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:
Corporal John Carr (Indian Wars). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company G, 8th U.S. Cavalry, for actions in the Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona Territory, October 29, 1869. Carr died in 1891 and is buried in Section KK, Site 16550.
Private Charles P. Cantrell (Spanish-American War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company F, 10th U.S. Infantry, for actions at Santiago, Cuba, July 1, 1898. Cantrell died in 1948 and is buried in Section 1, Site 132.
Corporal William Franklin Lyell (Korea). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service in the U.S. Army, Company F, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, in recognition of gallantry and self-sacrifice near Chup'a-ri, Korea, August 31, 1951. Lyell is buried in Section 1, Site 151.
Staff Sergeant Barry A. Sadler, (Vietnam), U.S. Army, he wrote the famous song, "The Ballad of the Green Beret," (Section NN, Site 64).
One of the oldest private markers in the cemetery is a spire located in Section M, Site 16234, which was dedicated in memory of James Leonard of the 1st Kansas Battery. He was killed by guerrillas on January 23, 1864 and interred on January 27, 1864.
Erastus Milo Cravath (1833–1900) was born in New York and his father was active in the abolition movement, politics and, reportedly, in the Underground Railroad. He graduated from Oberlin College's School of Theology in 1857; in 1860 he went on to earn a graduate degree in divinity and he married. In 1863 Cravath enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War, serving as chaplain in the 101st Ohio Infantry, which saw action in Tennessee. After he mustered out in 1865, Reverend Cravath worked as a field agent for the American Missionary Association, which helped establish Fisk University in Nashville as a liberal arts school. He was president of the university for 25 years and dedicated his career to the education of African Americans. Cravath established the Fisk Jubilee Singers and traveled abroad with them raising awareness and funds for the school. Cravath is buried in Section MM, Site 16694.
Colonel James W. Lawless of the Kentucky Cavalry was buried in Section MM, Site 10662 on June 25, 1899. Colonel Lawless was born in Ireland and came to the United States at the age of 16.
Colonel Edward S. Jones, Commander of the 3rd Pennsylvania Cavalry, was also the founder of the Department of Tennessee and Georgia Grand Army of the Republic and served as Commander for many years. He was interred in Section MM, Site 16520 in November 1886.
There are so many men and women interred here who were decorated for their bravery in action that it is impossible to list them all. The American flag is proudly flown 24 hours a day as a symbol of our diligence to ensure that the consecrated grounds of this cemetery will remain a living trust in remembrance of the men and women who are at eternal rest.