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Corporal (United States)

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  • Cpl. Joseph Vittori, Medal of Honor (1929 - 1951)
    The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Corporal Joseph Vittori (MCSN: 645720), United States Marine Cor...
  • Corporal Rondo G. Abel (1920 - 1977)
  • Ira Hayes (1923 - 1955)
    Ira Hamilton Hayes (January 12, 1923 – January 24, 1955) was an Akimel O'odham Native American and a United States Marine during World War II. Hayes was an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Co...

Corporal is a military rank in use by the armed forces of many countries. It is also a police rank in some police services. The rank is usually the lowest ranking non-commissioned officer. In some militaries, the rank of corporal nominally corresponds to commanding a section or squad of soldiers.

The word is a contraction from the medieval Italian phrase capo corporale (transl. head of a body [of soldiers]). While most Indo-European languages use the contraction, West Iberian languages use cabo.