Valor Friday

| May 17, 2024

Earlier this week, Ed directed our attention to the valorous actions of Staff Sergeant Brett Meil (USMC). If he’d done what he did in combat, he’d more than likely be given a Medal of Honor. As I’ve discussed before, that’s about the only surefire way to get one, but your odds of living to receive the award are decidedly slim.

In the 21st Century conflicts, 28 Medals of Honor have been awarded. For actions in Iraq, seven have been earned. A full three were for jumping on grenades and one was for using his body to stop the modern radical Islamic tactic of a suicide vest. All of these awards were posthumous. For the longer War in Afghanistan, two of the 20 awards from that conflict were for wrestling a live enemy grenade and one was for fighting with a suicide vest wearing terrorist. Interestingly, all three awards were to living recipients.

Here are some others I’ve written about previously;

I sure hope the Navy Department does the right thing and gives SSgt Meil an appropriate award. The Navy and Marine Corps Medal (equivalent of a Soldier’s or Airman’s Medal) is about the only option. In the British (and Commonwealth countries modeled on them) Honours system, they have a higher ranked award. Where the Navy and Marine Corps Medal is the non-combat equivalent of a Navy Cross, the British George Cross is the non-combat equivalent of the Victoria Cross (the highest honor in Britain). The George Cross ranks with, but just below the Victoria Cross. Since the start of World War II, 181 men have received 182 VCs, 416 GCs were awarded (most to civilians for heroism during The Blitz). I think we need something analogous to the MoH, but for non-combat bravery. We’ve got awards for everything else under the sun. If you’re in the Air Force and you deploy to the sandbox, you’ll come out looking like Zhukov.

Category: Historical, Valor

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Old tanker

I think he is certainly deserving of recognition.

Green Thumb

I saw a guy once get drunk and piss on a fire that broke out in a trash can on post after some clown dropped an un-stubbed cigarette butt (I presume) in it.

He got an ARCOM for quick thinking.

No shit.

Prior Service

I was talking to my mom on a pay phone in the ATL airport on my way home from Benning after airborne school back in 1986. Guy walks by and tosses a lit cigarette in the trash can. A few minutes later the whole thing is smoking so I calmly pour my big gulp sized drink in the trash can. Smoke turns to steam. Having saved the airport and everybody in it, I calmly continue to talk to my mom. I get nothing for my trouble but an attempted scam by the guy who shined my boots at the shoe shine stand.


Zhukov? How ’bout Admiral Gorshkov?


People that do “War Hero” stuff should get, at the very least, War Hero recognition.


Having a non-combat MOH equivalent would be nice. I’ve known a few recipients of the Soldier’s Medal. Looking it up, it seems to be the equivalent of the DFC, though if awarded for an act that would merit the DSC in combat, an extra 10% is added to a Soldier’s retirement: Soldier’s Medal – Wikipedia.

Herbert J Messkit

I believe there were some naval non combat MoH in the early 1900s for saving a ship after a boiler or engine explosion


BG Bud Anderson would make a article.

USMC Steve

It won’t be the Navy Department who does it. SceNav does not even get involved as a rule unless it is a Navy Cross equivalent. The Marine Corps will, and they have a longstanding tradition of downgrading or minimalizing awards to enlisted dogs, in favor of officers. Not universal but very frequent.