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MOH has been "feminized"? Really?

Some goob who I assume thinks he knows what he’s talking about has decided, based on something he read in the Wall Street Journal, that the Medal of Honor has become "feminized".

That’s right – "feminized".  We all know what that particular little code word means, don’t we?

He couldn’t just say, on the day SSG Sal Giunta became the first living recipient since Vietnam to receive our nation’s highest honor, "well done and well deserved". Oh, no. He had to make a point to try to cheapen the award by qualifying it somehow.

Here’s what he said:

The Medal of Honor will be awarded this afternoon to Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta for his heroism in Afghanistan, and deservedly so. He took a bullet in his protective vest as he pulled one soldier to safety, and then rescued the sergeant who was walking point and had been taken captive by two Taliban, whom Sgt. Giunta shot to free his comrade-in-arms.

This is just the eighth Medal of Honor awarded during our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Sgt. Giunta is the only one who lived long enough to receive his medal in person.

But I have noticed a disturbing trend in the awarding of these medals, which few others seem to have recognized.

We have feminized the Medal of Honor.

According to Bill McGurn of the Wall Street Journal, every Medal of Honor awarded during these two conflicts has been awarded for saving life. Not one has been awarded for inflicting casualties on the enemy. Not one.

Bullsquat you dope. Now being the nice fellow that I am and thinking this guy just isn’t worth giving any visibility I decided to tactfully handle it locally. I.e. I’d leave a message on his blog demonstrating how out to lunch he (and apparently McGurn) were. Here’s what I left:

You are completely and utterly wrong as is McGurn.

For instance – the first MOH in Iraq:

Sergeant First Class Paul R. Smith distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy near Baghdad International Airport, Baghdad, Iraq on 4 April 2003. On that day, Sergeant First Class Smith was engaged in the construction of a prisoner of war holding area when his Task Force was violently attacked by a company-sized enemy force. Realizing the vulnerability of over 100 fellow soldiers, Sergeant First Class Smith quickly organized a hasty defense consisting of two platoons of soldiers, one Bradley Fighting Vehicle and three armored personnel carriers. As the fight developed, Sergeant First Class Smith braved hostile enemy fire to personally engage the enemy with hand grenades and anti-tank weapons, and organized the evacuation of three wounded soldiers from an armored personnel carrier struck by a rocket propelled grenade and a 60mm mortar round. Fearing the enemy would overrun their defenses, Sergeant First Class Smith moved under withering enemy fire to man a .50 caliber machine gun mounted on a damaged armored personnel carrier. In total disregard for his own life, he maintained his exposed position in order to engage the attacking enemy force. During this action, he was mortally wounded. His courageous actions helped defeat the enemy attack, and resulted in as many as 50 enemy soldiers killed, while allowing the safe withdrawal of numerous wounded soldiers. Sergeant First Class Smith’s extraordinary heroism and uncommon valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Third Infantry Division “Rock of the Marne,” and the United States Army.

Don’t know about you, but the death of 50 enemy soldiers and the wounding of many more certainly speaks of “killing people and breaking things” so you can sleep safely at night.

You ought to review Robert James Miller’s MOH as well. It was recently awarded.

Instead of taking McGurn’s word for such things try reading the citations.

The MOH is not something which has been “feminized” for heaven sake.

Mission accomplished right.  And while forceful, it was done nicely.  When I left the blog at about 4:30 pm, my comment was "awaiting moderation".

OK, cool. I’ve had my say and being the honest if mistaken guy that he is, he’ll moderate it and post it.


It is now  almost midnight.  A comment that was entered after mine has been moderated and cleared. Mine? Still "awaiting moderation".


Because it completely destroys this yahoo’s premise, that’s why.

By the way have any of you ever read Audie Murphy’s MOH citation? Take a look:

Second Lieutenant Audie L. Murphy, 01692509, 15th Infantry, Army of the United States, on 26 January 1945, near Holtzwihr, France, commanded Company B, which was attacked by six tanks and waves of infantry. Lieutenant Murphy ordered his men to withdraw to a prepared position in a woods while he remained forward at his command post and continued to give fire directions to the artillery by telephone. Behind him to his right one of our tank destroyers received a direct hit and began to burn. Its crew withdrew to the woods. Lieutenant Murphy continued to direct artillery fire which killed large numbers of the advancing enemy infantry. With the enemy tanks abreast of his position, Lieutenant Murphy climbed on the burning tank destroyer which was in danger of blowing up any instant and employed its .50 caliber machine gun against the enemy. He was alone and exposed to the German fire from three sides, but his deadly fire killed dozens of Germans and caused their infantry attack to waver. The enemy tanks, losing infantry support, began to fall back. For an hour the Germans tried every available weapon to eliminate Lieutenant Murphy, but he continued to hold his position and wiped out a squad which was trying to creep up unnoticed on his right flank. Germans reached as close as 10 yards only to be mowed down by his fire. He received a leg wound but ignored it and continued the single-handed fight until his ammunition was exhausted. He then made his way to his company, refused medical attention, and organized the company in a counterattack which forced the Germans to withdraw. His directing of artillery fire wiped out many of the enemy; he personally killed or wounded about 50. Lieutenant Murphy’s indomitable courage and his refusal to give an inch of ground saved his company from possible encirclement and destruction and enabled it to hold the woods which had been the enemy’s objective.

