Medal of Honor Recipients
First Lieutenant Raymond L. Knight, (World War II), U.S. Army Air Corps. Northern Po Valley, Italy, on April 25, 1945. His remains were relocated to Houston National Cemetery on April 25, 1992 (Section H-B 11).
Macario Garcia, native of Mexico, during World War II enlisted in the U.S. Army on November 11, 1942. He served as staff sergeant with Company B, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, until October 8, 1945. On November 27, 1944, near Grosshau, Germany, a wounded Garcia single-handedly destroyed two enemy machinegun emplacements. SSgt. Garcia received the Medal of Honor on August 23, 1945. Garcia worked as a counselor with the Veterans Administration for twenty-five years, until his death on December 24, 1972 (Section HA, Site 1).
Captain James H. Fields, (World War II), U.S. Army, 10th Armored Infantry, 4th Armored Division. Near Rechicourt, France, Sept. 27, 1944 (Section H-B 6).
First Sergeant David H. McNerney, (Vietnam), U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. Polei Doc, Republic of Vietnam, March 22, 1967 (Section H-A 4).
The most renowned veteran buried in the cemetery is the late Honorable Albert Thomas, United States Congressman from Texas. Congressman Thomas served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during World War I, and served almost 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was instrumental in getting this cemetery established by Congress. "Congressman Albert," as his many friends knew him, died in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 15, 1966, and was buried in the mall area of the Houston National Cemetery, on Feb. 18, 1966.
Hazel Juanita Shofner (1918-1966) was born in Texas and for most of her life made Houston home. She graduated from Northside High School in 1937 and joined the war effort in September 1943. She was the first woman from the city to enlist in the U.S. Navy reserve corps or WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service). Shofner served from 1943 to 1948 and attained the rank of chief yeoman. Her career began at Gulfport, Missisippi, in November 1943 and finished at the Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Illinois. As a civilian, she returned to Houston and married Everett Murray Wilson, also a veteran of the U.S. Navy. They raised two children there and she worked for the police department in the data-processing bureau. Hazel Shofner Wilson died February 16 and was the first woman buried in Houston National Cemetery (Section C, Site 59).