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Medal of Honor

The story of the Medal of Honor — the highest U.S. award for valor in combat — is told through personal accounts of bravery and daring, dating from its inception in the Civil War through the war in Iraq today. Presented to individuals for "service above and beyond the call of duty," most have been awarded posthumously, yet in this film thirteen living recipients tell their inconceivable stories. Audiences are transported to the battlegrounds of Little Round Top, World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. MEDAL OF HONOR is a film about finding courage and succeeding against overwhelming odds.

Premieres Wednesday, November 5, 9 p.m. ET (check local listings).

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Medal of Honor Recipient Tibor Rubin displays his medal. 2007

Credit: Roger Sherman

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Two-time Medal of Honor recipient Smedley Butler, for service in Veracruz, Mexico and Fort Riviere, Haiti.

Credit: Marine Corps Archive

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Medal of Honor recipient John Finn in World War II. 1942.

Credit: John Finn Personal Collection

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Medal of Honor Recipient John Finn and wife Alice. 1942.

Credit: John Finn Personal Collection

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Medal of Honor recipient Walter Ehlers in World War II.

Credit: Walter Ehlers Personal Collection

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President Harry S. Truman gives Hershel Williams the Medal of Honor. 1945

Credit: Hershel Williams Personal Collection

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World War II. 1942.

Credit: Black Star Publishing

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Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel Williams, for service in WWII.

Credit: Hershel Williams Personal Collection

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Korean War.

Credit: National Archives

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Korean War. 1950.

Credit: National Archives

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Korean War.

Credit: National Archives

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Korean War.

Credit: Korean War National Museum

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Medal of Honor recipient Ron Rosser, for service in Korea.

Credit: Ron Rosser Personal Collection

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Medal of Honor recipient Drew Dix, center, with fellow soldiers n Vietnam.

Credit: Drew Dix Personal Collection.

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Medal of Honor recipient Drew Dix, third from left, with South Vietnamese soldiers.

Credit: Drew Dix Personal Collection.

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Medal of Honor recipient Bud Day serving as an Air Force pilot in Vietnam.

Credit: Bud Day Personal Collection

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Medal of Honor recipient Charles Liteky serving as a chaplain in Vietnam.

Credit: U.S. Army Chaplain Museum

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Medal of Honor recipient Alfred Rascon in Vietnam. 1965.

Credit: Alfred Rascon Personal Collection

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Medal of Honor recipient Alfred Rascon. 2000.

Credit: Alfred Rascon Personal Collection

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Vietnam War. 1960.

Credit: Tim Page

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Medal of Honor recipient Bud Day arriving home to greet his wife Doris after being released from a Vietnamese POW camp. 1967.

Credit: National Archives

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Vietnam War.

Credit: Black Star Publishing

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Vietnam War

Credit: Black Star Publishing

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Medal of Honor recipient Mike Thornton, for service in Vietnam.

Credit: Mike Thornton Personal Collection

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Medal of Honor recipient Paul Smith serving in Iraq.

Credit: Sgt. Gary Coker Personal Collection

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Medal of Honor recipient Paul Smith hugs his son.

Credit: Janice Pvirre Personal Collection

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