Medal of Honor recipients

Medal of Honor day

Sergeant James Fegan
Company H, 3d US Infantry
Plum Creek, Kansas, March 1868

Citation: While in charge of a powder train enroute from Fort Harker to Fort Dodge, Kansas, was attacked by a party of desperadoes, who attempted to rescue a deserter in his charge and to fire the train. Sergeant Fegan, single-handedly, repelled the attacking party, wounding two of them, and brought his train through in safety.

Corporal Leander Herron
Company A, 3d US Infantry
Near Fort Dodge, Kansas, 02 September 1868

Citation: While detailed as mail courier from the fort, voluntarily went to the assistance of a party of four enlisted men, who were attacked by about 50 Indians at some distance from the fort and remained with them until the party was relieved.

Private Oscar Burkard
Hospital Corps, United States Army
Serving with the 3rd Infantry
Leech Lake, Minnesota, 05 October 1898

Citation: Bravery in action against hostile Indians. (PVT Burkard rescued and tended to several wounded in the action, continuously exposing himself to sniper fire. His award was the last given for actions against hostile Indians.)

Corporal Michael Fleming Folland
Company D, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry, 199th Infantry Brigade
Long Kahn, Province, Republic of Vietnam, 03 July 1969.

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Corporal Michael F. Folland distinguished himself on 3 July 1969 while serving as an ammunition bearer with the weapons platoon of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry, 199th Infantry Brigade during a reconnaissance patrol mission in Long Kahn Province, Republic of Vietnam. As the patrol was moving through a dense jungle area, it was caught in an intense crossfire from heavily fortified and concealed enemy ambush positions. As the patrol reacted to neutralize the ambush, it became evident that the heavy weapons could not be used in the cramped fighting area. Corporal Folland dropped his recoilless rifle ammunition, and ran forward to join his commander in an assault on the enemy bunkers. The assaulting force moved forward until it was pinned down directly in front of the heavily fortified bunkers by machinegun fire. Corporal Folland stood up to draw enemy fire on himself and to place suppressive fire on the enemy positions while his commander attempted to destroy the machinegun positions with grenades. Before the officer could throw a grenade, an enemy grenade landed in the position. Corporal Folland alerted his comrades and his commander hurled the grenade from the position. When a second enemy grenade landed in the position, Corporal Folland again shouted a warning to his fellow soldiers. Seeing that no one could reach the grenade and realizing that it was about to explode, Corporal Folland, with complete disregard for his own safety, threw himself on the grenade. By his dauntless courage, Corporal Folland saved the lives of his comrades although he was mortally wounded by the explosion. Corporal Folland’s extraordinary heroism, at the cost of his life, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the US Army.