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Runningart2004
RE: Wow: Flo Groberg - Our Runner of the Month Last August - To Receive Medal of Honor (Nation's Highest Miliary Honor)

Humdinger wrote:

He didn't jump on top- he stood next to him after throwing him down, which is why the injuries were to his leg, not to his torso or head.

Not doubting the basic valor, but this just seems like protocol for a bodyguard of any sort. Look up MOHs from other campaigns and you will see much more remarkable feats-truly "above and beyond". Maybe now just doing your job and saving lives is enough now, in the current PR climate.

[quote]Runningart2004 wrote:

Lookup the definition of valor. The Army doesn't really want martyrs.

He put himself in harms way throwing himself on top of a suicide bomber...similar to throwing yourself onto a grenade. That is not a common protocol.

Alan
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Like all awards, it's a judgement call. Anyone can recommend anyone else for an award.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2002-title32-vol3/html/CFR-2002-title32-vol3-sec578-4.htm
"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.""

There are a number of awards for valor.....MOH, Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Cross. You can also be awarded the Bronze Star or Army Commendation Medal with "V" device for acts of valor.

You could, using a conservative interpretation, say that the majority of awardees of these medals were just performing their duty. Most of them would also likely agree with you. Soldiers who perform acts of valor aren't chasing awards, they are trying to save lives or defeat the enemy.

Alan

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