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World War II - U.S. Army

Jonathan Mayhew Wainwright IV

  • Rank: General
  • Conflict/Era: World War II
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S. Army
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 7, 1942
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Philippine Islands
Distinguished himself by intrepid and determined leadership against greatly superior enemy forces. At the repeated risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in his position, he frequented the firing line of his troops where his presence provided the example and incentive that helped make the gallant efforts of these men possible. The final stand on beleaguered Corregidor, for which he was in an important measure personally responsible, commanded the admiration of the nation's allies. It reflected the high morale of American arms in the face of overwhelming odds. His courage and resolution were a vitally needed inspiration to the then sorely pressed freedom-loving peoples of the world.
Medal of Honor Recipient Jonathan M. Wainwright IV
Medal of Honor Recipient Jonathan M. Wainwright IV
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Skaneateles, Onondaga County, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 10, 1945
    The White House (Rose Garden), presented by Pres. Harry S. Truman
  • Born: August 23, 1883, Fort Walla Walla, Walla Walla County, WA, United States
  • Died: September 2, 1953, San Antonio, TX, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (PM) (1-358-B), Arlington, VA, United States

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