The War in Afghanistan began on October 7, 2001, (On Going) as the armed forces of the United States and the United Kingdom, and the Afghan United Front (Northern Alliance), launched Operation Enduring Freedom in response to the September 11 attacks on the United States, with the stated goal of dismantling the Al-Qaeda terrorist organisation and ending its use of Afghanistan as a base.
The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War and is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. Recipients must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the United States. Because of the nature of this medal, it is commonly presented posthumously.
Medal of Honor recipients War in Afghanistan
- Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta
- Staff Sgt. Robert Miller
- Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti
- Navy Lt. Michael P. Murphy
- Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry
- Sgt Dakota Meyer