Hometown Heroes Veterans Memorial adds Medal of Honor recipients

More than a brick

Pictured with a commemorative brick for Medal of Honor recipient Lt. General John McAllister Schofield (Civil War) is Gerry Town Supervisor John R. Crossley. Scholfield’s hometown is Gerry; his final resting place is Arlington National Cemetery. Along with Supervisor John R. Crossley are Thomas Jordan, Sandralee Wagner, Clara Dunbar and Jan Derbish, Chautauqua Hometown Heroes Veterans Memorial committee members. Not pictured are James Kurtrz, Kathy Jordan, Jim Thomas, John Buxton, Rick Syper, Janie Raynor, Sarah Bemis, William Laubscher, Jim Bradford and Ken Murphy.

MAYVILLE — The Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest and most prestigious personal military decoration that may be awarded to recognize U.S. military service members who have distinguished themselves by acts of valor.

Since the Revolutionary War, 3,500 medals have been awarded to individuals; 11 recipients are from Chautauqua County.

The newly organized Chautauqua Hometown Heroes Veterans Memorial in Mayville includes bricks for the 11 Medal of Honor recipients from Chautauqua County.

Civil War

First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing of Fredonia

Lieutenant General John M. Schofield of Gerry

Second Lieutenant Ebenezer Skellie of Mina

Sergeant William Houlton of Clymer

Sergeant Edgar P. Putnam of Stockton

Private James M. Young of Ellicott

Captain Edwin Goodrich of Westfield

Sergeant John M. Haight of Westfield

Sergeant Thomas Horan of Dunkirk

Sergeant Henri L. Brown of Ellicott

World War I

Sergeant Archie Peck of Sinclairville

The Memorial is a gazebo structure incorporating walls of commemorative bricks honoring all Chautauqua County service men and women.

The CHHVM is a 501 c 3 tax exempt corporation. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to PO Box 102, Mayville, NY 14757 or online donations accepted at www.crcfonline.org. For inquires call 581-1790.

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