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Final Addresses: Medal of Honor Recipients from Washington

Published by Steve Campion. Category: People


The Medal of Honor is the highest military honor given to a member of the United States armed forces, awarded for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.  Some medals are awarded posthumously, but many are presented to the serviceman or woman by the President in the name of the Congress.  Because the tradition is now more than 150 years old, most recipients have passed away but have not been forgotten.

We thought it fitting on this Memorial Day weekend to list the final resting places of all Medal of Honor recipients interred in the state of Washington.  Together they represent all branches of the service and almost all military conflicts dating back to the Civil War — the era in which the Medal of Honor was created.

Headstones are often easy to identify with a standard shield and wording. Caretakers usually ensure that flags are present and, on special days, flowers as well.

Appended to the main list below are also those Washingtonians we were able to identify as having been buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC, and elsewhere, as well as a list of names of our living Washington Medal of Honor veterans.  These additional lists are incomplete due to the difficulty of defining “someone from Washington” when people may live in many places over a lifetime.


Aberdeen: Fern Hill Cemetery

  • John Baxter Kinne (1877-1954) Philippine Insurrection. Private, Company B, 1st North Dakota Infantry.

Bellingham: Bayview Cemetery

  • Matthew Bickford (1839-1918) Civil War. Corporal, Company G, 8th Missouri Infantry.

Bremerton: Ivy Green Cemetery

  • John Nibbe (1847-1902) Civil War. Quartermaster, U.S. Navy.

Bremerton: Miller-Woodlawn Memorial Park

  • John “Bud” Hawk (1924-2013) World War II. Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company E, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division.

Cle Elum: Laurel Hill Memorial Park

  • Douglas Albert Munro (1919-1942) World War II. Signalman First Class, U.S. Coast Guard. Posthumous award.

Elma: Masonic Cemetery

  • Emisire Shahan (1843-1919) Civil War. Corporal, Company A, 1st West Virginia Cavalry.

Gardiner: Gardiner Cemetery

  • Marvin Glenn Shields (1939-1965) Vietnam. Construction Mechanic Third Class, U.S. Navy, Seabee Team 1104. Posthumous award.

Kent: Tahoma National Cemetery

  • Jesse Barrick (1841-1923) Civil War. Corporal, Company H, 3d Minnesota Infantry.
  • Jack James Pendleton (1918-1944) World War II. Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company I, 120th Infantry, 30th Infantry Division. Posthumous award.
  • Dexter James Kerstetter (1907-1972) World War II. Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 130th Infantry, 33d Infantry Division.

Lakewood: Mountain View Cemetery

  • Jose Calugas (1907-1998) World War II. Sergeant, U.S. Army, Battery B, 88th Field Artillery, Philippine Scouts.

Menlo: Fern Hill Cemetery

  • Robert Eugene Bush (1926-2005). World War II. Hospital Apprentice First Class, U.S. Naval Reserve, serving as Medical Corpsman with a rifle company, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division.

Orting: City Cemetery

  • John Warden (1841-1906) Civil War. Corporal, Company E, 55th Illinois Infantry.

Orting: Soldiers Home Cemetery

  • George L. Houghton (1841-1917) Civil War. Private, Company D, 104th Illinois Infantry.
  • Alexander U. McHale (1837-1911) Civil War. Corporal, Company H, 26th Michigan Infantry.
  • Albert O’Connor (1843-1928) Civil War. Sergeant, Company A, 7th Wisconsin Infantry.
  • William H. Sickles (1843-1938) Civil War. Sergeant, Company B, 7th Wisconsin Infantry.

Pomeroy: Pomeroy City Cemetery

  • Herbert E. Farnsworth (1834-1908) Civil War. Sergeant Major, 10th New York Cavalry.

Port Townsend: Laurel Grove Cemetery

  • Thaddeus S. Smith (1847-1933) Civil War. Corporal, Company E, 6th Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry.

Retsil: Washington Veterans Home Cemetery

  • Gotfred Jensen (1872-1945) Philippine Insurrection. Private, Company D, 1st North Dakota Volunteer Infantry.

Seattle: Acacia Memorial Park

  • Robert Bonney (1882-1967) Interim, 1901-1911. Chief Watertender, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Hopkins.

Seattle: Cavalry Cemetery

  • Raymond E. Davis (1887-1965). Korean War. Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps commanding officer, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.).

Seattle: Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery

  • William Charlie Horton (1876-1969) China Relief Expedition (Boxer Rebellion). Private, U.S. Marine Corps.
  • Emil Fredreksen (1867-1950), Interim, 1901-1911. Watertender, U.S. Navy.*
  • Harry D. Fadden (1883-1955), Interim, 1901-1911. Coxswain, U.S. Navy.
  • William Kenzo Nakamura (1922-1944) World War II. Private First Class, 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Posthumous award.
  • Orville Emil Bloch (1915-1985) World War II. First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company E, 338th Infantry, 85th Infantry Division.
  • Lewis Albanese (1946-1966) Vietnam. Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 5th Battalion (Airmobile), 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division. Posthumous award.
  • Robert Ronald Leisy (1945-1969) Vietnam. Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Infantry, Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division.

