Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor (MOH) is the United States of America’s highest and most prestigious personal military decoration that is awarded to recognize U.S. military service members who distinguished themselves by acts of valor. The Medal of Honor is the oldest continuously issued combat decoration of the United States armed forces, being established by federal law in 1861. Many times the Medal of Honor is awarded posthumously.

There are currently 63 Medal of Honor recipients from the State of Wisconsin. The map of Wisconsin at the top of the display lists all 63 recipients, indicating the war they participated in when they received the MOH. There are 3,527* Medal of Honor recipients nationally, with 624* having been awarded posthumously.

The museum’s Medal of Honor display currently honors two local soldiers from Neenah. On the left is First Sergeant Elmer Burr who received his MOH during WWII and on the right is Staff Sergeant Kenneth Stumpf who received his MOH during the Vietnam War. In addition, General Douglas McArthur is also honored at the upper right.

 

*ref-Medal of Honor Historical Society, August 2021