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Illinois National Guard Medal of Honor Recipients from Civil War to World War II PDF Print E-mail
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Written by National Guard PAO Illinois   
Friday, 23 March 2012 14:33

SPRINGFIELD, IL (03/23/2012)(readMedia)-- Sunday, March 25, marks National Medal of Honor (MoH) Day. The Illinois National Guard Public Affairs Office encourages all media wishing to feature a story on Illinois National Guard MoH recipients from their areas to contact the office for more information. Please view the list below for Illinois National Guard MoH recipients from your area

• About 111 Soldiers with the Illinois Army National Guard who have received the Congressional Medal of Honor from the Civil War to World War II.

• Cpl. Abner P. Allen of Woodford County, Ill, entered service at Bloomington, Ill., enlisted in Co. K, 39th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Petersburg, Va., issued May 12, 1865

• Pvt. John G.K. Ayers of Washlinaw, Mich., entered service at Pekin, Ill., enlisted in Co. H, 8th MO INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued August 31, 1895

• Cpl. Matthew Bickford of Peoria County, Ill., entered service at Trivolia, Ill., enlisted in Co. G, 8th MO INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued August 31, 1894

• Lt. Col. John C. Black of Lexington, Miss., entered service at Danville, Ill., enlisted in 37th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Prairie Grove, Ark., issued October 31, 1893

• Cpt. William P. Black of Woodford, Ky., entered service at Danville, Ill., enlisted in Co. K, 37th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Pea Ridge, Ark., issued October 2, 1893

• 1st Lt. Wells H. Blodgett of Downers Grove, Ill., entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Co. D, 37th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Newtonia, Mo., issued February 15, 1894

• Pvt. John G. Bourke of Philadelphia, Pa., entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Co. E, 15th PA CAV, awarded MOH for actions at Stone River, Tenn., issued November 16, 1887

• Pvt. Emmer Bowen of Erie County, N.Y., entered service at Hampshire, Ill., enlisted in Co. C, 127th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued July 21, 1894

• Pvt. William W. Burritt of Campbell, N.Y., entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Co. G, 113th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued July 8, 1896

• Pvt. John H. Callahan of Shelby County, Ky., entered service at Macoupin County, Ill., enlisted in Co. B, 122nd IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Fort Blakeley, Ala., issued June 8, 1865

• 1st Lt. Horace Capron Jr. of Peoria, Ill., entered service at Peoria, Ill., enlisted in Co. G, 8th IL CAV, awarded the MOH for actions at Chickahominy and Ashland, Va., issued September 27, 1865

• Cpl. Samuel J. Churchill of Rutland County, Vt., entered service at DeKalb County, Ill., enlisted in Co. G, 2nd Light Artillery, awarded for actions at Nashville, Tenn., issued January 20, 1897

• Sgt. Carlos W. Colby of Merrimack, N.H., entered service at Madison County, Ill., enlisted in Co. G, 97th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued January 31, 1896

• Sgt. John H. Cook of England, entered service at Quincy, Ill., enlisted in Co. A, 119th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Pleasant Hill, La., issued September 19, 1890

• Cpl. Robert M. Cox of Guernsey County, Ohio, entered service at Prairie City, Ill., enlisted in Co. K, 55th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued December 31, 1892

• Pvt. John Creed of Ireland, entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Co. D, 23rd IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Fishers Hill, Va., issued October 6, 1864

• Pvt. James S. Cunningham of Washington County, Pa., entered service at Bloomington, Ill., enlisted in Co. D, 8th MO INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued July 30, 1894

• Sgt. John S. Darrough of Kentucky, entered service at Concord, Ill., enlisted in Co. F, 113th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Eastport, Miss., issued February 5, 1895

• Cpl. James Dunne of Detroit, Mich., entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Chicago Mercantile Battery, Illinois Light Artillery, awarded the MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued January 15, 1895

• Sgt. Maj. John M. Farquhar of Scotland, entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in 89th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Stone River, Tenn., issued August 6, 1902

• 1st Lt. John H. Fisher of Monmouth, Pa., entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Co. B, 55th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued September 2, 1893

