MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS The Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. The medal is awarded by the President of the United States in the name of Congress to US military personnel only. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS Created in 1861, early in the American Civil War Give recognition to men who distinguished themselves “conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity” in combat with and enemy of the United States MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS AUDIE LEON MURPHY From private to Company Commander, Co. B 15th Infantry regt., 3rd Inf. DIV on the long road from Italy through Southern France. Wounds sustained on January 25, 1945 kept him from accepting an appointment to West Point. MOH citation written onJanuary 26, 1945. Returned home and became a respected Western Movie leading man who was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Died in a plane accident on May 28, 1971. Mason, North Hollywood Lodge No. 542, 32 Degree KCCH (Knight Commander of the Court of Honour), A.A.S.R. (Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite) Dallas, Texas. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS CARL L. SITTER, CPT, USMC Participated in defense of Company G’s perimeter over 36 hours period, resulting in 50% casualties to the regimental strength of enemy forces infiltrating their area. Medal of Honor November 30, 1958 Member of Oasis of Palms Lodge No. 755. 29 Palms, CA MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS WILLIAM SHOMO, MAJ, USMC January 11, 1945; during strafing and photo recon mission on Luzon, P.I., encountered enemy bomber and 12 fighter planes. Attacked and shot down six fighters and the bomber while his wingman took out 3 more. MM in Dormont Lodge No. 684, PA. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS WILLIAM F. “BUFFALO BILL” CODY, COL Pony Express rider at the age of 14. Scout (Col.) and guide for the 7th Calvary. Buffalo hunter, Indian fighter (killer Yellow Hand, Cheyenne Chief, in combat). Nebraska Legislator. Master Mason in Platte Valley Lodge No. 32, Mark Master in Euphretes Chapter No. 15. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS NELSON B. MILES, COL Medal of Honor Recipient at Chancellorsville. Defeated Chief Joseph. Master Mason in Lodge No. 278, A.A.S.R. Washington D.C. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS LEWIS L. MILLET, CPT Co. E, 27th Infantry February 7, 1951 in Korea; pinned down by small arms and anti-tank fire. Led bayonet charge up the fire, swept hill throwing grenades, clubbing and bayoneting the enemy. Wounded and refused evacuation until the enemy fled and the hill secured. Member Tyrian Lodge No. 353, NY. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS WENDELL C. NEVILLE, MAJOR GENERAL Distinguished conduct at Vera Cruz, Mexico. Was in Boxer Rebellion, Peking China, the Philippines and Brigade Commander in France in WWI. Mason, Past President of San Francisco Chapter No. 18 National Sojourners. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS EDDIE RICHENBACHER, CPT Commanding, 94th Aero Squadron. September 25th, 1918; registered his 8th and 9th kills within minutes of each other and earned the MOH. Between October 15th and November 11th he earned the Distinguished Service Cross with 9 Oak Leaf clusters for 17 more confirmed combat victories. 33 Degree Scottish Rite in 1942 received the Distinguished Achievement Medal of the Grand Lodge of NY. 1957 Detroit Commandery named a class for him. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS LEONARD WOOD Army doctor turned Line Officer. Awarded MOH for actions against the Apache in 1886. Long military and medical career under five different presidents. MM in Anglo Saxon Lodge No. 137, Brooklyn, NY. R.A.M., K.T.. AAONMS (Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine) Medina Shrine, Chicago. 32nd Degree A.A.S.R., NJ. Elected to receive 33rd Degree but died before it was conferral. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS HULON WHITTINGTON, SGT Grimenil France, July 29, 1944. Assumed command of his platoon after his PL and PSG became casualties. Lead a tank charge through the enemy ending in a courageous bayonet charge mounted by him. Personally administered First Aid to his wounded when the Aid man was wounded. Member of Oak Harbor Lodge No. 495, Oak Harbor, OH. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS ERNEST DERVISHIAN, 2LT 34TH Infantry Division in Italy on May 23, 1944. He and four others were in advance of their lines and found a group of German hiding dugouts. Captured more than thirty enemy before finding the area clear. Reputed Freemason, Lodge Unknown. