WAINWRIGHT, JONATHAN M. - Medal of Honor Recipient


Rank and organization:   General, Commanding U.S. Army Forces in the Philippines.

Place and date:   Philippine Islands, 12 March to 7 May 1942.

Entered service at:   Skaneateles, N.Y.

Birth:   Walla Walla, Wash.

G.O. No.: 80, 19 September 1945.

Citation:   Distinguished himself by intrepid and determined leadership against greatly superior enemy forces. At the repeated risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in his position, he frequented the firing line of his troops where his presence provided the example and incentive that helped make the gallant efforts of these men possible. The final stand on beleaguered Corregidor, for which he was in an important measure personally responsible, commanded the admiration of the Nation's allies. It reflected the high morale of American arms in the face of overwhelming odds. His courage and resolution were a vitally needed inspiration to the then sorely pressed freedom-loving peoples of the world.

This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)