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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 recipients 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]

Of the 3,525 Medals of Honor awarded as of January 2020, 305 have been awarded to 298 distinct Marine recipients. Additionally, 18 Medals of Honor have been awarded to Navy Corpsmen, along with five to Navy officers, serving with Marine units. Seven Marines have been awarded two Medals of Honor, but only two of those men, Smedley Butler and Daniel Daly, were awarded two medals for two separate actions.[2][3] John F. Mackie was the first Marine to ever be awarded the Medal of Honor, for actions during the American Civil War.[4]

American Civil War[edit | edit source]

17 Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the American Civil War. John F. Mackie became the first Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor.[4]

Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Unit Notes
Head and shoulders of a white man with mustache wearing a tuxedo and white bow tie. The portrait is surrounded by a decorative oval-shaped frame. Richard Binder Sergeant Aboard USS Ticonderoga, First and Second Battles of Fort Fisher, North Carolina January 15, 1865 USS Ticonderoga Despite heavy return fire by the enemy and the explosion of the 100-pounder Parrott rifle which killed 8 men and wounded 12 more, Sgt. Binder, as captain of a gun, performed his duties with skill and courage during the first 2 days of battle.
J. Henry Denig Sergeant Aboard USS Brooklyn, Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama August 5, 1864 USS Brooklyn On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee, in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Isaac N. Fry Orderly Sergeant Aboard USS Ticonderoga, Second Battle of Fort Fisher, North Carolina January 13 – 15, 1865 USS Ticonderoga On board the U.S.S. Ticonderoga during attacks on Fort Fisher, 13 to 15 January 1865.
Michael Hudson Sergeant Aboard the USS Brooklyn, Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama August 5, 1864 USS Brooklyn On board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864
Framed portrait of a white man with a mustache and long beard wearing a flat-topped cap and a military jacket with four large medals hanging from ribbons on the left breast. John F. Mackie Corporal Aboard USS Galena, Drewry's Bluff, Virginia May 15, 1862 USS Galena Serving aboard USS Galena Mackie was the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor.
James Martin, II Sergeant Aboard USS Richmond, Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama August 5, 1864 USS Richmond Despite damage to his ship and the loss of several men on board as enemy fire raked her decks, Sgt. Martin fought his gun with skill and courage throughout the furious two hour battle which resulted in the surrender of the rebel ram Tennessee and in the damaging and destruction of batteries at Fort Morgan.
Andrew Miller Sergeant Aboard USS Richmond, Battle of Mobile Bay August 5, 1864 USS Richmond Served board USS Richmond during Battle of Fort Morgan.
Christopher Nugent Orderly Sergeant Aboard USS Fort Henry, Crystal River in Florida June 15, 1863 USS Fort Henry For his actions while serving on board USS Fort Henry, Crystal River, Florida, 15 June 1863.
Miles M. Oviatt Corporal Aboard USS Brooklyn, Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama August 5, 1864 USS Brooklyn For actions against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay.
John Rannahan Corporal Second Battle of Fort Fisher, North Carolina January 15, 1865 USS Minnesota On board USS Minnesota in the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865.
James S. Roantree Sergeant Aboard USS Oneida, Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama August 5, 1864 USS Oneida On board USS Oneida during action against rebel forts and gunboats and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
John Shivers Private Second Battle of Fort Fisher, North Carolina January 15, 1865 USS Minnesota On board USS Minnesota, in the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865.
Willard M. Smith Corporal Fort Morgan, Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama August 5, 1864 USS Brooklyn On board USS Brooklyn during action against rebel forts and gunboats, and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
David Sprowle Orderly Sergeant Fort Morgan, Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama August 5, 1864 USS Richmond On board USS Richmond during action against rebel forts and gunboats, and with the ram Tennessee in Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864.
Henry A. Thompson Private Second Battle of Fort Fisher, North Carolina January 15, 1865 USS Minnesota On board USS Minnesota in the assault on Fort Fisher, 15 January 1865.
Andrew J. Tomlin Corporal Second Battle of Fort Fisher, North Carolina January 15, 1865 USS Wabash Member of USS Wabash Marine Guard during the assault on Fort Fisher, on 15 January 1865. Corporal Tomlin left the safety of the entrenchments to assisted a wounded comrade to a place of safety.
Pinkerton R. Vaughn Sergeant on board USS Mississippi, Port Hudson, Louisiana March 14, 1863 USS Mississippi During the abandonment of Mississippi which had to be grounded, Sergeant Vaughn rendered invaluable assistance to his commanding officer, remaining with the ship until all the crew had landed and the ship had been fired to prevent its falling into enemy hands.

Korean Expedition[edit | edit source]

Six Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in the Korean Expedition.

Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Unit Notes
Two soldiers with rifles and one man in a sailor suit standing on a ship deck in front of a large flag.

(Brown at right)

Charles Brown Corporal aboard USS Colorado, Ganghwa Island, Korea June 11, 1871 USS Colorado Assisted in capturing the Korean flag from the citadel of the fort
John Coleman Private aboard USS Colorado, Ganghwa Island, Korea June 11, 1871 USS Colorado For hand-to-hand combat and saving the life of Alexander McKenzie
James Dougherty Private aboard USS Benicia, Ganghwa Island, Korea June 11, 1871 USS Benicia Returned to duty after being wounded several times
Michael McNamara Private aboard USS Benicia, Ganghwa Island, Korea June 11, 1871 USS Benicia For taking a match-lock from the hands of the enemy while advancing to the parapet
Michael Owens Private aboard USS Colorado, Ganghwa Island, Korea June 11, 1871 USS Colorado Fighting courageously in hand-to-hand combat, he was badly wounded by the enemy during this action
Marine Private Hugh Purvis.jpg Hugh Purvis Private aboard USS Alaska, Ganghwa Island, Korea June 11, 1871 USS Alaska Braving the enemy fire, he was the first to scale the walls of the fort and capture their flag

Spanish-American War[edit | edit source]

15 Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in the Spanish-American War.

Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Notes
Daniel Campbell Private aboard USS Marblehead, near Cienfuegos, Cuba May 11, 1898 On board USS Marblehead during the cutting of the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898.
Oscar W. Field Private aboard USS Nashville, near Cienfuegos, Cuba May 11, 1898 For setting an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness under fire.
John Fitzgerald Private Cuzco Well, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba June 14, 1898 For heroism and gallantry in action.
Joseph J. Franklin circa 1918 Joseph J. Franklin Private aboard USS Nashville, near Cienfuegos, Cuba May 11, 1898 On board USS Nashville during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898.
Philip Gaughan Sergeant aboard USS Nashville, near Cienfuegos, Cuba May 11, 1898 For setting an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness under fire.
Frank Hill Private aboard USS Nashville, near Cienfuegos, Cuba May 11, 1898 For displaying extraordinary bravery and coolness under fire.
Michael Kearney Private aboard USS Nashville, near Cienfuegos, Cuba May 11, 1898 For setting an example of extraordinary bravery and coolness under fire.
Hermann W. Kuchneister Private aboard USS Marblehead, near Cienfuegos, Cuba May 11, 1898 For displaying extraordinary bravery and coolness under fire.
Head and torso of a young white man wearing a forage cap and a heavy double-breasted coat with two columns of buttons down the chest. Harry L. MacNeal Private aboard USS Brooklyn, near Santiago de Cuba, Cuba July 3, 1898 For displaying gallantry while under fire.
James Meredith Private aboard USS Marblehead, near Cienfuegos, Cuba May 11, 1898 For displaying extraordinary bravery and coolness under fire. Name changed to Patrick F. Ford, Jr.
Pomeroy Parker Private aboard USS Nashville, near Cienfuegos, Cuba May 11, 1898 For displaying extraordinary bravery and coolness under fire.
Head and shoulders of a stern-faced white man wearing a plain military jacket and campaign hat. John H. Quick Sergeant Cuzco Well, Guantánamo Bay, Cuba June 14, 1898 For signaling the USS Dolphin on 3 different occasions while exposed to a heavy fire from the enemy. He was later awarded the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Service Cross for actions during World War I.
Joseph F. Scott.jpg Joseph F. Scott Private aboard USS Nashville, near Cienfuegos, Cuba May 11, 1898 For displaying extraordinary bravery and coolness under fire.
Edward Sullivan Private aboard USS Marblehead, near Cienfuegos, Cuba May 11, 1898 For displaying extraordinary bravery and coolness under fire.
Walter S. West Private aboard USS Marblehead, near Cienfuegos, Cuba May 11, 1898 For displaying extraordinary bravery and coolness under fire.

Samoan Civil War[edit | edit source]

Three Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in the Samoan Civil War.

Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Notes
Bruno A. Forsterer Sergeant Vailele, Upolu, Samoa April 1, 1899 For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy during the second battle of Vailele.
Top half of man in formal 1900s military dress, wearing a star-shaped medal on a ribbon around his neck. Henry L. Hulbert Private Vailele, Upolu, Samoa April 1, 1899 For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy during the second battle of Vailele. He was subsequently killed in action during World War I and was awarded the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Service Cross.
Michael J. McNally Sergeant Vailele, Upolu, Samoa April 1, 1899 For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy during the second battle of Vailele.

Philippine-American War[edit | edit source]

Six Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in the Philippine-American War.

Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Notes
CaptHIBearss USMC.jpg Hiram I. Bearss Captain junction of the Cadacan and Sohoton Rivers, Samar, Philippines November 17, 1901 Subsequently awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for actions in World War I
Howard M. Buckley Private Luzon, Philippines March 25, 27, 29, and April 4, 1899 "For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy in battle"
Harry Harvey Sergeant Benictican, Bataan Province, Luzon, Philippines February 16, 1900 Distinguished himself by meritorious conduct in the presence of the enemy
Joseph Leonard Private Luzon, Philippines March 25, 27, 29, and April 4, 1899 Enlisted as Joseph Melvin
DDPorter USMC MOH.jpg David D. Porter Captain junction of the Cadacan and Sohoton Rivers, Samar, Philippines November 17, 1901 Grandson of Admiral David Dixon Porter
Thomas F. Prendergast Corporal Luzon, Philippines March 25, 27, 29, and April 4, 1899 "For distinguished conduct in the presence of the enemy in battle"

Boxer Rebellion[edit | edit source]

33 Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in the Boxer Rebellion, one posthumously. Daniel Daly was awarded his first of two Medals of Honor.[3] Harry Fisher was the first Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.[5] France Silva was the first Hispanic Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor.[6]

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Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Notes
John M. Adams Sergeant near Tianjin, China July 13, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"
Harry C. Adriance Corporal near Tianjin, China July 13, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"
Edwin N. Appleton Corporal Tianjin, China June 20, 1900 "[A]ssisted in destroying buildings occupied by the enemy"
Erwin J. Boydston Private Beijing, China July 21 – August 17, 1900 "[A]ssisted in the erection of barricades"
James Burnes Private Tianjin, China June 20, 1900 "[A]ssisted in destroying buildings occupied by hostile forces"
Albert R. Campbell Private Tianjin, China June 21, 1900 For distinguishing himself by his conduct during the advance on Tientsin
William L. Carr Private Beijing, China July 21 – August 17, 1900 For distinguishing himself by his conduct in the presence of the enemy
James Cooney Private near Tianjin, China July 13, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"
John O. Dahlgren Corporal Beijing, China June 20 – July 16, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"
Top half of a serious man in formal 1920s U.S. military dress wearing two star-shaped medals on ribbons around his neck. Daniel J. Daly Private Beijing, China August 14, 1900 For distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct. First award, he was later awarded a second Medal of Honor for his actions during the occupation of Haiti in 1915, and was later the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Service Cross for actions during World War I.
Fisher, HarryHarry Fisher Private Beijing, China June 20 – July 16, 1900 True name: Franklin J. Phillips (enlisted under alias); previously served in the U.S. Army. First US Marine to receive Medal of Honor posthumously.
Head of a white man with brown hair and a drooping mustache wearing a blue military jacket. The man is looking off to the side. Alexander J. Foley Sergeant near Tianjin, China July 13, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"
Head and shoulders of a white man wearing a peaked cap and a dark military jacket with ribbon bars on the left breast and bright buttons down the center. Charles R. Francis Private near Tianjin, China June 21, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"
Louis R. Gaiennie Private Beijing, China July 21 – August 17, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"
Henry W. Heisch Private Tianjin, China June 20, 1900 He crossed the river in a small boat while under heavy enemy fire and assisted in destroying buildings occupied by the enemy
Head and shoulders of a young white man wearing a cap pushed high up on his forehead and a plain military jacket with a star–shaped medal hanging from a ribbon pinned to his left breast. William C. Horton Private Beijing, China July 21 – August 17, 1900 "[A]assisted in the erection of barricades"
Martin Hunt Private Beijing, China June 20 – July 16, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"
Thomas W. Kates Private Tianjin, China June 21, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"
Clarence E. Mathias Private Tianjin, China July 13, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"
Albert Moore Private Beijing, China July 21 – August 17, 1900 Assisted in the erection of barricades under a heavy fire from the enemy
John A. Murphy Drummer Beijing, China July 21 – August 17, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"
William H. Murray Private Beijing, China July 21 – August 17, 1900 "[D]istinguished himself by meritorious conduct" Served under the name of Henry W. Davis.
Harry W. Orndoff Private China June 13, and June 20 – 22, 1900 "[D]istinguished himself by meritorious conduct"
Reuben J. Phillips Corporal China June 13, and June 20 – 22, 1900 For distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct in the presence of the enemy
Herbert I. Preston Private Beijing, China July 21 – August 17, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"
David J. Scannell Private Beijing, China July 21 – August 17, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"
France Silva Private Beijing, China June 28 – August 17, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"
Peter Stewart Gunnery Sergeant China June 13, and June 20 – 22, 1900 In the presence of the enemy he distinguished himself by meritorious conduct
Clarence E. Sutton Sergeant Tianjin, China July 13, 1900 Although under heavy fire from the enemy he assisted in carrying a wounded officer from the field of battle
Private Oscar J. Upham, ca. 1900.jpg Oscar J. Upham Private Beijing, China July 21 – August 17, 1900 "[A]ssisted in the erection of barricades"
Edward A. Walker Sergeant Beijing, China June 20 – July 16, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"
Frank A. Young Private Beijing, China June 20 – July 16, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"
William Zion Private Beijing, China July 21 – August 17, 1900 "[For] distinguishing himself by meritorious conduct"

Occupation of Veracruz[edit | edit source]

Nine Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions at Veracruz. Smedley Butler was awarded his first of two Medals of Honor.[2] Wendell C. Neville would later serve as Commandant of the Marine Corps.[7]

Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Notes
Randolph C. Berkeley Randolph C. Berkeley Major Veracruz, Mexico April 21 – 22, 1914 For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914. He was later awarded the Navy Cross for actions in the occupation of Nicaragua in 1927.
Head and shoulders of man in his 40s wearing a U.S. Marine uniform with ribbons, circa 1920. Smedley Butler Major Veracruz, Mexico April 22, 1914 For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Veracruz, April 22, 1914. Later received a second Medal of Honor for actions during the occupation of Haiti in 1915.
Albertus W. Catlin Albertus W. Catlin Major Veracruz, Mexico April 22, 1914 For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Veracruz, April 22, 1914. He exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action and in the final occupation of the city.
Jesse F. Dyer Captain Veracruz, Mexico April 21 – 22, 1914 For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914; was in both days fighting at the head of his company, and was eminent and conspicuous in his conduct, leading his men with skill and courage.
Eli T. Fryer Eli T. Fryer Captain Veracruz, Mexico April 21 – 22, 1914 For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914
Walter N. Hill Captain Veracruz, Mexico April 21 – 22, 1914 For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914
John A. Hughes Captain Veracruz, Mexico April 21 – 22, 1914 For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914. He was later awarded the Navy Cross for actions in World War I during the battle of Belleau Wood.
Wendell C. Neville Wendell C. Neville Lieutenant Colonel Veracruz, Mexico April 21 – 22, 1914 For distinguished conduct in battle engagements of Veracruz 21 – 22 April 1914. He later served as the 14th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
George Croghan Reid George C. Reid Major Veracruz, Mexico April 21 – 22, 1914 For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Veracruz, 21 – 22 April 1914

Occupation of Haiti[edit | edit source]

Eight Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the occupation of Haiti. Two Marines were both awarded their second Medal of Honor: Smedley Butler and Daniel Daly.[2][3]

Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Unit Notes
Head and shoulders of man in his 40s wearing a U.S. Marine uniform with ribbons, circa 1920. Smedley Butler Major Fort Riviere, Haiti November 17, 1915 2nd Marines Second award – previously awarded a Medal of Honor for action in the occupation of Veracruz in 1914.
Head and shoulders of a U.S. Marine wearing a 1920s flat-brimmed campaign hat in bright sun. William R. Button Corporal near Grande Riviere, Haiti Oct 31, 1919 – Nov 1, 1919 7th Marines For the assassination of rebel leader Charlemagne Péralte and the routing of his followers
Top half of a serious man in formal 1920s U.S. military dress wearing two star-shaped medals on ribbons around his neck. Daniel Daly Gunnery Sergeant near Fort-Liberté, Haiti October 24, 1915 15th Company, 2nd Marines Second award – previously awarded a Medal of Honor for action in the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, and was later the Navy Cross and the Distinguished Service Cross for actions during World War I.
Top half of man in 1920s tropical U.S. Marine uniform with flat-brimmed campaign hat. Herman H. Hanneken Sergeant near Grande Riviere, Haiti Oct 31, 1919 – Nov 1, 1919 7th Marines For the assassination of rebel leader Charlemagne Péralte and the routing of his followers. He was also awarded two Navy Crosses for later actions during the Banana Wars.
Head and shoulder of man with jutting jaw in circa 1920 U.S. Marine uniform. Ross L. Iams Sergeant Fort Riviere, Haiti November 17, 1915 5th Company, 2nd Marines He unhesitatingly jumped through a breach in the wall to a fort despite constant fire from the Cacos and engaged the enemy in a desperate hand-to-hand combat until the bastion was captured and Caco resistance neutralized.
Samuel Marguiles Private Fort Riviere, Haiti November 17, 1915 23rd Company, 2nd Marines He was the second Marine to go through a breach in the wall to a fort, engaging the Cacos in hand-to-hand combat. Served under the name Samuel Gross.
Side profile of head and chest of older, plump man in dress U.S. Marine uniform. Edward A. Ostermann First Lieutenant near Fort-Liberté, Haiti October 24, 1915 15th Company, 2nd Marines In command of one of the three squads which advanced in three different directions, led his men forward, surprising and scattering the Cacos, and aiding in the capture of Fort Dipitie.
Young man with slicked-down short hair in a circa 1915 U.S. Marine uniform with a very high collar. William P. Upshur Captain near Fort-Liberté, Haiti October 24, 1915 15th Company, 2nd Marines In command of the three squads which advanced in three different directions, led his men forward, surprising and scattering the Cacos, and aiding the capture of Fort Dipitie.

Occupation of the Dominican Republic[edit | edit source]

Three Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the occupation of the Dominican Republic.

Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Unit Notes
Head and shoulders of square-jawed man in circa 1920 formal U.S. Marine uniform. Joseph A. Glowin Corporal Guayacanes, Dominican Republic July 3, 1916 13th Company, Artillery Battalion, 1st Brigade For action against a considerable force of rebels
Ernest C. Williams First Lieutenant San Francisco de Macorís, Dominican Republic November 29, 1916 1st Brigade For leading the capture of a fort, he was later awarded the Navy Cross for actions during World War I.
Head and shoulders of man in circa 1920 U.S. Marine dress uniform, wearing a star-shaped medal hanging from a ribbon under his collar. Roswell Winans First Sergeant Guayacanes, Dominican Republic July 3, 1916 1st Brigade For action against a considerable force of rebels

World War I[edit | edit source]

Eight Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during World War I, four posthumously. Five of these Marines were awarded both an Army and a Navy Medal of Honor for the same action: Louis Cukela,[8] Ernest A. Janson,[9] John J. Kelly,[10] Matej Kocak,[11] and John H. Pruitt.[12]

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Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Unit Notes
Head and torso of a man with neatly combed hair and a toothbrush mustache. He is wearing a dressy military uniform with an array of medals on his chest, a medal tightly around his neck, and shoulder cords. Louis Cukela Sergeant near Villers-Cotterêts, France July 18, 1918 66th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2nd Division Single-handedly attacked and captured a German strongpoint
Ernest A. Janson - WWI Medal of Honor Recipient.jpg Ernest A. Janson Gunnery Sergeant near Château-Thierry, France June 6, 1918 49th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2nd Division Single-handedly attacked and dispersed a machine gun detachment
John J. Kelly - WWI Medal of Honor recipient.jpg John J. Kelly Private Blanc Mont Ridge, France October 3, 1918 78th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2nd Division Single-handedly attacked a machine gun nest under an artillery barrage
Head of a young man with thick, dark, hair parted at the side. He is wearing a military jacket with a high collar and bright buttons down the center. Kocak, MatejMatej Kocak Sergeant south of Soissons, France July 18, 1918 66th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2nd Division Single-handedly silenced a machine gun nest and led a successful attack on a second nest
Head and shoulders of a square-jawed young man with short, light, hair, which stands straight up in the front. He is wearing a military jacket with breast pockets and a row of buttons down the center. Pruitt, John H.John H. Pruitt Corporal Blanc Mont Ridge, France October 3, 1918 78th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2nd Division Single-handedly captured two machine guns and forty prisoners. He was killed the next day, on his 22nd birthday.
Gunnery Sergeant Robert G. Robinson, USMC.jpg Robert G. Robinson Gunnery Sergeant over Pittem, Belgium October 8 and 14, 1918 Squadron C, 1st Marine Aviation Force With pilot Talbot, RalphRalph Talbot, continued to fire his weapon after being severely wounded in an aerial battle against twelve German planes
Fred W. Stockham - WWI Medal of Honor Recipient.jpg Stockham, Fred W.Fred W. Stockham Gunnery Sergeant Bois-de-Belleau, France June 13 – 14, 1918 96th Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2nd Division Gave his gas mask to a wounded comrade, later died of poison gas exposure. He was belatedly awarded the Medal of Honor in 1939.
Head of a young, dark-haired man in a white military coat with bright buttons and an emblem on the collar. Talbot, RalphRalph Talbot Second Lieutenant over Pittem, Belgium October 8 and 14, 1918 Squadron C, 1st Marine Aviation Force With gunner Robert G. Robinson, shot down one plane in an aerial battle against twelve German aircraft

Navy Corpsmen[edit | edit source]

Additionally, two Navy Corpsmen and four Navy officers attached to Marine units were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during World War I, one posthumously.

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Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Unit Notes
Head and shoulders of man in his forties, wearing glasses and a World War II style U.S. naval officer's uniform John H. Balch Pharmacist's Mate First Class Vierzy and Somme-Py, France July 19 and

October 5, 1918

6th Regiment (Marines), 2nd Division Exposed himself to intense fire in order to treat the wounded and establish a dressing station
JoelTBoone.jpg Joel T. Boone Lieutenant near Vierzy, France July 19, 1918 6th Regiment (Marines), 2nd Division Exposed himself to intense fire in order to treat the wounded and bring in supplies
A black and white headshot of Hayden in his military dress uniform without a hat and smiling. David E. Hayden Hospital Apprentice First Class Thiaucourt, France September 15, 1918 2nd Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2nd Division Reached a wounded man, treated him, and carried him to safety despite intense fire
Alexander Gordon Lyle.jpg Alexander G. Lyle Lieutenant Commander France April 23, 1918 5th Regiment (Marines), 2nd Division Exposed himself to hostile fire to treat a wounded man
Head of a young man with carefully combed hair wearing a dark military tunic with an oak leaf emblem and bar on the upright collar. Osborne, Weedon E.Weedon E. Osborne Lieutenant, Junior Grade Bouresches, France June 6, 1918 6th Regiment (Marines), 2nd Division Killed while rescuing wounded men from under heavy fire
Orlando Petty.jpg Orlando H. Petty Lieutenant Bois-de-Belleau, France Jun 11, 1918 5th Regiment (Marines), 2nd Division Tended the wounded despite artillery and gas attacks, even after his gas mask was rendered useless

Occupation of Nicaragua[edit | edit source]

Two Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the occupation of Nicaragua.

Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Unit Notes
Head and shoulders of man in circa 1940 U.S. Marine khaki uniform, wearing many campaign ribbons. Christian F. Schilt First Lieutenant Quilali, Nicaragua January 6 – 8, 1928 Observation Squadron 7-M For evacuating wounded Marines by plane while under fire
Full length portrait of standing man in circa 1930 U.S. Marine dress uniform. Donald L. Truesdale Corporal near Constancia, near Coco River, northern Nicaragua April 24, 1932 a Guardia Nacional Patrol Lost his hand while attempting to save his patrol from an accidentally activated grenade.

World War II[edit | edit source]

82 Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during World War II, 51 posthumously. 22 Marines alone were decorated for actions at Iwo Jima. The earliest action recognized was that of George H. Cannon, for actions on December 7, 1941. The last actions to earn a Marine the Medal of Honor were those of Robert M. McTureous Jr. on June 7, 1945. John Basilone is the most decorated enlisted Marine from the war, he was awarded the Medal of Honor at Guadalcanal and voluntarily returned to combat, earning the Navy Cross at Iwo Jima where he was killed.[13] Pappy Boyington was the top Marine fighter ace of the war, claiming 28 victories before he was shot down and held as a prisoner of war; he is also the only Marine with Native American ancestry to be awarded the Medal of Honor.[14] Joe Foss was another top fighter ace, claiming 26 victories, later becoming the 20th Governor of South Dakota.[15] Jack Lucas, at just 17 years old, was the youngest Marine to ever be awarded the Medal of Honor.[16] Three future Commandants of the Marine Corps were awarded the Medal of Honor: David M. Shoup,[17] Alexander A. Vandegrift,[18] and Louis H. Wilson Jr.[19]

