Obama giving top honor to 2 Korean War soldiers – AP News Wire, Associated Press News – Salon.com

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is awarding the nation’s highest medal for valor to two Army privates killed in the Korean War.

Obama will award Medals of Honor to Anthony T. Kaho’ohanohano and Henry Svehla on May 2. Family members will be present to receive the honors on their behalf.

Kaho’ohanohano was in charge of a machine-gun squad on Sept. 1, 1951, when he and his men were overwhelmed by enemy forces. He gathered up some grenades and fought the enemy alone until his ammunition ran out, and then hand-to-hand until he was killed.

Svehla, a rifleman, charged enemy positions when his platoon came under heavy fire on June 12, 1952. He was mortally wounded when he threw himself on a grenade.

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