List of living Medal of Honor recipients

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President Barack Obama meets with recipients at the National Medal of Honor Day ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns on March 25, 2009

There are currently 81 living recipients of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is bestowed to any member of the United States armed forces who distinguishes himself "conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States."[1]

Of the 81 living recipients, 12 earned their Medals of Honor in World War II, 12 in the Korean War, 54 in the Vietnam War, and three in the War in Afghanistan. Five earned their medal while serving in the U.S. Air Force, 53 in the U.S. Army, 16 in the U.S. Marine Corps, and 7 in the U.S. Navy. The oldest recipient is Nicholas Oresko, aged 95, whereas the youngest is Dakota Meyer, aged 24. Only one of the medal holders is still on active duty in the U.S. military, War in Afghanistan soldier Leroy Petry. Among the recipients are former U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey and current Senator Daniel Inouye. Three retired as generals: Patrick Henry Brady and Robert F. Foley in the Army and James E. Livingston in the Marine Corps.

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Living recipients

ImageNameBranchConflictBirth date and ageCurrent residence
JBaca.jpgBaca, JohnJohn BacaArmyVietnam War (1949-01-10) January 10, 1949 (age 63)San Diego, California[2]
Ballard.jpgBallard, Donald E.Donald E. BallardNavyVietnam War (1945-12-05) December 5, 1945 (age 66)Grain Valley, Missouri[3]
US Navy 071023-N-2653P-277 H.C.jpgBarnum, Jr., Harvey C.Harvey C. Barnum, Jr.Marine CorpsVietnam War (1940-07-21) July 21, 1940 (age 72)Reston, Virginia[4]
Gary B Beikirch.jpgBeikirch, Gary B.Gary B. BeikirchArmyVietnam War (1947-08-29) August 29, 1947 (age 65)Rochester, New York[5]
Portrait of a dark-haired white man wearing a military uniform with many ribbons, pins, and badges.Brady, Patrick HenryPatrick Henry BradyArmyVietnam War (1936-10-01) October 1, 1936 (age 75)Sumner, Washington[6]
Bucha in 2011Bucha, PaulPaul BuchaArmyVietnam War (1943-08-01) August 1, 1943 (age 69)Ridgefield, Connecticut[7]
Head and shoulders of a gray-haired white man wearing glasses, a suit and tie, and a star-shaped medal hanging from a blue ribbon around his neck.Cafferata, Jr., Hector A.Hector A. Cafferata, Jr.Marine CorpsKorean War (1929-11-04) November 4, 1929 (age 82)Venice, Florida[8]
Jon Cavaiani 2004.jpgCavaiani, Jon R.Jon R. CavaianiArmyVietnam War (1943-08-02) August 2, 1943 (age 69)Columbia, California[8]
Coolidge313645.tifCoolidge, Charles H.Charles H. CoolidgeArmyWorld War II (1921-08-04) August 4, 1921 (age 91)Signal Mountain, Tennessee[9]
Crandall in 2012Crandall, Bruce P.Bruce P. CrandallArmyVietnam War (1933-02-17) February 17, 1933 (age 79)Port Orchard, Washington[4]
Currey in 1945Currey, Francis S.Francis S. CurreyArmyWorld War II (1925-06-29) June 29, 1925 (age 87)Selkirk, New York[10]
Sammy Davis speaking 2009 crop.jpgDavis, Sammy L.Sammy L. DavisArmyVietnam War (1946-11-01) November 1, 1946 (age 65)Flat Rock, Illinois[11]
Col George Day 1987.jpgDay, BudBud DayAir ForceVietnam War (1925-02-24) February 24, 1925 (age 87)Shalimar, Florida[12]
Duane Dewey 2004.jpgDewey, Duane E.Duane E. DeweyMarine CorpsKorean War (1931-11-16) November 16, 1931 (age 80)Irons, Michigan[13]
