HEROES: 28 More

One day last week President Truman awarded Congressional Medals of Honor to 28 soldiers in the East Room of the White House. It was the biggest ceremony of its kind since World War II began. As each man stepped up, or was wheeled up, Harry Truman said: "I'm proud to place this medal on you, son."

The number of World War II Medal of Honor winners now stood at 272 (Army 197, Marines 41, Navy 33, Coast Guard 1). This was more than twice the number given for heroism in World War I. But the highest award was still hard...

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