Obama presents Medal of Honor to families of two Korean war soldiers


President Obama speaks during a ceremony to award Private First Class Anthony T. Kaho’ohanohano, US Army and Private First Class Henry Svehla, US Army, the Medal of Honor posthumously for conspicuous gallantry in the East Room at the White House in Washington, DC, on May 2, 2011. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

 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.

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