LTC (Retired) James “Maggie” Megellas is a 102 year old World War II hero. Many feel he should have been awarded the Medal of Honor, and "our nation’s highest military combat award for valor", 73 years ago for his ‘above and beyond’ valor and leadership in the Battle of the Bulge.


Medal of Honor and Criteria

Public Law 88-77, July 25, 1963: The requirements for the Medal of Honor were standardized among all the services, requiring that a recipient had “distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.” Thus, the act removed the loophole allowing non-combat awards to Navy personnel. The act also clarified that the act of valor must occur during one of three circumstances:

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Col. Sims quote:

“The Illustrated Encyclopedia of World Tanks and Fighting Vehicles by Christopher F. Foss states the U.S. Army reckoned that it took five (5) U.S. Sherman tanks to knock out one German Mark V Panther tank. I never realized that Megellas was equivalent to five U.S. Sherman tanks.”

   - Col. (Retired) Edward Sims from a 2007 letter to Congressman Tom Petri

“Maggie and Sims at The Bulge – 1945”