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Pres. Obama participates on National Medal of Honor day

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ARLINGTON, VA (CBS) -President Barack Obama paid his respects Wednesday to those who have received the Medal of Honor.

At Arlington National Cemetery the President laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns, joined by several living recipients of the nation's highest military award.

Four men accompanied President Obama today.

Lieutenant Thomas Hughes who was given the award by President Harry Truman who helped free an injured pilot during the Korean War using only a small hand act.

Colonel Joe Jackson served as a career officer in the Air Force, who during the Vietnam War for an impromptu rescue operation of three Americans.

Colonel Robert Howard is a highly decorated officer of the US Army and was given the award for his actions during the Vietnam War, and the oldest living Medal of Honor winner was also at Wednesday's ceremony, Lieutenant John William Finn.

Finn is 99 years old, received the honor for service during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. He's also the only living Pearl Harbor Day medal recipient.

March 25th is National Medal of Honor Day.

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