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Idaho's Medal of Honor Recipients


Above and Beyond the call of Duty

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States.  It is earned, not won, by performing a deed of personal bravery or self-sacrifice, above and beyond the call of duty, while a member of the Armed Services of the United States in actual combat with an enemy of the Nation.


The deed performed must meet very stringent guidelines.  It must have no margin for doubt or error.  The deed must be proved by incontestable evidence of at least two eye-witnesses; it must be so outstanding that it clearly distinguishes the gallantry of the individual beyond the call of duty from lesser forms of bravery; it must involve the risk of life; and it must be the type of deed which if not performed, would not subject the individual to any justified criticism.  The Medal is presented by a high official in the name of the Congress of the United States.  For this reason it is often called The Congressional Medal of Honor.

While researching the Medals of Honor accredited  to Idaho we discovered that 8 Medals were EARNED in Idaho, 18 Medal of Honor Recipients are buried in Idaho (this includes one 'In Memory Of' Cenotaph), 3 Medal of Honor Recipients are currently living in Idaho, and 4 Medal of Honor Recipients were born in Idaho but either moved to or enlisted in another state.  

There has also come to light, information on other Medal of Honor Recipients with significant Idaho attachments other than those mentioned above.  These are listed below as Honorable Mentions.  This makes a total of 48 Recipients with strong Idaho attachments. The following lists the Medal of Honor Recipients and their connection to Idaho (Accredited to Idaho-abbreviated Accd in table below), Born in Idaho, Living in Idaho, Buried in Idaho, Earned their Medal in Idaho, Honorable Mention)

Of note,
the actual Medals of Honor of Civil War Recipient Gurdon H. Barter and Korean War Recipient David B. Bleak are now on exhibit in the Museum. 

Click the last name of each recipient to learn more about them. 

RECIPIENT

SVC

CONFLICT

ACCD

BORN

LIVING
Lived

BURIED

EARNED

BARTER, Gurdon H.

Navy

Civil War

X

CONAWAY, John Wesley

Army

Civil War

X

HAYS, John H.

Army

Civil War

X

KEPHART, James

Army

Civil War

X

 

BRYAN, William Charles

Army

Indian Campaigns -
Honorable Mention

CLARK, Wilfred

Army

Indian Campaigns

X

GARLAND, Harry

Army

Indian Campaigns

X

GREEN, John

Army

Indian Campaigns

X

HEISE, Richard Clamor

Army

Indian Campaigns

X

HUMPHREY, Charles Frederick

Army

Indian Campaigns

X

JACKSON, James

Army

Indian Campaigns

X

JONES, William H.

Army

Indian Campaigns

X

LEONARD, Patrick T.

Army

Indian Campaigns -
Honorable Mention

MAHER, Nicholas

Army

Indian Campaigns -
Honorable Mention

   

X

   

MCCARTHY, Michael

Army

Indian Campaigns

X

OLIVER, Francis

Army

Indian Campaigns

X

PARNELL, William Russell

Army

Indian Campaigns

X

SMITH,  William H. Army Indian Campaigns               X       

VARNUM, Charles Albert

Army

Indian Campaigns -
Honorable Mention

   

X

   

WILKENS, Henry

Army

Indian Campaigns

X

 

LONGFELLOW, Richard Moses

Army

Philippine Insurrection

X

 

FOSTER, Paul Frederick

Navy

Vera Cruz (Mexico)

X

 

NEIBAUR, Thomas Croft

Army

World War I

X

X

X

 

BAKER, Vernon Joseph @

Army

World War II

 

BOYINGTON, Gregory Pappy

USMC

World War II

X

BROSTROM, Leonard Carl

Army

World War II

X

X

X

BUSH, Robert Eugene

Navy

World War II - Honorable Mention

JACKSON, Arthur J.

USMC  

World War II

X

KANE,  John Riley

Army Air Corps

World War II - Honorable Mention

LESTER, Fredrick Faulkner

US Navy Reserve

World War II -
Honorable Mention

MAXWELL, Robert Dale

Army

World War II

X

MCCARTER, Lloyd G.

Army

World War II

X

X

NAKAMURA, William Kenzo

Army

World War II

X

PETERSON, Oscar Verner #

Navy

World War II

#

SMITH, Maynard Harrison

Army Air Corps

World War II - Honorable Mention

VAN NOY Jr., Nathan K. 

Army

World War II

X

X

X

 

BLEAK, David Bruce

Army 

Korean War

X

X

X

JOHNSON, James Edmund

USMC

Korean War

X

LITTLETON, Herbert A +

USMC

Korean War

X

X

MYERS, Reginald Rodney

USMC

Korean War

X

X

SCHOONOVER, Dan D.

