Ordinary Americans Are

Extraordinary

Every day in this country, ordinary Americans become extraordinary. It can happen in a single instance of bravery - or through service to others. These acts of courage and self-sacrifice symbolize the American spirit; and are recognized every year on National Medal of Honor Day by our nation's greatest heroes.

Each year a nationwide search is organized by The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, which selects four United States citizens and one organization to receive the Citizen Honors awards. The honorees receive this award from a group of Americans whose actions have defined the words courage and selfless service — the living members of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. These brave Americans have received the Medal of Honor for their acts of valor performed during wartime.

2017 Nominations Are Open

Do you know a fellow citizen who has performed a singular act of extraordinary heroism or continued commitment to putting others first? Nominate them for the 2017 Congressional Medal of Honor Society Citizen Honors.

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Chris Mintz

Single Act of Heroism

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Chris Mintz

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Single Act of Heroism

Year

2016

State

Roseburg, Oregon

Chris Mintz of Roseburg, Ore., was selected for his courageous act on October 1, 2015 when he confronted a shooter on the campus of Umpqua Community College, preventing further loss of life. Mintz, an army veteran, was shot 7 times and continues to recover from his wounds.

Eileen Hadbavny

Service Act

Eileen Hadbavny

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Service Act

Year

2016

State

Charleston, South Carolina

Lt Col Eileen Hadbavny, USAF (Ret) of Charleston, S.C., was selected for her lifetime of selfless service in support of veterans through her volunteer work with the Red Cross, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. Hadbavny served as an Air Force Reserve flight nurse for 28 years.

James Vernon

Single Act of Heroism

James Vernon

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Single Act of Heroism

Year

2016

State

Morton, Illinois

James Vernon of Morton, Ill., was selected for his courageous act on October 13, 2015 when he subdued a would-be attacker who threatened to kill 20 middle school students and their parents participating in an after-school chess club meeting at the public library. While all of the children were unharmed, Vernon was injured in the attack.

Myles Eckert

Young Hero Award

Myles Eckert

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Young Hero Award

Year

2016

State

Toldeo, Ohio

Myles Eckert of Toledo, Ohio, was selected for his volunteer philanthropic work on behalf of Gold Star children. While visiting a Cracker Barrel restaurant with his family, Eckert found $20 in the parking lot. During breakfast, he saw a soldier and his family enter the restaurant and told his mother that the soldier reminded him of his father, who was killed in combat in Iraq weeks after Eckert was born. Eckert paid it forward by giving the $20 to the soldier. After this remarkable story was told nationwide, many people sent Myles $20. But instead of taking any money, the Eckerts directed those donations to various charities that help kids who have lost a parent to war. To date, donations total more than $2,000,000.00.

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United Through Reading

Community Service Hero Award

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United Through Reading

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Community Service Hero Award

Year

2016

State

San Diego, California

United Through Reading (UTR) was selected for its innovative and grassroots response to a critical need in the armed forces community, their exceptional international impact on military families, and demonstrating the impact of one person's courageous transformative vision and actions. Founded 25 years ago by military-spouse Betty Mohlenbrock, UTR offers deployed military service members the opportunity to be video-recorded reading books to their children at home in nearly 200 locations worldwide. An estimated 2 million service member families have participated in the program.

Alton Brieske

Service Act

Alton Brieske

category

Service Act

Year

2015

State

Port St. Lucie, Florida

Alton Brieske of Port St. Lucie, FL for risking his life to rescue a fellow citizen from drowning in a submerged car on December 10, 2014.

Jon Meis

Service Act

Jon Meis

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Service Act

Year

2015

State

Seattle, Washington

Jon Meis of Seattle, WA for subduing an armed assailant at the Seattle Pacific University Campus on June 5, 2014.

Michael Reagan

Service Act

Michael Reagan

category

Service Act

Year

2015

State

Edmonds, Washington

Michael Reagan of Edmonds, WA for founding the "Fallen Heroes Project", a non-profit organization that serves the needs of American's Gold Star families by providing hand-drawn portraits of their combat fallen service members.

Connor Stotts

Single Act of Heroism

Connor Stotts

category

Single Act of Heroism

Year

2014

State

Oceanside, California

Connor Stotts of Oceanside, CA for rescuing three friends in danger of drowning on July 31, 2011.

2016 Citizen Honors Finalists

Single Acts of Heroism

Service Acts

Young Hero Award

Community Service Hero Award

Ashley Aldridge

Auburn,IL

Cesar Garcia

Ronkonkoma, NY

Gary Olson

Jefferson, SD

Joshua Garcia

New York, NY

Kenneth Smith

Chicago, IL

Mary Olson

Jefferson, SD

Michael Frawley

Ronkonkoma, NY

Neil Burkhardt

Portland, OR

Peter Gold

New Orleans, LA

Ryan Hollinger

Harrisburg, SD

Shelby Olson

Jefferson, SD

Chief George B. Dodge Sr.

Pensacola, FL

Col. Jack Howell USMC (retired)

Palm Coast, FL

Dr. O.K. Lance Armstrong III

Cocoa Beach, FL

Jan Craig Scruggs

Annapolis, MD

Jennifer Wasylyna

Wesley Chapel, FL

Jude Dennis Fournier

Alburquerque, NM

Misti Stevens

Leavenworth, KS

Rabbi Harold Schulweis (deceased)

Encino, CA

Tracy Brabender

Delmar, NY

 

No finalists for 2016

 

 

No finalists for 2016