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Above And Beyond The Call Of Duty

“The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.”  It is earned, not won, by performing a deed of personal bravery or self-sacrifice, above and beyond the call of duty, while a member of the Armed Services of the United States in actual combat with an enemy of the Nation. 

The deed performed must meet very stringent guidelines.  It must have no margin for doubt or error.  The deed must be proved by incontestable evidence of at least two eye-witnesses; it must be so outstanding that it clearly distinguishes the gallantry of the individual beyond the call of duty from lesser forms of bravery; it must involve the risk of life; and it must be the type of deed which if not performed, would not subject the individual to any justified criticism.  The Medal is presented by a high official “in the name of the Congress of the United States.”  For this reason it is often called “The Congressional Medal of Honor.”

While researching the Medals of Honor accredited to Idaho we discovered that an additional  8 Medals were EARNED in Idaho, 14 Medal of Honor Recipients are buried in Idaho, 5 Medal of Honor Recipients are currently living in Idaho, and 4 Medal of Honor Recipients were born in Idaho but either moved to or enlisted in another state.   That makes a total of 34 Medal of Honor Recipients with an Idaho connection! (Several recipients are in more than one category.)  

There has also come to light, information on other Medal of Honor Recipients  with Idaho connections who are listed as Honorable Mentions.


 
The following lists the Medal of Honor Recipients and their connection to Idaho (Accredited to Idaho, Born in Idaho, Living in Idaho, Buried in Idaho, Earned their Medal in Idaho, Honorable Mention). 


Of note, the actual Medals of Honor of Civil War Recipient Gurdon H. Barter and Korean War Recipient David B. Bleak are now on exhibit in the Museum. 

RECIPIENT

SVC

CONFLICT

ACCD

BORN

LIVING

BURIED

EARNED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BARTER, Gurdon H.

Navy

Civil War

 

 

 

X

 

CONAWAY, John Wesley

Army

Civil War

 

 

 

X

 

HAYS, John H.

Army

Civil War

 

 

 

X

 

KEPHART, James

Army

Civil War

 

 

 

X

 

               

BRYAN, William Charles

Army

Indian Campaigns
Honorable Mention

 

 

 

 

 

CLARK, Wilfred

Army

Indian Campaigns

 

 

 

 

X

GARLAND, Harry

Army

Indian Campaigns

 

 

 

 

X

GREEN, John

Army

Indian Campaigns

 

 

 

X

 

HEISE, Richard Clamor

Army

Indian Campaigns

 

 

 

X

 

HUMPHREY, Charles Frederic

Army

Indian Campaigns

 

 

 

 

X

JACKSON, James

Army

Indian Campaigns

 

 

 

 

X

JONES, William H.

Army

Indian Campaigns

 

 

 

 

X

LEONARD, Patrick T.

Army

Indian Campaigns

  X

 

 

 

 

MCCARTHY, Michael

Army

Indian Campaigns

 

 

 

 

X

OLIVER, Francis

Army

Indian Campaigns

 

 

 

X

 

PARNELL, William Russell

Army

Indian Campaigns

 

 

 

 

X

WILKENS, Henry

Army

Indian Campaigns

 

 

 

 

X

LONGFELLOW, Richard Moses

Army

Philippine Insurrection

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOSTER, Paul Frederick Navy Vera Cruz (Mexico)

X

       
               

NEIBAUR, Thomas Croft

Army

World War I

X

X

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BAKER, Vernon Joseph

Army

World War II

 

 

X

 

 

BOYINGTON, Gregory Pappy

USMC

World War II

 

X

 

 

 

BROSTROM, Leonard Carl

Army

World War II

X

X

 

X

 

BUSH, Robert Eugene

Navy

World War II - Honorable Mention

 

 

 

 

 

JACKSON, Arthur J. USMC World War II     X    
KANE,  John Riley Army Air Corps

World War II - Honorable Mention

         
LESTER, Paul Frederick US Navy Reserve World War II -
Honorable Mention
         

MAXWELL, Robert Dale

Army

World War II

 

X

 

 

 

MCCARTER, Lloyd G.

