2 Korean War soldiers to receive posthumous Medals of Honor
Pfc. Anthony T. Kaho’ohanohano, left, and Pfc. Henry Svehla are being honored for their actions during the Korean War.
April 14th, 2011
11:22 AM ET

2 Korean War soldiers to receive posthumous Medals of Honor

Two U.S. soldiers will receive posthumous Medals of Honor for their actions during the Korean War, the White House announced Wednesday.

Relatives of Pfc. Anthony T. Kaho’ohanohano and Pfc. Henry Svehla will receive the medals from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on May 2.

Kaho’ohanohano is being commended for his actions on September 1, 1951. As his unit, Company H, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, fell back under superior enemy numbers near Chopra-Ri, Kaho’ohanohano ordered his squad to move to a more defensible position and provide covering fire for the retreating forces, according to a White House news release.

"He then gathered a supply of grenades and ammunition and returned to his original position to face the enemy alone - delivering deadly accurate fire into the ranks of the onrushing enemy. When his ammunition was depleted, he engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat until he was killed. His heroic stand so inspired his comrades that they launched a counterattack that completely repulsed the enemy," the release reads.

“His last words were ‘I’ve got your back,' and he went out and did his job,” his younger brother David Kaho’ohanohano, 77, of Hawaii told Stars and Stripes. “Nowadays, you don’t have too many heroes, and he was one of the big heroes in our family.”

Kaho’ohanohano's sister, Elaine Kaho’ohanohano, and another brother, Eugene Kaho’ohanohano, will be at the White House ceremony.

Svehla is being honored for his actions on June 12, 1952, while he was a rifleman with Company F, 32d Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division near Pyongony, Korea.

"Coming under heavy fire and with his platoon's attack beginning to falter, Private First Class Svehla leapt to his feet and charged the enemy positions, firing his weapon and throwing grenades as he advanced. Disregarding his own safety, he destroyed enemy positions and inflicted heavy casualties. When an enemy grenade landed among a group of his comrades, without hesitation and undoubtedly aware of the extreme danger, he threw himself on the grenade" and was killed, according to the White House release.

Svehla's sisters, Dorothy Mathews and Sylvia Svehla, will receive the medal from Obama.

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  1. Anna P D Lane

    This story is not about political associations, but about two brave Korean War heroes. How sad to take their heroism so ligthly in order to justify and springboard your otherwise lackluster existence.

    April 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mike

    I am a tea bagger I dont understand...lol

    April 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. H.S.

    Incorrect spelling found:
    Chopra-Ri should be Chup'a-ri
    Pyongony should be Pyongyang

    April 16, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
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  5. American Citizen

    You missed one in New Hampshire, Washington that was nearly killed and laid his life down for his unit – lost hearing in both ears and suffered severe schrapnel burns on 80% of his body. He's dead now. But Washington denied him his Congressional Medal of Honor because of his Jewish ancestry.

    April 17, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. American Citizen

    You missed one in New Hampshire, Washington that was nearly killed and laid his life down for his unit – lost hearing in both ears and suffered severe schrapnel burns on 80% of his body. He's dead now. But Washington denied him his Congressional Medal of Honor because of his Jewish ancestry.

    April 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. david clayton

    Can you tell me if M/sgt Glen Douglas U S Army Ret. been given his for the Koren War (medal of honor)

    May 2, 2011 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Roy "ViKing" Nielsen

      Uncle received a SILVER STAR... http://militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=103590 ...no Medal of Honor. I am inclined to believe were he not Native American that he would have been presented the Medal of Honor... IN MEMORY... Master Sergeant Glen Douglas set sail this morning in the 9:am hour ...he will be FONDLY missed: A WARRIORS TALE: Lake/Okanogan Warrior's Tale with articles and video clips:
      http://www.spokesmanreview.com/library/warriorstale/

      May 23, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
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