So given this guy thinks we ought to put a skirt on Paul Ray Smith (because, you know, all the MOHs given in Iraq and Afghanistan have been feminized), tell me objectively what he did that was that much different than Audie Murphy did?  Does Murphy deserve a skirt too?

People like this guy simply burn me up.  His claim is centered on the fact that most of those who’ve been awarded the MOH in the two wars were awarded the medal for “saving lives”, not “killing people and breaking things”. 

Tell it to the 50 hajis in the common grave SFC Smith put ‘em in, mister.

Tell it to the 20 or so Taliban Robert James Miller sent to see Allah.

He also objects to the MOH given to those who have fallen on hand grenades.  Apparently the sacrifice of one’s life to save others doesn’t measure up in his book.  And he apparently thinks that’s a fairly recent phenomenon.

Well buy a clue, gomer – ever hear of Marine PFC Richard Anderson?  Anderson fell on a grenade on Kwajalein in February of 1943.  Yeah, a Marine – in WWII.  And we all know they all wore skirts then, don’t we?  There have been many, many others given since then for basically the same act.

And this citation is sure to frost his cods:


Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Near St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France, 6 June 1944. Entered service at: Albany, N.Y. Birth: Fulton, N.Y. G.O. No.: 78, 2 October 1944. Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 6 June 1944, in the vicinity of St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France. On the morning of D-day Pvt. Barrett, landing in the face of extremely heavy enemy fire, was forced to wade ashore through neck-deep water. Disregarding the personal danger, he returned to the surf again and again to assist his floundering comrades and save them from drowning. Refusing to remain pinned down by the intense barrage of small-arms and mortar fire poured at the landing points, Pvt. Barrett, working with fierce determination, saved many lives by carrying casualties to an evacuation boat Iying offshore. In addition to his assigned mission as guide, he carried dispatches the length of the fire-swept beach; he assisted the wounded; he calmed the shocked; he arose as a leader in the stress of the occasion. His coolness and his dauntless daring courage while constantly risking his life during a period of many hours had an inestimable effect on his comrades and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.

Yeah, that’s right Mr. "Feminized the MOH", the man was awarded the Medal of Honor and never killed a single Nazi. He saved countless lives and basically rose to the occasion, inspired those on the beach and all as a private soldier on D-Day. Why put a skirt on the bastard, right?

Why do people who have absolutely no idea of what they’re talking about, obviously know nothing of the history of that on which they opine and frankly ought to keep their cake holes shut feel moved to write things like this?

What was the point of this stupidity?  Was it some attempt to support some off the wall  notion that we’re feminizing society to the point we can’t function?  Well keep your stupid social theories out of where they don’t belong.

This is big boy territory.  This is “for keeps” land.  We don’t give MOHs to anyone but the bravest of the brave.  And idiots who think the medal is being “feminized” need to do a bit of research before they go off half cocked and make freakin’ fools of themselves.

And moderate my damn comment and post it – if you have an ounce of courage in your body.

And yeah, I’m pissed off.

UPDATE: My comment has since been “moderated” and posted.  Thank you and about time.



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27 Responses to MOH has been "feminized"? Really?

  • Sometimes the person doing the Comment Moderation isn’t on, or just hasn’t gotten to the comment yet.

  • I posted about this earlier and also noted the Paul Smith citation. The guy who wrote that article is a complete idiot who has apparently never bothered to read any of the Medal of  Honor citations — all of which are freely available online.  I’m not sure what kind of twisted perspective is required to believe that a soldier who actually sacrifices his life to protect his comrades is somehow less worthy of a medal than one who inflicts more casualties on the enemy.

  • What about  Desmond Doss?  Recipient of the MOH and had never even touched a rifle (until he needed to use one as a splint for his own arm)?  Not only didn’t he kill any enemy, he REFUSED to kill any of them.

    • One of the greatest MOH stories out there and Doss, as you point out, never touched a rifle or fired a shot in anger.

      • Or in any other emotion.

      • Similar to MOH recipient Lawrence Joel, a medic with the 173rd Airborne, who was a peripheral story to the C&W duo “Big & RIch” story, “8th of November”.

    • Indeed.
      If one looks at the list of <A href=””>WW2 MOH recipients</a>, one finds a mix of awards for great tenacity and bravery in attack… and great selflessness and risk in defense of fellow soldiers.
      McGurn plainly did not do his research.

  • I believe SSG Giunta with 2 other men rolled up the ambush using rifles and grenades, too. The reports may emphasize the rescue of the wounded, but he did more than that.

  • The MOH is awarded for heroism “above and beyond the call of duty”, not for body count.  For anyone that’s interested, please visit my tribute page to one of my old pals and his buddy Donald “Skeeter” Johnston, D Co., 1/8, 1st Cav, awarded the MOH posthumously for actions at LZ White, Tay Ninh, RVN 1969.