Army

Korean War

X

X

FISHER, Bernard Francis

USAF

Vietnam

X

X

FREEMAN, Ed W. *

Army

Vietnam

X

MCGONAGLE, William Loren

Navy

Vietnam Era - Honorable Mention

NORRIS, Thomas Rolland

Navy

Vietnam

X

REASONER, Frank Stanley

USMC

Vietnam

X

X

SIJAN, Lance P.

USAF

Vietnam -
Honorable Mention


# Although Oscar Peterson was buried at sea, he has an 'In Memory Of' Cenotaph in Richfield Idaho

* Hattiesburg, Mississippi is where Mr. Freeman entered the service; however, Mr. Freeman was attached to the Idaho National Guard for a time, had lived in Idaho for over 30+ years, and was living in Idaho when he received the award.

+ PFC Littleton's medal was originally accredited to South Dakota but in 1965, at the request of the family, Idaho Senator Frank Church contacted the USMC and his accreditation was officially changed to Idaho.

@ Although Baker's Medal is accredited to Wyoming, he was living in Idaho and had lived in Idaho for over 15 years when presented the award.  He lived in Idaho up until his death in 2010.

Listed below, alphabetically,  is a brief history of Idaho's Men Of Valor.

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Name: BAKER, Vernon Joseph
Service:
Army
Conflict:
WWII
Location and Date of Act:
Near Viareggio Italy, 5-6 April 1945
Entered Svc:
Cheyenne Wyoming
Date of Birth:
17 December
 Place of Birth:
Cheyenne Wyoming
Current Location: 
Lived in Idaho We are sad to report that Mr. Baker passed away on 13 July 2010.  Internment was in Arlington National Cemetery.
Profiled in 4th Quarter 2000 Newsletter
Note: Lieutenant Baker wrote a book about his life and his Medal of Honor earning event.  He graciously made it available to our gift shop and personally autographed each copy.   Click here to go to our gift shop and order a copy, very few left:  [Gift Shop]

 

Name: BARTER, Gurdon H.
Service:
Navy
Conflict:
Civil War
Location and Date of Act:
USS Minnesota/Ft. Fisher, 15 January 1865  (Although the date mentioned in his citation is 15 Jan 1865, the actual engraving on his medal reads "Dec. 1864 & Jan 1865")
Entered Svc:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
1843
Place of Birth:
Williamsburg New York
Current Location:
Landsman Barter died on 22 April 1900 and there are two cemeteries that claim to have his grave. One is Moscow Cemetery (Lot 28, Block 1) in Moscow, Idaho, the other is Viola Cemetery (Plot 66, Grave 3), Viola, Idaho.  The Medal of Honor Headstone is at the grave in Violas Cemetery.  The Medal of Honor stone was to be moved to the Moscow location but will now remain in Viola. 
On March 25, 2006, National Medal of Honor Day, Congressman Otter formally presented Landsman Gurdon H. Barter's actual Medal of Honor to the Idaho Military History Museum.  It is now on display at the Museum.

Profiled in 1st Quarter 2006 Newsletter

 

Name: BLEAK, David Bruce 
Service:
  Army 
Conflict:
  Korean War 
Location and Date of Act:
Vicinity of Minari-gol, Korea, 14 June 1952
Entered Svc:  Shelley,  Idaho 
Date of Birth: 
27 February  
Place of Birth:
  Idaho Falls, Idaho
Current Location: David Bleak passed away on 23 March 2006; his Cremains were scattered at a favorite Idaho fishing location.  His family placed an 'In Memory Of' marker in the Lost River Cemetery (Section D, Row 2, Space 1), Butte County, Idaho. 
Profiled in  3rd Quarter 2000 Newsletter  (Updated 2nd Quarter 2007)
Notes:  On June 14, 2006, David Bleak's Medal of Honor was presented to the Idaho Military Historical Society by his family for display in the Idaho Military History Museum.   His Medal was unveiled on June 14, 2007 and is now on exhibit. 

 

Name: BOYINGTON, Gregory Pappy
Service:
USMC
Conflict:
WWII
Location and Date of Act:
Central Solomons Area, 12 September 1943 - 3 January 1944
Entered Svc:
Tacoma, Washington
Date of Birth:
4 December 1912
 Place of Birth:
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Current Location: Arlington National Cemetery, (Section 7A, Grave 150), Arlington, Virginia  (Died 11 January 1988)
Notes:  Until he decided to apply for flight school, he believed his name to be Gregory Hallenbeck.  Boyington was better known as Pappy than Greg and he had his name legally changed in 1961 when he decided to run for political office. 

 

Name: BROSTROM, Leonard Carl
Service:
Army
Conflict:  WWII
Location and Date of Act:
Near Dagami, Leyte, Philippine Islands, 28 October 1944
Entered Svc: Preston, Idaho
Date of Birth:  23 November 1919
 Place of Birth:
Preston, Idaho

Current Location: Preston Cemetery Dist (NW Section, Block 1, Lot 18), Preston, Idaho (KIA 20 Oct 1944)
Profiled in 2nd Quarter 2004 Newsletter

 

Name: CLARK, Wilfred
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Big Hole, Montana, Camas Meadows, Idaho 9 and 20 August 1877 respectively.
Entered Svc:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Birth:
 1841  Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Current Location: Lost in History, last known location was Cascade Montana.

