Medal of Honor recipient, Edward Carter, could speak five languages, fought in his first war at 15, and joined the Spanish Civil War to fight fascists at 20, before eventually fighting in WW2. Despite his heroism in combat, he and all other black awardees would not be recognized until 1997.
On 8 September 2009, Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer disobeyed a direct order from a superior to pull back from his position so he could rescue wounded soldiers from a firefight a mile away. He ended up going back five times, saved the lives of 36 soldiers, and won the Medal of Honor.
Two time Medal of Honor recipient Major General Smedley Butler wrote: “I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.” source
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