Army

World War II

 

X

 

X

 

NAKAMURA, William Kenzo

Army

World War II

X

 

 

 

 

SMITH, Maynard Harrison

Army Air Corps World War II - Honorable Mention          

VAN NOY Nathan K. (Junior)

Army

World War II

X

X

 

X

 

 

 

BLEAK, David Bruce

Army 

Korean War

X  

X 

 

 

 

JOHNSON, James Edmund

USMC

Korean War

 

X

 

 

 

LITTLETON, Herbert A

USMC

Korean War

X1 

 

 

X

 

MYERS, Reginald Rodney

USMC

Korean War

X

X

 

 

 

SCHOONOVER, Dan D.

Army

Korean War

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FISHER, Bernard Francis

USAF

Vietnam

X

 

X

 

 

FREEMAN, Ed W.

Army

Vietnam

*

 

X

 

 

NORRIS, Thomas Rolland

Navy

Vietnam

 

 

X

 

 

REASONER, Frank Stanley

USMC

Vietnam

X

 

 

X

 

SIJAN, Lance P. USAF Vietnam - Honorable Mention

*Hattiesburg, Mississippi is where Mr. Freeman entered the service; however, Mr. Freeman has lived in Idaho for the past 30+ years, was attached to the Idaho National Guard for a time, and was living in Idaho when he received the award.  

1 PFC Littleton's medal was originally accredited to South Dakota but in 1965, at the request of the family, Idaho Senator Frank Church contacted the USMC and his accreditation was officially changed to Idaho.  

Listed below, alphabetically,  is a brief history of Idaho's Men Of Valor.

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Name: BAKER, Vernon Joseph
Service:
Army
Conflict:
WWII
Location and Date of Act:
Near Viareggio Italy, 5-6 April 1945
Entered Svc:
Cheyenne Wyoming
DOB:
17 December
POB:
Cheyenne Wyoming
Current Location: 
Lives in Idaho
Profiled in 4th Quarter 2000 Newsletter
Note: Lieutenant Baker has written a book about his life and his Medal of Honor earning event.  He has graciously agreed to make it available to our gift shop and will personally autographed each copy.  It should be in stock on 4 August 2007.  Click here to go to our gift shop and order a copy:  [Gift Shop]
   

Name: BARTER, Gurdon H.
Service:
Navy
Conflict:
Civil War
Location and Date of Act:
USS Minnesota/Ft. Fisher, 15 January 1865  (Although the date mentioned in his citation is 15 Jan 1865, the actual engraving on his medal reads "Dec. 1864 & Jan 1865")
Entered Svc:
New York, New York
DOB:
1843
POB:
Williamsburg New York
Current Location:
Landsman Barter died on 22 April 1900 and there are two cemeteries that claim to have his grave.  One is Moscow Cemetery in Moscow, Idaho (Lot 28, Block 1); the other is Viola Cemetery, Viola, Idaho (Plot 66, Grave 3).  The Medal of Honor Headstone is at the grave in Viola’s Cemetery.  The Medal of Honor stone was to be moved to the Moscow location but will now remain in Viola. 
Profiled in 1st Quarter 2006
Newsletter   
On March 25, 2006, National Medal of Honor Day, Congressman Otter formally presented Landsman Gurdon H. Barter's actual Medal of Honor to the Idaho Military History Museum.  It is now on display at the Museum. 

Name: BLEAK, David Bruce
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Korean War
Location and Date of Act:
Vicinity of Minari-gol, Korea, 14 June 1952
Entered Svc:
Shelley, Idaho
DOB:
27 February 
POB:
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Current Location:
We are sad to report that David Bleak passed away on 23 March 2006. His Cremains were scattered at a favorite Idaho fishing location.

Profiled in  3rd Quarter 2000 Newsletter (Updated 2nd Quarter 2007)
Notes:  On June 14, 2006, David Bleak's Medal of Honor was presented to the Idaho Military Historical Society by his family for display in the Idaho Military History Museum.   His Medal was unveiled on June 14, 2007 and is now on exhibit.   

