List of Medal of Honor recipients for World War II

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World War II was a global military conflict. It is also called Second World War. It was the joining of what started off as two separate conflicts. The first began in Asia as the Second Sino-Japanese War. The other began in Europe in 1939 with the German invasion of Poland.[1]

This global conflict split the majority of the world's nations into two opposing military alliances. On one side was the Allies. On the other was the Axis powers. It involved the mobilization of over 100 million military personnel. This made it the most widespread war in history. It placed the participants in a state of "total war". The distinction between civil and military resources were eliminated. This resulted in the complete activation of a nation's economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities for the purposes of the war effort. Over 60 million people, the majority of them civilians, were killed, making it the deadliest conflict in human history.[2] The financial cost of the war is estimated at about a trillion 1944 U.S. dollars worldwide,[3][4] making it the most costly war in capital as well as lives.

The Allies won. The result was the United States and Soviet Union emerged as the world's two leading superpowers.

During this conflict 464 United States military personnel received the Medal of Honor, 266 of them posthumously. Seventeen of these were Japanese-Americans fighting in both Europe and the Pacific. Additionally, the only recipient for the United States Coast Guard received the Medal for his actions during this war.

The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War. It is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. The recipient must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the United States. Due to the nature of this medal, it is commonly presented posthumously.[5]

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
Lucian Adams Army Staff Sergeant near St. Die, France October 28, 1944 For single-handedly destroying enemy machine gun emplacements to re-establish supply lines to U.S. Army companies
Head of a young man in military uniform with a quizzical look on his face. His garrison cap is tilted off to one side and a tuft of short hair sticks out from the other. Harold C. Agerholm  Marine Corps Private First Class Saipan, Marianas Islands July 7, 1944 Sacrificed his life to rescue wounded men under heavy enemy fire. After returning several times for more wounded was killed by an enemy sniper.
Beauford T. Anderson Army Technical Sergeant Okinawa April 13, 1945 Risked his life to save several of his fellow soldiers and repel an enemy attack single-handedly.
Head of a young man in a military jacket and tie, looking down and to the right Richard B. Anderson  Marine Corps Private First Class Roi Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands February 1, 1944 Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body to save fellow Marines.
Sylvester Antolak  Army Sergeant near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy May 24, 1944 Near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy, he charged 200 yards over flat, coverless terrain to destroy an enemy machinegun nest during the second day of the offensive which broke through the German cordon of steel around the Anzio beachhead.
Head of a middle-aged man wearing a light-colored jacket with stripes and a star on shoulderboards, a dark colored tie, and a peaked cap with decorative leaves on the visor. Richard N. Antrim Navy Lieutenant Makassar, Celebes, Netherlands East Indies April 1942 During the early part of his imprisonment at Makassar in April 1942, he saw a Japanese guard brutally beating a fellow prisoner of war and successfully intervened, at great risk to his own life. For his conspicuous act of valor, Antrim later received the Medal of Honor.
Thomas E. Atkins Army Private First Class Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippine Islands March 10, 1945 Remained in his fox hole for 4 hours bearing the brunt of each enemy assault and maintaining fire until each charge was repulsed.
Kenneth D. Bailey  Marine Corps Major Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands September 12, 1942 – September 13, 1942 After reorganizing his unit and repelling an enemy attack. Continued to fight for hours after being severely wounded and dying from his wounds.
Profile of a white man leaning forward with a large phone handset pressed to his ear. He is wearing a leather jacket over a shirt and tie. Addison E. Baker  Army Air Forces Lieutenant Colonel over Ploiesti, Romania (Operation Tidal Wave) August 1, 1943 For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with the enemy on August 1, 1943. On this date he led his command, the 93d Heavy Bombardment Group, on a daring low-level attack against enemy oil refineries and installations at Ploesti, Rumania.
Portrait of a white man in a military uniform looking off to his left and smiling. Thomas A. Baker  Army Private Saipan, Mariana Islands June 19, 1944 – July 7, 1944 Repeatedly risked his life in multiple battles over a period of several days. Refused to leave the battle after being severely wounded. At his request, his comrades left him propped against a tree and gave him a pistol, which had eight bullets remaining. When American forces retook the position, they found the pistol, now empty, and eight dead Japanese soldiers around Baker's body.
Vernon J. Baker Army Second Lieutenant near Viareggio, Italy April 5, 1945 – April 6, 1945 Demonstrated outstanding courage and leadership in destroying enemy installations, personnel and equipment during his company's attack against a strongly entrenched enemy in mountainous terrain
Color photo of Barfoot wearing his Medal of Honor and a blue suit. He is facing the camera and smiling. Van T. Barfoot Army Technical Sergeant near Carano, Italy May 23, 1944 For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty on 23 May 1944, near Carano, Italy
Carlton W. Barrett Army Private near St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France June 6, 1944 Joined the United States Army in Albany, New York, he was a member of, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Barrett was one of four Medal of Honor recipients on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Head of a young white man in a plain dark jacket with a star-shaped medal hanging from a ribbon around his neck. His garrison cap is tilted to the side and has a single round pin on its side. John Basilone Marine Corps Sergeant Lunga area, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands October 24, 1942 – October 25, 1942 On the night of October 24–25, 1942 his unit engaged the Japanese in the Lunga area when their position came under attack by a regiment of approximately 3,000 soldiers. The Japanese forces began a frontal attack using machine guns, grenades and mortars against the American heavy machine guns. Basilone commanded two sections of machine guns that fought for the next 48 hours until only Basilone and two other men were still able to continue fighting. Basilone moved an extra gun into position and maintained continual fire against the incoming Japanese forces. He repaired another machine-gun and personally manned it, holding the defensive line until replacements arrived. With the continuous fighting, ammunition became critically low and supply lines were cut off. Basilone fought through hostile lines and returned with urgently needed ammunition for his gunners. He was killed on Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945. He was the first Enlisted Marine to receive The Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, and The Navy Cross.
Head and torso of a white man sitting with his right arm resting on something in front of him. He is wearing a military uniform with a wide belt, a strap diagonally across the chest, and a peaked cap. Harold W. Bauer  Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel South Pacific area May 10, 1942 – November 14, 1942 For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous courage as Squadron Commander of Marine Fighting Squadron TWO TWELVE in the South Pacific Area during the period May 10 to November 14, 1942.
Lewis K. Bausell  Marine Corps Corporal Peleliu Island, Palau Group September 15, 1944 During combat at Peleliu, he covered an exploding Japanese hand grenade in order to protect his comrades, and died of his wounds three days later. Bausell was the only enlisted Marine from the Nation's capital, Washington, D.C. to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during World War II.
Raymond O. Beaudoin  Army First Lieutenant Hamelin, Germany April 6, 1945 By his intrepidity, great fighting skill, and supreme devotion to his responsibility for the well-being of his platoon, 1st Lt. Beaudoin single-handedly accomplished a mission that enabled a messenger to secure help which saved the stricken unit and made possible the decisive defeat of the German forces.
Bernard P. Bell Army Technical Sergeant Mittelwihr, France December 18, 1944 By his intrepidity and bold, aggressive leadership, T/Sgt. Bell enabled his 8-man squad to drive back approximately 150 of the enemy, killing at least 87 and capturing 42. Personally, he killed more than 20 and captured 33 prisoners.
Stanley Bender Army Staff Sergeant near La Lande, France August 17, 1944 He had sparked and led the assault company in an attack which overwhelmed the enemy, destroying a roadblock, taking a town, seizing intact 3 bridges over the Maravenne River, and capturing commanding terrain which dominated the area.
George Benjamin, Jr.  Army Private First Class Leyte, Philippine Islands December 21, 1944 severely wounded while leading an assault against a strongly defended Japanese position on the island of Leyte. After being evacuated to an aid station, he conveyed valuable information regarding the disposition of the Japanese emplacement to his superiors.
Edward A. Bennett Army Corporal Heckhuscheid, Germany February 1, 1945 The fearless initiative, stalwart combat ability, and outstanding gallantry of Cpl. Bennett eliminated the enemy fire which was decimating his company's ranks and made it possible for the Americans to sweep all resistance from the town.
Head of a middle-aged white man with thinning hair, wearing a dark suit coat, white shirt, and dark tie. Mervyn S. Bennion  Navy Captain USS West Virginia (BB-48), Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 While mortally wounded, he remained in command of his ship. For conspicuous devotion to duty, extraordinary courage, and complete disregard of his own life, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Head and shoulders of a white man wearing a light colored shirt and tie and a peaked cap with a dark visor. Charles J. Berry  Marine Corps Corporal Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 3, 1945 He landed on Iwo Jima on D-Day, February 19, 1945, and was killed in action on March 3, 1945, during the action which earned him the Medal of Honor.