  • The guy has some valid points about the feminization of the military, specifically the goofy UN’s Courageous Restraint medal.  He misses the mark though attacking MOH recipients.  He misses badly.

  • Please sign our Petition to bestow upon Audie Murphy, America’s ‘most decorated soldier of WWII’ the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime contributions to the peace and secuity of the United States as well as his significant other cultural contributions.
    Simply click the link below or copy and paste it into your web browser.

    Thank you,
    Dave Phillips
    Audie Murphy Presidential Medal of Freedom Campaign

  • What I don’t understand is why this dolt considers saving lives to be “feminine.”  Yeah, all those “feminine” firefighters and policemen and lifeguards.  I suppose the Boy Scouts ought not to give awards for saving lives either, lest they turn into the Girl Scouts (who, BTW, also have an award for saving lives)? What a maroon.

  • Good comment, McQ.

    About the only “complaint” that can be made about the MOH these days is the paucity of awards; it sometimes seems as though the military is hesitant to award it either because our present wars are politically unpopular or else because the bar has been set so high that practically nobody could meet it.

    At any rate, the MOH is awarded for “conspicuous gallantry”: saving one’s fellow soldiers at grave risk to (and frequently loss of) one’s own life is pretty gallant in my book.

  • I don’t see how saving lives while under fire is feminized, its not like he was a nurse, he dodged enemy bullets to save those people…Its one thing to shoot a guy and save a life, but to not even shoot back WHILE saving a life is much manlier, your basically telling the guy “ill be back for you after i save my buddy, that way i can enjoy it.” That is pretty manly.

  • So all those medics and corpsmen who get up run into enemy fire to save a life while the rest of us are kissing dirt are feminine?  It takes some large stones to be that feminine. Unfortunately, I guess I am a little too masculine . 
    I think more people should get in touch with their feminine side.

  • Suppose it were true. What a pity that our culture would value the saving of life more than the taking of life.

  • The comments section is pretty awesome.  I am assuming that the comment moderation has eliminated any juvenile or just plain stupid comments, leaving a comment section that has plenty of righteous anger delivered with dignity and maturity.  Aside from the comments that explain that many MOH recipients did not earn it for a high kill count, others are pointing out that his use of “feminized” as a pejorative is insulting to women; and at least one of those protesting this is a woman serving in the armed forces.

  • This is the comment I left on Fischer’s post:

    “Feminized”. This must be another attempt on the part of a macho misogynist to imply that either (a) all women are sissies or (b) using “feminized” as a pejorative because McGurn left out the part of SSG Giunta’s MOH  citation that reads:
    “Later, while engaging the enemy and attempting to link up with the rest of his squad, Specialist Giunta noticed two insurgents carrying away a fellow soldier. He immediately engaged the enemy, killing one and wounding the other, and provided medical aid to his wounded comrade while the rest of his squad caught up and provided security. His courage and leadership while under extreme enemy fire were integral to his platoon’s ability to defeat an enemy ambush and recover a fellow American paratrooper from enemy hands.”
    I served for 30 (10 Reserve and 20 Active) years in the United States Army. I did two tours in Iraq “helping the enemy die for their country”. “Feminized”, as in the “sissy” vernacular, I ain’t.
    Fischer, I’d love to give you what we call in the Army a “wall-to-wall counseling”.  You’ve gotta be one of the biggest louts I’ve ever read.

  • MOH recipients’  toenail clippings have more courage than the rest of us combined.

  • I also posted this to Fischer:

    Soldiers like SGT Leigh Ann Hester would take exception to Fischer’s mealy-mouthed “feminized” accusation, especially since she earned the Silver Star for bravery in action:

    Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, vehicle commander, 617th Military Police Company, Richmond, Ky., received the Silver Star at an awards ceremony at Camp Liberty, Iraq, June 16.
    Hester’s squad was shadowing a supply convoy March 20, 2005 when anti-Iraqi fighters ambushed the convoy. The squad moved to the side of the road, flanking the insurgents and cutting off their escape route. Hester led her team through the “kill zone” and into a flanking position, where she assaulted a trench line with grenades and M203 grenade-launcher rounds. She and Staff Sgt. Timothy Nein, her squad leader, then cleared two trenches, at which time she killed three insurgents with her rifle.
    When the fight was over, 27 insurgents were dead, six were wounded, and one was captured.”

    Or SPC Monica Brown, who also earned the Silver Star:

    Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown saved the lives of fellow soldiers after a roadside bomb tore through a convoy of Humvees in the eastern Paktia province in April 2007, the military said.
    After the explosion, which wounded five soldiers in her unit, Brown ran through insurgent gunfire and used her body to shield wounded comrades as mortars fell less than 100 yards away, the military said.
    “I did not really think about anything except for getting the guys to a safer location and getting them taken care of and getting them out of there,” Brown told The Associated Press on Saturday at a U.S. base in the eastern province of Khost.”,2933,336259,00.html

    Very brave women who not only saved the lives of their fellow Soldiers, but KILLED the enemy.
    Must be that “feminization” thing.