List of Puerto Rican Recipients of The Medal of Honor

List Of Puerto Rican Recipients Of The Medal Of Honor

Medal of Honor
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American Civil War:
A–F • G–L • M–P • Q–S • T–Z
• Second Battle of Fort Fisher (ACW)
• Battle of Opequon (ACW)
• Battle of Cedar Creek (ACW)
Indian Wars • Spanish–American War • Philippine–American War • Boxer Rebellion • Veracruz • World War I • World War II: Iwo Jima
Korea • Vietnam • Peacetime
By ethnic group African American • Asian American • Hispanic American • Irish American • Italian American • Jewish American • Native American • Puerto Rican
Other Living • Foreign-born • Tiffany Cross • Naval Academy alumni • Military Academy alumni

Puerto Ricans and people of Puerto Rican descent have participated in every conflict in which the United States has been involved, from World War I to the Iraq War. The following five soldiers of Puerto Rican descent have made the ultimate sacrifice and were posthumously awarded the nation's highest military decoration - the Medal of Honor, sometimes referred to as the Congressional Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is bestowed "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, in actual combat against an armed enemy force." The medal is awarded by the President of the United States on behalf of the Congress.

PFC Fernando Luis García was the first Puerto Rican and the only one who was a member of the United States Marine Corps to have been awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Korean War. The other four were members of the United States Army and were awarded the medal for their actions during the Vietnam War.

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