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List of Medal of Honor recipients for World War II

This is a list of Medal of Honor recipients for World War II. The Medal of Honor was created during the American Civil War and 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.[1]

World War II, or the Second World War, was a global military conflict, the joining of what had initially been two separate conflicts. The first began in Asia in 1937 as the Second Sino-Japanese War; the other began in Europe in 1939 with the German and Soviet invasion of Poland.[2] This global conflict split the majority of the world's nations into two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis powers.

The United States, and its military, was drawn into World War II on December 7, 1941, when Axis-member Japan launched the Attack on Pearl Harbor and European territories in the Pacific Ocean.

For actions during World War II, 472 United States military personnel received the Medal of Honor.[3] Seventeen of these were Japanese-Americans fighting in both Europe and the Pacific, many of which were upgraded from Distinguished Service Crosses during the Clinton administration. Additionally, Douglas Albert Munro was the only serviceman from the United States Coast Guard in United States military history to receive the Medal for his actions during the war.

The earliest action for which a U.S. serviceman earned a World War II Medal of Honor was the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, for which seventeen U.S. servicemen were awarded a Medal. The last action to earn a contemporaneous Medal of Honor prior to the August 15, 1945, end of hostilities in World War II, were those of Melvin Mayfield, on July 29, 1945 – though several honorees may have been cited for their Medal after Mayfield's recognition on May 31, 1946. Additionally, seven African Americans and twenty-two Asian American veterans who had received the Distinguished Service Cross during the war were awarded the Medal of Honor in 1997 and 2000 — most of them posthumously — after two studies determined that racial discrimination had caused them to be overlooked at the time.[4]

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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.
  Harold C. Agerholm  Marine Corps Private First Class Saipan, Marianas Islands July 7, 1944 For single-handedly evacuating, approximately, 45 casualties under heavy rifle and mortar fire.
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.
  Richard B. Anderson  Marine Corps Private First Class Roi Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands February 1, 1944 In a shell crater, Richard B. Anderson hurled his body upon a grenade to save his companions, taking the full impact of the explosion.
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.
  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, Philippines 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.

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
  Kenneth D. Bailey  Marine Corps Major Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands September 12, 1942 – September 13, 1942 For repelling enemy offensive maneuvers, holding the main line and upholding friendly morale while sustaining fire from superior enemy forces despite a severe head wound.
  Addison E. Baker  Air Forces Lieutenant Colonel over Ploiești, 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 Ploiești, Romania.
  Thomas A. Baker  Army Private Saipan, Mariana Islands June 19, 1944 – July 7, 1944 On Saipan in the Marianas Islands, he advanced ahead of his unit with a bazooka and destroyed a Japanese emplacement which was firing on his company. Several days later, he single-handedly attacked and killed two groups of Japanese soldiers. On July 7, Baker's position came under attack by a large Japanese force. Although seriously wounded early in the attack, he refused to be evacuated and continued to fight in the close-range battle until running out of ammunition. When a comrade was wounded while trying to carry him to safety, Baker insisted that he be left behind. 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. One of seven African American soldiers who received their medals belatedly, after a 1993 study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
  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.
  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.
  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, Philippines December 21, 1944 He was 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.
  Mervyn S. Bennion  Navy Captain West Virginia, 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.
  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, Philippines 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.
  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 After being severely wounded in the legs and rendered uncouncious from a German shell, he advanced voluntarily towards several enemy emplacements and led his team through intense enemy fire, and eliminated several machinegunners and an 88-mm. artillery piece.
  Richard I. Bong Air Forces Major over Borneo and Leyte October 10, 1944 – November 15, 1944 Fighter pilot in the Pacific theater shot down at least 40 Japanese aircraft, making him America's top ace.
  Alexander Bonnyman, Jr.  Marine Corps First Lieutenant Tarawa, Gilbert Islands November 20, 1943 – November 22, 1943 During a counterattack at the far end of Betio Pier, he directed and reorganized his pioneer party after suffering heavy bombardment, and directed the blowing of several hostile installations. Alexander Bonnyman Jr. then led his party into a renewed assault, effectively taking over a heavily fortified enemy emplacement, resulting in, approximately, 150 hostile troops being killed.
Robert D. Booker  Army Private near Fondouk, Tunisia April 9, 1943 While engaged in action against the enemy, he ran 200 yards of open ground with a machinegun and a box of ammunition, while under heavy fire from hostile machinegunners, mortar and artillery.
  William J. Bordelon  Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Tarawa, Gilbert Islands November 20, 1943 Surviving a counterattack and sustaining heavy fire, William J. Bordelon attacked several enemy emplacements with demolitions and disregarded his own serious condition in order to rescue and aid two of his men.
George W. G. Boyce, Jr.  Army Second Lieutenant near Afua, New Guinea July 23, 1944 After being ambushed by superior enemy forces, he was planning a tactical maneuver with his platoon. During this planning, a hand grenade fell in between him and his men, and he promptly threw himself upon the grenade to save his men.
  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 With a comrade at his side, Herschel left his vehicle and rescued 2 critically wounded soldiers from a burning destroyer and extinguished the fire, which had been hit by an artillery shell near Scherpenseel, Germany, on 20 November 1944. The next morning, he forced 55 Germans to surrender, armed with only a machine gun, allowing fellow Americans to pass through the junction the Nazis occupied. Later that day, another destroyer was hit by a concealed enemy tank, where he again rescued 2 allies from the wreckage with the help of a fellow soldier.
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, Philippines October 28, 1944 During an ambush, his platoon sustained heavy fire from well-camouflaged emplacements which resulted in severe casulties. After noticing a weak point in the enemy fortification, Leonard C. Brostrom charged without hesitation to flush out the enemies. During this, he was a prime target and was killed in action, but his company managed to reorganize and assault the enemy.
Bobbie E. Brown Army Captain Crucifix Hill, Aachen, Germany October 8, 1944 When an intense artillery barrage fell upon American troops, Brown singlehandedly destroyed a German pillbox whilst under heavy fire. He then returned to the assault platoon and led another charge to destroy a second pillbox. He noticed a third pillbox pinning down American soldiers and immediately organised another charge, crawling the way to the pillbox and destroying it with explosives. He was wounded by a mortar shell but refused medical attention before returning to lead his troops.

