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KHS to Dedicate Historical Marker Honoring Medal of Honor Recipients

Monday, 11 05, 2012

Chelsea Compton
chelsea.compton@ky.gov
502-564-1792, ext. 4504

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 5, 2012) — The Kentucky Historical Society (KHS) will dedicate a historical marker honoring Daviess County’s Medal of Honor recipients at 3:30 p.m. CST Saturday, Nov. 10, at 200 Frederica St. in Owensboro.

Three Daviess County natives have received the nation’s highest military honor, awarded by Congress for risk of life beyond the call of duty. Cpl. John J. Given, 6th U.S. Cavalry, died while trying to recover a fallen soldier at Wichita River, Texas, July 12, 1870. Second Lt. Thomas Cruse, 6th U.S. Cavalry, led the charge at Big Dry Fork, Ariz., July 17, 1872, against enemy Native American troops to recover a wounded soldier. Pfc. David P. Nash, 39th Infantry, died at Giao Duc, Vietnam, on Dec. 29, 1968. He and another were keeping watch while two other men slept. When an enemy grenade landed nearby, Nash shouted a warning and leapt on the explosive, saving the lives of the three men.


The Kentucky Historical Marker Program, administered by KHS in cooperation with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, tells Kentucky’s story through the people, places and events that have shaped local communities across the Commonwealth. These markers highlight the importance of place in Kentucky’s collective history, in order to build strong communities for the future. The markers are on-the-spot history lessons that make connections between history, place and historical evidence housed in the Commonwealth’s many historical organizations. Through the program, Kentucky’s history is made accessible to the public on markers along the state’s roadways and online at
www.history.ky.gov/markers and via the Explore Kentucky History smartphone application available for free at iTunes and Google Play.

For more information, contact Becky Riddle, Kentucky Historical Marker program coordinator, at 502-564-1792, ext. 4474 or
becky.riddle@ky.gov.

 

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Historical Society, established in 1836, is committed to helping people understand, cherish and share Kentucky's history. The KHS history campus includes the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History, the Old State Capitol and the Kentucky Military History Museum at the State Arsenal. For more information about the Kentucky Historical Society and its programs, visit www.history.ky.gov.