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:
Sergeant Troy A. McGill (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service in the U.S. Army, Troop G, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, in recognition of an intrepid stand in the Los Negros Islands, Admiralty Group, March 4, 1944. McGill was buried in the Air Force Mausoleum Manila No.1, Philippine Islands; his remains were reinterred on January 25, 1951, in Section B, Site 6294.
Private Timothy Spillane (Civil War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company C, 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry, for actions at Hatcher's Run, Virginia, February 5-7, 1865. Spillane died in 1901 and is buried in Section A, Site 3319.
Among those interred at Knoxville National Cemetery is Brigadier General Robert Reese Neyland, retired US Army. While General Neyland was attending West Point Military Academy, he was an aide to the Commandant of West Point, General Douglas Macarthur. After he assumed his military duties he was assigned as an ROTC instructor at the University of Tennessee, where he also served as football coach. During World War II General Neyland was recalled to serve his country. He was elevated to the rank of Brigadier General at that time and was one of the top-ranking officers in the China-Burma-India field of operation. Brigadier General Robert Reese Neyland and his wife Ada are interred in Section X, Site 16A.
We have several group burials in Knoxville National Cemetery:
13 are interred in Section X, Site 7, 8, 9 A/B from World War II.
5 are interred in Section X, Site 46 A/B from World War II.
3 are interred in Section X, Site 31 A/B from World War II.
6 are interred in Section X, Site 57 A/B from World War II.
4 are interred in Section X, Site 58 A from World War II.
19 are interred in Section C, Site 3255 war period is unknown.
US Confederate Soldier:
Captain George M. Coleman, Company D, 9th Kentucky Regiment, Civil War (Section D, Site 2538).