Profile of a white man with a full, gray beard wearing a star-shaped medal from a blue ribbon around his neck.Dix, Drew DennisDrew Dennis DixArmyVietnam War (1944-12-14) December 14, 1944 (age 67)Mimbres, Luna County, New Mexico[14]
Maj Roger Donlon.jpgDonlon, RogerRoger DonlonArmyVietnam War (1934-01-30) January 30, 1934 (age 78)Leavenworth, Kansas[15]
Ehlers speaking at D-Day anniversary.JPEGEhlers, Walter D.Walter D. EhlersArmyWorld War II (1921-05-07) May 7, 1921 (age 91)Buena Park, California[16]
Frederick E Ferguson MOH.jpgFerguson, Frederick EdgarFrederick Edgar FergusonArmyVietnam War (1939-08-18) August 18, 1939 (age 73)Chandler, Arizona[17]
Fisher in 2008.jpgFisher, Bernard F.Bernard F. FisherAir ForceVietnam War (1927-01-11) January 11, 1927 (age 85)Kuna, Idaho[6]
Fitzmaurice, Michael JohnMichael John FitzmauriceArmyVietnam War (1950-03-09) March 9, 1950 (age 62)Hartford, South Dakota[18]
JamesFleming.jpgFleming, James P.James P. FlemingAir ForceVietnam War (1943-03-12) March 12, 1943 (age 69)Longview, Washington[6]
Portrait of a middle-aged white man in a formal military uniform in front of a U.S. flagFoley, Robert F.Robert F. FoleyArmyVietnam War (1941-05-30) May 30, 1941 (age 71)
Col Wesley L Fox.jpgFox, Wesley L.Wesley L. FoxMarine CorpsVietnam War (1931-09-30) September 30, 1931 (age 80)Blacksburg, Virginia[19]
Fritz, Harold A.Harold A. FritzArmyVietnam War (1944-02-21) February 21, 1944 (age 68)Peoria, Illinois[11]
Head and torso portrait of a young white man in a formal military uniform with a U.S. flag in the backgroundGiunta, SalvatoreSalvatore GiuntaArmyWar in Afghanistan (1985-01-21) January 21, 1985 (age 27)Fort Collins, Colorado[20]
Charles Chris Hagemeister.jpgHagemeister, Charles C.Charles C. HagemeisterArmyVietnam War (1946-08-21) August 21, 1946 (age 66)Leavenworth, Kansas[21]
Hawk, John D.John D. HawkArmyWorld War II (1924-05-30) May 30, 1924 (age 88)Bremerton, Washington[22]
Herda, Frank A.Frank A. HerdaArmyVietnam War (1947-09-13) September 13, 1947 (age 65)Cleveland, Ohio
Head and shoulders of a bald man with dark beard, with a medal hanging from a blue ribbon around his neck.Hernandez, Rodolfo P.Rodolfo P. HernandezArmyKorean War (1931-04-14) April 14, 1931 (age 81)Fayetteville, North Carolina[23]
Thomas J. Hudner 2008.jpgHudner, Jr., Thomas J.Thomas J. Hudner, Jr.NavyKorean War (1924-08-31) August 31, 1924 (age 88)Concord, Massachusetts[24]
Einar H Ingman.jpgIngman, Jr., Einar H.Einar H. Ingman, Jr.ArmyKorean War (1929-10-06) October 6, 1929 (age 82)Irma, Wisconsin[25]
Robert Ingram crouching.jpgIngram, Robert R.Robert R. IngramNavyVietnam War (1945-01-20) January 20, 1945 (age 67)Jacksonville, Florida[26]
Daniel Inouye official portrait.jpgInouye, DanielDaniel InouyeArmyWorld War II (1924-09-07) September 7, 1924 (age 88)Hawaii
Jackson AJ.jpgJackson, Arthur J.Arthur J. JacksonMarine CorpsWorld War II (1924-10-18) October 18, 1924 (age 87)Boise, Idaho[27]
Joe Jackson in 2010Jackson, Joe M.Joe M. JacksonAir ForceVietnam War (1923-03-14) March 14, 1923 (age 89)Kent, Washington[6]
Jack H Jacobs aboard Roosevelt.jpgJacobs, Jack H.Jack H. JacobsArmyVietnam War (1945-08-02) August 2, 1945 (age 67)Far Hills, New Jersey[28]
Don J Jenkins 2010.jpgJenkins, Don J.Don J. JenkinsArmyVietnam War (1948-04-18) April 18, 1948 (age 64)Quality, Butler County, Kentucky[29]
Head of a white man in a suit with a medal hanging from a blue ribbon around his neckKelley, Thomas G.Thomas G. KelleyNavyVietnam War (1939-05-13) May 13, 1939 (age 73)Somerville, Massachusetts[30]
