In 1967, during an enemy night attack in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam, Marine Second Lieutenant John Bobo’s right leg was severed below the knee by mortar fire. He refused evacuation and instead took a position to cover the movement of his men. He was killed while firing into the attacking enemy, his severed leg jammed into the ground to stem the bleeding. For his valor under fire, Lieutenant Bobo was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
In Mogadishu, Somalia, in 1993, Army Master Sergeant Gary Gordon and Sergeant First Class Randy Shugart leaped from a hovering helicopter to go to the aid of a Black Hawk helicopter pilot downed by Somali irregulars. Gordon and Shugart knew their ammunition was limited and their chances of surviving against hundreds of heavily armed oncoming Somalis were virtually zero. They didn’t hesitate. Both were awarded posthumous Medals of Honor.