President Obama on Monday awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to two Army privates who were killed in the Korean War.
Anthony T. Kaho’ohanohano and Henry Svehla earned the awards for heroic actions that resulted in their deaths during the war. Kaho’ohanohano, leading a machine-gun squad in the 7th Infantry Division, personally took on a group of North Korean soldiers, allowing his squad to prepare a counterattack. He was killed, but the counterattack was successful in part because of his actions, according to the White House.
Svehla, a rifleman in 7th Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea, threw himself on a grenade in the midst of a battle, leading to his death but saving the lives of other men in his company.
Kaho’ohanohano’s brother and sister attended the ceremony, as did Svehla’s two sisters.