Here's a year-end list that, sadly, you won't see in the news media, in all likelihood:
Riehl World View: 2005: The Year In Military Heroism
Follow that link, and go read about Sgt. 1st Class Paul Smith, Sgt. Willie L. Copeland III, Lance Cpl. Aaron Austin, and many more whose names you probably haven't heard before, but should remember.