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The Medal of Honor database includes the full text of all Medal of Honor citations.  These are formatted to print as a single, full-page document with a graphic depicting the Medal of each recipient's era at the top of the citation.  Printed in blue at the base of each citation is the date and related information on the presentation of the award.

The real power of the Medal of Honor database is not just in viewing or printing any of the citations of our Medal of Honor recipients, but in querying the database to find a specific, or specific group, of citations.

 

When you choose the CITATIONS button from the main switchboard, a new window opens to reveal the search options for recipient citations.  

  • Search for Citations by Last Name
  • Search by First and Last Name
  • Search by State to which Medal is Accredited
  • Search by War or Conflict (Alphabetical)
  • Search by War or Conflict (Chronological)
  • Search by Branch of Service
  • Search by Unit, Ship or Division
  • Search by Key Words in the Citation
  • Search by Key Word Field
  • View ALL citations
  • View citations for the Living Recipients

You interface with the database through this form by selecting your search options, then entering your search criteria in a dialog box.

If you select the option to view citations based upon the recipient's LAST NAME, a dialog box like the one at right appears.   Enter a last name and a citation like the one shown at the top of this page will display for the recipient specified.

The following case problems will illustrate some of the features available in searching for a specific, or a specified GROUP of citations.

Citation Case Problem 1
Find A Specific Citation

If you are searching for a specific citation and the recipient has a unique last name, you can quickly find it using this option.  In this case problem, you will look for MOH recipient Paul Bucha's citation.

  1. Select the option Citations: By Last Name

  2. When the dialog box appears enter Bucha

Paul Bucha's Medal of Honor citation will be displayed.

This feature works ONLY if the recipient has a unique last name.  When more than one recipient has the same last name, the database will return the citations for all recipients who meet the search criteria.

Citation Case Problem 2
Find A Specific Citation

When President Eisenhower presented the Medal of Honor to Raymond G. Murphy for his heroism in Korea, the President candidly remarked on the number of people named "Murphy" who had received our Nation's highest award.  How many people named "Murphy" received Medals of Honor?

  1. Select the option Citations: By Last Name

  2. When the dialog box appears enter Murphy

The citation for Civil War Medal recipient Charles Joseph Murphy is displayed.  (He was the first "Murphy" to earn the Medal of Honor.)

If you scroll down to the bottom of Charles Murphy's Medal of Honor citation you will see a gray status bar showing .  This indicates that your query has returned 21 citations, all for men with the last name of "Murphy".  You can use the arrows to scroll through and view all 21 citations, one at a time.  You can also use our custom tool bar at the top of the page to scroll through the citations, or even to print any single citation or all 21 of them.

 

WILD CARDS are special characters you can use to make special queries.  The most common wild card is the asterisk   *   (the upper case 8 on your keyboard).  The asterisk represents ANY character or STRING of characters.  The following examples will show some common uses for wild cards in querying the Medal of Honor Database.

 

Citation Case Problem 3
Find A Specific Citation using Wild Cards

You want to view the Medal of Honor citation for Vietnam War Special Forces hero Gary Beikirck.

  1. Select the option Citations: By Last Name

  2. When the dialog box appears enter Beikirck

A blank form is returned.  (This means that the database could not find any records that matched the last name of "Beikirck.)  There are two possible reasons the query was unsuccessful:

  1. Gary Beikirck IS NOT listed in this database, or

  2. You miss-spelled Mr. Beikirck's last name in the dialog box.

We KNOW that Gary Beikirck IS a Medal of Honor recipient, we are just unsure of the spelling of his last name.  This is where WILD CARDS become helpful.  If we know the first part of his last name is spelled "Bei", we can use a wild card to finish the string.  Enter "Bei*" in the dialog box and the computer will search for all records where the Last Name begins with "Bei" followed by any other characters.  Gary Beikirch's citation is now displayed.

You can use as many KNOWN characters as you wish with your wild card, but the more characters you enter, the more you refine your search.  For instance:
  • B*     returns 336 recipient citations for men whose last names begin with "B" followed by other letters.
  • Be*   returns 59 recipient citations for men whose last names begin with "Be" followed by other letters.
  • Bei*  returns only ONE citation.  Mr. Beikirch's last name is the ONLY one to begin with a "Bei"

 

Citation Case Problem 4
Find A Specific Citation using First and Last Name

This is the fastest way to find one, particular citation.  We have already seen that if we query the database for the last name "Murphy", it will return 21 individual citations.  If you are looking specifically for AUDIE MURPHY's citation, you can query the database by selecting the First and Last Name option.  (Use wild cards BEFORE and after each name.)

  1. Select the option Citations: By First and Last Name

  2. When the dialog box appears enter *Audie*Murphy*

Audie Murphy's Citation appears.

[The reason we use wild cards in these fields is because of the manner in which names are recorded in the database.  Audie Murphy's full name is Audie Leon Murphy, and is recorded as such.  Using the wild cards the computer will look for any string of characters that includes the words "Audie" and "Murphy" regardless of position, and return a value based upon those parameters.]

 

Citation Case Problem 5
Display the citations of all recipients accredited to any STATE

To view/print the citations of all Medal Of Honor recipients based upon the state to which their Medal is accredited:

  1. Select the option 
             Citations: By STATE to which MOH is Accredited

  2. When the dialog box appears enter the FULL NAME of a state.

Citations are accredited to the state in which the recipient entered military service.  Using the above example, the citation for William Henry Walling (the first South Carolinian to earn the Medal of Honor) appears, followed by 28 additional citations in chronological order.  You can use the tool bar to scroll through and view or print each of the 29 citations accredited to South Carolina.

 

Citation Case Problem 6
Display the citations of all recipients from a specified WAR or Conflict

Two options are available for viewing citations by WAR or CONFLICT.  You can either run a query to display all citations from a specified war in Alphabetical order by the Recipient's LAST NAME, or in chronological order by the date of the Medal of Honor action.  The process for either is the same, and depends upon which of the two options you select from the "Citations: By" list.

  1. Select the option 
             Citations: By WAR or Conflict (Alphabetical)

  2. When the dialog box appears, enter the name of the war or conflict.  (In this example the first citation to appear would be that for Charles Gene Abrell.  You can then scroll alphabetically through the other 130 Korean War citations.

If you are running the same query on Citations:  By WAR or Conflict (Chronological), the first citation would be that of William Frishe Dean, Sr. followed by the other 130 Korean War recipients in the order of their Medal of Honor action.

The wars and conflicts in our database are divided into the 19 periods shown at right.  You can enter the parameter exactly as shown here for the best results.  You can also use wild cards.  For instance:

Vietnam* would return results for the Vietnam War
Spanish* would return results for the Spanish American War

Keep in mind, however, that:

Korea* would return BOTH Korea 1871 AND Korean War
Philippine* would return results for BOTH Philippine Actions
Haiti* would list the citations for BOTH Haitian Actions

Civil War
Indian Campaigns
Korea 1871
Spanish-American War
Samoan Campaign
Philippine Insurrection
China Relief
Philippines 1911
Mexican Campaign
Haitian Campaign 1915
Dominican Campaign
World War I
2nd Haitian Campaign
Nicaraguan Campaign
World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Somalia
Peace Time Awards

 


These are some of the queries you can utilize to view/print the Medal of Honor citations in our database.  In addition to these queries, you can also display citations based upon:

Plus you can also choose to:

The query options are almost identical for either the printable citations, or the recipient PROFILE PAGES.  The only difference lies in the form that the query returns.  To learn more about these options, as well as the PROFILE features available in the Medal of Honor database, click on the second button on the switchboard screenshot below.

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