The Trail of Honor has hosted many veterans who have been Medal of Honor Recipients, Ex-POWs, Navy Cross Recipient and surviving members of previous wars such as the, Tuskegee Airman WWII and Pearl Harbor WWII. It is such a great honor to have these gentlemen and ladies educate us on their experiences during combat. Their sacrifice will never be forgotten.
The American Civil War marks the first time that a Medal of Honor was issued. It is the highest military decoration presented by the United States government to a member of its armed forces. To receive such an honor, a recipient must risk his or her own life and go beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the United States.
The Trail of Honor has hosted the following veterans over the years, many of which will be present at this year’s events.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as demolition sergeant serving with the 21st Marines, 3rd Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 23 February 1945. Quick to ...Read More
His 1st (of 2) Silver Star Citation reads: Major Dewey W. Waddell distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-105 Pilot over North Vietnam on 5 July 1967. On that date, Major Waddell was a member ...Read More
His 1st (of 2) Silver Star Citation reads: Captain Thomas E. Collins, III distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an Aircraft Commander over Southeast Asia on 18 October 1965. On that date, Captain Collins was assigned ...Read More
His Distinguished Flying Cross w/Valor Citation reads: First Lieutenant Samuel R. Vaughan distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as a Weapon Systems Officer on 18 December 1971. On that date, Lieutenant Vaughan participated as the Air Defense cover for a highly sensitive ...Read More
His 1st (of 3) Silver Star Citation reads: First Lieutenant Thomas M. McNish distinguished himself by gallantry in connection with military operations against opposing armed forces near Hanoi, North Vietnam, on 4 September 1966. On that date, as pilot of an F-105D Thunderchief, Lieutenant McNish ...Read More
Citation For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Commanding Officer, Company E, in action against enemy forces. Company E launched a determined assault on the heavily fortified village of Dai Do, ...Read More
Citation: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor to: MELVIN MORRIS United States ArmyFor conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk ...Read More
Born: September 29, 1947, South Milwaukee, Gary George Wetzel, is a former United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military’s highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War. Wetzel joined the Army from Milwaukee, Wisconsin at age 18, and by January ...Read More
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a SEAL Advisor with the Strategic Technical Directorate Assistance Team, Headquarters, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam. During the period 10 to ...Read More
Citation: On February 26, 2007, Crandall was awarded the Medal of Honor by President George Bush for his actions at the Battle of la Drang. For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Major Bruce ...Read More
Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company E, 2d Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and date: Tay Ninh province, Republic of Vietnam, April 1, 1970. Entered service at: Tawas City, Mich. Born: June 5, 1950, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the ...Read More
George, Hardy, began his military career as a member of the 99th Fighter Squadron, flying 21 combat missions over Germany during the final two months before V-E Day in World War II in a P-51 “Mustang” fighter plane.
Served with the Red Tail, 332nd Fight Group, 301st Fighter Squadron as a P-51 fighter pilot in Ramitelli, Italy. Flew 18 missions before being shot down and captured as a German Prisoner of War.
At 17, Stewart signed up for war service, volunteering before being drafted. He was called up promptly after turning 18 and passed the exams to qualify to train to become a pilot, and heading off shortly after to Tuskegee Army Air Field for initial flight ...Read More
Mississippi Native, Bradford “Brad” Freeman, Easy Company, Second Battalion, 506th, Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. The book “Band of Brothers”, is based on the harrowing events that made-up their military careers and later on became the popular HBO miniseries. http://www.theredstonerocket.com/news/article_73002bb0-148b-11e7-9532-773a58560b69.html https://www.warhistoryonline.com/instant-articles/living-legacies-real-band-brothers-vets-just-wont_quit.html
The Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS; popularly and officially known as the Wrens) was the women’s branch of the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy. First formed in 1917 for the First World War, it was disbanded in 1919, then revived in 1939 at the beginning of the Second World War, ...Read More
As a steward on Airforce One, Doyle Whitehead directly served Presidents: Eisenhower, Kennedy and Johnson. http://countryroadsmagazine.com/art-and-culture/history/doyle-whitehead/
Silver Star Citation reads: For the Period December 1966: This officer distinguished himself by gallantry and intrepidity in action in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force during the above period while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. Ignoring international agreements on ...Read More
Distinguished Flying Cross w/Valor Citation reads: Lieutenant Colonel John H. Yuill distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as a B-52 Aircraft Commander over Southeast Asia on 21 December 1972. On that date, Colonel Yuill participated in high-priority bombing missions against vital military ...Read More
Herschel Ryan served in Vietnam from 1967 until 1968, commission as a 2nd Lieutenant, a helicopter pilot. Ryan lost his left hand in Vietnam when he was shot by a 50-caliber round.
Distinguished Flying Cross w/Valor Citation reads: First Lieutenant William Y Arcuri distinguished himself by heroism while participating in aerial flight as a B-52 Copilot near Hanoi, North Vietnam, on 20 December 1972. On that date, while engaged in one of the largest conventional bombing raids ...Read More
Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation reads: For the Period 6 February 1973 to 29 March 1973: This officer distinguished himself by heroic actions against an opposing armed force while a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam during the above period. With complete disregard for his ...Read More
On January 23, 1968, the U.S.S. PUEBLO was attacked by North Korean naval vessels and MiG jets. One man was killed and several were wounded. The Eighty-two surviving crew members were captured and held prisoner for 11 months. The U.S.S. Pueblo remains a commissioned vessel ...Read More
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Gunner’s Mate Third Class David R. Larsen, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism on 2 August 1969 as a member of River ...Read More
Al Agnew was born in 1940 in Mullins, South Carolina. He entered the Naval Aviation Cadet program on March 3, 1961, and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1962. Agnew then completed WC-121N Super Constellation replacement pilot training before joining Airborne Early Warning Squadron ...Read More
Tom Curtis was born in Teague, Texas, in 1932. He enlisted in the Aviation Cadet Program on October 30, 1952, and was awarded his pilot wings and commission in the U.S. Air Force on December 18, 1954. Lt Curtis was next trained as a helicopter ...Read More
Bill Robinson was born in 1943 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on November 22, 1961, and was trained as a helicopter maintenance technician at Sheppard AFB, Texas. His first assignment was as an H-19 Chickasaw crew chief at ...Read More
Quin Herlik was born in 1932 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve on September 10, 1954, and was commissioned a 2nd Lt of Artillery through the Army ROTC program at St. Norbert College, Wisconsin, on June 5, 1955. Lt Herlik ...Read More
Al Conetto spent more than five years on active duty including 17 months in Vietnam. He left the Army as a captain and is now retired and lives in Walla Walla, Washington. Operation Hump, the first major battle between the U.S. Army and the Viet ...Read More