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:
Captain Richard E. Fleming (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service in the U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron 241, in recognition of perseverance and intrepidity in action during the Battle of Midway, June 4-5, 1942. On June 5, Captain Fleming’s plane was struck during an approach glide, and he crashed into the sea in flames. He is memorialized in Section F-1, Site 111.
Private First Class Richard E. Kraus (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service in the U.S. Marine Corps, 8th Amphibious Tractor Battalion, in recognition of prompt action and great personal valor that saved the lives of his companions, at the cost of his own, in Pelelie, Palau Islands, October 5, 1944. Kraus is buried in Section DS, Site 61N.
Private First Class James D. LaBelle (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service with the U.S. Marine Corps, 27th Marines, 5th Marine Division, in recognition of dauntless courage and self-sacrifice that saved the lives of others during the seizure of Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, March 8, 1945. LaBelle is buried in Section B-1, Site 422S.
Captain George H. Mallon (World War I). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, 132rd Infantry, 33rd Division, for actions in the Bois-de-Forges, France, September 26, 1918. Mallon died in 1934 and is buried in Section DS, Site 1-S.
Commander Oscar F. Nelson. He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Navy on board the U.S.S. Bennington for extraordinary heroism when a boiler exploded on the vessel at San Diego, California, July 21, 1905. Nelson died in 1951 and is buried in Section DS, Site 64-N.
Captain Arlo Olson (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service in the U.S. Army, 15th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, in recognition of actions during the crossing of the Volturno River, Italy, October 13, 1943. Captain Olson led the advance for thirteen days that October and reached the summit of Monte San Nicola, where he was mortally wounded. He died October 28, 1943, and is buried in Section C-24, Site 13787.
Staff Sergeant Robert J. Pruden (Vietnam). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service in the U.S. Army, Company G, 75th Infantry, in recognition of selfless concern for the welfare of his men and intrepidity in action at the cost of his life in the Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam, November 29, 1969. Pruden is buried in Section M, Site 5710.
Second Lieutenant Donald E. Rudolph, Sr. (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company E, 20th Infantry, 6th Infantry Battalion, for actions in Munoz, Luzon, Philippine Islands, February 5, 1945. Rudolph died in 2006 and is buried in Section DS, Site 22-S.
First Lieutenant Richard Keith Sorenson (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, 4th Marine Division, for actions at Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, February 1-2, 1944. Sorenson died in 2004 and is buried in Section B, Site 149-1.
Bruce P. Smith, 1941 Heisman Trophy Winner, (Section O, Site 1474).
C. Walton Lillehei, pioneer in heart surgery, (Section 6-B, Site 182).
Calvin C. Stoll, former player and football coach for Minnesota Gophers football team, (Section 7, Site 1076).
George W. and Bernice M. Janos, parents of former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, (Section Y, Site 868).
Halsey L. Hall, sportscaster, first to say "Holy Cow" during a radio broadcast, (Section L, Site 4058).
John Mariucci, hockey coach, University of Minnesota, founder of U.S. Hockey, Member of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, (Section R, Site 1569).
George Emerson Leach, Mayor, Minneapolis, MN 1921-1929, (Section DS, Site 65N).
Lyle E. Norby, former director of Ft. Smith National Cemetery, (Section DS, Site 63-S).
William D. Napton, former director of Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, 1984-1995, (Section DS, Site 83-S).
Henry Mack (ca. 1840-1945) was born into slavery in Alabama. He and his mother, Phoebe, escaped bondage as the Civil War began. In December 1863 Mack enlisted in the U.S. Army. Private Mack was initially assigned to the 4th Arkansas, then to the 57th U.S. Colored Troops Infantry. He served primarily in Arkansas and completed his tour at Fort Smith, mustering out with the rank of corporal in 1866. Mack moved to Oklahoma Territory before settling in Omaha, Nebraska, where he lived and worked until racial tensions culminated in the riots of 1919, which prompted his move to Minneapolis. He became a leader in the Grand Army of the Republic and, by World War II, Mack was known as the oldest living Civil War veteran. At his death on April 8, he was just shy of his 109th birthday. He is buried in Section A-3, Site 384.