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 Harrison Collins (Civil War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Tennessee Cavalry, for actions at Richland Creek, Tennessee, December 24, 1864. Collins died in 1890 and is buried in Section 26, Site 1357B.
Captain Patrick Pentzer (Civil War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company C, 97th Illinois Infantry, for actions at Blakely, Alabama, April 9, 1865. Pentzer died in 1901 and is buried in Section 24, Site 1696.
Corporal Orion P. Howe (Civil War). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Army, Company C, 55th Illinois Infantry, for actions at Vicksburg, Mississippi, May 19, 1863. Howe died in 1930 and is buried in Section 4, Site 207A.
Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class Jack Williams (World War II). He received the Medal of Honor posthumously for service in the U.S. Naval Reserves with the 3d Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, in recognition of self-sacrificing administration of first aid to others during the occupation of Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, March 3, 1945. Williams is buried in Section 30, Site 2375.
Chief Pharmacist Fred H. McGuire (Philippines, 1911). He received the Medal of Honor while serving in the U.S. Navy, for actions while attached to the U.S.S. Pampanga on the island of Basilan, Philippine Islands, September 24, 1911. McGuire died in 1958 and is buried in Section 29, Site 332.
The following Buffalo Soldiers are buried at the cemetery:
James McBroom, Section 29, Site 26
Arthur Wilburn, Section 29, Site 21
Johnnie L. Burston, Section 29, Site 30
Ed G. Rickman, Section 29, Site 495
Pryor Sharp, Section 29, Site 466
Other notable burials in the cemetery include:
William Freeman, Revolutionary War, Section 23, Site 1312A
Major General Ralph E. Truman, Spanish American War, World Wars I & II, Section 30, Site 2073.
Born in New York on August 28, 1842, Malinda Pratt married Lucien Gibbs and had two children before he enlisted in the Army in July 1863. Gibbs served in the 147 New York Infantry, and died of disease in November. After his death, she filed for pension relief (1864) and served as a nurse at Emory Hospital in Washington, D.C. In November 1883, she married veteran soldier Wanton Moon, and they lived in Iowa before settling in Springfield, Missouri. Wanton Moon died in 1916; Malinda remained in Springfield until her death December 7, 1926. The McCroskey Woman's Relief Corps No. 22, auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic, arranged her funeral. Moon is buried at Springfield National Cemetery (Section 1, Site 1a).