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John Basilone
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Gunnery Sergeant

Medal of Honour
04 November 1916, Buffalo, New York, USA
19 February 1945, Iwo Jima
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"C" Coy, 1st Battalion, 27th Marines,
5th Marine Division
Son of Salvatore and
Theodora Basilone, nee Bencivenga,
husband of Lena M. Basilone.
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For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action against enemy Japanese forces, above and beyond the call of duty, while serving with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division in the Lunga Area, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, on 24 and 25 October 1942. While the enemy was hammering at the Marines' defensive positions, Sgt. BASILONE, in charge of 2 sections of heavy machine guns, fought valiantly to check the savage and determined assault. In a fierce frontal attack with the Japanese blasting his guns with grenades and mortar fire, one of Sgt. BASILONE'S sections, with its gun crews, was put out of action, leaving only 2 men able to carry on. Moving an extra gun into position, he placed it in action, then, under continual fire, repaired another and personally manned it, gallantly holding his line until replacements arrived. A little later, with ammunition critically low and the supply lines cut off, Sgt. BASILONE, at great risk of his life and in the face of continued enemy attack, battled his way through hostile lines with urgently needed shells for his gunners, thereby contributing in large measure to the virtual annihilation of a Japanese regiment. His great personal valor and courageous initiative were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

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Richard Evelyn Byrd jr.
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Rear Admiral

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25 October 1888, Winchester, Virginia, USA
11 March 1957, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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Son of Richard Evelyn Byrd Sr. and
Esther Bolling (Flood)
Husband of Marie Donaldson Ames.
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For distinguishing himself conspicuously by courage and intrepidity at the risk of his life, in demonstrating that it is possible for aircraft to travel in continuous flight from a now inhabited portion of the earth over the North Pole and return.

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Joseph E. Carter
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Blacksmith

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15 August 1874, Manchester, England, UK
19 June 1950
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US Navy, U. S. S. "Marblehead"
Spanish-American War
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On board the U.S.S. Marblehead during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Carter set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

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John Caughlin
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Brevet Brigadier General

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19 June 1837, Williamstown, Vermont, USA
20 May 1912 (Other sources: 27 May 1912),
Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
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10th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry
Son of Daniel and Margaret Coughlin, nee O'Neill.
His parents were born in Ireland.
A veteran of the American Civil War.
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During a sudden night attack upon Burnham's Brigade, resulting in much confusion, this officer, without waiting for orders, led his regiment forward and interposed a line of battle between the advancing enemy and Hunt's Battery, repulsing the attack and saving the guns.

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Donald G. Cook
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Colonel

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09 August 1934, Brooklyn, New York, USA
08 December 1967, Vietnam
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3rd Marine Division, Military Assistant Command

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For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while interned as a Prisoner of War by the Viet Cong in the Republic of Vietnam during the period 31 December 1964 to 8 December 1967. Despite the fact that by so doing he would bring about harsher treatment for himself, Colonel (then Captain) Cook established himself as the senior prisoner, even though in actuality he was not. Repeatedly assuming more than his share of responsibility for their health, Colonel Cook willingly and unselfishly put the interests of his comrades before that of his own well-being and, eventually, his life. Giving more needy men his medicine and drug allowance while constantly nursing them, he risked infection from contagious diseases while in a rapidly deteriorating state of health. This unselfish and exemplary conduct, coupled with his refusal to stray even the slightest from the Code of Conduct, earned him the deepest respect from not only his fellow prisoners, but his captors as well. Rather than negotiate for his own release or better treatment, he steadfastly frustrated attempts by the Viet Cong to break his indomitable spirit and passed this same resolve on to the men whose well-being he so closely associated himself. Knowing his refusals would prevent his release prior to the end of the war, and also knowing his chances for prolonged survival would be small in the event of continued refusal, he chose nevertheless to adhere to a Code of Conduct far above that which could be expected. His personal valor and exceptional spirit of loyalty in the face of almost certain death reflected the highest credit upon Colonel Cook, the Marine Corps, and the United States Naval Service.

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Gene Vincent Costello
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Staff Sergeant

02 May 1931, Elmira, Chemung, New York, USA
20 June 2001, Alexandria, Virginia, USA
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Son of Vincent Stephen Costello and
Georgianna Marian Fenton,
husband of Carole Patricia Bunch.
Veteran of the Korean War.
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Sara M. Knutson Cullen
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Captain (Helicopter Pilot)

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07 May 1985, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
11 March 2013, Kandahar, Afghanistan
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Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division
Daughter of Bill and Lynn Brinkworth Knutson.
Wife of Christopher C. Cullen.

