Earlier this week, my “Today in History” calendar showed that the first combat action to warrant the Congressional Medal of Honor was to Bernard J.D. Irwin, a surgeon who voluntarily led troops to relieve a detachment of the 7th Infantry who were surrounded in a battle with the Chiricahua Apaches. The action took place in February, 1861 but he was not awarded the medal until 1894. In 1863, Pvt Jacob Parrott was the first of 6 men to receive the award. So I started to wonder, what other facts are there out there about this award?
If you head over to www.cmohs.org, they have everything you need to know about the Congressional Medal of Honor including biographies of every recipient (there have been a total of 3,460), history of the medal (including the various forms it takes depending on the branch of service). The most recent award was given February 11, 2013 to Staff Sergeant Clinton L. Romesha so congratulations and thank you for your service!!! You can read about his heroic actions on the website.