Medal of Honor Display
A special area located inside the walk through vault was set aside to honor all Medal of Honor recipients. All 3,458 recipients are listed on a large wall by war, beginning with the Civil War thru present day Afghanistan.
Fort Chadbourne also has all the Medals of Honor on display beginning with the earlier Medals issued in the 1800’s, up to the Medals of today. The Medals were donated by James Kenney of San Antonio, along with years of research. All of his clippings, articles, and photographs have been placed in a database, and each Medal of Honor recipient has a file. Although, some recipients have a tremendous amount of information, others may have nothing more than a mention that they were issued the Medal of Honor.
Fort Chadbourne also had six soldiers that served at Fort Chadbourne, who were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Civil War. Each of these men has a special tribute. They were Major
General David Sloane Stanley, 2nd Dragoons, Company C, Brigadier General Henry Clay Wood, 1st Infantry, Company D, Major Peter Martin Boehm, 4th Cavalry, Company A, Major General Zenus
Randall Bliss, 8thInfantry, Company A, Lt.
Colonel Eugene Beauharnais Beaumont, 4th
Cavalry, Company A, and Major Joseph S. Hedges 4th Cavalry, Company D.
The museum has Medal of Honor recipient Major Peter Boehm’s saber on display. It was given to him for his bravery at Dinwiddie Court House, Virginia. On loan from Jackson Armory in Dallas, is a special Henry Repeating Rifle that belonged to Alanson Pitts Webber. He was awarded the Medal for his actions at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia. Webber, who was a Fife Major, used the rapid fire Henry Repeating Rifle to hold off the Rebels long enough for his company to take cover below a crest, saving many lives.
Medal of Honor Statistics
THERE HAVE BEEN 3,478 MEDALS OF HONOR AWARDED TO 3,458 RECIPIENTS
19 DOUBLE RECIPIENTS
6 CIVILIANS INCLUDING ONE WOMAN
1ST MEDAL OF HONOR WAS AWARDED ON MARCH 25, 1863 TO JACOB PARROTT
YOUNGEST TO RECEIVE MEDAL OF HONOR WAS 12 YEAR OLD WILLIAM JOHNSTON
SONS OF TWO PRESIDENTS HAVE RECEIVED THE MEDAL OF HONOR
TWO FATHERS AND SONS HAVE RECEIVED THE MEDAL OF HONOR
THE CORRECT NAME IS MEDAL OF HONOR, NOT CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR
NUMBER OF MEDALS BY WAR OR INTERIM
CIVIL WAR - 1,522
INDIAN CAMPAIGNS - 426
KOREA 1871 - 15
SPANISH AMERICAN WAR - 110
PHILIPPINE INSURRECTION - 80
SAMOAN CAMPAIGN - 4
CHINA RELIEF BOXER REBELLION - 59
PHILIPPINES 1911 - 6
MEXICAN CAMPAIGN VERA CRUZ - 56
HAITIAN CAMPAIGN 1915 - 6
DOMINICAN CAMPAIGN - 3
WORLD WAR I - 124
HAITIAN CAMPAIGN 1919-1920 - 2
NICARAGUAN CAMPAIGN - 2
INTERIM PERIODS - 193
WORLD WAR II - 464
KOREAN WAR - 136
VIETNAM - 248
SOMALIA - 2
IRAQ - 4
AFGHANISTAN - 7
UNKNOWNS - 9