1. Army Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry
Army Staff Sergeant Leroy Petry received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Afghanistan in 2008. While under enemy fire and wounded in both his legs, Petry continued to move to protect his fellow Rangers - eventually picking up a grenade which detonated shortly after he released it away from the group, amputating his hand.
2. Monica Lin Brown
Army medic Monica Lin Brown became the first woman since WWII to receive the Silver Star after she ran through insurgent gunfire to save her fellow soliders in an April 2007 battle in Afghanistan.
3. Dakota Meyer
Another impressive Medal of Honor recipient, Corporal Dakota Meyer received his for exceptional acts of bravery after he almost single-handedly rescued 36 men trapped in a firefight during the Battle of Ganjgal.
4. The NAVY Seals that lead the final Bin Laden mission
Though much of the operation is still cloaked in secrecy, the group of NAVY Seals that were able to once and for all wipe FBI’s Most Wanted Man off the face of the planet are heroes in most of the country’s eyes.
5. Salvatore Giunta
Better known as “Sal”, Giunta was the first living person since the Vietnam War to receive the Medal of Honor for saving lives of the members of his squad during the War in Afghanistan in 2007.
6. Corey M. Calkins
Green Beret Corey Calkins inspired a group of 69 Afghan soliders in Marjah to risk crossing a road laden with bombs to pursue and eventually overrun the insurgents. For his acts of valor, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross earlier this year.
7. Sgt. Felipe Pereira
Brazilian Felipe Pereira, a “Screaming Eagle”, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions while he was patrolling in Senjaray, Afghanistan and encountered a suicide motorcycle. Despite his wounds, he helped get his fellow soldiers to safety.