Browsing: Medal of Honor

The opening day of the AT&T National golf tournament, held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., had a military flare to it, as it usually does. But it went above and beyond standard fare. In addition to a Black Hawk flyover and a performance by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team, there was an appearance by a Medal of Honor recipient — not every PGA Tour event can claim that. Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, who received the Medal of Honor last year, spoke during the opening ceremonies. Petry was participating in a house-clearing operation in…

The Philadelphia Inquirer has a great story about Thomas J. Hudner Jr., a retired Naval aviator and only living Naval Academy graduate to be awarded the Medal of Honor, who will be at midfield for the coin toss of the Army-Navy game tomorrow. While the game is about sportsmanship and bragging rights, stories like this remind everyone of what these cadets and Midshipmen will face once they leave their respective academies. Hudner himself is interesting because of how his career intersected with history. Definitely worth reading.