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Medal of Honor winners with Iowa connection

Key:

B – born in Iowa (34 total)
E – enlisted in Iowa (50 total)
L – lived in Iowa but not B or E (29 total)*
N – Iowa namesake vessel (i.e., sailors on “Battleship Iowa,” not Iowa sailors) (8 total)

Sources: State Historical Society of Iowa, State Library of Iowa, Congressional Medal of Honor Society, HallofHeroes.com

Civil War

* Pvt. Peter T. Anderson (L), 1865; brought from the field an abandoned piece of artillery and saved the gun from falling into the hands of the enemy

* Sgt. Norman F. Bates (E), 1865; captured flag and bearer

* Pvt. Edward J. Bebb (E), 1865; captured flag

* Lt. Orson W. Bennett (L), 1887; led a small force fully 100 yards in advance of the Union lines and brought in the guns, preventing their capture

* Sgt. Horatio L. Birdsall (E), 1865; captured flag and bearer

* Pvt. Nicholas S. Bouquet (E), 1897; left the line of battle and assisted in capturing a riderless horse between the lines, and hitching him to a disabled gun, saved the gun from capture

* Sgt. Edgar A. Bras (B, E), 1865; captured flag

* Sgt. Luman L. Cadwell (L), 1894; swam the bayou under enemy fire and captured a boat used to rout the enemy

* Pvt. William Campbell (L), 1894; gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party"

* Lt. Charles A. Clark (L), 1896; took command of his regiment in the absence of its commander, led the command down a precipitous embankment, saved the command from capture or destruction

* Pvt. Richard H. Cosgriff (E), 1865; captured flag in a personal encounter with its bearer

* Sgt. John P. Donaldson (L), 1865; captured flag

* Sgt. James Drury (L), 1893; saved the colors of his regiment when it was surrounded by a much larger force of the enemy and after the greater part of the regiment had been killed or captured

* Pvt. James Dunlavy (E), 1865; captured Brigadier General John S. Marmaduke

*Sgt. James M. Elson (E), 1891; carried the colors in advance of his regiment and was shot down while attempting to plant them on the enemy's works

* Pvt. Nicholas Fanning (E), 1865; captured silk Confederate States flag and 2 staff officers

* Pvt. James D. Gardiner (L), 1865; rushed in advance of his brigade, shot a rebel officer who was on the parapet rallying his men, and then ran him through with his bayonet

* Sgt. Leonidas M. Godley (E), 1897; led his company in assault on enemy's works and gained the parapet, was severely wounded, was taken prisoner and had his leg amputated without anesthetics

* Corp. Andrew E. Goldsbery (L), 1894; gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party"

* Col. Lewis A. Grant 1893 (L), 1893; for the management of his brigade and in leading it in the assault in which he was wounded

* Pvt. John H. Hays (E), 1865; captured flag and bearer

* Coxswain John Hayes (L) , 1864; as second captain of the No. 2 gun, Hayes exhibited marked coolness and good conduct and was highly recommended for his gallantry under fire by the divisional officer

* Corp. George W. Healey (B, E), 1899; when nearly surrounded, captured a soldier, and with comrade, captured four other soldiers, disarmed the five prisoners and brought them all into the Union lines

* Pvt. Pitt B. Herington (E), 1899; with companion and under fierce fire of the enemy at close range, went to the rescue of wounded comrade who had fallen between lines, carried him to a place of safety

* Lt. Col. Francis J. Herron (E), 1893; was foremost in leading his men, rallying them to repeated acts of daring, until himself disabled and taken prisoner

* Lt. (Chaplain) James Hill (E), 1893; by skillful and brave management captured 3 of the enemy's pickets

* Corp. Luther Kaltenbach (E), 1865; captured flag

* Pvt. James Kephart (E), 1899; under a severe fire of the enemy, aided and assisted to the rear an officer who had been severely wounded and left on the field

* Pvt. William C. May (E), 1865; ran ahead of his regiment over the enemy's works and captured from its bearer the flag of battery

* Pvt. William B. Mayes (E), 1899; with companion and under fierce fire of the enemy at short range went to the rescue of a wounded comrade who had fallen between lines, carried him to a place of safety

* Landsman George W. McWilliams (L), 1865; severely wounded in assault upon fort, sent to hospital, recommended for his gallantry, skill and coolness in action while under the fire of the enemy