Allan J Kellogg Medal of Honor recipient.jpgKellogg, Allan J.Allan J. KelloggMarine CorpsVietnam War (1943-10-01) October 1, 1943 (age 68)Hawaii[31]
Head and torso of a white man in a dark suit speaking and gesturingKerrey, BobBob KerreyNavyVietnam War (1943-08-27) August 27, 1943 (age 69)New York, New York[14]
Kinsman, Thomas JamesThomas James KinsmanArmyVietnam War (1945-03-04) March 4, 1945 (age 67)Winlock, Washington[6]
Lee HV.jpgLee, Howard V.Howard V. LeeMarine CorpsVietnam War (1933-08-01) August 1, 1933 (age 79)
Lemon, Peter C.Peter C. LemonArmyVietnam War (1950-06-05) June 5, 1950 (age 62)Colorado Springs, Colorado[32]
Liteky, CharlesCharles LitekyArmyVietnam War (1931-02-14) February 14, 1931 (age 81)San Francisco, California[14]
3MoH's in Iraq.jpgLittrell, Gary L.Gary L. LittrellArmyVietnam War (1944-10-26) October 26, 1944 (age 67)Florida[33]
Livingston JE.jpgLivingston, James E.James E. LivingstonMarine CorpsVietnam War (1940-01-12) January 12, 1940 (age 72)Mount Pleasant, South Carolina[34]
Allen Lynch 1984.jpgLynch, Allen JamesAllen James LynchArmyVietnam War (1945-10-28) October 28, 1945 (age 66)Gurnee, Illinois[11]
Walter Marm 2006.jpgMarm, Jr., Walter JosephWalter Joseph Marm, Jr.ArmyVietnam War (1941-11-20) November 20, 1941 (age 70)Fremont, North Carolina[35]
Bob Maxwell 2006 BBC MOH Scholarship Ceremony.jpgMaxwell, Robert D.Robert D. MaxwellArmyWorld War II (1920-10-26) October 26, 1920 (age 91)Bend, Oregon[6]
McGarity, VernonVernon McGarityArmyWorld War II (1921-12-01) December 1, 1921 (age 90)Bartlett, Tennessee[36]
3MoH's in Iraq.jpgMcGinty III, John J.John J. McGinty IIIMarine CorpsVietnam War (1940-01-21) January 21, 1940 (age 72)San Diego, California[37]
Dakota Meyer 2.jpgMeyer, DakotaDakota MeyerMarine CorpsWar in Afghanistan (1988-06-26) June 26, 1988 (age 24)Kentucky[38]
Miyamura in 2008Miyamura, Hiroshi H.Hiroshi H. MiyamuraArmyKorean War (1925-10-06) October 6, 1925 (age 86)Gallup, New Mexico[14]
Ola L Mize.jpgMize, Ola L.Ola L. MizeArmyKorean War (1931-08-28) August 28, 1931 (age 81)Rainbow City, Alabama[39]
Modrzejewski in 2011Modrzejewski, Robert J.Robert J. ModrzejewskiMarine CorpsVietnam War (1934-07-03) July 3, 1934 (age 78)Tierrasanta, San Diego, California[40]
Thomas Norris 2008.jpgNorris, Thomas R.Thomas R. NorrisNavyVietnam War (1944-01-14) January 14, 1944 (age 68)Hayden Lake, Idaho[6]
Head and shoulders of a white man with a pointed mustache, wearing a star-shaped medal on a blue ribbon around his neck.O'Malley, Robert EmmettRobert Emmett O'MalleyMarine CorpsVietnam War (1943-06-03) June 3, 1943 (age 69)New York, New York[8]
Nicholas Oresko, Army Medal of Honor recipient 2001.jpgOresko, NicholasNicholas OreskoArmyWorld War II (1917-01-18) January 18, 1917 (age 95)Cresskill, New Jersey[41]
Patterson in 2012Patterson, Robert MartinRobert Martin PattersonArmyVietnam War (1948-04-16) April 16, 1948 (age 64)Pensacola, Florida[42]
Leroy PetryPetry, LeroyLeroy PetryArmyWar in Afghanistan (1979-07-29) July 29, 1979 (age 33)Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington[43]
Pittman RA.jpgPittman, Richard A.Richard A. PittmanMarine CorpsVietnam War (1945-05-26) May 26, 1945 (age 67)Stockton, California[44]
Profile of a dark-haired man with a star-shaped medal hanging from his neckRascon, Alfred V.Alfred V. RasconArmyVietnam War (1945-09-10) September 10, 1945 (age 67)Laurel, Maryland[14]
