Receiving the Medal of Honor

588 WordsFeb 25, 20182 Pages
The Medal of Honor is the nation’s highest medal for valor in combat that can be awarded to members of the armed forces (The United States Army Medal of Honor). But what are the criteria for the Medal of Honor? According to the United States Navy it is a person who: distinguishes himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty—(1) while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; (2) while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or (3) while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party (The United States Navy Medal of Honor). Let’s say, hypothetically, I am on a committee and I have to decide whether a brave soldier deserves a Medal of Honor for actions of extraordinary valor in combat. The soldier's brave action was jumping on what he thought was a grenade while under heavy fire. However, what was thought to be a grenade was actually a cleverly carved mango. With that being said, should this soldier receive the Medal of Honor, or was this a classic case of moral luck, therefore, he should not be honored with the Medal? I do believe the Medal of Honor should be awarded to this soldier because every situation has an element of luck and different variables that are out of our control. The criterion for the Medal of Honor qualifies this soldier for
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