Sgt Kimberly Munley for the Congressional Medal of Honor?
There is a Facebook group that touts Sgt Kimberly Munley for her actions during the attack at Ft. Hood recently. This group supports Munley and seeks to have her receive the Congressional Medal of Honor!
Criteria: The Medal of Honor is awarded by the President, in the name of Congress, to a person who, while a member of the Army, distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The deed performed must have been one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. Incontestable proof of the performance of the service will be exacted and each recommendation for the award of this decoration will be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.
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The Medal of Honor
I am of the belief that civilian police Sgt. Kimberly Munley is a brave woman. I believe she acted correctly in shooting the terrorist Hasan. I do NOT believe that her actions were anything extraordinary by definition to receive the Medal of Honor. And, she is NOT a member of the U.S. military.
The Medal of Honor is NOT an award that is handed out willy-nilly, many of it’s recipients were awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. The Medal of Honor is the highest award a member of the MILITARY can receive for duty far above and beyond the call of duty.Sgt. Munley was engaged in a gun battle with an attacker, a mass murderer, an action that police officers all over this nation possibly face on a daily basis.Should each and every CIVILIAN police officer be awarded the Medal of Honor every time they engage in a live fire arrest or take-down?
From the Facebook group:
When a Crazed man starts shooting, there are those who have the presence of mind to stay calm and the training to respond. On Thursday, November 5, 2009, Sgt. Kimberly Munley, a civilian DOD police officer with the Ft Hood base police from Wilmington, NC, has been credited in ending Major Hasan’s rampage, was that person.
All of America feels that she should receive our Nation’s Highest Honor: The Congressional Medal of Honor for this fearless act of Bravery! SOURCE
Actually, not ALL Americans feel that Munley should receive the Medal of Honor. She should receive the highest award the Army, her Department and the state of Texas can award her for her act of bravery, but what Sgt. Munley did is called DOING THE JOB. The job she is paid to do.
She did NOT face overwhelming forces. “The deed performed must have been one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life.”
Though it reads like Hollywood, it was a real life shoot-out and the police officer used her training and delivered four shots into the suspect while taking fire. She was hit at least one time. Both have survived the exchange. Thirteen others were killed but many were saved by Munley’s bravery and service. SOURCE
Sgt. Munley was simply the 1st officer on the scene, and the only person, other than the shooter, that had a weapon. And that my friends, is a sad testament towards guns and their usage in this nationI messaged the owner and admin of the group, telling him that I thought this was a denigration to ALL Medal of Honor winners, and below is the transcript of that exchange. My 1st contact:
Fred Witzell November 22 at 6:52pm
Isn’t that reserved for U.S. military members? Munley is a civilian LEO employed at Hood if I am not mistaken… As such, she is ineligible for the MoH… Correct me if I am wrong…
Bob Lewis November 23 at 2:08am
Fred: There have been exceptions; in 1927, Lindbergh received it for his flight over the Atlantic as a civilian pilot.
For displaying heroic courage and skill as a navigator, at the risk of his life, by his nonstop flight in his airplane, the “Spirit of St. Louis,” from New York City to Paris, France, 20-21 May 1927, by which Capt. Lindbergh not only achieved the greatest individual triumph of any American citizen but demonstrated that travel across the ocean by aircraft was possible. SOURCE
Fred Witzell November 23 at 11:11am
Lindbergh’s awarding of the MoH was a denigration to that Medal and every recipient, as is YOUR group calling for it to be awarded to a civilian police officer… I rarely blast off on ANYONE for what they do on their own page, but you Sir, are in the wrong!
Bob Lewis November 23 at 11:18am
You know, Fred, that’s one of the things I fought for in ‘Nam was the right for each of us to have our own opinion; and I respect yours; but don’t try and impose yours on me.
Regards, Bob Lewis
Fred Witzell November 23 at 11:21am
Not trying to impose ANYTHING on you, but IF you’re a Veteran, and you don’t see the denigration to the MoH that you are imposing, YOU are not all that you think you are..
And one last thing:
Frequently called “The Congressional Medal of Honor”, its true title is simply: MEDAL OF HONOR SOURCE
Mr. Lewis, as the former member of the military you claim to be, why do you insist, in several places, on the continued use of the misnomer CONGRESSIONAL Medal of Honor? In closing, I again say, Sgt. Kimberly Munley is a brave person, she did her job and she is more than deserving of high honor for the performance of her job during the shootings at Ft. Hood.
She should NOT, in MY opinion, be touted as a contender for the Medal of Honor!