More often than not the action that leads one to receive the Medal of Honor also results in the death of the individual involved. In this section we offer a visual analysis of Georgia's identified Medal of Honor recipients in a number of ways to help understand and appreciate the sacrifice of the recipients.
25 of the 27 recipients in Georgia were born in Georgia.
4 of Georgia's 159 counties produced 2 recipients, Coweta County, Fulton County, Muscogee County, and Troup.
1 was born in North Carolina and one in South Carolina.
Harold Bascom Durham, Jr. was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, but by the time of the Vietnam War his family had moved to Tift County, Georgia. He entered the service in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ernest Albert Garlington was born in Newberry, South Carolina. He was educated at the University of Georgia and entered the service in Athens, Georgia.
Birth Location Population
Of the 27 recipients, all but 4 were born in counties with populations below 50,000.
Two-thirds were born in counties with populations below 30,000, and an astounding 50% were born in counties with populations of less than 20,000.
Only 1 recipient was under the age of 20, Luther Herschel Story from Buena Vista, Georgia.
The oldest recipient is Joe Madison Jackson from Coweta County, Georgia who received his medal at the age of 45.
Of the four living recipients, three were in their 20s and only Joe Jackson was older.
There are 16 officers and 11 enlisted men.
The highest ranking recipients are Lieutenant Colonels, and the lowest ranking recipient was a Gunners Mate.
Not surprisingly there are more Army recipients (13) than any other branch of the service.
The Marine Corps recipients (10) are a close second, and there are two each for the Air Force and Navy.
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