Honor and courage: the Medal of Honor recipients from Fort Fisher and New Hanover County

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - You see their names on our schools, roads and parks. But do you know why they're there?

John Moseley, a historic interpreter from Fort Fisher, joined us on WECT News First at Four to talk about Medal of Honor recipients from Fort Fisher and New Hanover County.

The Medal of Honor is the highest distinction that can be awarded by the President, in the name of the Congress, to members of the Armed Forces.

Fort Fisher Medal of Honor recipients

The struggle for Fort Fisher saw bravery and sacrifice by men on both sides. To Union sailors, soldiers and marines, the fighting was like none they had experienced in their lives. Between June 23, 1864, and January 15, 1865, 72 men were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions going above and beyond the call of duty.

The 72 Medal of Honor recipients from Fort Fisher represents the fourth highest number given for any battle in U.S. history.

Of all United States Marine Corps Medals of Honor awarded during the Civil War, 35% were from Fort Fisher.

New Hanover County's Medal of Honor recipients

New Hanover County has four men who were recognized for their bravery and valor with the Medal of Honor.

Captain Edwin Anderson, of the Navy, was awarded for his actions at Vera Cruz, Mexico in 1914.

Captain Charles Murray, was awarded for his actions against German forces in December 1944.

Pharmacy's Mate William Haliburton received the award for sacrificing his life to save Marines in May 1945.

Eugene Ashley was awarded his for actions to save his comrades in the Vietnam War.

Anderson Elementary, Murray Middle and Ashley High are on Haliburton Memorial Parkway, all named for those Medal of Honor recipients.

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