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Hometown Heroes of the

PALMETTO STATE

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South
Carolina

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30 Medals of Honor are Accredited to South Carolina

  • The National Headquarters for the Medal of Honor Society and the MEDAL OF HONOR MUSEUM are located on the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point, SC.

  • Born in 1898 just 6 months after Richmond Hobson's heroic actions during the Spanish-American war, RICHMOND HOBSON HILTON received the Medal of Honor during World War I, the only name-sake of a Medal of Honor hero to also receive the Medal of Honor.

  • No Medals of Honor were awarded to Black soldiers for heroism in World War I.  This was finally corrected in 1991 when President George Bush presented a posthumous award to the sisters of South Carolina's Freddie Stowers.

  • The last Medal of Honor action of the Vietnam War occured on Halloween night, 1972 when South Carolina Navy SEAL Michael Thornton saved the life of his team's leader Lt. Thomas Norris.  Six months earlier Norris had been nominated for the Medal of Honor for his own heroic acitons to save pilots of two downed aircraft.  In was only the second time in history that a Medal of Honor was awarded for saving the life of a Medal of Honor recipient.

"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

Walling, William Henry

Army

Hartford, NY

Folly Island, SC

Philippine Insurrection

Kennedy, John Thomas

Army

Hendersonville, SC

Orangeburg, SC

Mexican Campaign

Elliott, Middleton Stuart

Navy

Beauford, SC

South Carolina

Moffett, William Adger

Navy

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

World War I

Dozier, James C.

Army

Galivants, SC

Rock Hill, SC

Foster, Gary Evans

Army

Spartanburg, SC

Inman, SC

**Hall, Thomas Lee

Army

Fort Mill, SC

Fort Mill, SC

**Heriot, James Davidson

Army

Providence, SC

Providence, SC

Hilton, Richmond Hobson

Army

Westville, SC

Westville, SC

**Stowers, Freddie

Army

Sandy Springs, SC

Anderson, SC

Sullivan, Daniel Augustus Joseph

Navy

Charleston, SC

South Carolina

Villepigue, John Cantey

Army

Camden, SC

Camden, SC

Nicaraguan Campaign

Truesdell (Truesdale), Donald Leroy

USMC

Lugoff, SC

South Carolina

World War II

Atkins, Thomas E.

Army

Campobello, SC

Campobello, SC

Mabry, Jr., George Lafayette

Army

Sumter, SC

Sumter, SC

**McWhorter, William A.

Army

Liberty, SC

Liberty, SC

**Owens, Robert Allen

USMC

Greenville, SC

South Carolina

**Smith, Furman L.

Army

Six Mile, SC

Central, SC

Korean War

**Barker, Charles H.

Army

Pickens County, SC

Pickens County, SC

Kennemore, Robert Sidney

USMC

Greenville, SC

Greenville, SC

**Knight, Noah Odell

Army

Chesterfield, SC

Jefferson, SC

**Watkins, Lewis George

USMC

Seneca , SC

Seneca, SC

Vietnam

 

Anderson, Webster

Army

Winnsboro, SC

Winnsboro, SC

**Howe, James Donnie

USMC

Six Mile, SC

Fort Jackson, SC

 

McGinty, III, John James

USMC

Boston, MA

Laurel Bay, SC

L

Thornton, Michael Edwin

Navy

Greenville, SC

Spartanburg, SC

Williams, Charles Quincy

Army

Charleston, SC

Fort Jackson, SC

Williams, James Elliott

Navy

Rock Hill, SC

Columbia, SC

War on Terrorism
L

Carpenter, William Kyle

USMC

Flowood, MS

Batesberg, SC

Peace Time Awards

Floyd, Edward

Navy

Ireland

South Carolina

The following Medal of Honor Recipients were BORN in the State of South Carolina 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:

Garlington, Ernest Albert

Army

Newberry Hill, SC

Athens, GA

Hooper, Joe Ronnie

Army

Piedmont, SC

Los Angeles, CA

**Johnson, Ralph Henry

USMC

Charleston, SC

Oakland, CA

Wheeler, George Huber

Navy

Charleston, SC

Washington, DC

 

 

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