• Sgt. Henry Fox of Germany, entered service at Lincoln, Ill., enlisted in Co. H, 106th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions near Jackson, Tenn., issued May 16, 1899

• Pvt. William W. Fraser of Scotland, entered service at Alton, Ill., enlisted in Co. I, 97th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued October 24, 1895

• Pvt. Richard J. Gage of Grafton County, NH, entered service at Ottawa, Ill., enlisted in Co. D, 104th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Elk River, Tenn., issued October 30, 1897

• Cpt. Nicholas Geschwind of France, entered service at Pleasant Hill, Ill., enlisted in Co. F, 116th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued August 24, 1894

• Pvt. Andrew E. Goldsbery of St. Charles, Ill., entered service at St. Charles, Ill., enlisted in Co. E, 127th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued August 9, 1894

• Pvt. Newton T. Gould of Elk Grove, Ill., entered service at Elk Grove, Ill., enlisted in Co. G, 113th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued September 6, 1894

• Chap. Milton L. Haney of Ohio, entered service at Bushnell, Ill., enlisted in 55th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Atlanta, Ga., issued November 3, 1896

• Lt. Col. Douglas Hapeman of Ephratah, N.Y., entered service at Ottawa, Ill., enlisted in 104th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Peach Tree Creek, Ga., issued April 5, 1898

• Pvt. Henry M. Hardenbergh of Noble County, Ind., entered service at Bremen, Ill., enlisted in Co. G, 39th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Deep Run, Va., issued April 6, 1865

• Sgt. James Henry of Sunfish, Ohio, entered service at Kankakee, IL, enlisted in Co. B, 113th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued July 9, 1894

• Sgt. Thomas J. Higgins of Canada, entered service at Barry, Ill, enlisted in Co. D, 99th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued April 1, 1898

• Cpl. Patrick Highland of Ireland, entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Co. D, 23rd IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Petersburg, Va., issued May 12, 1865

• Cpl. Lemuel F. Holland of Burlington, Ohio, entered service at La Salle County, Ill., enlisted in Co. D, 104th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Elk River, Tenn., issued October 30, 1897

• Pvt. George L. Houghton of Canada, entered service at Brookfield, Ill., enlisted in Co. D, 104th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Elk River, Tenn., issued March 27, 1900

• Mus. Orion P. Howe of Portage County, Ohio, entered service at Woken, Ill., enlisted in Co. C, 55th IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued April 23, 1896

• John Hughey of Louisville, Ky., entered service at Anna, Ill., enlisted in Co. L, 2nd OH CAV, awarded MOH for actions at Sailors Creek, Va., issued May 3, 1865

• 1st Sgt. Theodore Hyatt of Penn., entered service at Gardner, Ill., enlisted in Co. D, 127th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued July 9, 1894

• Samuel Hymer of Harrison County, Ind., entered service at Rushville, Ill., enlisted in Co. D, 115th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Buzzard's Roost Gap, Ga., issued March 28, 1896

• Cpl. Elisha Johns of Clinton, Ohio, entered service at Martintonk, Ill., enlisted in Co. B, 113th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued August 9, 1894

• Pvt. Andrew Johnson of Delaware County, Ohio, entered service at Assumption, Ill., enlisted in Co. G, 116th Ill. INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued August 9, 1894

• Pvt. David Johnston of Indiana County, Penn., entered service at Warsaw County, Ill., enlisted in Co. K, 8th MO INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued August 16, 1884

• 1st Lt. Simeon T. Josselyn of Buffalo, N.Y., entered service at Amboy, Ill., enlisted in Co. C, 13th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Missionary Ridge, Tenn., issued April 4, 1898

• Sgt. Leverett M. Kelley of Schenectady, N.Y., entered service at Rutland, Ill., enlisted in Co. A, 36th IL INF, received MOH for actions at Missionary Ridge, Tenn., issued April 4, 1900

• Pvt. Charles H. Kloth of Europe, entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Chicago Mercantile Battery, Illinois Light Artillery, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued January 15, 1895

• Pvt. George Kretsinger of Herkimer County, N.Y., entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Chicago Mercantile Battery, Illinois Light Artillery, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued July 20, 1897