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS WILLIAM WILBUR, COL Western Task Force North Africa, near Fadila North Africa on November 8, 1942. Prepared a plan for armistice of French Troops in North Africa. Alone, proceeded through enemy lines and traveled 18 miles in total darkness under intermittent intense fire and delivered his letters to the French Command. Reputed Freemason, Lodge Unknown. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS JONATAN “SKINNY” WAINWRIGHT, GEN 39 months of imprisonment, was liberated from a Manchurian P.OW. camp two days before the Japanese surrender. Flown back to Tokyo to stand beside MacArthur during the surrender ceremony. May 16, 1946; took all three degrees and on May 17 was elevated to 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and entered the Shrine at Salina, Kansas. Upon death, interred in Arlington National Cemetery with Masonic Honors. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS JOE M. JACKSON, LTC, USAF Earned MOH at Kham Duc Vietnam. for landed his C-123 on an airstrip under continuous intense enemy mortar, recoilless rifle, automatic and small arms fire to rescue a 3 man USAF Combat Control Team. Mason in Coweta Lodge No. 60, Newman, GA. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT presents MOH to JIMMIE DOOLITTLE Doolittle (a Freemason) received MOH for his bomber raid on the Japanese homeland. FDR was a Master Mason in Holland Lodge No. 8 NYC and many appendant organizations. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS DENNIS BELL, PVT Troop H, 10th Calvary on June 30, 1898. Tayabacoa Cuba; voluntarily went ashore in the face of enemy fire and aided the rescue of his wounded comrades. This after several previous attempts had been frustrated. Mason Lodge Unknown. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS RANDOLPH C. BERKELEY, MAJ, USMC April 21, 22, 1914 at Verz Cruz, Mexico. Eminent and conspicuous in command of his battalion in fighting both days. Member of John A. LeJeune Lodge No. 350, Quantico, VA. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS WILMON W. BLACKMAR, 1LT Company H, 1st West Virgina Calvary. April 1, 1865 at Five Forks Virginia; at a critical stage of the battle, without orders, led a successful advance upon the enemy. Member of Winchester Hiram Lodge No. 21, Winchester, VA. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS WILLIAM BLACKWOOD, LTC 48TH Pennsylvania Infantry on April 2, 1865 at Petersburg, VA. Removed severely wounded officers and Soldiers from the field while under heavy fire from the enemy, exposing himself beyond the call of duty. Member of Concordia Lodge No. 67, Jenkintown, PA. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS FRANKLIN BALDWIN, CPT Co D. 19th Michigan Infantry at Peach Tree Creek, GA. July 12, 1864; under fire and ahead of his own men, singly entered the enemy’s lines and captured two Confederate Officers and their regimental guidon. Siloam Lodge No. 35, Constantine, Michigan. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS FRANKLIN BALDWIN, CPT (2nd AWARD) November 1874, at McClelland’s Creek, TX. Voluntarily attacked a superior force of hostile Indians in a superior positions, when waiting for reinforcements would have enabled the Indians to escape. Siloam Lodge No. 35, Constantine, Michigan. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS JOHN G.B. ADAMS, 2LT Co. I, 19th Mass. Infantry on December 13, 1862 at Fredericksburg, VA. Seized two colors from the hands of a CPL and LT as they fell mortally wounded. Advanced across the field to a point where the Regt. was reformed on those colors. MM Columbian Lodge, Boston, MA. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS NATHANIEL M. ALLEN, CPL Co. B, 1st Mass Infantry on July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg, PA. His Regt. was falling back, bearing the National Colors, returned in the face of enemy fire, pulled the Regt. flag from under the body of its bearer, saved the flag from capture, and brought the colors off the field. Member of St. John’s Lodge, Newburyport, MA. MASONIC MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS THEODORE ROOSEVELT Joins the rare “Above and Beyond” group of Father and Son, Theodore Roosevelt Jr in WWII, recipients. After 100 years of delays the Department of the Army, the President and US Congress finally acknowledges his bravery at San Juan Hill Cuba. Governor of New York and the 26th President. Matinecock Lodge No. 806, Oyster Bay, NY.