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Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Unit Notes
Head of a young man in military uniform with a quizzical look on his face. His garrison cap is tilted off to one side and a tuft of short hair sticks out from the other. Agerholm, Harold C.Harold C. Agerholm Private First Class Saipan, Marianas Islands July 7, 1944 H&S Battery, 4th Battalion, 10th Marines, 2nd Marine Division For single-handedly evacuating approximately 45 casualties under heavy rifle and mortar fire.
Head of a young man in a military jacket and tie, looking down and to the right Anderson, Richard B.Richard B. Anderson Private First Class Roi Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands February 1, 1944 Company E, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Head of a young white man with neatly combed dark hair in a military jacket with a strap diagonally across the chest and badges pinned to his left breast Bailey, Kenneth D.Kenneth D. Bailey Major Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands September 12 – 13, 1942 Company C, 1st Marine Raider Battalion 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.
Head of a young white man in a plain dark jacket with a star-shaped medal hanging from a ribbon around his neck. His garrison cap is tilted to the side and has a single round pin on its side. John Basilone Sergeant Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands October 24 – 25, 1942 Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division For commanding two machine gun sections for 48 hours against 3,000 Japanese soldiers, personally manning a gun until only he and two other men were still able to continue fighting, and for resupplying the position with critically needed ammunition. He was later posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for actions on Iwo Jima on February 19, 1945.
Head and torso of a white man sitting with his right arm resting on something in front of him. He is wearing a military uniform with a wide belt, a strap diagonally across the chest, and a peaked cap. Bauer, Harold W.Harold W. Bauer Lieutenant Colonel Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands May 10 – November 14, 1942 Marine Fighting Squadron 212, MAG 23, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous courage as a Squadron Commander, personally shooting down 11 enemy planes
Head of a half-smiling white man wearing a shirt and tie and a garrison cap tilted over his right ear. Bausell, Lewis K.Lewis K. Bausell Corporal Peleliu Island, Palau Group September 15, 1944 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body to protect his Marines. He 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.
Head and shoulders of a white man wearing a light colored shirt and tie and a peaked cap with a dark visor. Berry, Charles J.Charles J. Berry Corporal Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 3, 1945 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Head and shoulders of a young white man wearing a garrison cap and a plain military jacket over a shirt and tie Bonnyman, Jr., AlexanderAlexander Bonnyman, Jr. First Lieutenant Betio, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands November 20 – 22, 1943 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division During a counterattack, he directed and reorganized his pioneer party after suffering heavy bombardment, and directed the blowing of several hostile installations. He then led his party into a renewed assault, effectively taking over a heavily fortified enemy emplacement, resulting in 150 hostile troops being killed.
Head of a white man in a military jacket with dark hair, short on the sides and slightly longer, and ruffled, on top. Bordelon, William J.William J. Bordelon Staff Sergeant Betio, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands November 20, 1943 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division For attacking several enemy emplacements with demolitions and disregarding his own serious condition in order to rescue and aid two of his men before he was killed.
Head of a squinting man wearing a shirt unbuttoned at the collar and a cloth aviator's cap with headphones built into the ear flaps, an unbuckled chin strap, and goggles pushed up onto his forehead. Pappy Boyington Major Central Solomons area September 12, 1943 – January 3, 1944 Marine Fighting Squadron 214, MAG 11, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing For actions as a Squadron Commander, personally shooting down 26 enemy planes before he himself was shot down and taken as a prisoner of war. He had previously shot down several planes while attached to the Flying Tigers in Burma. He was also awarded the Navy Cross and was the top Marine fighter pilot of the war.
Head and torso of a young white man with neatly combed hair wearing a dark military jacket with a wide belt and a few ribbon bars on the left breast. A star-shaped medal hangs from a ribbon around his neck. Richard E. Bush Corporal Mount Yaetake, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands April 16, 1945 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 6th Marine Division 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 were awarded the Medal of Honor for shielding grenades with their bodies during World War II.
Head and shoulders of a young white man wearing a military jacket with a single cross-shaped pin on the left breast, one stripe on the upper sleeve, and a peaked cap with an eagle-globe-and-anchor emblem on the front. Caddy, William R.William R. Caddy Private First Class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 3, 1945 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Head and shoulders of a young white man with wavy, neatly combed, hair wearing a dark jacket with large bright buttons, a high stiff collar, a strap laying diagonally across the chest, and two pins on his left breast. Cannon, George H.George H. Cannon First Lieutenant Naval Air Station Midway, Sand Island, Midway Atoll, Territory of Hawaii December 7, 1941 Battery "H", 6th Defense Battalion Refused to be evacuated from his post until after his men, who had been wounded by the same shell that wounded him, were evacuated, and directed the reorganization of his Command Post until forcibly removed. Was the first Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II.
Anthony Casamento Corporal Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands November 1, 1942 Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division When all members of his machine gun squad were killed or severely wounded, he continued to man a machine gun, single-handedly holding off a large Japanese force despite multiple wounds himself. He was belatedly awarded the Medal of Honor in 1980.
Head and shoulders of a middle-aged white man with a round face wearing a garrison cap and a jacket with four rows of ribbon bars on the left breast and pins on both the lapels and on the collar of the undershirt. Justice M. Chambers Lieutenant Colonel Blue Beach, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 19 – 22, 1945 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division Led the 8-hour battle to carry the flanking ridge top and reduce the enemy's fields of aimed fire, thus protecting the vital foothold gained. He was originally awarded the Navy Cross, but this award was upgraded to the Medal of Honor in 1950.
Head and shoulders of a young white man with a broad smile. He is wearing a garrison cap tilted over his right ear and a plain military jacket on top of a shirt and tie. Cole, Darrell S.Darrell S. Cole Sergeant Yellow Beach One, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 19, 1945 Company B, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division For single-handedly attacking and knocking out two enemy emplacements before he was killed
Head of a stern-faced young white man with dark hair and full cheeks wearing a dark jacket with ribbon bars of the left breast. Courtney, Jr., Henry A.Henry A. Courtney, Jr. Major Sugar Loaf Hill, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands May 14 – 15, 1945 2nd Battalion, 22nd Marines, 6th Marine Division For leading his battalion in a successful night attack up a fiercely defended hill, personally killing many Japanese before he himself was killed.
Head and shoulders of a young white man wearing a peaked cap and a military jacket with large shiny buttons, two chevrons on the upper sleeves, and two medals and two ribbon bars on the left breast. Damato, Anthony P.Anthony P. Damato Corporal Engebi Island, Eniwetok Atoll, Marshall Islands February 19 – 20, 1944 2nd Battalion, 22nd Marines, 1st Provisional Marine Brigade Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Head and shoulders of a middle-aged white man with a subdued smile wearing a garrison cap with two stars on either side and a military jacket with a large array of ribbon bars covering the entire left breast. James L. Day Corporal Sugar Loaf Hill, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands May 14 – 17, 1945 2nd Battalion, 22nd Marines, 6th Marine Division After most of his Marines were wounded or killed, he manned a machine gun and killed more than 100 enemy soldiers despite multiple wounds over a period of several days. He was belatedly awarded the Medal of Honor in 1998.
Head and shoulders of a young white man with a peaked cap pushed high up on his forehead, wearing a military jacket with two rows of ribbon bars on the left breast and a star-shaped medal hanging from a ribbon around his neck. Jefferson J. DeBlanc Captain off Kolombangara Island, Solomon Islands January 31, 1943 Marine Fighting Squadron 112, MAG 11, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing For shooting down five enemy aircraft in a single day before he was forced to bail out of his own plane
Head and shoulders of a young white man with neatly combed dark hair wearing a light-colored military jacket with three rows of ribbon bars and a parachute pin on the left breast. Robert H. Dunlap Captain Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 20 – 21, 1945 Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division When his company became pinned down, he crawled 200 yards under heavy fire to locate enemy gun positions, and then called in supporting artillery and naval gunfire for two days, destroying numerous enemy positions.
Head and shoulders of a white man wearing a garrison cap with an oak leaf on the side and a dark military jacket a row of ribbon bars and two badges on the left breast. Dyess, Aquilla J.Aquilla J. Dyess Lieutenant Colonel Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands February 1 – 2, 1944 1st Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division For leading his battalion from the front, pushing the Japanese out of their positions before he was killed.
EdsonMikeRed.jpg Merritt A. Edson Colonel Edson's Ridge, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands September 13 – 14, 1942 1st Marine Raider Battalion For successfully leading his battalion in the defense of a vital ridge, inflicting heavy casualties against the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. He was previously awarded two Navy Crosses.
Elrod HT USMC.jpg Elrod, Henry T.Henry T. Elrod Captain Wake Island December 8 – 23, 1941 Marine Fighting Squadron 211 For fearlessly engaging an overwhelming enemy force and single-handedly shooting down two planes and sinking a Japanese warship, before he was killed while leading the beach defenses.
Epperson HG.jpg Epperson, Harold G.Harold G. Epperson Private First Class Saipan, Mariana Islands June 25, 1944 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, 2d Marine Division For repelling a determined Japanese assault before sacrificing his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Fardy JP USMC.jpg Fardy, John P.John P. Fardy Corporal Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands May 7, 1945 Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Fleming RE USMC.jpg Fleming, Richard E.Richard E. Fleming Captain Midway Atoll, Territory of Hawaii June 4 – 5, 1942 Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 241 For taking command after his squadron commander was shot down, leading several attacks on Japanese ships before he himself was shot down.
Joe Foss DM-SD-03-09574.JPG Joseph J. Foss Captain over Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands October 9, 1942 – January 25, 1943 Marine Fighting Squadron 121, MAG 14, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing For shooting down 26 aircraft as leader of the Flying Circus, making him America's first "ace-of-aces" during the war. He later served as 20th Governor of South Dakota.
Foster WA USMC.jpg Foster, William A.William A. Foster Private First Class Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands May 2, 1945 Company K, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Galer RE USMC.jpg Robert E. Galer Major over Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands August – September 1942 Marine Fighting Squadron 224, MAG 23, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing For his actions as a squadron commander, shooting down 11 enemy aircraft in a one-month period.
Gonsalves H USMC (cropped).jpg Gonsalves, HaroldHarold Gonsalves Private First Class Motobu Peninsula, Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands April 15, 1945 Battery L, 4th Battalion, 15th Marines, 6th Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Gray RF USMC.jpg Gray, Ross F.Ross F. Gray Sergeant Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 21, 1945 Company A, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division For single-handedly destroying six enemy positions along with 25 Japanese with satchel charges and disarming a large minefield before returning to his unit.
75px Gurke, HenryHenry Gurke Private First Class Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands November 9, 1943 3rd Marine Raider Battalion Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Hansen DM.jpg Hansen, Dale M.Dale M. Hansen Private Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands May 7, 1945 Company E, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division For destroying two hostile positions with a rocket launcher and hand grenades, killing 12 Japanese
Hanson RM.jpg Hanson, Robert M.Robert M. Hanson First Lieutenant Bougainville Island and New Britain Island November 1, 1943 and January 24, 1944 Marine Fighting Squadron 215, MAG 14, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing One of the top Marine aces, he shot down a total of 25 enemy aircraft before he himself was shot down and killed. He was also awarded the Navy Cross.
Harrell WG.jpg William G. Harrell Sergeant Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 3, 1945 Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division Held off a larger Japanese force, sustaining multiple severe wounds. After losing his left hand to a grenade, he managed to kill several Japanese before losing his right hand by another grenade as he shoved the explosive into the chest of an enemy soldier.
Hauge LJ.jpg Hauge, Jr., Louis J.Louis J. Hauge, Jr. Corporal Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands May 14, 1945 Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division For single-handedly charging and knocking out two enemy machine gun positions before he was killed.
Hawkins WD.jpg Hawkins, William D.William D. Hawkins First Lieutenant Betio, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands November 20 – 21, 1943 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division For leading attacks on multiple enemy positions, knocking five out before he was badly wounded, but persisting in knocking out another three before he was killed.
Jackson AJ.jpg Arthur J. Jackson Private First Class Peleliu Island, Palau Group September 18, 1944 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division For single-handedly destroying 12 enemy pillboxes and killing 50 enemy soldiers.
Jacobson DT.jpg Douglas T. Jacobson Private First Class Hill 382, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 26, 1945 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division For single-handedly destroying 16 enemy positions and killing 75 enemy soldiers with a bazooka.
Julian JR USMC.jpg Julian, Joseph R.Joseph R. Julian Platoon Sergeant Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 9, 1945 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division For launching a one-man assault on a series of enemy positions, knocking several out before he was killed.
Kinser EL.jpg Kinser, Elbert L.Elbert L. Kinser Sergeant Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands May 4, 1945 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Kraus RE.jpg Kraus, Richard E.Richard E. Kraus Private First Class Peleliu Island, Palau Group October 3, 1944 8th Amphibian Tractor Battalion, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
LaBelle JD.jpg La Belle, James D.James D. La Belle Private First Class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 8, 1945 Weapons Company, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Leims JH USMC.jpg John H. Leims Second Lieutenant Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 7, 1945 Company B, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division For twice returning to a position forward of the line under heavy fire to rescue two wounded Marines
Lucas JH.jpg Jacklyn H. Lucas Private First Class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 20, 1945 Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division For risking his life by covering two Japanese grenades with his body, sustaining severe wounds. Youngest Marine recipient (turned 17 just 5 days before Iwo Jima D-Day)
Jack Lummus in Uniform.jpg Lummus, JackJack Lummus First Lieutenant Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 8, 1945 2nd Battalion, 27th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division For personally knocking out three enemy positions and leading his men forward before stepping on a land mine. He had previously played football for the New York Giants
Martin HL.jpg Martin, Harry L.Harry L. Martin First Lieutenant Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 26, 1945 Company C, 5th Pioneer Battalion, 5th Marine Division For rallying his platoon during a fanatical Japanese counterattack despite being wounded twice, rescuing several Marines and knocking out an enemy position before he was killed while charging a group of the enemy.
Mason LF USMC.jpg Mason, Leonard F.Leonard F. Mason Private First Class Asan-Adelup Beachhead, Guam, Mariana Islands July 22, 1944 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division For single-handedly knocking out two enemy machine guns despite being mortally wounded
McCard RH USMC.jpg McCard, Robert H.Robert H. McCard Gunnery Sergeant Saipan, Mariana Islands June 16, 1944 Company A, 4th Tank Battalion, 4th Marine Division Provided covering fire for his tank crew, killing 16 Japanese soldiers before he was killed
Mccarthy(medal of honor).jpg Joseph J. McCarthy Captain Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 21, 1945 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division For leading his company in a determined attack, knocking out multiple enemy positions and securing a vital ridge on the approach to airfield number two
McTureous RM.jpg McTureous, Jr., Robert M.Robert M. McTureous, Jr. Private Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands June 7, 1945 Company H, 3rd Battalion, 29th Marines, 6th Marine Division For attacking multiple enemy positions with hand grenades, diverting fire away from stretcher-bearers before he was totally wounded
John D. New.jpg New, John D.John D. New Private First Class Peleliu Island, Palau Group September 25, 1944 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Owens RA.jpg Owens, Robert A.Robert A. Owens Sergeant Cape Torokina, Bougainville, Solomon Islands November 1, 1943 Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division For charging an enemy bunker housing a 75-mm. gun which was inflicting heavy casualties on the landing force, throwing himself through the gunport, and chasing the crew out of the bunker before he was killed.
Ozbourn JW.jpg Ozbourn, Joseph W.Joseph W. Ozbourn Private Tinian Island, Mariana Islands July 30, 1944 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines, 4th Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Paige M.jpg Mitchell Paige Platoon Sergeant Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands October 26, 1942 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division For manning several machine guns after all of his men were killed or wounded, holding off a large Japanese force before leading a bayonet charge
Phelps, WesleyWesley Phelps Private First Class Peleliu Island, Palau Group October 4, 1944 Company M, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Phillips G.jpg Phillips, GeorgeGeorge Phillips Private Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 14, 1945 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Pope EP.jpg Everett P. Pope Captain Hill 154, Peleliu Island, Palau Group September 19 – 20, 1944 Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division For leading his company in the capture of a steep coral hill and holding it throughout the night despite repeated enemy attacks and the loss of most of his men
Power JV.jpg Power, John V.John V. Power First Lieutenant Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands February 1, 1944 Company K, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division Although painfully wounded, he charged an enemy position and was killed in the doorway of a pillbox.
Charles Howard Roan.jpg Roan, Charles H.Charles H. Roan Private First Class Peleliu Island, Palau Group September 18, 1944 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Rouh CR.jpg Carlton R. Rouh First Lieutenant Peleliu Island, Palau Group September 15, 1944 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division For risking his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Ruhl DJ.jpg Ruhl, Donald J.Donald J. Ruhl Private First Class Green Beach, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 19 – 21, 1945 Company E, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Schwab AE.jpg Schwab, Albert E.Albert E. Schwab Private First Class Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands May 7, 1945 HQ Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division For single-handedly two Japanese machine gun positions with a flamethrower before he was killed
GenDMShoup USMC.jpg David M. Shoup Colonel Betio, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands November 20 – 22, 1943 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division Despite painful wounds, he took command of all Marines on the beach and led relentless attacks against Japanese positions for the next two days. He later served as the 22nd Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Sigler FE.jpg Franklin E. Sigler Private Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 14, 1945 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division Led a charge against an enemy gun installation which had held up the advance of his company for several days
Skaggs L.jpg Luther Skaggs, Jr. Private First Class Asan-Adelup Beachhead, Guam, Mariana Islands July 21 – 22, 1944 Company K, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division Despite losing part of his leg to a grenade, he continued to maintain his position in his foxhole, fighting the enemy for eight more hours
Major John L. Smith, USMC in an aircraft cockpit at Naval Air Station, Anacostia, Washington D.C. in November 1942 John L. Smith Major Solomon Islands area August 21 – September 15, 1942 Marine Fighting Squadron 223, MAG 23, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Led his squadron in shooting down during this period, he himself shot down 19 enemy aircraft during the war
Sorenson RK.jpg Richard K. Sorenson Private Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands February 1 – 2, 1944 Company M, 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division For risking his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Stein T.jpg Stein, TonyTony Stein Corporal Green Beach, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 19, 1945 Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division Charged numerous enemy pillboxes single-handedly with his machine gun, killing 20 enemy soldiers, and then made eight trips back to the beach for additional ammunition, each time carrying a wounded Marine with him.
Swett JE.jpg James E. Swett First Lieutenant Solomon Islands area April 7, 1943 Marine Fighting Squadron 221, MAG-12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing On his very first combat mission, he shot down seven enemy aircraft in a single day
Thomas HJ USMC.jpg Thomas, Herbert J.Herbert J. Thomas Sergeant Koromokina River, Bougainville Island, Solomon Islands November 7, 1943 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Thomason C.jpg Thomason, Clyde A.Clyde A. Thomason Sergeant Makin Atoll, Gilbert Islands August 17 – 18, 1942 2nd Marine Raider Battalion For leading Marines during an assault. He was the first enlisted Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during World War II.
Timmerman GF.jpg Timmerman, Grant F.Grant F. Timmerman Sergeant Saipan, Mariana Islands July 8, 1944 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, For sacrificing his life to prevent an enemy grenade from falling through the open hatch of his tank
AAVandegrift.jpg Alexander A. Vandegrift Major General Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands August 7 – December 9, 1942 1st Marine Division For his leadership of the 1st Marine Division during the battle of Guadalcanal. He was also awarded the Navy Cross and later served as the 18th Commandant of the Marine Corps.
Walsh KA.jpg Kenneth A. Walsh First Lieutenant Solomon Islands area August 15 and 30, 1943 Marine Fighting Squadron 124, MAG 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Top Marine fighter ace with 21 kills during the war
Walsh WG.jpg Walsh, William G.William G. Walsh Gunnery Sergeant Hill 362, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 27, 1945 Company G, 3rd Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division For leading his Marines in a fierce assault on an enemy held ridge before he sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Watsonwilson.jpg Wilson D. Watson Private Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 26 – 27, 1945 Company G, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division For single-handedly killing 90 enemy soldiers with his automatic rifle
Williams HW.jpg Hershel W. Williams Corporal Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 23, 1945 Company C, 1st Battalion, 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Division For single-handedly wiping out numerous enemy positions with his flamethrower over a period of four hours
GEN Wilson, Louis Hugh Jr..jpg Louis H. Wilson, Jr. Captain Fonte Hill, Guam, Mariana Islands July 25 – 26, 1944 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Led his company in the repulse of multiple Japanese counterattacks for 10 hours, annihilating approximately 350 of the enemy. He later served as the 26th Commandant of the Marine Corps
Wilson RL USMC.jpg Wilson, Robert L.Robert L. Wilson Private First Class Tinian Island, Mariana Islands August 3, 1944 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines, 2nd Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Witek F.jpg Witek, Frank P.Frank P. Witek Private First Class Finegayen, Guam, Mariana Islands August 3, 1944 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division For knocking out several enemy positions, killing 16 Japanese soldiers before he was killed.

