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:
Brigadier General George E. "Bud" Day (Vietnam). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Air Force, 31st Tactical Fighter Wing, for personal bravery that saved the lives of fellow aviators after his aircraft was shot down in North Vietnam, August 26, 1967. Day died in 2013 and is buried in Section 51, Site 30.
Commander Clyde E. Lassen (Vietnam). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Navy, Helicopter Support Squadron 7, for actions in the rescue of downed aviators in the Republic of Vietnam, June 19, 1968. Lassen died in 1994 and is buried in Section 38, Site 113.
Major Stephen W. Pless (Vietnam). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, for outstanding flying skills in the rescue of wounded soldiers near Quang Nai, in the Republic of Vietnam, August 19, 1967. Pless died in 1969 and is buried in Section 21, Site 929-A.
Staff Sergeant Clifford Sims (Vietnam). Clifford Sims was born in Florida on June 18, 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 1961. In December 1967, Staff Sergeant Sims fought in the Vietnam War with Company D, 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Sims’ company was near the city of Hue when the Tet Offensive began. On February 21, 1968, under heavy fire, Sims maneuvered his squad by a burning ammunition bunker before throwing himself over a tripped booby trap. For his sacrifice, Sims was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. He was buried in Barrancas National Cemetery on March 15, 1968, in Section 29, Site 546.
Ga-ah was the second wife of Apache Chief Geronimo and she joined him in resistance to Mexican and Arizona territorial expansion into tribal lands. During the Indian Wars, U.S. forces captured and imprisoned Ga-ah at Fort Pickens, Florida, where she died of pneumonia, or Bright’s disease. Ga-ah was apparently the only prisoner to die at the fort during the Indian Wars, and the only prisoner of war interred in a Florida cemetery. She died September 29, 1887 (Section 18, Site 1496).
Born in Florida in 1933, Rosamond Johnson, Jr., joined the army at 15. He was the first African American from Escambia County to die in the Korean War. Johnson served in the 24th Infantry Regiment, 25th Division. Private First Class Johnson was killed in action on July 26, 1950, after carrying two wounded men to safety, for which he received the Purple Heart posthumously. The county named a blacks-only beach for him in the 1950s. Today Johnson Beach is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore, where a monument in his honor was placed in 1996. Johnson was buried in Barrancas National Cemetery on April 23, 1952 (Section 8, Site 65).
Seven of the fourteen crewmembers of the C-130 Hercules Gun-Ship shot down during the Persian Gulf War are buried alongside each other in Section 38.
Two aircrew members, who were in direct support of Somalia, died when their USAF C-130 "JOCKEY 14" Hercules aircraft crashed during takeoff from the coast of Kenya. They are interred next to each other in Section 38.
Seventeen casualties of the 2nd Seminole War from Ft. Myers were reinterred in Section 3 in 1996.
Two local airmen killed by terrorists at the Saudi Arabia U.S. Housing Compound in Dhahran, June 25, 1996, are buried in Section 39, Sites 81 & 82.
The remains of three repatriated aviators from Vietnam are interred in Section 38 and 41.
Ten British aviators killed during training at a naval air station during World War II are buried in Section 23, Sites 1923, 1931, 1955, 1956, 1972, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998 & 1999.
Sections 1 thru 12 contain the remains of Civil War casualties and include:
White Union Soldiers – known: 379, unknown: 271
U.S. Colored Troops – known: 154, unknown: 98
Citizens – known: 21, unknown: 47
Confederate Soldiers – known: 60, unknown: 12
Officers and Sailors of the U.S. Navy – known:112, unknown: 225