Medal of Honor Recipients
Quartermaster Second Class Charles Francis Bishop (Mexican Campaign), Seizure of Vera Cruz, U.S. Navy. USS Florida, Mexico, April 21, 1914 (Section O, Site 4562).
Commander Willis W. Bradley (World War I), U.S. Navy. USS Pittsburgh (Section O, Site 2925).
Major Mason Carter (Indian War Campaign), 5th U. S. Infantry. Bear Paw Mountain, Mont., Sept. 30, 1877 (Section PS-4, Site 102).
Staff Sergeant Peter S. Connor (Vietnam Conflict), U.S. Marine Corps, Company F, 2nd Battalion. Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam, Feb. 25, 1966 (Section A-E, Site 1005).
Boatswain's Mate William S. Cronan, U.S. Navy. USS Bennington, San Diego, Calif., July 21, 1905 (Section T, Site 534).
Lieutenant Junior Grade Albert L. David (World War II), US Navy. USS Pillsbury French West Africa, June 4, 1944 (Section OS, Site 125-A).
Corporal James L. Day (World War II), U.S. Marine Corps. Ryukyu Islands, Okinawa, May 14-17, 1945 (Section P, Site 1748).
Captain Jesse Farley Dyer (Mexican Campaign), U.S. Marine Corps. Vera Cruz, April 21, 1914 (Section P, Site 1606).
Vice Admiral Middleton S. Elliott (Mexican War), U.S. Navy. Vera Cruz, April 21-22, 1914 (Section P, Site 2828).
Captain Michael John Estocin (Vietnam Conflict), U.S. Navy. Haiphong, North Vietnam, April 20 & 26, 1967 (Section MA, Site 112).
Lieutenant Junior Grade Donald A. Gary (World War II), U.S. Navy. Japanese Home Islands near Kobe, Japan, March 19, 1945 (Section A-1, Site 3-B).
Seaman Ora Graves (World War I), U.S. Navy. USS Pittsburgh, July 23, 1917 (Section W, Site 1208).
Brigadier General (then Second Lieutenant) Herman Henry Hanneken (Haitian Campaign), U.S. Marine Corps. Grande Riviere, Republic of Haiti, October 31-November 1, 1919 (Section C, Site 166-D).
Gunnery Sergeant Jimmie Earl Howard (Vietnam), U.S. Marine Corps, Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion. Republic of Vietnam, June 16, 1966 (Section O, Site 3759).
Sergeant Ross L. Iams (Haitian Campaign), U.S. Marine Corps. USS Connecticut, Fort Riviere, Republic of Haiti, Nov. 17, 1915 (Section P, Site 2930).
Californian Ensign Herbert Charpiot Jones enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1935, and was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy before joining the USS California in 1940. Aboard the California on December 7, 1941, he urged fellow sailors to safety, “Leave me alone! I am done for. Get out of here before the magazines go off.” Ens. Jones was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions during the attack on Pearl Harbor, which brought the country into World War II. In 1943 the Navy launched a destroyer escort, USS Herbert C. Jones, in his honor (Section G, Site 76).
Coxswain John Edward Murphy (Spanish American War), U.S. Navy. Santiago, Cuba, June 1898 (Section OS, Site 363).
Sergeant James Irsley Poynter (Korean War), U.S. Marine Corps. Sudong, Korea, Hill 532, Nov. 4, 1950 (Section O, Site 729).
Sergeant Anund C. Roark (Vietnam War), U.S. Army. Kontum Province, Vietnam, May 16, 1968 (Section O, Site 1855).
Sergeant Henry Frank Schroeder (Spanish American War), U.S. Army, Company L, 16th U.S. Infantry. Carig, Philippine Island, Sept. 14, 1900 (Section S, Site 854).
Lieutenant Commander Robert Semple (Mexican War), U.S. Navy. Vera Cruz, April 21, 1914 (Section OS-A, Site 192).
Lieutenant William Zuiderveld (Mexican War), U.S. Navy. Vera Cruz, April 21, 1914 (Section A-1, Site 9-B).
Master-at-Arms Second Class Michael A. Monsoor (Iraq War) U.S. Navy, Ramadi, Iraq, Sept. 29, 2006 (Section U, Site 412E).