Vito R. Bertoldo Army Master Sergeant Hatten, France January 9, 1945 – January 10, 1945 In Hatten, France, he manned a machine gun in defense of a command post being attacked by a numerically superior German force. When evacuation became necessary, he voluntarily stayed behind to cover the withdrawal. The next morning he moved to another command post, and again defended it against a continued assault by strong German forces and voluntarily covered the withdrawal of friendly forces when the post was abandoned. For these actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor one year later, on January 10, 1946.
Arthur O. Beyer Army Corporal near Arloncourt, Belgium January 15, 1945 Near Arloncourt, Belgium, he used hand grenades and his carbine to single-handedly destroy two German machine gun positions before working his way through a honey-combed series of enemy foxholes—killing and capturing German soldiers as he went. For these actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman seven months later, on August 30, 1945.
Willibald C. Bianchi  Army First Lieutenant near Bagac, Bataan Province, Philippine Islands February 3, 1942 After the action near Bagac in the Bataan Province, Bianchi was among the troops captured by the Japanese at the fall of Bataan,on April 9, 1942. He was part of the Bataan "Death March," and was imprisoned in several Japanese prisoner of war camps, enduring horrible conditions. He was known for his compassion and efforts to better the lot of his fellow prisoners by bartering with their captors for extra food and medicine. On January 9, 1945, while imprisoned in an unmarked Japanese prison ship, Bianchi was killed instantly when an American plane, unaware that the ship contained American prisoners, dropped a 1,000-pound bomb in the cargo hold.
Melvin E. Biddle Army Private First Class near Soy, Belgium December 23, 1944 – December 24, 1944 When presenting the medal to Biddle, Truman whispered "People don't believe me when I tell them that I'd rather have one of these than be President." Biddle was decorated with 17 other soldiers that served in the Eastern Theater of Operations.
Head and shoulders of a smiling young white man wearing a naval uniform consisting of a white shirt with a dark scarf tied around the neck and running under the large, flat, collar, and a white "Dixie Cup" hat. Elmer C. Bigelow  Navy Watertender First Class USS Fletcher, off Corregidor Island, Philippines February 14, 1945 While assisting minesweeping operations prior to landings on Manila Bay's Corregidor Island, Fletcher was hit by an enemy shell penetrated the No. 1 gun magazine, igniting several powder cases. Bigelow picked up a pair of fire extinguishers and rushed below in a resolute attempt to quell the raging flames. Refusing to waste the precious time required to don rescue-breathing apparatus, Bigelow plunged through the blinding smoke billowing out of the magazine hatch and dropped into the blazing compartment. Despite the acrid, burning powder smoke which seared his lungs, he succeeded in quickly extinguishing the fires and in cooling the cases and bulkheads, thereby preventing further damage to the ship. However Bigelow was badly injured and succumbed to his injuries the following day.
Arnold L. Bjorklund Army First Lieutenant near Altavilla, Italy September 13, 1943 Near Altavilla, Italy, he single-handedly attacked and destroyed two German machine gun emplacements and a mortar position.
Orville E. Bloch Army First Lieutenant near Firenzuola, Italy September 22, 1944 Near Firenzuola, Italy, he led three soldiers in an attack on enemy positions which resulted in the capture of nineteen prisoners and the silencing of five machine gun nests.
Paul L. Bolden Army Staff Sergeant Petit-Coo, Belgium December 23, 1944 While his comrade provided covering fire from across the street, Bolden tossed grenades through a window, rushed to the door, and began firing. Wounded by the greatly superior number of German soldiers inside, he retreated from the house. Realizing that the Germans would not surrender, he returned to the house despite his serious wounds and killed the remaining soldiers. For these actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor eight months later, on August 30, 1945.
Cecil H. Bolton Army First Lieutenant Mark River, Holland November 2, 1944
Head and shoulders of a stern-faced white man with his arms folded over his military jacket, standing in front of a wall map and an American flag. Rows of ribbon bars are on his left breast, pins adorn his lapels, and a star-shaped medal hangs from a ribbon around his neck. Richard I. Bong Army Air Forces Major over Borneo and Leyte October 10, 1944 – November 15, 1944 Fighter pilot with 40 kills. Top AAF score.
Head and shoulders of a young white man wearing a garrison cap and a plain military jacket over a shirt and tie Alexander Bonnyman, Jr.  Marine Corps First Lieutenant Tarawa, Gilbert Islands November 20, 1943 – November 22, 1943
Robert D. Booker  Army Private near Fondouk, Tunisia April 9, 1943
Head of a white man in a military jacket with dark hair, short on the sides and slightly longer, and ruffled, on top. William J. Bordelon  Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Tarawa, Gilbert Islands November 20, 1943
George W. G. Boyce, Jr.  Army Second Lieutenant near Afua, New Guinea July 23, 1944 For smothering the blast of a grenade with his body.
Head of a squinting man wearing a shirt unbottoned at the collar and a cloth aviator's cap with headphones built into the ear flaps, an unbuckled chin strap, and goggles pushed up onto his forehead. Pappy Boyington Marine Corps Major Central Solomons area September 12, 1943 – January 3, 1944 Fighter pilot with 26 victories.
Herschel F. Briles Army Staff Sergeant near Scherpenseel, Germany November 20, 1944
Maurice L. Britt Army First Lieutenant North of Mignano, Italy November 10, 1943 Played football for the Detroit Lions, later Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas.
Leonard C. Brostrom  Army Private First Class near Dagami, Leyte, Philippine Islands October 28, 1944
Bobbie E. Brown Army Captain Crucifix Hill, Aachen, Germany October 8, 1944
Head and torso of an elderly white man, in front of an American flag, with his hands folded and resting on a table in front of him. He is wearing a white jacket with a row of medals hanging from ribbons and a winged pin on his left breast, gold shoulderboards, and a star-shaped medal hanging from a light blue ribbon around his neck. His peaked cap is white with a black visor decorated with gold leaves, a gold band around the brim, and an eagle-anchors-and-shield emblem on the front. John D. Bulkeley Navy Lieutenant Commander Philippine waters December 7, 1941 – April 10, 1942
Frank Burke Army First Lieutenant Nuremberg, Germany April 17, 1945 Also known as Francis X. Burke.
Elmer J. Burr  Army First Sergeant Buna, New Guinea December 24, 1942 For smothering the blast of a grenade with his body.
Herbert H. Burr Army Staff Sergeant near Dorrmoschel, Germany March 19, 1945
James M. Burt Army Captain near Wurselen, Germany October 13, 1944
Richard E. Bush Marine Corps Corporal Mount Yaetake on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands April 16, 1945
Profile of a young white man wearing a white sailor's cap and a dark sailor suit. A star-shaped medal hangs from a wide ribbon around his neck. Robert E. Bush Navy Hospital Apprentice First Class Okinawa Jima, Ryukyu Islands May 2, 1945 Hospital Corpsman serving with Marines.
John E. Butts John E. Butts  Army Second Lieutenant Normandy, France June 14, 1944, June 16, 1944, and June 23, 1944

Was severely wounded on three occasions. Continued leading his men until June 23 when he was killed. He was 21 years of age.

