Photo courtesy of the 8th Armored Division Association
ON MARCH 25, 1863, SIX UNION ARMY SOLDIERS BECAME THE FIRST Medal of Honor recipients for their participation in the “Great Locomotive Chase” the previous year. Fort Knox marked the centennial of that occasion and recognized those who had received the nation’s highest military honor with a wreath laying ceremony at Brooks Field. One Medal of Honor recipient commonly associated with Fort Knox is Master Sgt. Ernest Kouma, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroic action during the Korean War. He is buried in the Fort Knox post cemetery. In this photograph, Brig. Gen. William Grimes and Col. N. Butler Briscoe visited with famous World War II Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Alvin York during his visit to Fort Knox in April 1943.