The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force, which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.
Originally the Medal of Honor was only presented to the enlisted, but on March 3, 1863 this was extended to officers as well. It is awarded “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty”.
The Medal of Honor recipients acknowledged on the Memorial include
WORLD WAR I
WORLD WAR II
- Alexander Bonnyman, Jr.
- Raymond Cooley
- Charles Coolidge
- Paul Huff
- Elbert Kinser
- Troy McGill
- Charles McGaha
For more information on the Medal of Honor in Tennessee, please visit The Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga, TN.
Additional information on the Congressional Medal of Honor Society
Knoxville was chosen as the host city for the 2014 Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Annual Convention and will again host their convention September 6-11, 2022. For more information, visit www.MOHKnoxville2022.org