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:
Master Chief Hospital Corpsman William Richard Charette (Korea). Born in Michigan in 1932, William Richard Charette enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951, trained as a hospital corpsman, and went to Korea with the 1st Marine Division in 1953. A career sailor, Charette received the Medal of Honor for actions during a counterattack on "Vegas Hill" on March 27. He tended to the wounded, gave his battle vest to another soldier, and exposed himself to enemy fire to save others. In 1958, on board the U.S.S. Canberra, he selected the remains of an unknown World War II serviceman to be interred in Arlington National Cemetery. Charette retired in 1977. The health center at the Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia, is named for him. He died March 18, 2012, and is buried in Section 104, Site 173.
Corporal Duane Edgar Dewey (Korea). Born on November 16, 1931 in Grand Rapids, MI, Dewey enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and embarked to Korea in 1951. Corporal Dewey was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on April 16, 1952, while serving as a gunner in a machine-gun platoon of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy forces near Panmunjom. When an enemy grenade landed close to his position while he and his assistant gunner were receiving medical attention for their wounds during a fierce night attack by numerically superior hostile forces, Dewey, although suffering intense pain, immediately pulled the corpsman to the ground and, shouting a warning to the other Marines around him, covered the grenade with his body. He absorbed the full force of the explosion to save his comrades from possible injury or death. Corporal Dewey died on October 11, 2021, and is interred in Section MOH, Site 2.
Master Sergeant James R. Hendrix (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company C, 53rd Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division, for actions near Assenois, Belgium, December 26, 1944. Hendrix died in 2002 and is buried in Section MOH, Site 1.
Sergeant Major Franklin D. Miller (Vietnam). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces, for actions in the Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, January 5, 1970. Miller died in 2000 and is memorialized in Section ML, Site 1.
Major David Moniac, (2nd Seminole War) LT 6th U.S. Infantry Alabama Mounted Creek Volunteers, First Native American Graduate USMA Class of 1822, KIA Wahoo Swamp, December 25, 1802–November 21, 1836 (Section MD, Site 1).
First Lieutenant Thomas Buchanan (Civil War), October 7, 1825–June 13, 1863 (Section MD, Site 39 ).
Private Albert J. Emery (Spanish American War) 7th U.S. Cavalry, 14th Division, September 15, 1877–August 30, 1957 (Section 103, Site 383).
MSGT Alfred Alonzo, Sr., (Korea) U.S. Army, assigned to Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. MSGT Alonzo was reported missing November 2, 1950 near Unsan, North Korea, and was presumed dead three years later. His remains and those of 10 other American soldiers were discovered in the year 2000 after a North Korean farmer told authorities he had uncovered human remains he believed to be Americans. A team of representatives from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea, excavated the burial site and uncovered the remains of at least 10 individuals. Through DNA testing at the JPAC, MSGT Alonzo's remains were identified, and his family notified. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and his headstone also states killed in Action (KIA), World War II (WWII) and Korea. MSGT was buried on November 10, 2006 (Section 402, Site 53-A).
Mike Holovak (World War II) U.S. Navy, Skipper of PT Boat in the South Pacific credited with sinking nine Japanese ships; retired as a Lieutenant Commander. Prior to joining the Navy, Holovak was an All-American football player at Boston College; he was starting fullback on the college's 1941 Sugar Bowl championship team and set the rushing record during the 1943 Orange Bowl game, which remains unbroken. After the war, he played professional football for the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams. He went on to coach at Boston College and later was named the second head coach of the Boston Patriots. He went on to hold administrative positions with other professional football teams until his retirement in 1998. Holovak was buried on January 30, 2008 (Section 327, Site 949).