Head and shoulders of a young white man wearing a military jacket with a single cross-shaped pin on the left breast, one stripe on the upper sleeve, and a peaked cap with an eagle-globe-and-anchor emblem on the front. William R. Caddy  Marine Corps Private First Class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 3, 1945
Head and shoulders of a man in a white jacket with black shoulderboards with binoculars hanging from around his neck. His eyes are shaded by a white peaked cap with a black visor. Daniel J. Callaghan  Navy Rear Admiral Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, Savo Island November 12, 1942 – November 13, 1942
Jose Calugas Army Sergeant Culis, Bataan Province, Philippine Islands January 16, 1942
George H. Cannon  Marine Corps First Lieutenant Sand Island, Midway Islands December 7, 1941
Alvin P. Carey  Army Staff Sergeant near Plougastel, Brittany, France August 23, 1944 Mortally wounded while single-handedly attacking an enemy pillbox
Charles F. Carey, Jr.  Army Technical Sergeant Rimling, France January 8, 1945 – January 9, 1945
Chris Carr Army Sergeant near Guignola, Italy October 1, 1944 – October 2, 1944
Horace S. Carswell, Jr.  Army Air Forces Major over the South China Sea October 26, 1944
Edward A. Carter, Jr.  Army Staff Sergeant near Speyer, Germany March 23, 1945
Anthony Casamento Marine Corps Corporal Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands November 1, 1942
Frederick W. Castle  Army Air Forces Brigadier General Germany December 24, 1944
Head and shoulders of a middle-aged white man with a round face wearing a garrison cap and a jacket with four rows of ribbon bars on the left breast and pins on both the lapels and on the collar of the undershirt. Justice M. Chambers Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 19, 1945 – February 22, 1945
Ralph Cheli  Army Air Forces Major near Wewak, New Guinea August 18, 1943
Ernest Childers Army Second Lieutenant Oliveto, Italy September 22, 1943
Clyde L. Choate Army Staff Sergeant near Bruyeres, France October 25, 1944
Dale E. Christensen  Army Second Lieutenant Driniumor River, New Guinea July 16, 1944 – July 19, 1944
Herbert F. Christian  Army Private near Valmontone, Italy June 2, 1944 – June 3, 1944
Joseph J. Cicchetti  Army Private First Class South Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands February 9, 1945
Francis J. Clark Army Technical Sergeant near Kalborn, Luxembourg and near Sevenig, Germany September 12, 1944 and September 17, 1944
Head and shoulders of an elderly white man wearing glasses and a baseball cap with an image of a star-shaped medal and the words "Medal of Honor recipient". An actual star-shaped medal hangs from a light blue ribbon around his neck, over his dark suit coat and patterned tie. Mike Colalillo Army Private First Class near Untergriesheim, Germany April 7, 1945
Head and shoulders of a young white man with a broad smile. He is wearing a garrison cap tilted over his right ear and a plain military jacket on top of a shirt and tie. Darrell S. Cole  Marine Corps Sergeant Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 19, 1945 Namesake of USS Cole (DDG-67).
Robert G. Cole  Army Lieutenant Colonel near Carentan, France June 11, 1944 For leading a charge across a field swept by German machineguns and artillery.
James P. Connor Army Sergeant Cape Cavalaire, southern France August 15, 1944
Raymond H. Cooley Army Staff Sergeant near Lumboy, Luzon, Philippine Islands February 24, 1945
Two white men in military dress uniform shaking hands. One is an Older man and on is a young man. Charles H. Coolidge Army Technical Sergeant East of Belmont sur Buttant, France October 24, 1944 – October 27, 1944
Henry A. Courtney, Jr.  Marine Corps Major Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands May 14, 1945 – May 15, 1945
Richard E. Cowan  Army Private First Class near Krinkelter Wald, Belgium December 17, 1944
Clarence B. Craft Army Private First Class Hen Hill, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands May 31, 1945
Robert Craig  Army Second Lieutenant near Favoratta, Sicily July 11, 1943
Morris E. Crain  Army Technical Sergeant Haguenau, France March 13, 1945
Demas T. Craw  Army Air Forces Colonel near Port Lyautey, French Morocco November 8, 1942
William J. Crawford Army Private near Altavilla, Italy September 13, 1943
John R. Crews Army Staff Sergeant near Lobenbacherhof, Germany April 8, 1945
John P. Cromwell  Navy Captain USS Sculpin, off Truk Island November 19, 1943 Stayed aboard a sinking submarine to prevent military secrets he possessed from falling into enemy hands.
Currey in 1945 Francis S. Currey Army Sergeant Malmedy, Belgium December 21, 1944 Rescued several men and women while destroying a building with enemy soldiers.
Edward C. Dahlgren Army Sergeant Oberhoffen, France February 11, 1945
Peter J. Dalessondro Army Technical Sergeant near Kalterherberg, Germany December 22, 1944
Michael J. Daly Army First Lieutenant Nuremberg, Germany April 18, 1945
Head and shoulders of a young white man wearing a peaked cap and a military jacket with large shiny buttons, two chevrons on the upper sleeves, and two medals and two ribbon bars on the left breast. Anthony P. Damato  Marine Corps Corporal Engebi Island, Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands February 19, 1944 – February 20, 1944
Head of a middle-aged white man wearing a white peaked cap, wire frame glasses, and a dark jacket over a shirt and tie. Albert L. David  Navy Lieutenant, Junior Grade off French West Africa June 4, 1944 For leading a boarding party that successfully captured U-505.
Rudolph B. Davila Army Staff Sergeant near Artena, Italy May 28, 1944
Charles W. Davis Army Captain Guadalcanal Island January 12, 1943
Head and shoulders of a white man with carefully combed and parted wavy hair, wearing a dark jacket over a shirt and tie. George F. Davis  Navy Commander USS Walke, Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippine Islands January 6, 1945
James L. Day Marine Corps Corporal Okinawa, Ryukya Islands May 14, 1945 – May 17, 1945
Head and shoulders of a white man with a thin mustache wearing a white peaked cap, its black visor decorated with oak leaves, and a white military jacket with dark shoulder boards and one medal and two winged pins on the left breast. Samuel D. Dealey  Navy Commander USS Harder, near Philippine Islands Jun 6, 1944 – Jun 10, 1944
Jefferson J. DeBlanc Marine Corps Captain off Kolombangara Island, Solomons group January 31, 1943
Arthur F. DeFranzo  Army Staff Sergeant near Vaubadon, France June 10, 1944
Charles N. DeGlopper  Army Private First Class Merderet River at la Fiere, France June 9, 1944
Emile Deleau, Jr.  Army Sergeant Oberhoffen, France February 1, 1945 – February 2, 1945
Ernest H. Dervishian Army Technical Sergeant near Cisterna, Italy May 23, 1944
James H. Diamond  Army Private First Class Mintal, Mindanao, Philippine Islands May 8, 1945 – May 14, 1945
Robert H. Dietz  Army Staff Sergeant Kirchain, Germany March 29, 1945
Head and shoulders of a balding middle-aged white man wearing a light-colored military jacket with three stars on the shoulder and four rows of ribbon bars and a winged pin on the left breast. Jimmy Doolittle Army Air Forces Lieutenant Colonel over Japan April 18, 1942 For leading the Doolittle Raid over the Japanese mainland.
Head and shoulders of a young white man with a thin mustache wearing a garrison cap and a military jacket with two rows of ribbon bars and a round pin on the left breast. Desmond T. Doss Army Private First Class near Urasoe Mura, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands April 29, 1945 – May 21, 1945 The first conscientious objector to receive a Medal of Honor, for saving many lives while acting as a medic.
Jesse R. Drowley Army Staff Sergeant Bougainville, Solomon Islands January 30, 1944
Head of an older white man with gray hair wearing a dark suit coat over a white shirt. A star-shaped medal hangs from a light-blue ribbon around his neck. Russell E. Dunham Army Technical Sergeant near Kayserberg, France January 8, 1945
Head and shoulders of a young white man with neatly combed dark hair wearing a light-colored military jacket with three rows of ribbon bars and a parachute pin on the left breast. Robert H. Dunlap Marine Corps Captain Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 20, 1945 – February 21, 1945
John W. Dutko  Army Private First Class near Ponte Rotto, Italy May 23, 1944
Head and shoulders of a white man wearing a garrison cap with an oak leaf on the side and a dark military jacket a row of ribbon bars and two badges on the left breast. Aquilla J. Dyess  Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands February 1, 1944 – February 2, 1944
EdsonMikeRed.jpg Merritt A. Edson Marine Corps Colonel Solomon Islands September 13, 1942 – September 14, 1942
Ehlers speaking at D-Day anniversary.JPEG Walter D. Ehlers Army Staff Sergeant near Goville, France June 9, 1944 – June 10, 1944
Elrod HT USMC.jpg Henry T. Elrod  Marine Corps Captain Wake Island December 8, 1941 – December 23, 1941
Gerald L. Endl  Army Staff Sergeant near Anamo, New Guinea July 11, 1944
Harold G. Epperson  Marine Corps Private First Class Island of Saipan, Marianas June 25, 1944
Henry E. Erwin Army Air Forces Staff Sergeant Koriyama, Japan April 12, 1945
Ray E. Eubanks  Army Sergeant Noemfoor Island, Dutch New Guinea July 23, 1944
Ernest E. Evans  Navy Commander USS Johnston, off Samar October 25, 1944
Forrest E. Everhart Army Technical Sergeant near Kerling, France November 12, 1944
John P. Fardy  Marine Corps Corporal Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands May 7, 1945
Robert E. Femoyer  Army Air Forces Second Lieutenant over Merseburg, Germany November 2, 1944
James H. Fields Army First Lieutenant Rechicourt, France September 27, 1944
John William Finn.jpg John W. Finn Navy Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii December 7, 1941
Almond E. Fisher Army Second Lieutenant near Grammont, France September 12, 1944 – September 13, 1944
Francis Charles Flaherty.jpg Francis C. Flaherty  Navy Ensign Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941
Fleming RE USMC.jpg Richard E. Fleming  Marine Corps Captain Midway Atoll June 4, 1942 – June 5, 1942
RAdm Eugene B Fluckey color.jpg Eugene B. Fluckey Navy Commander USS Barb, along east coast of China December 19, 1944 – February 15, 1945
Joe Foss DM-SD-03-09574.JPG Joseph J. Foss Marine Corps Captain over Guadalcanal October 9, 1942 – November 19, 1942 and January 1943 For shooting down 26 aircraft as leader of the Flying Circus. Later became a Governor of South Dakota.
