AP Think War Heroes Medals were a Contest
As seen on FOXNEWS.COM, AP thinks that Col Barfoot (USA Ret) won his medals as though he beat someone in an organized competition:
Barfoot won the Medal of Honor for actions while his platoon was under German assault near Carano, Italy, in May 1944.
He also won the Purple Heart and other decorations, and served in Korea and Vietnam before retiring from the service in 1974.
From his Medal of Honor Citation:
The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
BARFOOT, VAN T. ...
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A trophy is awarded to a individual engaged ina competition with others, golf match, shooting match, physical fitness challenge etc.
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