Indian Wells in Riverside County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Eisenhower Walk of Honor
Medal of Honor Memorial
This tribute to all armed forces veterans was conceived and designed with the vision of purpose to honor this nation's proud warriors, and remind all generations of the sacrifices these men, women and their families have made.
The Memorial’s centerpiece, the “eternal water spring,” exemplifies the uninterrupted flow of sacrifice for the spirit of freedom. The water feature is surrounded by five Medal of Honor recipients with ties to the Coachella Valley. Truly, these five men are exceptional heroes and deserving of our honor.
The Memorial is also a place to honor Indian Wells residents having served in our Armed Forces. Carved into a wall of granite are deserving residents identified by rank, names and branch of service.
When presented with the vision of building this Memorial, the City Council eagerly approved the project and proceeded to demonstrate their Indian
Dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients and all Armed Forces personnel who have served our nation in war and peacetime.
Lewis L. Millett
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, Company E, 27th Infantry Regiment. Place and date: Vicinity of Soam-Ni, Korea, 7 February 1951. Entered service at: Mechanic Falls, Maine. Born: 15 December 1920, Mechanic Falls, Maine. G.O. No.: 69, 2 August 1951. Citation: Capt. Millett, Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. While personally leading his company in an attack against a strongly held position he noted that the 1st Platoon was pinned down by small-arms, automatic, and antitank fire. Capt. Millett ordered the 3d Platoon forward, placed himself at the head of the 2 platoons, and, with fixed bayonet, led the assault up the fire-swept hill. In the fierce charge Capt. Millett bayoneted 2 enemy soldiers and boldly continued on, throwing grenades, clubbing and bayoneting the enemy, while urging his men forward by shouting encouragement. Despite vicious opposing fire, the whirlwind hand-to-hand assault carried to the crest of the hill. His dauntless leadership and personal courage so inspired his men
William L. McGonagle
Rank and organization: Captain (then Comdr.) U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Liberty (AGTR-5). Place and date: International waters, Eastern Mediterranean, 8-9 June 1967. Entered service at: Thermal, CA. Born 19 November 1925, Witchita, KS. Citation: The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to William Loren McGonagle (494467), Captain, U.S. Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. LIBERTY in the Mediterranean Sea on 8 and 9 June 1967. Sailing in international waters, the LIBERTY was attacked without warning by jet fighter aircraft and motor torpedo boats which inflicted many casualties among the crew and caused extreme damage to the ship. Although severely wounded
James L. Day
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a squad leader serving with the Second Battalion, Twenty-Second Marines, Sixth Marine Division, in sustained combat operations against Japanese forces on Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands from 14 to 17 May 1945. On the first day, Corporal Day rallied his squad and the remnants of another unit and led them to a critical position forward of the front lines of Sugar Loaf Hill. Soon thereafter, they came under an intense mortar and artillery barrage that was quickly followed by a ferocious ground attack by some forty Japanese soldiers. Despite the loss of one-half of his men, Corporal Day remained at the forefront, shouting encouragement, hurling hand grenades, and directing deadly fire, thereby repelling the determined enemy. Reinforced by six men, he led his squad in repelling three fierce night attacks but suffered five additional Marines killed and one wounded, whom he assisted to safety. Upon hearing nearby calls for corpsman assistance, Corporal Day braved heavy enemy fire to escort four seriously wounded Marines, one at a time, to safety. Corporal Day then manned a light machine gun, assisted by a wounded Marine, and halted another night attack. In the ferocious action, his machine gun was destroyed, and he suffered
Robert Eugene Bush
Rank and organization: Hospital Apprentice First Class, U.S. Naval Reserve, serving as Medical Corpsman with a rifle company, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and date: Okinawa
Rank and organization: Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps. Place and date: Solomon Islands, 26 October 1942. Entered service at: Pennsylvania. Born: 31 August 1918, Charleroi, Pa. Citation: For extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry in action above and beyond the call of duty while serving with a company of marines in combat against enemy Japanese forces in the Solomon Islands on 26 October 1942. When the enemy broke through the line directly in front of his position, P/Sgt. Paige, commanding a machinegun section with fearless determination, continued to direct the fire of his gunners until all his men were either killed or wounded. Alone, against the deadly hail of Japanese shells, he fought with his gun and when it was destroyed, took over another, moving from gun to gun, never ceasing his withering fire against the advancing hordes until reinforcements finally arrived. Then, forming a new line, he dauntlessly and aggressively led a bayonet charge, driving the enemy back and preventing a breakthrough in our lines. His great personal valor and unyielding devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
Erected 2001 by City of Indian Wells; Indian Wells Memorial Committee.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Heroes • Military. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list.
Location. 33° 43.309′ N, 116° 20.305′ W. Marker is in Indian Wells, California, in Riverside County. Memorial is at the intersection of California Route 111 and Eldorado Dr, on the right when traveling west on State Route 111. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44950 Eldorado Dr, Indian Wells CA 92210, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dwight David Eisenhower (a few steps from this marker); Eisenhower Mountain (within shouting distance of this marker); Indian Wells (within shouting distance of this marker); Palm Desert Historical Society Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away); Jimmy Swaggart's "Date" (approx. 6.2 miles away); USS Liberty Tree - USN Captain William L. McGonagle (approx. 6.6 miles away); Smiley Place (approx. 6.6 miles away); History of Electricity in the Coachella Valley (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indian Wells.
More about this marker. The Eisenhower Walk of Honor is comprised of nine granite plaques, five of which honor Coachella Valley men who received the Medal of Honor. The Walk of Honor also contains two granite walls containing the names of Coachella Valley veterans who have served our country in times of peace and war since 2000.
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