African American Recipients of the Medal of Honor: A Biographical Dictionary, Civil War through Vietnam War

Overview

The Medal of Honor, one of the world's most highly revered military decorations, has been awarded to 3,457 men and one woman since its inception on December 21, 1861. This honor is bestowed upon those individuals who demonstrate courage in a life-threatening situation, who put their own lives at risk for the sake of others, and who display valor above and beyond the call of duty.

This text details the stories of the 88 African Americans who have been awarded the Medal of Honor. ...

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Overview

The Medal of Honor, one of the world's most highly revered military decorations, has been awarded to 3,457 men and one woman since its inception on December 21, 1861. This honor is bestowed upon those individuals who demonstrate courage in a life-threatening situation, who put their own lives at risk for the sake of others, and who display valor above and beyond the call of duty.

This text details the stories of the 88 African Americans who have been awarded the Medal of Honor. Each entry chronicles the acts of bravery and courage that led to the serviceman's receiving this honor. Beginning with a brief history of the Medal of Honor, the book is then divided into eight sections covering every major conflict from the Civil War through the Vietnam War. An appendix of the number of medals awarded by wars and campaigns, a bibliography, and an index are included.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist/RBB
Helps shed new light...many of the individuals covered here are not treated anywhere else
Military Heritage
Interesting...pays tribute to all Americans
The Civil War News
A handy guide
Civil War News
...a handy guide...
Booklist/RBB
...helps shed new light...many of the individuals covered here are not treated anywhere else...
Military Heritage
...interesting...pays tribute to all Americans...
The Civil War News
...a handy guide
Booklist/RBB
...helps shed new light...many of the individuals covered here are not treated anywhere else
Military Heritage
...interesting...pays tribute to all Americans
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786449118
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Series: History/Military
  • Pages: 199
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles W. Hanna, an attorney and secretary for the Medal of Honor Historical Society, lives in Provo, Utah.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction: History of the Medal of Honor 1

Chapter 1 The Civil War (1861-1865) 7

Landsman Aaron Anderson, USN 11

Private Bruce Anderson, USA 14

Private William H. Barnes, USA 15

1st Sergeant Powhatan Beaty, USA 16

Contraband Robert Blake, USN 17

1st Sergeant James H. Bronson, USA 19

Landsman William H. Brown, USN 20

Landsman Wilson Brown, USN 21

Sergeant William Harvey Carney, USA 22

Seaman Clement Dees, USN 26

Sergeant Decatur Dorsey, USA 29

Sergeant Christian A. Fleetwood, USA 30

Private James Gardiner, USA 33

Sergeant James H. Harris, USA 35

Private Thomas R. Hawkins, USA 36

Sergeant Alfred B. Hilton, USA 37

Sergeant Milton M. Holland, USA 38

Corporal Miles James, USA 40

1st Sergeant Alexander Kelly, USA 42

Landsman John Henry Lawson, USN 43

Engineer's Cook James Mifflin, USN 44

Seaman Joachim Pease, USN 45

1st Sergeant Robert A. Pinn, USA 46

1st Sergeant Edward Ratcliff, USA 48

Color Sergeant Andrew Jackson Smith, USA 49

Private Charles Veal, USA 53

Chapter 2 The Indian Wars (1866-1890) 55

Sergeant Thomas Boyne, USA 57

Sergeant Benjamin Brown, USA 59

Sergeant John Denny, USA 61

Private Pompey Factor, USA 63

Corporal Clinton Greaves, USA 65

Sergeant Henry Johnson, USA 67

Sergeant George Jordan, USA 73

Sergeant William McBryar, USA 74

Corporal Isaiah Mays, USA 75

Private Adam Paine, USA 78

Trumpeter Isaac Payne, USA 79

Sergeant Thomas Shaw, USA 81

Sergeant Emanuel Stance, USA 82

Private Augustus Walley, USA 85

Sergeant John Ward, USA 89

1st Sergeant Moses Williams, USA 90

Corporal William O. Wilson, USA 94

Sergeant Brent Woods, USA 96

Chapter 3 Peacetime from 1872 to 1890 99

Ship's Cook Daniel Atkins, USN 100

Ordinary Seaman John Davis, USN 101

Seaman Alphonse Girandy, USN 102

Seaman John Johnson, USN 102

Cooper William Johnson, USN 103

Seaman Joseph B. Noil, USN 104

Seaman John Smith, USN 104

Ordinary Seaman Robert Augustus Sweeney, USN 105

Chapter 4 The Spanish-American War (1898) 107

Sergeant Edward L. Baker, Jr., USA 109

Private Dennis Bell, USA l12

Private Fitz Lee, USA 114

Fireman First Class Robert Penn, USN 115

Private William H. Thompkins, USA 116

Private George Henry Wanton, USA 117

Chapter 5 World War I (1914-1918) 119

Corporal Freddie Stowers, USA 121

Chapter 6 World War II (1941-1945) 123

2nd Lieutenant Vernon J. Baker, USA 124

Sergeant Edward A. Carter, Jr., USA 126

1st Lieutenant John R. Fox, USA 128

Private First Class Willy F. James, Jr., USA 130

Staff Sergeant Ruben Rivers, USA 131

1st Lieutenant Charless L. Thomas, USA 132

Private George Watson, USA 135

Chapter 7 The Korean War (1950-1953) 137

Sergeant Cornelius H. Charlton, USA 138

Private First Class William H. Thompson, USA 142

Chapter 8 The Vietnam War (1960-1975) 145

Private First Class James Anderson, Jr., USMC 146

Sergeant Webster Anderson, USA 147

Sergeant Eugene Ashley. Jr., USA 149

Private First Class Oscar P Austin, USMC 151

Sergeant William Maud Bryant, USA 152

Sergeant Rodney Maxwell Davis, USMC 154

Private First Class Robert H. Jenkins, Jr., USMC 156

Specialist Sixth Class Lawrence Joel, USA 157

Specialist Fifth Class Dwight Hal Johnson, USA 159

Private First Class Ralph H. Johnson, USMC 162

Private First Class Garfield M. Langhorn, USA 163

Sergeant Matthew Leonard, USA l65

Sergeant Donald Russell Long, USA 166

Private First Class Milton L Olive, III, USA 167

Captain Riley L. Pitts, USA 169

Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Calvin Rogers, USA 170

1st Lieutenant Ruppert L Sargent, USA 173

Specialist 5th Class Clarence Eugene Sasser, USA 174

Sergeant Clifford Chester Sims, USA 176

1st Lieutenant John Earl Warren, USA 177

Appendix: Number of Medals of Honor Awarded, by War and Campaigns, USA 179

Bibliography, USA 181

Index, USA 185

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