Name: BOYINGTON, Gregory Pappy
Service:
USMC
Conflict:
WWII
Location and Date of Act:
Central Solomons Area, 12 September 1943 - 3 January 1944
Entered Svc: Tacoma, Washington
DOB: 4 December 1912
POB:
Coeur d'Alene Idaho
Current Location:
Arlington National Cemetery, (7A-150), Arlington, Virginia  (Died 11 January 1988)
Notes:  Until he decided to apply for flight school, he believed his name to be Gregory Hallenbeck.  Boyington was better known as Pappy than Greg and he had his name legally changed in 1961 when he decided to run for political office. 

Name: BROSTROM, Leonard Carl
Service:
Army
Conflict: 
WWII
Location and Date of Act:
Near Dagami, Leyte, Philippine Islands, 28 October 1944
Entered Svc:
Preston, Idaho
DOB: 
23 November 1919
POB:
Preston, Idaho
Current Location: Preston Cemetery Dist, Preston, Idaho (NW Section, Block 1, Lot 18) (KIA 20 Oct 1944)

Profiled in 2nd Quarter 2004 Newsletter

Name: CLARK, Wilfred
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Big Hole, Montana, Camas Meadows, Idaho, 9 and 20 August 1877 respectively.

Entered Svc:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
DOB: 
1841
POB:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Current Location:
Lost in History, last known location was Cascade Montana.

Name: CONAWAY, John Wesley
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Civil War
Location and Date of Act:
Vicksburg, Mississippi, 22 May 1863
Entered Svc:
Rising Sun, Indiana
DOB: 
19 September 1843 
POB:
Dearborn County, Indiana

Current Location:
Evergreen Cemetery, Post Falls, Idaho (Lot 6, Block 30) (Died 21 Nov 1913)
Note: His enlistment location has been incorrectly recorded.  His enlistment contract states he enlisted in Rising Sun.

Name: FISHER, Bernard Francis
Service:
USAF
Conflict:
Vietnam
Location and Date of Act:
Bien Hoa & Pleiku, Vietnam,10 March 1966
Entered Svc:
Kuna, Idaho
DOB:
11 January 
POB:
San Bernardino, California
Current Location:
Lives in Idaho
Profiled in 2nd Quarter 2000  Newsletter
Note: Colonel Fisher has written a book about his life and his Medal of Honor earning event.  He has graciously made it available to our gift shop and has personally autographed each copy.  Click here to go to our gift shop and order a copy:  [Gift Shop]

Name:  FOSTER, Paul Frederick
Service: 
Ensign, U.S. Navy
Conflict: Vera Cruz, Mexico
Location and Date of Act:
  Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21 and 22 April 1914
Entered Svc: Idaho
Current Location:   Arlington National Cemetery (5-106) (Died  30 January 1972)
Note: 
Prior to entering the U.S. Naval Academy, Foster attended the University of Idaho.  In addition, the Navy Historical Center recently revealed that Ensign Foster is actually accredited to Idaho!  "He received a senatorial appointment from the State of Idaho to the U.S. Naval Academy."

Name: FREEMAN, Ed W.
Service:
Army
Conflict: 
Viet Nam
Location and Date of Act:
Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam, 14 November 1965
Entered Svc: Hattiesburg, Mississippi

DOB: 
20 November 
POB:
Neely, Mississippi
Current Location:
Lives in
Idaho
Profiled in 2nd Quarter 2002  Newsletter (.pdf format)


Name:
GARLAND, Harry
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Little Muddy Creek, Montana, Camas Meadows, Idaho, 7 May and 20 August 1877 respectively.

