Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Recipients, Family Members at White House

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Army Sgt. Santiago J. Erevia during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Erevia received the medal for his actions while serving as radio telephone operator during a search and clear mission near Tam Ky, Vietnam, May 21, 1969. At that time, Erevia was a specialist 4 assigned to the 101st Airborne Division's Company C, 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Army Master Sgt. Jose Rodela during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Rodela received the medal for actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in Phuoc Long province in Vietnam, Sept. 1, 1969. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • President Barack Obama awards the Medal of Honor to Army Sgt. First Class Melvin Morris during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Morris received the medal for his actions during combat operations against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Chi Lang, Vietnam, Sept 7, 1969. At that time, he was a staff sergeant and commander of a strike force drawn from Company D, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • President Barack Obama, far right, applauds the newest living recipients of the Medal of Honor, Army Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris, left, Master Sgt. Jose Rodela, center, and Sgt. Santiago J. Erevia, during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., March 18, 2014. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • The newest living recipients of the Medal of Honor, Army Sgt. First Class Melvin Morris, left, Master Sgt. Jose Rodela, center, and Sgt. Santiago J. Erevia, stand during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., March 18, 2014. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • President Barack Obama comforts Lenora Alvarado, who accepted the Medal of Honor on behalf of her late father, Army Spc. Leonard L. Alvarado, during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Alvarado distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifleman assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's Company D, 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Phuoc Long province, Vietnam, Aug. 12, 1969. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Charles Baldonado accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of his late brother, Army Cpl. Joe R. Baldonado, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Baldonado distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an acting machine gunner assigned to 3rd Squad, 2nd Platoon, Company B, 187th Infantry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Kangdong, Korea, Nov. 25, 1950. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Dominga Perez accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of her late father, Army Pvt. Pedro Cano, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Cano distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company C, 8th Infantry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Schevenhutte, Germany, Dec. 2 and 3, 1944. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Richard Conde accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of his late father, Army Sgt. 1st Class Felix M. Conde-Falcon, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Conde-Falcon, then a staff sergeant, distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an acting platoon leader assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's Company D, 1st Battalion, 505th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Ap Tan Hoa, Vietnam, April 4, 1969. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Shyrell Jean Copas accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of her late father, Army Spec. 4 Ardie R. Copas, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Copas distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a machine gunner assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy near Ph Romeas Hek, Cambodia, May 12, 1970. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Tina Duran-Ruvalcaba accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of her late father, Army Spec. 4 Jesus S. Duran, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Duran distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an acting M-60 machine gunner assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's Company E, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Vietnam, April 10, 1969. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Tyronne Espinoza accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of his late father, Army Cpl. Victor H. Espinoza, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Espinoza distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an acting rifleman assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's Company A, 23nd Infantry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Chorwon, Korea, Aug. 1, 1952. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Miriam Adams accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of her late uncle, Army Pvt. Joe Gandara, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Gandara distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while assigned to the 17th Airborne Division's Company D, 2nd Battalion, 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Amfreville, France, June 9, 1944. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Pete Corrall accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of his late uncle, Army Sgt. Eduardo C. Gomez, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Gomez distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division's Company I, 8th Cavalry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Tabu-dong, Korea,  Sept. 3, 1950. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Laurie Wegner accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of her late uncle, Army Pvt. 1st Class Leonard M. Kravitz, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Pvt. Kravitz distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an assistant machine gunner assigned to the 24th Infantry Division's Company M, 5th Infantry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Yangpyong, Korea, March 6 and 7, 1951. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Alfonzo Lara accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of his late brother, Army Pvt. 1st Class Salvador J. Lara, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Lara distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as the leader of a rifle squad assigned to the 45th Infantry Division's 2nd Platoon, Company L, 180th Infantry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Aprilia, Italy, May 27 and 28, 1944. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Alice Mendoza accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of her late husband, Army Staff Sgt. Manuel V. Mendoza, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Mendoza distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a platoon sergeant assigned to the 88th Infantry Division's Company B, 350th Infantry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy on Mt. Battaglia, Italy, Oct. 4, 1944. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Iris Negron accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of her late father, Army Sgt. Juan E. Negron, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Negron distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division's Company L, 65th Infantry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Kalma-Eri, Korea, April 28, 1951. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Robert Nietzel accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of his late first cousin, Army Sgt. Alfred B. Nietzel, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Nietzel distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a section leader assigned to the 1st Infantry Division's Company H, 16th Infantry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Heistern, Germany, Nov. 18, 1944. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Army Sgt. Ashley Randall accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of her late grandfather, Army Pvt. Demensio Rivera, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Rivera distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an automatic rifleman assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division's 2nd Platoon, Company G, 7th Infantry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy in Changyong-ni, Korea, May 23, 1951. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Dr. Terry Schwab accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of his late father, Army 1st Lt. Donald K. Schwab, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Schwab distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as the commander assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division's Company E, 15th Infantry Regiment, during combat operations against an armed enemy near Lure, France, Sept. 17, 1944. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Joe Rodriguez accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of his late uncle, Army Pvt. Miguel A. Vera, during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Vera distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an automatic rifleman assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division's Company F, 38th Infantry Regiment, in Chorwon, Korea, Sept. 21, 1952. DOD photo by EJ Hersom
  • Nancy Weinstein accepts the Medal of Honor on behalf of her late husband, Army Sgt. Jack Weinstein, from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House, March 18, 2014. Weinstein distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while leading the 24th Infantry Division's 1st Platoon, Company G, 21st Infantry Regiment, in Kumsong, Korea, Oct. 19, 1951.  DOD photo by EJ Hersom