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Poll: Real-Life Medal of Honor Character Portrayals

These movie and TV characters are members of an exclusive club, all are real-life recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor for Space or a similar award for aviation or exploration achievements. These characters earned their medal for actions in real-life and those stories have been retold on-screen as a compelling Hollywood movie or TV series.

Which movie or television character portrayal of a real-life U.S.A. Medal of Honor recipient or a similar awardee* is most worthy of commendation? * Congressional Medal of Honors for Space, Aviation and Exploration achievements

Take companion poll: Fictional Medal of Honor Movie/Television Portrayals

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    Robin Williams in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Theodore Roosevelt

    as played by Robin Williams in the Night at the Museum (2006) franchise

    as played by Tom Berenger in Rough Riders (1997)

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    Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Desmond Doss

    as played by Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

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    Audie Murphy in To Hell and Back (1955)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Audie Murphy

    as played by Audie Murphy in To Hell and Back (1955)

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    Taylor Kitsch in Lone Survivor (2013)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Michael Murphy

    as played by Taylor Kitsch in Lone Survivor (2013)

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    Gary Cooper during the filming of "Sergeant York" 1941

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Sgt. Alvin York

    as played by Gary Cooper in Sergeant York (1941)

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    James Stewart in The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Charles Lindbergh

    as played by James Stewart in The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

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    Greg Kinnear in We Were Soldiers (2002)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Maj. Bruce 'Snake' Crandall

    as played by Greg Kinnear in We Were Soldiers (2002)

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    Jeff Daniels in Gettysburg (1993)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

    as played by Jeff Daniels in Gettysburg (1993)

    as played by Jeff Daniels in prequel Gods and Generals (2003)

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    Henry Fonda in The Longest Day (1962)

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    Johnny Strong in Black Hawk Down (2001)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Randy Shughart

    as played by Johnny Strong in Black Hawk Down (2001)

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    Richard E. Byrd in With Byrd at the South Pole (1930)

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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Black Hawk Down (2001)

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    Paul Newman in Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson (1976)

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    Jon Seda in The Pacific (2010)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Sgt. John Basilone

    as played by Jon Seda in The Pacific (2010)

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    Spencer Tracy in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

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    Sam Shepard in The Right Stuff (1983)

    Real-Life MoH* recipient: Chuck Yeager

    as played by Sam Shepard in The Right Stuff (1983)

    Congressional silver medal "equivalent to a noncombat Medal of Honor"

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    Gary Cooper in The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)

    Real-Life MoH* recipient: Col. Billy Mitchell

    as played by Gary Cooper in The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)

    * Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1978 report lists him as a Medal of Honor recipient

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    Robert Conrad in Black Sheep Squadron (1976)

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    Ricky Schroder in The Lost Battalion (2001)

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    Gregory Peck in MacArthur (1977)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: General Douglas MacArthur

    as played by Gregory Peck in MacArthur (1977)

    as played by Tommy Lee Jones in Emperor (2012)

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    Tom Hanks in Apollo 13 (1995)

    Real-Life MoH* recipient: Jim Lovell

    as played by Tom Hanks in Apollo 13 (1995)

    * Congressional Space Medal of Honor

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    Fred MacMurray in Captain Eddie (1945)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Capt. Edward Rickenbacker

    as played by Fred MacMurray in Captain Eddie (1945)

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    James Woods in In Love and War (1987)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Adm. James Stockdale

    as played by James Woods in In Love and War (1987)

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    Harry Carey Jr., Eddie Firestone, John Lupton, Don Megowan, Fess Parker, Kenneth Tobey, and Jeff York in The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

    Real-Life MoH recipients: Andrews's Raiders*

    as played by Various in The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

    * Some raiders did not receive the Medal due to their civilian status.

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    Ed Harris in The Right Stuff (1983)

    Real-Life MoH* recipient: John Glenn

    as played by Ed Harris in The Right Stuff (1983)

    * Congressional Space Medal of Honor

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    Fred Ward in The Right Stuff (1983)

    Real-Life MoH* recipient: Gus Grissom

    as played by Fred Ward in The Right Stuff (1983)

    * Congressional Space Medal of Honor

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    Scott Glenn in The Right Stuff (1983)

    Real-Life MoH* recipient: Alan Shepard

    as played by Scott Glenn in The Right Stuff (1983)

    * Congressional Space Medal of Honor

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    Ryan Gosling in First Man (2018)

    Real-Life MoH* recipient: Neil Armstrong

    as played by Ryan Gosling in First Man (2018)

    * Congressional Space Medal of Honor

    added 10 October 2018


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