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Thomas Norris and Michael Thornton, Oct. 15, 1973, the day Thornton received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Thomas Norris and Michael Thornton, Oct. 15, 1973, the day Thornton received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Michael E Thornton, Navy Seal, who was the only man to be awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing another eventual Medal of Honor recipient, Thomas Norris. Also an original founding member of Seal Team 6.

Michael E Thornton, Navy Seal, who was the only man to be awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing another eventual Medal of Honor recipient, Thomas Norris. Also an original founding member of Seal Team 6.

Navy SEAL Medal of Honor Recipient Mike Thornton~ SEAL Thomas Norris (MOH recipient) was shot in the face and believed dead. Thornton ran into a hail of enemy fire to retrieve Norris’ body, and found him badly wounded and unconscious, but alive. He dragged Norris to the beach, inflated his life vest, and swam both Norris and a wounded South Vietnamese commando seaward for two hours before they were rescued.

Navy SEAL Medal of Honor Recipient Mike Thornton~ SEAL Thomas Norris (MOH recipient) was shot in the face and believed dead. Thornton ran into a hail of enemy fire to retrieve Norris’ body, and found him badly wounded and unconscious, but alive. He dragged Norris to the beach, inflated his life vest, and swam both Norris and a wounded South Vietnamese commando seaward for two hours before they were rescued.

Mike Thornton – Thornton received the Medal of Honor for his service during the Vietnam War. On Oct. 31, 1972, Lieutenant Thornton was part of a five-man Navy SEAL patrol that was gathering intelligence near the Cua Viet River Base. However, they had been dropped in the wrong place – inside North Vietnam.

Mike Thornton – Thornton received the Medal of Honor for his service during the Vietnam War. On Oct. 31, 1972, Lieutenant Thornton was part of a five-man Navy SEAL patrol that was gathering intelligence near the Cua Viet River Base. However, they had been dropped in the wrong place – inside North Vietnam.

Sergeant Alvin C. York was the most decorated soldier of World War I and who also received the medal of honor.

Sergeant Alvin C. York was the most decorated soldier of World War I and who also received the medal of honor.

17 Color-Added Photos: Private Francis Brownell, received the first Medal of Honor awarded during the American Civil War

These 17 Historic Photos With Colour Added Are Incredible

17 Color-Added Photos: Private Francis Brownell, received the first Medal of Honor awarded during the American Civil War

Calvin Coolidge presents Charles Lindbergh the Congressional Medal of Honor for his first trans-Atlantic flight.

Calvin Coolidge presents Charles Lindbergh the Congressional Medal of Honor for his first trans-Atlantic flight.

A Medal of Honor recipient talks to the crowd at the annual convention of the Medal of Honor Society on Sept. 19, 2013. (C.J. Lin/Stars and Stripes)

A Medal of Honor recipient talks to the crowd at the annual convention of the Medal of Honor Society on Sept. 19, 2013. (C.J. Lin/Stars and Stripes)

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