This blog was originally set-up for the Tri-State Genealogical Society. Under the new leadership, this blog and the original web site are no longer officially recognized by the society; however, it is continuing to be maintained by its creator, John G. West.
"The Medal of Honor was established by Congress in 1862 and has been awarded to 3,448 heroes to date. Almost half are Civil War soldiers. Since the beginning of World War II, only 850 Medals of Honor have been awarded. Over half that number died in their moment of heroism. There are no surviving World War I Medal of Honor recipients today. Only 328 soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen from World War II to date survived to wear the Medal in civilian life. Today, there are only 100 living recipients. There are only two surviving American Indian Medal of Honor recipients; Colonel Van Thomas Barfoot, US Army-retired (Choctaw) and Lieutenant Michael E Thornton, US Navy-retired (Cherokee)."