List of living Medal of Honor recipients

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President Barack Obama meets with recipients at the National Medal of Honor Day ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns on March 25, 2009

There are currently 80 living recipients of the Medal of Honor. It is the United States military's highest decoration. The Medal of Honor is given to any member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself "conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States."[1]

Of the 80 living recipients 11 earned their Medals of Honor in World War II. 11 received them for actions in the Korean War. 54 were earned in the Vietnam War. Four were in the War in Afghanistan. Five earned their medal while serving in the U.S. Air Force. 51 were in the U.S. Army. 17 were in the U.S. Marine Corps. 7 were in the U.S. Navy. The oldest recipient is Robert D. Maxwell. He is 98. The youngest is Kyle carpenter. He is 29. Only one medal holder is still on active duty in the U.S. military. He is War in Afghanistan soldier Leroy Petry. Among the recipients is former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey. Three are retired generals: Patrick Henry Brady and Robert F. Foley of the Army and James E. Livingston of the Marine Corps.

Living recipients[change | change source]

Image Name Branch Conflict Birth date and age Current residence
Baca, JohnJohn Baca Army Vietnam War (1949-01-10) January 10, 1949 (age 69) San Diego, California[2]
Ballard, Donald E.Donald E. Ballard Navy Vietnam War (1945-12-05) December 5, 1945 (age 73) Grain Valley, Missouri[3]
H.C. "Barney" Barnum Jr. at the Medal of Honor Flag ceremony for Michael Murphy .jpg Barnum, Jr., Harvey C.Harvey C. Barnum, Jr. Marine Corps Vietnam War (1940-07-21) July 21, 1940 (age 78) Reston, Virginia[4]
Beikirch, Gary B.Gary B. Beikirch Army Vietnam War (1947-08-29) August 29, 1947 (age 71) Rochester, New York[5]
Portrait of a dark-haired white man wearing a military uniform with many ribbons, pins, and badges. Brady, Patrick HenryPatrick Henry Brady Army Vietnam War (1936-10-01) October 1, 1936 (age 82) Sumner, Washington[6]
Bucha in 2011 Bucha, PaulPaul Bucha Army Vietnam War (1943-08-01) August 1, 1943 (age 75) Ridgefield, Connecticut[7]
Head and shoulders of a gray-haired white man wearing glasses, a suit and tie, and a star-shaped medal hanging from a blue ribbon around his neck. Cafferata, Jr., Hector A.Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. Marine Corps Korean War (1929-11-04) November 4, 1929 (age 89) Venice, Florida[8]
Jon Cavaiani 2004.jpg Cavaiani, Jon R.Jon R. Cavaiani Army Vietnam War (1943-08-02) August 2, 1943 (age 75) Columbia, California[8]
Coolidge313645.tif Coolidge, Charles H.Charles H. Coolidge Army World War II (1921-08-04) August 4, 1921 (age 97) Signal Mountain, Tennessee[9]
Crandall in 2012 Crandall, Bruce P.Bruce P. Crandall Army Vietnam War (1933-02-17) February 17, 1933 (age 85) Port Orchard, Washington[4]
Currey in 1945 Currey, Francis S.Francis S. Currey Army World War II (1925-06-29) June 29, 1925 (age 93) Selkirk, New York[10]
Sammy Davis speaking 2009 crop.jpg Davis, Sammy L.Sammy L. Davis Army Vietnam War (1946-11-01) November 1, 1946 (age 72) Flat Rock, Illinois[11]
Col George Day 1987.jpg Day, BudBud Day Air Force Vietnam War (1925-02-24) February 24, 1925 (age 93) Shalimar, Florida[12]
Duane Dewey 2004.jpg Dewey, Duane E.Duane E. Dewey Marine Corps Korean War (1931-11-16) November 16, 1931 (age 87) Irons, Michigan[13]