 

Name: CONAWAY, John Wesley
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Civil War
Location and Date of Act: Vicksburg, Mississippi, 22 May 1863
Entered Svc:
Rising Sun, Indiana
Date of Birth:  19 September 1843 
Place of Birth:
Dearborn County, Indiana
Current Location: Evergreen Cemetery (Lot 6, Block 30), Post Falls, Idaho  (Died 21 Nov 1913)
Note: 
His enlistment location has been incorrectly recorded.  His enlistment contract states he enlisted in Rising Sun.

Profiled in 2nd Quarter 2009 Newsletter.


Name:
FISHER, Bernard Francis
Service:
USAF
Conflict:
Vietnam
Location and Date of Act:
Bien Hoa & Pleiku, Vietnam,10 March 1966
Entered Svc:
Kuna, Idaho
Date of Birth:
11 January 
Place of Birth:
San Bernardino, California
Current Location:
Idaho
Profiled in 2nd Quarter 2000  Newsletter
Note:
Colonel Fisher has written a book about his life and his Medal of Honor earning event.  He has graciously made it available to our gift shop and personally autographed each copy. Click here to go to our gift shop and order a copy: [Gift Shop]
We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Col Fisher.  Our deepest sympathies to his family; he will be deeply missed.


Name: FOSTER, Paul Frederick
Service:  Ensign, U.S. Navy
Conflict: Vera Cruz, Mexico

Location and Date of Act:  Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21 and 22 April 1914
Entered Svc: Weiser, Idaho
Date of Birth:
25 March 1889
Place of Birth:
Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas

Current Location:   Arlington National Cemetery (Section 5, Grave 106) (Died 
30 January 1972)
Note:  Prior to entering the U.S. Naval Academy, Foster attended the University of Idaho and lived in Weiser, Idaho.  Documents just received from the Naval Academy confirm the Navy Historical Center's webpage; he received his appointment to the Academy from Idaho Senator Dubois.

 

Name: FREEMAN, Ed W.
Service:
 
Army
Conflict: 
Viet Nam
Location and Date of Act: Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, Republic of Vietnam, 14
November 1965
Entered Svc:
Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Date of Birth: 
20 November 
Place of Birth:
Neely, Mississippi
Current Location:
We are sad to report that Major Ed Freeman passed away on 20 August 2008.  He is buried in the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery (Site # 12-J-155).
Profiled in 2nd Quarter 2002  Newsletter

 

Name: GARLAND, Harry
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Little Muddy Creek, Montana, Camas Meadows, Idaho, 7 May and 20 August 1877 respectively.

Entered Svc:
Indianapolis, Indiana
Date of Birth: 
1844
Place of Birth:
Boston, Massachusetts

Current Location:
Ft. Missoula, Montana, (North Section, Row I, Grave 3) (Died 21 May 1883) 
Note:
History incorrectly recorded his date of action and his burial location. 
The battle at Camas Meadows was 20 August and the letter recommending him for the Medal clearly states that the Date of Action was 20 August 1877.
His burial location was incorrectly recorded as Ft. Ellis, Wyoming. The graves at Ft. Ellis, which is actually located in Montana, were moved to Ft. Missoula, Montana, when Ft. Ellis closed on or about 1886. Most sources list his death as 7 May 1883 but the Burial Register from Ft. Ellis, Montana clearly shows that he died on 21 May 1883.
Profiled in 4th Quarter 2007 Newsletter.

 

Name: GREEN, John
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Lava Beds, California, 17 January 1873
Entered Svc:
Columbus Ohio 
(This may be in error.  He had a four year break in service before reenlisting in San Antonio, Texas)
Date of Birth:
20 November 1825
Place of Birth:
Wurttemberg Germany

Current Location:
Morris Hill Cemetery (Grave 1, Lot 105, Block E), Boise, Idaho  (Died 22 Nov 1908)
Profiled in 4th Quarter 1999  
& Updated in  3rd Quarter 2000  Newsletter 

 

Name: HAYS, John Henry
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Civil War
Location and Date of Act:
Columbus Georgia, 16 April 1865
Entered Svc:
Oskaloosa Iowa
Date of Birth: 
4 August 1844
Place of Birth:
Jefferson County, Ohio

Current Location:
Moscow Cemetery (Block 7, Lot 25, Grave 4), Moscow, Idaho  (Died 27 Jan 1904).  His headstone has two dates but his actual date of death was 1904. 
He was the Marshal for the town of Troy, Idaho and was killed in the line of duty.  
Notes:
   
History has recorded the Confederate flag captured by Hays as that of Austins Battery.  However, Hays actual flag has been preserved by the State Historical Society of Iowa in Des Moines, and is the 2nd National Banner of the Confederate States of America, design adopted in May of 1863.  It was recently on display in the Iowa State Capitol. 
Profiled in 3rd Quarter 2005 Newsletter.  

