‘They don’t tell his story’: Family fights to display Medal of Honor in Marine legend’s hometown
CAMP COURTNEY, Okinawa — On the night of May 14, 1945, Marine Maj. Henry Courtney Jr. led a daring assault on Okinawa’s Sugar Loaf Hill.
The Duluth, Minn., attorney and reservist was killed by a Japanese mortar after a vicious close-quarters fight, but not before his Marines had inflicted heavy casualties. Courtney was awarded the Medal of Honor two years later.
Now, nearly 74 years after Courtney fell on the battlefield, a new fight is brewing, this time over the hero of Sugar Loaf Hill’s Medal of Honor itself.
Members of Courtney’s family say the nonprofit that received it as a donation from the Marine’s sister in the 1980s has broken its promise to honor Courtney’s memory and has essentially hoarded the medal away in a vault with numerous others.
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