Sunday, February 10, 2008


This Day in the Long History of American Heroism

On this day in 1942, the first Medal of Honor for World War II was awarded, posthumously, to 2nd Lt. Alexander Ramsey Nininger, Jr. for his heroism during the Battle of Bataan, a humiliating defeat for us. Nininger had taken the fight to the Japanese, who were in trees and foxholes near Abucay and Nininger continued to fight with rifle and hand grenades, killing Japanese soldiers, despite being wounded three times. He pushed too far ahead and was lost. When the position was retaken, Nininger's body was found near the bodies of two Japanese soldiers and an officer all, presumably, taken out by Nininger just before he was killed.


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