Entered Svc:
Indianapolis, Indiana
DOB: 
1844
POB:
Boston, Massachusetts

Current Location:
Ft. Missoula, Montana, (North Section, Row I, Grave 3), (Died 21 May 1883) 
Note: History incorrectly recorded his date of action and his burial location. 
The battle at Camas Meadows was 20 August and the letter recommending him for the Medal clearly states that the Date of Action was 20 August 1877.
His burial location was incorrectly recorded as Ft. Ellis, Wyoming. The graves at Ft. Ellis, which is actually located in Montana, were moved to Ft. Missoula, Montana, when Ft. Ellis closed on or about 1886. Most sources list his death as 7 May 1883 but the Burial Register from Ft. Ellis, Montana clearly shows that he died on 21 May 1883.

Name: GREEN, John
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Lava Beds, California, 17 January 1873
Entered Svc:
Columbus Ohio
DOB:
20 November 1825
POB:
Wurttemberg Germany

Current Location:
Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Idaho (Grave 1, Lot 105, Block E) (Died 22 Nov 1908)
Profiled in 4th Quarter 1999 
  
& Updated in  3rd Quarter 2000 
Newsletter 

Name: HAYS, John Henry
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Civil War
Location and Date of Act:
Columbus Georgia, 16 April 1865
Entered Svc:
Oskaloosa Iowa
DOB: 
4 August 1844
POB:
Jefferson County, Ohio

Current Location:
Moscow Cemetery, Moscow, Idaho (Block 7, Lot 25, Grave 4) (Died 27 Jan 1904).  His headstone has two dates but his actual date of death was 1904. 
He was the Marshal for the town of Troy, Idaho and was killed in the line of duty.  
Notes:
   History has recorded the Confederate flag captured by Hays as that of “Austin’s Battery.”  However, Hays actual flag has been preserved by the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines, and is the 2nd National Banner of the Confederate States of America, design adopted in May of 1863.  It was recently on display in the Iowa State Capitol. 
Profiled in 3rd Quarter 2005 Newsletter.  

Name: HEISE, Richard Clamor  
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
13 August through 31 October 1868
Entered Svc:
New York, New York
DOB:
12 December 1844
POB:
Germany
Current Location:
Heise Hot Springs Cemetery, Heise Idaho (Died October 31, 1921)
Notes: 
 History recorded his action date and location as Arizona, August-October 1868.  It was actually 13 August through 31 October 1868, vicinity of the Black Mountains of Arizona.  Mr. Heise was also the Founder of Heise Hot Springs, Heise, Idaho.
Profiled in 4th Quarter 2004  Newsletter (.pdf format)

Name: HUMPHREY, Charles Frederic
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Clearwater, Idaho, 11 July 1877

Entered Svc:
Buffalo, New York
DOB: 
2 September 1844
POB:
Cortland, New York

Current Location:
Arlington National  Cemetery, (4-3115), Arlington, Virginia  (Died 4 June 1926)
Profiled in 3rd Quarter 2006 Newsletter

Name: JACKSON, Arthur J.
Service: USMC
Conflict:
WWII
Location and Date of Act:
Island of Peleliu in Palau Group, 18 September 1944
Entered Svc:
Portland, Oregon
DOB:
18 October
POB:
Cleveland, Ohio
Current Location:
Lives in Idaho
Profiled in 4th Quarter 2002  Newsletter (.pdf format)

Name: JACKSON, James
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Camas Meadows, Idaho, 20 August 1877

Entered Svc:
New Jersey  
DOB: 
21 November 1833
POB:
New Jersey

Current Location:
River View Cemetery, (Section 15, Lot 174, Grave 4), Port
land, Oregon (Died 21 October 1916)
Note:  Contrary to recorded history, James Jackson entered the service from Iowa, not New Jersey.
 

Name: JOHNSON, James Edmund
Service:
USMC
Conflict:
Korean War
Location and Date of Act:
Yudam-ni, Korea, 2 December 1950
Entered Svc:
Washington DC
DOB:
1 January 1926
POB:
Pocatello, Idaho
Current Location:
Missing in Action (Declared KIA 2 Nov 1953)
Note:  A Memorial Marker (MH-451) has been erected in his honor in Section 13 of Arlington  National Cemetery.  
Profiled in 1st Quarter 2003  Newsletter (.pdf format)

Name: JONES, William H.
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Little Muddy Creek, Montana, Camas Meadows, Idaho, 7 May and 20 August 1877 respectively.

