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Today's Medal of Honor Moment for 28 August

Today we open with the Civil War, and a horse soldier at Smithfield, Viriginia in 1864.  There is another Medal for the Civil War which cites actions on this day, but the Medal covers multiple days, and so we'll get to it on the day of the last cited action - which is only two days from now, so you can contain your excitement!


HARRIS, MOSES

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 1st U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Smithfield, Va., 28 August 1864. Entered service at: New Hampshire. Birth: Andover, N.H. Date of issue: 23 January 1896. Citation: In an attack upon a largely superior force, his personal gallantry was so conspicuous as to inspire the men to extraordinary efforts, resulting in complete rout of the enemy.

The Medal takes an extended break, not reappearing until Vietnam.


*JIMENEZ, JOSE FRANCISCO

Rank and organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, 28 August 1969. Entered service at: Phoenix, Ariz. Born: 20 March 1946, Mexico City, Mex. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a fire team leader with Company K, in operations against the enemy. L/Cpl. Jimenez' unit came under heavy attack by North Vietnamese soldiers concealed in well camouflaged emplacements. L/Cpl. Jimenez reacted by seizing the initiative and plunging forward toward the enemy positions. He personally destroyed several enemy personnel and silenced an antiaircraft weapon. Shouting encouragement to his companions, L/Cpl. Jimenez continued his aggressive forward movement. He slowly maneuvered to within 10 feet of hostile soldiers who were firing automatic weapons from a trench and, in the face of vicious enemy fire, destroyed the position. Although he was by now the target of concentrated fire from hostile gunners intent upon halting his assault, L/Cpl. Jimenez continued to press forward. As he moved to attack another enemy soldier, he was mortally wounded. L/Cpl. Jimenez' indomitable courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service.
*Indicates a posthumous award.

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As an aside, I make the assumption that you have seen that Alonzo H. Cushing, will be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions with his battery on the last day of the Battle of Gettysburg?
 
 Yes, along with the two gents from Vietnam.
I'm not sure, as I haven't done the math, but I think President Obama is going to hold the record for awarding Medals of Honor not earned on his watch.