• Pvt. Joseph S. Labill of France, entered service at Vandalia, Ill., enlisted in 6th MO INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued August 14, 1894

• Cpl. James W. Larrabee of Rensselaer County, N.Y., entered service at Mendota, Ill., enlisted in Co. I, 55th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued September 2, 1893

• Pvt. Robert A. Lower of Illinois, entered service at Elmwood, Ill., enlisted in Co. K, 55th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued September 2, 1893

• Pvt. George W. Lucas of Adams County, Ill., entered service at Mt. Sterling, Ill., enlisted in Co. C, 3rd MO CAV, awarded MOH for actions at Benton, AR, issued December 1864

• Sgt. George Marsh of Brookfield, Ill., entered service at Brookfield, Ill., enlisted in Co. D, 104th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Elk River, Tenn., issued September 17, 1897

• Capt. Samuel McConnell of Belmont County, Ohio, entered service at Bushnell, Ill., enlisted in Co. H, 116th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Fort Blakeley, AL, issued June 8, 1865

• Pvt. Andrew McCornack of Kane, Ill., entered service at Rutland, Ill., enlisted in Co. I, 127th Ill., awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued January 10, 1895

• Pvt. John W. McDonald of Lancaster, Ohio, entered service at Wayneville, Ill., enlisted in Co. E, 20th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Pittsburgh Landing, Tenn., issued August 27, 1900

• Sgt. Thomas McGraw of Ireland, entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Co. B, 23rd IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Petersburg, Va., issued May 12, 1865

• Pvt. Patrick McGuire of Ireland, entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Chicago Mercantile Battery, Illinois Light Artillery, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued January 15, 1895

• 1st. Lt. Nineveh S. McKeen of Marshall, Ill., entered service at Marshall, Ill., enlisted in Co. H, 21st IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Stone River, Tenn., issued June 23, 1890

• Cpl. James K. Merrifield of Penn., entered service at Manlius, Ill., enlisted in Co. C, 88th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Franklin, Tenn., issued March 28, 1896

• Cpt. Henry A. Miller of Germany, entered service at Decatur, Ill., enlisted in Co. B, 8th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Fort Blakeley, Ala., issued June 8, 1865

• Pvt. Jacob C. Miller of Bellevue, Ohio, entered service at Geneva, Ill., enlisted in Co. G, 113th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued August 20, 1894

• Pvt. Wilbur F. Moore of Lebanon, Ill., entered Lebanon, Ill., enlisted in Co. C, 117th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Nashville, Tenn., issued February 22, 1865

• Pvt. Jerome Morford of Mercer County, Pa., entered service at Bridgers Corner, Ill., enlisted in Co. K, 55th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued September 2, 1893

• Mus. Robinson B. Murphy of Oswego, Ill., entered service at Oswego, Ill., enlisted in Co. A, 127th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Atlanta, Ga., issued July 22, 1890

• Cpl. Thomas C. Murphy of Ireland, entered service at Pekin, Ill., enlisted in Co. I, 31st IL INF, awarded the MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued August 14, 1893

• Pvt. Marcellus J. Newman of Richview, Ill., entered service at Richview, Ill., enlisted in Co. B, 111th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Resaca, Ga., issued May 13, 1899

• Pvt. John O'Dea of Ireland, entered service at Clinton, Ill., enlisted in Co. D, 8th MO INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued July 12, 1894

• 1st. Lt. Menomen O'Donnell of Ireland, entered service in Illinois, enlisted in Co. A, 11th MO INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued September 11, 1897

• Mus. George H. Palmer of New York, entered service in Illinois, enlisted in 1st IL CAV, awarded MOH for actions at Lexington, Mo., issued March 10, 1896

• Cpl. James W. Parks of Lawrence County, Ohio, entered service at Xenia, Ill., enlisted in Co. F, 11th MO INF, awarded MOH for actions at Nashville, Tenn., issued February 24, 1865

• 1st. Lt. Thomas H.L. Payne of Boston, Mass., entered service at Mendota, Ill., enlisted in Co. E, 37th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Fort Blakeley, Ala., issued April 1, 1898

