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Hometown Heroes of the

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Oklahoma

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23 Medals of Honor are Accredited to Oklahoma

  • No Black Americans were awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II despite numerous acts of heroism.   When this fact was finally corrected in 1997, one of the 7 Black soldiers awarded the Medal was Oklahoma's Ruben Rivers.

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

 

 

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RECIPIENT'S NAME

Branch

PLACE OF BIRTH

MOH ACCREDITED TO:

Indian Campaigns

Chapman, Amos

Army

Kalamazoo, MI

Fort Supply, OK

Philippine Insurrection

Epps, Joseph L.

Army

Jamestown, MO

Oklahoma Ind Ter, OK

World War I

Hays, George Price

Army

Chee Foo, China

Okarche, OK

Sampler, Samuel M.

Army

Decatur, TX

Altus, OK

Turner, Harold Leo

Army

Aurora, MO

Seminole, OK

World War II

 

Childers, Ernest "Chief"

Army

Broken Arrow, OK

Tulsa, OK

Crews, John R.

Army

Golden, OK

Bowlegs, OK

**Evans, Ernest Edwin "Chief"

Navy

Pawnee, OK

Ohio

**Gott, Donald Joseph

Army AC

Arnett, OK

Arnett, OK

**Kiner, Harold G.

Army

Aline, OK

Enid, OK

 

McCool, Jr., Richard Miles

Navy

Tishomingo, OK

Oklahoma

**McGill, Troy A.

Army

Knoxville, TN

Ada, OK

 

Montgomery, Jack Cleveland

Army

Long, OK

Sallisaw, OK

**Reese, Jr., John N.

Army

Muskogee, OK

Pryor, OK

*Rivers, Ruben

Army

Tecumseh, OK

**Schwab, Albert Ernest

USMC

Washington, DC

Tulsa, OK

Smith, John Lucian

USMC

Lexington, OK

Oklahoma

Treadwell, Jack Lemaster

Army

Ashland, AL

Snyder, OK

Korean War

**Burris, Tony K

Army

Blanchard, OK

Blanchard, OK

**Henry, Frederick F.

Army

Vian, OK

Clinton, OK

Vietnam War
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Adkins, Bennie

Army

Waurika, OK

Waurika, OK

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Morris, Melvin

Army

Okmulgee, OK

Okmulgee, OK

 

**Sloat, Donald Paul

Army

Coweta, OK

Coweta, OK

The following Medal of Honor Recipients were BORN in the State of Oklahoma 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".

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RECIPIENT'S NAME

Branch

PLACE OF BIRTH

MOH ACCREDITED TO:

**Bailey, Kenneth Dillon

USMC

Pawnee, OK

Illinois

**Carey, Jr., Charles F.

Army

Canadian, OK

Cheyenne, WY

**Harmon, Roy W.

Army

Talala, OK

Pixley, CA

**Perez, Jr., Manuel

Army

Oklahoma City, OK

Chicago, IL

Schauer, Henry

Army

Clinton, OK

Scobey, MT

**Shockley, William Ralph

Army

Bokoshe, OK

Selma, CA

**Wallace, Herman C.

Army

Marlow, OK

Lubbock, TX

**Vance, Jr., Leon Robert

Army AC

Enid, OK

Garden City, NY

**Pierce, Larry Stanley

Army

Wewoka, OK

Fresno, CA

**Pitts, Riley Leroy

Army

Fallis, OK

Wichita, KS

 

 

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