Entered Svc:
Louisville, Kentucky
DOB:
1842
POB:
Davidson County, North Carolina
Current Location:
Efland Methodist Church Cemetery, North Carolina (Died 23 Dec 1911)
Note:  The Farrier Award, presented annually to the Trooper of the Year in the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment to recognize the most outstanding trooper in the Regiment, is named in honor of Farrier Jones.

Name: KEPHART, James
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Civil War
Location and Date of Act:
Vicksburg Mississippi, 19 May 1863
Entered Svc:
Dubuque, Iowa
DOB:
  22 April 1842
POB:
Venango County, Pennsylvania

Current Location:
Elmwood Cemetery, Gooding, Idaho (Grave 8, Lot B, Block 12) (Died 27 April 1932)
Note:  History recorded his date of death as 17 April 1932.  It was actually 27 April 1932.
Profiled in 4th Quarter 2003  Newsletter (.pdf format)

Name: LEONARD, Patrick T.
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Fort Hartsuff (Grace Creek), Nebraska, 28 April 1876
Entered Svc:
Camp Three Forks, Idaho Territory
DOB: 
1828
POB:
Clare County, Ireland

Current Location:
Mount Calvary Cemetery (Section 2 SE Corner), Lansing, Kansas (Died 1 March 1905).
Note: 
Patrick T. Leonard was stationed at Camp Three Forks, Idaho Territory during the late 1860's/early 1870's.  While there, he had a short break in service at Camp Three Forks prior to re-enlisting at Camp Three Forks and going on to earn the Medal of Honor in Nebraska.  As such, he is technically accredited to Idaho. 

Originally believed to be a double recipient, it wasn't until 1984 that it was learned there were in fact two recipients with the name of Patrick Leonard. 

Name: LITTLETON, Herbert A
Service:
USMC
Conflict:
Korean War
Location and Date of Act:
Chungchon, Korea, 22 April 1951
Entered Svc:
Idaho
DOB:
1 July 1930
POB:
Mena, Arkansas
Current Location:
Kohler Lawn Cemetery, Nampa, Idaho (R-388-3-1)(KIA 22 April 1951)
Note:  Herbert's name is Herbert A Littleton, he does not have a middle name.
His medal was originally accredited to South Dakota but a review request from the family in 1965 changed it to Idaho.
Profiled in 1st Quarter 2002 Newsletter 

Name: LONGFELLOW, Richard Moses
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Philippine Insurrection
Location and Date of Act:
Near San Isidro, Philippine Islands,16 May 1899
Entered Svc:
Mandan, North Dakota
DOB:
24 June 1867 
POB:
Springfield, Illinois
Current Location:
Normal Hill Cemetery, Lewiston, Idaho (Div 4, Row 26, Lot 26, Grave 9) (Died 17 May 1951)
Note:  Records indicate that his award was issued on 4 April 1906.  In reality, he did not receive it until June 1909. 
Profiled in 4th Quarter 2005 Newsletter.    

Name: MAXWELL, Robert Dale
Service:
Army
Conflict:
WWII
Location and Date of Act:
Near Besancon France, 7 September 1944
Entered Svc:
Creswell, Colorado
DOB:
26 October
POB:
Boise, Idaho
Current Location: 
Lives in Oregon
Profiled in 2nd Quarter 2003  Newsletter (.pdf format)

Name: MCCARTER, Lloyd G.
Service:
Army
Conflict:
WWII
Location and Date of Act:
Corregidor, Philippine Islands, 16-19 February 1945

Entered Svc:
Tacoma, Washington
DOB:
11 May 1917
POB: St. Maries, Idaho
Current Location:
Woodlawn Cemetery, St. Maries Idaho (Died 2 Feb 1956)
Note: 
Lloyd G. McCarter served in the Idaho National Guard prior to entering active duty.  Also, his unit has been misrecorded, it was actually
Company F, 503d Parachute Infantry.