Navy Corpsmen[edit | edit source]

Additionally, seven Navy Corpsmen attached to Marine units were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during World War II, four posthumously. All seven were awarded for actions in 1945 during the battle of Iwo Jima or during the battle of Okinawa.

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Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Unit Notes
Profile of a young white man wearing a white sailor's cap and a dark sailor suit. A star-shaped medal hangs from a wide ribbon around his neck. Robert E. Bush Hospital Apprentice First Class Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands May 2, 1945 Company G, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Hospital Corpsman serving with Marines.
William D. Halyburton;hallybt.jpg Halyburton, Jr., William D.William D. Halyburton, Jr. Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands May 10, 1945 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Killed shielding a wounded Marine with his body while administering aid.
Lester, Fred F.Fred F. Lester Hospital Apprentice First Class Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands June 8, 1945 1st Battalion, 22nd Marines, 6th Marine Division Although mortally wounded while dragging a wounded Marine to cover, he directed two other Marines in performing aid, refusing aid for himself
75px Francis J. Pierce Pharmacist's Mate First Class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 15–16, 1945 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division Risked his life to save several wounded service members and volunteered for a mission to eliminate an enemy threat. He was originally awarded the Navy Cross and the Silver Star, but these awards were both upgraded to the Medal of Honor in 1948.
George Wahlen.jpg George E. Wahlen Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 3, 1945 2nd Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division Although seriously wounded he risked his life to save the lives of several other servicemembers
Jack Williams, MOH.jpg Williams, JackJack Williams Pharmacist's Mate Third Class Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands March 3, 1945 3rd Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division Wounded several times, he neglected his own wounds to care for the wounded Marines around him, exposing himself to enemy fire when he was killed.
John H Willis.jpg Willis, John H.John H. Willis Pharmacist's Mate First Class Hill 362, Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands February 28, 1945 3rd Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division 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.

