|Averell Harriman Short Snorter
|This photograph was taken on January 30, 1943, FDR's 61st birthday, and shows the President bestowing the
Congressional Medal of Honor, the country's highest military honor, on Brigadier General William H. Wilbur for his
major role in the landings in French Morocco. Major General George S. Patton assists in the awarding of the Medal,
and General George C. Marshal, Chief of Staff, looks on. There are white places on Generals Wilbur and Patton's
left arms, where their service patches have been scratched from the photo, due to wartime secrecy requirements.
Brigadier General Wilbur was one of the few general officers to hold the Congressional Medal of Honor, winning it
for his actions as a Colonel in the North African landings near Casablanca in November 1942 and at Salerno,
where he joined the 36th Army Division, leading a small unit forward to smash an enemy detachment during a
critical period in the bridgehead's defense.
(Photo courtesy of Gary Schulze)