Captain Sara M. Knutson Cullen, 27, of Eldersburg, Maryland. She was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. She died March 11, in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Sara was a 2003 graduate of Liberty High School who attended West Point to study law. Knutson married her husband, a former Black Hawk pilot, in November and was deployed in January. The website identifies her as Cpt. Sara M. (Knutson) Cullen. Her husband deployed with a private contracting company in February to Afghanistan. She was a 2003 graduate of Liberty High School. She studied law at West Point and was a member of the Judo team. She was previously stationed in Alaska and had one other deployment to Pakistan. CPT Cullen was killed during a training mission aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk near Kandahar in Afghanistan. The NATO military coalition said in a statement that initial reports showed no enemy activity in the area at the time. The crash occurred during a heavy rainstorm in Daman district. A total of five soldiers were killed.

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John Eglit
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Seaman

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17 October 1874, Finland
31 January 1914, lost at sea near Virginia
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A veteran of the Spanish-American War.
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On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Eglit set an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

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Jessica Ann Ellis
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Corporal

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26 June 1983, Burley, Idaho, USA
11 May 2008, Baghdad, Iraq
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2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion,
2nd Brigade Combat Team,
101st Airborne Division (Air Assault)
Daughter of Linda and Steven Ellis,
of Baker City, Oregon, USA.

Army Cpl. Ellis was assigned to the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She died of wounds sustained when her vehicle encountered an improvised explosive device. Jessica graduated from Lakeview High School in 2002. While in high school, she lettered in track and cross country, was on the school's swim team, and was involved in dance groups. She is remembered as the friendliest kid you would ever want to meet. She then attended Central Oregon Community College in Bend for two years and worked three summers as a U.S. Forest Service firefighter at the Fremont-Winema National Forest. In September 2004, she decided to enter the Army where she became a medic because she cared about people. She would never discuss politics or her views about the war but would always say that she was there for her fellow soldiers. Her awards and decorations include: Army Commendation Medal; Army Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraq Campaign Medal; Meritorious Unit Citation; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Combat Medical Badge; and Weapons Qualification, M4, expert.
Three weeks before Jessica's death, she escaped with only cuts and bruises when her heavily armored vehicle was destroyed by a roadside bomb. She often went on patrol with combat engineers who cleared away roadside explosives. This time the courageous medic who was equipped with an M-4 rifle, a 9mm pistol and body armor in addition to her medical bag was seated behind the driver when her Buffalo armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device during a nighttime mine clearing operation.

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Henry Estel Garrison
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19 February 1915, Goodwill, West Virginia, USA
22 February 1945
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US Marine Corps
Son of Albert and Sally Virginia Garrison, nee Arrington.

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Lawrence Joel
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Sergeant First Class

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22 February 1928, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
04 February 1984, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
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1st Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry
A Korea and Vietnam Veteran.
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On March 9, 1967, on the White House lawn, President Lyndon Johnson presented Joel with the Medal of Honor for his service in the Vietnam War. His citation reads as follows:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. SP6 Joel demonstrated indomitable courage, determination, and professional skill when a numerically superior and well-concealed Viet Cong element launched a vicious attack which wounded or killed nearly every man in the lead squad of the company. After treating the men wounded by the initial burst of gunfire, he bravely moved forward to assist others who were wounded while proceeding to their objective. While moving from man to man, he was struck in the right leg by machine gun fire. Although painfully wounded his desire to aid his fellow soldiers transcended all personal feeling. He bandaged his own wound and self-administered morphine to deaden the pain enabling him to continue his dangerous undertaking. Through this period of time, he constantly shouted words of encouragement to all around him. Then, completely ignoring the warnings of others, and his pain, he continued his search for wounded, exposing himself to hostile fire; and, as bullets dug up the dirt around him, he held plasma bottles high while kneeling completely engrossed in his life saving mission. Then, after being struck a second time and with a bullet lodged in his thigh, he dragged himself over the battlefield and succeeded in treating 13 more men before his medical supplies ran out. Displaying resourcefulness, he saved the life of one man by placing a plastic bag over a severe chest wound to congeal the blood. As 1 of the platoons pursued the Viet Cong, an insurgent force in concealed positions opened fire on the platoon and wounded many more soldiers. With a new stock of medical supplies, SP6 Joel again shouted words of encouragement as he crawled through an intense hail of gunfire to the wounded men. After the 24-hour battle subsided and the Viet Cong dead numbered 410, snipers continued to harass the company. Throughout the long battle, SP6 Joel never lost sight of his mission as a medical aidman and continued to comfort and treat the wounded until his own evacuation was ordered. His meticulous attention to duty saved a large number of lives and his unselfish, daring example under most adverse conditions was an inspiration to all. SP6 Joel's profound concern for his fellow soldiers, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

