Which movie or television character portrayal of a real-life Medal of Honor recipient or a similar awardee* is most worthy of commendation?
* Congressional Medal of Honors for Space, Aviation and Exploration achievements
* Billy Mitchell and Chuck Yeager medals have been included due to their medal award by an act of Congress, the medal's equivalent status and the similarity to other pioneering peacetime Medal of Honor awards of Floyd Bennett, Robert E. Byrd Jr., Adolphus W. Greely and Charles Lindbergh.
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Damian Lewis as Dick Winters in Band of Brothers
Robert Conrad as Gregory Boyington in Baa Baa Black Sheep/The Black Sheep Squadron
James Woods as James Stockdale in Hanoi Hilton
Fred MacMurray as Eddie Rickenbacker in Captain Eddie
Benjamin Bratt as Henry Mucci in The Great Raid
In addition to Floyd Bennett, Richard E. Byrd, Jr., Adolphus W. Greely and Charles Lindbergh Medal of Honor awards. Col. Billy Mitchell and Chuck Yeager, both received medals for achievements on par with those four Medal of Honor recipients. They have been included due to their medal award by an act of Congress and stated medal's equivalent status and ambiguity of award. Likewise, Congressional Space Medal of Honors for Jim Lovell, Neil Armstrong, Alan Shepard, John Glenn and Virgil 'Gus' Grissom have been included.
These are two of the all-star True Story Medal of Honor portrayals on tap for 2018.
Jeremy Irvine in
The Last Full Measure
as Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient, William Pitsenbarger.
I mention these titles since the Medal of Honor at one time was awarded for non-wartime life-saving acts and special accomplishments deemed worthy. These awards for acts similar to ones that have received the Medal of Honor or were awarded for similar by special acts of Congress.
The Four Chaplains: Sacrifice at Sea (2004 TV Movie)
Four Chaplains' Medal
The four chaplains were lieutenants in the United States Army: Rev. George L. Fox (Methodist), Rabbi Alexander D. Goode (Jewish), Rev. Clark V. Poling (Reformed Church in America) and Fr. John P. Washington (Roman Catholic). In late 1942, the chaplains were transferred to Camp Myles Standish in Taunton, Massachusetts, and attended Chaplains School at Harvard University. In January 1943, the chaplains embarked on board the SS Dorchester, which was transporting over 900 soldiers to the United Kingdom via Greenland.On February 2, 1943, the German submarine U-223 spotted the convoy on the move and closed with the ships, firing a torpedo which struck the Dorchester shortly after midnight. Hundreds of men packed the decks of the rapidly sinking ship and scrambled for the lifeboats. Several of the lifeboats had been damaged and the four chaplains began to organize frightened soldiers. They distributed life jackets from a locker; when the supply of life jackets ran out, each of the chaplains gave theirs to other soldiers. When the last lifeboats were away, the chaplains prayed with those unable to escape the sinking ship. Twenty-seven minutes after the torpedo struck, the Dorchester disappeared below the waves with 672 men still aboard.
In 1957, The American Legion, at their 39th National Convention in Atlantic City, passed a resolution asking Congress to award the Medal of Honor to the Four Chaplains however, criteria for the Medal of Honor included "combat with the enemy." The special medal — intended to have the same weight and importance as the Medal of Honor was approved by the Senate in 1958,and by the House in 1960.
The Finest Hours (2016)
Gold Lifesaving Medal
The rescue of the survivors of the shipwrecked Pendleton is considered one of the most daring rescues of the United States Coast Guard. All four crew of CG-36500 were awarded the Coast Guard's Gold Lifesaving Medal (rather than just the captain, the typical treatment). Coxswain Bernard C. Webber, EN3 Andrew Fitzgerald; SN Richard Livesey; and SN Irving Maske, U.S. Coast Guard, stationed at Coast Guard life boat station Chatham, Massachusetts, for the rescue of 32 crewmen of the T2 tanker SS Pendleton on February 18, 1952. This rescue is depicted in the 2016 movie The Finest Hours.
May I suggest one small edit to the intro: (just a colon or semi-colon, instead of a comma, after "club".)
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.
Real-Life Medal of Honor Character Portrayals
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