• Cpt. Patrick H. Pentzer of Marion County, Mo., entered service at Gillespie, Ill., enlisted in Co. C, 97th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Fort Blakeley, Ala., issued October 9, 1879

• 1st Sgt. Edward M. Pike of Casce, Maine, entered service at Bloomington, Ill., enlisted in Co. A, 33rd IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Cache River, Ark., issued March 29, 1899

• Col. Philip Sidney Post of Florida, NY, entered service at Galesburg, Ill., enlisted in 59th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Nashville, Tenn., issued March 18, 1893

• Cpl. Wesley J. Powers of Canada, entered service at Virgil, Ill., enlisted in Co. F, 147th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Oostanaula, Ga., issued October 24, 1895

• Cpl. Winthrop D. Putnam of Southbridge, Mass., entered service at Peoria, Ill., enlisted in Co. A, 77th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued April 4, 1898

• Sgt. George F. Rebmann of Schuyler County, Ill., entered service at Browning, Ill., enlisted in Co. B, 119th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Fort Blakeley, Ala., issued June 8, 1865

• Pvt. William Reed of Union County, Pa., entered service at Pekin, Ill., enlisted in Co. H, 8th MO INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued December 12, 1895

• Pvt. Charles W. Rundle of Cincinnati, Ohio, entered service at Oakley, Ill., enlisted in Co. A, 116th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued July 26, 1894

• Pvt. Jacob Sanford of Fulton County, Ill., entered service at Prairie City, Ill., enlisted in 55th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued September 2, 1893

• Pvt. Benjamin W. Schenck of Butler County, Ohio, entered service at Maroa, Ill., enlisted in Co. D, 116th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued August 14, 1894

• Maj. John M. Schofield of Gerry, NY, entered service at St. Louis, Mo., enlisted in 1st MO INF, awarded MOH for actions at Wilsons Creek, Mo., issued July 2, 1892

• Pvt. John Shapland of England, entered service at Ottawa, Ill., enlisted in Co. D, 104th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Elk River, Tenn., issued October 30, 1897

• Lt. William T. Simmons of Green County, Ill., entered service at Green County, Ill., enlisted in Co. C, 11th MO INF, awarded MOH for actions at Nashville, Tenn., issued February 24, 1865

• Pvt. Oscar Slagle of Fulton County, Ohio, entered service at Manlius, Ill., enlisted in Co. D, 104th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Elk River, Tenn., issued October 30, 1897

• Pvt. Reuben Smalley of Redding, NY, entered service at Brookfield, Ill., enlisted in Co. F, 83rd IN INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued July 9, 1894

• Sgt. Edward B. Spalding of Ogle County, Ill., entered service at Rockford, Ill., enlisted in Co. E, 52nd IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Pittsburgh Landing, Tenn., issued January 15, 1894

• Cpl. Benona Sprague of Onondaga County, NY, entered service at Chencys Grove, Ill., enlisted in Co. F, 116th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued July 10, 1894

• Pvt. William G. Stephens of New York, NY, entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Chicago Mercantile Battery, Illinois Light Artillery, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued December 21, 1894

• 1st Lt. George H. Stockman of Germany, entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Co. C, 6th MO INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued July 9, 1894

• Pvt. George Stokes of England, entered service at Jerseyville, Ill., enlisted in Co. C, 122nd IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Nashville, Tenn., issued February 24, 1865

• Sgt. Henry H. Taylor of Jo Daviess County, Ill., entered service at Galena, Ill., enlisted in Co. C, 45th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued September 1, 1893

• Sgt. William Toomer of Ireland, entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Co. G, 127th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued July 9, 1894

• 2nd Lt. James D. Vernay of Lacon, Ill., entered service at Lacon, Ill., enlisted in Co. B, 11th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued April 1, 1898

• Pvt. Thomas J. Ward of Romney, W. Va., entered service at Macon County, Ill., enlisted in Co. C, 116th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued July 27, 1894

• Cpl. John Warden of Cook County, Ill., entered service at Lemont, Ill., enlisted in Co. E, 55th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued September 2, 1893

