SYNOPSIS:A live-action, story and character-driven anthology series about the men
and woman who have earned America's greatest honor for heroism - The
Congressional Medal of Honor.
The Medal of Honor is awarded
for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her
life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an
enemy of the United States.” This 6 part documentary chronicles the highest
award given to military personnel for their extreme bravery, valor and
harrowing sacrifices.Covering the
Civil War through the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, learn about the most
courageous acts performed by the people who fight for American freedom.
You’ll discover the history of the award and it’s recipients through live
re-enactments, interviews and archival footage. These are their stories…
EPISODE One: THE CIVIL WAR Running time: 40 minutes Synopsis: In 1862,
President Abraham Lincoln and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton first authorized
a new medal, known now as the highest military decoration awarded by the
United States government to her Soldiers & Sailors. The first awardees were members of the
famous train-stealing "Andrews Raid" party, and this episode also
explores some of the first American-Americans to win distinction in battle
with the Medal of Honor.
EPISODE Two: WORLD WAR ONE Running Time 41 minutes Synopsis: Sergeant Alvin
C. York of the U.S. 82nd Division is probably the most famous Medal of Honor
recipient and his combat experience is detailed here. As is the epic story of Corporal Freddie
Stowers who was posthumously awarded the medal seventy-three years after his
1918 action. Marine John Henry Pruitt
was a rare awardee who received both the Army and Navy Medals of Honor for
EPISODE Three: WORLD WAR TWO - EUROPE Running Time: 45 minutes Synopsis: Medal
of Honor awardee First Lieutenant Robert Waugh is one anchor story for
Episode Three, along with African-Americans and Lieutenants Vernon Baker and
John R. Fox fighting the German Army in the Italian Campaign. In addition, the Medals of Honor awarded
for actions on D-Day, June 6, 1944 are documented in great detail.
EPISODE Four: WORLD WAR TWO - PACIFIC Running Time: 39 minutes Synopsis: United
States Marine and Army stories from the island-to-island Pacific War take us
from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima. Private
John McKinney's actions on the Philippine Island of Luzon and Sergeant Thomas
A. Baker's fight at Saipan on the Marina Islands and Marine Private William
Watson on Iwo Jima.
EPISODE Five: THE KOREAN WAR Running Time: 41 minutes Synopsis: Episode Five
details the "Forgotten War" and awardees First Lieutenant Walter
Schowalter, Corporal Rodolfo Hernandez and Sergeant Cornelius Charlton in
battle against the Communist Chinese and North Koreans. In addition, the "Special Citations
& Awards" given to the Unknown Soldiers and the unknowns of Allies
from World War One are examined.
EPISODE Six: THE VIETNAM WAR Running Time: 42 minutes Synopsis: Episode Six
lands in the jungles and the rocky grasslands of Vietnam, telling the stories
of several men whose actions at the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley in 1965
earned them the Medal of Honor - most notably Second Lieutenant Walter Joseph
Marm and helicopter pilots Captains Ed
Freeman and Bruce Crandall who received their awards almost 40 years
later. As well, African-Americans
Milton Olive and Captain Riley Pitts, the first African-American officer to
be awarded the medal. This episode
also carries us forward to the current War of Terror and the battlefields of
Iraq and Afghanistan. .