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:
Private William W. Burritt (Civil War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company G, 113th Illinois Infantry, for actions at Vicksburg, Mississippi, April 27, 1863. Burritt died in 1901 and is buried in Section 16, Row 5, Site 7.
Second Lieutenant Daniel A. Dorsey (Civil War). Dorsey was one of the first recipients of the Medal of Honor for actions during "The Great Locomotive Chase" at Big Shanty, Georgia, in April 1862. He served in the U.S. Army, Company H, 33rd Ohio Infantry, and was captured during the raid. Released on a prisoner exchange, Dorsey received his award in September 1863. Dorsey died in 1918 and is buried in Section 11, Row 19, Site 8.
Corporal John S. Durham (Civil War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company F, 1st Wisconsin Infantry, for actions at Perryville, Kentucky, October 8, 1862. Durham died in 1918 and is buried in Section 33, Row 10, Site18.
Sergeant William Garrett (Civil War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company G, 41st Ohio Infantry, for actions at Nashville, Tennessee, December 16, 1864. Garrett died in 1916 and is buried in Section 32, Row 3, Site 26.
Specialist Charles C. Hagemeister (Vietnam) was born on August 21, 1946, in Nebraska. He was drafted while on a break from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 1966, and became a medical specialist in Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry (1st Cavalry Division). On March 20, 1967, his unit was ambushed and surrounded at Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam. Braving constant fire for hours, he repeatedly exposed himself to save his comrades and neutralized a sniper and other enemies. President Lyndon Johnson presented the Medal of Honor to Hagemeister in May 1968. He remained in the Army, received a commission, and retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1990. Subsequently, he served on the faculty of the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He died May 19, 2021, and is interred in Section 69, Site 55.
Sergeant Robert McPhelan (Indian Wars) was born in Queens County Ireland around 1835. He enlisted into the Army in 1858 and was assigned to Company E, 5th United States Infantry Regiment. He participated in the Utah War (1857-1858), then served in New Mexico throughout the Civil War (1861-1865). Following Custer’s defeat at Little Big Horn in June 1876, Colonel Nelson Miles led the 5th into the Montana Territory. Peace talks with Sitting Bull at Cedar Creek, MT, failed on October 21, 1876. Approximately 2,000 Sioux surrendered six days later. Sitting Bull and his ardent supporters fled north toward Canada through the winter, however. Nearly thirty soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor for this winter campaign, including McPhelan. He became a civilian employee with the Quartermaster at Leavenworth after his 1878 discharge. He died of pneumonia connected to service wounds in February 1884. He was buried in the paupers’ section of Mount Cavalry Catholic Cemetery in Leavenworth and reinterred on June 4, 2021 in Section 69, Site 61.
First Sergeant John H. Shingle (Indian Wars). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Troop I, 3rd U.S. Cavalry, for actions at Rosebud River, Montana Territory, June 17, 1876. Shingle died in 1907 and is buried in Section 22, Row 4, Site 2.
During the construction of Building 122 on the Medical Center grounds, the remains of 12 Native Americans were uncovered. They were reinterred in a single grave, Section 34, Row 21, Site 8, the only group burial in the cemetery. It is believed that they belonged to a small band of Christian Indians, the Munsees, who during the early 1800s were permitted to settle on land now occupied by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center.
Harry H. Hollowell was born in 1914 in Arkansas. His family moved to Kansas when he was child, and there he learned to play the violin and trombone. Hollowell enlisted in the army in 1936 and served in the all-black 10th cavalry at Fort Leavenworth, becoming one of the Buffalo Soldiers. In 1942 his musical talent earned him a place in the Army Music School, and he became one of the first African Americans to train there as a bandleader. Warrant Officer Hollowell then led army bands and directed music programs until his retirement in 1964. At that time, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Hollowell was the first black soldier to hold that rank. He continued to be active in the Leavenworth community, and Hollowell Drive was named for him in 2009. Hollowell died February 14, 2005, and is buried in Leavenworth National Cemetery (Section 57, Row 4, Site 46).