Name: MCCARTHY, Michael
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
White Bird Canyon, Idaho, 17 June 1877

Entered Svc:
New York, New York
DOB: 
19 April 1845
POB:
St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

Current Location:
Mountain View  Cemetery, (IOOF Sec.), Walla Walla, Washington (Died 15 January 1914)
Note: 
At one time, Michael McCarthy went by the name Augustus Howard.  History miscrecorded his date of action as June 1876-January 1877.  The letters in his Medal of Honor file obtained from the National Archives very clearly state that his action took place on June 17, 1877, during the battle at White Bird Canyon.

Profiled in 3rd Quarter 2001  Newsletter 
 

Name: MYERS, Reginald Rodney 
Service:
USMC
Conflict:
Korean War
Location and Date of Act:
Near Hagaru-ri Korea, 29 November 1950
Entered Svc: Boise, Idaho
DOB:
26 November 
POB: Boise, Idaho
Current Location:
Arlington National  Cemetery, (60-884), Arlington, Virginia  (Died 23 October 2005)

Profiled in 1st Quarter 2001  Newsletter

Name: NAKAMURA, William Kenzo 
Service:
U.S. Army
Conflict:
WWII 
Location and Date of Act:
Castellina Italy, 4 July 1944
Entered Svc: Hunt, Idaho
DOB:
21 January 1922
POB:  Seattle, Washington
Current Location:
Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington (Washelli Veterans Section Lexington W Grave 28) (KIA 4 July 1944)
See 3rd Quarter 2000 Newsletter, Profiled in 2nd Quarter 2001 Newsletter
Notes:  
William entered the service from the Minidoka Relocation Center, located near Twin Falls, Idaho, one of 10 Japanese American relocation camps built after the 7 December 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor.  In January 1943, after the War Department announced that Americans of Japanese decent would be allowed to enter the military, William and his brother became one of over 300 volunteers to join.  When William was killed in action, he was the first casualty from Hunt. 

Name: NEIBAUR, Thomas Croft
Service:
Army
Conflict:
WWI
Location and Date of Act:
Near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, 16 October 1918
Entered Svc:
Sugar City, Idaho
DOB:
17 May 1898
POB:
Sharon, Idaho
Current Location:
Sugar City Cemetery, Sugar City Idaho (Block 2, Lot 38, Grave 3) (Died 23 Dec 1942)
Profiled in
3rd Quarter 1999  & Updated in 2nd Quarter 2000   Newsletter

Name: NORRIS, Thomas Rolland
Service:
Navy
Conflict:
Vietnam
Location and Date of Act:
Quang Tri Province, Viet Nam, 10-13 April 1972
Entered Svc:
Silver Spring, Maryland
DOB:
14 January 
POB:
J
acksonville, Florida
Current Location:  Lives in Idaho

Name:
OLIVER, Francis
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, 20 October 1869
Entered Svc:
Ft. Filmore, New Mexico
DOB:
1832
POB:
Baltimore, Maryland

Current Location:
Normal Hill Cemetery, Lewiston, Idaho (Div A, Row 19, Lot 19, Grave 1) (Cemetery records recorded his death as 1880, Military records indicate 28 July 1880)

Name: PARNELL, William Russell
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
White Bird Canyon, Idaho, 17 June 1877

Entered Svc:
Brooklyn, New York
DOB: 
13 August 1836
POB:
Dublin Ireland

Current Location:
San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, California,  (OS-68 Row 54)  (Died 20 August 1910)

Profiled in 4th Quarter 2001  
Newsletter 


Name:
REASONER, Frank Stanley
Service:
USMC
Conflict:
Vietnam
Location and Date of Act:
Near Da Nang, Vietnam, 12 July 1965
Entered Svc: Kellogg, Idaho
DOB:
16 September 1937
POB:
Spokane, Washington
Current Location:
Greenwood Cemetery, Kellogg, Idaho, (Veterans Section, Row 7, Lot 346),  (KIA 12 Jul 1965)

Name: SCHOONOVER, Dan D.
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Korean War
Location and Date of Act:
Near Sokkogae, Korea, 8-10 July 1953
Entered Svc: Boise, Idaho
DOB:
8 October 1933
POB: Boise, Idaho
Current Location:
Missing in Action
Note:  A Memorial Marker has been erected in his honor in Field of Honor 2, Row 16, Lot 50A, Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Idaho.   His middle name has been listed as Dwain in at least two sources and Dwayne in another. 