William A. Foster  Marine Corps Private First Class Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands May 2, 1945
William G. Fournier  Army Sergeant Mount Austen, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands January 10, 1943
Thomas W. Fowler  Army Second Lieutenant near Carano, Italy May 23, 1944
JohnRFox.jpg John R. Fox  Army First Lieutenant near Sommocolonia, Italy December 26, 1944
Elmer E. Fryar  Army Private Leyte, Philippine Islands December 8, 1944
Leonard A. Funk, Jr. Army First Sergeant Holzheim, Belgium January 29, 1945
Samuel G Fuqua.jpg Samuel G. Fuqua Navy Lieutenant Commander Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii December 7, 1941 For heroism aboard the USS Arizona.
Galer RE USMC.jpg Robert E. Galer Marine Corps Major Solomon Islands area Aug 1942 – Sep 1942 For service in the Solomon Islands as the leader of a Marine fighter squadron.
William W. Galt  Army Captain Villa Crocetta, Italy May 29, 1944 For his leadership and courage in directing an assault against an entrenched force that had repulsed two previous attacks.
Archer T. Gammon  Army Staff Sergeant near Bastogne, Belgium January 11, 1945 While under fire from a German machine gun and tank, counterattacked the German force and forced them to retreat with grenade and small arms fire.
Marcario Garcia Army Private near Grosshau, Germany November 27, 1944
Harold A. Garman Army Private near Montereau, France August 25, 1944 Medic, for braving enemy fire to tow a boat of wounded to safety.
Donald A. Gary;h94631.jpg Donald A. Gary Navy Lieutenant, Junior Grade Japanese home islands near Kobe, Japan March 19, 1945 For braving hazardous conditions on the USS Franklin when it was hit by enemy fire to save sailors trapped inside the vessel's hull.
Robert E. Gerstung Army Technical Sergeant Siegfried Line near Berg, Germany December 19, 1944
Eric G. Gibson  Army Technician Fifth Grade near Isola Bella, Italy January 28, 1944
Howard W. Gilmore  Navy Commander USS Growler, southwest Pacific January 10, 1943 – February 7, 1943
Harold Gonsalves  Marine Corps Private First Class Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Chain April 15, 1945
David M. Gonzales  Army Private First Class Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippine Islands April 25, 1945
Gordon, Nathan Green.jpg Nathan G. Gordon Navy Lieutenant, Junior Grade Bismarck Sea February 15, 1944 Later Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
Donald J. Gott  Army Air Forces First Lieutenant Saarbrücken, Germany November 9, 1944
William J. Grabiarz  Army Private First Class Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands February 23, 1945 For using his body to shield a wounded officer from hostile fire.
Ross F. Gray  Marine Corps Sergeant Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 21, 1945
Stephen R. Gregg Army Technical Sergeant near Montelimar, France August 27, 1944
Kenneth E. Gruennert  Army Sergeant near Buna, New Guinea December 24, 1942
Henry Gurke  Marine Corps Private First Class Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands Archipelago November 9, 1943 Fell on a grenade that landed in his foxhole, saving the man with him
Barney F Hajiro.jpg Barney F. Hajiro Army Private near Bruyeres and Biffontaine, eastern France October 19, 1944, October 22, 1944, and October 29, 1944
George J. Hall Army Staff Sergeant near Anzio, Italy May 23, 1944
Lewis Hall  Army Technician Fifth Grade Mount Austen, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands January 10, 1943
William E. Hall Navy Lieutenant, Junior Grade Coral Sea May 7, 1942 – May 8, 1942
Sherwood H. Hallman  Army Staff Sergeant Brest, Brittany, France September 13, 1944
William D. Halyburton;hallybt.jpg William D. Halyburton, Jr.  Navy Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Chain May 10, 1945 Corpsman serving with Marines
Pierpont M. Hamilton Army Air Forces Major near Port Lyautey, French Morocco November 8, 1942
Owen F P Hammerberg.jpg Owen F. P. Hammerberg  Navy Boatswain's Mate Second Class West Loch, Pearl Harbor February 17, 1945
Dale M. Hansen  Marine Corps Private Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Chain May 7, 1945
Robert M. Hanson  Marine Corps First Lieutenant Bougainville Island and New Britain Island November 1, 1943 and January 24, 1944
Roy W. Harmon  Army Sergeant near Casaglia, Italy July 12, 1944
Harry R. Harr  Army Corporal near Maglamin, Mindanao, Philippine Islands June 5, 1945
William G. Harrell Marine Corps Sergeant Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 3, 1945
James L. Harris  Army Second Lieutenant Vagney, France October 7, 1944
Mikio Hasemoto.jpg Mikio Hasemoto  Army Private near Cerasuolo, Italy November 29, 1943
Joe R. Hastings  Army Private First Class Drabenderhohe, Germany April 12, 1945
Louis J. Hauge, Jr.  Marine Corps Corporal Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu Chain May 14, 1945
John D. Hawk Army Sergeant near Chambois, France August 20, 1944
William D. Hawkins  Marine Corps First Lieutenant Tarawa, Gilbert Islands November 20, 1943 – November 21, 1943
Lloyd C. Hawks Army Private First Class near Carano, Italy January 30, 1944
Joe Hayashi.jpg Joe Hayashi  Army Private near Tendola, Italy April 20, 1945 and April 22, 1945
Shizuya Hayashi.jpg Shizuya Hayashi Army Private near Cerasuolo, Italy November 29, 1943
Clinton M. Hedrick  Army Technical Sergeant near Lembeck, Germany March 27, 1945 – March 28, 1945
James R. Hendrix Army Private near Assenois, Belgium December 26, 1944
Robert T. Henry  Army Private Luchem, Germany December 3, 1944
Silvestre S. Herrera Army Private First Class near Mertzwiller, France March 15, 1945
Rufus G Herring.jpg Rufus G. Herring Navy Lieutenant, Junior Grade as commanding officer aboard a landing craft, USS LCI (G) 449, Iwo Jima February 17, 1945
Edwin J. Hill;h49196.jpg Edwin J. Hill  Navy Chief Boatswain Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941
Freeman V. Horner Army Staff Sergeant Wurselen, Germany November 16, 1944
Col James H Howard.jpg James H. Howard Army Air Forces Major over Oschersleben, Germany January 11, 1944 only fighter pilot in the European Theater of Operations in World War II to be awarded the Medal of Honor
Paul B. Huff Army Corporal near Carano, Italy February 8, 1944
Lloyd H Hughes.jpg Lloyd Herbert Hughes  Army Air Forces Second Lieutenant Ploesti Raid, Romania August 1, 1943
Johnnie D. Hutchins  Navy Seaman First Class aboard a landing ship, USS LST 473, off Lae, New Guinea September 4, 1943
Head and shoulders portrait of an older Asian man wearing a business suit and tie. Daniel K. Inouye Army Second Lieutenant near San Terenzo, Italy April 21, 1945 Later became a U.S. Senator representing Hawaii. Served as President pro tempore of the United States Senate and was third in line to the Presidency of the United States; highest ranking Asian-American politician in U.S. history.
