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Kentucky

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43 Medals of Honor are Accredited to Kentucky

  • During the Civil War 3 Medals of Honor were awarded for action "on the ground" in Kentucky.

  • Kentucky's Dr. Mary Edwards Walker is the ONLY WOMAN in history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

  • Kentucky-born Civil War drummer WILLIAM HORSFALL was only 14 years old when he earned the Medal of Honor at Corinth for saving the life of a wounded officer.

"For Conspicuous Gallantry and Intrepidity in Action At the Risk of Life Above and Beyond the Call of Duty"

 

RECIPIENT'S NAME

Branch

PLACE OF BIRTH

MOH ACCREDITED TO:

Civil War

Hughes, Oliver

Army

Fentress County, TN

Albany, KY

Mattingly, Henry B.

Army

Marion County, KY

Lebanon, KY

Swegheimer, Jacob (John)

Army

Oldtown, Baden, Germany

Paducah, KY

Thorn, Walter

Army

Brooklyn, NY

Camp Nelson, KY

Walker, Mary Edwards

A (Civ)

Oswego, NY

Louisville, KY

Weston, John Francis

Army

Louisville, KY

Camp Anderson, KY

Indian Campaigns

**Bratling, Frank

Army

Bavaria, Germany

Louisville, KY

Cruse, Thomas

Army

Owensboro, KY

Owensboro, KY

Day, William L.

Army

Barron County, KY

Louisville, KY

Harris, William M.

Army

Madison County, KY

Mount Vernon, KY

Hawthorne, Harry Leroy

Army

Minnesota

Kentucky

Jones, William H.

Army

Davidson County, NC

Louisville, KY

Kerr, John Brown

Army

Lexington, KY

Hutchinson Station, KY

McDonald, Robert

Army

Erie County, NY

Newport, KY

McLoughlin, Michael

Army

County Sligo, Ireland

Louisville, KY

Morris, William W.

Army

Stewart County, TN

Louisville, KY

Scott, George D.

Army

Lancaster, KY

Mount Vernon, KY

Stevers (Stivers), Thomas W.

Army

Madison County, KY

Mount Vernon, KY

Voit, Otto Emil

Army

Baden, Germany

Louisville, KY

Whitehead (Whited), Patton G.

Army

Russell County, VA

Louisville, KY

Woods, Brent

Army

Pulaski County, KY

Louisville, KY

Spanish-American War

Nash, James J.

Army

Louisville, KY

Louisville, KY

Philippine Insurrection

Bell, James Franklin

Army

Shelbyville, KY

Shelbyville, KY

World War I

Sandlin, Willie

Army

Jackson, KY

Hyden, KY

World War II

 

Bush, Richard Earl

USMC

Glasgow, KY

Kentucky

**Crain, Morris E.

Army

Bandana, KY

Paducah, KY

**Phelps, Wesley

USMC

Neafus, KY

Kentucky

L

Ross, Wilburn Kirby

Army

Strunk, KY

Strunk, KY

Skaggs, Jr., Luther

USMC

Henderson, KY

Kentucky

Spurrier, Junior James

Army

Russell County, KY

Riggs, KY

**Squires, John C.

Army

Louisville, KY

Louisville, KY

Korean War

 

Barber, William Earl

USMC

Dehart, KY

West Liberty, KY

**Collier, John Walton

Army

Worthington, KY

Worthington, KY

Dodd, Carl Henry

Army

Coats, KY

Kenvir, KY

**Smith, David Monroe

Army

Livingston, KY

Livingston, KY

L

West, Ernest Edison

Army

Russell, KY

Wurtland, KY

Vietnam

**Long, Donald Russell

Army

Blackfork, OH

Ashland, KY

**Nash, David Paul

Army

Whitesville, KY

Louisville, KY

**Stewart, Jimmy Goethel

Army

West Columbia, WV

Ashland, KY

Peace Time Awards

Holt, George

Navy

Kentucky

Kentucky

Boers, Edward William

Navy

Cincinnati, OH

Kentucky

Clary, Edward Alvin

Navy

Foxport, KY

Kentucky

War on Terrorism

L

Meyer, Dakota L.

USMC

Columbia, KY

Columbia, KY

The following Medal of Honor Recipients were BORN in the State of Kentucky but either moved to or enlisted in military service in another state to which their award is accredited.  By virtue of their birth, they are still among our "Home Town Heroes".

RECIPIENT'S NAME

Branch

PLACE OF BIRTH

MOH ACCREDITED TO:

Black, William Perkins

Army

Woodford, KY

Danville, IL

Callahan, John H.

Army

Shelby Co, KY

Scottville, IL

Darrough, John S.

Army

Maysville, KY

Concord, IL

Davis, John

Army

Carroll, KY

Indianapolis, IN

Horsfall, William H.

Army

Campbell County, KY

Fort Cox, WV

Hudson, Aaron R.

Army

Madison County, KY

Indanapolis, IN

Hughey, John P.

Army

Louisville, KY

Anna, IL

McMillen, Francis M.

Army

Bracken County, KY

Piqua, OH

Noble, Daniel

Navy

Bath County, KY

Chicago, IL

Rood, Oliver P.

Army

Frankfort County, KY

Terre Haute, IN

Rundle, Charles Wesley

Army

Covington, KY

Oakley, IL

Steinmetz, William

Army

Newport, KY

Sunman, IN

Williamson, James Alexander

Army

Columbia, KY

Des Moines, IA

**Given, John J.

Army

Daviess County, KY

Cincinnati, OH

McDonald, Franklin M.

Army

Bowling Green, KY

Fort Griffin, TX

Shaw, Thomas

Army

Covington, KY

Baton Rouge, LA

Sullivan, Thomas

Army

Covington, KY

Cincinnati, OH

Hardaway, Benjamin Franklin

Army

Benleyville, KY

Fort Totten, DAK

**Mason, Leonard Foster

USMC

Middlesboro, KY

Ohio

**Baugh, William Bernard

USMC

McKinney, KY

Harrison, OH

**Kyle, Darwin K.

Army

Jenkins, KY

Racine, WV

**Fleek, Charles Clinton

Army

Petersburg, KY

Cincinnati, OH

L

Jenkins, Don

Army

Quality, KY

Nashville, TN

**Lauffer, Billy Lane

Army

Murray, KY

Phoenix, AZ

L

Littrell, Gary Lee

Army

Henderson, KY

Los Angeles, CA

**Paul, Joe Calvin

USMC

Williamsburg, KY

Dayton, OH

 

 

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