 

Name: HEISE, Richard Clamor  
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
13 August through 31 October 1868
Entered Svc:
New York, New York
Date of Birth:
12 December 1844
Place of Birth: Germany
Current Location:
Heise Hot Springs Cemetery, Heise Idaho (Died October 31, 1921)
Notes: 
 History recorded his action date and location as Arizona, August-October 1868.  It was actually 13 August through 31 October 1868, vicinity of the Black Mountains of Arizona.  Mr. Heise was also the Founder of Heise Hot Springs, Heise, Idaho.
Profiled in 4th Quarter 2004  Newsletter    

 

Name: HUMPHREY, Charles Frederick
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Clearwater, Idaho, 11 July 1877

Entered Svc:
Buffalo, New York
Date of Birth: 
2 September 1844
Place of Birth:
Cortland, New York  (There are two recorded birth location, one is Cortland, the other is Tioga)

Current Location: Arlington National  Cemetery, (Section 4, Grave 3115), Arlington, Virginia  (Died 4 June 1926)
Profiled in 3rd Quarter 2006 Newsletter

 

Name: JACKSON, Arthur J.
Service: USMC
Conflict:
WWII
Location and Date of Act:
Island of Peleliu in Palau Group, 18 September 1944
Entered Svc:
Portland, Oregon
Date of Birth:
18 October
Place of Birth:
Cleveland, Ohio
Current Location:
Lives in Idaho
Profiled in 4th Quarter 2002  Newsletter.  Update:  The Medal that turned up in the pawn shop was not his original Medal, it turned out to be a counterfeit.

 

Name: JACKSON, James
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Camas Meadows, Idaho, 20 August 1877

Entered Svc:
Dubuque, Iowa 
Date of Birth: 
21 November 1833
Place of Birth:
New Jersey

Current Location:
River View Cemetery, (Section 15, Lot 174, Grave 4), Port
land, Oregon (Died 21 October 1916)
Note: 
Contrary to recorded history, James Jackson entered the service from Iowa, not New Jersey.

 

Name: JOHNSON, James Edmund
Service:
USMC
Conflict:
Korean War
Location and Date of Act:
Yudam-ni, Korea, 2 December 1950
Entered Svc:
Washington DC
Date of Birth:
1 January 1926
Place of Birth:
Pocatello, Idaho
Current Location:
Missing in Action (Declared KIA 2 Nov 1953)
Note: 
A Memorial Marker (MH-451) has been erected in his honor in Section 13 of Arlington  National Cemetery.  

Profiled in  1st Quarter 2003 Newsletter

 

Name: JONES, William H.
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Little Muddy Creek, Montana, Camas Meadows, Idaho, 7 May and 20 August 1877 respectively.

Entered Svc:
Louisville, Kentucky
Date of Birth:
1842
Place of Birth:
Davidson County, North Carolina
Current Location:
Efland Methodist Church Cemetery, North Carolina (Died 23 Dec 1911)
Note: 
The Farrier Award, presented annually to the Trooper of the Year in the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment to recognize the most outstanding trooper in the Regiment, is named in honor of Farrier Jones.

 

Name: KEPHART, James
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Civil War
Location and Date of Act:
Vicksburg Mississippi, 19 May 1863
Entered Svc:
Dubuque, Iowa
Date of Birth:
 
22 April 1842
Place of Birth:
Venango County, Pennsylvania

Current Location:
Elmwood Cemetery (Grave 8, Lot B, Block 12), Gooding, Idaho  (Died 27 April 1932)
Note:  History recorded his date of death as 17 April 1932.  It was actually 27 April 1932.

Profiled in 4th Quarter 2003  Newsletter  

 

Name: LEONARD, Patrick T.
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and
Date of Act: Fort Hartsuff (Grace Creek), Nebraska, 28 April 1876
Entered Svc:
Camp Three Forks, Idaho Territory
Date of Birth: 
1828
Place of Birth:
Clare County, Ireland

Current Location:
Mount Calvary Cemetery (Section 2 SE Corner), Lansing, Kansas (Died 1 March 1905).
Note: 
Patrick T. Leonard was stationed at Camp Three Forks, Idaho Territory during the late 1860's/early 1870's.  While there, he had a short break in service at Camp Three Forks prior to re-enlisting at Camp Three Forks and going on to earn the Medal of Honor in Nebraska.  As such, he is technically accredited to Idaho. 

Originally believed to be a double recipient, it wasn't until 1984 that it was learned there were in fact two recipients with the name of Patrick Leonard. 

