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. Cesar

    @fake Cesar: Can you please change your stupid name, I hate trolls, I like you, your posts are boring.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JMR49
    April 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Capt Huffnpuff

    Russians in Korea? It was China in Korea with troops on the ground. Russia only supplied material. No Chinese troops, no Korean War.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. shark

    cesar,
    please be quiet until you can jump on a grenade and give your life up for your fellow troops. They gave up everything that they had so that you could spout your mouth off about nothing at all. Those men, knowing full well what would happen, saved the lives of many others which I doubt you would do.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    OFT

    @raven: there is a girl named raven who blogs here regularly; we call each other sista. Didn't you go by Raven instead of raven? I seem to remember your pet raven explanation. Sorry I confused the two of you...but I applaud *your* post just the same.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. JW

    War War War and the only constant is that Americans die for their friends and comrads rather than a good cause. Want to make our country solvent again, write your congressman and tell him you want our pointless wars stopped and the War Department's budget cut. Afghanistan bankrupted the last 'superpower' who tried to fight an endless war there.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • AONavyvet

      I served. I was proud to serve. I will serve again if asked. Get off the computer and go back to watching Spongebob. If you can't stand behind our troops, stand in front of them.

      April 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. U. R. AnIdiot

    You have no idea.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. a guy

    This is rediculous. You people need to show some respect, these brave souls died protecting there brothers and the freedoms that most of you take for granted. So if your not saying anything about how brave these young men are, don't say anything.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ex Marine

    Cesar, anyone can see that you are an ignorant non American person, please show some respect to the people who died for our Country. Guy Peters

    April 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • doorgunner dan

      Right-on, brother!

      April 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. MyOwnMan

    Wow... We DO get carried away, don't we, fellas? All politics and history lessons aside, CONGRATULATIONS to the two families who are represented by the two brave soldiers who are, at long last, being recognized and honored. Yes, war may be at best a "necessary evil", but those men and women whose intentions are to serve their country in such a capacity are to be at least APPRECIATED, and yes, sometimes even COMEMORATED, I think.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy

    I'm telling ya. "Right Wing Thug" is the name to use!

    April 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MyOwnMan

    By the way, my DAD fought and was wounded in the Korean war. We did not always agree on everything, and we had our share of heated debates on a number of issues. But at least we remained RESPECTFUL of on another and did not resort to sophmoric name-calling.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MyOwnMan

    By the way, my DAD fought and was wounded in the Korean war. We did not always agree on everything, and we had our share of heated debates on a number of issues. But at least we remained RESPECTFUL of one another and did not resort to sophmoric name-calling.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    Hey!! That wasnt me but I was just thinkin to myself how these guys gave the ultimate sacrifice and how very much I appreciate all our servicemen and women,past and present. But the boy raven beat me to it. I couldna said it any better. caw, caw!!

    April 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MidRanger

    Way to go dipstick... take away from the entire meaning of the article so you can provide us with your meaningless political 60 year old late political opinion !!

    April 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
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