1LT William B Trembly
William Trembley was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for performance above and beyond the call of duty, while serving with the 20th Kansas Volunteer Regiment in the Philippine Campaign of the Spanish-American War.
In face of enemy fire, CPL Trembley swam the Rio Grande de Pampanga River and fastened a rope, enabling U.S. forces to cross the river and drive the enemy from fortified positions Continue reading
CPL Edward White
Edward White was born January 15, 1877, in Seneca, Kansas. CPL White was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for performance above and beyond the call of duty while serving the 20th Kansas Volunteer Regiment in the Philippine Campaign of the Spanish-American War. He and 1LT Trembley swam the Rio Grande de Pampanga River in the face of enemy fire, fastened a rope to occupied trenches, thereby enabling his own forces to cross the river and drive the enemy from fortified positions.
He enlisted in the military service of the United States as a private in Company B, 20th Regiment, Continue reading
COL Donald E. Ballard
April 7, 1998
GUARD MEDAL OF HONOR WINNER PROMOTED TO COLONEL
The only Medal of Honor winner in the reserve component who is still active in the military, Lt. Col. Donald E. Ballard, was promoted to colonel on April 5, 1998, during a ceremony surrounded by friends and colleagues at the State Defense Building in Topeka, Kan.By Capt. Rick Peat
Maj. Gen. James F. Rueger, the adjutant general, pinned on Ballard’s new rank and remarked, Continue reading
2LT Erwin Russell Bleckley
On June 6, 1917, 22-year-old Erwin Russell Bleckley, a bank teller with the 4th National Bank of Wichita, rushed down to enlist as a private in Battery F, First Field Artillery, Kansas National Guard. He was the second man to enlist according to Col. Bruce Griffith, unit commander, who organized the unit for World War I.
In another Wichita history book, Bear Grease Builders and Bandits by Beccy Tanner (1991), eyewitnesses described the pairs heroics: “Goettler skidded his plane, he made turns, he side-slipped a little occasionally, he climbed and then dived. Each time the plane turned and its great mottled belly Continue reading
PVT William F. Cody
William Frederick Cody (1846-1917), the boy who would become Buffalo Bill, was born in a log cabin near LeClaire, Iowa Territory, on February 26, 1846. His father, Isaac, worked variously as a trader, a surveyor, and as overseer for an absentee landowner.
Isaac Cody himself was a product of westering pioneers. The first Codys in America were Huguenots who fled France for the Isle of Jersey to escape religious persecution. By 1698 they owned land in Massachusetts. Isaac was born in Ontario in 1811 and grew up in Ohio. Twice widowed, he wed schoolteacher Mary Bonsell Laycock in 1840 in Cincinnati. She was Continue reading
2LT John A. Huntsman
Second Lieutenant John A. Huntsman was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa on March 20, 1867. He joined the Kansas Volunteers on April 29th 1898 in Lawrence, Kansas where he was living with his sister, Ida H. Haworth and husband Erasmus Haworth (Haworth Hall, University of Kansas). At the age of 31 he was mustered into service as a private on May 9, 1898 and served as a Scout from April 14 to June 22, 1899. On June 30, 1899 he was discharged from the Kansas Volunteers to become a member of the United States Volunteers.