Isadore S. Jachman  Army Staff Sergeant Flamierge, Belgium January 4, 1945
Arthur J. Jackson Marine Corps Private First Class Island of Peleliu, Palau group September 18, 1944
Jacobson DT.jpg Douglas T. Jacobson Marine Corps Private First Class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 26, 1945
Willy F. James, Jr.  Army Private First Class near Lippoldsberg, Germany April 7, 1945
John L. Jerstad  Army Air Forces Major Ploesti Raid, Romania August 1, 1943
Elden H. Johnson  Army Private near Valmontone, Italy June 3, 1944
Leon W Johnson.jpg Leon W. Johnson Army Air Forces Colonel Ploesti Raid, Romania August 1, 1943
Leroy Johnson  Army Sergeant near Limon, Leyte, Philippine Islands December 15, 1944
Oscar G. Johnson Army Private First Class near Scarperia, Italy September 16, 1944 – September 18, 1944
William J. Johnston Army Private First Class near Padiglione, Italy February 17, 1944 – February 19, 1944
Herbert C. Jones  Navy Ensign Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941
Joseph R. Julian  Marine Corps Platoon Sergeant Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 9, 1945
Victor L. Kandle  Army First Lieutenant near La Forge, France October 9, 1944
John R. Kane Army Air Forces Colonel Ploesti Raid, Romania August 1, 1943
Neel E. Kearby Army Air Forces Colonel near Wewak, New Guinea October 11, 1943
George D. Keathley  Army Staff Sergeant Mt. Altuzzo, Italy September 14, 1944
Gus Kefurt  Army Staff Sergeant near Bennwihr, France December 23, 1944 – December 24, 1944
Jonah E. Kelley  Army Staff Sergeant Kesternich, Germany January 30, 1945 – January 31, 1945
Ova A. Kelley  Army Private Leyte, Philippine Islands December 8, 1944
Charles E. Kelly Army Corporal near Altavilla, Italy September 13, 1943
John D. Kelly  Army Corporal Fort du Roule, Cherbourg, France June 25, 1944
Thomas J. Kelly Army Corporal Alemert, Germany April 5, 1945
Reinhardt Keppler;h85186a.jpg Reinhardt J. Keppler  Navy Boatswain's Mate First Class USS San Francisco, Solomon Islands November 12, 1942 – November 13, 1942
Dexter J. Kerstetter Army Private First Class near Galiano, Luzon, Philippine Islands April 13, 1945
Patrick L. Kessler  Army Private First Class near Ponte Rotto, Italy May 23, 1944
Isaac C. Kidd.NH50176.jpg Isaac C. Kidd  Navy Rear Admiral Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941
Truman Kimbro  Army Technician Fourth Grade near Rocherath, Belgium December 19, 1944
Harold G. Kiner  Army Private near Palenberg, Germany October 2, 1944
David R. Kingsley  Army Air Forces Second Lieutenant Ploesti Raid, Romania June 23, 1944
Elbert L. Kinser  Marine Corps Sergeant Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Chain May 4, 1945
Gerry H. Kisters Army Sergeant near Gagliano, Sicily July 31, 1943
Alton W. Knappenberger Army Private First Class near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy February 1, 1944
Jack L. Knight  Army First Lieutenant near LoiKang, Burma February 2, 1945
Raymond L. Knight  Army Air Forces First Lieutenant northern Po Valley, Italy April 24, 1945 – April 25, 1945
Yeiki Kobashigawa.jpg Yeiki Kobashigawa Army Technical Sergeant near Lanuvio, Italy June 2, 1944
Richard E. Kraus  Marine Corps Private First Class Peleliu, Palau Islands October 3, 1944
Anthony L. Krotiak  Army Private First Class Balete Pass, Luzon, Philippine Islands May 8, 1945
Robert T Kuroda.jpg Robert T. Kuroda  Army Staff Sergeant near Bruyeres, France October 20, 1944
James D. La Belle  Marine Corps Private First Class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 8, 1945
Elderly white man wearing a suit, tie, and glasses, with a medal hanging from a ribbon around his neck. William R. Lawley, Jr. Army Air Forces First Lieutenant over Europe February 20, 1944
Robert E. Laws Army Staff Sergeant Pangasinan Province, Luzon, Philippine Islands January 12, 1945
Daniel W. Lee Army Second Lieutenant Montreval, France September 2, 1944
John H. Leims Marine Corps Second Lieutenant Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 7, 1945
Turney W. Leonard  Army First Lieutenant Kommerscheidt, Germany November 4, 1944 – November 6, 1944
Fred F. Lester  Navy Hospital Apprentice First Class Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Chain June 8, 1945
Darrell R. Lindsey  Army Air Forces Captain L'Isle Adam railroad bridge over the Seine, France August 9, 1944
Jake W. Lindsey Army Technical Sergeant near Hamich, Germany November 16, 1944
Floyd K. Lindstrom  Army Private First Class near Mignano, Italy November 11, 1943
Edgar H. Lloyd  Army First Lieutenant near Pompey, France September 14, 1944
Donald R. Lobaugh  Army Private near Afua, New Guinea July 22, 1944
James M. Logan Army Sergeant near Salerno, Italy September 9, 1943
Jose M. Lopez Army Sergeant near Krinkelt, Belgium December 17, 1944
Lucas JH.jpg Jacklyn H. Lucas Marine Corps Private First Class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 20, 1945 Youngest recipient since the Civil War (turned 17 just 5 days before Iwo Jima D-Day)
Jack Lummus  Marine Corps First Lieutenant Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 8, 1945 Had earlier played football for the New York Giants.
George L. Mabry, Jr. Army Lieutenant Colonel Hurtgen Forest near Schevenhütte, Germany November 20, 1944
MacArthur Manila.jpg Douglas MacArthur Army General Bataan Peninsula, Philippine Islands April 1, 1942 With his father, Arthur MacArthur, Jr., became first father and son pair to both receive the Medal of Honor.
Charles A. MacGillivary Army Sergeant near Woelfling, France January 1, 1945 Immigrant from Canada.
John D. Magrath  Army Private First Class near Castel d'Aiano, Italy April 14, 1945
Joe E. Mann  Army Private First Class Best, Holland September 18, 1944
Martin HL.jpg Harry L. Martin  Marine Corps First Lieutenant Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 26, 1945
Joe P. Martinez  Army Private Attu, Aleutians May 26, 1943
Mason LF USMC.jpg Leonard F. Mason  Marine Corps Private First Class Asan-Adelup Beachhead, Guam, Marianas Islands July 22, 1944
Archibald Mathies  Army Air Forces Sergeant over Germany February 20, 1944
Jack W. Mathis  Army Air Forces First Lieutenant over Vegesack, Germany March 18, 1943
Bob Maxwell 2006 BBC MOH Scholarship Ceremony.jpg Robert D. Maxwell Army Technician Fifth Grade near Besançon, France September 7, 1944
Martin O. May  Army Private First Class legusuku-Yama, Ie Shima, Ryukyu Islands April 19, 1945 – April 21, 1945 Defended his machine gun position for 3 days against Japanese attacks, even when wounded, thus maintaining the American lines. Refusing to withdraw when his machine gun was disabled, he used hand grenades to fight to his death.
Melvin Mayfield Army Corporal Cordillera Mountains, Luzon, Philippine Islands July 29, 1945
Thomas E. McCall Army Staff Sergeant near San Angelo, Italy January 22, 1944
David McCampbell.jpg David McCampbell Navy Commander First and second battles of the Philippine Sea June 19, 1944 Top Navy flying ace. 34 kills.
Bruce McCandless Navy Commander Battle off Savo Island November 12, 1942 – November 13, 1942
McCard RH USMC.jpg Robert H. McCard  Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Saipan, Marianas Islands June 16, 1944 For saving the lives of his tank crewmen.
Lloyd G. McCarter Army Private Corregidor, Philippine Islands February 16, 1945 – February 19, 1945
Joseph J. McCarthy Marine Corps Captain Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 21, 1945
Richard M. McCool Navy Lieutenant off Okinawa June 10, 1945 – June 11, 1945
Charles L. McGaha Army Master Sergeant near Lupao, Luzon, Philippine Islands February 7, 1945
Vernon McGarity Army Technical Sergeant near Krinkelt, Belgium December 16, 1944
William D. McGee  Army Private near Mulheim, Germany March 18, 1945
Troy A. McGill  Army Sergeant Los Negros Islands, Admiralty Group March 4, 1944
Francis X. McGraw  Army Private First Class near Schevenhütte, Germany November 19, 1944
Cadet Thomas B. McGuire.jpg Thomas B. McGuire, Jr.  Army Air Forces Major over Luzon, Philippine Islands December 25, 1944 – December 26, 1944 The second leading air ace in World War II before being killed in action in January 1945. McGuire Air Force Base is named for him.
John R. McKinney Army Private Tayabas Province, Luzon, Philippine Islands May 11, 1945
Robert M. McTureous, Jr.  Marine Corps Private Okinawa, Ryukyu Chain June 7, 1945
John J. McVeigh  Army Sergeant near Brest, France August 29, 1944
William A. McWhorter  Army Private First Class Leyte, Philippine Islands December 5, 1944
John W. Meagher Army Technical Sergeant near Ozato, Okinawa June 19, 1945
Gino J. Merli Army Private First Class near Sars la Bruyere, Belgium September 4, 1944 – September 5, 1944 Held off German troops overnight, even when his machine gun nest was captured.
