“It’s just hard to explain where your soldiers got the courage they got,” the president said as he awarded the three medals.
Seventeen members of Congress said they believed it was within President Biden’s authority to revoke Medals of Honor “when appropriate.”
A harrowing World War II firefight in France brought him the nation’s highest decoration for valor. A park, a highway and a museum are named in his honor.
Comrades repeatedly told the Army that Capt. Paris Davis, one of the first Black officers in the Special Forces, deserved the Medal of Honor. The Army kept losing the paperwork.
Bill Belichick, who turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom, is not the first person to decline the award. Jacqueline Kennedy and Moe Berg, the baseball player, also said no.
The U.S. military, with its experience in disasters and its multiple medical corps, could do more to end the pandemic.