* Pvt. James P. Miller (E), 1865; captured standard of cavalry

* Corp. Richard H. Morgan (E), 1865; captured flag inside the enemy's works, contesting for its possession with its bearer

* Pvt. Albert Power (E), 1899; under heavy fire went to the aid of a dismounted comrade who was surrounded by the enemy, took him up on his own horse, and carried him to a place of safety

* Corp. William Reddick (L), 1863; one of the 19 of 22 men (including 2 civilians) who penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad train

* Corp. Charles L. Russell (L), 1864; captured flag

* Capt. Milton Russell (L), 1897; first man to cross Stone River and, in the face of a galling fire from the concealed skirmishers, led his men up the hillside, driving the opposing skirmishers before them

* Pvt. Andrew J. Sloan (E), 1865; captured flag

* Lt. Henry I. Smith (E), 1894; under fire rescued a comrade from death by drowning

* Sgt. Edward B. Spalding (L), 1894; although twice wounded, and thereby crippled for life, he remained fighting in open ground to the close of the battle

* Sgt. Joseph Stickels (L), 1865; captured flag

* Sgt. James N. Strong (L), 1893; volunteered in response to a call and took part in the movement that was made upon the enemy's works under a heavy fire there from in advance of the general assault

* Pvt. Charles A. Swan (E), 1865; captured flag

* Pvt. Andrew W. Tibbets (E), 1865; captured flag and bearer

* Corp. Voltare P. Twombly (B, E), 1897; took the colors after three of the color guard had fallen, knocked down by a spent ball, immediately arose and bore the colors to the end of the engagement

* Pvt. John Vale (E), 1897; was one of a detachment of 16 men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of 125 cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train

* Dr. Mary Walker (L), 1865; assistant surgeon in charge of female prisoners at Louisville, Ky., contract surgeon while prisoner of war, devoted with much patriotic zeal, to detriment of her own health

* Pvt. George W. Welch (L), 1865; captured flag

* Pvt. John W. Whitmore (L), 1865; captured flag

* Col. James A. Williamson (E), 1895; led his regiment against a superior force, strongly entrenched, and held his ground when all support had been withdrawn

* Sgt. Calvary M. Young (E), 1865; gallantry in capturing Brig. Gen. William L. Cabell

Indian War Campaigns

* Lt. George R. Burnett (L), 1897; saved life of a dismounted soldier, in imminent danger of being cut off, by galloping quickly to his assistance under heavy fire, escorting him to place of safety, horse shot twice

* Scout William F. Cody (B), 1872; gallantry in action

* Bugler George Gates (E), 1870; killed an Indian warrior and captured his arms

* Blacksmith Mosher A. Harding (L), 1870; gallantry in action

* Pvt. Clamor Heise (L), 1869; bravery in scouts and actions against Indians

* Pvt. Elisha S. Hornaday (E), 1876; With 5 others he waded in mud and water up the creek to a position directly behind an entrenched Cheyenne position for surprise attack, gallantry in action

* Capt. James Jackson (E), 1897; Dismounted from his horse in heavy fire, and with the assistance of 1 or 2 men, secured to a place of safety the body of trumpeter, who had been shot and killed

* Pvt. John Keenan (L), 1869; bravery in scouts and actions against Indians

* Sgt. John W. Knox (B), 1875; gallantry in action

* Sgt. Louis Phife (B), 1869; bravery in scouts and actions against Indians

* Pvt. Albert Sale (E), 1870; gallantry in killing an Indian warrior and capturing pony and effects

* Pvt. Eben Stanley (B), 1875; gallantry in action

* Pvt. John P. Yount (B), 1871; gallantry in action

Interim 1871-1898

* Captain of the Top William L. Hill (B), 1884; jumped overboard and sustained William Mulcahy, third class boy, who had fallen overboard, until picked up by a steam launch

Spanish-American War

* Coxswain Osborn W. Deignan (B), 1899; despite heavy fire from the Spanish batteries at sinking of USS Merrimac, Deignan displayed extraordinary heroism throughout operation

Battleship Iowa (July 29, 1898 incident)

* Coppersmith Philip B. Keefer (N); showed courageous and zealous conduct in hauling fires from 2 furnaces of boiler B, following blow-out of a manhole gasket

* Fireman Robert Penn (N); Performing his duty at the risk of serious scalding at the time of the blowing out of the manhole gasket, hauled the fire while standing on a board thrown across a coal bucket

[issue dates unknown, might be same year (1898) if similar to 1905 incident recipients]

