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Florida Medal of Honor Recipients

Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor has been accredited to Florida only 23 times. Image courtesy US Department of Defense

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 specialness of 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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