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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 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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