Spc. 4th Class Leonard Alvarado sacrificed his own life in the dense jungles of Vietnam: 'His actions in the face of the enemy were always extraordinary.'
Cpl. Joe Baldonado drew enemy fire towards his own position to protect his comrades.
5-foot-3 Pvt. Pedro Cano crawled with a rocket launcher through heavily mined areas to confront German soldiers — and somehow survived the ordeal.
Staff Sgt. Felix Conde-Falcon leapt across rooftops to clear a fortified enemy bunker in Vietnam.
Spc. 4th Class Ardie Copas, 19, climbed into a burning vehicle so his wounded comrades could be evacuated.
Spc. Fourth Class Jesus Duran fired from the hip — literally — to protect wounded comrades from enemy fire.
Spc. 4th Class Santiago Erevia, one of only three living recipients awarded during the ceremony, charged his enemy with an M16 in each hand.
23-year-old Cpl. Victor Espinoza single handedly took out an enemy machine gun, two bunkers, and a covert tunnel during the Battle of Old Baldy.
Pvt. Joe Gandara sacrificed himself to save his unit, which had been pinned down for four hours during the invasion of Normandy.
Sgt. Candelario Garcia destroyed 2 bunkers, rescued casualties and enabled his unit to overrun enemy positions.
Sgt. 1st Class Eduardo Gomez climbed on top of a tank, then ignored withdrawal orders to keep firing at his enemies despite his own injuries.
Pfc. Leonard Kravitz died while providing covering fire so his unit could safely withdraw.
Over the course of two days, Pfc. Salvador Lara forced 15 Germans to surrender and neutralized several machine gun positions in Aprilia, Italy, during World War II.
Pfc. William Leonard, his back riddled with bullets, led his platoon to achieve their objectives in St. Die, France during World War II.
When Germans attacked his hill on Mt. Battaglia, Italy, Staff Sgt. Manuel Mendoza used every weapon he could get his hands on to defend it.
One of the first men to don a green beret, Staff Sgt. Melvin Morris braved enemy fire and was wounded three times while he destroyed four enemy bunkers — all to recover the body of a fallen comrade.
Sgt. Juan Negron remained in an exposed position through the night so his unit could launch a counterattack against enemy fighters in Kalma-Eri, North Korea.
Sgt. Alfred Nietzel sacrificed his life while protecting three comrades as they returned to their company command post.
Master Sgt. Mike Pena led his men in a counterattack to regain their lost position, where he held the line after ordering his unit into retreat.
Pvt. Demensio Rivera, after expending all his ammunition, held an activated grenade in his hand until the enemy drew close enough to release it.
Sgt. 1st Class Jose Rodela fought for 18 hours through intense rocket and mortar fire to organize his unit's defenses.
Near Lure, France, during World War II, Germans abandoned their posts when they saw 1st Lt. Donald Schwab run up to one of their emplacements, knock a German in the head with the butt of his carbine, then drag him across a field swept with enemy fire to friendly lines.
In September 1952, Pvt. Miguel Vera volunteered to stay behind to provide covering fire as his company withdrew to safety.
Sgt. Jack Weinstein halted an enemy attack by single-handedly holding his withdrawing platoon's position until another unit was able to relieve him.