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:
Landsman Michael Cassidy (Civil War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Navy for actions on board the U.S.S. Lackawanna during the Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama, August 5, 1864. Cassidy died in 1908 and is buried in Phoebus Section B, Site 9503.
Coal Heaver James R. Garrison (Civil War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Navy for actions on board the U.S.S. Hartford during the Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama, August 5, 1864. Garrison died in 1908 and is buried in Phoebus Section B, Site 9523.
Sergeant Alfred B. Hilton (Civil War). Alfred B. Hilton was about 21 years old when he enlisted in the U.S. Army on August 11, 1863, in Baltimore, Maryland. 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, Virginia) 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 Section E, Site 1231.
Seaman Edward Madden. He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Navy for the rescue of a drowning shipmate while on board the U.S.S. Franklin in Lisbon, Portugal, February 9, 1876. His citation was awarded under the name Maddin. He died in 1925 and is buried in Section E, Site 1014A.
First Lieutenant Harry J. Mandy (Civil War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company B, 4th New York Cavalry, for actions at Front Royal, Virginia, August 15, 1864. Mandy died in 1904 and is buried in Phoebus Section C, Site 8709.
First Lieutenant Ruppert L. Sargent (Vietnam). Ruppert L. Sargent was born in Hampton, Virginia, on January 6, 1938. He attended Virginia State University and Hampton Institute before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1959; he graduated from officers training in 1965. The next year, First Lieutenant Sargent joined Company B, 9th Infantry. On March 15, 1967, Sargent was leading a platoon in the Hau Nghia Province, Republic of Vietnam, 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 wreath for Sargent’s grave and funds for his widow. The City of Hampton named its administration building for him in 2002. Sargent is buried in Section FI, Site 7596.
Sergeant Isaiah B. Sapp. He served in the U.S. Army, Company F, 71st Pennsylvania and 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry and received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Navy, under the alias Isacc Sapp, on board the U.S.S. Shenandoah for the rescue of a drowning shipmate, December 15, 1871. Sapp died in 1913 and is buried in Section A, Site 10465.
Sergeant Charles Veale (Civil War). Charles Veale was born in 1838 at Portsmouth, Virginia. 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, Virginia) on September 29, 1864. Veale was wounded at Fort Fisher, North Carolina, in 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. Sergeant Veale died of chronic bronchitis on July 27, 1872, and is buried in Section FI, Site 5097.
Coxswain David Warren (Civil War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Navy for actions on board the U.S.S. Monticello during the reconnaissance of the Wilmington, North Carolina, harbor and defenses, June 23-25, 1864. Warren died in 1900 and is buried in Phoebus Section C, Site 7972.