Battleship Iowa (January 25, 1905, incident)

* Fireman Frederick Behne (N), 1905; following the blowing out of the manhole plate of boiler D of that vessel, displayed extraordinary heroism in the resulting action

* Seaman Heinrich Behnke (N), 1905;  for extraordinary heroism at the time of the blowing out of the manhole plate of boiler D on board that vessel

* Watertender Patrick Bresnahan (N), 1905;  for extraordinary heroism at the time of the blowing out of the manhole plate of boiler D on board that vessel

* Fireman DeMetri Corahorgi (N), 1905; for extraordinary heroism at the time of the blowing out of the manhole plate of boiler D on board that vessel

* Boilermaker Edward Floyd (N), 1905; for extraordinary heroism at the time of the blowing out of the manhole plate of boiler D on board that vessel

* Chief Watertender Johannes J. Johannessen (N), 1905; for extraordinary heroism at the time of the blowing out of the manhole plate of boiler D on board that vessel

Philippine Insurgency

* Capt. William E. Birkhimer (E), 1902; with 12 men charged and routed 300 of the enemy

* Seaman Joseph Fitz (E), 1906; serving in the presence of the enemy on this date, Fitz displayed bravery and extraordinary heroism

* Lt. Col. William R. Grove (B), 1902; in advance of his regiment, he rushed to the assistance of his colonel, charging, pistol in hand, seven insurgents, and compelling surrender of all not killed or wounded

* Sgt. John Huntsman (B), unknown; for distinguished bravery and conspicuous gallantry in action against insurgents

* Sgt. Charles Ray (L), 1902; captured a bridge with the detachment he commanded and held it against a superior force of the enemy, thereby enabling an army to come and cross

* Maj. and Surgeon Paul Straub (L), 1906; exposed himself to hot fire from enemy in repelling with pistol fire an insurgent attack, went under fire to rescue a wounded officer, carried him to a place of safety

Boxer Rebellion

* Lt. and Adj. Louis B. Lawton (B), 1902; carried a message and guided reinforcements across a wide and fire-swept space, during which he was wounded three times

* Bugler Calvin P. Titus (B), 1902; Gallant and daring conduct in the presence of his colonel and other officers and enlisted men of his regiment; was first to scale the wall of the city

Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz)

* Rear Admiral Frank Friday Fletcher (B), 1915; was senior officer present at Vera Cruz, at times on shore and under fire

* Lt. Frank Jack Fletcher (B), 1915; succeeded in getting on board over 350 refugees, many of them after the conflict had commenced, succeeded in getting all the refugees placed in safety

* Lt. Julius C. Townsend (E), 1915; exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action of the 33rd and in the final occupation of the city

World War I

* Lt. Edouard V.M. Izac (B), 1920; while captive on the U-90 Izak learned about secretive U-boat battle tactics and operations, and escaped in attempt to share this intelligence

* Sgt. Milo Lemert (B), 1919; destroyed in turn 4 enemy machine-gun nests preventing many casualties among his company and very materially aided in achieving the objective

* Lt. Emory J. Pike (B, E), 1919; advanced with reorganized advance infantry units, went to aid of wounded man, was wounded, established highest standard of morale and confidence

World War II

* Lt. Vernon Baker (L), 1997; demonstrated outstanding courage and leadership in destroying enemy installations, personnel and equipment during his company’s attack against strongly entrenched enemy

* Arthur O. Beyer (B, E), 1945; Beyer’s intrepid action and unflinching determination to close with and destroy the enemy eliminated the German defense line and enabled his task force to gain its objective

* Staff Sgt. Herschel F. Briles (B, E), 1945; largely responsible for causing heavy enemy casualties, forcing the surrender of 55 Germans, making possible the salvage of vehicles, and saving the lives of wounded

* Lt. Dale E. Christensen (B), 1945; repeatedly distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond call of duty in the continuous heavy fighting which occurred in the area from 16-19 July

* Capt. Darrell R. Lindsey (B, E), 1945; with magnificent coolness and superb pilotage, he held swiftly descending B-26 in a steady glide until all crew members could jump to safety

* Sgt. Ralph G. Neppel (B, E), 1945; machinegun squad leader had 1 leg severed below the knee and suffered other wounds, yet dragged himself back to his position on his elbows, killed remaining riflemen

* Capt. Arlo L. Olson (B), 1944; brave leadership in attacking German troops

* Pharmacist’s Mate Francis Pierce Jr. (B, E), 1948; bravely assisted wounded comrades

