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Hometown Heroes of the

Golden State

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California

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136 Medals of Honor are Accredited to California

  • Sadao Munemori of Los Angeles died in his heroic action becoming the only Japanese-American to receive the Medal during World War II.  His Nisei Unit, the 442d Regiment, was one of the most decorated of the war earning in addition to Munemori's MOH, 47 DSCs, 354 Silver Stars, and more than 3,600 Purple Hearts.  Munemori's Medal of Honor is on display at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. in a tribute to the Nisei of WWII.  (In June, 2000, twenty-two Asian/Pacific Islanders had their DSCs upgraded to Medals of Honor, adding 20 additional Japanese-American names to the Honor Roll.)

"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:

Civil War

Crocker, Henry H.

Army

Colchester, CT

San Francisco, CA

McMahon, Martin Thomas

Army

QUE - LaPrairie, Canada

California

Williston, Edward Bancroft

Army

Norwich, VT

San Francisco, CA

Woods, Samuel

Navy

San Francisco, CA

California

Indian Wars

Brophy, James

Army

Kilkenny, Ireland

Stockton, CA

Burke, Patrick J.

Army

Kilkenny, Ireland

Vallejo, CA

Carr, John

Army

Columbus, OH

San Jose, CA

Carter, George

Army

Dublin, Ireland

Vallejo, CA

Dickens, Charles H.

Army

Dublin, Ireland

San Francisco, CA

Elwood, Edwin L.

Army

St. Louis, MO

San Jose, CA

Falcott, Henry

Army

Champagne, France

San Francisco, CA

Gardner, Charles
     aka: Simon Suhler

Army

Bavaria, Germany

San Francisco, CA

Golden, Patrick

Army

County Sligo, Ireland

San Francisco, CA

Green, Francis C.

Army

Mount Verrnon, IN

Sacramento, CA

Hall, John

Army

Logan County, IL

Sacramento, CA

Hamilton, Frank

Army

County Tyrone, Ireland

Sacramento, CA

Heartery, Richard

Army

Ireland

San Francisco, CA

Higgins, Thomas P.

Army

Longford, Ireland

Napa, CA

Keenan, John

Army

Tubbercurry, Ireland

San Francisco, CA

Lawrence, James

Army

Aberdeen, Scotland

Sacramento, CA

Lytton, Jeptha L.

Army

Lawrence County, IN

San Francisco, CA

Mahers, Herbert

Army

Canada

Wilmington, CA

McKinley, Daniel

Army

Boston, MA

San Francisco, CA

McVeagh, Charles H.

Army

New York, NY

San Francisco, CA

Moran, John

Army

Lyon, France

Marysville, CA

Murphy, Thomas

Army

County Kerry, Ireland

San Francisco, CA

O'Callaghan, John

Army

New York, NY

San Francisco, CA

Reed, James C.

Army

Kilkenny , Ireland

San Francisco, CA

Smith, Otto

Army

Baltimore, MD

Sacramento, CA

Smith, William

Army

Bath, ME

San Francisco, CA

Stanley, Edward

Army

New York, NY

San Francisco, CA

Strivson (Stinson), Benoni

Army

Overton, TN

Sacramento, CA

Yount, John P.

Army

Putnam County, IN

Sacramento, CA

Korea (1871)

Coleman, John

USMC

County Cork, Ireland

California

Spanish-American War

Itrich, Franz Anton

Navy

Gross Katz, Germany

California

Samoa

Fisher, Frederick Thomas

Navy

England

California

Hulbert, Henry Lewis

USMC

Kingston upon Hull, England

California

McNally, Michael Joseph

USMC

New York, NY

California

Philippine Insurrection

**Leahy, Cornelius J.

Army

Limerick, Ireland

San Francisco, CA

Quinn, Peter H.