Profile of a white man with a full, gray beard wearing a star-shaped medal from a blue ribbon around his neck. Dix, Drew DennisDrew Dennis Dix Army Vietnam War (1944-12-14) December 14, 1944 (age 73) Mimbres, Luna County, New Mexico[14]
Maj Roger Donlon.jpg Donlon, RogerRoger Donlon Army Vietnam War (1934-01-30) January 30, 1934 (age 84) Leavenworth, Kansas[15]
Ehlers speaking at D-Day anniversary.JPEG Ehlers, Walter D.Walter D. Ehlers Army World War II (1921-05-07) May 7, 1921 (age 97) Buena Park, California[16]
Frederick E Ferguson MOH.jpg Ferguson, Frederick EdgarFrederick Edgar Ferguson Army Vietnam War (1939-08-18) August 18, 1939 (age 79) Chandler, Arizona[17]
Fisher, Bernard F.Bernard F. Fisher Air Force Vietnam War (1927-01-11) January 11, 1927 (age 91) Kuna, Idaho[6]
Fitzmaurice, Michael JohnMichael John Fitzmaurice Army Vietnam War (1950-03-09) March 9, 1950 (age 68) Hartford, South Dakota[18]
Fleming, James P.James P. Fleming Air Force Vietnam War (1943-03-12) March 12, 1943 (age 75) Longview, Washington[6]
Portrait of a middle-aged white man in a formal military uniform in front of a U.S. flag Foley, Robert F.Robert F. Foley Army Vietnam War (1941-05-30) May 30, 1941 (age 77)
Col Wesley L Fox.jpg Fox, Wesley L.Wesley L. Fox Marine Corps Vietnam War (1931-09-30) September 30, 1931 (age 87) Blacksburg, Virginia[19]
Fritz, Harold A.Harold A. Fritz Army Vietnam War (1944-02-21) February 21, 1944 (age 74) Peoria, Illinois[11]
Head and torso portrait of a young white man in a formal military uniform with a U.S. flag in the background Giunta, SalvatoreSalvatore Giunta Army War in Afghanistan (1985-01-21) January 21, 1985 (age 33) Fort Collins, Colorado[20]
Charles Chris Hagemeister.jpg Hagemeister, Charles C.Charles C. Hagemeister Army Vietnam War (1946-08-21) August 21, 1946 (age 72) Leavenworth, Kansas[21]
Hawk, John D.John D. Hawk Army World War II (1924-05-30) May 30, 1924 (age 94) Bremerton, Washington[22]
Herda, Frank A.Frank A. Herda Army Vietnam War (1947-09-13) September 13, 1947 (age 71) Cleveland, Ohio
Head and shoulders of a bald man with dark beard, with a medal hanging from a blue ribbon around his neck. Hernandez, Rodolfo P.Rodolfo P. Hernandez Army Korean War (1931-04-14) April 14, 1931 (age 87) Fayetteville, North Carolina[23]
Thomas J. Hudner 2008.jpg Hudner, Jr., Thomas J.Thomas J. Hudner, Jr. Navy Korean War (1924-08-31) August 31, 1924 (age 94) Concord, Massachusetts[24]
Einar H Ingman.jpg Ingman, Jr., Einar H.Einar H. Ingman, Jr. Army Korean War (1929-10-06) October 6, 1929 (age 89) Irma, Wisconsin[25]
Robert Ingram crouching.jpg Ingram, Robert R.Robert R. Ingram Navy Vietnam War (1945-01-20) January 20, 1945 (age 73) Jacksonville, Florida[26]
Jackson, Arthur J.Arthur J. Jackson Marine Corps World War II (1924-10-18) October 18, 1924 (age 94) Boise, Idaho[27]
Joe Jackson in 2010 Jackson, Joe M.Joe M. Jackson Air Force Vietnam War (1923-03-14) March 14, 1923 (age 95) Kent, Washington[6]
Jack H Jacobs aboard Roosevelt.jpg Jacobs, Jack H.Jack H. Jacobs Army Vietnam War (1945-08-02) August 2, 1945 (age 73) Far Hills, New Jersey[28]
Don J Jenkins 2010.jpg Jenkins, Don J.Don J. Jenkins Army Vietnam War (1948-04-18) April 18, 1948 (age 70) Quality, Butler County, Kentucky[29]
Head of a white man in a suit with a medal hanging from a blue ribbon around his neck Kelley, Thomas G.Thomas G. Kelley Navy Vietnam War (1939-05-13) May 13, 1939 (age 79) Somerville, Massachusetts[30]
Allan J Kellogg Medal of Honor recipient.jpg Kellogg, Allan J.Allan J. Kellogg Marine Corps Vietnam War (1943-10-01) October 1, 1943 (age 75) Hawaii[31]
