Calvin Graham was only 12 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He won a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart before the Navy found out how old he was.
In May of 1942, at the age of 12, he enlisted in the Navy by lying about his age. His mother later revealed his true age, and he spent three months in the brig and was dishonorably discharged in May 1943—but not before he saw some serious action.
On the night of November 14-15, 1942, Graham was wounded during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, he served as a loader for a 40 mm anti-aircraft gun and was hit by shrapnel while taking a hand message to an officer.
Though he received fragmentation wounds, he helped in "rescue duty", by aiding and pulling the wounded aboard ship to safety.
Not only was he the youngest person to receive these awards—he was the youngest U.S. Serviceman in WWII.