A soldier's Silver Star — which he originally believed to be "too much recognition" despite receiving it for playing hot potato with a live grenade and saving at least six others — has been upgraded to the Distinguished Service Cross.
Cpl. Aaron Pickett, an anti-tank missilemen with Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, fires a Javelin missile from the front of a Humvee during the Enhanced Mojave Viper training exercise at the Black Top Range Training Area on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 29, 2011. (U.S. Marine Corps/ Cpl. Reece Lodder)
Retired Maj. Gen. John Admire (right) handshakes retired Maj. Edward F. Wright (left) at Portland, Ore., Feb. 1, 2019. Wright was awarded the medal for his actions on Aug. 21, 1967. (U.S. Marine Corps/Andy O. Martinez)
A retired officer whose leadership helped save soldiers and Marines pinned down by North Vietnamese fighters in 1967 received the third-highest award for valor on Friday for his heroism more than five decades ago.
Unsurprisingly, there's a long, proud tradition in the U.S. military of beating down adversaries with whatever you have on hand in those extreme moments when it's called for. Whether it's with an E-tool, a rifle butt, or just your mitts, there's nothing that screams dedication like bludgeoning the enemy to death.
Here are some of our favorites, with thanks to Military Times' Hall of Valor.