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Jack Edward Klein
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Purple Heart
31 January 1916, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
09 March 2006, Laurel, Maryland, USA
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Son of Victor and Kathryn Klein, nee Hurley.
Husband of Shirley Garrison.

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Charles Joseph Loring Jr.
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Major

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02 October 1918, Portland, Maine, USA
22 November 1952, Kunwha, Korea
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80th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
Son of Charles J. Loring Sr. and Irene Cronin Loring.

Late in the morning of November 22, 1952, Loring led a flight of four F-80s on patrol over Kunwha. Upon radioing a forward air controller, he was told a T-6 Texan flying over Sniper Ridge had spotted a concentration of artillery near the ridge which was pinning down UN ground troops on the ridge. He was also told the artillery concentration was surrounded by a heavy presence of anti-aircraft guns. Loring ordered the flight to the location, spotting the artillery concentration. Immediately after Loring began his dive bombing run, he was spotted by the anti-aircraft batteries. The Chinese crews operating them were highly skilled, and even at a distance, the batteries fired an extremely accurate barrage which struck Loring's aircraft several times on the nose and fuselage. The fire disabled the aircraft. His wingmen, noting the damage, suggested he abort the bombing mission, as the flight was not far behind the lines and Loring's aircraft could have attempted the return trip. Instead, Loring ceased radio contact, and resumed what appeared to be the standard bombing mission. At 4,000 feet (1,200 m), however, Loring accelerated his aircraft at a 40-degree angle in what appeared to be a controlled maneuver, lining up the Chinese batteries. The other pilots reported they watched, stunned, as Loring dove his damaged aircraft into the battery position. Loring was killed instantly in the impact, but his action resulted in the complete destruction of the battery position.
Loring's remains were never recovered after the crash and he was listed as "Missing in action, presumed dead."

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Dean E. Mattson
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Lieutenant Colonel

Purple Heart
30 March 1944, Luck, Polk County, Wisconsin, USA
11 September 2001, Manhattan, New York, USA
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A Vietnam veteran.

Lieutenant Colonel Dean E. Mattson, 57, was less than three months away from retiring, after more than 35 years in the Army, when he was killed as a result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

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William McBryar
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First Lieutenant

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14 February 1861, Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA
08 March 1941, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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10th Cavalry Regiment
Son of Rose Black.
A veteran of the Indian Wars.
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Distinguished himself for coolness, bravery and marksmanship while his troop was in pursuit of hostile Apache Indians.
Remark: Cherry Creek Campaign in Arizona Territory.

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Anita Newcomb McGee
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Medical Doctor

Spanish War Service Medal
Order of the Precious Crown (Japan)
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04 November 1864, Washington, D. C., USA
05 October 1940, Washington, D. C., USA
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Daughter of Simon Newcomb.
Wife of William John McGee.
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Audie L. Murphy
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Major

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20 June 1924, Kingston, Texas, USA
28 May 1971, Brush Mountain, near Catawba, Virginia, USA
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Son of Emmett Berry and Josie Bell Murphy, nee Killian.
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Alexander R. Nininger Jr.
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First Lieutenant

Medal of Honour
30 October 1918, Gainesville, Georgia, USA
12 January 1942, Abucay, Bataan, Philippine Islands
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57 Infantry Regt., Philippine Scouts
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For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy near Abucay, Bataan, Philippine Islands, on 12 January 1942. This officer, though assigned to another company not then engaged in combat, voluntarily attached himself to Company K, same regiment, while that unit was being attacked by enemy force superior in firepower. Enemy snipers in trees and foxholes had stopped a counterattack to regain part of position. In hand-to-hand fighting which followed, 2d Lt. Nininger repeatedly forced his way to and into the hostile position. Though exposed to heavy enemy fire, he continued to attack with rifle and hand grenades and succeeded in destroying several enemy groups in foxholes and enemy snipers. Although wounded 3 times, he continued his attacks until he was killed after pushing alone far within the enemy position. When his body was found after recapture of the position, 1 enemy officer and 2 enemy soldiers lay dead around him.