• Lt. Col. Loyd Wheaton of Calhoun County, Mich., entered service at Illinois, enlisted in 8th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Fort Blakeley, Ala., issued January 16, 1894

• Cpt. Patrick H. White of Ireland, entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Chicago Mercantile Battery, Illinois Light Artillery, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued January 15, 1833

• Pvt. John Whitmore of Brown County, Ill., entered service at Camden, Ill., enlisted in Co. F, 119th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Fort Blakeley, Ala., issued June 8, 1865

• Pvt. Andrew J. Widick of Macon County, Ill., entered service at Decatur, Ill., enlisted in Co. B, 116th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued August 11, 1894

• Pvt. Elwood N. Williams of Philadelphia, Pa., entered service at Havana, Ill., enlisted in Co. A, 28th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Shiloh, Tenn., issued September 28, 1897

• Cpt. Richard H. Wood of Cumberland, NJ, entered service at Woodburn, Ill., enlisted in Co. A, 97th IL INF, awarded MOH for actions at Vicksburg, Miss., issued December 12, 1895

The following are Medals of Honor accredited to Illinois during WWI:

• Cpl. Jake Allex of Prizren, Serbia, entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Co. H, 131st IL INF, 33rd DIV, awarded MOH for actions at Chipilly Ridge, France, issued under G.O. No. 44, 1919

• 1st Sgt. Johannes S. Anderson of Finland, entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Co. B, 132nd INF, 33rd DIV, awarded MOH for actions at Consenvoye, France, issued under G.O. No. 16, 1919

• 1st Sgt. Sydney G. Gumpertz of San Raphael, Calif., entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Co. E, 132nd INF, 33rd DIV, awarded MOH for actions in Bois-de-Forges, France, issued under G.O. No. 16, 1919

• Cpl. Ralyn M. Hill of Lindenwood, Ill., entered service at Oregon, Ill., enlisted in Co. H, 129th INF, 33rd DIV, awarded MOH for actions near Donnevoux, France, issued under G.O. No. 34, 1919

• Pvt. Berger Loman of Bergen, Norway, entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Co. H, 132nd INF, 33rd DIV, awarded MOH for actions near Consenvoye, France, issued under G.O. No. 16, 1919

• Cpt. George H. Mallon of Ogden, Kans., entered service at Minneapolis, Minn., enlisted in 132nd INF, 33rd DIV, awarded MOH for actions in the Bois-de-Forges, France, issued under G.O. No. 16, 1919

• Cpl. Thomas A. Pope of Chicago, Ill., entered service at Chicago, Ill., enlisted in Co. E., 131st INF, 33rd DIV, awarded MOH for actions at Hamel, France, issued under G.O. No. 44, 1919

• Sgt. Willie Sandlin of Jackson, Ky., entered service at Hyden, Ky., enlisted in Co. A, 132nd INF, 33rd DIV, awarded MOH for actions at Bois-de-Forges, issued under G.O. No. 16, 1919

• Pvt. Clayton K. Slack of Plover, Wis., entered service at Madison, Wis., enlisted in Co. D, 124th Machine Gun Battalion, 33rd DIV, awarded MOH for actions near Consenvoye, France, issued under G.O. No. 16, 1919

The following are Medals of Honor accredited to Illinois during WWII:

• Pfc. Dexter J. Kerstetter of Centralia, Wash., entered service at Centralia, Wash., enlisted in Co. C, 130th INF, 33rd DIV, awarded MOH for actions near Caliano, Luzon, Philippine Islands, issued under G.O. No. 97, 1945

• Sgt. John R. McKinney of Woodcliff, Ga., entered service at Barberton, Ohio, enlisted in Co. A, 123rd INF, 33rd DIV, awarded MOH for actions near Tabio, Luzon, Philippine Islands, issued under G.O. No. 14, 1946

• Staff Sgt. Howard E. Woodford of Barberton, Ohio, entered service at Barberton, Ohio, enlisted in Co. I, 130th INF, 33rd DIV, awarded MOH for actions near Tabio, Luzon, Philippine Islands, issued under G.O. No. 14, 1946

 
THE COUNTRY IS AT WAR! BUT THE PEOPLE ARE AT THE MALL DON'T FORGET ABOUT OUR TROOPS! PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 23 March 2012 13:42
Don’t let our troops be forgotten! Every day when we read the news it's the same headlines over and over. The media is obsessed with election coverage, football teams trading players, and which football team Peyton Manning is going to. There is no coverage about our important mission in Afghanistan.

