Medal of Honor Recipients
Landsman Michael Cassidy, (Civil War), U.S.Navy. Aboard U.S.S. Lackawanna, in Mobile Bay, Aug. 5, 1864 (Phoebus Section B., Grave 9503).
Coal Heaver James R. Garrison, (Civil War), U.S. Navy. Aboard the U.S.S. Hartford, in Tennessee in Mobile Bay, Aug. 5, 1864 (Phoebus Section B., Grave 9523).
Alfred B. Hilton was about 21 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 11, 1863, in Baltimore, MD. Hilton served in Company H, 4th U.S. Colored Troops (USCT), as a bearer of the flag, or national standard. At the Battle of Chaffin’s Farm (Fort Harrison, VA) on September 29, 1864, he seized the regimental colors when the color-sergeant fell. Sergeant Hilton struggled forward with both flags until severely wounded at the enemy’s inner line. Hilton’s right leg was amputated and he died at Fort Monroe hospital on October 21, 1864. Hilton received the Medal of Honor posthumously, in April 1865, and he is buried in Hampton National Cemetery (Section E, Grave 1231).
Seaman Edward Madden, U.S. Navy. Aboard the U.S.S. Franklin in Lisbon, Portugal, Feb. 9, 1876. (Section E, 1014A).
First Sergeant Harry J. Mandy, (Civil War), 4th New York Cavalry, Company B. At Front Royal, Va., Aug. 15, 1864 (Phoebus Section C, Grave 8709).
First Lieutenant Ruppert L. Sargent was born in Hampton, VA, on January 6, 1938. He attended Virginia State University and Hampton Institute before enlisting in the Army in 1959; he graduated from officers training in 1965. The next year, 1st Lieut. Sargent joined Company B, 9th Infantry, fighting in the Vietnam War. On March 15, 1967, Sargent was leading a platoon when two grenades fell into his group; he threw himself on them to protect comrades. Posthumously, Sargent became the first black officer awarded the Medal of Honor. His company, still in Vietnam, wrote to the City of Hampton with a letter that contained $230 for a grave wreath Sargent’s burial and funds for his widow. The City of Hampton named its administration building for him in 2002. Sargent is buried in Hampton National Cemetery (Section FI, Grave 7596).
Charles Veale was born in 1838 at Portsmouth, VA. He enlisted in Company D, 4th Regiment, U.S. Colored Troops (USCT) in 1863 and served under General Benjamin Butler. He received the Medal of Honor for bravery during the Battle of Chaffin’s Farm (Fort Harrison, VA) on September 29, 1864, after which he was promoted to sergeant. Veale was wounded at Fort Fisher, NC, in January 1865 and he mustered out in May 1866. Veale’s health was compromised, and in 1872 General Butler helped admit him to the Southern Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers at Hampton. Veale died of chronic bronchitis on July 27, 1872, and is buried in Hampton National Cemetery (Section FI, Grave 5097).
Coxswain David Warren, (Civil War), U.S. Navy. Aboard the U.S.S. Monticello, June 23 to 25, 1864 (Phoebus Section C, Grave 7972).