Pueblo's neightbor to the north is Colorado
Springs, home the the United States Air Force Academy. Near the center of downtown
is a statue of one of the city's founding fathers, William Jackson Palmer. Mr.
Palmer died in 1909 and is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs.
Far less known than the fact that Palmer was instrumental in the establishment of this
city is the fact that during the Civil War, with less than 200 men he attacked and
defeated a larger force and captured 100 prisoners, all without loosing a man. His
headstone bears the distinctive gold imprint of the Medal of Honor. Not far away in
the same cemetery is another Medal of Honor marker, this to World War II hero Floyd K.
Lindstrom who was killed in action during his moment of valor. Two great heroes
from different wars almost a century apart, each with an inspiring history for those who
take the time to learn about them.
We encourage schools and organizations to adopt
living recipients because we feel it is important to remember and honor our heroes DURING
THEIR LIFETIME. (It seems all too often that we don't take these steps until after
they are gone from us.) At the same time however, we believe it is important to
remember our heroes of the past. There is so much to learn from them if we will take
the time to learn about them.
The chances are very strong that there is a Medal
of Honor recipient buried near or even IN your own hometown. The chances are equally
strong that, but for family and perhaps a few local veterans, they are largely forgotten.
Resurecting their memory can be a "gold mine" of opportunity for your
When Doyle Cooper's Social Studies classes adopted
the grave site of Warren Dockum back in 1993 they not only chose to expend efforts to
clean and maintain his grave site, but also his memory. Using news stories from old
newspapers they began to find more and more information about him including an interview
in 1921 where he talked about his military service and Medal of Honor action. The
local historical society added more material to the study, and within a few weeks the
students located the great-grandchildren of the Civil War hero living nearby. Many
of them weren't even aware of the honor bestowed upon the Dockum patriarch. The
students further learned that Mr. Dockum's Medal had been lost decades before in a fire
and began a letter writing campaign to Colorado Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell to get the
Medal restored to the family. Though they were unable, due to some legislative
restrictions, to get the Medal reissued, with the help of Senator Campbell some measure of
their great-grandfather's legacy was restored to the family in person at a patriotic
assembly here in 1993.
We have provided a state-by-state listing of the
burial sites of Medal of Honor recipients. Feel free to use it to connect to a part
of your own local history. As always, feel free to contact us if we may be of