May 2nd, 2011
04:15 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN)— President Obama awarded posthumous Medals of Honor to two soldiers who died in the Korean War on Monday in the East Room.
In September 1951 US Army Private First Class Anthony T. Kaho’ohanohano ordered his men to fall back as he stayed back manning a machine gun till his men could get to safety. He kept firing until he ran out of ammunition and then continued fighting hand to hand until he was killed.
In June of 1952 US Army Private First Class Henry Svehla, threw himself on an enemy grenade to saving the lives of his fellow soldiers.
The president said “These two soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice when they were just 19 and 21 years old. Age did not weary them. In the hearts of their families, they remain forever young - loving sons, protective brothers, hometown kids who stood tall in America's hometown - in America's uniform. “