Welcome to the National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History web site! The museum was created to educate present and future generations about the extraordinary sacrifices of those who went above and beyond the call of duty to preserve the cause of freedom. Through this web site, we hope to highlight items in our collection, stories of Medal of Honor recipients, and scholarly discourse of military history. We also provide a tool for educators to share lesson plans of America's wars. Thank you again for stopping by and we hope you enjoy your visit! Please visit us again as we are constantly updating and adding to this site.
Our museum is open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. We are located inside the Northgate Mall in Chattanooga, TN. next to the former Piccadilly Cafeteria. Directions: From Interstate 75 in Chattanooga, TN, take Highway 153 (Exit 4) North across Chickamauga Dam. Northgate Mall is on the right about two miles north of the dam.
CSPAN: The Museum was recognized on CSPAN. The following link provides the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpkRBEdglsE
Website: Michigan's Own Military and Space Museum is our new Featured Museum. Owen Hammerberg is our new Featured Hero. The 2012 Museum Fundraiser is our Featured Event. The Medal of Honor Heritage Trail was added to the website.
Museum: Many of the exhibits at the museum are new or have been refreshed. Click on the museum icon above for a short video tour of the museum. Come to the museum and take the Museum Detective Challenge.
Archives: The museum staff continues to process and research artifacts donated to the museum.
Medal of Honor Heritage Trail
The Medal of Honor and Chattanooga and have been intertwined since the Medal's inception in 1862. The first six recipients of the Medal were from Andrew’s Raiders. Fourteen other participants of the Raid received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Chase. Eight of the Raiders are interned at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. The battles at Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, and Missionary Ridge were some of the bloodiest battles during the Civil War. Thirty-three Medals of Honor were awarded for individual actions during these battles, including the only female to be awarded such an honor. The Medal of Honor Heritage Trail recognizes these individuals with descriptive markers located throughout the Chattanooga area and a special page on this website.
The book, "Paths of Valor," by E. Raymond Evans describes the strategic significance of the Battles for Chattanooga and the stories of each of the Medal of Honor recipients associated with Chattanooga.
Army Captain William Swenson
On October 15, 2013, U. S. Army Captain William Swenson received the Medal of Honor for "courageous actions," at the risk of his own life, came "while serving as an embedded trainer and mentor of the Afghan National Security Forces with Afghan Border Police Mentor Team, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, during combat operations in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on Sept. 8, 2009. He is the sixth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Not since Owen Hammerberg's supreme sacrifice beneath the waves at Pearl Harbor has a Medal of Honor been awarded for non-combat service. In 1963, Congress mandated that the Navy Medal of Honor, henceforth, be restricted to Sailors, Coast Guard personnel and Marines under the same award criteria specified for Army and Air Force recipients of their respective Medals of Honor.
The submarine service came into its own during WW II. Seven submariners were awarded the Medal of Honor for their legendary exploits in the Pacific Theatre.
Save the Date! The Annual Fundraiser & Awards Banquet is Saturday evening April 26th at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The featured speaker is Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel Leo Thorsness. Colonel Thorsness was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions while flying a F105 “Wild Weasel” in Vietnam on April 19, 1967 over North Vietnam. Two weeks later he was shot down and spent 6 years as a prisoner of war in the “Hanoi Hilton”.