Category Archives: Soldier Spotlight

Soldier Spotlight: Master Sergeant Mike C. Pena

Biography Medal of Honor nominee Michael C. Pena was born in Newgulf, Texas, November 1924. He joined the U. S. Army as an infantryman in 1941, when he was 16-years-old. He fought in both World War II and the Korean War. Pena is being recognized for his actions on the evening of Sept. 4, 1950,… Continue Reading

Soldier Spotlight: Sergeant Alfred B. Nietzel

Biography Medal of Honor nominee Alfred B. Nietzel was born, April 27, 1921, in Queens, N.Y. He joined the U.S. Army, Oct. 5, 1940. Nietzel is being recognized for his valorous actions in Heistern, Germany, Nov. 18, 1944. When an enemy assault threatened to overrun his unit’s position, Nietzel selflessly covered for the retreating members… Continue Reading

Soldier Spotlight: Master Sergeant Juan E. Negron

Biography Medal of Honor nominee Juan E. Negron was born in Corozal, Puerto Rico. He entered the U.S. Army in March 1948. Then-Sgt. Juan E. Negron distinguished himself on April 28, 1951, for actions near Kalma-Eri, Korea. Negron held the most vulnerable position on his company’s exposed right flank after an enemy force had overrun… Continue Reading

Soldier Spotlight: Sergeant First Class Melvin Morris

Biography Medal of Honor nominee Melvin Morris was born in Okmulgee, Okla., Jan. 7, 1942. Morris entered the Oklahoma Army National Guard in 1959 and later requested to join the active Army. He became one of the first Soldiers to don the ‘green beret’ at the command of President John F. Kennedy, Fort Bragg, N.C.,… Continue Reading

Soldier Spotlight: Master Sergeant Manuel V. Mendoza

Biography Medal of Honor nominee Manuel Mendoza, was born in Miami, Ariz., June 15, 1922. Mendoza entered the U.S. Army at Fort MacArthur, Calif., November 1942. He served in both WWII and Korea. Then-Staff Sgt. Manuel Mendoza is being recognized for his actions on Oct. 4, 1944, in Mt. Battaglia, Italy, where he is credited… Continue Reading

Soldier Spotlight: Staff Sergeant William F. Leonard

Biography Medal of Honor nominee William F. Leonard hailed from Lockport, N.J., and was born Aug. 9, 1913. Then-Pfc. William F. Leonard is being recognized for his valorous actions while serving as a squad leader with Company C, 30th Infantry, on Nov. 7, 1944, near St. Die, France. Leonard’s platoon was reduced to eight men… Continue Reading

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