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.