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John G. Ayers

U.S. Civil War

1863 - Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA

James F. Ayers

Indian Campaigns

1875 - Sappa Creek, Kansas, USA

William J. Babcock

U.S. Civil War

1865 - Petersburg, Virginia, USA

John B. Babcock

Indian Campaigns

1869 - Spring Creek, Nebraska, USA

John P. Baca

Vietnam War

1970 - near Quan Loi, Phuoc Long Province, Republic of Vietnam

Nicky D. Bacon

Vietnam War

1968 - west of Tam Ky, Republic of Vietnam

Elijah W. Bacon

U.S. Civil War

1863 - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA

William Badders

Interim 1920 - 1940

1939 - Portsmouth, southeast off the Isle of Shoals, New Hampshire, USA

Oscar C. Badger

Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz)

1914 - Vera Cruz, Mexico

Albert E. Baesel

World War I

1918 - near Ivry, France

Kenneth D. Bailey

World War II

1942 - Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

James E. Bailey

Indian Campaigns

1872 - Apache campaigns, USA
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Medal of Honor Recipients are a part of something greater. They collectively embody the values that we as a country strive to uphold—courage, bravery, and the desire and dedication to do what is right in the midst of life’s most difficult circumstances. But they are also unique. They are parents and siblings, colleagues and friends. They are ordinary people who did extraordinary things, each with their own story to tell.

Honor their sacrifice today so we may shape a better future tomorrow.

Korean War

Ralph Puckett, Jr.

Puckett was presented the Medal of Honor on May 21, 2021, by President Joseph Biden, Jr., making him the most recent Recipient of the Medal of Honor. He was recognized for his actions in Korea on November 25-26, 1950.

Korean War

Emil J. Kapaun

On March 5, 2021, the U.S. Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that Army Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun had been accounted for. A veteran of WWII, he continued his service in the Chaplain Corps during the Korean War. He died in a POW Camp in 1951. In September 2021 his remains will be interred at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita, Kansas.

War on Terrorism (Afghanistan)

Robert J. Miller

Staff Sergeant Miller became a one-man Army against an overwhelming enemy force. He was killed in action preserving the lives of 22 squad members. His Medal of Honor was presented to his parents in 2010.

Vietnam War

Ralph E. Dias

Despite wounds, PFC Dias moved through unprotected areas four times, while under extreme fire, to destroy an enemy machine gun bunker that had pinned down two Marine platoons. He destroyed the bunker just as he was killed by a sniper. His actions contributed greatly to the survival of numerous men that day.

World War I

Frank Luke Jr.

Second Lieutenant Frank Luke, Jr. was so legendary for his aerial take-downs of German observation balloons that he was given the nickname "Balloon Buster" in newspaper reports. He was killed in action in 1918 after a forced landing in a field in France.

Vietnam War

Charles C. Hagemeister

Charles C. Hagemeister passed away May 19, 2021, at the age of 74. He was presented the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam on March 20, 1967.

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