This fall, the Hector A. Cafferata Jr. Elementary School in Cape Coral, Fla., will be the first school in the state to be named after a living Medal of Honor recipient
The former Marine was awarded the nation's highest award for valor for single-handedly holding off an enemy onslaught in sub-zero temperatures of Korea.
When his entire fire team fell wounded, Cafferata, alone, fought on with grenades and small arms; when an enemy grenade landed among a group of Marine wounded, Cafferata grabbed it, and threw it down the hill, but not before the blast wounded him in arm and shoulder, and severed a finger.
Cafferata fought on despite his wounds until hit by an enemy sniper. http://www.dailyrecord.com/news/articles/news2-hector.htm
New Headstone for WWII Recipient
GULFPORT, Miss. - The grave of a Gulfport soldier who was posthumously presented the Medal of Honor for his actions during a World War II battle will receive a new headstone
Navy to Name ship after Air Force Cross Recipient
The Navy plans to rename one of its cargo ships for an Air Force sergeant who died three years ago while attempting to retrieve the body of a Navy SEAL who fell from a helicopter.
Tech. Sgt. John A. Chapman, 37, was posthumously awarded the Air Force Cross, the second-highest honor given by the Air Force, in January 2003. The 670-foot cargo ship now named the MV Merlin is expected to take his name in a ceremony April 8 at Sunny Point Military Ocean Terminal at Southport.