Medal of Honor recipients, American heroes recall their experiences

GAINESVILLE, Tex. (KXII)-- On Saturday, Medal of Honor week ended exactly how it began, in a town brimming with patriotism and pride.

With a group of men, we'll call them heroes, whose legacies will live on forever.

"One of my greatest days was when President Eisenhower presented the Medal of Honor to me."

During the week over 20 recipients of the Medal of Honor from across the nation came together in Gainesville.

Greeting local residents and embracing the community.

"I wear this medal in honor of every man and woman that has served and are serving today, I am a custodian of this wonderful medal."

93-year-old Hiroshi Miyamura served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

During battle he performed many brave acts including running away from safety and using his bayonet in hand to hand combat killing around ten enemies.

All to keep his comrades safe.

"People in America really don't know how fortunate they are that they were born here in America," said Miyamura.

81-year-old James Taylor served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam.

After seeing five fellow soldiers stuck in an assault vehicle that was about to explode. Taylor ran to the them surrounded by danger and took them all to safety.

"All I can say about these young Americans today, they gotta understand and realize the tremendous sacrifices for their freedom," said Taylor.

Most of these men don't consider themselves heroes.

Instead they say they acted how any American should when fighting for the greatest country on earth.

"One thing in common is that we love our country and that we're living to sacrifice our life for it," added Taylor.

"I'm just happy and proud to be an American," said Miyamura.

Sunday morning the Medal of Honor recipients will travel back to their homes, until next year's events.