Seattle: Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery

  • Frank Bois (1841-1920) Civil War. Quartermaster, U.S. Navy.

Seattle: Lakeview Cemetery

  • Asbury F. Haynes (1842-1931) Civil War. Corporal, Company F, 17th Maine Infantry.

Seattle: Mount Pleasant Cemetery

  • Demetri Corahorgi (1880-1973). Interim, 1901-1911. Fireman First Class, U.S. Navy.

Spokane: Fairmont Memorial Park

  • Jesse R. Drowley (1919-1996) World War II. Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Americal Infantry Division.

Spokane: Greenwood Memorial Terrace

  • Joe E. Mann (1922-1944), World War II. Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company H, 502d Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.
  • Bruce Alan Grandstaff (1934-1967) Vietnam. Platoon Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Infantry.

Tacoma: New Tacoma Cemetery

  • Richard B. Anderson (1921-1944), World War II. Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps. Posthumous award.

Tukwila: Riverton Crest Cemetery

  • Jerome Morford (1841-1910) Civil War. Private, Company K, 55th Illinois Infantry.

Tumwater: International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery

  • Myron H. Ranney (1846-1910) Civil War. Private, Company G, 13th New York Infantry.

Vancouver: Fort Vancouver Military Cemetery

  • Moses Williams (1845-1899) Civil War, 9th Cavalry Regiment

Walla Walla: Mountain View Cemetery

  • Michael McCarthy (1845-1914) Civil War, 1st U.S. Cavalry


Washington MOH Recipients buried at Arlington National Cemetery

  • Deming Bronson (1894-1957) World War I. First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company H, 364th Infantry, 91st Division.
  • Gregory “Pappy” Boyington (1912-1988) World War II. Major, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Marine Squadron 214, known as the Black Sheep Squadron.
  • Jonathan M. Wainwright IV (1883-1953) World War II. General, Commanding U.S. Army Forces in the Philippines.
  • Walter C. Monegan Jr. (1930-1950) Korean War. Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Company F, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Posthumous award.
  • Delbert O. Jennings (1936-2003) Vietnam. Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 12th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division.
  • Joe Ronnie Hooper (1938-1979). Vietnam. Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division.

Washington MOH Recipients buried Elsewhere

  • Hazard Stevens (1842-1918) Civil War. Captain and Assistant Adjutant General, U.S. Volunteers.
  • Richard Moses Longfellow (1867-1951). Philippine Insurrection. Private, Company A, 1st North Dakota Volunteer Infantry.
  • Abraham DeSomer (1884-1974). Mexican Campaign, Vera Cruz. Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Utah.
  • Donald Kirby Ross (1910-1992). World War II. Machinist, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. Nevada.
  • Albert H. Rooks (1891-1942) World War II. Captain, U.S. Navy. Posthumous award.
  • Robert Edward Galer (1913-2005) World War II. Major, U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Fighter Squadron 244.
  • Reinhardt John Keppler (1918-1942) World War II. Boatswain’s Mate First Class, U.S. Navy.Posthumous award.
  • Arnold L. Bjorklund (1918-1979) World War II. First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 36th Infantry Division.
  • Victor L. Kandle (1921-1944) World War II. First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 15th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. Posthumous award.
  • Richard Miles McCool Jr. (1922-2008), World War II. Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, U.S.S. LSC(L)(3) 122.
  • Archie Van Winkle (1925-1986) Korean War. Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.).
  • Benjamin F. Wilson (1922-1988) Korean War. First Lieutenant (then M/Sgt.), U.S. Army Company I, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.
  • Larry Dahl (1949-1971) Vietnam. Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, 359th Transportation Company, 27th Transportation Battalion, U.S. Army Support Command. Posthumous award.

Living Medal of Honor Recipients from Washington:

  • Wilburn K. Ross (b. 1922) World War II, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
  • Joe M. Jackson (b. 1923) Vietnam
  • Bruce P. Crandall (b. 1933) Vietnam
  • Patrick H. Brady (b. 1936) Vietnam
  • James Phillip Fleming (b. 1943) Vietnam
  • Thomas James Kinsman (b. 1945) Vietnam
  • Leroy Petry (b. 1979) Afghanistan, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment

*Emil Fredreksen was added to our list in 2016, after a researcher alerted Evergreen-Washelli that a Medal of Honor recipient was in an unmarked grave. (The grave had a small temporary marker but it had sunken below the surface in the decades since burial.) He had earned his medal in 1906, worked in Keyport and Seattle, but because he had no family when he died in 1950, his honor was not known. The cemetery immediately began rectifying the situation with an official Navy ceremony and formal headstone.

PHOTOS of five Medal of Honor headstones in Orting cemeteries © Steve Campion.

SOURCES: Medal of Honor Recipients, Center of Military History, http://www.history.army.mil/html/moh/, and Washington State Men of Valor by Donald Ross, a collection of MOH biographies.


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