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August 16, 2004


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I don't say people "won" the MOH, but I understand why others would say it. Observe Merriam-Webster:


1 a : to get possession of by effort or fortune b : to obtain by work : EARN

2 a : to gain in or as if in battle or contest b : to be the victor in

I don't get into battles over semantics like that...or at least, I like to say I don't...

Gary Alexander

Jen-- exactly.

My buddy, the late, great "Johnny Mac" MacDonald said as much...

"Why is it that everyone I meet is a SEAL...? Who in hell was drivin' all the boats?"

Cpl. J.P. MacDonald, USMC-Ret

Jennifer Martinez

Oh yes, I hate it when people and the media say he "won" the Medal of Honor, or refer to recipients as "winners." It wasn't a contest!!!

As for phonies, I've come across my share. Have you ever noticed how everyone is either a SEAL or a "Green Beret?"

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Hap Arnold

Yes, Jennifer, as LeatherneckM31 can tell you far better than I, no one "wins" a MOH. That implies an award/commendation that is actively sought. I'm quite confident that the surviving RECIPIENTS (to a man) will emphatically tell anyone who will listen that they did not seek out the circumstances that led to the action(s) for which Congress awarded the Medal. No man in his right mind would. Bar room warriors usually reveal their folly in a hurry. You happened to meet one of many that are out there. Shame on every last one of them.

Jennifer Martinez

A combat tour in Hanoi, LOL...

I once met a fool who told me, "I was a green beret in the 1st Cav and won four Medals of Honor."

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