Posted on December 6, 2016 / 1793

The Medal of Honor

America’s highest award for combat valor, the Medal of Honor is presented to armed forces personnel who risked – and often gave – their lives in service to our country. It is bestowed on the few who have performed acts of the most conspicuous gallantry, rising far above and beyond the call of duty in the presence of an armed enemy. The Medal of Honor is a symbol of American heroism that has no equal.

John C. Squires
Sergeant, United States Army
May 19, 1925 – May 23, 1944

Jefferson County Native John C. Squires was the first Kentuckian to receive the Medal of Honor during World War II. His courage in April 1944 enabled his company to secure a stronghold on Italy’s Spaccassasi Creek by single-handedly capturing 21 enemy soldiers. Squires was killed in action the following month, four days after his 19th birthday. This sculpture depicts Squires on the night of his heroic action.

Dedicated by
Jefferson County Commissioner Russ Maple
November 12, 2001

Sculpted by
Doyle Glass


CIVIL WAR (1861-1865)
Army Captain William P. Black
Army Private John H. Callahan
Army Sergeant John S. Darrough
Army Drummer William H. Horsfall
Army Private Aaron Hudson
Army Private Henry B. Mattingly
Army Sergeant Francis M. McMillen
Navy Landsman Daniel Noble
Army Private Oliver P. Rood
Army Sergeant Andrew J. Smith
Army Private William Steinmetz
Army Doctor Mary E. Walker
Army Major John F. Weston
Army Colonel James A. Williamson

Army Second Lieutenant Thomas Cruse
Army First Sergeant William I. Day
Army Corporal John J. Givens
Army Private William M. Harris
Army Captain John B. Kerr
Army Private Franklin M. McDonald
Army Private George D. Scott
Army Sergeant Thomas Shaw
Army Private Thomas W. Stivers
Army Private Thomas Sullivan
Army Saddler Otto E. Volt
Army Sergeant Brent Woods

Navy Seaman Edward W. Boers
Navy Watertender Edward A. Clary
Navy Quarter Quarter Gunner George Holt

Army Colonel J. Franklin Bell
Army First Lieutenant Benjamin F. Hardaway
Army Private James J. Nash

WORLD WAR I (1917-1919)
Army Sergeant Willie Sandlin

WORLD WAR II (1941-1945)

Marine Corps Corporal Richard E. Bush
Army Technical Sergeant Morris E. Crain
Marine Corps Private First Class Leonard F. Mason
Marine Corps Reserve Private First Class Wesley Phelps
Army Private Wilburn K. Ross
Marine Corps Private First Class Luther Skaggs, Jr.
Army Staff Sergeant Junior J. Spurrier
Army Sergeant John C. Squires

KOREAN WAR (1950-1953)
Marine Corps Captain William E. Barber
Marine Corps Private First Class William B. Baugh
Army Corporal John W. Collier
Army First Lieutenant Carl H. Dodd
Army Second Lieutenant Darwin K. Kyle
Army Private First Class David M. Smith
Army Private First Class Ernest E. West

VIETNAM WAR (1961-1975)
Army Sergeant Charles C. Fleck
Army Staff Sergeant Don Jenkins
Army Private First Class Billy L. Lauffer
Army Sergeant First Class Gary L. Littrell
Marine Corps Second Lieutenant John J. McGinty III
Army Private First Class David P. Nash
Marine Corps Lance Corporal Joe C. Paul

Marine Corps Sergeant Dakota Meyer

The Kentucky Medal of Honor Memorial was made possible with the generous contributions of these benefactors
Alderman Bill Allison
The American Legion – Highland Post 201
Alderwoman Denise Bentley
Harry L. Bounnell
Commissioner Dolores Delahanty
Doyle Glass
Myra Best Glass
Alderwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton
Alderman Greg Handy
Judge/Executive Rebecca Jackson
Jefferson County Fiscal Court
Alderman Dan Johnson
Alderman Steve Magre
Commissioner Russ Maple
Alderman Reginald Meeks
Alderman George Melton
Alderman Lawrence F. Montgomery
Muldoon Memorials
Commissioner Darryl T. Owens
Shawnee High School Class of 1945
Alderman George Unseld
Veterans of Foreign Wars – Middletown Post 1170
Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars – Middletown Post 1170
Veterans of Foreign Wars – Shawnee Post 3204
Alderwoman Tina Ward-Pugh

Tribute Type : Monuments / Memorials
Location : Louisville
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Tribute Author : Brian D

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