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Mary Walker is the only woman to ever earn a Medal of Honor One of the first rotating exhibits at the new Heritage Center will feature Dr. Mary Edwards Walker — the only woman to ever receive the Medal of Honor.
Which notable service members never received the Medal of Honor? More than 3,500 people received the Medal of Honor throughout the award's 157-year history of recognizing people who acted with valor. However, influential members of U.S. military history remain who never received the prestigious award, among them one of America's most storied generals.
McMinnville, Tennessee, Medal of Honor recipient killed while saving another man's life in Vietnam War Born and raised in McMinnville, Tennessee, historical descriptions peg David Robert Ray as a lanky, kindhearted man with a Southern drawl.
Medal of Honor recipient Troy McGill, eight-man patrol took on 200 drunken troops In the quiet morning hours of March 4, 1944, a herd of 200 drunken enemy troops descended on Sgt. Troy McGill and his eight-man patrol. Surprised and outmatched, all but McGill and one other man were killed.
Medal of Honor recipient Mitchell Stout dropped out of high school to serve in Vietnam War At age 17, Mitchell Stout dropped out of Lenoir City High School in North Carolina and enlisted in the Army. He successfully completed paratrooper school and received his wings before the Army discharged him after discovering his real age.
George Gillespie Jr. was a southerner, Medal of Honor recipient who fought for the Union Army After graduating second in his 1862 West Point class, George Gillespie Jr. entered the service in Chattanooga during the Civil War. A Southerner fighting for the Union Army, he commanded two companies of the engineers' battalion in Virginia.
Medal of Honor recipient John Harlan Willis killed while caring for wounded soldier John Harlan Willis returned eight live grenades toward Japanese enemy fire — all while aiding a wounded Marine lying in a shell hole during a battle for Hill 362A on Feb. 28, 1945.
Born into slavery, George Jordan of Williamson County, Tennessee, was awarded Medal of Honor for two battles Born into slavery in 1847, George Jordan enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 19 on Christmas Day in Nashville as an illiterate, free man.
Only female Medal of Honor recipient among more than 900 who had medals rescinded Dr. Mary Walker, the first and only female to every be awarded a Medal of Honor, was among a group of 911 to have their awards rescinded in 1917 when the criteria for the honor was narrowed to those who engaged in "actual combat with the enemy."
Cleveland, Tennessee, Medal of Honor recipient led six men to safety under enemy machine gunfire Paul Bert Huff of Cleveland, Tennessee
Medal of Honor recipient Desmond Doss never carried a weapon Desmond Doss is different from many war heroes.
Jacob Parrott received the first Medal of Honor for the 'The Great Locomotive Chase' Born in Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1843, Army Pvt. Jacob Parrott joined the Ohio Infantry during the Civil War and would become the youngest of 24 men known as Andrews' Raiders.
Medal of Honor recipient Alvin York was an East Tennessee man opposed to the war One of the greatest heroes of World War I was an unlikely character: An East Tennessee man opposed to the war.
Chattanooga's Charles H. Coolidge, one of two oldest living Medal of Honor recipients, measures his own worth by the lives he's touched Charles H. Coolidge has considered well what his legacy will be.
Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center seeks to educate public, honor American heroes Three years in the making, Chattanooga's newest attraction is now open, set to memorialize for generations to come some of the finest Americans to ever bear the Stars and Stripes in defense of their country.