Medal of Honor Recipients
Major William E. Adams, (Vietnam) U.S. Army, A/227th Assault Helicopter Co., 52nd Aviation Battalion, 1st Aviation Brigade. Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, May 25, 1971 (Section P, Site 3831).
Maximo Yabes, native of California, enlisted in the U.S. Army ca.1953. Yabes served as 1st Sergeant with Company A, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, during the Vietnam War. On February 26, 1967, 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 (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).
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).
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).