* Lt. Paul F. Riordan (B), 1944; sacrificed life assaulting German strongholds

* Pvt. John F. Thorson (B, E), 1945; smothered grenade to save comrades

Korean War

* Sgt. Junior D. Edwards (B, E), 1952; sacrificed life to hold key position

Vietnam

* Sgt. John F. Baker Jr. (B), 1968; almost single-handedly rescued fallen and wounded comrades, and destroyed enemy bunkers and snipers

* Col. George E. Day (B, E), 1976; downed reconnaissance pilot tortured as POW

* Capt. Merlyn H. Dethlefsen (B, E), 1968; courage in bombing attack

* Lt. Robert J. Hibbs (E), 1967; gallant aid to comrades

* Gunnery Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard (B, E), 1967; imaginative leadership against overwhelming odds, was largely responsible for preventing the loss of his entire platoon

Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom)

* Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller (L), 2010; extraordinary valor ultimately saved the lives of seven members of his own team and 15 Afghanistan National Army soldiers

* Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta (B, E), 2010; for rescuing a fellow American paratrooper from enemy hands while under gunfire in Afghanistan

* Footnote: There could be additional, unknown Medal of Honor recipients (category L) whose only connection to Iowa was living here for a short time, before or after their military service. See biography of Charles Russell for an example of this.

- Compiled by John McGlothlen

 

Key:

B – born in Iowa (34 total)
E – enlisted in Iowa (50 total)
L – lived in Iowa but not B or E (29 total)*
N – Iowa namesake vessel (i.e., sailors on “Battleship Iowa,” not Iowa sailors) (8 total)

Sources: State Historical Society of Iowa, State Library of Iowa, Congressional Medal of Honor Society, HallofHeroes.com

* Pvt. Peter T. Anderson (L), 1865; brought from the field an abandoned piece of artillery and saved the gun from falling into the hands of the enemy

* Sgt. Norman F. Bates (E), 1865; captured flag and bearer

* Pvt. Edward J. Bebb (E), 1865; captured flag

* Lt. Orson W. Bennett (L), 1887; led a small force fully 100 yards in advance of the Union lines and brought in the guns, preventing their capture

* Sgt. Horatio L. Birdsall (E), 1865; captured flag and bearer

* Pvt. Nicholas S. Bouquet (E), 1897; left the line of battle and assisted in capturing a riderless horse between the lines, and hitching him to a disabled gun, saved the gun from capture

* Sgt. Edgar A. Bras (B, E), 1865; captured flag

* Sgt. Luman L. Cadwell (L), 1894; swam the bayou under enemy fire and captured a boat used to rout the enemy

* Pvt. William Campbell (L), 1894; gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party"

* Lt. Charles A. Clark (L), 1896; took command of his regiment in the absence of its commander, led the command down a precipitous embankment, saved the command from capture or destruction

* Pvt. Richard H. Cosgriff (E), 1865; captured flag in a personal encounter with its bearer

* Sgt. John P. Donaldson (L), 1865; captured flag

* Sgt. James Drury (L), 1893; saved the colors of his regiment when it was surrounded by a much larger force of the enemy and after the greater part of the regiment had been killed or captured

* Pvt. James Dunlavy (E), 1865; captured Brigadier General John S. Marmaduke

*Sgt. James M. Elson (E), 1891; carried the colors in advance of his regiment and was shot down while attempting to plant them on the enemy's works

* Pvt. Nicholas Fanning (E), 1865; captured silk Confederate States flag and 2 staff officers

* Pvt. James D. Gardiner (L), 1865; rushed in advance of his brigade, shot a rebel officer who was on the parapet rallying his men, and then ran him through with his bayonet

* Sgt. Leonidas M. Godley (E), 1897; led his company in assault on enemy's works and gained the parapet, was severely wounded, was taken prisoner and had his leg amputated without anesthetics

* Corp. Andrew E. Goldsbery (L), 1894; gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party"

* Col. Lewis A. Grant 1893 (L), 1893; for the management of his brigade and in leading it in the assault in which he was wounded

* Pvt. John H. Hays (E), 1865; captured flag and bearer

* Corp. George W. Healey (B, E), 1899; when nearly surrounded, captured a soldier, and with comrade, captured four other soldiers, disarmed the five prisoners and brought them all into the Union lines

