P E T E R C. L E M O N
Peter C. Lemon is a surviving recipient of America's highest award: The
'Congressional Medal of Honor'. It was presented by the President of the
United States in 1971. Vastly outnumbered in a fierce enemy attack in
Vietnam, Mr. Lemon assisted in saving the lives of his team. From the
official citation, although wounded numerous times, he refused to be
evacuated until the enemy had retreated and his injured comrades
were airlifted to safety.
Mr. Lemon dedicates his award and pays tribute to all those who served
in his unit, most importantly the three comrades they lost in the battle for
which he received the award: Casey Waller, Nathan Mann and Brent
Street. Mr. Lemon says, "there is nothing more that you can give to your
comrades and your country than your own life. If it wasn't for those with
whom I served, I certainly wouldn't be alive today. I'm very grateful."
Mr. Lemon is the only living Canadian born American citizen to receive
the Congressional Medal of Honor, the only living Vietnam era recipient
originally from the state of Michigan and is an inductee in the elite special
operations 75th Rangers ' Ranger Hall of Fame'.
Mr. Lemon is an author, sculptor, documentarian and motivational speaker presenting to hundreds of corporate
and non-profit clients nationally. An industry leader for thirty years, his companies provided business insurance
to over three thousand restaurants nationwide and professional liability insurance for the 70,000 nurses of the
National Organization of Health Care Professionals and as a commercial general contractor built convenience
stores for Amoco, Exxon, Phillips, Conoco and Diamond Shamrock.
Mr. Lemon graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors Degree in Speech (79') and was
conferred the Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado (81')
where he also received the 'Humanitarian Alumni of the Year' award in 1998.
The President of the United States presented Mr. Lemon the prestigious 'Outstanding American by Choice'
award in a 2009 White House ceremony recognizing his life of professional achievement and civic contribution.
Author of Beyond the Medal, A Journey from Their Hearts to Yours and executive producer of the Emmy winning
documentary Beyond the Medal of Honor, Mr. Lemon donated his book to the 32,000 secondary schools in the
United States. Through the generosity of his friend Ross Perot Sr., the documentary, with curriculum, was given
to over 17,000 public and private high schools to inspire our youth to become worthy citizens.