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Which movie or mini-series depicting the courageous action that led to the awarding of a Medal of Honor or its equivalents is most heroic story?

Medal of Honor Day is celebrated each year on March 25th.

Billy Mitchell and Chuck Yeager movies have been included due to their medal award by an act of Congress and the medal's equivalent status. As well as, the ambiguity with and the similarity to other Medal of Honor pioneering peacetime awards of Floyd Bennett, Robert E. Byrd Jr, Adolphus W. Greely and Charles Lindbergh. MoH citation recaps provided for informational purposes. Source: cmohs.org

See the partial list of true story Medal of Honor movies here: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls064027222/

Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/X2a-lddqUbs/
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National Medal of Honor Day is March 25th.

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 ArmstrongAlan Shepard, John Glenn and Virgil 'Gus' Grissom have been included.
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Real-Life MoH equivalent* recipient: Neil Armstrong as played by Ryan Gosling in First Man * Congressional Space Medal of Honor

He received the Medal for his exceptionally meritorious efforts and contributions to the welfare of the Nation and mankind, as commander of Apollo 11. Armstrong piloted the landing module to the first lunar landing and was first man to walk on the Moon.Awards equivalent to the Medal of Honor have been included to ensure a uniform standard of inclusion. Nearly identical achievements received equivalent awards during different eras as Medal of Honor awards for pioneering peacetime achievements. Therefore, other special congressional awards and those of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor have also been included in the answer options.
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 Real-Life MoH recipient: Desmond Doss as played by Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge

He received the Medal for refusing to seek cover and remain in a fire-swept area with the many stricken soldiers. He carried all 75 casualties one-by-one to the edge of the Hacksaw Ridge escarpment and lowered them on a litter down the face of a cliff to friendly hands. 
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I like the bravery story, in particular. I am surprised it took them fifty years to make a movie about it. It seems to be perfect for the big screen.
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These are two of the all-star True Story Medal of Honor Action Movies on tap for 2018.

First Man
possible #25. First Man (2018)

Biography, Drama, History | Filming

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Claire Foy, Ryan Gosling, Jon Bernthal, Pablo Schreiber

The Last Full Measure
possible #26. The Last Full Measure (2018)

Drama, War | Post-production

34-years after his death, Airman William H. Pitsenbarger Jr. ("Pits") is awarded the nations highest military honor for his actions on the battlefield.

Director: Todd Robinson | Stars: Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Christopher Plummer, Bradley Whitford

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"Roadside Attractions Takes 'The Last Full Measure' Starring Sebastian
Roadside Attractions acquired the distribution rights to the film in September 2018, with an early 2019 release date eyed.

UPDATE: It is scheduled to be released on October 25, 2019, by Roadside Attractions.
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Medal of Honor Day is celebrated each year on March 25th.

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Bat*21 (1988)
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Congressional Medal of Honor

During the Vietnam War, Colonel Hambleton's aircraft is shot down over enemy territory and a frantic rescue operation ensues. For their heroic actions in rescuing Hambleton behind front lines, Lt. Thomas R. Norris was recommended for and received the Medal of Honor, Norris readily supported the nomination of Petty Officer Third Class Nguyen Van Kiet for the Navy Cross, the highest award that the navy can give to a foreign national.Nguyen was the only South Vietnamese Naval member awarded the Navy Cross during the Vietnam War

John Van Etten (Nail32) received the Distinguished Flying Cross for his part in this rescue. Hambleton received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (United States) and a Purple Heart for his actions during this mission. Hundreds of individuals from dozens of units from the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guardassisted in Hambleton's rescue,and participants in the operation received a total of 234 individual medals.

Honorable mentions ("similar awardee*)
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.

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The Four Chaplains: Sacrifice at Sea (2004 TV Movie)
The Four Chaplains Sacrifice at Sea 2004
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.

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The Finest Hours (2016)
Ben Foster Kyle Gallner Chris Pine and John Magaro in 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.


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Challenger (1990 TV Movie) and The Challenger Disaster (2013 TV Movie) Congressional Space Medal of Honor

Disastrous final mission of the Space Shuttle Challenger mission to carry out several lessons from space and observe Halley's Comet. A structural failure during its ascent phase 73 seconds after launch on January 28 from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39 killed all seven crew members – Commander Dick Scobee, Pilot Michael J. Smith, Mission Specialists Ellison S. Onizuka, Judith A. Resnik and Ronald E. McNair, and Payload Specialists Gregory Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe—and destroyed the orbiter. The Rogers Commission determined that the cause of the destruction was due to the failure of an O-ring seal on the starboard Solid Rocket Booster (SRB).The entire crew was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
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Real-Life Medal of Honor Action Stories

simplified poll by removing MoH citations from poll list, but archiving them in discussion thread below

 Hacksaw Ridge (2016) Real-Life MoH recipient: Desmond Doss as played by Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
He received the Medal for refusing to seek cover and remain in a fire-swept area with the many stricken soldiers. He carried all 75 casualties one-by-one to the edge of the Hacksaw Ridge escarpment and lowered them on a litter down the face of a cliff to friendly hands.

