This week’s installment in our ‘Firsts’ and ‘Onlys’ theme for the month is the only president to ever receive the MoH – Theodore Roosevelt. We featured this man once before in this column, and I shall repeat what I said then: Love him or hate him, he’s a figure larger than life. Read more about what he termed his ‘crowded hour’ and the 100+ year path that led to his award here: http://www.theodoreroosevelt.org/life/medalofhonor.htm
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Rank: Lieutenant Colonel Organization: U.S. Army Place / Date: At San Juan Hill, 1 July 1898 Date of Issue: 01/16/2001
Citation Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt distinguished himself by acts of bravery on 1 July, 1898, near Santiago de Cuba, Republic of Cuba, while leading a daring charge up San Juan Hill. Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt, in total disregard for his personal safety, and accompanied by only four or five men, led a desperate and gallant charge up San Juan Hill, encouraging his troops to continue the assault through withering enemy fire over open countryside. Facing the enemy’s heavy fire, he displayed extraordinary bravery throughout the charge and was the first to reach the enemy trenches, where he quickly killed one of the enemy with his pistol, allowing his men to continue the assault. His leadership and valor turned the tide in the Battle for San Juan Hill. Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt’s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.