 

Name: LITTLETON, Herbert A
Service:
USMC
Conflict:
Korean War
Location and Date of Act:
Chungchon, Korea, 22 April 1951
Entered Svc:
Nampa, Idaho
Date of Birth:
1 July 1930
Place of Birth:
Mena, Arkansas
Current Location:
Kohler Lawn Cemetery (Section R, Lot 388, Grave 3-1), Nampa, Idaho (KIA 22 April 1951)
Note:  Herbert's name is Herbert A Littleton, he does not have a middle name.

His medal was originally accredited to South Dakota but in 1965 the family contacted Senator Church and the record was officially corrected changing it to Idaho.
Profiled in 1st Quarter 2002 Newsletter 

 

Name: LONGFELLOW, Richard Moses
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Philippine Insurrection
Location and Date of Act: Near San Isidro, Philippine Islands,16 May 1899
Entered Svc: Mandan, North Dakota
Date of Birth:
24 June 1867 
Place of Birth:
Springfield, Illinois
Current Location:
Normal Hill Cemetery (Div 4, Row 26, Lot 26, Grave 9), Lewiston, Idaho (Died 17 May 1951)
Note
:  Records indicate that his award was issued on 4 April 1906.  In reality, he did not receive it until June 1909. 
Profiled in 4th Quarter 2005 Newsletter.    

 

Name: MAXWELL, Robert Dale
Service:
Army
Conflict:
WWII
Location and Date of Act:
Near Besancon France, 7 September 1944
Entered Svc:
Creswell, Colorado
Date of Birth:
26 October
Place of Birth:
Boise, Idaho
Current Location: 
Lives in Oregon
Profiled in 2nd Quarter 2003  Newsletter

 

Name: MCCARTER, Lloyd G.
Service:
Army
Conflict:
WWII
Location and Date of Act:
Corregidor, Philippine Islands, 16-19 February 1945
Entered Svc:
Tacoma, Washington
Date of Birth:
11 May 1917
Place of Birth:
St. Maries, Idaho
Current Location:
Woodlawn Cemetery (Block 23, Lot 7, Grave 6, Original Edition), St. Maries Idaho (Died 2 Feb 1956)
Note: 
Lloyd G. McCarter served in the Idaho National Guard prior to entering active duty.  Also, his unit has been misrecorded, it was actually Company F, 503d Parachute Infantry.
Profiled in 2nd Quarter 2008 Newsletter

 

Name: MCCARTHY, Michael
Service: Army
Conflict: Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act: White Bird Canyon, Idaho, 17 June 1877
Entered Svc: New York, New York
Date of Birth:  19 April 1845
Place of Birth: St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
Current Location: Mountain View  Cemetery, (IOOF Section, Block P, Lot 18, Grave 5), Walla Walla, Washington (Died 15 January 1914)
Note:  At one time, Michael McCarthy went by the name Augustus Howard.  History miscrecorded his date of action as June 1876-January 1877.  The letters in his Medal of Honor file obtained from the National Archives very clearly state that his action took place on June 17, 1877, during the battle at White Bird Canyon.
Profiled in 3rd Quarter 2001 Newsletter  

 

Name: MYERS, Reginald Rodney 
Service:
USMC
Conflict:
Korean War
Location and Date of Act:
Near Hagaru-ri Korea, 29 November 1950
Entered Svc: Boise, Idaho
Date of Birth:
26 November 
Place of Birth: Boise, Idaho
Current Location:
Arlington National  Cemetery, (Section 60, Grave 884), Arlington, Virginia  (Died 23 October 2005)
Profiled in
1st Quarter 2001  Newsletter

 

Name: NAKAMURA, William Kenzo 
Service:
U.S. Army
Conflict: WWII 
Location and Date of Act: Castellina Italy, 4 July 1944
Entered Svc: Hunt, Idaho
Date of Birth: 21 January 1922
Place of Birth: Seattle, Washington
Current Location: Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery (Washelli Veterans Section Lexington W Grave 28), Seattle, Washington  (KIA 4 July 1944)
See 3rd Quarter 2000 Newsletter, Profiled in 2nd Quarter 2001 Newsletter.  

Notes:   William entered the service from the Minidoka Relocation Center, located near Twin Falls, Idaho, one of 10 Japanese American relocation camps built after the 7 December 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor.  In January 1943, after the War Department announced that Americans of Japanese decent would be allowed to enter the military, William and his brother became one of over 300 volunteers to join.  When William was killed in action, he was the first casualty from Hunt. 

 

Name:NEIBAUR, Thomas Croft
Service: Army
Conflict: WWI
Location and Date of Act: Near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, 16 October 1918
Entered Svc: Sugar City, Idaho
Date of Birth: 17 May 1898
Place of Birth: Sharon, Idaho
Current Location: Sugar City Cemetery (Block 2, Lot 38, Grave 3), Sugar City Idaho (Died 23 Dec 1942)

Profiled in 3rd Quarter 1999 and updated in 2nd Quarter 2000 newsletter.