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Craig R. Nobert
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Major

03 December 1941, Meriden, Connecticut, USA
20 July 1966, Vietnam
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US Air Force, 41st Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron
Son of Marcel E. Nobert
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Charles Gretten Norton
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Private First Class
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04 March 1924, New York, New York, USA
19 January 1945, Italy
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86 Infantry Regt., 10th MT Div.
Son of Charles Joseph and Catherine Mae Norton, nee Gretten.
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Timothy O'Connor
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Sergeant

Medal of Honour
01 January 1840, Ireland
01 January 1868
28
1st U. S. Cavalry
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The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Timothy O'Connor, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 28 July 1864, while serving with Company E, 1st U.S. Cavalry, in action at Malvern, Virginia, for capture of flag of the 18th North Carolina Infantry (Confederate States of America).


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John J. Pershing
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General of the Armies

13 September 1860, Laclede, Missouri, USA
15 July 1948, Walter Reed General Hospital,
Washington, D.C., USA
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Jason Charles Redifer
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Lance Corporal

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14 November 1985, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA
31 January 2005 during Ooperation "Iraqi Freedom"
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1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment,
2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force
Son of Cecil Redifer and Rhonda Winfield,
stepson of Scott Winfield.
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Forman J. Sickels
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Commander

02 September 1931, Brooklyn, New York, USA
13 July 1996, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA
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Son of Forman W. and Florence Sickels, nee Barrell,
husband of Patricia L. Sickels.
Veteran of the war in Korea and Vietnam.
The "Virginian-Pilot" published following orbituary on July 22, 1996:

Forman J. "Jay" Sickels died Saturday, July 13, 1996, after a long illness. He was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., and enlisted in the Navy in 1950. He retired in 1976, attaining the rank of commander. Mr. Sickels was a member of Haygood United Methodist Church, Ruth (NU)89 Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Sojourners and Khedive Shrine Temple and was a life member of D. A. V. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; three daughters, Barbara Sickels of Staunton, Va., Joanne Meikle and husband, Harry, Carol Scott and husband, Walter; and two grandchildren, Jessica and Jeremy Meikle, all of Virginia Beach. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. July 29 in Haygood United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the church. Kellum Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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Paul Ray Smith
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Sergeant First Class

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Purple Heart
24 September 1969, El Paso, Texas, USA
04 April 2003, Baghdad, Iraq
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11th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division

Paul Ray Smith, 33, was a platoon sergeant with Bravo Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, during the invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
On April 4, 2003, Smith was setting up a temporary enemy prisoner of war holding area during the seizure of Saddam International Airport when his unit came under attack. Smith kept his soldiers focused during the fight while engaging the Iraqi force of around 100 men with his M16, a hand grenade and an AT4 anti-armor weapon. At one point in the battle, Smith manned a .50 caliber machinegun in the exposed turret of a damaged M113 armored personnel carrier and began firing at the main force of the enemy.
He fired about 400 rounds, giving his soldiers time to regroup and mount an attack of their own. When the shooting stopped, the Iraqi force had been defeated, but not before Smith had suffered an enemy bullet to the head.

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Fremont Bragdon Stanley
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Lieutenant Colonel

12 July 1917, Swans Island, Maine, USA
24 September 1974
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Son of Alden W. and Abbie B. Stanley,
husband of Jessie Elva Melvin
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Gustav Adolf Sundquist
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Ordinary Seaman

Medal of Honor
04 June 1879, Irsta, Västmanland, Sweden
25 August 1918, France
39
US Navy, U. S. S. "Nashville"
Husband of Matilda Sundquist.
A Veteran of the Spanish-American War and World War I.
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On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Sundquist displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