While our troops are out fighting the terrorists, America is at the mall, worrying about our own problems when there are brave troops overseas who NEED OUR ATTENTION AND SUPPORT! We can't let our brave military men and women be forgotten, especially not with Easter just around the corner!

SEND AN EASTER CARE PACKAGE.
REMIND OUR TROOPS THAT WE HAVEN'T FORGOTTEN THEM!


Reminding us of the importance of our mission, a statement was released today by Senators McCain, Graham and Lieberman, as a plea to the American people not to forget the importance of our mission in Afghanistan and the troops who are winning the war on terror.

"The painful lesson we learned on Sept. 11, 2001, remains true today: What happens in Afghanistan directly affects our safety here at home. We abandoned Afghanistan in the 1990s, and the result was a fanatical regime that allowed its territory to become a base for global terror attacks, while inflicting medieval tyranny on the Afghan people, especially women. If we quit Afghanistan again, and abandon the millions of Afghans who have risked everything to be our allies in the hopes of succeeding together, the consequences will be disastrous for both our peoples".


- Joint Letter, March 21, 2012
Sen. John McCain
Sen. Joseph Lieberman
Sen. Lindsey Graham

Our troops need us now! Show your support by sending a box full of goodies and necessities ! Your personal message will be sent in a care package packed by our volunteers and sent along with a box full of goodies including special Easter treats! The Easter Holiday is coming up quickly, so get your orders in now!



Don’t Forget! We’re On the Lookout for Troops!

Soldier Registration is easy! If you have the address of someone on active military duty, such as a spouse, child or sibling, you can click here for our Soldier Sign Up to register each one with the program, or copy this link:

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e-mail it to them so they can register themselves. Once registered, they will be eligible to receive a package and messages of support from caring fellow Americans.

 
Illinois Airman Earns Guard Bureau's Noncommissoned Officer of the Year PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sgt. Charles Helmholt   
Friday, 23 March 2012 12:46

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE , IL (03/21/2012)(readMedia)-- There may not be one perfect Guardsman in the United States, but there is one Illinois Guardsman who was recognized as the best noncommissioned officer (NCO) in the country by the National Guard Bureau.

Illinois Air National Guardsman Tech. Sgt. Jacob Curtis of Fairview Heights, with the 126th Security Forces Squadron at Scott Air Force Base was recently named the 2011 NCO of the Year for the entire National Guard.

Curtis discovered he won this award March 16 with a direct phone call from Maj . Gen. Willaim L. Enyart of Belleville, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, who congratulated him on his nationally recognized award.

"It was so surreal at first," said Curtis. "It felt like my head was floating."

He won the highest national achievement the National Guard has to offer and now is in the running to be one of 12 Air Force-wide Outstanding Airmen of the Year.

Curtis won the NCO of the Quarter, third quarter 2011, Squadron NCO of the Year in 2008 and 2011, Mission Support Group NCO of the Year 2011, 126th Wing NCO of the Year 2011, and finally NCO of the year for the Air National Guard 2011.

"Technical Sgt. Jacob Curtis is a gifted and giving professional and is most deserving of this crowning achievement," said Col. Peter Nezamis of Belleville, commander of the 126th Air Refueling Wing at Scott Air Force Base. "Technical Sgt. Curtis and his family have endured long and painful separations countless times in support of overseas operations. I couldn't be more pleased with the honor of having Tech. Sgt. Curtis and his family represent the 126th Air Refueling Wing as an Air National Guard Outstanding Noncommissioned Officer of the Year."

Curtis is the noncommissioned officer in charge (NCOIC) of the plans section for the Illinois Air National Guard's 126th Security Forces Squadron. He is also the information security officer and client support administrator, all while performing his primary job as a security forces officer.

"He is a go-getter," said Tech. Sgt. Salvador Silva of Belleville, the 126th Security Forces' acting first sergeant. "He wants to be a part of everything and always wants more responsibility; this shows in his job here, and with his level of education."

