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:
Major Ralph Cheli (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor for service in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 405th Bombardment Squadron, 38th Bombardment Group, 5th Air Force, in recognition of actions as squadron leader during an air attack on the Dagua Airdrome. Major Cheli's plane was struck, but he completed the mission and instructed his wingman to lead the formation as he crashed into the sea near Wewak, New Guinea, August 18, 1943. Initially believed to have been killed, his award was presented in October. Major Cheli actually died March 6, 1944, as a prisoner of war. His remains were buried on March 21, 1950, as part of a group in Section 78, Sites 930–934.
Private George Hobday (Indian Wars). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company A, 7th U.S. Cavalry, for actions at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota, December 29, 1890. Hobday died in 1891 and is buried in Section 59, Site 11649.
First Lieutenant Lorenzo D. Immell (Civil War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company F, 2nd U.S. Artillery, for actions at Wilson's Creek, Missouri, August 10, 1861. Immell died in 1912 and is buried in Section 4, Site 12342.
First Lieutenant Donald D. Pucket (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 343d Bombardment Squadron, 98th Bombardment Group, 8th Air Force, in recognition of actions after his aircraft was damaged over Ploesti, Romania, July 9, 1944. Pucket ordered his crew to abandon ship, but he remained on board when three of his men were unable to parachute out and tried to regain control of the plane as it crashed. His remains were buried on October 31, 1950, as part of a group in Section 84, Sites 270–272, on October 31, 1950.
Sergeant David Ryan (Indian Wars). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company G, 5th U.S. Infantry, for actions at Cedar Creek and elsewhere in the Montana Territory, from October 21, 1876, to January 8, 1877. Ryan died in 1896 and is buried in Section 59, Site 11715.
First Lieutenant Martin Schubert (Civil War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company E, 26th New York Infantry, for actions at Fredericksburg, Virginia, December 13, 1862. Schubert died in 1912 and is buried in Section 4, Site 12310.
First Sergeant Alonzo Stokes (Indian Wars). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company H, 6th U.S. Calvary, for actions at the Wichita River, Texas, July 12, 1870. Stokes died in 1876 and is buried in Section 63, Site 11450.
Lieutenant Commander Bruce Avery Van Voorhis (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service in the U.S. Navy, Bombing Squadron 102, in recognition of actions during the Battle of the Solomon Islands, July 6, 1943. Lt. Commander Van Voorhis gave his life for country during a solo mission against the Japanese-held Greenwich Island. His remains were buried on March 15, 1950, as part of a group in Section 79, Sites 279–281.
There are 3,255 Unknowns interred in this cemetery.
The first known burial was Elizabeth Ann Lash, infant child of an officer stationed at Jefferson Barracks. (OPS-1, Site 2229-A)
The 2-year old son of Lieutenant Zebulon Pike, famous soldier-explorer for whom the mountain peak in Colorado is named. (OPS-1, Site 2288-E)
Major Aeneas MacKay, veteran of the War of 1812, Indian Wars, and Mexican War. (OPS-1, Site 2287-B)
First Lieutenant Michael Joseph Blassie was interred in Arlington National Cemetery's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from May 28, 1984 to May 14, 1998. After DNA testing, Lieutenant Blassie's remains were identified and interred at Jefferson Barracks. (Section 85, Site 1)
Sergeant Robert N. Lincoln, turret gunner of a B-17G Flying Fortress bomber, shot down on September 13, 1944 near Furth, Germany. By DNA testing, his remains were identified and returned for burial on June 30, 2000. (Section 84, Site 193)
Second Lieutenant Sherman J. Andrews, Navigator/Bombardier of a B-24J Liberator bomber, lost over France on Dec. 11, 1944. By DNA testing, his remains were identified and returned for burial on Sept. 10, 2001. (Section 86, Site 12A)
Arthur W. Ward was born in Missouri on July 31, 1922. During World War II, Ward left college to enlist in the army and he spent five months in Tuskegee with the U.S. Army Air Corps in the training program for African-American servicemen. Aviation Cadet Ward then served in the Philippines. He returned to school after the war to earn graduate degrees from Kansas State Teachers College and Indiana University in industrial education. Ward taught at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, until 1990. He died January 11, 2017, and is buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery (Section 1T, Site 139).
