Some of the most well-known Medal of Honor recipients include Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha, Sergeant Dakota Meyer and Sergeant Leroy Petry. These Medal of Honor recipients are remarkable because they were able to receive their awards personally instead of posthumously, as is usually the case.
Army Staff Sergeant Romesha received the Congressional Medal of Honor in recognition of his service in Afghanistan. While serving as a section leader, he came under heavy enemy fire. Staff Sergeant Romesha recovered several American casualties and helped three wounded soldiers return to safety during a 12-hour battle involving 300 enemy combatants.
Marine Sergeant Dakota Meyer received the Medal of Honor for his service in Afghanistan, where he served in a transition team as an adviser to the Afghan military. Upon hearing of a unit under attack on the radio, he went against orders to render aid. He saved 36 lives, including American servicemen and Afghan soldiers.
Army Staff Sergeant Leroy Petry received the Medal of Honor for his service in Afghanistan. During a mission to capture a high-level target, Staff Sergeant Petry attempted to return a grenade thrown toward his team. He lost his hand as the grenade exploded while he attempted to throw it.