Morning Jolt: Honoring our Medal of Honor recipients

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Three soldiers in the Afghanistan war and four in the Iraq war have been awarded the highest honor of all after sacrificing their lives: the Medal of Honor. (Three others from the Iraq war have received the Medal of Honor but were not killed in action.) Today we take a moment to remember them:

- Robert James Miller (Afghanistan): Fatally shot while diverting gunfire from Taliban forces so that his fellow soldiers could escape.

- Jared C. Monti (Afghanistan): Killed while trying to rescue a wounded soldier from intense small-arms and rocket-propelled-grenade fire.

- Michael P. Murphy (Afghanistan): Led a four-man reconnaissance team in a fight against superior numbers, exposed himself to hostile fire in order to call for help.

- Jason Dunham (Iraq): Fought hand-to-hand with the enemy and hurled himself on a grenade to protect fellow Marines.

- Ross A. McGinnis (Iraq): Saved the lives of four soldiers by diving on a grenade while inside a Humvee.

- Michael A. Monsoor (Iraq): Saved the lives of his fellow SEALs at his sniper position by diving on a grenade.

- Paul R. Smith (Iraq): Held the enemy at bay, allowing for the wounded to be carried out, died in the process.

Happening today: Today is Memorial Day, a day designated as a time to remember the sacrifices of those who have died to protect our country. A national moment of remembrance will take place at 3 p.m. local time.

Motivational quote: “The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” - Benjamin Disraeli

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