Columbia Heights Pair Earn Medal Of Honor

Columbia Heights Pair Earn Medal Of Honor


WCCO 4 NEWS. THE HIGHEST AWARD IN THE NATION IS THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR. IT’S GIVEN TO THOSE WHO HAVE SHOWN EXTRAORDINARY ACTS OF VALOR WHILE RISKING THEIR OWN LIFE. TWO MONUMENTS UNVEILED TODAY HONOR MEDAL WINNERS FROM COLUMBIA HEIGHTS. ONE IS FOR THE ABOVE AND BEYOND CITIZEN HONORS GIVEN TO MATTHEW MILLER. MILLER HELPED SAVE PEOPLE DURING THE 35W BRIDGE COLLAPSE. THE OTHER HONORS 19-YEAR-OLD MARINE JAMES LaBELLE WHO LOST HIS LIFE IN WORLD WAR II AT IWO JIMA. SUDDENLY A HOSTILE GRENADE LANDED BEYOND REACH, QUICKLY ESTIMATING THE SITUATION HE DETERMINED TO SAVE THE OTHERS IF POSSIBLE, SHOUTED A WARNING AND INSTANTLY DIVED ON A DEADLY MISSILE ABSORBING THE EXPLODING CHARGE IN HIS OWN BODY AND THEREBY PROTECTING HIS COMRADES FROM SERIOUS INJURY. THE CEREMONY IS PART OF THE NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR CONVENTION THAT’S BEING HELD HERE THIS WEEK. FEWER THAN 3500 AMERICANS HAVE EARNED THE MEDAL OF HONOR AND

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