Private Richard Gentry was born in the Colony of Virginia on Sept. 26, 1763. A Private in the Continental Army at the age of 17, he was present at the capture of Lord Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown on Oct. 19, 1781. After the Revolution, he moved westward, fighting in the various Indian Wars. He died Feb. 12, 1843 near Richmond, Ky. He was removed to Jefferson Barracks on June 20, 1958. (OPS-2, Site 2093-A)
Major Russell Bissell was born in the Colony of Connecticut and was a veteran of the Revolutionary and Indian Wars. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the 2nd U.S. Infantry on March 4, 1791 and to the rank of Captain on Feb. 19, 1793. He transferred to the 1st U.S. Infantry on April 1, 1802, and was promoted to Major upon return to the 2nd U.S. Infantry on Dec. 9, 1807. He was the Commanding Officer at Fort Bellefontaine at the time of his death on Dec. 18, 1807. He was removed to Jefferson Barracks in April of 1904. (OPS-1, Site 2289-B)
Colonel Thomas Hunt was born in the Colony of Massachusetts. He was a Sergeant in Captain Croft's Company of Minutemen at the Battle of Lexington and Concord in April 1775. On Jan. 1, 1776 he became a member of the 25th Continental Infantry and transferred to Jackson 19s Continental Regiment as a Captain on Feb. 1, 1777. Wounded at the Battle of Stoneypoint on July 16, 1779, he transferred to the 9th Massachusetts Regiment on Jan. 1, 1781, and was wounded again at the Battle of Yorktown on Oct. 14, 1781. After the Revolution he remained in the Army, transferring to the 3rd Massachusetts Regiment on Jan. 1, 1783 and returning to Jackson's Continental Regiment as a Captain on Feb. 1, 1777. Wounded at the Battle of Stoneypoint on July 16, 1779, he transferred to the 9th Massachusetts Regiment on Jan. 1, 1781, and was wounded again at the Battle of Yorktown on Oct. 14, 1781. After the Revolution he remained in the Army, transferring to the 3rd Massachusetts Regiment on Jan. 1, 1783 and returning to Jackson 19s Continental Regiment in November 1783. He became a Captain in the 3rd U.S. Infantry on March 4, 1791 and was promoted to the rank of Major on Feb. 18, 1793. He was reassigned to the 1st U.S. Infantry on Nov. 1, 1796, promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on April 1, 1802 and Colonel on April 11, 1803. Colonel Hunt died Aug. 18, 1808 and was buried at Fort Bellefontaine. He was removed to Jefferson Barracks in April of 1904. (OPS-1, Site 2289-C)
There are 1,140 Confederate Soldiers buried in Sections 19, 20, 21, 22, 66 and 67.
The lone female interred is Jane N. Foster from Randolph County, Arkansas, who died Nov. 4, 1864. (Section 20, Site 4613)
John Lyden was a fireman on the Gunboat Star of the West. (Section 22, Site 5257)
John Murraim was a conscript. Records from the time indicate he probably was a soldier detailed to gunboat service. (Section 20, Site 4655)
Samuel Marion Dennis was founder of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Arkansas. (Section 21, Site 4841)
Six Confederate Prisoners of War executed by the Union Army to avenge the death of Major James Wilson (Section 39, Site 4319) and a six-man patrol executed by Confederate guerrillas under the command of Major Timothy Reeves during the battle of Pilot Knob on Oct. 3, 1864. (Section 20, Sites 4605–4610)
There are 15 Confederate Unknowns buried in the cemetery. Most of the Unknowns were reported as having died from smallpox and buried on Smallpox Island, from whence the remains were subsequently removed to Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. The individual graves on the island were not identifiable at the time of removal.
Two German and five Italian Prisoners of War are buried in Section 57 1/2.
German: Max Suemnick (Site 325) and Gustave Pfarrerr (Site 326).
Italian: Cirolamo Pugliesi Nicola DiSalvo Talete Vivaldi
Cesare Binetti Alfredo Ossemer (Sites 330–334)
There are approximately 564 Group Burials consisting of the remains of two or more service men interred in a common gravesite. The largest single group burial consists of 175 victims of the 56th United States Colored Infantry who died of cholera during August 1866. This burial is in Section 57, Sites 15008–15010. Other group burials are Sections 70, 78, 79, 81, 82, 84, 85 and Section B.
Sections MA, MB, MC and MD are Memorial Markers to commemorate those veterans whose remains were buried at sea, cremated with the remains scattered, non-recoverable, or whose bodies were donated to science.