* Pvt. Pitt B. Herington (E), 1899; with companion and under fierce fire of the enemy at close range, went to the rescue of wounded comrade who had fallen between lines, carried him to a place of safety

* Lt. Col. Francis J. Herron (E), 1893; was foremost in leading his men, rallying them to repeated acts of daring, until himself disabled and taken prisoner

* Lt. (Chaplain) James Hill (E), 1893; by skillful and brave management captured 3 of the enemy's pickets

* Corp. Luther Kaltenbach (E), 1865; captured flag

* Pvt. James Kephart (E), 1899; under a severe fire of the enemy, aided and assisted to the rear an officer who had been severely wounded and left on the field

* Pvt. William C. May (E), 1865; ran ahead of his regiment over the enemy's works and captured from its bearer the flag of battery

* Pvt. William B. Mayes (E), 1899; with companion and under fierce fire of the enemy at short range went to the rescue of a wounded comrade who had fallen between lines, carried him to a place of safety

* Landsman George W. McWilliams (L), 1865; severely wounded in assault upon fort, sent to hospital, recommended for his gallantry, skill and coolness in action while under the fire of the enemy

* Pvt. James P. Miller (E), 1865; captured standard of cavalry

* Corp. Richard H. Morgan (E), 1865; captured flag inside the enemy's works, contesting for its possession with its bearer

* Pvt. Albert Power (E), 1899; under heavy fire went to the aid of a dismounted comrade who was surrounded by the enemy, took him up on his own horse, and carried him to a place of safety

* Corp. William Reddick (L), 1863; one of the 19 of 22 men (including 2 civilians) who penetrated nearly 200 miles south into enemy territory and captured a railroad train

* Corp. Charles L. Russell (L), 1864; captured flag

* Capt. Milton Russell (L), 1897; first man to cross Stone River and, in the face of a galling fire from the concealed skirmishers, led his men up the hillside, driving the opposing skirmishers before them

* Pvt. Andrew J. Sloan (E), 1865; captured flag

* Lt. Henry I. Smith (E), 1894; under fire rescued a comrade from death by drowning

* Sgt. Edward B. Spalding (L), 1894; although twice wounded, and thereby crippled for life, he remained fighting in open ground to the close of the battle

* Sgt. Joseph Stickels (L), 1865; captured flag

* Sgt. James N. Strong (L), 1893; volunteered in response to a call and took part in the movement that was made upon the enemy's works under a heavy fire there from in advance of the general assault

* Pvt. Charles A. Swan (E), 1865; captured flag

* Pvt. Andrew W. Tibbets (E), 1865; captured flag and bearer

* Corp. Voltare P. Twombly (B, E), 1897; took the colors after three of the color guard had fallen, knocked down by a spent ball, immediately arose and bore the colors to the end of the engagement

* Pvt. John Vale (E), 1897; was one of a detachment of 16 men who heroically defended a wagon train against the attack of 125 cavalry, repulsed the attack and saved the train

* Pvt. George W. Welch (L), 1865; captured flag

* Pvt. John W. Whitmore (L), 1865; captured flag

* Col. James A. Williamson (E), 1895; led his regiment against a superior force, strongly entrenched, and held his ground when all support had been withdrawn

* Sgt. Calvary M. Young (E), 1865; gallantry in capturing Brig. Gen. William L. Cabell

* Lt. George R. Burnett (L), 1897; saved life of a dismounted soldier, in imminent danger of being cut off, by galloping quickly to his assistance under heavy fire, escorting him to place of safety, horse shot twice

* Scout William F. Cody (B), 1872; gallantry in action

* Bugler George Gates (E), 1870; killed an Indian warrior and captured his arms

* Blacksmith Mosher A. Harding (L), 1870; gallantry in action

* Pvt. Clamor Heise (L), 1869; bravery in scouts and actions against Indians

* Pvt. Elisha S. Hornaday (E), 1876; With 5 others he waded in mud and water up the creek to a position directly behind an entrenched Cheyenne position for surprise attack, gallantry in action

* Capt. James Jackson (E), 1897; Dismounted from his horse in heavy fire, and with the assistance of 1 or 2 men, secured to a place of safety the body of trumpeter, who had been shot and killed

* Pvt. John Keenan (L), 1869; bravery in scouts and actions against Indians

* Sgt. John W. Knox (B), 1875; gallantry in action

* Sgt. Louis Phife (B), 1869; bravery in scouts and actions against Indians

* Pvt. Albert Sale (E), 1870; gallantry in killing an Indian warrior and capturing pony and effects

