The story of the Medal of Honor - the highest U.S. award for valor in combat - is told through personal accounts of bravery and daring.

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Written by C. Francis Reisner, Benny Davis, and Billy Baskette
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Amazing and inspiring....
17 October 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I loved this documentary. It was very inspiring, touching and even occasionally funny. However, I did not give it a 10 for one reason--the stories were just too rushed and the film tried to cover way too much. This actually would make for a great mini-series or series--with each episode covering perhaps a couple stories of these heroes.

The film first covers the history of the Congressional Medal of Honor. It began during the Civil War and was often given out a bit too freely--its standards were subsequently tightened up significantly--making the award far more special and prestigious. And, it works its way all the way up to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The bulk of "Medal of Honor" was devoted to individual stories of bravery--each taking about five minutes to tell. What struck me by all these men was how incredibly humble they all were--and how they hated words like 'hero'. Instead, they simply did what needed to be done, as they see it. This was very touching. I also laughed at the one guy as his story about the Pearly Harbor attack and his reaction was surprising. He said that he was NOT scared that day--just very, very angry--as he propped a machine gun and shot at Japanese planes despite being filled with shrapnel. All in all, he and the other men are quite touching and I'd love to see some sort of followup to this--especially covering the recent Medal of Honor recipients who have actually survived to receive this distinction.


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