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Congressional Medal of Honor


The Congressional Medal of Honor (CMH), the highest military award for bravery that our country gives, is awarded in the name of the Congress and usually presented in ceremony by the President of the United States. The individual who wins the CMH must be a person who, while serving as a member of the Armed Forces, diostinguishes himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in action against any enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

The deed performed for which a CMH is awarded must have been one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his comrades and must have involved risk of life. Incontestable proof of the performance of service is exacted and each recommendation for award of this decoration is considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

In the Vietnam conflict, the official number normally given for total CMH decorations bestowed is 238. Out of that number are 20 African American awardees honored with the CMH. As of 1999. They are shown below.

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African-American Heroes, CMH Recipients, Vietnam

Anderson, James Jr.
Anderson, Webster
Ashley, Eugene Jr.
Austin, Oscar P.
Bryant, William Maud
Davis, Rodney Maxwell
Jenkins, Robert H., Jr.
Joel, Lawrence
Johnson, Dwight
Johnson, Ralph
Langhorn, Garfield M.
Leonard, Matthew
Long, Donald Russell
Olive, Milton Lee, III
Pitts, Riley L.
Rogers, Charles Calvin
Sargent, Ruppert L.
Sasser, Clarence Eugene
Sims, Clifford Chester
Warren, John E., Jr.



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