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Idaho's Medal of Honor Recipients Main Treasure Valley Life

March 25th marks National Medal of Honor Day. This is a celebration and remembrance for our military service members who went above and beyond the call of duty to serve their country, and were rewarded with the nation’s highest honor. We wanted to show the medal of honor recipients who are living in Idaho, were born in Idaho, and who are buried in Idaho.

The stretch of US Highway-20 that runs through Idaho (from Parma to Yellowstone) was recently renamed the Idaho Medal of Honor Highway by then-Governor Brad Little on July 1, 2019. Highway 20 stretches from Oregon to Massachusetts. The Military Order of the Purple Heart is currently working with each state that US-20 runs through to rename the highway the Medal of Honor Highway from coast to coast.

The information in this article was compiled from the Idaho Military Museum and the Idaho Military Historical Society. Their website lists more people than this article does because it also contains people who trained and served in conflicts in Idaho, but who were neither born nor buried here. For the purposes of our article, we focused on those latter two criteria.

We will add their information to our Famous People from Idaho page in the near future.

Medal of Honor recipients living in Idaho

Vietnam War

Thomas Rolland Norris
US Navy
Born January 14, 1944
Date and Location of Act - April 10-13, 1972 - Quang Tri Province, Vietnam
Currently Lives in Boise, Idaho

Medal of Honor recipients born in Idaho

WWII

Gregory “Pappy” Boyington
US Marine Corps
Born December 4, 1912 - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho
Date and Location of Act - September 12, 1943-January 3, 1944 - Central Solomons Area
Resting Place - Arlington National Cemetary

Leonard Carl Bostrum
US Army
Born November 23, 1919 - Preston, Idaho
Date and Location of Act - October 28, 1944 - Near Dagami, Leyte, Philippine Islands
Resting Place - Preston Cemetary in Preston, Idaho

Robert Dale Maxwell
US Army
Born October 26, 1920 - Boise, Idaho
Date and Location of Act - September 7, 1944 - Near Besancon, France
Resting Place - Terrebonne Pioneer Cemetary in Terrebonne, Oregon

Lloyd G McCarter
US Army
Born May 11, 1917 - St. Maries, Idaho
Date and Location of Act - February 16-19, 1945 - Corregidor, Philippine Islands
Resting Place - Woodlawn Cemetary in St. Maries, Idaho

Nathan K Van Noy, Jr
US Army
Born August 9, 1924 - Grace, Idaho
Date and Location of Act - October 17, 1943 - near Finschafen, New Guinea
Resting Place - Grace Cemetary in Grace, Idaho

 

Korean War

David Bruce Bleak
US Army
Born February 27, 1932 - Idaho Falls, Idaho
Date and Location of Act - June 14, 1952 - Near Minar-gol, Korea
Resting Place - Cremated, but a memorial marker was placed in the Lost River Cemetary in Butte County, Idaho.

James Edmund Johnson
US Marine Corps
Born January 1, 1926 - Pocatello, Idaho
Date and Location of Act - December 2, 1950 - Yudam-ni, Korea
Resting Place - MIA. Declared KIA on November 2, 1953. A memorial marker is in Arlington National Cemetary

Reginald Rodney Myers
US Marine Corps
Born November 26, 1919 - Boise, Idaho
Date and Location of Act - November 29, 1950 - Near Hagaru-ri, Korea
Resting Place - Arlington National Cemetary

Dan D Schoonover
US Army
Born October 8, 1933 - Boise, Idaho
Date and Location of Act - July 8-10, 1953 - Near Sokkogae, Korea
Resting Place - MIA. A memorial marker was placed in Morris Hill Cemetary in Boise, Idaho

 

Medal of Honor recipients interred in Idaho

Civil War

Gurdon H Barter
US Navy
Date and Location of Act - January 15, 1865 - USS Minnesota/Fort Fisher
Resting Place - Moscow Cenetary in Moscow, Idaho and Viola Cemetary in Viola, Idaho. His Medal of Honor headstone is in Viola.

