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

    You have to be dead for 60 years to receive a medal, my Dad served on the first Gulf War and was almost killed(lost one leg) but because he was latin
    they didn't give him a medal.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      You wrote –

      "You have to be dead for 60 years to receive a medal, my Dad served on the first Gulf War and was almost killed(lost one leg) but because he was latin they didn't give him a medal"

      Cesar, that is a total crock of s%^$. First of all, my bet is that your Dad didn't serve in the first Gulf War (I did), and probably did not lose a leg doing anything other than in a car accident. HOWEVER, on the off chance I am incorrect. IF your father lost a leg as a result of enemy action – and not some accident, he most certainly DID receive a medal – the Purple Heart...not to mention the National Defense service ribbon, the Kuwait Liberation Medal-Kuwait, the Kuwait Liberation Medal-Saudi Arabi...possibly the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, etc. So, please

      April 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    Either way,it would have been better had we stayed out of the Korean war altogether back in 1950 when the conflict broke out. The two Koreas would have been united into one. End of story except that the right-wing thugs in Washington got trigger happy and wanted to get reelected back into office!!!

    April 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MyOwnMan

    @ Cesar... Seeing as how the medals are given to the surviving families of the felled soldiers, I'm sure THEY will find a place other than upon the bones of the honored deceased. And I'll take my '40 acres and a mule' in the name of my enslaved ancestors ANYTIME they wanna give it to me! I'd consider it a "gesture of good will". Certainly not any kind of reparation.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • coldassets

      40 acres and a mule??? Isn't Welfare, WIC and section 8 enough?????

      April 15, 2011 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @fake Cesar thanks for your comment but no one cares what you think, pls stay quiet.

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

    @MyOwnMan.. This is a clear show of politics, I'm sure you can't see that, they are using dead soldiers for their own gain, its disgusting.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ronvan

    Why the heck is it that so many "ignoramous" people cannot read? IF you want to spout your views fine, but keep them on subject! I do agree that the awarding of the Medal has taken far to long, however, the subject of this post was about the Medal, not all this other BS.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MyOwnMan

    I'm sure that for the recipient of a medal, or any other polite gesture, the gesture itself does not right a wrong, or undo any harm done, or bring anyone back from the dead, or restore a lost limb. It doesn't even buy a vote come election time. But intelligent people, in the name of civility, accept it with a "thank you".

    April 14, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeremey

    There should be nothing said on here expect THANK YOU!!! Something like this is not the place to debate you politics. Say what you will, but thses men died for their country and the man/men next to them. This is something that none of us could ever understand. So, those of you who want to debate stupid politic, STFU! Find another page.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bill

    "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived."
    General George S. Patton

    April 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Hey you, I'd rather speak for myself. Thank you.

      April 15, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    NO THANKS, Been dead for a long time, give medals to the soldiers that are fighting for us now, they will appreciate it more than a dead one.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • ADiff

      It isn't about their "appreciation". And it doesn't matter when the events happened. What it is about is timeless, and just as relevant if it was 100 years ago, as if it was yesterday...and just as meaningful if it's posthumous as if to a living recipient.

      April 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jay Bodenstein

    Please god, take these men into your loving arms. Please erase their memories of pain and suffering and grant them eternal peace and love.
    Thank you,
    J

    April 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. frank

    @cesar. I Would Love To Send You To Canada.along With Phillip.you Make Me Want To Puke. You Ardnt Worthy To Speak Of Such Men As These Two,who Willingly Gave Up The Ghost,its A Shame That It Isnt Your A$$ Thats In The Grave In The Place Of These Two Men.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Hey you,try posting under your own name instead of making a jerk out of me. I have absolutely no use for all this right-wing ignorance here as I have no use for all these useless wars!!! It's all political mumbo-jumbo anyway!

      April 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    @frank.. There's a lot of soldiers giving their life today, you don't have to honor one that has been dead for such a long time, this is so stupid as you, honor living people and leave the dead to rest, only ignorant people applaud these types of recognition, be serious and don't fool the families of the dead.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    I've got your back, come on, please don't believe this crap, I want to know what the soldiers that were hit by a friendly drone said before dying and where's their medal, o wait 60 years then remember them, please don't be naïve, and be real.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ADiff

    Did they ever give the Medal to Rocco Zullo? If not, then that's a shame...because he certainly earned it, more than once.

    April 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
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