Medal of Honor Recipients
Landsman Thomas Mitchell, U.S. Navy. Aboard the U.S.S. Richmond, Shanghai, China, Nov. 17, 1879 (Section M, Site 27661).
Gunner's Mate Third Class John Everetts, U.S. Navy. Aboard the U.S.S. Cushing, Feb. 11, 1898 (Section DSS, Site 36A).
Chief Boatswain's Mate Lauritz Nelson, (War with Spain) U.S. Navy. Aboard the U.S.S. Nashville, Cienfuegos, Cuba, May 11, 1898 (Section DSS, Site 2).
Seaman First Class Heinrich Behnke, U.S. Navy. Aboard the U.S.S. Iowa, Jan. 25,1905 (Section DSS, Site 20A).
Boatswain's Mate William Henry Gowan, U.S. Navy. At Coquimbo, Chile, Jan. 20, 1909 (Section DSS, Site 7).
Seaman James Aloysius Walsh, (Mexican Campaign) U.S. Navy. Aboard the U.S.S. Florida, April 21-22, 1914 (Section DSS, Site 47A).
First Lieutenant Bernard James Ray, (World War II), U.S. Army, Company F, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. At Hurtgen Forest near Schevenhutte, Germany, Nov. 17, 1944 (Section DSS, Site 6).
Gunner's Mate Third Class Robert Galbraith, (Philippine Insurrection), U.S. Navy. At El Pardo, Cebu, Philippine Islands, Nov. 12-13, 1899 (Section DSS, Site 17).
Chief Watertender August Holtz, U.S. Navy. Aboard U.S.S. North Dakota, Sept. 8, 1910 (Section F, Site 916).
Captain Sydney G. Gumpertz, (World War I), U.S. Army, Company E, 132nd Infantry, 33rd Division. At Bois-de-Forges, France, Sept. 29, 1918 (Section DSS, Site 65).
Private Michael Valente, (World War I), U.S. Army, Company D, 107th Infantry, 27th Division. At Ronssoy, France, Sept. 29, 1918 (Section DSS, Site 60A).
Corporal Anthony Casamento, (World War II), U.S. Army, Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. At Guadalcanal, Nov. 1, 1942 (Section DSS, Site 79A).
Platoon Sergeant Joseph Rodolph Julian (World War II), U.S. Marine Corps, 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division. Iwo Jima, March 9, 1945 (Section DSS, Site 12).
Sergeant Alfred B. Nietzel, (World War II) U.S. Army, Company H, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Heistern, Germany, November 18, 1944 (Section J, Site 14185).
Staff Sergeant Joseph Edward Schaefer, (World War II), U.S. Army, Company I, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. At Near Stolberg, Germany, Sept. 24, 1944 (Section DSS, Site 80).
Second Lieutenant Charles William Shea, (World War II) U.S. Army, Company F, 350th Infantry, 88th Infantry Division. Near Mount Damiano, Italy, May 12, 1944 (Section DSS, Site 71A).
William Thompson was born in August 1927 in New York City. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1945 and completed one tour of duty. Private 1st Class Thompson reenlisted in January 1948, and served with the 24th Infantry in 1949-1950. On August 6, 1950, near Haman in South Korea, Thompson provided cover for comrades as they withdrew from a surprise enemy attack. His courage was recognized posthumously with the Medal of Honor, which his mother received at a ceremony in June 1951. Thompson is one of two black soldiers to receive the Medal of Honor for Korean War service. PFC Thompson is interred in Long Island National Cemetery (Section DSS, Site 19).
First Lieutenant Stephen Edward Karopczyc, (Vietnam) Company A, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. In Kontrm Province, Republic of Vietnam, March 12, 1967(Section DSS, Site 5A).
Specialist Fifth Class John James Kedenberg, (Vietnam), 1st Special Forces, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne). In Republic of Vietnam, June 13, 1968 (Section 2H, Site 3684).
Carlos James Lozada, native of Puerto Rico, enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 15, 1966. Lozada served with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during the Vietnam War. On November 20, 1967, in Dak TO, PFC Lozada alerted comrades of an oncoming attack by the North Vietnamese and provided defensive fire. When the company received orders to withdraw, Lozada remained in position. He was killed action that day. PFC Lozada received the Medal of Honor (Section T, Site 2295).
John Earl Warren, Jr., was born November 16, 1946, in Brooklyn, NY. He joined the Army in 1967 and 1st Lieutenant Warren’s first tour in the Vietnam War started September 7, 1968. He was a platoon leader for Company C, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. On January 14, 1969, his platoon was ambushed as it moved forward to reinforce another unit. When a grenade landed in their group, Warren fell on it to shield other soldiers. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, which was presented to his family in April 1970. He is buried in Long Island National Cemetery (Section O, Site 33144).
James "Tim" Brymn was born in North Carolina by about 1880. He attended Shaw University, trained at the National Conservatory of Music in New York, and became a noted composer and bandleader. When the United States entered World War I, Brymn enlisted. Second Lieutenant Brymn led the 350th Artillery Band when it was stationed at Camp Dix, NJ, and in France. In Brymn's "Black Devils" orchestra performed for President Woodrow Wilson and General John Pershing at the opening of the 1919 Peace Conference. Brymn released a dozen albums and led nightclub orchestras after the war. He and fellow veteran, James Reese Europe, are considered the fathers of jazz. Brymn died October 3, 1946, and is buried in Long Island National Cemetery (Section A, Site 45 N/S).
GROUP BURIALS: Among the interments in Long Island National Cemetery are 39 group burials containing the remains of 112 veterans. For these individuals, the circumstances of death were such that their remains could not be identified for separate burials. These honored dead, who fought and died together, are united once more in the many group burials. Specially designed government headstones bearing their names, ranks, and dates of death designate the burial places of these dead. The largest group burial in the cemetery is one in which the individually unidentifiable remains of ten servicemen are interred. This group burial is the final resting place of three officers, one technical sergeant, two sergeants, and four corporals, all members of the U.S. Army Air Corps, who died together during World War II on May 4, 1945.
Another group burial marks the final resting place of four American servicemen and two members of the British Armed Forces. Their plane crashed in the Burmese jungle in April 1945, and attempts to locate the wreckage were fruitless. It was not until 1957 that the Army, acting upon information supplied by Burmese tribesmen who had found a wreck in the jungle, finally discovered the place and its ill-fated passengers. After an agreement with the families of the deceased were made, the remains of the six men were interred on Feb. 5, 1958 in Section M, Site 27188.
In 1948 the remains of 16 Civil War soldiers of the 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery were removed from the cemetery at Fort Greble, R.I., and reinterred in Long Island National Cemetery. Additional burials were made in 1952 when 104 remains from Fort McKinley, Maine, were reinterred.