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Bullhead City in Mohave County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Arizona Medal of Honor

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, March 17, 2010
1. Arizona Medal of Honor Marker
Inscription. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States Armed Forces to those who distinguish themselves "…conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States…"

The first Medal of Honor action in our nation's history occurred at Apache Pass, Arizona on February 13, 1861 by U. S. Army Assistant Surgeon Bernard J. D. Irwin.

During the Indian Campaigns 152 Native Americans were awarded the Medal of Honor for action "on the ground" in Arizona.

Arizona's Sylvestre Herrera is the only man in history to receive both the Medal of Honor and the Mexican equivalent.

The first 11 Medal of Honor recipients listed below were Arizona Native Americans who fought in the 1871-1873 Indian Campaigns.

William Alchesay • Chiquito • Jim • Kosoha • Nannasaddie • Blanquet • Elsatsoosh • Kelsay • Machol • Nantaje • Rowdy

Frank Luke Jr - WW I • John H. Pruitt - WW I • Silvestre Herrera -WW II • Oscar P. Austin –Vietnam • Nicky Bacon – Vietnam • Fred E Ferguson - Vietnam
 
Erected 2008 by Veterans United Inc.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in
Arizona Medal of Honor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 17, 2010
2. Arizona Medal of Honor Marker
the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 35° 5.646′ N, 114° 38.045′ W. Marker is in Bullhead City, Arizona, in Mohave County. Marker can be reached from Rio Grande Road. Touch for map. To locate the marker take AZ highway 95 to Riverview Drive. Go west on Riverview Drive 2 miles, until the road ends at Riviera Boulevard. Turn left on Riviera Boulevard about 300 yards into a large parking lot. Follow the blue signs to the monument. Marker is in this post office area: Bullhead City AZ 86442, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. In Memory of All Vietnam Veterans (a few steps from this marker); 9/11 Arizona Heroes Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Arizona Veterans Memorial (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Garcés Expedition (approx. 1.3 miles away in Nevada); Hardyville Site (approx. 3.2 miles away); Hardyville Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 3.2 miles away); Commercial Steamship Transportation and Bullhead Community Park (approx. 4.9 miles away); History of the Fort Mojave Tribe (approx. 5.4 miles away in Nevada). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bullhead City.
 
Categories. HeroesWar, VietnamWar, World IWars, US Indian
 
Arizona Medal of Honor Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 17, 2010
3. Arizona Medal of Honor Memorial
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 3, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,480 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 3, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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