Notes: Prior to deploying overseas, Neibaur was a member of Co M, 2nd Idaho Infantry, Idaho National Guard. 


 

Name: NORRIS, Thomas Rolland
Service: Navy
Conflict:
Vietnam
Location and Date of Act:
Quang Tri Province, Viet Nam, 10-13 April 1972
Entered Svc:
Silver Spring, MarylandDate of Birth:
14 January 
Place of Birth:
Jacksonville, Florida
Current Location:  Lives in Idaho

 

Name: OLIVER, Francis
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, 20 October 1869
Entered Svc:
Ft. Filmore, New Mexico (May actually be Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania as he had a break in service)
Date of Birth:
1832
Place of Birth:
Baltimore, Maryland
Current Location: Normal Hill Cemetery, Lewiston, Idaho
(Div A, Row 19, Lot 19, Grave 1) (Cemetery records recorded his death as 1880, Military records indicate 28 July 1880)

Notes:
There are several letters in Olivers files dealing with the Medal of Honor but the dates are very inconsistent. The date of the transmittal letter for Olivers award is the same as the date of the letter of recommendation. 

 

Name: PARNELL, William Russell
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
White Bird Canyon, Idaho, 17 June 1877

Entered Svc:
Brooklyn, New York
Date of Birth: 
13 August 1836
Place of Birth:
Dublin Ireland

Current Location:
San Francisco National Cemetery, San Francisco, California,  (OS-68 Row 54)  (Died 20 August 1910)

Profiled in 4th Quarter 2001  
Newsletter 

 

Name: PETERSON, Oscar Verner 
Service:  US Navy
Conflict:  WWII
Unit:  USS Neosho (AO-23)
Location and Date of Act:  7 May 1942, Coral Sea
Date of Birth:  27 August 1899
Place of Birth:  Prentise, Wisconsin
Current Location: Buried at Sea. Chief Peterson's wife moved to Richfield, Idaho shortly after his untimely death.  An 'In Memory Of' marker to Chief Peterson was dedicated and placed next to his wife's grave in the Richfield cemetery on 3 April 2010. 
Notes:  Most sources list Peterson as entering the service in Wisconsin.  In reality, he enlisted in Kansas City, Missouri.  Many sources also list his date of death as 7 May but this is not the case either.  He died six days after his heroic action and rescue on board the USS Henley on 13 May 1942.
Profiled in nd Quarter 2010 Newsletter.

 

Name: REASONER, Frank Stanley
Service:
USMC
Conflict:
Vietnam
Location and Date of Act:
Near Da Nang, Vietnam, 12 July 1965
Entered Svc:
Kellogg, Idaho
Date of Birth:
16 September 1937
Place of Birth:
Spokane, Washington
Current Location:
Greenwood Cemetery, Kellogg, Idaho, (Veterans Section, Row 7, Lot 346),  (KIA 12 Jul 1965)
Profiled in 4th Quarter 2010 Newsletter.

 

Name: SCHOONOVER, Dan D.
Service: Army
Conflict:
Korean War
Location and Date of Act:
Near Sokkogae, Korea, 8-10 July 1953
Entered Svc:
Boise, Idaho
Date of Birth:
8 October 1933
Place of Birth:
Boise, Idaho
Current Location:
Missing in Action
Note: 
A Memorial Marker has been erected in his honor in Field of Honor 2, Row 16, Lot 50A, Morris Hill Cemetery, Boise, Idaho.   His middle name has been listed as Dwain in at least two sources and Dwayne in another.  His presentation date is also in error, his family received the award in December, not July.
Profiled in 3rd Quarter 2008 Newsletter 

 

Name: SMITH, William H.
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Wars
Location and Date of Act:
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, 20 October 1869
Entered Svc:
Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Birth:
circa 1847
Place of Birth:
Lapeer, Michigan
Current Location:
Unknown grave in unknown cemetery, Grangeville, Idaho
Note: 
Smith's
Final Statement shows that he died in the field hospital at Camp Howard, Idaho Territory and was buried in Grangeville near Mt. Idaho. There are four possible cemeteries but none have record of him.  They do however report a number of unmarked and unknown graves.  William H. Smith was in the same action as Francis Oliver and Nicholas Meaher/Maher.
Profiled in Winter 2014 Newsletter.  (We are hoping to raise funds for an "In Memory Of Marker" for Wm Smith in Grangeville.  Read his story to see how you can help.)