Sergeant York (1941) Real-Life MoH recipient: Sgt. Alvin York as played by Gary Cooper in Sergeant York (1941)
He received the Medal for actions on Oct. 8, 1918, in which he attacked a German machine gun nest by himself. He and his small squad were credited with taking 32 machine guns, killing 28 German soldiers and capturing 132 others during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France.

Black Hawk Down (2001) Real-Life MoH recipients: Master Sgt Gary Gordon and Randy Shughart as played by Johnny Strong and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Black Hawk Down (2001)
They received the Medal for unhesitatingly volunteering to be inserted into a Somalian battlefield hot-spot to protect a critically wounded downed crew of four. The sniper team fought their way to the crash site of the helicopter. Once there, they pulled the crew members from the aircraft and maintained a protective perimeter. Both snipers placed themselves in exposed positions to protect the crew, killing upwards of 50 Somalian combatants. Eventually, they were fatally wounded when they ran out of ammunition and couldn't keep the enemy at bay.

We Were Soldiers (2002) Fictitious MoH recipient: Maj. Bruce 'Snake' Crandall as played by Greg Kinnear in We Were Soldiers (2002)
He received the Medal for voluntarily flying 22 missions under intense enemy fire. He retired from the battlefield only after all possible service had been rendered to the Infantry during the Battle of Ia Drang. His actions provided much needed ammunition and evacuation of the wounded during a critical period in the battle.

Lone Survivor (2013) Real-Life MoH recipient: Michael Murphy as played by Taylor Kitsch in Lone Survivor (2013)
He received the Medal for leadership of a Navy SEAL team assigned to locate a high-level anti-coalition militia leader in Afghanistan. Murphy placed himself in mortal danger to successfully achieve radio contact with headquarters and get assistance for his team. As a result, he sacrificed himself to save his men by placing himself in an exposed position to make radio contact.

To Hell and Back (1955)Real-Life MoH recipient: Audie Murphy as played by Audie Murphy in To Hell and Back (1955)
He received the Medal for leadership and bravery. Murphy remained alone at his post, after ordering his men to retreat to positions in the woods. He stood atop a flaming tank destroyer during the Battle of Holtzwihr for over an hour. Murphy manned a .50 caliber machine gun, killing or wounding fifty Germans from an advancing tank column and foot soldiers. While under a barrage of enemy fire aimed directly at his position, he directed artillery fire via field radio. Despite being wounded several times, Murphy beat back the enemy advance and turned the tide of the battle.

The Pacific (2010) Real-Life MoH recipient: Sgt. John Basilone as played by Jon Seda in The Pacific (2010)
He received the Medal for heroism and conspicuous gallantry on 24 and 25 October 1942 in the Solomon Islands. Basilone fought valiantly and repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire. He replaced, repaired, re-supplied and personally manned the machine guns positions he commanded. Thereby, resulting in the virtual annihilation of a Japanese regiment in the Guadalcanal Campaign.

 Rough Riders (1997– ) Real-Life MoH recipient: Theodore Roosevelt as played by Tom Berenger in Rough Riders (1997)
He received the Medal for acts of bravery on 1 July, 1898 at Santiago, Cuba. Lieutenant Colonel Roosevelt, in total disregard for his personal safety led a desperate and gallant charge up San Juan Hill with only five other men in the forefront. His leadership and valor rallied his forces and quickly turned the tide in the Battle for San Juan Hill.

The Lost Battalion (2001 TV Movie) Real-Life MoH recipient: Maj. Charles White Whittlesey as played by Ricky Schroder in The Lost Battalion (2001)He received the Medal for his leadership of the "Lost Battalion" during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Major Whittlesey, outright refused a written proposition to surrender in the face of superior numbers of the enemy. His battalion at the time was out of rations, suffered battalion losses of 50 percent of his men (killed or wounded) and was completely surrounded by the enemy.

Gettysburg
(1993) Real-Life MoH recipient: Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain as played by Jeff Daniels in Gettysburg (1993)
He received the Medal for daring heroism and great tenacity in holding his position on the Little Round Top. He repulsed repeated assaults and carried the advance position on the Great Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg.

The Longest Day (1962) Real-Life MoH recipient: Brig. Gen. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. as played by Henry Fonda in The Longest Day (1962)
He received the Medal for leadership at the risk of his life in landing with the first wave of the forces assaulting Utah beach. His presence at the very front of the attack, coupled with his complete unconcern for being under heavy fire, both inspired the troops to heights of enthusiasm and self-sacrifice. Gen. Roosevelt contributed substantially to the successful establishment of a beachhead in enemy-held France on D-Day.

