Medal of Honor Recipients
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force that can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Recipients receive the Medal of Honor from the president on behalf of Congress. It was first awarded during the Civil War and eligibility criteria for the Medal of Honor have changed over time.
Recipients buried or memorialized here:
Sergeant Alonzo Bowman (Indian Wars). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company D, 6th U.S. Cavalry, for actions at Cibicu Creek, Arizona Territory, August 30, 1881. He died in 1885 and is buried in Section A, Row I, Site 31.
Sergeant John Schnitzer (Indian Wars). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Troop G, 4th U.S. Cavalry, for actions at Horseshoe Canyon, New Mexico Territory, April 23, 1882. Schnitzer died in 1904 and is buried in Section AO, Site 43.
One of the most important civilians buried at Fort Bayard is Walter Foote Sellers, author of the poem, "The Kneeling Nun". He was the stepson of retired Brigadier General Walter I. Duggan. On his headstone is engraved "Ah, Me, the World Seems Lonelier Today."
In the civilian section of the cemetery near the fence on the east side is also buried John William Richmond Kennedy, who died at St. Joseph's sanitarium, Silver City, New Mexico on March 14, 1914. He was the eldest son of the Honorable William Rann Kennedy, Knt. P.C. of England.
The first burial at the Post cemetery with positive identification was Sergeant David H. Boyd, Company M, 3rd U. S. Cavalry, Oct. 10, 1866. One other, who is recorded as an "Unknown," preceded it.
New Mexico native Thomas P. Foy (1914-2011) graduated from the University of Notre Dame (IN) in the late 1930s and began to practice law. He enlisted in the National Guard in 1941 and went to the Philippine Islands. First Lieutenant Foy was in the Pacific that December when the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II. He was captured in April 1942 and was among the more than 70,000 Filipino and U.S. troops marched 60 miles across the Bataan Peninsula. Foy survived 44 months in a POW camp before being rescued; he received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and other commendations for his service. As a civilian Foy married and returned to his legal career. He was elected as county district attorney in 1949-1956 and to the state legislature in 1970-1998. Foy died October 6 and is buried in Section F, Row R, Site 15.