The Medal of Honor is the highest award for military valor in action. In over 150 years, the Medal has been awarded just over 3,500 times. When originally issued during the Civil War the Medal did not have the same level of stature that it does today. In fact, over 1,500 Medals were awarded during the Civil War alone. When one considers the millions of men and women who have worn military uniforms, it is easy to see the special actions it takes to receive this award.
The official name is the Medal of Honor. Because Congress created the award, it is sometimes mistakenly called the Congressional Medal of Honor. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society, chartered by Congress and thus the name, has an explanation of this misnomer.
States receive accreditation for awards based upon the state where a soldier enlists. The state of Florida is accredited with twenty-three Medal of Honor recipients. As I write brief biographies of these men, they will show as linked below allowing you read about them and the actions that garnered them such acclaim.
Charles Albert Varnum Captain Army Indian Wars
Clarence M. Condon Sergeant Army Philippine War
Francis Edward Ormsbee, Jr. Chief Machinist’s Mate Navy World War I
William Merrill Corry, Jr. Lieutenant Commander Navy World War I
Alexander R. Nininger, Jr. Second Lieutenant Army World War II
James Henry Mills Private Army World War II
David McCampbell Commander Navy World War II
Robert Edward Femoyer Second Lieutenant Air Corps World War II
Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. Major Air Corps World War II
Robert M. McTureious, Jr. Private Marine Corps World War II
Baldomero Lopez First Lieutenant Marine Corps Korean War
Emory L. Bennett Private First Class Army Korean War
Robert R. Ingram Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Navy Vietnam War
Larry Eugene Smedley Corporal Marine Corps Vietnam War
Clifford Chester Sims Staff Sergeant Army Vietnam War
Nicholas J. Cutinha Specialist 4th Class Army Vietnam War
Clyde Everett Lassen Lieutenant Junior Grade Navy Vietnam War
Robert H. Jenkins, Jr. Private First Class Marine Corps Vietnam War
Hammett L. Bowen, Jr. Staff Sergeant Army Vietnam War
Bruce Wayne Carter Private First Class Army Vietnam War
Ardie R. Copas Sergeant Army Vietnam War
Paul R. Smith Sergeant First Class Army Iraq
Robert J. Miller Staff Sergeant Army Afghanistan
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