John Wesley Conway
US Army
Date and Location of Act - May 22, 1863 - Vicksburg, Mississippi
Resting Place - Evergreen Cemetery in Post Falls, Idaho

John Henry Hayes
US Army
Date and Location of Act - April 16, 1865 - Columbus, Georgia
Resting Place - Moscow Cemetary in Moscow, Idaho

James Kephart
US Army
Date and Location of Act - May 19, 1863, Vicksburg, Mississippi
Resting Place - Elmwood Cemetary in Gooding, Idaho

 

Indian Campaigns (1865-1868)

John Green
US Army
Date and Location of Act - January 17, 1873 - Lava Beds, California
Resting Place - Morris Hill Cemetary in Boise, Idaho

Richard Clamor Heise
US Army
Date and Location of Act - August 13-October 31, 1868 - Black Mountains, Arizona
Resting Place - Heise Hot Springs Cemetary in Heise, Idaho, the town he founded

Francis Oliver
US Army
Date and Location of Act - October 20, 1869 - Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona
Resting Place - Normal Hill Cemetary in Lewiston, Idaho

William H Smith
US Army
Date and Location of Act - October 20, 1869 - Chiricahua Mountains, Arizona
Resting Place - Gooding, Idaho

 

Philippine-American War

Richard Moses Longfellow
US Army
Date and Location of Act - May 16, 1899 - near San Isidro, Philippine Islands
Resting Place - Normal Hill Cemetary in Lewiston, Idaho

 

World War I

Thomas Croft, Neibaur
US Army
Date and Location of Act - October 16, 1918 - near Landres-et-St. Georges, France
Resting Place - Sugar City Cemetary in Sugar City, Idaho

 

WWII

Leonard Carl Bostrum
US Army
Born November 23 - Preston, Idaho
Date and Location of Act - October 28, 1944 - Near Dagami, Leyte, Philippine Islands
Resting Place - Preston Cemetary in Preston, Idaho

Arthur J Jackson
US Marine Corps
Date and Location of Act - September 18, 1944 - Peleliu Island in Palau
Resting Place - Idaho Veterans Cemetary in Boise, Idaho

Lloyd G McCarter
US Army
Born May 11, 1917 - St. Maries, Idaho
Date and Location of Act - February 16-19, 1945 - Corregidor, Philippine Islands
Resting Place - Woodlawn Cemetary in St. Maries, Idaho

Oscar Verner Peterson
US Navy
Date and Location of Act - May 7, 1942 - Coral Sea
Resting Place - Buried at Sea, but a memorial marker rests in Richfield Cemetary in Richfield, Idaho next to his wife.

Nathan K Van Noy, Jr
US Army
Born August 9, 1924 - Grace, Idaho
Date and Location of Act - October 17, 1943 - near Finschafen, New Guinea
Resting Place - Grace Cemetary in Grace, Idaho

 

Korean War

David Bruce Bleak
US Army
Born February 27, 1932- Idaho Falls, Idaho
Date and Location of Act - June 14, 1952 - Near Minar-gol, Korea
Resting Place - Cremated, but a memorial marker was placed in the Lost River Cemetary in Butte County, Idaho.

Herbert A Littleton
US Marine Corps
Date and Location of Act - April 22, 1951 - Chungchon, Korea
Resting Place - Kohler Lawn Cemetary in Nampa, Idaho

 

Vietnam War

Bernard Francis Fisher
US Air Force
Date and Location of Act - March 10, 1966 - Bien Hoa and Pleiku, Vietnam
Resting Place - Idaho State Veterans Cemetary in Boise, Idaho

Ed W Freeman
US Army
Date and Location of Act - November 14, 1965 - Landing Zone X-Ray in La Drang Valley, Vietnam
Resting Place - Idaho State Veterans Cemetery in Boise, Idaho

Frank Stanley Reasoner
US Marine Corps
Date and Location of Act - July 12, 1965 - near Da Nang, Vietnam
Resting Place - Greenwood Cemetary in Kellogg, Idaho

 
Posted by AndrewS at 3/26/2021 12:44:00 AM
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