Later, Brown went out alone to observe possible routes of enemy approach and purposely drew enemy fire to him to uncover the positions of gunmen, even after being wounded twice during his self-imposed mission. This information allowed the troops to destroy several enemy guns and repel two counterattacks with heavy losses. Only when Brown was sure that his company's position was secure did he allow treatment of his three wounds.

  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 a grenade with his body, sacrificing himself to save others around him.
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 Yaedake on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands April 16, 1945 Bush was a Squad Leader serving with the First Battalion, Fourth Marines, Sixth Marine Division, in action against Japanese forces during the final assault against Mt. Yaetake on Okinawa. He led his troops up the rocky precipice, over the ridge and drove out defending Japanese troops. He fought relentlessly in the forefront of the attack until being evacuated due to his wounds. Although prostrate under medical treatment when a Japanese grenade landed in the midst of his group, he pulled it into his body, taking the full force of the blast and saving the lives of his fellow marines. He was one of the four surviving marines who shielded grenades with their bodies during World War II.
  Robert E. Bush Navy Hospital Apprentice First class Okinawa Jima, Ryukyu Islands May 2, 1945 Hospital Corpsman serving with Marines.
  John E. Butts  Army Second Lieutenant Normandy, France June 14, 1944, June 16, 1944, and June 23, 1944 Butts served with the U.S. Army, E Company, 60th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Division during the invasion of France in 1944. He was severely wounded on three occasions and continued leading his men until June 23 when he was killed. He was 21 years of age.

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
  William R. Caddy  Marine Corps Private First Class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 3, 1945
  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, Philippines January 16, 1942
  George H. Cannon  Marine Corps First Lieutenant Sand Island, Midway Islands December 7, 1941
  Pedro Cano  Army Private Schevenhütte, Germany December 2, 1944 – December 3, 1944 Repeatedly risked his life destroying enemy machine gun positions using rockets and grenades, in support of his own and adjacent infantry company
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.  Air Forces Major over the South China Sea October 26, 1944 Assigned to the 14th USAAF in China, Carswell was flying a B-24 Liberator on the night of October 26, 1944, on a single-aircraft mission against a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea. He elected to make a second low-level run over a thoroughly alerted convoy and scored two direct hits on a large tanker. His co-pilot was wounded, and his aircraft had two engines knocked out, a third damaged, the hydraulic system damaged, and a fuel tank punctured. He managed to gain enough altitude to reach land, where he ordered the crew to bail out. Eight did, but the bombardier's parachute was too badly damaged to use. Instead of bailing out, Carswell stayed with the bombardier and the wounded co-pilot, and attempted a crash landing. The badly damaged aircraft crashed against a mountain, and all three aboard were killed.
  Edward A. Carter, Jr.  Army Staff Sergeant near Speyer, Germany March 23, 1945 One of seven African American soldiers who received their medals belatedly, after a 1993 study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time. Carter served with an armored infantry unit of the Seventh Army Infantry Company Number 1 (Provisional), a unit manned by volunteers and used to support depleted divisions following the Battle of the Bulge. On March 23, 1945, Carter engaged the enemy when the tank he was riding on was hit by bazooka fire. Forced to dismount, he led three soldiers across an open field. In the process, two of the men were killed and the other seriously wounded. Carter continued alone and was wounded five times before being forced to take cover. Eight German soldiers tried to capture him, but he killed six of them and captured the remaining two as prisoners.
Anthony Casamento Marine Corps Corporal Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands November 1, 1942
Frederick W. Castle  Air Forces Brigadier General Germany December 24, 1944
  Justice M. Chambers Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 19, 1945 – February 22, 1945
Ralph Cheli  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, Philippines February 9, 1945
Francis J. Clark Army Technical Sergeant near Kalborn, Luxembourg and near Sevenig, Germany September 12, 1944 and September 17, 1944
  Mike Colalillo Army Private First Class near Untergriesheim, Germany April 7, 1945
  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.
Garlin Murl Conner  Army First Lieutenant Houssen, France January 24, 1945
James P. Connor Army Sergeant Cape Cavalaire, southern France August 15, 1944
Raymond H. Cooley Army Staff Sergeant near Lumboy, Luzon, Philippines February 24, 1945
  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 Single-handedly destroyed an Italian machinegun nest before laying down covering fire for his entire platoon.
Morris E. Crain  Army Technical Sergeant Haguenau, France March 13, 1945 When a house defended by some of his men came under intense attack from German soldiers and a tank, he ordered the men to withdraw while he held the position alone. He was killed when the house was destroyed by German fire.
Demas T. Craw  Air Forces Colonel near Port Lyautey, French Morocco November 8, 1942
William J. Crawford Army Private near Altavilla, Italy September 13, 1943 Listed as MIA, Crawford's MoH was originally presented posthumously to Crawford's father. Crawford was later discovered to be a PoW. President Reagan re-presented Crawford's MoH to him at the US Air Force Academy Class of 1984 graduation.
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.
  Francis S. Currey Army Sergeant Malmedy, Belgium December 21, 1944 Rescued several men and women while destroying a building with enemy soldiers.