Curtis grew up a military child. His father James retired as a lieutenant colonel at Scott AFB and has called southern Illinois home since he was 15. He attended high school in O'Fallon.

Staff Sgt. Steven J. Ask of Shiloh, NCOIC of combat arms for the 126th has known Curtis since high school, and now serves in the same unit with him.

"I've really gotten to know him since joining the unit," said Ask. "He is one of the first people I call if I need something here, and one of the few people I feel I can talk to about anything. His work ethic is above and beyond most other peoples. He completely looks after others, his troops, his friends, even if he didn't know the person he would look out for them."

Perhaps this quality might best be justified from an event that took place on Curtis' recent deployment to Afghanistan.

While serving as the battle NCO at the Joint Defense Operations Center at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, a nearby building was hit by indirect enemy rocket fire. The blast killed two local nationals and wounded three. In addition, two Airmen were also injured.

Noticing the closest Airmen to the blast had to retain security along the base's wall to guard against a follow up attack, Curtis sprang into action. He was among the first to reach the building and found one of the wounded Airman. The Airman had a broken leg that had lacerated his femoral artery.

Curtis administered aid by tying a tourniquet around the downed Airman's leg to help stop the bleeding, and waited to help carry him out until emergency medical technicians arrived. He was awarded a certificate of appreciation for his actions that day.

Curtis insists his entire unit should receive this award and that he just embodies his unit's commitment to excellence. And, although it may be true there are many great Airmen like Curtis, he has more than proven himself for this award to his peers, his friends and his superiors.

"We are all extremely proud of him," said Ask. "Having him here serves as an example of what a person in the Guard can achieve and he inspires us to strive for that level of achievement."

Curtis said he looks forward to his career and new challenges.

"I hope to continue on my career path and try to stay at this level of achievement. I'm at the top right now so it'll be a challenge, but a challenge I'm definitely looking forward to taking on," he said.

 
Illinois National Guard Soldiers Officially Welcomed Home, Fallen Hero Remembered PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sgt. Michael Camacho, 108th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs   
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 12:08

PEORIA (03/17/2012)(readMedia)-- Approximately 75 Soldiers with 709th Area Support Medical Company (ASMC) in Peoria were recognized March 17 at Illinois Army National Guard armory in Peoria at their Freedom Salute ceremony honoring their sacrifice and service.

The 709th was mobilized in January in support of Operation New Dawn and came home in November. The 709th provided medical care to more than 14,000 U.S. and coalition servicemembers in Iraq.

As a National Guard unit tasked with a unique mission, the 709th received recognition from active duty counterparts and exceeding other units in overall performance and operations said Maj. Dennis McWherter of Chicago, the 709th's company commander.

Operating out of the Sgt. Ivory Phipps Troops Medical Clinic the 709th was the last primary care medical unit on Joint Base Balad, successfully ending medical operations on the base and transitioning operations to the Iraqi government. As the clinic closed its doors, the 709th brought back the memorial plaque that hung in the clinic honoring Staff Sgt. Ivory Phipps of Chicago, an Illinois Army National Guard Soldier who died in Iraq in 2004. He was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant.

Phipps was assigned to the Paris-based 1544th Transportation Company when he was killed in Iraq on March 17, 2004, said Brig. Gen. Robert Pratt, the director of the Joint Staff from the Illinois National Guard. In 2006 the 710th ASMC from North Riverside opened the Cobra Clinic in Balad, the Illinois unit would later begin the process to rename the clinic after Phipps. In 2008 the 206th ASMC of the Missouri National Guard officially renamed the clinic.

The original plaque was given to Phipps' son, Elijah Phipps, 8, accompanied by his mother received the plaque honoring his father.

"I felt proud," said Elijah, "because he did a great job serving the country. He made a great sacrifice."

The unit felt it was only right to give the original plaque to Phipps' son, said McWherter.

"Too often a fallen Soldiers' story is not recorded for their children," he said. "Elijah doesn't have his father to tell his stories. We wanted to give Elijah something to remember his father, something that shows our respect for him and his sacrifice."

Two replicas were made, one given to the 710th ASMC having opened and named the clinic and the other given to the 709th ASMC closing the clinic five years later.

