Maine Medal of Honor Statistics

The State of Maine honors 76 men as its Medal of Honor recipients. My list contains 96 names and includes any who are associated with the State of Maine - born in Maine but may have received their honor in the service of another state or, in one case, neither was born nor entered service in Maine, but served in a Maine Volunteer Regiment.

Category Maine All MOHs
Army (including USAAC) 64 (67%) 2,362 (69%)
Navy 31 (32%) 745 (22%)
USMC 0 (0%) 294 (9%)
USAF 1 (1%) 16 (0.5%)

Maine Towns with more than one recipient:
Portland - 8
Bangor - 7
Bath - 4
Augusta - 3
Benton - 2
Winterport - 2

Medals Awarded by Conflict:
Civil War - 69 of 1520 issued.
Indian Wars - 8 of 428 issued.
Korea 1871 - 1 of 15 issued.
War with Spain - 2 of 109 issued
World War I - 0 of 124 issued.
World War II - 5 of 440 issued
Korean War - 4 of 131 issued.
Vietnam - 3 of 239 issued.
Somalia - 1 of 2 issued.

Earliest Action for which Men from Maine received the Medal of Honor:
For service at the First Battle of Bull Run (Manassas)- July 21, 1861:
First Lieutenant Adelbart Ames, 5th US Artillery,
Private Abiather J. Knowles, 2nd Maine Infantry, and
Private Henry W. Wheeler, 2nd Maine Infantry.
(The medals were actually issued in the 1890's).

First Men from Maine to receive the Medal of Honor
April 3, 1863:

For service against Forts Jackson and St. Philip and the taking of New Orleans 24-25 April 1862:
Gunner's Mate John B. Frisbee, USN, USS Pinola, and
Captain of the Foretop James McLeod, USN, USS Pensacola.

Battles with the Most Men from Maine receiving the Medal of Honor:
Battle of Mobile Bay, 5 August 1864: 6.
Ft. Fisher, NC, December 1864 - January 1865: 5.
Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1864: 4.
Battle of Evergreen, AL, 23 March 1865: 4.
Battles for Ft. Jackson and St. Philip, LA., April 24-25, 1862: 3.
Battle of Sailor's Creek, VA., April 6, 1865: 3.