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
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
  Anthony P. Damato  Marine Corps Corporal Engebi Island, Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands February 19, 1944 – February 20, 1944
  Albert L. David  Navy Lieutenant, Junior Grade off French West Africa June 4, 1944 For leading a boarding party that successfully captured the German submarine U-505.
  Rudolph B. Davila Army Staff Sergeant near Artena, Italy May 28, 1944 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
Charles W. Davis Army Captain Guadalcanal Island January 12, 1943
  George F. Davis  Navy Commander USS Walke, Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, Philippines January 6, 1945
  James L. Day Marine Corps Corporal Okinawa, Ryukya Islands May 14, 1945 – May 17, 1945
  Samuel D. Dealey  Navy Commander USS Harder, near Philippines 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, Philippines May 8, 1945 – May 14, 1945
Robert H. Dietz  Army Staff Sergeant Kirchain, Germany March 29, 1945
  Jimmy Doolittle Air Forces Lieutenant Colonel over Japan April 18, 1942 For leading the Doolittle Raid over the Japanese mainland.
  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. During the Battle of Okinawa, Pfc. Doss single-handedly entered enemy line of fire to retrieve approximately 75 casualties, carrying them one-by-one down a 400-foot escarpment. He later, on separate occasions, rescued a man 200 yards on the same escarpment, treated 4 men within 8 yards of an enemy's cave, treated and administered plasma to an injured artillery officer while continually under fire, and 25 feet from an enemy position, treated and carried another soldier 100 feet to safety. Finally, while he was giving aid to injured soldiers under fire, he was himself injured in the legs by a grenade. He tended his own wounds while he waited for his fellow soldiers to bring a litter. When they arrived, he saw another soldier injured worse and directed the bearers to rescue him first. While waiting for their return, he was shot in the arm. He strapped a gun stock to his arm as splint and crawled the 300 yards of rough terrain to the aid station.
Jesse R. Drowley Army Staff Sergeant Bougainville, Solomon Islands January 30, 1944
  Russell E. Dunham Army Technical Sergeant near Kayserberg, France January 8, 1945
  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
  Aquilla J. Dyess  Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands February 1, 1944 – February 2, 1944

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
  Merritt A. Edson Marine Corps Colonel Solomon Islands September 13, 1942 – September 14, 1942
  Walter D. Ehlers Army Staff Sergeant near Goville, France June 9, 1944 – June 10, 1944
  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 Air Forces Staff Sergeant Koriyama, Japan April 12, 1945 For locating and ejecting a burning phosphorus smoke grenade from a B-29 cockpit during a raid on Koriyama, Japan. The burns nearly killed him and left him badly disfigured.
  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

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
  John P. Fardy  Marine Corps Corporal Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands May 7, 1945
Robert E. Femoyer  Air Forces Second Lieutenant over Merseburg, Germany November 2, 1944
James H. Fields Army First Lieutenant Rechicourt, France September 27, 1944
  John W. Finn Navy Chief Aviation ordnanceman Naval Air Station, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Hawaii December 7, 1941 Stationed at NAS Kaneohe Bay, HI, he demonstrated extraordinary valor during the Japanese air assault on Oahu. Finn manned an exposed 50-caliber machine gun stand and returned significant fire upon enemy aircraft. Despite numerous painful wounds, he remained at his post and inflicted heavy damage upon the enemy until ordered to seek medical attention. CPO Finn was the first to receive the Medal of Honor for action during World War II.
Almond E. Fisher Army Second Lieutenant near Grammont, France September 12, 1944 – September 13, 1944
  Francis C. Flaherty  Navy Ensign Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941
  Richard E. Fleming  Marine Corps Captain Midway Atoll June 4, 1942 – June 5, 1942
  Eugene B. Fluckey Navy Commander USS Barb, along east coast of China December 19, 1944 – February 15, 1945
  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. First commissioner of the American Football League.
  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
  John R. Fox  Army First Lieutenant near Sommocolonia, Italy December 26, 1944 One of seven African American soldiers who received their medals belatedly, after a 1993 study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time. A forward observer with the 366th Infantry Regiment of the segregated 92nd Infantry Division, Fox deliberately ordered his own artillery to fire on top of his position to repel a German advance. When Fox was told that he would not survive the barrage, he replied, "Fire it!" His action permitted U.S. forces, who had been forced to withdraw, to organize a counterattack and regain control of the village.
Elmer E. Fryar  Army Private Leyte, Philippines December 8, 1944
Leonard A. Funk, Jr. Army First Sergeant Holzheim (de), Belgium January 29, 1945
  Samuel G. Fuqua Navy Lieutenant Commander Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941 For heroism aboard the USS Arizona.