Ray, Ronald E.Ronald E. RayArmyVietnam War (1941-12-07) December 7, 1941 (age 70)Tarpon Springs, Florida[45]
Moh roberts.JPGRoberts, Gordon RayGordon Ray RobertsArmyVietnam War (1950-06-14) June 14, 1950 (age 62)
Wilburn K Ross May 1963.jpgRoss, Wilburn K.Wilburn K. RossArmyWorld War II (1922-05-12) May 12, 1922 (age 90)DuPont, Washington[6]
Ronald E Rosser.jpgRosser, Ronald E.Ronald E. RosserArmyKorean War (1929-10-24) October 24, 1929 (age 82)Roseville, Ohio[46]
TiborRubin cropped.jpgRubin, TiborTibor RubinArmyKorean War (1929-06-18) June 18, 1929 (age 83)Garden Grove, California[47]
George Sakato 2009.jpgSakato, George T.George T. SakatoArmyWorld War II (1921-02-19) February 19, 1921 (age 91)Denver, Colorado[48]
A gray-haired black man standing at a microphone, wearing a medal on a blue ribbon around his neck.Sasser, ClarenceClarence SasserArmyVietnam War (1947-09-12) September 12, 1947 (age 65)Rosharon, Texas[49]
Head of a smiling white man wearing a suit, red tie, and a medal hanging from a blue ribbon around his neckSimanek, Robert E.Robert E. SimanekMarine CorpsKorean War (1930-04-26) April 26, 1930 (age 82)Farmington Hills, Michigan[8]
MOH-Sprayberry.jpgSprayberry, James M.James M. SprayberryArmyVietnam War (1947-04-24) April 24, 1947 (age 65)Titus, Elmore County, Alabama[50]
Stone in 2010Stone, James L.James L. StoneArmyKorean War (1922-12-27) December 27, 1922 (age 89)Arlington, Texas[51]
Stumpf, Kenneth E.Kenneth E. StumpfArmyVietnam War (1944-09-28) September 28, 1944 (age 67)Tomah, Wisconsin[52]
James Allen Taylor.jpgTaylor, James AllenJames Allen TaylorArmyVietnam War (1937-12-31) December 31, 1937 (age 74)Trinity Center, California[53]
Brian Thacker 2008.jpgThacker, BrianBrian ThackerArmyVietnam War (1945-04-25) April 25, 1945 (age 67)Wheaton, Maryland[8]
MichaelEThornton.jpgThornton, Michael E.Michael E. ThorntonNavyVietnam War (1949-03-23) March 23, 1949 (age 63)Montgomery, Texas[14]
Thorsness speaking in 2007 crop.jpgThorsness, Leo K.Leo K. ThorsnessAir ForceVietnam War (1932-02-14) February 14, 1932 (age 80)Madison, Alabama[54]
Vargas USMC MOH.jpgVargas, Jay R.Jay R. VargasMarine CorpsVietnam War (1938-07-29) July 29, 1938 (age 74)San Diego, California[40]
Photograph of an older white man wearing glasses and a medal hanging from a blue ribbon around his neckWest, Ernest E.Ernest E. WestArmyKorean War (1931-09-02) September 2, 1931 (age 81)Wurtland, Kentucky[29]
Brady, Packett, and Wetzel.jpgWetzel, GaryGary WetzelArmyVietnam War (1947-09-29) September 29, 1947 (age 64)Oak Creek, Wisconsin[55]
Williams in 2010Williams, Hershel W.Hershel W. WilliamsMarine CorpsWorld War II (1923-10-02) October 2, 1923 (age 88)Ona, West Virginia[29]

Recently deceased

Recipients who died within the last twelve months are listed below.[56]

ImageNameBranchConflictBirth dateDeath datePlace of deathRef.
Mike Colalillo.jpgColalillo, MikeMike ColalilloArmyWorld War II01925-12-01December 1, 192502011-12-30December 30, 2011Duluth, Minnesota[57]
Portrait of a white man wearing a tuxedo with bow tie and a medal hanging from a blue ribbon around his neckJohn F. Baker, Jr.ArmyVietnam War01945-10-30October 30, 194502012-01-20January 20, 2012Columbia, South Carolina[58]
Van T. Barfoot.jpgVan T. BarfootArmyWorld War II01919-06-15June 15, 191902012-03-02March 2, 2012Richmond, Virginia
William Charette.jpgWilliam R. CharetteNavyKorean War01932-03-29March 29, 193202012-03-18March 18, 2012Lakeland, Florida[59]

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