Glory (1989) Real-Life MoH recipient: William Carney as played by loosely-based, composite characters in Glory (1989)
He received the Medal for his courage in saving the 54th Massachusetts American flag from falling and planting it on the fort's parapet during the Second Battle of Fort Wagner. When the troops fell back, Carney retrieved the flag under fierce fire, despite being severely wounded. *Carney's Medal of Honor act is depicted in film's final scene by two actors and some artistic license is taken with the facts.

Captain Eddie
(1945) Real-Life MoH recipient: Capt. Edward Rickenbacker as played by Fred MacMurray in Captain Eddie (1945)
He received the Medal for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. Lt. Rickenbacker, while on voluntary patrol, spotted seven enemy planes, five Fokkers and two Halberstadts. Disregarding the odds against him, he dived on them and shot down two enemy planes.

In Love and War (1987 TV Movie) Real-Life MoH recipient: Adm. James Stockdale as played by James Woods in In Love and War (1987)
He received the Medal for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Stockdale was singled out by his captors as the leader responsible for the P.O.W.'s resistance to interrogation and refusal to participate in propaganda exploitation. Sensing a coming renewed effort of the part of his captors, Stockdale resolved to make himself a symbol of resistance. He deliberately self-inflicted a near-mortal wound to demonstrate to his captors of his willingness to give up his life, rather than capitulate. The North Vietnamese were left convinced of his indomitable spirit and the futility of their efforts. As a result, the captors use of excessive harassment and torture toward all of the P.O.W.s abated.
 
Buffalo Bill (1944) Real-Life MoH recipient: Buffalo Bill Cody as played by Joel McCrea in Buffalo Bill (1944)
He received the Medal for "gallantry in action" while serving as a civilian scout for the 3rd Cavalry Regiment in Platte River, Nebraska. Cody's medal was later rescinded, due to his status as a civilian scout in the employ of the U.S. Army, but restored at a later date. 

The Great Locomotive Chase (1956) Real-Life MoH recipients: Andrews' Raiders*
Andrews' Raid volunteers received the Medal for commandeering a Confederate locomotive, The General. Northward bound, they cut telegraph lines and inflicted damage on the railroad line from Atlanta to Chattanooga. Many raiders were captured and/or executed as spies. * Some raiders including the leaders did not receive the Medal due to their civilian status.Confederate version: Buster Keaton's The General (1926)

The General (1926) Real-Life MoH recipients: Andrews' Raiders*
Andrews' Raid volunteers received the Medal for commandeering a Confederate locomotive, The General. Northward bound, they cut telegraph lines and inflicted damage on the railroad line from Atlanta to Chattanooga. Many raiders were captured and/or executed as spies. * Some raiders including the leaders did not receive the Medal due to their civilian status.Union version: Walt Disney's The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)
 
 Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944) Real-Life MoH recipient: Lt. Col. James Doolittle as played by Spencer Tracy in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo
He received the Medal for leadership involving personal valor and intrepidity at an extreme hazard to life in a highly destructive raid carrier launched bomber raid on the Japanese mainland.

Pearl Harbor (2001)Real-Life MoH recipient: Lt. Col. James Doolittle as played by Alec Baldwin in Pearl Harbor (2001)
He received the Medal for leadership involving personal valor and intrepidity at an extreme hazard to life in a highly destructive raid carrier launched bomber raid on the Japanese mainland.

The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) Real-Life MoH recipient: Charles Lindbergh as played by James Stewart in The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
He received the Medal for heroic courage and skill as a navigator, at the risk of his life, during his nonstop flight in his airplane, the "Spirit of St. Louis," from New York City to Paris, France, 20-21 May 1927. Congress awarded Lindbergh the Medal of Honor on December 14, 1927, despite the fact that it was almost always awarded for heroism in combat.

MacArthur (1977) Real-Life MoH recipient: General Douglas MacArthur as played by Gregory Peck in MacArthur (1977)
He received the Medal for leadership and defense of the Philippine Islands against a tremendously superior enemy force in men and arms. MacArthur was noted for his utter disregard of personal danger under heavy fire and aerial bombardment and his calm judgment in each crisis. MacArthur's leadership inspired his troops, galvanized the spirit of resistance of the Filipino people and confirmed the faith of the American people in the ability to win the war.

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
He received the Medal for outstanding pioneer service and foresight in the field of American military aviation. Although, his medal was conferred by an act of Congress, there is some debate as to which medal he was awarded: the Medal of Honor or a Congressional Gold Medal. However, the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1978 report lists him as a Medal of Honor recipient.

