Barney Circle in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Leonard P. Matlovich
6 July 1943
22 June 1988
A Gay Vietnam Veteran
When I was in the military
they gave me a medal for killing two men
and a discharge for loving one.
[Presidential plaque on grave site:]
honors the memory of
Leonard P. Matlovich
This certificate is awarded by a grateful nation in recognition of devoted and selfless consecration to the service of our country in the Armed Force of the United States.
President of the United States
[Bench to the side of the memorial:]
20 Aug 1936
"If you have done nothing to erase prejudice, wherever it exists, best weep for yourself and your country."
Marker series. This marker is included in the Military Order of the Purple Heart marker series.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1801 E Street Southeast, Washington DC 20003, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Benjamin Franklin McAlwee (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Levi Casey (about 300 feet away); Congressional Cemetery Government Lots (about 300 feet away); Pushmataha (about 400 feet away); Elbridge Gerry (about 400 feet away); John Smilie (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Elbridge Gerry (about 400 feet away); General Peterson Goodwyn (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barney Circle.
More about this marker. The memorial anchors the LGBT section of Congressional Cemetery.
Also see . . .
1. Leonard Matlovich. Wikipedia article (Submitted on October 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
2. How a Closeted Air Force Sergeant Became the Face of Gay Rights. Fortieth-anniversary commemorative Time article from September 8, 2015 about the influence of the original cover and article titled "I Am A Homosexual" from September 8, 1975. (Submitted on October 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
3. Congressional Cemetery: LGBT Community Walking Tour. (Submitted on October 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.)
Additional keywords. LGBT, LGBTQ
Categories. • War, Vietnam •
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 29, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 41 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 29, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.