Korean War[edit | edit source]

42 Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Korean War, 28 posthumously. The earliest action recognized was that of Baldomero Lopez on September 15, 1950; Lopez is also the only Hispanic graduate of the United States Naval Academy to receive the Medal of Honor.[20] The last action to earn a Marine the Medal of Honor were those of Ambrosio Guillen on July 25, 1953. Fernando L. García was the first Puerto Rican awarded the Medal of Honor, and remains only one who was a Marine.[21]

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Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Unit Notes
Abrell.jpg Abrell, Charles G.Charles G. Abrell Corporal Hangnyong, Korea June 10, 1951 Company E, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Although badly wounded while charging an enemy bunker, he sacrificed his life by throwing himself through the gunport with an armed grenade.
WilliamBarberUSMC.jpg William E. Barber Captain Battle of Chosin Reservoir, Korea November 28 – December 2, 1950 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Risked his life as a commanding officer in action against enemy aggressor forces
William B. Baugh.jpg Baugh, William B.William B. Baugh Private First Class on road between Koto-ri to Hagaru-ri, Korea November 29, 1950 Company G, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Risked his life to save his fellow Marines during a nighttime enemy attack against a motorized column.
Cafferata korea moh.jpg Hector A. Cafferata, Jr. Private Battle of Chosin Reservoir, Korea November 28, 1950 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Risked his life to single-handedly fight off an enemy attack
Champagne D.jpg Champagne, David B.David B. Champagne Corporal near Chuncheon, Korea May 28, 1952 Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life to save the other members of his fireteam by throwing an enemy grenade out of the trench
Christianson SR.jpg Christianson, Stanley R.Stanley R. Christianson Private First Class Seoul, Korea September 29, 1950 Company E, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Killed after remaining in his position to allow his fellow Marines to be notified of an enemy attack
Henry Commiskey.jpg Henry A. Commiskey, Sr. Second Lieutenant Hill 85, near Yongdungp'o, Seoul, Korea September 20, 1950 Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Risked his life to attack the enemy multiple times killing several and inflicting significant damage
Davenport JA USMC.jpg Davenport, Jack A.Jack A. Davenport Corporal Songnae-Dong, Korea September 21, 1951 Company G, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
LTC Ray Davis 1952.jpg Ray Davis Lieutenant Colonel Hagaru-ri, Korea December 1 – 4, 1950 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division For leading the rescue of a trapped rifle company. He was also awarded the Navy Cross for actions at Peleliu during World War II.
Dewey DE.jpg Duane E. Dewey Corporal near Panmunjom, Korea April 16, 1952 Company E, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Risked his life to save a Corpsman and several fellow Marines by smothering a grenade with his body
Fernando Luis Garcia, USMC.jpg García, Fernando LuisFernando Luis García Private First Class Bunker Hill, Korea September 5, 1952 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Gomez E USMC.jpg Gomez, EdwardEdward Gomez Private First Class Hill 749, Punchbowl, Korea September 14, 1951 Company E, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Guillen A.jpg Guillen, AmbrosioAmbrosio Guillen Staff Sergeant Songuch-on, Korea July 25, 1953 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Exposed himself to attacks to supervise the defense of their position and the treatment and evacuation of the wounded
James E Johnson.jpg Johnson, James E.James E. Johnson Sergeant Yudam-ni, Korea December 2, 1950 Company J, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Although seriously wounded, was last seen fighting the enemy hand to hand
John D Kelly.jpg Kelly, John D.John D. Kelly Private First Class near Panmunjom, Korea May 28, 1952 Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Killed while attacking and destroying several enemy bunkers singlehandedly
Kelso JW.jpg Kelso, Jack W.Jack W. Kelso Private First Class near Panmunjom, Korea October 2, 1952 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Killed while providing cover fire for several Marines pinned down in a bunker allowing them to escape
Kennemore RS.jpg Robert S. Kennemore Staff Sergeant north of Yudam-ni, Korea November 27 – 28, 1950 Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Deliberately covered an enemy grenade with his foot to keep his men from being wounded or killed
Herbert A Littleton.jpg Littleton, Herbert A.Herbert A. Littleton Private First Class Chungchon, Korea April 22, 1951 Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Baldomero Lopez - portrait.jpg Lopez, BaldomeroBaldomero Lopez First Lieutenant Battle of Inchon, Korea September 15, 1950 Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Matthews DP.jpg Matthews, Daniel P.Daniel P. Matthews Sergeant Vegas Hill, Korea March 28, 1953 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life to silence an enemy gun emplacement
Mausert FW.jpg Mausert, III, Frederick W.Frederick W. Mausert, III Sergeant Hill 673, Punchbowl, Korea September 12, 1951 Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Although severely wounded singlehandedly defeated an enemy gun emlacement and drew enemy fire away from his men.
McLaughlin AL.jpg Alford L. McLaughlin Private First Class Bunker Hill, Korea September 4 – 5, 1952 Company L, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Although painfully wounded he continued to fight off the enemy until they were defeated
Mitchell FN.jpg Mitchell, Frank N.Frank N. Mitchell First Lieutenant Hansan-ni, Korea November 26, 1950 Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Killed by a burst of small arms fire after single-handedly covering his squad's escape
Monagan WC.jpg Monegan, Jr., Walter C.Walter C. Monegan, Jr. Private First Class Sosa-ri, Korea September 17 – 20, 1950 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Killed while repeatedly attacking the enemy at night
Moreland WL.jpg Moreland, Whitt L.Whitt L. Moreland Private First Class Kwagch'i-Dong, Korea May 29, 1951 Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Murphy RG.jpg Raymond G. Murphy Second Lieutenant Korea February 3, 1953 Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Although wounded he refused medical care to fight the enemy until all his men and casualties had been taken care of.
Myers RR.jpg Reginald R. Myers Major Hagaru-ri, Korea November 29, 1950 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Although losing 170 of his men during 14 hours of combat in subzero temperatures, continued to reorganize his unit and spearhead the attack which resulted in 600 enemy killed and 500 wounded
Obregon EA.jpg Obregon, Eugene A.Eugene A. Obregon Private First Class Seoul, Korea September 26, 1950 Company G, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by using his own body as a shield to protect another wounded Marine
OBrien GH.jpg George H. O'Brien, Jr. Second Lieutenant near Panmunjom, Korea October 27, 1952 Company H, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Provided cover and care for wounded while his unit was attacking the enemy
Phillips LH.jpg Phillips, Lee H.Lee H. Phillips Corporal Korea November 4, 1950 Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Risked his life to defeat a pocket of enemy resistance
Poynter JI.jpg Poynter, James I.James I. Poynter Sergeant Sudong, Korea November 4, 1950 Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life to kill several of the enemy with hand grenades to save a group of fellow Marines
Ramer GH.jpg Ramer, George H.George H. Ramer Second Lieutenant Punchbowl, Korea September 12, 1951 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Led his men against a superior enemy force and although wounded refused medical aid, manning his post until the enemy overran his position
Robert D. Reem.jpg Reem, Robert D.Robert D. Reem Second Lieutenant Chinhung-ni, Korea November 6, 1950 Company H, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
WilliamShuck USMC.jpg Shuck, Jr., William E.William E. Shuck, Jr. Staff Sergeant near Panmunjom, Korea July 3, 1952 Company G, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life to assure that all dead and wounded were evacuated
Simanek RE.jpg Robert E. Simanek Private First Class Bunker Hill, Korea August 17, 1952 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Risked his life to save his comrades by smothering a grenade with his body
CarlSitter USMC.jpg Carl L. Sitter Captain Hagaru-ri, Korea November 29 – 30, 1950 Company G, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Although painfully wounded he refused to be evacuated and continued to fight until defense of the area was assured
Skinner SE.jpg Skinner, Jr., Sherrod E.Sherrod E. Skinner, Jr. Second Lieutenant near Panmunjom, Korea October 26, 1952 Battery F, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division In addition to fighting off an enemy force for three hours he sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Archie VanWinkle MOH.jpg Archie Van Winkle Staff Sergeant Sudong, Korea November 2, 1950 Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Although severely wounded he continued to fight and lead his men until he passed out from loss of blood
Vittori J.jpg Vittori, JosephJoseph Vittori Corporal Hill 749, Punchbowl, Korea September 15 – 16, 1951 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Among numerous accomplishments he was found dead among 200 enemy soldiers that he had singlehandedly killed in fighting
Lewis G Watkins.jpg Watkins, Lewis G.Lewis G. Watkins Staff Sergeant near Panmunjom, Korea October 7, 1952 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Killed by an enemy grenade when it exploded in his hand
Wilson HE.jpg Harold E. Wilson Technical Sergeant Korea April 23 – 24, 1951 Company G, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam War; In addition to the Medal of Honor he received five purple hearts.
William G Windrich.jpg Windrich, William G.William G. Windrich Staff Sergeant Yudam-ni, Korea December 1, 1950 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life to direct his men and rescue several wounded Marines from a hillside

Navy Corpsmen[edit | edit source]

Additionally, five Navy Corpsmen attached to Marine units were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Korean War, four posthumously.

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Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Unit Notes
Edward C. Benfold.jpg Benfold, Edward C.Edward C. Benfold Hospitalman Third Class Bunker Hill, Korea September 5, 1952 Company E, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life treating wounds and saving the lives of wounded Marines.
William Charette.jpg William R. Charette Hospitalman Third Class Vegas Hill, Korea March 27, 1953 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Aided many fallen Marines under heavy fire, shielding one Marine from a grenade blast.
Richard David Dewert.jpg De Wert, RichardRichard De Wert Hospitalman Third Class Korea April 5, 1951 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Although wounded twice, continued to aid fallen Marines until killed while giving first aid to a fallen comrade.
Francis C Hammond.jpg Hammond, Francis C.Francis C. Hammond Hospitalman Vegas Hill, Korea March 26 – 27, 1953 Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life treating and directing wounded Marines until struck by a round of enemy mortar fire.
John E Kilmer.jpg Kilmer, John E.John E. Kilmer Hospitalman Bunker Hill, Korea August 13, 1952 Company H, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Was killed while shielding a wounded Marine with his body.