Army

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

Shiels, George Franklin

Army

California

California

Stoltenberg, Andrew Vincent

Navy

Bodo, Norway

California

Weaver, Amos

Army

Niles Township, IA

San Francisco, CA

China (Boxer Rebellion)

Boydston, Erwin Jay

USMC

Deer Creek, CO

California

Burnes, James

USMC

Worcester, MA

California

Dahlgren, John Olof

USMC

Kahilwar, Sweden

California

Hansen, Hans Anton

Navy

Germany

California

Heisch, Henry William

USMC

Latendorf, Germany

California

McAllister, Samuel

Navy

Belfast, Ireland

California

Moore, Albert

USMC

Merced, CA

California

Orndoff (Orndof), Harry Westley

USMC

Sandusky, OH

California

Phillips, Reuben Jasper

USMC

Cambria, CA

California

Silva, France

USMC

Hayward, CA

San Francisco, CA

Von Schlick, Robert H.

Army

Germany

San Francisco, CA

Westermark, Axel

Navy

Bergo, Finland

California

Zion, William F.

USMC

Knightstown, IN

California

Philippines (1911)

Henrechon, George Francis

Navy

Hartford, CT

California

World War I

Covington, Jesse Whitfield

Navy

Haywood, TN

California

Holderman, Nelson Miles

Army

Trumbull, NE

Santa Ana, CA

Katz, Phillip Carl

Army

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

**Miller, Oscar F.

Army

Franklin County, AR

Los Angeles, CA

Regan, Patrick J.

Army

Middleboro, MA

Los Angeles, CA

**Roberts, Harold W.

Army

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco, CA

Seibert, Lloyd Martin

Army

Caledonia, MI

Salinas, CA

West, Chester Howard

Army

Fort Collins, CO

Los Banos, CA

World War II

**Callaghan, Daniel Judson

Navy

San Francisco, CA

Oakland, CA

*Carter, Jr., Edward A.

Army

Los Angeles, CA

 

Craft, Clarence Byrle

Army

San Bernardino, CA

Santa Ana, CA

Doolittle, James Harold

Army

Alameda, CA

Berkeley, CA

 

Finn, John William

Navy

Los Angeles, CA

Belle Vernon Acres, CA

**Gandara, Joe

Army

Santa Monica, CA

Los Angeles, CA

**Gonsalves, Harold

USMC

Alameda, CA

California

**Gonzales, David M.

Army

Pacoima, CA

Pacoima, CA

**Harmon, Roy W.

Army

Talala, OK

Pixley, CA

**Jones, Herbert Charpoit

Navy

Los Angeles, CA

California

**Kandle, Victor Leonard

Army

Roy, WA

Redwood City, CA

**Lara, Salvador J.

Army

Riverside, CA

Riverside, CA

**Moon, Jr., Harold Herman

Army

Albuquerque, NM

Gardena, CA

**Munemori, Sadao S.

Army

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Pharris, Jackson Charles

Navy

Columbus, GA

California

**Shockley, William Ralph

Army

Bokoshe, OK

Selma, CA

 

Swett, James Elms

USMC

Seattle, WA

San Mateo, CA

Turner, George Benton

Army

Longview, TX

Los Angeles, CA

**Viale, Robert M.

Army

Bayside, CA

Ukiah, CA

**Villegas, Ysmael R.

Army

Casa Blanca, CA

Casa Blanca, CA

Ware, Keith Lincoln

Army

Denver, CO

Glendale, CA

Waybur, David Crowder

Army

Oakland, CA

Piedmont, CA

Korean War

**Baldonado, Joe Rodriguez

Army

Colorado

Santa Clara, CA

Dean, Sr., William Frishe

Army

Carlyle, IL

California

**Desiderio, Reginald Benjamin

Army

Clairton, PA

Gilroy, CA

**Gomez, Eduardo Corral

Army

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Harvey, Raymond

Army

Ford City, PA

Pasadena, CA

 

Hernandez, Rodolfo Perez

Army

Colton, CA

Fowler, CA

**Kelso, Jack William

USMC

Madera, CA

Caruthers, CA

**Koelsch, John Kelvin

Navy

London, England

Los Angeles, CA

**Matthews, Daniel Paul

USMC

Van Nuys, CA

Van Nuys, CA

**Obregon, Eugene Arnold

USMC

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

**Poynter, James Irsley

USMC

Bloomington, IL

Downey, CA

 

