A Student of History

January 30, 2012

Medal of Honor for George Washington?

Filed under: Early America — John Maass @ 7:45 am

Check out an opinion column in the WSJ, call for GW to be awarded the Medal of Honor:

“Most Americans know Washington as the “Father of Our Country.” What many don’t know very well is that he was fearless in combat. Time after time he put himself in harm’s way to command and rally his troops. He led from the front, and his actions in combat compare favorably with the bravest of the brave in our nation’s history.”

Unfortunately the author makes a few historical mistakes. For example, there was no “Battle of Fort Wilderness in 1755.”

It should be noted that the medal didn’t exist until July, 1862, and none of the enabling legislation then or since allows for a retroactive award of it.

Washington in uniform of the Virginia Regt.

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