Name: VAN NOY, Nathan K. (Junior)
Service:
Army
Conflict:
WWII
Location and Date of Act:
Near Finschafen, New Guinea, 17 October 1943
Entered Svc: Preston, Idaho
DOB:
9 August 1924
POB: Grace, Idaho
Current Location:
Grace Cemetery, Grace, Idaho (KIA 17 Oct 1943)

Note:  Nathan's name has been listed and spelled a number of different ways the most common being Junior N. Van Noy.   I used the death notice in his home town newspaper, a photo of his headstone, and a memorial in the Preston Cemetery as guidance.  His fathers headstone reads: N.K. Van Noy and there is some information that his middle name may be Kilby. 
Profiled in 1st Quarter 2000 
Newsletter

Name:
WILKENS, Henry
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Little Muddy Creek, Montana, Camas Meadows, Idaho, 7 May 1877 and 20 August 1877 respectively.

Entered Svc:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
DOB: 
Circa 1833
POB:
Germany

Current Location:
New York, Brooklyn Cypress Hill National Cemetery (2-5325)  (Died 2 August 1895)

Note: 
His date of birth has been recorded as 1855 but this is impossible.  He was a veteran of the Civil War and in fact attained the rank of First Lieutenant in 1864.  His most likely year of birth is 1833.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

 

Name:  BRYAN, William Charles
Service:  United States Army,
serving as a Hospital Steward
Conflict: Indian Wars
Unit:  4th US Infantry, possibly attached to Troop K, 2nd Cavalry
Location and Date of Act:  Powder River, Wyoming, 17 March 1876
Entered Svc: St. Louis, Missouri
DOB: 9 September 1852
POB:
Zanesville, Ohio

Current Location:  Unknown, Cremains returned to family (Died 27 March 1933 in California). 

Notes:  There are several possibilities regarding his year of birth but 1852 appears to be the most plausible.  There is also conflicting information as to where he was when he died.  Most common location listed is Santa Barbara.  After earning the Medal, Bryan came to Idaho in 1899 as part of the "Northern Idaho Exploring Expedition" and later, from 1927-1928, he served as an “Assistant in Physical Education” at the University of Idaho

 

Name:  BUSH, Robert Eugene
Service:  
United States Navy Reserve,
serving as Medical Corpsman with a rifle company, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Conflict:
WWII
Location and Date of Act:  Okinawa Jima, Ryukyu Islands, 2 May 1945
Current Location:  Fern Hill Cemetery (6th Edition, Block 1, Lot 24, South half of the Southwest Corner), Menlo, Washington, (Died 8 November 2005).

Note:  It has recently been confirmed that Robert E. Bush attended Basic Training in the Naval Medical Corps at Farragut IdahoBush was a Navy medical corpsman during the Battle of Okinawa and at the age of 18, was the youngest sailor to receive the Medal of Honor during World War II.


Name:
KANE, John Riley
Service:
United States Army Air Corps
Conflict: WWII
Unit:  98th Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force
Location and Date of Act:
Ploetsi Raid, Rumania, 1 August 1943
Entered Svc:
Shreveport, Caddo County, Louisiana
DOB:
5 January 1907
POB:
McGregor, McLennan County, Texas.
Current Location:  
Arlington National Cemetery (7A-47) (Died 29 May 1996)
Note: 
After his heroic action at Ploesti, Colonel Kane returned to the United States in February 1944, as Base Commander of Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho where he served from 9 February 1944 to 25 December 1944.  In November 1951 he was assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, where he commanded the 580th Air Resupply and Communications Wing.  Colonel Kane was stationed at Mountain Home until September 1952 when he and the Wing were transferred to Wheelus AB in Libya. 

