HEROES: Medals for Americans

The U.S. had many heroes last week. Some of them would never grow older than their framed photographs back home on the mantel, or the piano. Many of them were still alive: they jolted on east and north out of France, bewhiskered and dirty, hardly aware of fame, but sighing with fatigue. Some were in hospitals. A few were whole and at home.

Last week the President awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for heroism, to six of them. Two of the heroes, both marines, were dead. Their mothers...

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