Rodriguez, Joseph Charles

Army

San Bernardino, CA

San Bernardino, CA

**Young, Robert Harley

Army

Oroville, CA

Vallejo, CA

Vietnam

**Alvarado, Leonard Louis

Army

Bakersfield, CA

Bakersfield, CA

**Anderson, Jr., James

USMC

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

L

Baca, John Philip

Army

Providence, RI

Fort Ord, CA

**Bellrichard, Leslie Allen

Army

Janesville, WI

Oakland, CA

 

Cavaiani, Jon Robert

Army

Royston, England

Fresno, CA

**Devore, Jr., Edward Allen

Army

Torrance, CA

Harbor City, CA

Dunagan, Kern Wayne

Army

Superior, AZ

Los Angeles, CA

**Duran, Jesus S.

Army

Juarez, Mexico

Riverside, CA

**Evans, Jr., Donald Ward

Army

Covina, CA

Covina, CA

**Foster, Paul Hellstrom

USMC

San Mateo, CA

San Francisco, CA

Hooper, Joe Ronnie

Army

Piedmont, SC

Los Angeles, CA

**Ingalls, George Alan

Army

Hanford, CA

Los Angeles, CA

 

Jennings, Delbert Owen

Army

Silver City, NM

San Francisco, CA

**Johnson, Ralph Henry

USMC

Charleston, SC

Oakland, CA

L

Littrell, Gary Lee

Army

Henderson, KY

Los Angeles, CA

**Maxam, Larry Leonard

USMC

Glendale, CA

Los Angeles, CA

 

McGonagle, William Loren

Navy

Wichita, KS

Thermal, CA

**Molnar, Frankie Zoly

Army

Logan, WV

Fresno, CA

Penry, Richard Allen

Army

Petaluma, CA

Oakland, CA

**Perkins, Jr., William Thomas

USMC

Rochester, NY

San Francisco, CA

**Phipps, Jimmy Wayne

USMC

Santa Monica, CA

Culver City, CA

**Pierce, Larry Stanley

Army

Wewoka, OK

Fresno, CA

L

Pittman, Richard Allan

USMC

French Camp, CA

Stockton, CA

L Rascon, Alfred Army Mexico Oxnard, CA

**Roark, Anund Charles

Army

Vallejo, CA

Los Angeles, CA

 

Rocco, Louis Richard

Army

Albuquerque, NM

Los Angeles, CA

L

Taylor, James Allen

Army

Arcata, CA

San Francisco, CA

**Worley, Kenneth Lee

USMC

Farmington, NM

Fresno, CA

War on Terrorism
L Carter, Ty Michael USA Spokane, WA Antioch, CA
L Romesha, Clinton L USA Lake City, CA California

**Monsoor, Michael A.

USN

Long Beach, CA

Garden Grove, CA

Peace Time Awards

Halford, William

Navy

Gloucester, England

San Francisco, CA

Laverty (Lafferty), John

Navy

County Tyrone, Ireland

California

Williams, Louis
  aka:  Ludwig Andreas Olsen

Navy

Oslo, Norway

California

Brock, George F.

Navy

Cleveland, OH

California

Clausey, John Joseph

Navy

San Francisco, CA

California

Smith, Eugene P.

Navy

Illinois

California

The following Medal of Honor Recipients were BORN in the State of California 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:

Barnes, Will Croft

Army

San Francisco, CA

Washington, DC

Volz , Robert

Navy

San Francisco, CA

Virginia

High, Frank Charles

Army

Dunningham, CA

Ashland, OR

Gumpertz, Sydney G.

Army

San Raphael, CA

Chicago, IL

**Cheli, Ralph

Army AC

San Francisco, CA

Brooklyn, NY

 

Hawk, John Druse "Bud"

Army

San Francisco, CA

Bremerton, WA

L

Fisher, Bernard Francis

USAF

San Bernardino, CA

Kuna, ID

**Leisy, Robert Ronald

Army

Stockton, CA

Seattle, WA

**Yabes, Maximo

Army

Lodi, CA

Eugene, OR

 

 

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