Historical Reference

The Medal of Honor is the United States of America's highest and most prestigious personal military decoration that may be awarded to recognize U.S. military service members who distinguished themselves by acts of valor.

Civil War

Joseph Burger 2nd Minnesota, (2-136)
Clinton Albert Cilly 2nd Minnesota, (2-136)
William A. Clark 2nd Minnesota, (2-136)
James Flannigan 2nd Minnesota, (2-136)
Milton Hanna 2nd Minnesota, (2-136)
Lovilo N. Holmes 2nd Minnesota, (2-136)
John G. Merritt 1st Minnesota, (2-135)
Henry D. O'Brien 1st Minnesota, (2-135)
Byron E. Pay 2nd Minnesota, (2-136)
Alonzo H. Pickle 1st Minnesota, (2-135)
Axel Hayford Reed 2nd Minnesota, (2-136)
Marshall Sherman 1st Minnesota, (2-135)
John Vale 2nd Minnesota, (2-136)
James A. Williamson 4th Iowa, (1-168)
Samuel Wright 2nd Minnesota, (2-136)

1. 16 Minnesota 34ID MoH during Civil War.
2. Iowa recipients unaccounted for. Research needed.

World War II

Robert Booker 34/133, 9 Apr 43
Ernest H. Dervishian 34/135, 8 Jan 45, [3]
William W. Galt 34/168, 29 May 44
George J. Hall 34/135, 23 May 44 [3]
Mikio Hasemoto 34/133/100/B, 29 Nov 43
Shizuya Hayashi 34/133/100/A, 29 Nov 43
Yeiki Kobashigawa 34/133/100/B, 2 Jun 44
Kaoru Moto 34/442/100/C, 7 Jul 44
Sadao S. Munemori 34/442/100/A, 5 April 1945 [per Ashcraft, however, 100th not attached to 34ID on this date.]
Kiyoshi Muranaga 34/442/2/F, 26 Jun 44
Shinyei Nakamine 34/442/100/B, 2 Jun 44
William Nakamura 34/442/2/G, 4 Jul 44
Beryl R. Newman 34/133, 26 May 44
Allan Ohata 34/133/100/B, 29-30 Nov 43
Frank Ono 34/442/2/G, 4 Jul 44
Kazuo Otani 34/442/2/G, 15 Jul 44
Leo J. Powers 34/133, 3 Feb 44
Paul F. Riordan 34/133, 3-8 Feb 44
Charles W. Shea 88/350/F, 22 Jan 45. Source?
Furman L. Smith 34/135, 31 May 44 [3]
Ted T. Tanouye 34/442/3/K, 7 Jul 44
Thomas W. Wigle 34/135, 14 Sep 44 [3]

1. The Japanese-American 442nd "Go For Broke" Regimental Combat Team and its 100th "Purple Heart" Infantry Battalion were assigned or attached to the 34th Infantry Division (Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Anzio).
2. 34ID Assoc. claims 34 MoH for 34ID in WWII. http://www.34ida.org/history/
34ID claims 20 (see above). http://www.minnesotanationalguard.org/units/34id/history.php
3. William G. Kreger, A Condensed History of the 135th Infantry from Gettysburg to the Po, N.p., 1951.
4. http://valor.militarytimes.com

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Anoka Chapter Minnesota State Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Minnesota Medal of Honor Recipients: From the Civil War to Vietnam. 2016.

Ashcraft, Howard D., As You Were: Cannon Company, 34th Infantry Division, 168th Infantry Regiment, World War II. Richmond, VA: Ashcraft Enterprises, 1990. p182.

Go For Broke National Education Center. “Medal of Honor Statistics.” Accessed June 6, 2017. http://www.goforbroke.org/learn/history/hall_of_honor/awards_stats.php

Home of Heroes. “Hometown Heroes of the North Star State Minnesota.” Accessed June 6, 2017. http://homeofheroes.com/moh/states/mn.html

Kreger, William G. A Condensed History of the 135th Infantry from Gettysburg to the Po. N.p., 1951.

Leehan, Brian. Roaring Bull: The 34th Infantry Division in the Global War on Terror. Minneapolis: Beaver’s Pond Press, 2017.

Minnesota Military Museum. “The Medal of Honor.” Accessed June 6, 2017. http://www.mnmilitarymuseum.org/resources/medal-honor-recipients/

Minnesota State Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Minnesota Medal of Honor Recipients from the Civil War to Vietnam. 2016.

Sawicki, James A. Infantry Regiments of the U.S. Army. Wyvern, Dumfries, 1981.

US Army Center of Military History. “Medal of Honor.” Last modified March 21, 2016. Accessed June 6, 2017. http://www.history.army.mil/moh/index.html

Wikipedia. “List of Medal of Honor recipients.” Accessed June 6, 2017. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Medal_of_Honor_recipients

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