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When they were Young


Below are the photos and brief biographies of five well-known and often recognized American heroes, all recipients of the Medal of Honor. Can you match them up with the photos of these same five heroes when they were you?

Charles Lindberg

Often called The Lone Eagle for his historic solo flight from New York to Paris, Charles Lindberg received accolades and the highest national honors of almost every major nation in the world. An Army Air Corps Reserve pilot, his peace time exploit also earned him the Medal of Honor. During WWII, as a civilian advisor to Marine Corps and Army aviators in the Pacific, Slim Lindberg (his nickname of preference) flew some 50 unauthorized combat missions, and shot down at least one Japanese plane.

Read The Story of Charles Lindberg

Jimmy Doolittle

Between the World Wars, Army pilot Jimmy Doolittle was an innovator and record setter, pioneering instrument flight and establishing speed records. During World War II his skills became critical to the innovative idea of embarking bombers from the deck of an air craft carrier to make the first retaliatory strike against Japan. Throughout the war he continued to serve, commanding the 12th Air Force and the 8th Air Force.

Read The Story of Jimmy Doolittle

Joseph Joe Foss

As a Marine Corps pilot flying out of Guadalcanal, Joe Foss was the first American aviator to tie the World War I combat record of Ace of Aces Eddie Rickenbacker. Foss emerged from the war as the Marine Corps' own Ace of Aces, became governor of his home state of South Dakota, and then went on to additional careers that included hosting a television show, serving as President of the National Rifle Association, and as commissioner of the American Football League, where he was instrumental in establishing the football championship game we call the SUPER BOWL.

Robert Joseph Bob Kerrey

During the Vietnam War, Bob Kerrey became the first U.S. Navy SEAL (Sea, Air, and Land) to earn the Medal of Honor, in an action that caused him the loss of one leg. Following military service Kerrey entered politics, serving as Governor of his home state of Nebraska. Following that service he was elected to the U.S. Senate, also for Nebraska. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for President in 2002.

Mike Thornton

On Halloween night, October 31, 1972, Navy SEAL Mike Thornton was on a mission deep into enemy held territory when his small team was ambushed. In a heroic rescue Thornton saved the life of his SEAL Team Leader in one of those rare instances in which the Medal of Honor was awarded for an action that resulted in saving the life of another Medal of Honor recipient. Mike Thornton's action that night was the last Medal of Honor action of the Vietnam War, and the last action by a surviving recipient.

Read Mike Thornton's Story


Match the Above Medal of Honor Recipients
With Photos of them
In Their Youth.


 Your Answer

  1. Charles Lindberg
  2. Jimmy Doolittle
  3. Joe Foss
  4. Bob Kerrey
  5. Mike Thornton


Your Answer

  1. Charles Lindberg
  2. Jimmy Doolittle
  3. Joe Foss
  4. Bob Kerrey
  5. Mike Thornton

Your Answer

  1. Charles Lindberg
  2. Jimmy Doolittle
  3. Joe Foss
  4. Bob Kerrey
  5. Mike Thornton

Your Answer

  1. Charles Lindberg
  2. Jimmy Doolittle
  3. Joe Foss
  4. Bob Kerrey
  5. Mike Thornton


Your Answer

  1. Charles Lindberg
  2. Jimmy Doolittle
  3. Joe Foss
  4. Bob Kerrey
  5. Mike Thornton

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