Head and torso of a white man in a dark suit speaking and gesturing Kerrey, BobBob Kerrey Navy Vietnam War (1943-08-27) August 27, 1943 (age 75) New York, New York[14]
Kinsman, Thomas JamesThomas James Kinsman Army Vietnam War (1945-03-04) March 4, 1945 (age 73) Winlock, Washington[6]
Lee HV.jpg Lee, Howard V.Howard V. Lee Marine Corps Vietnam War (1933-08-01) August 1, 1933 (age 85)
Lemon, Peter C.Peter C. Lemon Army Vietnam War (1950-06-05) June 5, 1950 (age 68) Colorado Springs, Colorado[32]
Liteky, CharlesCharles Liteky Army Vietnam War (1931-02-14) February 14, 1931 (age 87) San Francisco, California[14]
3MoH's in Iraq.jpg Littrell, Gary L.Gary L. Littrell Army Vietnam War (1944-10-26) October 26, 1944 (age 74) Florida[33]
Livingston JE.jpg Livingston, James E.James E. Livingston Marine Corps Vietnam War (1940-01-12) January 12, 1940 (age 78) Mount Pleasant, South Carolina[34]
Allen Lynch 1984.jpg Lynch, Allen JamesAllen James Lynch Army Vietnam War (1945-10-28) October 28, 1945 (age 73) Gurnee, Illinois[11]
Walter Marm 2006.jpg Marm, Jr., Walter JosephWalter Joseph Marm, Jr. Army Vietnam War (1941-11-20) November 20, 1941 (age 77) Fremont, North Carolina[35]
Bob Maxwell 2006 BBC MOH Scholarship Ceremony.jpg Maxwell, Robert D.Robert D. Maxwell Army World War II (1920-10-26) October 26, 1920 (age 98) Bend, Oregon[6]
McGarity, VernonVernon McGarity Army World War II (1921-12-01) December 1, 1921 (age 97) Bartlett, Tennessee[36]
3MoH's in Iraq.jpg McGinty III, John J.John J. McGinty III Marine Corps Vietnam War (1940-01-21) January 21, 1940 (age 78) San Diego, California[37]
Dakota Meyer 2.jpg Meyer, DakotaDakota Meyer Marine Corps War in Afghanistan (1988-06-26) June 26, 1988 (age 30) Kentucky[38]
Miyamura in 2008 Miyamura, HiroshiHiroshi Miyamura Army Korean War (1925-10-06) October 6, 1925 (age 93) Gallup, New Mexico[14]
Ola L Mize.jpg Mize, Ola L.Ola L. Mize Army Korean War (1931-08-28) August 28, 1931 (age 87) Rainbow City, Alabama[39]
Modrzejewski in 2011 Modrzejewski, Robert J.Robert J. Modrzejewski Marine Corps Vietnam War (1934-07-03) July 3, 1934 (age 84) Tierrasanta, San Diego, California[40]
Thomas Norris 2008.jpg Norris, Thomas R.Thomas R. Norris Navy Vietnam War (1944-01-14) January 14, 1944 (age 74) Hayden Lake, Idaho[6]
Head and shoulders of a white man with a pointed mustache, wearing a star-shaped medal on a blue ribbon around his neck. O'Malley, Robert EmmettRobert Emmett O'Malley Marine Corps Vietnam War (1943-06-03) June 3, 1943 (age 75) New York, New York[8]
Nicholas Oresko, Army Medal of Honor recipient 2001.jpg Oresko, NicholasNicholas Oresko Army World War II (1917-01-18) January 18, 1917 (age 101) Cresskill, New Jersey[41]
Patterson in 2012 Patterson, Robert MartinRobert Martin Patterson Army Vietnam War (1948-04-16) April 16, 1948 (age 70) Pensacola, Florida[42]
Leroy Petry Petry, LeroyLeroy Petry Army War in Afghanistan (1979-07-29) July 29, 1979 (age 39) Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington[43]
Pittman RA.jpg Pittman, Richard A.Richard A. Pittman Marine Corps Vietnam War (1945-05-26) May 26, 1945 (age 73) Stockton, California[44]
Profile of a dark-haired man with a star-shaped medal hanging from his neck Rascon, Alfred V.Alfred V. Rascon Army Vietnam War (1945-09-10) September 10, 1945 (age 73) Laurel, Maryland[14]
Ray, Ronald E.Ronald E. Ray Army Vietnam War (1941-12-07) December 7, 1941 (age 77) Tarpon Springs, Florida[45]
Moh roberts.JPG Roberts, Gordon RayGordon Ray Roberts Army Vietnam War (1950-06-14) June 14, 1950 (age 68)
Clinton (Clint) Romesha[47] Army War in Afghanistan August 17, 1981 (age 37) Minot, North Dakota