"As Soldiers we will honor our fallen and remember them as they were in life, friends, Soldiers, leaders and truly, truly heroes," said Pratt.

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Illinois Guardsmen Place in 2012 U.s. Army Small Arms Championship PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Story by Capt. Dustin Cammack, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs   
Monday, 19 March 2012 14:38
CHICAGO (03/14/2012)(readMedia)-- The Illinois Army National Guard's Small Arms Team competed in the 2012 U.S. All Army Small Arms Championship at Fort Benning, Ga., Mar. 1 to 10.

The five member team placed 8th out of 335 competitors – 55 teams total – and was the 4th ranked Army National Guard Team in the competition. The team took 1st place overall in the Rifle Team championship, and earned a total of 14 top three placements.

"As a team, this year's competition was not as dramatic as last year, but we did very well in the individual competitions," said team member Sgt. First Class David Perdew of Astoria.

Among the multiple awards the Illinois team won, two awards standout in distinction. Staff Sgt. Tracy Mix of Marseilles earned the Distinguished Rifle Shot Badge, while Sgt. First Class Perdew earned the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge. Perdew also earned the Silver Excellence in Rifle Competition Badge.

"The Distinguished Rifleman Badge was established in 1887, and the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge in 1903," said Perdew. "Only about 1600 servicemembers have either of them – it is a very distinguished and sought after award."

The awards are presented to individuals who have earned 30 credit points while firing a service rifle or a service pistol in qualifying Excellence-in-Competition (EIC) matches. Having precedence above the standard qualification badges, these awards are the most coveted marksmanship badges that can be earned and worn on a military uniform.

The competition is open to Soldiers of any rank and formation across the Army, including West Point and ROTC cadets, Army Reservists and National Guardsmen.

During the week-long event, servicemen and women fire military issued M-16/M-4 rifles at distances between 25 and 500 yards, and the M-9 pistol between seven and 35 yards on a variety of courses. They also compete in a combined-arms match – employing the rifle, pistol and shotgun in a number of different stages of fire.

The Illinois Team is comprised of Sgt Terry Pody of Machesney Park (Team Coach), Chief Warrant Officer (2) Ryan Landon of Creal Springs, Staff Sgt. Tracy Mix of Marseilles, Sgt. First Class David Perdew of Astoria, and Sgt. Jeffrey Bugger of Athens.

Complete team results – Sgt. First Class David Perdew, HHD 44th Chem. Bn, Macomb: 1st Place U.S. Army Overall Small Arms Individual Champion, Open Class; 1st Place U.S. Army Service Pistol Champion, Open Class; 3rd Place U.S. Army Service Rifle Champion, Open Class; 2nd Place Match 1 (Pistol), Open Class; 1st Place, Match 3 (Pistol), Open Class; 2nd Place, Match 8 (Rifle), Open Class; 8 Pistol EIC Points, earning the Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge; 8 Rifle EIC Points, earning the Silver EIC Badge.

Staff Sgt. Tracy Mix, Co. A 33rd BSTB, Marseilles: 3rd Place U.S. Army Overall Small Arms Individual Champion, Open Class; 3rd Place U.S. Army Service Pistol Champion, Open Class; 1st Place U.S. Army Service Rifle Champion, Open Class; 1st Place, Match 5 (Pistol) Open Class; 1st Place, Match 7, (Rifle) Open Class; 8 Rifle EIC Points, earning the Distinguished Rifle Shot Badge;6 Pistol EIC Points.

Chief Warrant Officer (2) Ryan Landon, 3637th FSMC, Springfield: 1st Place Match 7 (Rifle), Novice Class; 6th Place U.S. Army Service Rifle Championship, Novice Class; 8 Rifle EIC Points.

Sgt. Jeffrey Bugger, 1844th Trans. Co., Quincy: 2nd Place, Match 1 (Pistol) Novice Class; 3rd Place, Match 5 (Pistol) Novice Class; 4th Place U.S. Army Service Pistol Championship, Novice Class; 8 Pistol EIC Points.

Sgt Terry Pody (Team Coach), 135th Chem. Co., Machesney Park: 6 Rifle EIC Points.

 
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