LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Some of the United States most decorated hero's are in Louisville this week for the 2011 Medal of Honor Society Convention. It is the first year the convention is in Louisville and it comes weeks after a Kentucky soldier became the latest to receive the award.
Of the brave souls who served the United States in Vietnam, many did not make it home. Former Louisville resident, Second Lieutenant John McGinty did and earned the Medal of Honor for his service.
In one particular battle in Vietnam, Sec. Lt. McGinty charged through intense fire from the opposition to find 20 wounded U.S. soldiers. Injured himself, he reloaded their weapons and cared for them as the platoon fought off the enemy. McGinty even killed five enemy soldiers at point blank range.
McGinty's name can be found here in Louisville on the Kentucky’s Medal of Honor memorial. With 54 of the 85 living Medal of Honor recipients in Louisville for this celebration, McGinty is looking forward to catching up and being back in the Derby City.