Medal of Honor

Name Service Rank Date of action Unit Notes
Charles J. Berry* Marine Corps Corporal March 3, 1945 1st Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division The Erie Avenue Bridge in Lorain, Ohio was renamed in 1988 to the Charles Berry Bridge in honor of Cpl Berry, a native son of the city.
William R. Caddy* Marine Corps Reserve Private First Class March 3, 1945 Company I, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division Sacrificed his life to save the lives of his platoon leader and platoon sergeant
Justice M. Chambers Marine Corps Reserve Lieutenant Colonel February 19–22, 1945 3d Assault Battalion Landing Team, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division Led the 8-hour battle to carry the flanking ridge top and reduce the enemy’s fields of aimed fire, thus protecting the vital foothold gained
Darrell S. Cole* Marine Corps Reserve Sergeant February 19, 1945 Company B, 1st Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division Namesake of USS Cole (DDG-67)
Robert H. Dunlap Marine Corps Reserve Captain February 20–21, 1945 Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division Risked his life to gather intelligence about and direct fire on, enemy gun positions
Ross F. Gray* Marine Corps Reserve Sergeant February 21, 1945 Company A, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division Single-handedly overcame a strong enemy garrison and completely disarmed a large mine field before finally rejoining his unit.
William G. Harrell Marine Corps Sergeant March 3, 1945 Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division Risked his life to defend his position against a larger enemy force
Rufus G. Herring USNR Lieutenant, Junior Grade February 17, 1945 USS LCI(G)-449 Maintained position in the firing line with his 20-mm guns in action in the face of sustained enemy fire and conned his crippled ship to safety
Douglas T. Jacobson Marine Corps Reserve Private First Class February 26, 1945 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division Risked his life by destroying a total of sixteen enemy positions and approximately seventy-five Japanese
Joseph R. Julian* Marine Corps Reserve Platoon Sergeant March 9, 1945 1st Battalion, 27th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division Sacrificed his life to eliminate an enemy threat
James D. La Belle* Marine Corps Reserve Private First Class March 8, 1945 Weapons Company, 27th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division Sacrificed his life to save a group of his fellow Marines by diving on a grenade
John H. Leims Marine Corps Reserve Second Lieutenant March 7, 1945 Company B, 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division Risked his life to rescue several wounded Marines
Jacklyn Harrell Lucas Marine Corps Reserve Private First Class February 20, 1945 1st Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division Covered two Japanese grenades with his body. Survived the blast of the one that exploded. Youngest recipient since the Civil War (turned 17 just 5 days before Iwo Jima D-Day)
Jack Lummus* Marine Corps Reserve First Lieutenant March 8, 1945 2nd Battalion, 27th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division Had earlier played football for the New York Giants
Harry L. Martin* Marine Corps Reserve First Lieutenant March 26, 1945 Company C, 5th Pioneer Battalion, 5th Marine Division Sacrificed his life to help rescue some of his men who had been overrun by the enemy.
Joseph J. McCarthy Marine Corps Reserve Captain February 21, 1945 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division Risked his life to eliminate several enemy troops so his men could move forward
George Phillips* Marine Corps Reserve Private March 14, 1945 2nd Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division Sacrificed his life to save the lives of fellow Marines
Francis J. Pierce Navy Pharmacist’s Mate First Class March 15–16, 1945 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division Risked his life to save several wounded servicemembers and volunteered for a mission to eliminate an enemy threat
Donald J. Ruhl* Marine Corps Reserve Private First Class February 19–21, 1945 Company E, 2nd Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division Saved several of his fellow Marines by sacrificing his life and diving on an enemy grenade
Franklin E. Sigler Marine Corps Reserve Private March 14, 1945 2nd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division Led a charge against an enemy gun installation which had held up the advance of his company for several days
Tony Stein* Marine Corps Reserve Corporal February 19, 1945 Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division First Medal of Honor of Iwo Jima. Namesake of USS Stein (FF-1065)
George E. Wahlen Navy Pharmacist’s Mate Second Class March 3, 1945 2nd Battalion, 26th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division Although seriously wounded he risked his life to save the lives of several other servicemembers
William G. Walsh* Marine Corps Reserve Gunnery Sergeant February 27, 1945 Company G, 3rd Battalion, 27th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division Sacrificed his life to save a group of fellow Marines
Wilson D. Watson Marine Corps Reserve Private February 26–27, 1945 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division Risked his life fighting the enemy single-handedly for 15 minutes until his platoon could catch up to him
Hershel W. Williams Marine Corps Reserve Corporal February 23, 1945 1st Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division Risked his life attacking the enemy for 4 hours with an M2-2 Portable Flamethrower to minimize unit casualties
Jack Williams* USNR Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class March 3, 1945 3rd Battalion, 28th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division Killed while performing first aid to a wounded Marine
John H. Willis* Navy Pharmacist’s Mate First Class February 28, 1945 3rd Battalion, 27th Marine Regiment, 5th Marine Division Killed by a grenade while assisting a wounded Marine