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
  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.
  Joe Gandara  Army Private Amfreville, France June 9, 1944 Advanced voluntarily and alone toward an enemy position and destroyed three hostile machine guns before being fatally wounded.
  Marcario Garcia Army Private near Grosshau, Germany November 27, 1944 After realizing that his company could not advance because it was pinned down by enemy machine gun fire, on his own initiative, went alone and destroyed 2 enemy emplacements and captured 4 prisoners. Despite being wounded himself, he continued to fight on with his unit until the objective was taken.
  Harold A. Garman Army Private near Montereau, France August 25, 1944 When a boat loaded with wounded came under fire from a German machine gun on the opposite river bank, he dove into the river braving enemy machine gun fire to tow the boat to safety.
  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 While wounded on the bridge and unable to get below in time, gave the order for the submarine to crash dive to avoid an imminent attack, sacrificing himself to save the ship and the crew.
  Harold Gonsalves  Marine Corps Private First Class Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Chain April 15, 1945 While laying telephone lines for communication with the artillery battalion in Okinawa, he saved 2 other marines after flinging himself atop of a Japanese grenade and taking the full brunt of the resulting explosion allowing the other 2 men to complete the mission.
  David M. Gonzales  Army Private First Class Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippines April 25, 1945
  Nathan G. Gordon Navy Lieutenant, Junior Grade Bismarck Sea February 15, 1944 Later Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas
Donald J. Gott  Air Forces First Lieutenant Saarbrücken, Germany November 9, 1944 Piloted a B-17 aircraft on a bombing run on Saarbrücken. Even though his plane was severely damaged and set ablaze by anti-aircraft fire which wounded the engineer and the radio operator, Gott and co-pilot William E. Metzger, Jr. successfully dropped their bombs on the target and flew the plane to friendly territory. After having their crew bail out except for the unconscious radio operator, Gott and Metzger attempted to crashland the plane to save their helpless comrade. The plane exploded, killing the three remaining crewmembers on board.
William J. Grabiarz  Army Private First Class Manila, Luzon, Philippines 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

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
  Barney F. Hajiro Army Private near Bruyeres and Biffontaine, eastern France October 19, 1944, October 22, 1944, and October 29, 1944 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
George J. Hall Army Staff Sergeant near Anzio, Italy May 23, 1944 Single-handedly captured two German machine gun positions and was severely wounded while attempting to take a third, resulting in him having to self-amputate his right leg.
Lewis Hall  Army Technician Fifth Grade Mount Austen, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands January 10, 1943 During a Japanese attack he refused an order to withdraw after many men in his unit had been killed or wounded and, with a fellow soldier, stayed behind to man a machine gun.
William E. Hall Navy Lieutenant, Junior Grade Coral Sea May 7, 1942 – May 8, 1942 Dive bombed a Japanese aircraft carrier, contributing greatly to its destruction. The next day, he attacked a superior number of Japanese planes and shot down three. Although his craft was damaged and he was seriously wounded in this attack, he managed to land safely.
Sherwood H. Hallman  Army Staff Sergeant Brest, Brittany, France September 13, 1944
  William D. Halyburton, Jr.  Navy Pharmacist's Mate Second class Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Chain May 10, 1945 Killed shielding a wounded Marine with his body while administering aid.
Pierpont M. Hamilton Air Forces Major near Port Lyautey, French Morocco November 8, 1942
  Owen F. P. Hammerberg  Navy Boatswain's mate Second class West Loch, Pearl Harbor February 17, 1945 Rescued two other divers trapped beneath a sunken LST before he himself became trapped and perished.
  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, Philippines 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  Army Private near Cerasuolo, Italy November 29, 1943 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
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  Army Private near Tendola, Italy April 20, 1945 and April 22, 1945 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
  Shizuya Hayashi Army Private near Cerasuolo, Italy November 29, 1943 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
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 Navy Lieutenant, Junior Grade as commanding officer aboard a landing craft, USS LCI (G) 449, Iwo Jima February 17, 1945
  Edwin J. Hill  Navy Chief Boatswain Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941
Freeman V. Horner Army Staff Sergeant Wurselen, Germany November 16, 1944
  James H. Howard 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 Herbert Hughes  Air Forces Second Lieutenant Ploiești 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

