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A look at some of the history behind the Medal of Honor before the September convention:

PUEBLO, Colo. (Tribune News Service) — President Teddy Roosevelt seethed when the War Department refused to give him the Medal of Honor for leading a charge up San Juan Hill in 1898 during the Spanish-American War. Army Gen. George Patton, who loved to drape himself in medals, reportedly said he’d trade his soul to get the Medal of Honor. He never did. But four Pueblo men have had an American president put the medal around their necks — William Crawford, Carl Sitter, Raymond “Jerry” Murphy and Drew Dix. The Medal of Honor is given for conspicuous gallantry in combat that goes “above and beyond the call of duty.” The medals of the Pueblo men are on display in the Pueblo Convention Center, as are bronze statues of the men themselves. The statues were unveiled in September 2000, when the Congressional Medal of Honor Society first held its annual meeting in Pueblo. And it is c...

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