 

 

Name: VAN NOY, Jr., Nathan K. 
Service:
Army
Conflict:
WWII
Location and Date of Act:
Near Finschafen, New Guinea, 17 October 1943
Entered Svc:
Pocatello, Idaho
Date of Birth:
9 August 1924
Place of Birth:
Grace, Idaho
Current Location:
Grace Cemetery, Grace, Idaho (KIA 17 Oct 1943)

Note: 
Nathan's name has been listed and spelled a number of different ways the most common being Junior N. Van Noy and Nathan K. Van Noy Jr. His true name is Nathan Kilby Van Noy Jr. although he went by the name of Junior in the military.  He also signed his letters home as Junior.  History has recorded his entrance into the service location as Preston, Idaho, but according to documents obtained from the National Archives, he actually enlisted in Pocatello, Idaho on 17 February 1943.  His heroic action and death occurred eight months to the day of his enlistment.

Profiled in 1st Quarter 2000 
Newsletter although new information has come to light since publication.

 

Name: WILKENS, Henry
Service: Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Little Muddy Creek, Montana, Camas Meadows, Idaho, 7 May 1877 and 20 August 1877 respectively.

Entered Svc:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (This appear to be in error, his first three enlistments took place in New York, Washington DC., and Kansas.  After his enlistment in Kansas, his service was continuous.)

Date of Birth: 
Circa 1833
Place of Birth:
Germany

Current Location:
New York, Brooklyn Cypress Hill National Cemetery (2-5325)  (Died 2 August 1895)
Note: 
His date of birth has been recorded as 1855 but this is impossible.  He was a veteran of the Civil War and in fact attained the rank of First Lieutenant in 1864.  His most likely year of birth is 1833.

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

 

Name:  BRYAN, William Charles
Service:  
United States Army, serving as a Hospital Steward Conflict: Indian Wars
Unit: 
4th US Infantry, possibly attached to Troop K, 2nd Cavalry
Location and Date of Act:  Powder River, Wyoming, 17 March 1876
Entered Svc: St. Louis, Missouri
Date of Birth: 9 September 1852
Place of Birth: Zanesville, Ohio
Current Location:  Unknown, Cremains returned to family (Died 27 March 1933 in California).
Notes: There are several possibilities regarding his year of birth but 1852 appears to be the most plausible.  There is also conflicting information as to where he was when he died.  Most common location listed is Santa Barbara.  After earning the Medal, Bryan came to Idaho in 1899 as part of the "Northern Idaho Exploring Expedition" and later, from 1927-1928, he served as an Assistant in Physical Education at the University of Idaho. 



Name:  BUSH, Robert Eugene
Service:  
United States Navy Reserve, serving as Medical Corpsman with a rifle company, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Conflict:  WWII

Location and Date of Act:  Okinawa Jima, Ryukyu Islands, 2 May 1945
Current Location:  Fern Hill Cemetery (6th Edition, Block 1, Lot 24, South half of the Southwest Corner), Menlo, Washington, (Died 8 November 2005).
Note: 
Robert attended Basic Training and Naval Medical Corps training at Farragut Idaho.  Bush was a Navy medical corpsman during the Battle of Okinawa and at the age of 18, was the youngest sailor to receive the Medal of Honor during World War II.


Name: KANE, John Riley
Service: United States Army Air Corps
Conflict: WWII
Unit:  98th Bombardment Group, 9th Air Force
Location and Date of Act: Ploetsi Raid, Rumania, 1 August 1943
Entered Svc: Shreveport, Caddo County, Louisiana
Date of Birth: 5 January 1907
Place of Birth: McGregor, McLennan County, Texas.
Current Location:  Arlington National Cemetery (Section 7A, Grave 47) (Died 29 May 1996)
Note:  After his heroic action at Ploesti, Colonel Kane returned to the United States in February 1944, as Base Commander of Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho where he served from 9 February 1944 to 25 December 1944.  In November 1951 he was assigned to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, where he commanded the 580th Air Resupply and Communications Wing.  Colonel Kane was stationed at Mountain Home until September 1952 when he and the Wing were transferred to Wheelus AB in Libya. 

 

 

Name: LESTER, Fredrick Faulkner; 
Service:  US Navy Reserve
Conflict:  WWII

Unit:  Assault Rifle Platoon, 1st Battalion, 22d Marines, 6th Marine Division

Location and Date of Act:  Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands, 8 June 1945

Entered Service: Chicago, Illinois

Date of Birth:  29 April 1926

Place of Birth:  Downers Grove, Illinois

Current Location:  Clarendon Hills Cemetery (Section G, Block K, Lot 28AB, Grave 9), Darien, Illinois, (Died 8 June 1945).
Note: 
Lester attended Basic Training at Farragut, Idaho, graduating in late 1943 or early 1944. 
Profiled in 3rd Quarter 2009 Newsletter.

