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Edwards AFB in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Medal of Honor

In Memory of United States Air Force

 

—Medal of Honor Recipients —

 
The Medal of Honor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 20, 2012
1. The Medal of Honor Marker
Inscription.
Main Plaque:
The medal of honor is the highest U.S. military decoration awarded to individuals who, while serving in the U.S. armed services, have distinguished themselves by conspicuous gallantry and courage at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty. Each decoration awarded represents an incontestable act of bravery or self-sacrifice involving obvious risk of life and, if the risk had not been taken, there would be no grounds for censure. The President of the United States presents the award in the name of Congress. Originally authorized by congress in 1861, it is sometimes called the
“Congressional Medal of Honor”.

This memorial is designed with a distinct turn indicating civilization turning to a new course without war and the three blank blocks of concrete represent a future with an absence of any more medal of honor recipients.
This memorial was dedicated
On the 14th day of October 1997.
Second Plaque:
World War I
Recipient --- Date and Place of Action
Bleckley, 2D Lt. Erwin R. Oct.6, 1918 - Binarville, France • Coettler, 2D Lt. Harold E. - Oct. 6, 1918 - Binarville, France • Luke, 2D Lt. Frank, Jr. - Sept. 29, 1918 - Murvaux, France • Rickenbacker, Capt. Edward V. - Sept. 25, 1918 - Billy,
World War 1 - (2nd Plaque) image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 20, 2012
2. World War 1 - (2nd Plaque)
France

Third Plaque:
World War II
Recipient --- Date and Place of Action
Baker, Lt. Col. Addison E. - Aug. 1, 1943 - Ploesti, Romania • Bong, Maj. Richard I. - Oct. 10-Nov. 15, 1944 - Southwest Pacific • Carswell, Maj. Horace S., Jr. - Oct. 26, 1944 - Southwest China Sea • Castle, Brig. Gen. Frederick W. - Dec. 24, 1944 - Liege, Belgium • Cheli, Maj. Ralph Aug.18, 1943 Wewak, New Guinea Craw, Col. Demas T. - Nov. 8, 1942 - Port Lyautey, French Morocco • Doolittle, Lt. Col. James H. - Apr. 18, 1942 - Tokyo, Japan • Erwin, SSgt. Henry E. - Apr. 12, 1945 - Koriyama, Japan • Femoyer, 2D Lt. Robert E. - Nov. 2, 1944 - Merseburg, Germany • Gott, 1St Lt. Donald J. - Nov. 9, 1944 - Saarbrucken, Germany • Hamilton, Maj. Pierpont M. - Nov. 8, 1942 - Port Lyautey, French Morocco • Howard, Lt. Col. James H. - Jan. 11, 1944 - Oschersleben, Germany • Hughes, 2D Lt. Lloyd H. - Aug. 1, 1943 - Ploesti, Romania • Jerstad, Maj. John L. - Aug. 1, 1943 - Ploesti, Romania • Johnson, Col. Leon W. - Aug. 1, 1943 - Ploesti, Romania • Kane, Col. John R. - Aug. 1, 1943 - Ploesti, Romania • Kearby, Col Neel E. - Oct. 11, 1943 - Wewak, New Guinea • Kingsley, 2D Lt. David R. - June 23, 1944 - Ploesti, Romania • Knight, 1st Lt. Raymond L. - Apr. 25, 1945 - Po Valley, Italy • Lawley, 1st Lt. William R., Jr. - Feb. 20, 1944 - Leipzig, Germany • Lindsey, Capt.
World War II - (3rd Plaque) image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 20, 2012
3. World War II - (3rd Plaque)
Darrell R. - Aug. 9, 1944 - Pontoise, France • Mathies, SSgt. Archibald - Feb. 20, 1944 - Leipzig, Germany • Mathis, 1st Lt. Jack W. - Mar. 18, 1943 - Vegesack, Germany • McGuire, Maj. Thomas B., Jr. - Dec. 25-26, 1944 - Luzon, Philippine Islands • Metzger, 2D Lt. William E., Jr. - Nov. 9, 1944 - Saarbrucken, Germany • Michael, 1st Lt. Edwards S. - Apr. 11, 1944 - Brunswick, Germany • Morgan, 2D Lt. John C. - July 28, 1943 - Kiel, Germany • Pease, Capt. Harl, Jr. - Aug. 7, 1942 - Rabaul, New Britain • Pucket, 1st Lt. Donald D. - July 9, 1944 - Ploesti, Romania • Sarnoski, 2D Lt. Joseph R. - June 16, 1943 - Buka, Solomon Islands • Shomo, Maj. William A. - Jan. 11, 1945 - Luzon, Philippine Islands • Smith, SSgt. Maynard H. - May 1, 1943 - St. Nazaire, France • Truemper, 2D Lt. Walter E. - Feb. 20, 1944 - Leipzig, Germany • Vance, Lt. Col. Leon R., Jr. - June 5, 1944 - Wimereaux, France • Vosler, TSgt. Forrest L. - Dec. 20, 1943 - Bremen, Germany • Walker, Brig. Gen. Kenneth N. - Jan. 5, 1943 - Rabaul, New Britain • Wilkins, Maj. Raymond H. - Nov. 2, 1943 - Rabaul, New Britain • Zeamer, Maj. Jay, Jr. - June 16, 1943 - Buka, Solomon Islands

