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21 Medals of Honor are Accredited to Arizona

  • The FIRST MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION in our Nation's history occurred at Apache Pass, Arizona on February 13, 1861.

  • During the Indian Campaigns 152 Medals of Honor were awarded for action "on the ground" in arizona.  All 11 awards accredited to the State of Arizona were awards to Indian Scouts.

  • Arizona's SYLVESTRE HERRERA is the ONLY MAN in HISTORY to receive both the Medal of Honor and the Mexican equivalent.  Click on the green button to read his amazing story at our "Profiles In Courage" site.

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"For Conspicuous Gallantry and Intrepidity in Action At the Risk of Life Above and Beyond the Call of Duty"

 

RECIPIENT'S NAME

Branch

PLACE OF BIRTH

MOH ACCREDITED TO:

Indian Wars

Alchesay, William

Army

Arizona

Camp Verde, AZ

BLANQUET

Army

Arizona

Arizona

CHIQUITO

Army

Arizona

San Carlos, AZ

ELSATSOOSH

Army

Arizona Territory, AZ

Arizona

JIM

Army

Arizona

Camp Verde, AZ

KELSAY

Army

Arizona

Arizona

KOSOHA

Army

Arizona

Arizona

MACHOL

Army

Arizona

Arizona

NANNASADDIE

Army

Arizona

Arizona

NANTAJE (Nantahe)

Army

Arizona

Arizona

ROWDY

Army

Arizona

San Carlos, AZ

World War I

**Luke, Jr., Frank

Army AS

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ

**Pruitt, John Henry

USMC

Fayetteville, AR

Phoenix, AZ

World War II

 

**Mendoza, Manuel Verdugo

Army

Miami, AZ

Miami, AZ

 

Herrera, Silvestre Santana

Army

El Paso, TX

Phoenix, AZ

Vietnam

**Austin, Oscar Palmer

USMC

Nacogdoches, TX

Phoenix, AZ

 

Bacon, Nicky Daniel

Army

Caraway, AR

Phoenix, AZ

L

Ferguson, Frederick Edgar

Army

Pilot Point, TX

Phoenix, AZ

**Jimenez, Jose Francisco

USMC

Mexico City, Mexico

Phoenix, AZ

**Lauffer, Billy Lane

Army

Murray, KY

Phoenix, AZ

L

Vargas, Jay R.

USMC

Winslow, AZ

Winslow, AZ

The following Medal of Honor Recipients were BORN in the State of Arizona but either moved to or enlisted in military service in another state to which their award is accredited.  By virtue of their birth, they are still among our "Home Town Heroes".

RECIPIENT'S NAME

Branch

PLACE OF BIRTH

MOH ACCREDITED TO:

Dunagan, Kern Wayne

Army

Superior, AZ

Los Angeles, CA

Smith, Cornelius Cole

Army

Tucson, AZ

Helena, MT

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