WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 06:  U.S. President Barack Obama (4th L) and Helen Loring Ensign (3rd L) of Palm Desert, California, who receives the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry on behalf of Army First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing, pose for pictures with (L-R) Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), Army Secretary John McHugh, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald during a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House November 6, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama presented the award posthumously to Lieutenant Cushing who served as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac for his actions during combat operations in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)