Hugh Thompson, Jr.
Most soldiers are commended for their bravery for attacking enemy forces. Thompson stood out for threatening his own troops. During the Vietnam War, Thompson was flying over the town of My Lai when he saw American troops attacking innocent civilians. Thompson touched down and ordered his crew to shoot any American soldiers who continued to attack unarmed civilians. The soldiers stopped their unnecessary attack. In 1998, Thompson received the Soldier’s Medal for his role in stopping the further massacre of civilians by American soldiers.