Wilburn K Ross May 1963.jpg Ross, Wilburn K.Wilburn K. Ross Army World War II (1922-05-12) May 12, 1922 (age 96) DuPont, Washington[6]
Rosser in 2012 Rosser, Ronald E.Ronald E. Rosser Army Korean War (1929-10-24) October 24, 1929 (age 89) Roseville, Ohio[48]
TiborRubin cropped.jpg Rubin, TiborTibor Rubin Army Korean War (1929-06-18) June 18, 1929 (age 89) Garden Grove, California[49]
George Sakato 2009.jpg Sakato, George T.George T. Sakato Army World War II (1921-02-19) February 19, 1921 (age 97) Denver, Colorado[50]
A gray-haired black man standing at a microphone, wearing a medal on a blue ribbon around his neck. Sasser, ClarenceClarence Sasser Army Vietnam War (1947-09-12) September 12, 1947 (age 71) Rosharon, Texas[51]
Head of a smiling white man wearing a suit, red tie, and a medal hanging from a blue ribbon around his neck Simanek, Robert E.Robert E. Simanek Marine Corps Korean War (1930-04-26) April 26, 1930 (age 88) Farmington Hills, Michigan[8]
MOH-Sprayberry.jpg Sprayberry, James M.James M. Sprayberry Army Vietnam War (1947-04-24) April 24, 1947 (age 71) Titus, Elmore County, Alabama[52]
Stumpf, Kenneth E.Kenneth E. Stumpf Army Vietnam War (1944-09-28) September 28, 1944 (age 74) Tomah, Wisconsin[53]
James Allen Taylor.jpg Taylor, James AllenJames Allen Taylor Army Vietnam War (1937-12-31) December 31, 1937 (age 80) Trinity Center, California[54]
Brian Thacker 2008.jpg Thacker, BrianBrian Thacker Army Vietnam War (1945-04-25) April 25, 1945 (age 73) Wheaton, Maryland[8]
MichaelEThornton.jpg Thornton, Michael E.Michael E. Thornton Navy Vietnam War (1949-03-23) March 23, 1949 (age 69) Montgomery, Texas[14]
Thorsness speaking in 2007 crop.jpg Thorsness, Leo K.Leo K. Thorsness Air Force Vietnam War (1932-02-14) February 14, 1932 (age 86) Madison, Alabama[55]
Vargas, Jay R.Jay R. Vargas Marine Corps Vietnam War (1938-07-29) July 29, 1938 (age 80) San Diego, California[40]
Photograph of an older white man wearing glasses and a medal hanging from a blue ribbon around his neck West, Ernest E.Ernest E. West Army Korean War (1931-09-02) September 2, 1931 (age 87) Wurtland, Kentucky[29]
Brady, Packett, and Wetzel.jpg Wetzel, GaryGary Wetzel Army Vietnam War (1947-09-29) September 29, 1947 (age 71) Oak Creek, Wisconsin[56]
Williams in 2010 Williams, Hershel W.Hershel W. Williams Marine Corps World War II (1923-10-02) October 2, 1923 (age 95) Ona, West Virginia[29]
Carpenter, KyleKyle Carpenter Marine Corps War in Afghanistan (1989-10-19) October 19, 1989 (age 29) Jackson, Mississippi[57]

Recently deceased[change | change source]

Recipients who died within the last twelve months are listed below.[58]

Image Name Branch Conflict Birth date Death date Place of death Ref.
Mike Colalillo.jpg Colalillo, MikeMike Colalillo Army World War II December 1, 1925 December 30, 2011 Duluth, Minnesota [59]
Portrait of a white man wearing a tuxedo with bow tie and a medal hanging from a blue ribbon around his neck John F. Baker, Jr. Army Vietnam War October 30, 1945 January 20, 2012 Columbia, South Carolina [60]
Van T. Barfoot.jpg Van T. Barfoot Army World War II June 15, 1919 March 2, 2012 Richmond, Virginia
William Charette.jpg William R. Charette Navy Korean War March 29, 1932 March 18, 2012 Lakeland, Florida [61]
Stone in 2010 James L. Stone Army Korean War December 27, 1922 November 9, 2012 Arlington, Texas [62]
Daniel Inouye official portrait.jpg Inouye, DanielDaniel Inouye Army World War II September 7, 1924 December 17, 2012 Bethesda, Maryland [1]

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