The American Veterans Center's 'The Honors: A Salute to American Heroes' Awards Special Salutes Military Legends and Airs on REELZ Sunday, November 15 at 12pm ET/ 9am PT

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REELZ today announced that the brave men and women who have served in the United States military will be honored during the annual American Veterans Center’s awards special, "The Honors: A Salute to American Heroes." The first televised awards special honoring our service members from across generations in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and today’s military, the two-hour showcase celebrates the many heroic achievements and triumphs by our country’s bravest men and women. The American Veterans Center’s "The Honors: A Salute to American Heroes" telecast will air Sunday, November 15 at 12pm ET/ 9am PT.

"The Honors: A Salute to American Heroes" 2015 Honorees:

Audie Murphy Award- WWII
Corporal Hershel “Woody” Williams
United States Marine Corps
The last living Medal of Honor recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima

Audie Murphy Award- WWII        
761st Tank Battalion
United States Army
Decorated all-African American tank battalion in WWII, recipient of the Presidential Unit Citation with one Medal of Honor and 11 Silver Stars

Raymond Davis Award- Korea
General Charles Cleveland
United States Air Force
“Ace” pilot of the Korean War, along with other aces recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal

Joe Ronnie Hooper Award- Vietnam
Col. Bruce P. Crandall
United States Army
Recipient of the Medal of Honor for valor during the iconic Battle of Ia Drang, the first major battle between U.S. forces and North Vietnamese regulars, exactly 50 years ago – November 1965

Paul Ray Smith Award- Operation Iraqi Freedom
Lt. Jason Redman
United States Navy
U.S. Navy SEAL with 21 years of service, Purple Heart recipient from Operation Iraqi Freedom and author of The Trident

The ‘American Spirit’ Citizenship Award
Dr. James H. Billington
Librarian of Congress
13th Librarian of Congress with 28 years of service, U.S. Army Veteran and esteemed international scholar

Michael P. Murphy Award – Afghanistan
The Fallen Heroes of Operation Red Wings
United States Army, United States Navy
Saluting the fallen SEALS and Night Stalkers from the epic engagement in Afghanistan ten years ago

Lillian K. Keil Award for Women’s Contributions to the Military.
Major Jaspen Boothe
United States Army
United States Army veteran, Founder of Final Salute Inc. which provides housing for homeless female veterans

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Wings of Valor Award
Col. Buzz Aldrin
United States Air Force, NASA Astronaut
Korean War veteran and fighter pilot, Lunar Module pilot on Apollo 11—the second man to walk on the moon

“We are in awe of all those who have served our country in uniform and are honored to carry the only televised awards special commemorating our country’s military service members,” said Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of REELZ. “The powerful stories of the true American heroes recognized deserve to be heard and understood for all generations.”

“These are the stories that inspire us, that make us want to be better Americans,” said James C. Roberts, President of the American Veterans Center. “We are proud to partner with REELZ in helping to spotlight these incredible men and women, from our military’s past and present.”

Broadcasting The Honors: A Salute to American Heroes continues the REELZ tradition of supporting America’s military through programming partnerships. Since 2008 the network has provided its original programming at no charge to the American Forces Network which serves American service men and women, Department of Defense civilians and their families overseas, stationed in more than 170 territories and 140 U.S. Naval ships-at-sea operating outside of U.S. territorial waters.

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