* Pvt. Eben Stanley (B), 1875; gallantry in action

* Pvt. John P. Yount (B), 1871; gallantry in action

* Captain of the Top William L. Hill (B), 1884; jumped overboard and sustained William Mulcahy, third class boy, who had fallen overboard, until picked up by a steam launch

* Coxswain Osborn W. Deignan (B), 1899; despite heavy fire from the Spanish batteries at sinking of USS Merrimac, Deignan displayed extraordinary heroism throughout operation

[issue dates unknown, might be same year (1898) if similar to 1905 incident recipients]

Philippine Insurgency

* Capt. William E. Birkhimer (E), 1902; with 12 men charged and routed 300 of the enemy

* Seaman Joseph Fitz (E), 1906; serving in the presence of the enemy on this date, Fitz displayed bravery and extraordinary heroism

* Lt. Col. William R. Grove (B), 1902; in advance of his regiment, he rushed to the assistance of his colonel, charging, pistol in hand, seven insurgents, and compelling surrender of all not killed or wounded

* Sgt. John Huntsman (B), unknown; for distinguished bravery and conspicuous gallantry in action against insurgents

* Sgt. Charles Ray (L), 1902; captured a bridge with the detachment he commanded and held it against a superior force of the enemy, thereby enabling an army to come and cross

* Maj. and Surgeon Paul Straub (L), 1906; exposed himself to hot fire from enemy in repelling with pistol fire an insurgent attack, went under fire to rescue a wounded officer, carried him to a place of safety

Boxer Rebellion

* Lt. and Adj. Louis B. Lawton (B), 1902; carried a message and guided reinforcements across a wide and fire-swept space, during which he was wounded three times

* Rear Admiral Frank Friday Fletcher (B), 1915; was senior officer present at Vera Cruz, at times on shore and under fire

* Lt. Julius C. Townsend (E), 1915; exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action of the 33rd and in the final occupation of the city

* Lt. Edouard V.M. Izac (B), 1920; while captive on the U-90 Izak learned about secretive U-boat battle tactics and operations, and escaped in attempt to share this intelligence

* Sgt. Milo Lemert (B), 1919; destroyed in turn 4 enemy machine-gun nests preventing many casualties among his company and very materially aided in achieving the objective

* Lt. Emory J. Pike (B, E), 1919; advanced with reorganized advance infantry units, went to aid of wounded man, was wounded, established highest standard of morale and confidence

* Arthur O. Beyer (B, E), 1945; Beyer’s intrepid action and unflinching determination to close with and destroy the enemy eliminated the German defense line and enabled his task force to gain its objective

* Lt. Dale E. Christensen (B), 1945; repeatedly distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond call of duty in the continuous heavy fighting which occurred in the area from 16-19 July

* Capt. Darrell R. Lindsey (B, E), 1945; with magnificent coolness and superb pilotage, he held swiftly descending B-26 in a steady glide until all crew members could jump to safety

* Sgt. Ralph G. Neppel (B, E), 1945; machinegun squad leader had 1 leg severed below the knee and suffered other wounds, yet dragged himself back to his position on his elbows, killed remaining riflemen

* Capt. Arlo L. Olson (B), 1944; brave leadership in attacking German troops

* Pharmacist’s Mate Francis Pierce Jr. (B, E), 1948; bravely assisted wounded comrades

* Lt. Paul F. Riordan (B), 1944; sacrificed life assaulting German strongholds

* Pvt. John F. Thorson (B, E), 1945; smothered grenade to save comrades 

Korean War

* Sgt. Junior D. Edwards (B, E), 1952; sacrificed life to hold key position

* Sgt. John F. Baker Jr. (B), 1968; almost single-handedly rescued fallen and wounded comrades, and destroyed enemy bunkers and snipers

* Col. George E. Day (B, E), 1976; downed reconnaissance pilot tortured as POW

* Capt. Merlyn H. Dethlefsen (B, E), 1968; courage in bombing attack

* Lt. Robert J. Hibbs (E), 1967; gallant aid to comrades

* Gunnery Sgt. Jimmie E. Howard (B, E), 1967; imaginative leadership against overwhelming odds, was largely responsible for preventing the loss of his entire platoon

* Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta (B, E), 2010; for rescuing a fellow American paratrooper from enemy hands while under gunfire in Afghanistan

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