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:
Major William E. Adams (Vietnam). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service in the U.S. Army, A/227th Assault Helicopter Company, 52nd Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade, in recognition of his exceptional skill as a pilot and humanitarian regard for his fellow men. During an attempt to evacuate wounded soldiers, his aircraft was damaged by enemy fire and exploded over Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, May 25, 1971. Adams is buried in Section P, Site 3831.
First Sergeant Maximo Yabes (Vietnam). Maximo Yabes, native of California, enlisted in the U.S. Army ca.1953 and served with Company A, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, during the Vietnam War. On February 26, 1967, First Sergeant Yabes used his body to shield his fellow soldiers from a grenade blast. Although wounded he single-handedly enacted a defensive attack before dying of his wounds. Yabes received the Medal of Honor posthumously on October 31, 1968, and is buried in Section R, Site 369.
Seven Buffalo Soldiers are buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
William Bash was born in St. Louis in 1896. Private First Class Bash enlisted in the Army in April 1917 and served with the 10th Cavalry until March 1919. The 10th cavalry was one of the original all-black regiments formed in 1866 that became known as Buffalo Soldiers. In the 1910s, the 10th Cavalry patrolled the U.S.-Mexican border. Despite the military’s expansion during World War I, the 10th cavalry remained in Arizona. Buffalo Soldiers were not called to fight in Europe as a regiment. Individuals from the 10th mobilized for war while others garrisoned at the border took part in the Battle of Ambos Nogales in August 1918. The 10th cavalry remained there until 1922. PFC Bash died October 27, 1951, and is buried in Fort Logan National Cemetery (Section H, Site 353).
Born in Louisiana, Leon Jones (1854-1908) served in the U.S. Army from 1870-1900. He was 22 years old and a farmer when he was recruited at Jackson Barracks, New Orleans. The career soldier joined Company D, 25th Infantry. The 25th Infantry was one of the segregated regiments established for black enlisted men after the Civil War, who became known as Buffalo Soldiers. Sergeant Jones accompanied his regiment to the Western territories, guarding mail stages and performing other duties at forts in Montana, South Dakota, and Texas. In 1900 he was stationed in San Antonio; he may have lived and worked as a porter in Denver, Colorado, from 1901-1907. Jones died December 6, and is buried in Section E, Site 44.
Indianan Arthur McDonald was born in 1889. He enlisted in the Army in June 1919 and served as a mechanic in Company D, 25th Infantry until July 1920. McDonald’s company was among those formed for black soldiers in 1866. These segregated regiments became known as Buffalo Soldiers. By World War I, the 19th-century Buffalo Soldier had come to represent all African-American soldiers. Race influenced where regiments were deployed. Some 25th Infantry troops spent the war months in Hawaii; others in Arizona fought in the Battle of Ambos Nogales, August 1918 during the border conflict with Mexico. After World War I, they remained on the U.S.-Mexican border and by January 1920 McDonald was stationed at Camp Little, AZ. He died October 11, 1951, and is buried in Fort Logan National Cemetery (Section H, Site 197).
John N. Norton was born in Maryland ca. 1856. He joined the U.S. Army in 1879 and served with the segregated 25th Infantry and became the regiment's Principal Musician. This was the highest rank permitted for African Americans at the time; only white soldiers were bandleaders. The Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection created opportunities overseas for temporary black bands and bandmasters in the army. Norton was among them. After the race riot in Brownsville, TX, in 1906, opening the rank of Chief Musician to black musicians became a public symbol of civil rights. The army awarded this rank to long-standing bandleaders and men who were planning to retire. Norton received his Chief Musician appointment in 1907, and he retired in January 1908. He died February 19, 1935, and is buried in Fort Logan National Cemetery (Section A, Site 46).
Albert Pemberton (1877-1899) was born in Warren County, Mississippi, and he listed Vicksburg as his birthplace when he joined the U.S. Army in St. Louis, Missouri, in March 1899. Pemberton worked as butler before his military service; in the army, Private Pemberton was assigned to Company I, 25th Infantry. The 25th infantry was one of the segregated regiments established after the Civil War for black soldiers, men who became known as Buffalo Soldiers. Pemberton accompanied his regiment to Colorado and died as a result of a gunshot wound on April 10 at Fort Logan. He is buried in Section G, Site 105.
Charles W. Praun (ca. 1870-1904) was born in Maryland and was a laborer before joining the U.S. Army in 1887. Private Praun enlisted in Baltimore; he was assigned to the 9th U.S. Cavalry, which was one of the segregated regiments established for black soldiers after the Civil War. These troops became known as Buffalo Soldiers. Praun was posted to the Western territories, primarily based at Fort Robinson, Nebraska. He was promoted to corporal in the early 1890s, but the harshness of frontier conditions on the frontier and in detached service took its toll. He was discharged in 1897 after disciplinary actions and disappeared from the records until his death on October 23. Transcribed ledgers for the post cemetery note his service with Company E, 9th Cavalry, and civilian status. Praun is buried in Section G, Site 101.
James Yancy (1874-1899) was born in Kentucky and grew up in his grandparents' home. He had enlisted in the U.S. Army by 1898, when he was 24 years old, and joined the 10th U.S. Cavalry. Private Yancy served with Companies G and M with 10th Cavalry and accompanied his regiment to Florida, in May 1898. The 10th Cavalry was one of the segregated regiments for black soldiers established after the Civil War; these men were known as Buffalo Soldiers. Lakeland, Florida, was the site of a large encampment of Buffalo Soldiers awaiting transport to Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Yancy reenlisted in the army and accompanied his new regiment, the 25th Infantry, to Fort Logan, Colorado. He died in the post hospital of tuberculosis on May 1 and is buried in Section G, Site 106.
Karl Baatz, a German POW who passed away while being held at Fort Logan, was is interred in 1943 (Section POW, Site 14).
Fitzroy Newsum was born in New York in 1918 and spent his childhood in Trinidad where he was fascinated with flight. When Newsum returned to the United States he was denied entrance to the U.S. Army Air Corps because he was black. As a result, in February 1939, he enlisted in the New York National Guard and was commissioned as a second lieutenant. He chose to attend the Tuskegee pilot-training program rather than pursue officer candidacy. He graduated in 1943 and First Lieutenant Newsum flew with the 477th Bombardment Group. After 1947, with the Air Force, he rose to the rank of colonel and vice commander of the 381st Strategic Missile Wing. Newsum retired in 1970 and was inducted into the Colorado Aviation Hall of Fame in 1991. He died January 5, 2013, and is buried at Fort Logan National Cemetery (Section 35, Site 501).
Edward Denetdale Leuppe, a native of New Mexico, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on March 26, 1943. Cpl. Leuppe was a Navajo Code Talker in the Pacific Theater during World War II and remained in service until January 22, 1946. In 2001, the Navajo Code Talkers were presented with the Congressional Silver Medal. Leuppe’s honor was posthumous. He died August 24, 1994 (Section T2, Site 137).
John Werito, a native of New Mexico, enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on April 26, 1943. PFC Werito was a Navajo Code Talker in the Pacific Theater during World War II and served until November 28, 1945. He was wounded twice while on tour with the 4th Marine Division, once during the invasion of Iwo Jima. Werito reenlisted in 1947 and until March 1952. In 2001, the Navajo Code Talkers were presented with the Congressional Silver Medal. Werito’s honor was posthumous. He died March 29, 1983 (Section S, Site 6665).