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
  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. One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
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
  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 One of seven African American soldiers who received their medals belatedly, after a 1993 study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
  John L. Jerstad  Air Forces Major Ploiești Raid, Romania August 1, 1943
Elden H. Johnson  Army Private near Valmontone, Italy June 3, 1944
  Leon W. Johnson Air Forces Colonel Ploiești Raid, Romania August 1, 1943
Leroy Johnson  Army Sergeant near Limon, Leyte, Philippines 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

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
Victor L. Kandle  Army First Lieutenant near La Forge, France October 9, 1944
John R. Kane Air Forces Colonel Ploiești Raid, Romania August 1, 1943
Neel E. Kearby Air Forces Colonel near Wewak, New Guinea October 11, 1943 For facing 12 to 1 odds at low fuel against Lieutenant Colonel Teranishi's force
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, Philippines 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 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, Philippines April 13, 1945
Patrick L. Kessler  Army Private First Class near Ponte Rotto, Italy May 23, 1944
  Isaac C. Kidd  Navy Rear Admiral Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941
Truman Kimbro  Army Technician Fourth Grade near Rocherath, Belgium December 19, 1944 After repeated attempts to take his squad across a road to lay mines were repulsed by withering fire, Kimbro ordered his squad to stay behind while he crawled across the road alone. Seriously wounded in his advance, Kimbro was able to successfully lay mines on the other side of the road, which helped delay the advance of enemy armor. While trying to return to his squad, Kimbro was killed by intense enemy machine gun and rifle fire.
Harold G. Kiner  Army Private near Palenberg, Germany October 2, 1944
David R. Kingsley  Air Forces Second Lieutenant Ploiești 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  Air Forces First Lieutenant northern Po Valley, Italy April 24, 1945 – April 25, 1945
  Yeiki Kobashigawa Army Technical Sergeant near Lanuvio, Italy June 2, 1944 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
  Richard E. Kraus  Marine Corps Private First Class Peleliu, Palau Islands October 3, 1944
Anthony L. Krotiak  Army Private First Class Balete Pass, Luzon, Philippines May 8, 1945
  Robert T. Kuroda  Army Staff Sergeant near Bruyeres, France October 20, 1944 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
  James D. La Belle  Marine Corps Private First Class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 8, 1945
  Salvador J. Lara Army Staff Sergeant Aprilia, Italy May 27, 1944May 28, 1944 Aggressively led his rifle squad in neutralizing multiple enemy strongpoints and inflicting large numbers of casualties, and resumed the attack the next day despite receiving a severe leg wound.
  William R. Lawley, Jr. Air Forces First Lieutenant over Europe February 20, 1944
Robert E. Laws Army Staff Sergeant Pangasinan Province, Luzon, Philippines 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
  William F. Leonard Army Staff Sergeant Near St. Die, France November 7, 1944 Led an assault continuously swept by enemy automatic fire, killing two snipers, and, despite bullets wounds to his back, destroyed two machine guns and captured a roadblock objective.
Fred F. Lester  Navy Hospital Apprentice First class Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Chain June 8, 1945
Darrell R. Lindsey  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
  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