 

 

 

Name: MAHER, Nicholas (aka Nicholas Meaher)
Service: Army
Conflict: Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act:
Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona, 20 October 1869
Entered Svc:
Cincinnati, Ohio
Date of Birth:
circa 1845
Place of Birth:
Perry County, Ohio
Current Location: Jordan Valley Cemetery, Jordan Valley Oregon
(Section 109, Space 7)

Notes:
Maher, an Indian Campaigns recipient, was classified as Lost to History until January 2011 when it was discovered he was residing in the Soldiers Home in Boise, Idaho at the time of his passing.  The variation in the spelling of his name caused this status.  Additionally, he lived in Silver City, Idaho in 1880 and worked there as a miner.
There are several letters in Maher's files dealing with the Medal of Honor but the dates are very inconsistent. He was in the same action as Francis Oliver.  

 

Name: MCGONAGLE, William Loren 
Service:
  US Navy
Conflict:  Vietnam Era
Unit:  USS Liberty  (AGTR-5)
Location and Date of Act:  international waters near the Sinai Peninsula, 8-9 June 1967
Date of Birth:  19 November 1925
Place of Birth:  Wichita, Kansas

Current Location:  Arlington National Cemetery (Section 34, Grave 208), Arlington, Virginia (Died 3 March 1999)
Note: 
McGonagle was Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science, NROTC Unit, at the University of Idaho from January 1959 to June 1961 and received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University while teaching there.

 

 

 

Name: SIJAN, Lance Peter  
Service:
USAF
Conflict:
Vietnam

Unit: 
480 TFS, Da Nang AFB, Republic of Viet Nam
Location and Date of Act:
North Vietnam, 9 November 1967
Entered Svc:
Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Date of Birth:
13 April 1942
Place of Birth:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Current Location:
Buried in Arlington Park Cemetery (Block 26, Lot 68, Grave 7), Milwaukee Wisconsin  (Died 22 January 1968)
Note: 
Captain Sijan was a member of the 366th TFW/480th TFS while the wing was stationed at Da Nang AB, Vietnam.  The 4th Allied POW Wing is the unit that submitted the original request for the Decoration (Maj Gen John P. Flynn).   The 366th was transferred to Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, from Takhli, Thailand on 31 October 1972.  The preceding was provided to us by the 366th Wing History Office.  


Name:
SMITH
, Maynard Harrison
Service:  United States Army Air Corps
Conflict: WWII
Unit:  423d Bombardment Squadron, 306th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force
Location and Date of Act: Brest, France, 1 May 1943

Served as:
Gunner on a B-17
Current Location: 
Arlington National Cemetery (Section 66, Grave 7375), Arlington, Virginia, (Died 11 May 1984)
Note: 
In December 1942, Maynard was promoted to staff sergeant in Pocatello, Idaho, where he was assigned to the 413th Bomb Squadron.  He was also the first enlisted airman ever to earn the nation's highest decoration.


Name: VARNUM, Charles Albert
Service:
Army
Conflict:
Indian Campaigns
Location and Date of Act: White Clay Creek, South Dakota, 30 December 1890
Entered Svc:
Pensacola, Florida
Date of Birth:
21 June 1849
Place of Birth:
Troy, New York
Current Location: San Francisco National Cemetery (Section OS, Row 3A, Site 3), San Francisco, California

Notes:
Although officially retired in 1907, he requested a new assignment and was at once detailed as Instructor of the National Guard of Idaho with station at Boise and remained thereat until the summer of 1909.  The Governor sought to make him a Colonel on his staff.


Also of note, Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho was a training center during WWII for B-17 and B-24 Bomber Crews.  A number of units transitioned through Gowen Field and 4 Medal of Honor Recipients are associated with those units.  They are:

      29th Bombardment Group, 52nd Bombardment Sqdn - Henry E. Erwin

     303rd Bombardment Group, 358 Bombardment Sqdn - Forrest T. Vosler

     303rd Bombardment Group, 359 Bombardment Sqdn - Jack W. Mathis

     308th Bombardment Group, 374th  Bombardment Sqdn Horace S. Carswell, Jr.

We also have information that Chester H. West, WWI Medal of Honor Recipient, may have lived in Idaho Falls, Idaho for a period of time prior to enlisting in the military.

There is also information that Charles A. Varnum, Indian Wars Recipient, was attached to the Idaho National Guard as an instructor from 1907-1908.

Another noteworthy mention, Wilmon W. Blackmar, Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient, and Commander-In-Chief of the GAR, died during a visit to Boise Idaho, on Sunday, July 16, 1905. 

Additionally, David C. Dolby, Vietnam Recipient, passed away in Spirit Lake, Idaho on August 6, 2010 while visiting friends.

John Moran, Indian Campaigns recipient, may be buried in eastern Idaho.  Details are still very sketchy but local history has him there.  He is officially classified as Lost in History.

And in closing, eastern Idahos Bingham County is named for Henry Harrison Bingham, a Civil War recipient.  He never lived in Idaho but was a longtime friend and political associate of territorial Governor William M. Bunn.

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