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Hometown Heroes of the

OLD DOMINION

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Virginia

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49   Medals of Honor are Accredited to Virginia

  • During the Civil War almost ONE HALF (683) Medals of Honor were awarded for heroic action on the battlefields of Virginia.

  • World War II hero Jack Lucas received the Medal of Honor for heroic sacrifice at Iwo Jima just 5 days after his 17th birthday, making him the youngest hero in this century to receive the award.  At the time of his valor Jack had already been in the Marines for THREE YEARS.

  • Desmond T. Doss didn't like to be called a "conscious objector"...he did not object to the mission of Americans in World War II...his religious beliefs simply forbade him to kill.  His personal beliefs cost his some ridicule and scorn until Okinawa where his belief in the sacredness of life caused him to go to extreme limits to save the lives of his comrades.   His commanding officer said Doss saved 100 men...Doss said it couldn't possibly have been that many, maybe 50...so they compromised when they wrote his Medal of Honor citation and credited him with saving 75.

"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

Anderson, Charles W.

Army

Baltimore, MD

Winchester, VA

Barnes, William Henry

Army

St. Mary's Co, MD

Norfolk, VA

Blake, Robert

Navy

Virginia

Port Royal, VA

Gardiner, James
  aka:  Daniel Gardner

Army

Glouchester, VA

Yorktown, VA

James, Miles

Army

Princess Anne Cnty, VA

Portsmouth, VA

Levy, Benjamin Bennett

Army

New York, NY

Newport News, VA

Mifflin, James

Navy

Richmond, VA

Virginia

O'Connor, Timothy

Army

Ireland

New Creek, VA

Ratcliff, Edward

Army

James County, VA

Yorktown, VA

Woodall, William H.

Army

Lynchburg, VA

Winchester, VA

Indian Campaigns

Ayers, James F.

Army

Collinstown, VA

Richmond, VA

Boyne, Thomas

Army

Prince Georges Cnty, MD

Norfolk, VA

Gresham, John Chowning

Army

Virginia

Lancaster Cthouse, VA

Spanish-American War

Barrow, David Duffy

Navy

Reelsboro, NC

Norfolk, VA

Bright, George Washington

Navy

Norfolk, VA

Virginia

Penn, Robert

Navy

City Point, VA

Virginia

Volz , Robert

Navy

San Francisco, CA

Virginia

Philippine Insurrection

Gillenwater, James Robert Lee

Army

Rye Cove, VA

Rye Cove, VA

China (Boxer Rebellion)

Smith, Frank Elmer

Navy

Boston, MA

Virginia

Torgerson, Martin Torinus

Navy

Oleesen, Norway

Virginia

Mexican Campaign

Langhorne, Cary Devall

Navy

Lynchburg, VA

Virginia

Lannon, James Patrick

Navy

Alexandria, VA

Virginia

Neville, Wendell Cushing

USMC

Portsmouth, VA

Virginia

Haitian Campaign

Upshur, William Peterkin

USMC

Richmond, VA

Virginia

World War I

Gregory, Earl D.

Army

Chase City, VA

Chase City, VA

World War II

Dervishian, Ernest Herbert

Army

Richmond, VA

Richmond, VA

 

Doss, Desmond Thomas

Army

Lynchburg, VA

Lynchburg, VA

**Gammon, Archer T.

Army

Chatham, VA

Roanoke, VA

 

Lucas, Jacklyn Harold

USMC

Plymouth, NC

Norfolk, VA

**Monteith, Jimmie W.

Army

Low Moor, VA

Richmond, VA

**Peregory, Frank D.

Army

Esmont, VA

Charlottesville, VA

Street, III, George Levick

Navy

Richmond, VA

Richmond, VA

Vandegrift, Alexander Archer

USMC

Charlottesville, VA

Virginia

**Wilkins, Raymond Harrell

Army AC

Portsmouth, VA

Portsmouth, VA

Korean War

**Hammond, Francis Colton

Navy

Alexandria, VA

Alexandria, VA

**Shea, Jr., Richard Thomas

Army

Portsmouth, VA

Portsmouth, VA

Vietnam

**Folland, Michael Fleming

Army

Richmond, VA

Richmond, VA

L

Fox, Wesley Lee

USMC

Herndon, VA

Leesburg, VA

**Jones, III, William Atkinson

USAF

Norfolk, VA

Charlottesville, VA

L

Lee, Howard Vincent

USMC

New York, NY

Dumfries, VA

**Miller, Gary Lee

Army

Covington, VA

Roanoke, VA

Morris, Charles Bedford

Army

Carroll County, VA

Roanoke, VA

**Sargent, Ruppert Leon

Army

Hampton, VA

Richmond, VA

 

Versace, Humbert Roque

Army

Honolulu, HI Norfolk, VA
Peace Time Awards

Atkins, Daniel

Navy

Brunswick, VA

Virginia

O'Conner (O'Connor), James Frances

Navy

Portsmouth, VA

Virginia

Smith, Thomas

Navy

Ireland

Virginia

Taylor, Richard Hamilton

Navy

Staunton, VA

Virginia

Shacklette, William Sidney

Navy

Delaplane, VA

Virginia

Byrd, Jr., Richard Evelyn

Navy

Winchester, VA

Virginia

The following 25 Medal of Honor Recipients were BORN in the State of Virginia  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:

Beaty, Powhatan

Army

Richmond, VA

Cincinnati, OH

Carnie, William Harvey

Army

Norfolk, VA

New Bedford, MA

Durham, James R.

Army

Richmond, VA

Clarksburg, WV

Jordan, Thomas H.

Navy

Portsmouth, VA

Baltimore, MD

Schnell, Christian

Army

Virginia

Wapakoneta, OH

Smith, James (Ovid)

Army

Fredericksburg, VA

Circleville, OH

Tompkins, Charles Henry

Army

Fort Monroe, VA

Brooklyn, NY

Veal (Veale), Charles

Army

Portsmouth, VA

Baltimore, MD

Brown, Benjamin

Army

Spotsylvania County, VA

Harrisburg, PA

Greaves, Clinton

Army

Madison County, VA

Baltimore, MD

Johnson, Henry

Army

Boydton, VA

Detroit, MI

Mays, Isaiah

Army

Carters Bridge, VA

Columbus Barracks, OH

Stewart, Benjamin F.

Army

Norfolk, VA

Boston, MA

Whitehead (Whited), Patton G.

Army

Russell County, VA

Louisville, KY

Wills, Henry

Army

Gracon, VA

St. Louis, MO

Woodall, Zachariah (Zachery T.)

Army

Alexandria, VA

Carlisle, PA

Lee, Fitz

Army

Dinwiddie County, VA

Philadelphia, PA

Byrne, Bernard Abert

Army

Newport Barracks, VA

Washington, DC

Kilbourne, Jr., Charles Evans

Army

Fort Myer, VA

Portland, OR

Sutton, Clarence Edwin

USMC

Urbanna, VA

Washington, DC

Berkeley, Randolph Carter

USMC

Staunton, VA

Washington, DC

**Bausell, Lewis Kenneth

USMC

Pulaski, VA

Washington, DC

**Smedley, Larry Eugene

USMC

Front Royal, VA

Orlando, FL

**Langhorn, Garfield McConnell

Army

Cumberland, VA

Brooklyn, NY

**Martini, Gary Wayne

USMC

Lexington, VA

Portland, OR

 

 

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