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
George L. Mabry, Jr. Army Lieutenant Colonel Hurtgen Forest near Schevenhütte, Germany November 20, 1944
  Douglas MacArthur Army General Bataan Peninsula, Philippines 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 His citation reads as follows: "He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty when his company was pinned down by heavy artillery, mortar, and small arms fire, near Castel d'Aiano, Italy. Volunteering to act as a scout, armed with only a rifle, he charged headlong into withering fire, killing 2 Germans and wounding 3 in order to capture a machinegun. Carrying this enemy weapon across an open field through heavy fire, he neutralized 2 more machinegun nests; he then circled behind 4 other Germans, killing them with a burst as they were firing on his company. Spotting another dangerous enemy position to this right, he knelt with the machinegun in his arms and exchanged fire with the Germans until he had killed 2 and wounded 3. The enemy now poured increased mortar and artillery fire on the company's newly won position. Pfc. Magrath fearlessly volunteered again to brave the shelling in order to collect a report of casualties. Heroically carrying out this task, he made the supreme sacrifice--a climax to the valor and courage that are in keeping with highest traditions of the military service."
Joe E. Mann  Army Private First Class Best, Holland September 18, 1944 Private First Class - Joe Eugene Mann, Company H, 502d Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. His citation reads as follows: "Mann boldly crept to within rocket-launcher range of an enemy artillery position and, in the face of heavy enemy fire, destroyed an 88-mm gun and an ammunition dump. Completely disregarding the great danger involved, he remained in his exposed position, and, with his M1 rifle, killed the enemy one by one until he was wounded four times. Taken to a covered position, he insisted on returning to a forward position to stand guard during the night. On the following morning the enemy launched a concerted attack and advanced to within a few yards of the position, throwing hand grenades as they approached. One of these landed within a few feet of Pfc. Mann. Unable to raise his arms, which were bandaged to his body, he yelled "Grenade" and threw his body over the grenade, and as it exploded, died. His outstanding gallantry above and beyond the call of duty and his magnificent conduct were an everlasting inspiration to his comrades for whom he gave his life."[5]
  Harry L. Martin  Marine Corps First Lieutenant Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 26, 1945
Joe P. Martinez  Army Private Attu, Aleutians May 26, 1943 First private to earn the medal in World War II and first to earn in the Battle of Attu
  Leonard F. Mason  Marine Corps Private First Class Asan-Adelup Beachhead, Guam, Marianas Islands July 22, 1944
Archibald Mathies  Air Forces Sergeant over Germany February 20, 1944
Jack W. Mathis  Air Forces First Lieutenant over Vegesack, Germany March 18, 1943
  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, Philippines July 29, 1945 Mayfield's actions, on July 29, 1945, were the last to earn a Medal of Honor prior to the August 15, 1945, end of hostilities in World War II – though some honorees may have been cited for their Medal after Mayfield's recognition on May 31, 1946.
Thomas E. McCall Army Staff Sergeant near San Angelo, Italy January 22, 1944
  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
  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, Philippines 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, Philippines 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
  Thomas B. McGuire, Jr.  Air Forces Major over Luzon, Philippines 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, Philippines 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, Philippines December 5, 1944
John W. Meagher Army Technical Sergeant near Ozato, Okinawa June 19, 1945
  Manuel V. Mendoza Army Master Sergeant Mt. Battaglia, Italy October 4, 1944 Single-handedly broke up a German counterattack.
  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 Single-handedly attacked German positions which were firing on his unit. He disabled two enemy machine gun emplacements and killed nearly two dozen German soldiers before he was himself killed, at the age of 18.
Harold O. Messerschmidt  Army Sergeant near Radden, France September 17, 1944
William E. Metzger, Jr.  Air Forces Second Lieutenant Saarbrücken, Germany November 9, 1944 Co-piloted a B-17 aircraft on a bombing run on Saarbrücken. Even though his plane was severely damaged and set ablaze by anti-aircraft fire which wounded the engineer and the radio operator, Metzger and pilot Donald J. Gott successfully dropped their bombs on the target and flew the plane to friendly territory. After having their crew bail out except for the unconscious radio operator, Metzger and Gott attempted to crashland the plane to save their helpless comrade. The plane exploded, killing the three remaining crewmembers on board.
  Edward S. Michael 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
  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, Philippines October 21, 1944
  John C. Morgan 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  Army Private First Class near Castellina, Italy July 7, 1944 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.

On his own initiative he defeated a machine gun nest killing one soldier and taking a second one prisoner and forced an additional machine gun team to retreat. Even though wounded by sniper fire and relieved of his position, he defeated another machine gun nest on his way back to the rear, taking three more prisoners.

Charles E. Mower  Army Sergeant near Capoocan, Leyte, Philippines November 3, 1944
Joseph E. Muller  Army Sergeant near Ishimmi, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands May 15, 1945 – May 16, 1945
  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  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  Army Private First Class near Suvereto, Italy June 26, 1944 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
  Audie L. Murphy Army Second Lieutenant near Holtzwihr, France January 26, 1945

Murphy was one of the most decorated American combat soldiers of World War II, receiving every military combat award for valor available from the U.S. Army, as well as French and Belgian awards for heroism.

  Frederick C. Murphy  Army Private First Class Siegfried Line at Saarlautern, Germany March 18, 1945
  Charles P. Murray, Jr. Army First Lieutenant near Kaysersberg, France December 16, 1944