Joseph F. Merrell  Army Private near Lohe, Germany April 18, 1945
Harold O. Messerschmidt  Army Sergeant near Radden, France September 17, 1944
William E. Metzger, Jr.  Army Air Forces Second Lieutenant Saarbrücken, Germany November 9, 1944
Portrait of a gray-haired white man wearing a dark blue suit and tie Edward S. Michael Army Air Forces First Lieutenant over Germany April 11, 1944
Harry J. Michael  Army Second Lieutenant near Neiderzerf, Germany March 14, 1945
Andrew Miller  Army Staff Sergeant from Woippy, France to Kerprich Hemmersdorf, Germany November 16, 1944 – November 29, 1944
James H. Mills Army Private near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy May 24, 1944
John W. Minick  Army Staff Sergeant near Hurtgen, Germany November 21, 1944
Nicholas Minue  Army Private near MedjezelBab, Tunisia April 28, 1943
Jimmy Monteith.png Jimmie W. Monteith, Jr.  Army First Lieutenant near Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France June 6, 1944
Jack C. Montgomery Army First Lieutenant near, Padiglione, Italy February 22, 1944
Harold H. Moon, Jr.  Army Private Pawig, Leyte, Philippine Islands October 21, 1944
John C. Morgan Army Air Forces Second Lieutenant over Germany July 28, 1943
Edward J. Moskala  Army Private First Class Kakazu Ridge, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands April 9, 1945
Kaoru Moto.jpg Kaoru Moto  Army Private First Class near Castellina, Italy July 7, 1944
Charles E. Mower  Army Sergeant near Capoocan, Leyte, Philippine Islands November 3, 1944
Joseph E. Muller  Army Sergeant near Ishimmi, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands May 15, 1945 – May 16, 1945
Sadao Munemori.jpg Sadao S. Munemori  Army Private First Class near Seravezza, Italy April 5, 1945 For taking out two machine-gun emplacements and jumping onto a grenade to save 2 soldiers.
Douglas A. Munro.jpg Douglas A. Munro  Coast Guard Signalman First Class off Point Cruz, Guadalcanal September 27, 1942 Only member of the Coast Guard to receive the Medal of Honor.
Kiyoshi K Muranaga.jpg Kiyoshi K. Muranaga  Army Private First Class near Suvereto, Italy June 26, 1944
Audie Murphy uniform medals.jpg Audie L. Murphy Army Second Lieutenant near Holtzwihr, France January 26, 1945 Highest number of decorations for US combatant.
Frederick C. Murphy  Army Private First Class Siegfried Line at Saarlautern, Germany March 18, 1945
Head and shoulders of an elderly white man with a round face, wearing a tuxedo with military medals pinned to the chest and one medal hanging from a light blue ribbon around his neck. Charles P. Murray, Jr. Army First Lieutenant near Kaysersberg, France December 16, 1944
MasatoNakae dateunknown.jpg Masato Nakae  Army Private near Pisa, Italy August 19, 1944
Shinyei Nakamine.jpg Shinyei Nakamine  Army Private near La Torreto, Italy June 2, 1944
Head of a smiling young man wearing a peaked cap with a round medallion on the front and a military jacket over a shirt and tie. William K. Nakamura  Army Private First Class near Castellina, Italy July 4, 1944
William L. Nelson  Army Sergeant Djebel Dardys, Northwest of Sedjenane, Tunisia April 24, 1943
Ralph G. Neppel Army Sergeant Birgel, Germany December 14, 1944
Robert B. Nett Army First Lieutenant near Cognon, Leyte, Philippine Islands December 14, 1944
John D. New  Marine Corps Private First Class Peleliu Island, Palau Group September 25, 1944
Beryl R. Newman Army First Lieutenant near Cisterna, Italy May 26, 1944 For single-handedly destroying three machine gun emplacements.
Alexander R. Nininger  Army Second Lieutenant near Abucay, Bataan, Philippine Islands January 12, 1942
Head and shoulders of a smiling young man with dimples and round wire-framed glasses wearing a garrison cap and a military jacket over a shirt and tie. Joe M. Nishimoto  Army Private First Class near La Houssiere, France November 7, 1944
William J. O'Brien  Army Lieutenant Colonel Saipan, Marianas Islands June 20, 1944 – July 7, 1944
Joseph T. O'Callahan Navy Commander near Kobe, Japan March 19, 1945 Chaplain aboard aircraft carrier USS Franklin.
Carlos C. Ogden Army First Lieutenant near Fort du Roule, France June 25, 1944
Edward H. O'Hare Navy Lieutenant off Papua New Guinea February 20, 1942 O'Hare International Airport in Chicago was named in his memory.
Allan M. Ohata  Army Sergeant near Cerasuolo, Italy November 29, 1943 – November 30, 1943
RichardOKane.jpg Richard H. O'Kane Navy Commander Philippine Islands October 23, 1944 – October 24, 1944 For submarine operations against two Japanese convoys.
Head and shoulders of a young man with a bright smile and neatly combed hair wearing what appears to be a graduation gown over a shirt and tie. James K. Okubo  Army Technician Fifth Grade Foret Domaniale de Champ, near Biffontaine, France October 28, 1944 – October 29, 1944 and November 4, 1944
Head and shoulders of an elderly man wearing a white button shirt with an emblem on the left breast bearing the text "442" and "GO FOR BROKE". Yukio Okutsu Army Technical Sergeant on Mount Belvedere, Italy April 7, 1945
Arlo L. Olson  Army Captain crossing of the Volturno River, Italy October 13, 1943
Truman O. Olson  Army Sergeant near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy January 30, 1944 – January 31, 1944
Head and shoulders of a young man with a garrison cap tilted over his right ear wearing a scarf tied around his neck and a military jacket with three ribbon bars and a pin on the left breast. Written over the lower right of the photo are the words "Your pal always, Frank". Frank H. Ono  Army Private First Class near Castellina, Italy July 4, 1944
Nicholas Oresko, Army Medal of Honor recipient 2001.jpg Nicholas Oresko Army Master Sergeant near Tettingen, Germany January 23, 1945 For single-handedly destroying two bunkers while being seriously wounded. Currently the oldest living Medal of Honor recipient.
Head and shoulders of a young man wearing a garrison cap and a military jacket with three chevrons on the upper left sleeve and a whistle hanging from a chain attached to his right shoulder. In the top left corner of the photo is written "To Mom & Dad" and in the lower right "your son! Kazuo". Kazuo Otani  Army Staff Sergeant near Pieve Di S. Luce, Italy July 15, 1944
Robert A. Owens  Marine Corps Sergeant Cape Torokina, Bougainville, Solomon Islands November 1, 1943
Joseph W. Ozbourn  Marine Corps Private Tinian Island, Marianas Islands July 30, 1944 Private Ozbourn saved the lives of four fellow Marines by jumping on the top of a live hand grenade.
Paige M.jpg Mitchell Paige Marine Corps Platoon Sergeant Battle of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands October 26, 1942
John J. Parle  Navy Ensign aboard a landing ship, USS LST 375, off Sicily July 9, 1943 – July 10, 1943
Laverne Parrish  Army Technician Fourth Grade Binalonan, Luzon, Philippine Islands January 18, 1945 – January 24, 1945
Harl Pease, Jr.  Army Air Forces Captain near Rabaul, New Britain August 6, 1942 – August 7, 1942
Forrest E. Peden  Army Technician Fifth Grade near Biesheim, France February 3, 1945
Jack J. Pendleton  Army Staff Sergeant Bardenberg, Germany October 12, 1944
Frank D. Peregory  Army Technical Sergeant Grandcampe, France June 8, 1944
Manuel Perez, Jr.  Army Private First Class Fort William McKinley, Luzon, Philippine Islands February 13, 1945
George J. Peters  Army Private near Fluren, Germany March 24, 1945
George Peterson  Army Staff Sergeant near Eisern, Germany March 30, 1945
OscarPeterson.jpeg Oscar V. Peterson  Navy Chief Watertender USS Neosho, Battle of the Coral Sea May 7, 1942
Frank J. Petrarca  Army Private First Class Horseshoe Hill, New Georgia, Solomon Islands July 27, 1943
Jackson C. Pharris Navy Gunner Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii December 7, 1941
Wesley Phelps  Marine Corps Private First Class Battle of Peleliu, Palau Islands October 4, 1944
George Phillips  Marine Corps Private Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 14, 1945
Francis J. Pierce Navy Pharmacist's Mate First Class Iwo Jima March 15, 1945 – March 16, 1945
Joepinder.jpg John J. Pinder, Jr.  Army Technician Fifth Grade near Colleville-sur-Mer, France June 6, 1944
Everett P. Pope Marine Corps Captain Peleliu Island, Palau group September 19, 1944 – September 20, 1944
John V. Power  Marine Corps First Lieutenant Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands February 1, 1944
John James Powers.jpg John J. Powers  Navy Lieutenant over the Coral Sea and adjacent waters May 4, 1942 – May 8, 1942
Leo J. Powers Army Private First Class northwest of Cassino, Italy February 3, 1944
Arthur Murray Preston.JPG Arthur M. Preston Navy Lieutenant Wasile Bay, Halmahera Island September 16, 1944
Ernest W. Prussman  Army Private First Class near Les Coates, Brittany, France September 8, 1944
Donald D. Pucket  Army Air Forces First Lieutenant Ploesti Raid, Romania July 9, 1944
AdmiralRamage thumb.jpg Lawson P. Ramage Navy Commander USS Parche, south of Taiwan July 31, 1944 Sunk enemy ships in gallant action.