Vietnam War[edit | edit source]

58 Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Vietnam War, 44 posthumously. The earliest actions recognized was those of Donald G. Cook from December 31, 1964 through December 8, 1967; he remains the only Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions performed as a prisoner of war.[22] The last action recognized was that of Miguel Keith on May 8, 1970. James Anderson Jr. was the first African American Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor.[23] William T. Perkins Jr. became the first and only combat photographer to be awarded the Medal of Honor.[24]

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Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Unit Notes
Head of a young black man wearing a dark military jacket and a white peaked cap with a black visor. Anderson, Jr., JamesJames Anderson, Jr. Private First Class Near Cam Lộ, Quảng Trị Province February 28, 1967 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body. He was the first African American Marine recipient of the medal.
Head and shoulders of a young white man with a cleft chin wearing a dark military jacket and a white peaked cap with a black visor. Anderson, Richard A.Richard A. Anderson Lance Corporal near Vandegrift Combat Base, Quảng Trị Province August 24, 1969 Company E, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Head of a young black man staring intently at the camera, wearing a dark military jacket and a white peaked cap with a black visor. Austin, Oscar P.Oscar P. Austin Private First Class west of Da Nang, Quảng Nam Province February 23, 1969 Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Threw himself between enemy fire and an injured fellow Marine
Head and shoulders of a young white man wearing a white peaked cap with a black visor and a dark military jacket with bright buttons down the center. Barker, Jedh C.Jedh C. Barker Lance Corporal near Con Thien, Quảng Trị Province September 21, 1967 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Head and shoulders of a middle-aged white man wearing a white peaked cap with oak leaf decorations on the visor and a dark military jacket with two rows of medals hanging from ribbons pinned to his chest and another medal hanging from his neck. Barnum, Jr., Harvey C.Harvey C. Barnum, Jr. First Lieutenant Ky Phu, Quảng Tín Province December 18, 1965 Company H, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Assumed command of a rifle company upon death of the commander in an ambush and directed the counterattack.
Head and shoulders of a young white man wearing a dark peaked cap and a dark military jacket over a shirt and tie. On the collar of the shirt is a bar-shaped pin. Bobo, John P.John P. Bobo Second Lieutenant near Con Thien, Quảng Trị Province March 30, 1967 Company I, Third Battalion, Ninth Marines, Third Marine Division Held his position in the face of enemy ambush despite having his lower leg blown off, allowing the remainder of his outnumbered unit to move to safety.
Head of a young white man wearing a white peaked cap with black visor and a dark military jacket with a pin on each side of the upright collar. Bruce, Daniel D.Daniel D. Bruce Private First Class Fire Support Base Tomahawk, Quảng Nam Province March 1, 1969 H&S Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Carried an explosive device away from three other Marines
Head and shoulders of a young white man wearing a white peaked cap with black visor and a dark military jacket with bright buttons down the center of the chest. Burke, Robert C.Robert C. Burke Private First Class southern Quảng Nam Province May 17, 1968 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 27th Marines, 1st Marine Division After his unit was ambushed, he assaulted the enemy forces, allowing the remainder of the unit to recover wounded and continue their advance
John L. Canley.jpg John Canley Gunnery Sergeant Huế, Thừa Thiên Province January 31 –

February 6, 1968

Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Originally awarded the Navy Cross which was upgraded to the Medal of Honor on October 17, 2018.
Head of a young white man wearing a white peaked cap with black visor and a dark military jacket. Carter, Bruce W.Bruce W. Carter Private First Class near Vandegrift Combat Base, Quảng Trị Province August 7, 1969 Company H, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Head of a white man with a thin mustache wearing a white peaked cap with black visor and a dark military jacket with a medal hanging from a ribbon at the neck. Raymond M. Clausen, Jr. Private First Class near Da Nang, Quảng Nam Province January 31, 1970 Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263, MAG 16, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing Risked his life to rescue several Marines and corpsman from a minefield
Head of a heavyset young white man with wire-frame glasses wearing a white peaked cap with black visor and a dark military jacket. Coker, Ronald L.Ronald L. Coker Private First Class Quảng Trị Province March 24, 1969 Company M, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division For assaulting an enemy position and aiding a fallen Marine despite severe wounds to himself
Head of a white man wearing a garrison cap and a dark military jacket over a light-colored shirt. Connor, Peter S.Peter S. Connor Staff Sergeant Quảng Nam Province February 25, 1966 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division For absorbing the blast of a malfunctioning grenade in order to protect his fellow Marines
Head and shoulders of a smiling white man wearing a light-colored garrison cap and buttoned-down shirt with a bar-shaped pin on each side of the collar. Cook, Donald G.Donald G. Cook Captain South Vietnam December 31, 1964 – December 8, 1967 Prisoner of War For assisting fellow prisoners while a prisoner of war
Head of a young white man with a big smile, wearing a white peaked cap with black visor and a dark military jacket. Creek, Thomas E.Thomas E. Creek Lance Corporal near Cam Lộ, Quảng Trị Province February 13, 1969 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Head of a young black man looking off to the side, wearing a white peaked cap with black visor and dark military jacket. Davis, Rodney M.Rodney M. Davis Sergeant Quảng Nam Province September 6, 1967 Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Head of a young Hispanic man wearing a white peaked cap with black visor and a dark military jacket with an eagle-globe-and-anchor pin on either side of the upright collar. De La Garza, Jr., Emilio A.Emilio A. De La Garza, Jr. Lance Corporal near Da Nang, Quảng Nam Province April 11, 1970 Company E, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life and saved several Marines by blocking them from the blast of a grenade
Head of a young Hispanic man wearing a dark military jacket and a white peaked cap with a black visor and an eagle-globe-and-anchor emblem on the front. Dias, Ralph E.Ralph E. Dias Private First Class Quảng Nam Province November 12, 1969 Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Although severely wounded multiple times by enemy fire, he continued to throw grenades at an enemy bunker until it was destroyed and he was killed by enemy gunfire.
Head and shoulders of a smiling young white man wearing a cloth army cap and a plain buttoned-down shirt of the same color. Dickey, Douglas E.Douglas E. Dickey Private First Class Quảng Trị Province March 26, 1967 Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Head of a young white man wearing a dark military jacket and a white peaked cap with a black visor. Foster, Paul H.Paul H. Foster Sergeant near Con Thien October 14, 1967 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Head and shoulders of a white man wearing a white peaked cap and a dark military jacket with ribbon bars on the right breast, two rows of medals hanging from ribbons on the left breast, and a star-shaped medal hanging from a light-blue ribbon at the neck. Behind him are an American flag and a red and yellow flag. Wesley L. Fox First Lieutenant Quảng Trị Province February 22, 1969 Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Although wounded, he directed fire on the enemy and led his platoon to drive the enemy back.
75px Gonzalez, Alfredo C.Alfredo C. Gonzalez Sergeant Huế, Thừa Thiên Province February 4, 1968 Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Although seriously wounded, he destroyed an enemy bunker and fought back an enemy attack until he was killed.
A black and white image of Graham wearing his military uniform with ribbons and badges without a hat. Graham, James A.James A. Graham Captain Quảng Tín Province June 2, 1967 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division After fighting off the enemy, he sacrificed his life by allowing the rest of his company to return to friendly lines, while he remained alone with an injured Marine who could not be moved due to his wounds.
A black and white image of Graves wearing his Marine Corps dress blue uniform without his hat. Graves, Terrence C.Terrence C. Graves Second Lieutenant Quảng Trị Province February 16, 1968 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division For courageous leadership on an eight-man Marine recon patrol
A black and white image of Howard wearing his dress blue uniform with medals and no hat. His Medal of honor can be seen around his neck and he is turned slightly to the left. Jimmie E. Howard Staff Sergeant Quảng Tín Province June 16, 1966 Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division Repeateadly repulsed enemy attacks and although severely wounded was able maintain control of his unit until help could arrive
A black-and-white photo of a young white man in his military dress uniform with hat Howe, James D.James D. Howe Lance Corporal Quảng Nam Province May 6, 1970 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
Jenkins in Vietnam with belts of ammo Jenkins, Jr., Robert H.Robert H. Jenkins, Jr. Private First Class Firebase Argonne, Quảng Trị Province March 5, 1969 Company C, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division For using his body to shield a fellow Marine from a grenade blast
A black and white headshot of Jiminez wearing his military dress blue uniform with hat. He is looking slightly to the right. Jimenez, Jose F.Jose F. Jimenez Lance Corporal near Da Nang, Quảng Nam Province August 28, 1969 Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Killed while attacking a group of enemy soldiers
A black-and-white photo of a black man wearing his dress blue Marine Corps uniform with hat Johnson, Ralph H.Ralph H. Johnson Private First Class near An Hoa Combat Base, Quảng Nam Province March 5, 1968 Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
A black and white image showing the Keith from the waist up wearing his military dress uniform with hat. Keith, MiguelMiguel Keith Lance Corporal Quảng Ngãi Province May 8, 1970 Combined Action Platoon 1-3-2 Sacrificed his life to single-handedly eliminate a group of enemy soldiers
A black and white image of Kellogg from the chest up wearing his military dress blue uniform with medals. There is an American flag and a Marine Corps flag behind him and his Medal of Honor is around his neck. Allan J. Kellogg Staff Sergeant Quảng Nam Province March 11, 1970 Company G, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division For smothering a grenade blast with his body to protect those around him
A black and white image of Lee from the waist up in his military dress blue uniform with medals and hat. His Medal of Honor can be seen around his neck. Howard V. Lee Captain near Cam Lộ, Quảng Trị Province August 8 – 9, 1966 Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Volunteered to reinforce a squad of Marines who were under heavy fire. He assumed command and directed the defense of their position and despite being wounded by a grenade, he continued to direct them, saving many lives.
A black and white headshot of Livingston wearing his military dress uniform with a hat and ribbons. He is looking directly at the camera and there is an American flag in the background. James E. Livingston Captain Dai Do, Quảng Trị Province May 2, 1968 Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Although twice painfully wounded by grenade fragments, he refused medical treatment and courageously led his men in the destruction of over 100 mutually supporting bunkers, driving the remaining enemy from their positions, and relieving the pressure on the stranded Marine company. Also while wounded and in the open, continued to give orders to his troops to repel the enemy. He refused to be evacuated until his men were safe.
A black and white image of Martini in his military dress uniform with hat Martini, Gary W.Gary W. Martini Private First Class Bình Sơn, Quảng Nam Province April 21, 1967 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life to move a wounded comrade to safety
A black and white image of Maxam wearing his military dress blue uniform with hat. Maxam, Larry L.Larry L. Maxam Corporal Cam Lộ District, Quảng Trị Province February 2, 1968 Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Sacrificed his life to single-handedly repel a large enemy force from attacking through a weakened perimeter for over 1½ hours.
A black and white image of McGinty wearing his military dress blue uniform with medals and no hat. His Medal of Honor is visible around his neck. John J. McGinty III Staff Sergeant Quảng Trị Province July 18, 1966 Company K, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Found a separated unit of twenty wounded men, reloaded their weapons and directed their fire at the enemy until they attempted a counter-attack. He then directed fire at the enemy and although wounded adjusted artillery and air strikes within fifty yards of his position until the enemy had been repelled.
alt=A black-and-white photo of Modrzejewski from the waist up in his military dress blue uniform with hat and medals. There is an American flag and a Marine Corps flag in the background and his Medal of Honor is around his neck. Robert J. Modrzejewski Captain Quảng Trị Province July 15 – 18, 1966 Company K, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Led his men in the seizure of enemy ammunition and supplies and continued to counterattack the enemy using artillery fire and air support.
A black and white headshot image of Morgan in a suit and tie with no hat. Morgan, William D.William D. Morgan Corporal near Vandegrift Combat Base, Quảng Trị Province February 25, 1969 Company H, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division For creating a diversion at the expense of his own life and providing his squad time to evacuate two wounded Marines
A black-and-white photo of Newlin from the waist up in his military dress blue uniform with hat. Newlin, Melvin E.Melvin E. Newlin Private First Class Quảng Nam Province July 4, 1967 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Killed while single-handedly attacking an enemy force, breaking up and disorganizing the enemy
A black and white headshot photo of Noonan in his military dress blue uniform with hat. Noonan, Jr., Thomas P.Thomas P. Noonan, Jr. Lance Corporal near Vandegrift Combat Base, Quảng Trị Province February 5, 1969 Company G, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Killed while attempting to rescue a wounded man
O'Malley RE.jpg Robert E. O'Malley Corporal near An Cu'ong 2, Quảng Ngãi Province August 18, 1965 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division Risked his life and led his men to repeatedly attack the enemy, assist another Marine unit that had inflicted heavy casualties and led his unit to a helicopter for evacuation.
A black and white headshot of Paul facing slightly to the left and wearing his military dress blue uniform with hat. Paul, Joe C.Joe C. Paul Lance Corporal near Chu Lai, Quảng Tín Province August 18, 1965 Company H, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Killed while defending his wounded comrades from the enemy and delivered effective suppressive fire in order to divert the Viet Cong long enough to allow the casualties to be evacuated.
A black and white image showing Perkins head and upper torso in his military dress uniform with hat. Perkins, Jr., William T.William T. Perkins, Jr. Corporal Quảng Trị Province October 12, 1967 Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed himself by smothering an enemy grenade with his body to save the lives of three fellow Marines and is the only combat photographer to have received the Medal of Honor.
A black and white image showing the head and upper torso of Peters wearing his military dress uniform with ribbons. Peters, Lawrence D.Lawrence D. Peters Sergeant Quảng Tín Province September 4, 1967 Company M, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division After being struck by enemy mortar, machine gun, and small arms fire he continuously fought and led his men against the enemy until dying from his wounds.
A black and white headshot image of Phipps wearing his military dress uniform with hat. Phipps, Jimmy W.Jimmy W. Phipps Private First Class near An Hoa Combat Base, Quảng Nam Province May 27, 1969 Company B, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
A black and white image showing the head and torso if Pittman wearing his Marine Corps dress uniform with medals. His Medal of Honor is visible around his neck. Richard A. Pittman Lance Corporal near the Demilitarized Zone, Quảng Trị Province July 24, 1966 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division Risked his life to assist a group of Marines who had been attacked by a larger enemy force
A black and white image of Pless wearing his military dress uniform with hat and medals. His Medal of Honor is visible around his neck and there is an American flag in the background. Stephen W. Pless Captain near Quảng Ngãi August 19, 1967 Marine Observation Squadron 6, MAG 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing For rescuing a group of surrounded American troops with his helicopter
A black and white image showing the head and shoulders of Pless in his Marine Corps dress uniform with hat. Prom, William R.William R. Prom Lance Corporal near An Hoa Combat Base, Quảng Nam Province February 9, 1969 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division Sacrificed his life to direct fire at the enemy at point blank range
A black and white image showing the head and shoulders of Reasoner in his military dress uniform. Reasoner, Frank S.Frank S. Reasoner First Lieutenant near Da Nang, Quảng Nam Province July 12, 1965 Company A, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division For attempting to rescue one of his wounded men on a Marine recon patrol
A black and white head shot of Singleton wearing his military dress uniform with hat. Singleton, Walter K.Walter K. Singleton Sergeant Gio Linh District, Quảng Trị Province March 24, 1967 Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Killed in an attack where he killed eight of the enemy and drove the remainder away
A black and white head shot image showing Smedley in his military dress uniform with hat. Smedley, Larry E.Larry E. Smedley Corporal Quảng Nam Province December 21, 1967 Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Assaulted the enemy with grenades and rifle fire until dying from his wounds
A black and white image showing the head and upper torso of Taylor in his military dress uniform with ribbons and hat. Taylor, Sr., Karl G.Karl G. Taylor, Sr. Staff Sergeant Dodge City, Quảng Nam Province December 8, 1968 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Sacrificed his life to save the lives of several Marines by taking out an enemy bunker
A black-and-white photo of the upper torso of Jay Vargas wearing his military dress uniform with hat and medals Jay R. Vargas Captain Dai Do, Quảng Trị Province April 30 – May 2, 1968 Company G, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Vargas requested that his mother's name, M. Sando Vargas, Jr., be engraved on the medal and added to the rolls.
A black and white image showing the head and upper torso of Weber wearing his military dress uniform with hat. Weber, Lester W.Lester W. Weber Lance Corporal Quảng Nam Province February 23, 1969 Company M, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division After fighting back four enemy soldiers and causing 11 others to retreat was killed by a fifth enemy soldier
A black and white image showing the head and upper torso of Wheat wearing his military dress uniform with hat. Wheat, Roy M.Roy M. Wheat Lance Corporal Dien Ban District, Quảng Nam Province August 11, 1967 Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a mine with his body
A black and white image showing the head and upper torso of Williams wearing his military dress uniform with hat. Williams, Dewayne T.Dewayne T. Williams Private First Class Quảng Nam Province September 18, 1968 Company H, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
A black and white image of Wilson wearing his Marine Corps dress blue uniform with White dress hat. Wilson, Alfred M.Alfred M. Wilson Private First Class Quảng Trị Province March 3, 1969 Company M, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body
A black and white headshot of Worley wearing his combat uniform with Kevlar helmet. Worley, Kenneth L.Kenneth L. Worley Lance Corporal Bo Ban, Quảng Nam Province August 12, 1968 Company L, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Sacrificed his life by smothering a grenade with his body