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
  Masato Nakae  Army Private near Pisa, Italy August 19, 1944 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
  Shinyei Nakamine  Army Private near La Torreto, Italy June 2, 1944 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
  William K. Nakamura  Army Private First Class near Castellina, Italy July 4, 1944 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
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, Philippines 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.
Alfred B. Nietzel  Army Sergeant Heistern, Germany November 18, 1944 When an enemy assault threatened to overrun his unit's position, Nietzel covered for the retreating members of his squad, expending all his ammunition and holding his post until being killed. One of 24 soldiers who received their medals in 2014, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked.
  Alexander R. Nininger  Army Second Lieutenant near Abucay, Bataan, Philippines January 12, 1942
  Joe M. Nishimoto  Army Private First Class near La Houssiere, France November 7, 1944 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
William J. O'Brien  Army Lieutenant Colonel Saipan, Marianas Islands June 20, 1944 – July 7, 1944
  Joseph T. O'Callahan Navy Lieutenant 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 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
  Richard H. O'Kane Navy Commander Philippines October 23, 1944 – October 24, 1944 For submarine operations as commanding officer of the U.S.S. Tang operating against two enemy Japanese convoys. Maneuvering on the surface into the midst of a heavily escorted convoy, O'Kane landed hits on three tankers, swung his ship to fire at a freighter and shot out of the path of an onrushing transport. Boxed in by blazing tankers, a freighter, transport, and several destroyers, he blasted two of the targets and cleared the area. Twenty-four hours later, he made contact with another heavily escorted convoy. In the midst of relentless enemy fire, he sent two torpedoes into the first and second transports and an adjacent tanker. He charged the enemy at high speed, exploding the tanker in a burst of flame, smashing the transport dead in the water, and blasting the destroyer. He fired his last two torpedoes at the remnants of the convoy before the second torpedo malfunctioned, performing a circular run and hitting the Tang in the stern. O'Kane along with eight officers survived the sinking. He remained a Japanese prisoner-of-war until 1945.
  James K. Okubo  Army Technician Fifth Grade Foret Domaniale de Champ, near Biffontaine, France October 28, 1944 – October 29, 1944 and November 4, 1944 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
  Yukio Okutsu Army Technical Sergeant on Mount Belvedere, Italy April 7, 1945 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
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
  Frank H. Ono  Army Private First Class near Castellina, Italy July 4, 1944 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
  Nicholas Oresko Army Master Sergeant near Tettingen, Germany January 23, 1945 For single-handedly destroying two bunkers while being seriously wounded. Was oldest living Medal of Honor recipient until passing on October 4, 2013.
  Kazuo Otani  Army Staff Sergeant near Pieve Di S. Luce, Italy July 15, 1944 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
  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.

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
  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, Philippines January 18, 1945 – January 24, 1945
Harl Pease, Jr.  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, Philippines 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
  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
  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 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 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  Air Forces First Lieutenant Ploiești Raid, Romania July 9, 1944

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
  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, Philippines February 9, 1945
  Thomas J. Reeves  Navy Chief Radioman USS California, Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941 Died on the USS California.
  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 One of seven African American soldiers who received their medals belatedly, after a 1993 study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time. From his citation "for extraordinary heroism" in an assault on German positions near Guebling, France: "Though severely wounded in the leg, Sergeant Rivers refused medical treatment and evacuation, took command of another tank, and advanced with his company in Guebling the next day. Repeatedly refusing evacuation, Sergeant Rivers continued to direct his tank's fire at enemy positions through the morning of 19 November 1944. At dawn, Company A's tanks began to advance towards Bougaktroff, but were stopped by enemy fire. Sergeant Rivers, joined by another tank, opened fire on the enemy tanks, covering company A as they withdrew. While doing so, Sergeant Rivers' tank was hit, killing him and wounding the crew."
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, Philippines February 9, 1945
Robert E. Roeder  Army Captain Mt. Battaglia, Italy September 27, 1944 – September 28, 1944
  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 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, Philippines 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

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
Joseph J. Sadowski  Army Sergeant Valhey, France September 14, 1944
  George T. Sakato Army Private Hill 617, near Biffontaine, France October 29, 1944 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
Benjamin L. Salomon  Army Captain Saipan, Marianas Islands July 7, 1944
Joseph R. Sarnoski  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
  Donald K. Schwab  Army First Lieutenant Near Lure, Haute-Saône, France September 17, 1944 Under intense enemy fire, dismantled a strong German position and took a prisoner of war.
  Norman Scott  Navy Rear Admiral off Savo Island October 11, 1942 – October 12, 1942 and November 12, 1942 – November 13, 1942
  Robert R. Scott  Navy Machinist's Mate First class Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941
Robert S. Scott Army First 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 R. Shockley  Army Private First Class Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippines March 31, 1945
  William A. Shomo Air Forces Major over Luzon, Philippines January 11, 1945 7 victories in one action
Curtis F. Shoup  Army Staff Sergeant near Tillet, Belgium January 7, 1945
  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, Philippines 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 Marine Corps Major Solomon Islands area August 1942 – September 1942
  Maynard H. Smith 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.
  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

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  This along with the  , indicates that the Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously

Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
  Ted T. Tanouye  Army Technical Sergeant near Molino A Ventoabbto, Italy July 7, 1944 One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
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 One of seven African American soldiers who received their awards belatedly, after a 1993 study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
  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, Philippines 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, Philippines October 28, 1944
  Grant F. Timmerman  Marine Corps Sergeant Saipan, Marianas Islands July 8, 1944
  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  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

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
Matt Urban Army Captain Renouf, France June 14, 1944 – September 3, 1944 An infantry company and battalion commander with many decorations and awards including seven Purple Hearts in World War II:
"Distinguished himself by a series of bold, heroic actions, exemplified by a singularly outstanding combat leadership, personal bravery, and tenacious devotion to duty... Captain Urban's personal leadership, limitless bravery, and repeated extraordinary exposure to enemy fire served as an inspiration to his entire battalion. His valourous and intrepid actions reflect the utmost credit on him and uphold the noble traditions of the United States Army."