The Right Stuff (1983) Real-Life MoH* recipients: Chuck Yeager, Alan Shepard, John Glenn and Gus Grissom as played by Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris and Fred Ward in The Right Stuff (1983) * Congressional Space Medal of Honor
Yeager received a silver medal "equivalent to a noncombat Medal of Honor" for piloting the XS-1 research airplane faster than the speed of sound on October 14, 1947. Shepard received a Space Medal of Honor as the first American in space. Glenn received a Space Medal of Honor as the first American in orbit and for heroic actions during re-entry. Grissom received a Space Medal of Honor as the second American in space (Mercury), the first Gemini commander and for heroic actions during the Apollo 1 capsule fire.
 
 Apollo 13 (I) (1995) Real-Life MoH* recipient: Jim Lovell as played by Tom Hanks in Apollo 13 (1995) * Congressional Space Medal of Honor
He received the Medal for meritorious efforts and exceptional contributions to the welfare of the Nation and mankind, as commander of Apollo 13. The space mission en route to the Moon suffered critical failures. The crew was brought back safely to Earth by Lovell's leadership, the efforts of the crew and mission control. 

From the Earth to the Moon (1998) Real-Life MoH* recipients: Neil Armstrong as played by Tony Goldwyn, Frank Borman as played by David Andrews in From the Earth to the Moon (1998), Jim Lovell as played by Tim Daly, Roger B.Chaffe as played by Ben Marley, John Young as played by John Posey, Gus Grissom as played by Mark Rolston, Ed White as played Chris Isaak and Alan Shepard as played by Ted Levine in From the Earth to the Moon (1998) * Congressional Space Medal of Honor They received the Medal for meritorious efforts and exceptional contributions to the welfare of the Nation and mankind. Specifically, scientific discoveries, actions of tremendous benefit to mankind, extreme bravery during a space emergency or in preventing a major space disaster, sometimes at the cost of their lives.

The Challenger Disaster (2013 TV Movie) Real-Life MoH* recipients: Challenger Space Shuttle crew recipients: Francis R. Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Gregory Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe * Congressional Space Medal of Honor They received the Medal for meritorious efforts and exceptional contributions to the welfare of the Nation and mankind. Specifically, scientific discoveries, actions of tremendous benefit to mankind, extreme bravery during a space emergency or in preventing a major space disaster, sometimes at the cost of their lives.

 The Finest Hours (2016) Real-Life MoH* recipients: Coast Guard motor lifeboat CG 36500 crew recipients: Bernard C. Webber, Andrew Fitzgerald, Richard Livesey, and Ervin Maske as played by Chris Pine, Kyle Gallner, Ben Foster and John Magaro * Congressional Coast Guard Gold Lifesaving Medal
Boatswain's Mate First Class Bernard C. Webber, coxswain of Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat CG 36500 from Station Chatham, and his crew, consisting of Engineman Third Class Andrew Fitzgerald, Seaman Richard Livesey, and Seaman Ervin Maske, rescued the crew from Pendleton's stern section, with Pendleton broken in half. Webber maneuvered the 36-footer under Pendleton's stern with expert skill as the tanker's crew, trapped in the stern section, abandoned the remains of their ship on a Jacob's ladder. One by one, the men jumped into the water and then were pulled into the lifeboat. Webber and his crew saved 32 of the 41 Pendleton crewmen. Webber, Fitzgerald, Livesey, and Maske were awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal for their heroic actions.

The Four Chaplains: Sacrifice at Sea (2004 TV Movie) Real-Life MoH* recipients: Dorchester Troop transport chaplain recipients: George L. Fox, Alexander D. Goode, Clark V. Poling, and John P. Washington * Congressional Four Chaplains' Medal
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. The last anyone saw of the four chaplains, they were standing on the deck, arms linked and praying together.

First Man (2018)Real-Life MoH* recipients: Neil Armstrong as played by Ryan Gosling * Congressional Space Medal of Honor
He was the first man to walk on the Moon and first to receive the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
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I'm not sure why you called the character from We Were Soldiers "fictitious". He appears to be quite real:

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Real-Life MoH recipient: Maj. Bruce 'Snake' Crandall as played by Greg Kinnear in We Were Soldiers (2002)

Thanks, nice catch, Corrected, it was a cut-n-paste error from two related polls on fictitious and real-life depictions. His inclusion on list is correct, as everyone listed is a real person, everyone received the Congressional Medal of Honor or an equivalent award for real-life heroics. All had their real-life stories later told in a movie or mini-series.
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National Medal of Honor Day is March 25th and Memorial Day is May 27th in 2019.
A perfect poll for either date, given that most of these movies are about soldiers who died or put their life at risk in combat heroically. Most of these movies depict them risking or giving their life for a cause or to save the lives of others.
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