 

Name: LESTER, Paul Faulkner; 
Service: 
US Navy Reserve
Conflict: 
WWII

Unit:  Assault Rifle Platoon, 1st Battalion, 22d Marines, 6th Marine Division

Location and Date of Act:  Battle or Place of Action:  Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands, 8 June 1945

Entered Service: Chicago, IL

DOB:  29 April 1926

POB:  Downers Grove, IL

Current Location:  Clarendon Hills Cemetery (Section G, Block K, Lot 28AB, Grave 9), Darien, Illinois, (Died 8 June 1945).
Note: 
Lester attended Naval Medical Corps Basic Training at Farragut, Idaho, graduating in late 1943. 


Name:
SIJAN, Lance Peter  
Service:
USAF
Conflict:
Vietnam

Unit: 
480 TFS, Da Nang AFB, Republic of Viet Nam
Location and Date of Act:
North Vietnam, 9 November 1967
Entered Svc:
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
DOB:
13 April 1942
POB:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Current Location:
Buried in Arlington Park Cemetery, Milwaukee Wisconsin
Note: 
Captain Sijan was a member of the 366th TFW/480th TFS while the wing was stationed at Da Nang AB, Vietnam.  The 4th Allied POW Wing is the unit that submitted the original request for the Decoration (Maj Gen John P. Flynn).   The 366th was transferred to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho,  from Takhli, Thailand on 31 October 1972.  The preceding was provided to us by the 366th Wing History Office.  


Name: 
SMITH, Maynard Harrison
Service:  United States Army Air Corps
Conflict:
WWII
Unit: 
423d Bombardment Squadron, 306th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force
Location and Date of Act:
Brest, France, 1 May 1943

Served as:  Gunner on a B-17
Current Location:  Arlington National Cemetery (66-7375), Arlington, Virginia, (Died 11 May 1984)
Note: 
In December 1942, Maynard was promoted to staff sergeant in Pocatello, Idaho, where he was assigned to the 413th Bomb Squadron.  He was also the first enlisted airman ever to earn the nation's highest decoration.

 

Also of note, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho was a training center during WWII for B-17 and B-24 Bomber Crews.  A number of units transitioned through Gowen Field and 4 Medal of Honor Recipients are associated with those units.  They are:

      29th Bombardment Group, 52nd Bombardment Sqdn - Henry E. Erwin

     303rd Bombardment Group, 358 Bombardment Sqdn - Forrest T. Vosler

     303rd Bombardment Group, 359 Bombardment Sqdn - Jack W. Mathis

     308th Bombardment Group, 374th  Bombardment Sqdn Horace S. Carswell, Jr.

 

We have also recently learned that Chester H. West, WWI Medal of Honor Recipient may have lived in Idaho Falls, Idaho for a period of time prior to enlisting in the military.

 

It has also come to light that Patrick Thomas Leonard, originally believed to be a double recipient, has a significant Idaho connection.  In 1984 it was learned that there were in fact two recipients with the name of Patrick Leonard.  Patrick T. Leonard was stationed at Camp Three Forks, Owyhee, Idaho Territory from 1868 through 1871.  While there he had a break in service before he reenlisted and went on to earn the Medal of Honor in Nebraska.  Technically, accredited to Idaho.

Another noteworthy mention, Wilmon W. Blackmar, Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient, and Commander-In-Chief of the GAR, died during a visit to Boise Idaho, on Sunday, July 16, 1905. 

There is also information that Chief Water Tender Oscar V. Peterson, WWII Medal of Honor Recipient, lived in Richfield, Idaho sometime prior to his action on May 7, 1942 during the Coral Sea battle.  Details however are extremely limited. 

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As you may have noticed, our files are not complete.  We are attempting to fill in as many blanks as we can but when it comes to the timeframes involved, records were not kept the same way they are today.  If you have any information that could help us, please contact us.  contact us

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