At a press conference May 2 President Barack Obama recognized two Korean War veterans posthumously with Medals of Honor.
United States Army PFC Anthony T. Kaho’ohanohano and Army PFC Henry Svelha both were acknowledge for their duties hours after the announcement of the death of Osama bin Laden came.
Kaho’ohanohano, a Maui citizen, was the leader of a machine-gun squad with Company H, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea when he was killed in battle September 1, 1951. Being outnumbered by enemies, Kaho’ohanohano engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat after running out of ammunition.
The Medal of Honor is given to members of the Armed Forces who go above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the U.S.; engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or serving with friendly forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the U.S. is not a belligerent party.
Kaho’ohanohano was 21-years old when he died and had received the Distinguished Service Cross. His nephew George Kaho’ohanohano, pushed for the Medal of Honor recognition.