Medal Of Honor Recipients By State 2020

The Medal of Honor is the highest award for a military service member. It is awarded by the president himself (maybe one day, herself) to military men and women who have performed acts of valor, courage, and bravery that distinguish them from others serving in the line of duty. About 624 Medals of Honor have been awarded posthumously, meaning that the president gave the award to someone who has died.

The award was created in 1861, at the beginning of the American Civil War (which lasted from 1861 until 1865), and only about 3500 people have received it in the entire 160 years of its existence. Forty percent of all recipients received it during the American Civil War, which left only about 2100 who have received it since 1865.

There is not much correlation between the Medal of Honor and the state in which someone lives. The Medal of Honor is a very rare reward for someone to receive, and it seems to be becoming rarer and rarer. For example, over 1500 soldiers and other military personnel (such as nurses and chaplains) earned the Medal of Honor during the Civil War. During World War I, which lasted from 1914 until 1918, there were only 126 people who received the Medal of Honor. In World War II (the US was involved from 1941 until 1945), there were 472 recipients, but in the Vietnam War (which lasted from 1955 until 1975), there were only 261.

In the most recent wars that the United States has been engaged in, the war in Iraq (which began in 2003 and is continuous), and the war in Afghanistan (which began in 2001 and is ongoing), there have only been six and 18, respectively.

Given that so many Medals of Honor were given during the American Civil War to Union forces who fought for the North, the states that have the most Medal of Honor recipients are those that were part of the United States (not including the Southern states that seceded) between 1861 and 1865 and that was actively involved in the Civil War (not all of the country was involved in the war; for example, states on the West Coast were not). After the Civil War, however, there is no correlation between states and Medal of Honor recipients beyond a state’s population; more populous states have more recipients than those with lower people.

Medal Of Honor Recipients By State 2020

Source:
State 2020 Pop.
Alabama4,908,620
Alaska734,002
Arizona7,378,490
Arkansas3,039,000
California39,937,500
Colorado5,845,530
Connecticut3,563,080
Delaware982,895
Washington DC720,687
Florida21,993,000
Georgia10,736,100
Hawaii1,412,690
Idaho1,826,160
Illinois12,659,700
Indiana6,745,350
Iowa3,179,850
Kansas2,910,360
Kentucky4,499,690
Louisiana4,645,180
Maine1,345,790
Maryland6,083,120
Massachusetts6,976,600
Michigan10,045,000
Minnesota5,700,670
Mississippi2,989,260
Missouri6,169,270
Montana1,086,760
Nebraska1,952,570
Nevada3,139,660
New Hampshire1,371,250
New Jersey8,936,570
New Mexico2,096,640
New York19,440,500
North Carolina10,611,900
North Dakota761,723
Ohio11,747,700
Oklahoma3,954,820
Oregon4,301,090
Pennsylvania12,820,900
Rhode Island1,056,160
South Carolina5,210,100
South Dakota903,027
Tennessee6,897,580
Texas29,472,300
Utah3,282,120
Vermont628,061
Virginia8,626,210
Washington7,797,100
West Virginia1,778,070
Wisconsin5,851,750
Wyoming567,025