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Hispanic American Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients Staff Sgt. Ysmael R. Villegas Riverside, California, South Pacific WW II In 1997 the Marine Corps honored the nation's 39 Latino Medal of Honor recipients, 13 of whom were Marines. No ethnic group in the United States has been awarded more Medals of Honor per capita, according to a Marine statement at the the time. "The sacrifice and contributions of Mexican Americans in wartime are…

Lieutenant Michael E. Thornton; Native American. Michael Thornton was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on October 15, 1973. He is the first person in more than a century to receive that honor for saving the life of another Medal of Honor recipient.


President Calvin Coolidge bestowing the Medal of Honor upon Henry Breault March 8 1924.


Private First Class Ralph E. Dias, US Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Que Son Mountains, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam November 12, 1969.