Navy Corpsmen[edit | edit source]

Additionally, four Navy Corpsmen and one Chaplain attached to Marine units were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Vietnam War, three posthumously.

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Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Unit Notes
Donald E Ballard.jpg Donald E. Ballard Hospital Corpsman Second Class Quảng Trị Province May 16, 1968 Company M, 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division Risked his life by smothering a grenade with his own body
Head and shoulders of a white man with short hair neatly combed, wearing a dark suit coat and tie. Capodanno, Vincent R.Vincent R. Capodanno Lieutenant Quảng Tín Province September 4, 1967 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division A Chaplain who was killed while attempting to rescue a wounded corpsman
Head and shoulders of a young white man wearing a dark sailor suit with an eagle patch on the upper sleeve. Caron, Wayne M.Wayne M. Caron Hospital Corpsman Third Class Quảng Nam Province July 28, 1968 Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines,1st Marine Division Was killed while providing medical attention to several wounded Marines
A smiling young man in military uniform, crouching with his forearms resting on his legs. His soft cap is pushed high up on his forehead and his dog tags hang out of his short-sleeved button shirt. Robert R. Ingram Hospital Corpsman Third Class Quảng Ngãi Province March 28, 1966 Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Although badly wounded, he continued to assist and treat the injuries of the Marines around him who had been hurt in combat with the enemy. He was belatedly awarded the Medal of Honor in 1998.
A black and white image of Ray in his military uniform with hat. His head is ducked down slightly and he is smiling at the camera. Ray, David R.David R. Ray Hospital Corpsman Second Class near An Hoa Combat Base, Quảng Nam Province March 19, 1969 Battery D, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division For gallantry and intrepidity in defending his position and giving aid to wounded Marines

War in Afghanistan[edit | edit source]

Two Marines have been awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in the War in Afghanistan. Dakota Meyer is the first living Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.[25]

Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Unit Notes
Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter Kyle Carpenter Lance Corporal Marjah, Helmand Province, Afghanistan November 21, 2010 Company F, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division For risking his life by diving toward a grenade in an attempt to save a fellow Marine while their outpost was under attack.
Dakota L. Meyer.JPG Dakota Meyer Corporal Ganjgal, Kunar Province, Afghanistan September 8, 2009 Embedded Training Team 2-8 Defied order from superiors and rescued 23 Afghan Allies and 13 Americans in the Battle of Ganjgal.

Iraq War[edit | edit source]

One Marine has been awarded the Medal of Honor for actions during the Iraq War. Jason Dunham was the first Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.[26]

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Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Unit Notes
Head and shoulders of serious young man in circa 2000 U.S. Marine dress uniform. Dunham, JasonJason Dunham Corporal Husaybah, Al Anbar Province, Iraq April 14, 2004 Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division Fought hand-to-hand with the enemy and hurled himself on a grenade to protect fellow Marines

Non-Combat[edit | edit source]

Five Marines were awarded the Medal of Honor for actions not involving direct combat. The first action to be recognized was that of James A. Stewart on February 1, 1872. The last action to earn a Marine the Medal of Honor was that of Albert J. Smith on February 11, 1921.

Image Name Rank Place of Action Date of Action Unit Notes
John H. Helms Sergeant USS Chicago, Montevideo, Uruguay January 10, 1901 USS Chicago For rescuing a shipmate from drowning
John Morris Corporal USS Lancaster, Villefranche, France December 25, 1881 USS Lancaster For rescuing from drowning Ordinary Seaman Robert Blizzard
Louis F. Pfeifer Private USS Petrel (PG-2), off Cavite in Manila Bay March 31, 1901 USS Petrel (PG-2) "...for heroism and gallantry, fearlessly exposing his own life to danger for the saving of the others on the occasion of the fire on board that vessel." Served as Louis F. Theis during first enlistment.
Albert J. Smith Private Marine Barracks, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida February 11, 1921 Marine Barracks, Naval Air Station For pulling a man from the wreckage of a crashed and burning seaplane
James A. Stewart Corporal USS Plymouth, harbor of Villefranche, France February 1, 1872 USS Plymouth For rescuing from drowning Midshipman Osterhaus

Combat Photo Gallery[edit | edit source]

Lieutenant Baldomero López leading his men over the seawall at Inchon several minutes before smothering a grenade with his body.

Corporal Dakota Meyer in Afghanistan

Lance Corporal Kyle Carpenter in Afghanistan

References[edit | edit source]

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