151 years after Gettysburg, a Medal of Honor recipient

August 26, 2014 10:38 PM

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151 years after Gettysburg, a Medal of Honor recipient

The Medal of Honor to Lt. Alonzo Cushing -- a West Point graduate who died in the battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863 -- will be the the longest ever awarded after a recipient's death.

WASHINGTON — Of the 3,487 men and one woman who have received the Medal of Honor, 644 have been awarded the nation's highest military honor posthumously.

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