Bernard J. Ray  Army First Lieutenant Hurtgen Forest near Schevenhütte, Germany November 17, 1944
James W. Reese  Army Private Mt. Vassillio, Sicily August 5, 1943 Sent mortars into enemy position in the line of fire so that his comrades can get across the hill. Shot down after the mortars were finally used up.
John N. Reese, Jr.  Army Private First Class Paco Railroad Station, Manila, Philippine Islands February 9, 1945
Thomas J Reeves (MOH).jpg Thomas J. Reeves  Navy Chief Radioman USS California, Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 Died on the USS California.
Milton E Ricketts.jpg Milton E. Ricketts  Navy Lieutenant USS Yorktown, Battle of the Coral Sea May 8, 1942
Paul F. Riordan  Army Second Lieutenant near Cassino, Italy February 3, 1944 – February 8, 1944
Ruben Rivers  Army Staff Sergeant toward Guebling, France November 15, 1944 – November 19, 1944
Charles H. Roan  Marine Corps Private First Class Peleliu, Palau Islands September 18, 1944
James E. Robinson, Jr.  Army First Lieutenant near Untergriesheim, Germany April 6, 1945
Cleto L. Rodriguez Army Private Paco Railroad Station, Manila, Philippine Islands February 9, 1945
Robert E. Roeder  Army Captain Mt. Battaglia, Italy September 27, 1944 – September 28, 1944
Albert Rooks;h93157.jpg Albert H. Rooks  Navy Captain USS Houston February 4, 1942 – February 27, 1942 Commanded USS Houston during early days of war. Led during Battle of Java Sea. Killed in action while attempting to lead Houston and HMAS Perth to safety in Sunda Strait.
Theodore Roosevelt, Jr.  Army Brigadier General Utah Beach, Normandy invasion June 6, 1944 With his father, Theodore Roosevelt, became second father and son pair to both receive the Medal of Honor. Died of a heart attack before he could receive the award.
Donald K. Ross;h97461.jpg Donald K. Ross Navy Machinist Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii December 7, 1941
Wilburn K. Ross Army Private near St. Jacques, France October 30, 1944
Carlton R. Rouh Marine Corps First Lieutenant Peleliu Island, Palau group September 15, 1944
Donald E. Rudolph Army Technical Sergeant Munoz, Luzon, Philippine Islands February 5, 1945 For destroying 8 pillboxes, a trench and a tank while under fire.
Donald J. Ruhl  Marine Corps Private First Class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 19, 1945 – February 21, 1945
Alejandro R. Ruiz Army Private First Class Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands April 28, 1945
Joseph J. Sadowski  Army Sergeant Valhey, France September 14, 1944
Head and shoulders of a smiling young man wearing a peaked cap and, over a shirt and tie, a military jacket with a round pin on each lapel. George T. Sakato Army Private Hill 617, near Biffontaine, France October 29, 1944
Benjamin L. Salomon  Army Captain Saipan, Marianas Islands July 7, 1944
Joseph R. Sarnoski  Army Air Forces Second Lieutenant over Buka area, Solomon Islands June 16, 1943
Foster J. Sayers  Army Private First Class near Thionville, France November 12, 1944
Joseph E. Schaefer Army Staff Sergeant near Stolberg, Germany September 24, 1944
Henry Schauer Army Private First Class near Cisterna di Littoria, Italy May 23, 1944 – May 24, 1944
Herbert E. Schonland Navy Commander Savo Island November 12, 1942 – November 13, 1942 Took command of USS San Francisco after captain had been killed, fought ship and led her to safety.
Albert E. Schwab  Marine Corps Private First Class Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands May 7, 1945
Norman Scott  Navy Rear Admiral off Savo Island October 11, 1942 – October 12, 1942 and November 12, 1942 – November 13, 1942
Robert R Scott.jpg Robert R. Scott  Navy Machinist's Mate First Class Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941
Robert S. Scott Army Lieutenant near Munda Air Strip, New Georgia, Solomon Islands July 29, 1943 For single-handedly defeating a Japanese patrol.
Charles W. Shea Army Second Lieutenant near Mount Damiano, Italy May 12, 1944
Carl V. Sheridan  Army Private First Class Frenzenberg Castle, Weisweiler, Germany November 26, 1944
William PFC.jpg William R. Shockley  Army Private First Class Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippine Islands March 31, 1945
William A. Shomo Army Air Forces Major over Luzon, Philippine Islands January 11, 1945 7 victories in one action
Curtis F. Shoup  Army Staff Sergeant near Tillet, Belgium January 7, 1945
GenDMShoup USMC.jpg David M. Shoup Marine Corps Colonel Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands November 20, 1943 – November 22, 1943 Wrote battle plan for Tarawa assault, directed assault from trench on Betio beach as first waves came ashore.Twenty-second Commandant of the United States Marine Corps (January 1, 1960 – December 31, 1963)
Franklin E. Sigler Marine Corps Private Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 14, 1945
Edward A. Silk Army First Lieutenant near St. Pravel, France November 23, 1944
John C. Sjogren Army Staff Sergeant near San Jose Hacienda, Negros, Philippine Islands May 23, 1945
Luther Skaggs, Jr. Marine Corps Private First Class Asan-Adelup beachhead, Guam, Marianas Islands July 21, 1944 – July 22, 1944
James D. Slaton Army Corporal near Oliveto, Italy September 23, 1943
Furman L. Smith  Army Private near Lanuvio, Italy May 31, 1944
John L. Smith USMC Fighter Ace.JPEG John L. Smith Marine Corps Major Solomon Islands area August 1942 – September 1942
Maynard-H-Smith.png Maynard H. Smith Army Air Forces Sergeant over Brest, France May 1, 1943 AKA- Snuffy Smith. On his first mission as a B-17 gunner Sgt. Smith helped save the lives of six of his wounded comrades, put out a fire, and drove off waves of German fighters.
Head and shoulders of a white man wearing a garrison cap tilted over his right ear and a military jacket with a badge and two ribbon bars on the left breast. William A. Soderman Army Private First Class near Rocherath, Belgium December 17, 1944
Richard K. Sorenson Marine Corps Private Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll Marshall Islands February 1, 1944 – February 2, 1944
Joe C. Specker  Army Sergeant Mount Porchia, Italy January 7, 1944
Junior J. Spurrier Army Staff Sergeant Achain, France November 13, 1944
John C. Squires  Army Private First Class near Padiglione, Italy April 23, 1944 – April 24, 1944
Tony Stein  Marine Corps Corporal Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 19, 1945 First Medal of Honor of Iwo Jima
George L. Street, III Navy Lieutenant Commander harbor of Quelpart Island, off the coast of Korea April 14, 1945 For torpedoing three enemy ships while captain of USS Triante.
