S Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Keenan
  • Medal of Honor recipients Army Maj. William Swenson and former Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta stand for applause during the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore's 33rd annual awards dinner in Arlington, Va., March 24, 2015.  U.S Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Keenan