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  This along with the  , indicates that the Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously

Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
  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.  Air Forces Lieutenant Colonel over Wimereaux, France June 5, 1944 Died in unrelated air crash before receiving his Medal.
  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, Philippines February 5, 1945
  Ysmael R. Villegas  Army Staff Sergeant Villa Verde Trail, Luzon, Philippines March 20, 1945
Dirk J. Vlug Army Private First Class near Limon, Leyte, Philippines December 15, 1944
  Forrest L. Vosler Air Forces Technical Sergeant over Bremen, Germany December 20, 1943

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  This along with the  , indicates that the Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously

Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
  George E. Wahlen Navy Pharmacist's Mate Second class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands group March 3, 1945
  Francis B. Wai  Army Captain Leyte, Philippines October 20, 1944 Deliberately exposed himself to fire from Japanese pillboxes and led men on the beachhead; was killed in assault on last pillbox. One of 22 Asian American soldiers who received their medals in 2000, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
  Jonathan M. Wainwright, IV Army Lieutenant General Philippines March 12, 1942 – May 7, 1942 Wainwright commanded the doomed Allied garrison of Corregidor and ordered its surrender to Japanese forces in 1942. He was the highest ranking U.S. officer in captivity during his three years as a prisoner of war. The general would witness the surrender of the Japanese forces aboard the USS Missouri that brought about the end of the war. Wainwright was nominated for the Medal of Honor early in his captivity, but it was rejected due to the opposition of General Douglas MacArthur, who felt that Corregidor should not have been surrendered. MacArthur did not oppose the renewed proposal in 1945.
  Kenneth N. Walker  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  Navy Seaman First Class Pearl Harbor, Hawaii December 7, 1941
  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  Army Private at sea near New Guinea March 8, 1943 Watson was one of seven African American soldiers who received their medals in a belated 1997 ceremony, after a study revealed discrimination that caused them to be overlooked at the time.
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 Led his patrol in holding off an Italian tank attack despite severe wounds.
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  Air Forces Major near Rabaul, New Britain November 2, 1943
Walter J. Will  Army First Lieutenant near Eisern, Germany March 30, 1945 Despite being wounded numerous times: rescued three wounded men, single-handedly neutralized two enemy machine gun nests, and went on to lead his squad to capture two more before being killed in another charge.
  Hershel W. Williams Marine Corps Corporal Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 23, 1945 A demolition sergeant, Williams volunteered to advance alone and attempt to silence enemy positions. Returning periodically to collect more demolition charges and refueled flamethrowers, Williams systematically destroyed enemy pillboxes and emplacements, engaging in near hand-to-hand combat.
  Jack Williams  Navy Pharmacist's Mate Third class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 3, 1945 Navy Corpsman who risked his life charging through enemy fire to rescue wounded comrades. Wounded several times, Williams neglected his own wounds to care for the wounded Marines around him, exposing himself to enemy fire.
  John H. Willis  Navy Pharmacist's Mate First class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 28, 1945 During a heated battle, Willis, while wounded himself, advanced to the aid of a wounded Marine. While administering plasma to the Marine, he quickly hurled back an enemy grenade that landed in their shell hole. He returned the seven others that followed as well, before a ninth exploded in his hand, killing him instantly.
  Alfred L. Wilson  Army Technician Fifth Grade near Bezange la Petite, France November 8, 1944 Volunteered as an aid man to assist another company that was taking heavy casualties. Mortally wounded by a shell that burst among him and the wounded men he was treating, he continued to provide aid to those injured while refusing it himself. As blood loss made him too weak to walk or crawl, he directed enlisted men on how to treat the wounded, before succumbing to his injuries.
  Louis H. Wilson, Jr. Marine Corps Captain Fonte Hill, Guam July 25, 1944 – July 26, 1944 Later became commandant of the Marine Corps.
  Robert L. Wilson  Marine Corps Private First Class Tinian Island, Marianas Group August 3, 1944 Sacrificed himself by jumping on an enemy grenade that landed among his squad.
  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, Philippines June 6, 1945 By daring, skillful, and inspiring leadership, as well as by gallant determination to search out and kill the enemy, led an inexperienced unit in capturing and securing a vital objective, and was responsible for the successful continuance of a vitally important general advance. Transport ship named after him.

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Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
  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.
  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 any more casualties.

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  This along with the  , indicates that the Medal of Honor was awarded posthumously

Image Name Service Rank Place of action Date of action Notes
  Jay Zeamer, Jr. 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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NotesEdit

  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. ^ "A Brief History — The Medal of Honor". Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Department of Defense. August 8, 2006. Archived from the original on June 15, 2009. Retrieved February 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ Official military histories in Commonwealth nations refer to the conflict as the Second World War, while the 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, for example zweite weltkrieg in German. See C.P. Stacey Official History of the Canadian Army in the Second World War, for example. "Official" usage of these terms is giving way to popular usage and the two terms are becoming interchangeable even in formal military history.
  3. ^ This number includes seven late awards presented by President Obama on March 18, 2014 and the awards to Garlan Merl Conner by President trump on June 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Niiya, Brian. "Congressional Medal of Honor recipients," Densho Encyclopedia. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Private First Class MANN, JOE E., U.S. Army". Congressional Medal of Honor Society. 

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