VETERANS DAY-MEDICS

There were 50 Medal of Honor Recipients who were serving with the U.S. Army Medical Department when they earned the nation's highest honor.

Statue honoring medics located at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas

The Medal of Honor takes its place in our country's heritage as the highest award for military valor. This prestigious honor is awarded only to individuals who have "distinguished themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives, above and beyond the call of duty." The Medal
of Honor for the U.S. Army was approved on July 12, 1862, which authorized the award to be given to recognize enlisted soldiers who distinguished themselves by gallantry in action. The law was amended on March 3, 1863 and included the award to officers as well as enlisted personnel, and made retroactive to the beginning of the Civil War. Subsequent changes were made to the conditions for awarding the Medal of Honor, but the original intent to recognize individuals who displayed their unique abilities through acts of uncommon courage and valor remains unchanged.


The first award of the Medal of Honor was made March 25, 1863 to Private JACOB PARROTT.
The last award of the Medal of Honor was made October 30, 2019 to Sergeant Mathew O. Williams.

 

Since then there have been:
    • 3508 recipients of the Medal of Honor.
    • Today there are 71 Living Recipients of the Medal of Honor.

  1871 Korean Campaign
    • There are 15 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the 1871 Korean Campaign.

  Action Against Philippine Outlaws
    • There are 6 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Action Against Philippine Outlaws.

  Boxer Rebellion
    • There are 58 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Boxer Rebellion.

  Civil War
    • There are 1522 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Civil War.

  Dominican Campaign
    • There are 3 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Dominican Campaign.

  Haiti 1915
    • There are 6 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Haiti 1915.

  Haiti Campaign 1919-1920
    • There are 2 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Haiti Campaign 1919-1920.

  Indian War Campaigns
    • There are 423 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Indian War Campaigns.

  Interim 1866-1870
    • There are 11 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Interim 1866-1870.

  Interim 1871-1898
    • There are 100 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Interim 1871-1898.

  Interim 1901-1911
    • There are 50 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Interim 1901-1911.

  Interim 1915-16
    • There are 8 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Interim 1915-16.

  Interim 1920-1940
    • There are 18 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Interim 1920-1940.

  Korean War
    • There are 5 Living Recipients who performed actions in the Korean War.
    • There are 141 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Korean War.

  Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz)
    • There are 55 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz).

  Philippine Insurrection
    • There are 84 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Philippine Insurrection.

  Second Nicaraguan Campaign
    • There are 2 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Second Nicaraguan Campaign.

  Somalia Campaign
    • There are 2 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Somalia Campaign.

  Vietnam War
    • There are 49 Living Recipients who performed actions in the Vietnam War.
    • There are 214 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the Vietnam War.

  War In Afghanistan
    • There are 14 Living Recipients who performed actions in the War In Afghanistan.
    • There are 4 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the War In Afghanistan.

  War In Iraq
    • There is 1 Living Recipient who performed actions in the War In Iraq.
    • There are 5 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the War In Iraq.

  War With Spain
    • There are 110 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the War With Spain.

  World War I
    • There are 127 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the World War I.

  World War II
    • There are 2 Living Recipients who performed actions in the World War II.
    • There are 471 Deceased Recipients who performed actions in the World War II.

 

Sixteen officers, 33 enlistees and two civilians from the medical department have been awarded the Medal of Honor. One of the civilians, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, served as a surgeon in the Civil War. The Defense Department said she was the first American woman to serve as a military doctor, be a POW and be given the Medal of Honor.