Fourth Plaque:
Korea
Recipient --- Date and Place of Action
Davis, Maj. George A., Jr. - Feb. 10, 1952 - Sinuiju-Yalu River, N. Korea • Loring, Maj. Charles J., Jr. - Nov. 22, 1952 - Sniper
Korea - (4th Plaque) image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 20, 2012
4. Korea - (4th Plaque)
Ridge, N. Korea • Sebille, Maj. Louis J. - Aug. 5, 1950 - Hamchang, S. Korea • Walmsley, Capt. John S., Jr. - Sept. 14, 1951 - Yangdok, N. Korea

Fifth Plaque:
Vietnam
Recipient --- Date and Place of Action
Bennett, Capt. Steven L. - June 29, 1972 - Quang Tri, S. Vietnam • Day, Col. George E. - Aug. 26, 1967 - Hanoi, N. Vietnam • Dethlefsen, Maj. Merlyn H. - Mar. 10, 1967 - Thai Nguyen, N. Vietnam • Fisher, Maj. Bernard F. - Mar. 10, 1966 - A Shau Valley, S. Vietnam • Fleming, 1st Lt. James P. - Nov. 26, 1968 - Duc Co, S. Vietnam • Jackson, Lt. Col. Joe M. - May 12, 1966 - Kham Duc, S. Vietnam • Jones, Col. William A., III - Sept.1, 1968 - Dong Hoi, N. Vietnam • Levitow, A1C John L. - Feb. 24, 1969 - Long Binh, S. Vietnam • Sijan, Capt. Lance P. - Nov. 9, 1969 - N. Vietnam • Thorsness, Lt. Col. Leo K. - Apr. 19, 1967 - N. Vietnam • Wilbanks, Capt. Hilliard A. - Feb.24, 1967 - Dalat, S. Vietnam Young, Capt. Gerald O. Nov. 9, 1967 Da Nang Area, S. Vietnam • Pitsenbarger, A1C William H. - Apr. 11, 1966 - Cam My S. Vietnam
 
Erected 1997 by Air Force Flight Test Center Command.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 34° 55.68′ N, 117° 53.869′ 
Vietnam - (5th Plaque) image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 20, 2012
5. Vietnam - (5th Plaque)
W. Marker is in Edwards AFB, California, in Kern County. Marker is at the intersection of Rosamond Boulevard and North Muroc Drive, on the right when traveling north on Rosamond Boulevard. Touch for map. The monument is located across the street from the old supply building. Marker is in this post office area: Edwards CA 93524, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sound Barrier Cracked (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bell XP-59A Jet Aircraft (approx. Ό mile away); F-86F (approx. half a mile away); Leaps in Technology (approx. half a mile away); F-16B (approx. half a mile away); Jackie Cochran (approx. 0.7 miles away); F-111A - "Aardvark" (approx. 1.6 miles away); CT-39A - "Sabreliner" (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Edwards AFB.
 
Categories. War, KoreanWar, VietnamWar, World IWar, World II
 
The Five Medal of Honor Plaques image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 20, 2012
6. The Five Medal of Honor Plaques
The Medal of Honor Monument image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 20, 2012
7. The Medal of Honor Monument
Note the three blank concrete blocks seen on the right.
The Medal of Honor Monument image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 20, 2012
8. The Medal of Honor Monument
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 26, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 584 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on December 26, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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