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Hometown Heroes of the

EMPIRE STATE

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New York

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666 Medals of Honor are Accredited to New York

  • 8 of the Medals of Honor Awarded for heroic, non-combat action were for heroic life-saving acts within the State of New York.

  • 19 American soldiers have received TWO awards of the Medal of Honor in the history of the award.  SEVEN of these DOUBLE-PUNCH heroes were from New York.

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

 

Almost 20% of the Total Medals of Honor awarded have gone to soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who entered military service in the State of New York.  While it is often pointed out that in the early days of the award many immigrants to the United States entered military service in New York "by default", the fact remains that HALF of New York's 663 Accredited Medals of Honor were awarded to "Native Sons" born in the Empire State (326 of them).  An additional 141 New York born sons either moved or entered the service in other states, thus their Medal of Honor is accredited elsewhere. 

All of these heroes can be found listed here but, due the large number of them and in order to both make your search easier and minimumize down-load time, we have separated the New York Medal of Honor recipients into 7 pages.  You can access them from the hyper-links below, then click on the New York Button to return to this page.

 

CIVIL WAR/NYC
Of the 382 Medals of Honor accredited to the STATE of New York for Civil War heroism, 197 were awarded to soldiers from New York CITY.

ACTION

MOHs

NY

%

Civil War

1520

382

25%

Indian Campaigns

424

76

18%

Korea (8171)

15

4

27%

Spanish-American

109

31

28%

Samoa

4

0

0%

Philippine Insurection

80

8

10%

China (Boxer Rebellion)

59

10

17%

Philippine Outlaws

6

0

0%

Mexican Campaign

56

9

16%

Haiti

6

1

17%

Dominican Campaign

3

0

0%

World War I

119

16

13%

Haiti - 2

2

0

0%

Nicaraguan Campaign

2

0

0%

World War II

472

34

7%

Korea

146

4

2%

Vietnam

256

30

13%

Somalia

2

0

0%

Iraq/Afghanistan

13

0

0%

Peace Time Awards

189

62

33%

      Totals

3408

664

19%

CIVIL WAR/NY State
185 Soldiers from OTHER CITIES in New York received Medals of Honor during the Civil War.  They are listed here by CITY.

INDIAN CAMPAIGNS
The 76 soldiers who received Medals of Honor for actions during the Indian Campaigns of the West are listed here by home town in New York.

EARLY WARS
From Korea (1871) to the Caribbean, through 11 different actions for which Medals of Honor were awarded, New York veterans received Medals in 7 of them.   Find them here listed by action.

WORLD WARS
World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam Medal of Honor recipients from New York are listed here by action.

Peace Time Awards
From 1865 to 1940, 189 Medals were awarded for heroic, non-combat action.  New York heroes received a full 1/3rd of them.

Shared Heroes
141 New York BORN sons entered the service in other states.   This is a list of our home-grown heroes shared with other states.

 

 

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