Stuart S. Stryker  Army Private First Class near Wesel, Germany March 24, 1945
James E. Swett Marine Corps First Lieutenant Solomon Islands area April 7, 1943 For downing eight Japanese Vals off the coast of Guadacanal
Head and torso of a serious faced man wearing a garrison cap and a military jacket with bright buttons and a patch and stripes on the upper sleeve. Ted T. Tanouye  Army Technical Sergeant near Molino A Ventoabbto, Italy July 7, 1944
Seymour W. Terry  Army Captain Zebra Hill, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands May 11, 1945
Charles L. Thomas  Army First Lieutenant near Climbach, France December 14, 1944
Thomas HJ USMC.jpg Herbert J. Thomas  Marine Corps Sergeant Koromokina River, Bougainville Islands, Solomon Islands November 7, 1943
William H. Thomas  Army Private First Class Zambales Mountains, Luzon, Philippine Islands April 22, 1945
Clyde A. Thomason  Marine Corps Sergeant Island of Makin August 17, 1942 – August 18, 1942
Max Thompson Army Sergeant near Haaren, Germany October 18, 1944
Horace M. Thorne  Army Corporal near Grufflingen, Belgium December 21, 1944
John F. Thorson  Army Private First Class Dagami, Leyte, Philippine Islands October 28, 1944
Grant F. Timmerman  Marine Corps Sergeant Saipan, Marianas Islands July 8, 1944
Peter Tomich.jpg Peter Tomich  Navy Chief Watertender USS Utah (BB-31), Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941
John J. Tominac Army First Lieutenant Saulx de Vesoul, France September 12, 1944
John R. Towle  Army Private near Oosterhout, Holland September 21, 1944
Jack L. Treadwell Army First Lieutenant near Nieder-Wurzbach, Germany March 18, 1945
Walter E. Truemper  Army Air Forces Second Lieutenant over Europe February 20, 1944
Day G. Turner  Army Sergeant Dahl, Luxembourg January 8, 1945
George B. Turner Army Private First Class Philippsbourg, France January 3, 1945 – January 4, 1945
Matt Urban Army Captain Renouf, France June 14, 1944 – September 3, 1944 For bravery as a company commander during combat operations.
Jose F. Valdez  Army Private First Class near Rosenkrantz, France January 25, 1945
Junior Van Noy  Army Private near Finschafen, New Guinea October 17, 1943
Franklin Van Valkenburgh  Navy Captain Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941 Commanding officer of the USS Arizona.
Bruce A. Van Voorhis  Navy Lieutenant Commander Greenwich Island, battle of the Solomon Islands July 6, 1943
Leon R. Vance, Jr.  Army Air Forces Lieutenant Colonel over Wimereaux, France June 5, 1944 Died in unrelated air crash before receiving his Medal.
AAVandegrift.jpg Alexander A. Vandegrift Marine Corps Major General Battle of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands August 7, 1942 – December 9, 1942 Later became the 18th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Robert M. Viale  Army Second Lieutenant Manila, Luzon, Philippine Islands February 5, 1945
Ysmael R. Villegas  Army Staff Sergeant Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippine Islands March 20, 1945
Dirk J. Vlug Army Private First Class near Limon, Leyte, Philippine Islands December 15, 1944 Alone, faced six enemy tanks on a road, destroying five and halting the enemy attack.
Forrest L. Vosler, medal of honour recipient.jpg Forrest L. Vosler Army Air Forces Technical Sergeant over Bremen, Germany December 20, 1943
George Wahlen.jpg George E. Wahlen Navy Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands group March 3, 1945
Francis B. Wai  Army Captain Leyte, Philippine Islands October 20, 1944 Deliberately exposed himself to fire from Japanese pillboxes and led men on the beachhead. Was killed in assault on last pillbox.
Jonathan Wainright.jpg Jonathan M. Wainwright, IV Army Lieutenant General Philippine Islands March 12, 1942 – May 7, 1942
Kenneth N. Walker  Army Air Forces Brigadier General Rabaul, New Britain January 5, 1943 For Conspicuous Leadership above and beyond the call of Duty
Herman C. Wallace  Army Private First Class near Prümzurlay, Germany February 27, 1945
Kenneth A. Walsh Marine Corps First Lieutenant Solomon Islands area August 15, 1943 and August 30, 1943
William G. Walsh  Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 27, 1945
James R. Ward;h92309.jpg James R. Ward  Navy Seaman First Class Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941
Keith Ware.jpg Keith L. Ware Army Lieutenant Colonel near Sigolsheim, France December 26, 1944
Henry F. Warner  Army Corporal near Dom Butgenbach, Belgium December 20, 1944 – December 21, 1944
George WATSON.jpg George Watson  Army Private at sea near New Guinea March 8, 1943
Wilson D. Watson Marine Corps Private Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 26, 1945 – February 27, 1945
Robert T. Waugh  Army First Lieutenant near Tremensucli, Italy May 11, 1944 – May 14, 1944
David C. Waybur Army First Lieutenant near Agrigento, Sicily July 17, 1943
Ellis R. Weicht  Army Sergeant St. Hippolyte, France December 3, 1944
Walter C. Wetzel  Army Private First Class Birken, Germany April 3, 1945
Eli L. Whiteley Army First Lieutenant Sigolsheim, France December 27, 1944
Hulon B. Whittington Army Sergeant near Grimesnil, France July 29, 1944
Paul J. Wiedorfer Army Private near, Chaumont, Belgium December 25, 1944
Thomas W. Wigle  Army Second Lieutenant Monte Frassino, Italy September 14, 1944
William H. Wilbur Army Colonel Fedala, North Africa November 8, 1942
Edward G. Wilkin  Army Corporal Siegfried Line in Germany March 18, 1945
Raymond H. Wilkins  Army Air Forces Major near Rabaul, New Britain November 2, 1943
Walter J. Will  Army First Lieutenant near Eisern, Germany March 30, 1945
Hershel W. Williams Marine Corps Corporal Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 23, 1945
Jack Williams, MOH.jpg Jack Williams  Navy Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 3, 1945
John H Willis.jpg John H. Willis  Navy Pharmacist's Mate First Class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 28, 1945
Alfred L. Wilson  Army Technician Fifth Grade near Bezange la Petite, France November 8, 1944
GEN Wilson, Louis Hugh Jr..jpg Louis H. Wilson, Jr. Marine Corps Captain Fonte Hill, Guam July 25, 1944 – July 26, 1944 Later Became Commandant of the Marine Corps
Wilson RL USMC.jpg Robert L. Wilson  Marine Corps Private First Class Tinian Island, Marianas Group August 3, 1944
Homer L. Wise Army Staff Sergeant Magliano, Italy June 14, 1944
Frank P. Witek  Marine Corps Private First Class Battle of Finegayen, Guam, Marianas August 3, 1944
Howard E. Woodford  Army Staff Sergeant near Tabio, Luzon, Philippine Islands June 6, 1945
Head of middle-aged white man wearing a white jacket with black shoulderboards and a white peaked cap with a black visor. Cassin Young Navy Commander USS Vestal, Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii December 7, 1941 Moved his ship, the USS Vestal, away from the battleship USS Arizona, and subsequently beached it upon determining that such action was required to save his ship.
Head and shoulders of a smiling young white man wearing a peaked cap, wire-framed glasses, and, over a shirt and tie, a jacket adorned with pins on the lapels, stripes and a round badge on the shoulder, and a whistle on a chain hanging from a shoulder button. Rodger W. Young  Army Private New Georgia, Solomon Islands July 31, 1943 After being pinned by enemy fire for a long time, he single-handedly attacked and destroyed an enemy machine-gun pillbox, although he died of his injuries right afterwards. His actions helped the rest of the unit return to base without taking anymore casualties.
Head and shoulders of a man with wavy hair wearing a military jacket with rows of ribbon bars and a winged pin on his left breast, pins on the lapels, and a star-shaped medal hanging from a ribbon around his neck. Jay Zeamer, Jr. Army Air Forces Captain over Buka area, Solomon Islands June 16, 1943 Volunteered as pilot of a bomber on an important photographic mapping mission covering the formidably defended area in the vicinity of Buka, Solomon Islands
Raymond Zussman  Army Second Lieutenant Noroy le Bourg, France September 12, 1944 In lead of a tank killed 18 enemy soldiers and captured 92

  N.B. A   in the citation indicates that the award was given posthumously.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. Official military histories in Commonwealth nations refer to the conflict as the Second World War. United States' official histories refer to the conflict as World War II. English translations of the official histories of other nations tend to resolve into English as Second World War also.
  2. Dunnigan, James; Albert Nofi. Dirty Little Secrets of World War II: Military Information No One Told You About the Greatest, Most Terrible War in History, William Morrow & Company, 1994. ISBN 0-688-12235-3
  3. Mayer, E. (2000) "World War II" course lecture notes on Emayzine.com (Victorville, California: Victor Valley College)
  4. Coleman, P. (1999) "Cost of the War," World War II Resource Guide (Gardena, California: The American War Library)
  5. "A Brief History — The Medal of Honor". Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Department of Defense. August 8, 2006. Retrieved December 22, 2012.

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