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Near Beloit in Rock County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Medal of Honor

 
 
The Medal of Honor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 23, 2009
1. The Medal of Honor Marker
Inscription.  The Medal of Honor is the highest decoration for bravery awarded to members of the armed forces of the United States. It is bestowed by the President, in the name of Congress, only for a deed of supreme valor and self-sacrifice distinguished by "gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty." More often than not, the Medal of Honor is awarded posthumously.

President Abraham Lincoln approved the creation of the Medal of Honor in 1862, and during the Civil War some 1,527 Union soldiers and sailors earned it. In all, 3,394 Medals have been awarded. Wisconsin citizens received 62, including the special Medal of Honor awarded by Congress to Milwaukee-born advocate of air power General William C. "Billy" Mitchell.

Wisconsin citizens have received the Medal of Honor in the following conflicts: Civil War, 21; Frontier Wars, 7; Spanish American War, 1; Philippine Insurrection, 1; Boxer Rebellion, 1; Mexican Campaign, 2; World War I, 2; World War II, 15; Korea, 5; Vietnam, 6.
 
Erected 1990 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 291.)
 
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This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWar, VietnamWar, World IWar, World II. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the Wisconsin Historical Society series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1862.
 
Location. 42° 30.301′ N, 88° 59.059′ W. Marker is near Beloit, Wisconsin, in Rock County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 90 at milepost 187, on the right when traveling west. Marker is at northbound I-39/westbound I-90 Rest Area 22. Marker is 0.7 miles north of the Wisconsin/Illinois state line. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Beloit WI 53511, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Black Hawk War (within shouting distance of this marker); Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); Wisconsin's First Aviator (approx. 1.2 miles away); Beloit College (approx. 2.4 miles away); Rasey House (approx. 2.4 miles away);
The Medal of Honor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 23, 2009
2. The Medal of Honor Marker
The rest area shelter is in the background.
Roy Chapman Andrews (approx. 2.6 miles away); Black Hawk at Turtle Village / The U.S. Military at Turtle Village (approx. 2.6 miles away); Abraham Lincoln (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beloit.
 
Also see . . .  Wisconsin Medal of Honor Recipients. (Submitted on September 28, 2009.)
 
The Medal of Honor Wall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 23, 2009
3. The Medal of Honor Wall
The Medal of Honor Wall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William J. Toman, April 30, 2011
4. The Medal of Honor Wall
Civil War Recipients image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 23, 2009
5. Civil War Recipients
Civil / Frontier Wars Recipients image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, 1100
6. Civil / Frontier Wars Recipients
War Recipients image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 23, 2009
7. War Recipients
Valor · Medal of Honor image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 23, 2009
8. Valor · Medal of Honor
World War II Recipients image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 23, 2009
9. World War II Recipients
Korean War Recipients image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 23, 2009
10. Korean War Recipients
Vietnam War / Special Medal Recipients image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith L, September 23, 2009
11. Vietnam War / Special Medal Recipients
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 28, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,405 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 28, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on July 10, 2011, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on September 28, 2009, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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