ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. military’s top-tier awards recognize sacrifice, commitment, duty and honor, says Albuquerque native Mark Donald, who received both the Silver Star and Navy Cross for his heroic actions in Afghanistan.
And those values “are in the culture of New Mexico,” he said.
In fact, Albuquerque has more recipients of the top three military awards since 9/11 than any city in the nation, according to Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran who has spent 15 years compiling an exhaustive list of recipients of top-tier U.S. military awards.
Find the stories of these and other decorated veterans at militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards
Curator of the online Military Times Hall of Valor, Sterner has focused his efforts on compiling the most comprehensive and accurate record available for soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors who have received the nation’s top three military awards for valor: the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Crosses – which include the Army’s Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy/U.S. Marine Corps’ Navy Cross and the Air Force Cross – and Silver Stars.
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