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Henry Svehla
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30 October 1930, Newark, New Jersey, USA
12 June 1952, Korea
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2nd Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment,
7th Infantry Division
Son of John and Susan Svehla, nee Spagnolia.
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The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to (Posthumously) to Private First Class Henry Svehla (ASN: RA-21748254), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 32d Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Private First Class Svehla distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces at Pyongony, Korea, on 12 June 1952. That afternoon, while Private First Class Svehla and his platoon were patrolling a strategic hill to determine enemy strength and positions, they were subjected to intense enemy automatic weapons and small arms fire at the top of the hill. Coming under heavy fire, the platoon's attack began to falter. Realizing the success of mission and the safety of the remaining troops were in peril, Private First Class Svehla leapt to his feet and charged the enemy positions, firing his weapon and throwing grenades as he advanced. In the face of this courage and determination, the platoon rallied to attack with renewed vigor. Private First Class Svehla, utterly disregarding his own safety, destroyed enemy positions and inflicted heavy casualties, when suddenly, fragments from a mortar round exploding nearby seriously wounded him in the face. Despite his wounds, Private First Class Svehla refused medical treatment and continued to lead the attack. When an enemy grenade landed among a group of his comrades, Private First Class Svehla, without hesitation and undoubtedly aware of extreme danger, threw himself upon the grenade. During this action, Private First Class Svehla was mortally wounded. Private First Class Svehla's extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

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John W. Turley
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Commander

25 March 1932
15 December 1973
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Humbert Roque Versace
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Captain

Medal of Honour
02 July 1937, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
01 July 1966, missing in action, Vietnam
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Son of Humbert Joseph and
Marie Teresa Rios Versace.

Born in Honolulu Hawaii, he entered the U.S. Army at Norfolk, Virginia and was a graduate of West Point. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while a prisoner of war during the period of 29 October 1963 to 26 September 1965 in the Republic of Vietnam. While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province, Republic of Vietnam. Captain Versace and the CIDG assault force were caught in an ambush. Their position was overrun and he was severely wounded. He resisted capture with the last of his strength but was eventually taken prisoner by the Viet Cong. Versace demonstrated exceptional leadership to the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered into a prisoner of war status. Captain Versace assumed command of his fellow American prisoners and organized escape attempts. Versace scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation and indoctrination efforts, and inspired his fellow prisoners to resist as well. The last time that any of his fellow prisoners heard from him, Captain Versace was singing God Bless America at the top of his voice from his isolation box. Unable to break his indomitable will, Captain Versace was executed by the Viet Cong. His body was never recovered. Captain Versace's Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously and accredited to the state of Virginia.

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Ernest Gordon Walker
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06 June 1922, Avoca, New York, USA
01 March 1945, Iwo Jima
22
US Marine Corps
Son of Angelo J. and Nina Lillian Walker, nee Hand.
Husband of Dorothy Lea Russell.


Kenneth Newton Walker
Kenneth Newton Walker
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Brigadier General

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18 July 1898, Los Cerillos, New Mexico, USA
05 January 1943, Rabaul, New Britain, Papua New Guinea
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US Army Air Corps
Son of Wallace and Emma Walker, nee Overturf.
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John Springer Walmsley Jr.
John Springer Walmsley Jr.
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07 January 1920, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
14 September 1951, Yangdok, North Korea
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8th Bombardment Squadron,
3rd Bombardment Wing,
Fifth United States Air Force
Son of John Springer Walmsley and
Louise M. Walmsley, nee O'Malia.
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Capt. Walmsley, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While flying a B-26 aircraft on a night combat mission with the objective of developing new tactics, Capt. Walmsley sighted an enemy supply train which had been assigned top priority as a target of opportunity. He immediately attacked, producing a strike which disabled the train, and, when his ammunition was expended, radioed for friendly aircraft in the area to complete destruction of the target. Employing the searchlight mounted on his aircraft, he guided another B-26 aircraft to the target area, meanwhile constantly exposing himself to enemy fire. Directing an incoming B-26 pilot, he twice boldly aligned himself with the target, his searchlight illuminating the area, in a determined effort to give the attacking aircraft full visibility. As the friendly aircraft prepared for the attack, Capt. Walmsley descended into the valley in a low level run over the target with searchlight blazing, selflessly exposing himself to vicious enemy antiaircraft fire. In his determination to inflict maximum damage on the enemy, he refused to employ evasive tactics and valiantly pressed forward straight through an intense barrage, thus insuring complete destruction of the enemy's vitally needed war cargo. While he courageously pressed his attack Capt. Walmsley's plane was hit and crashed into the surrounding mountains, exploding upon impact. His heroic initiative and daring aggressiveness in completing this important mission in the face of overwhelming opposition and at the risk of his life, reflects the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Air Force.

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Matthew John West
Matthew John West
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Staff Sergeant

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20 May 1974
30 August 2010, Afghanistan
36
71st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Group
Son of Rhonda Winfield and
husband of Carolyn West.
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