Thomas S. Crow was the fourth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy and the highest ranking enlisted man. Crow joined the Navy in 1953 and trained as an aviation structural mechanic. He would later work in human relations serving as a race relations specialist and as a manager of a drug and alcohol program. He was selected from a slate of six candidates for the top enlisted man position in 1979. During his tenure he was instrumental in the creation of the Navy’s Senior Enlisted Academy and worked to improve the day-to-day lives of sailors.
Reuben Hollis Fleet was born in 1887 in Washington Territory. He graduated from Culver Military Academy, Indiana, in 1906, and became an officer in the National Guard. He was elected to the Washington State legislature in 1915, becoming its youngest serving member. From 1917-22, Fleet was commissioned in the U.S. Army Signal Corps where he organized the first air-mail flights between Washington, DC, and New York. Maj. Fleet was a contracting officer for the U.S. Air Service at Dayton, and flew test flights there. After military service, he pursued aircraft production and established Consolidated Aircraft Corp. By World War II, his aircraft-design expertise was behind the manufacture of training planes, seaplanes, and B-24 Liberator Bombers. Fleet’s influence is recognized in San Diego’s Space Theater and Science Center and the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Fleet died October 29, 1975 (Section O, Site 674).
Walter Marty Schirra studied aeronautical engineering at the Newark College of Engineering and, in 1942, was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy. Upon graduation in 1945, Ensign Schirra served on the battle cruiser Alaska and went on to complete pilot training. During the Korean War, as an exchange pilot with the 154th Fighter Bomber Squadron, he flew 90 combat missions in F-84E jets. He received the U.S. Navy Distinguished Service Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross, among other honors. Schirra was selected as one of the first NASA astronauts in 1959. He is the only one to have flown in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions. After a notable career as a pilot and space pioneer, Capt. Schirra retired from military service in 1969. He died May 3, 2005 (Section MZ, Site 106).
Laurence Stallings was a screenwriter with over two dozen writing credits, i.e. What Price Glory."
General Holland Smith, U.S. Marine Corps, commanded FMF in the Pacific during World War II and led the "island hopping" campaign in central Pacific.
Lieutenant General John Wilson "Iron Mike" O'Daniel, U.S. Army, Commanded the 3rd Infantry Division, the Rock of the Marne, during World War II, the first Allied unit into Berchtesgaden in May 1945 (Section A-E, Site 1172.)
Lt. Gen. Victor H. "Brute" Krulak, USMC, (Ret.), served as commanding general of Fleet Marine Force Pacific during the early years of the Vietnam War. Prior Krulak had served in both the Korean War and World War II. During the later, as a lieutenant colonel, he led a battalion in a diversionary raid to cover the invasion of Bougainville. He was wounded during action but refused to be evacuated; for his bravery, he was awarded the Navy Cross. Earlier in 1937, while stationed in Shanghai, he witnessed a Japanese assault against Chinese forces at the mouth of the Yangtze River in landing craft equipped with a square bow that became a retractable ramp for dispatching troops and equipment. Though he sent photos back to the United States, his report was initially ignored. Later, he consulted with New Orleans boat builder Andrew Higgins on what would become the landing craft used during the invasions of Normandy, Okinawa and Iwo Jima. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1968 and went to work as an executive and columnist for Copley newspapers. In 1984, Krulak penned First to Fight: An Inside View of the U.S. Marine Corps, which is considered the definitive book on the history and culture of the Marine Corps.
Major General Joseph H. Pendleton graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1884. By 1913, Pendleton had risen to the rank of colonel and was the commanding officer at the Marine Barracks at Puget Sound, where he was on expeditionary duty for much of the time. In mid-1914 after arriving in San Diego, Pendleton began to advocate for the establishment of a major Marine Corps installation in the area due to the location’s favorable weather and harbor. Retiring from military service in 1924, then General Pendleton settled in nearby Coronado where he served as mayor for a time. He died in February 1942. Later that year construction began on a Marine Corps base near Oceanside, California, and in September, Camp Joseph H. Pendleton was official dedicated by President Roosevelt. (Officer Sections, Site 191)
Oscar Jones Singer, native of Arizona, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on December 12, 1944. PFC Singer was a Navajo Code Talker in the Pacific Theater during World War II and completed his tour of duty in December 1945. In 2001, the Navajo Code Talkers were presented with the Congressional Silver Medal. Singer's honor was posthumous. He died in 1954 (Section O, Site 350).