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Poll: Best Real-Life Medal of Honor Movies or Mini-Series

Which movie or mini-series depicting a courageous action that led to the awarding of a Medal of Honor, Medal of Honor for Space or a similar congressional award is most heroic story?

Memorial Day falls on the last Monday of May each year, it is a day intended to honor and remember those who have died while serving in the various branches of the U.S. military. Medal of Honor Day is celebrated each year on March 25th. Sources: cmohs.org, wikipedia.org

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    Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Desmond Doss as played by Andrew Garfield in Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
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    Sergeant York (1941)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Sgt. Alvin York as played by Gary Cooper in Sergeant York (1941)
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    Black Hawk Down (2001)

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    We Were Soldiers (2002)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Maj. Bruce 'Snake' Crandall as played by Greg Kinnear in We Were Soldiers (2002)
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    Lone Survivor (2013)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Michael Murphy as played by Taylor Kitsch in Lone Survivor (2013)
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    To Hell and Back (1955)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Audie Murphy as played by Audie Murphy in To Hell and Back (1955)
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    The Pacific (2010)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Sgt. John Basilone as played by Jon Seda in The Pacific (2010)
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    Rough Riders (1997)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Theodore Roosevelt as played by Tom Berenger in Rough Riders (1997)
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    The Lost Battalion (2001)

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    Gettysburg (1993)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain as played by Jeff Daniels in Gettysburg (1993)
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    The Longest Day (1962)

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    Glory (1989)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: William Carney as played by loosely-based, composite characters in Glory (1989)

    He received the Medal for his courage in saving the 54th Massachusetts American flag from falling and planting it on the fort's parapet during the Second Battle of Fort Wagner. When the troops fell back, Carney retrieved the flag under fierce fire, despite being severely wounded. *Carney's Medal of Honor act is depicted in film's final scene by two actors and some artistic license is taken with the facts.

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    Captain Eddie (1945)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Capt. Edward Rickenbacker as played by Fred MacMurray in Captain Eddie (1945)
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    In Love and War (1987)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Adm. James Stockdale as played by James Woods in In Love and War (1987)
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    Buffalo Bill (1944)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Buffalo Bill Cody as played by Joel McCrea in Buffalo Bill (1944)
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    The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

    Real-Life MoH recipients: Andrews' Raiders*

    Confederate version: Buster Keaton's The General (1926)

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    The General (1926)

    Real-Life MoH recipients: Andrews' Raiders*

    Union version: Walt Disney's The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

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    Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)

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    Pearl Harbor (2001)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Lt. Col. James Doolittle as played by Alec Baldwin in Pearl Harbor (2001)
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    The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Charles Lindbergh as played by James Stewart in The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
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    MacArthur (1977)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: General Douglas MacArthur as played by Gregory Peck in MacArthur (1977)
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    The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)

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    The Right Stuff (1983)

    Real-Life MoH* recipients: Chuck Yeager, Alan Shepard, John Glenn and Gus Grissom as played by Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris and Fred Ward in The Right Stuff (1983) * Congressional Space Medal of Honor
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    Apollo 13 (1995)

    Real-Life MoH* recipient: Jim Lovell as played by Tom Hanks in Apollo 13 (1995) * Congressional Space Medal of Honor
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    First Man (2018)

    Real-Life MoH* recipients: Neil Armstrong as played by Ryan Gosling * Congressional Space Medal of Honor
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    From the Earth to the Moon (1998)

    Real-Life MoH* recipients: Neil Armstrong as played by Tony Goldwyn, Frank Borman as played by David Andrews in From the Earth to the Moon (1998), Jim Lovell as played by Tim Daly, Roger B.Chaffe as played by Ben Marley, John Young as played by John Posey, Gus Grissom as played by Mark Rolston, Ed White as played Chris Isaak and Alan Shepard as played by Ted Levine in From the Earth to the Moon (1998) * Congressional Space Medal of Honor
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    The Challenger Disaster (2013)

    Real-Life MoH* recipients: Challenger Space Shuttle crew recipients: Francis R. Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Gregory Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe * Congressional Space Medal of Honor
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    The Finest Hours (2016)

    Real-Life MoH* recipients: Coast Guard motor lifeboat CG 36500 crew recipients: Bernard C. Webber, Andrew Fitzgerald, Richard Livesey, and Ervin Maske as played by Chris Pine, Kyle Gallner, Ben Foster and John Magaro * Congressional Coast Guard Gold Lifesaving Medal
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    The Four Chaplains: Sacrifice at Sea (2004)

    Real-Life MoH* recipients: Dorchester Troop transport chaplain recipients: George L. Fox, Alexander D. Goode, Clark V. Poling, and John P. Washington * Congressional Four Chaplains' Medal
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    The Last Full Measure (2020)

    Real-Life MoH recipient: Air Force Staff Sergeant William Pitsenbarger as played by Jeremy Irvine

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