Valor and Sacrifice: Paying Tribute to Mercersburg’s Medal of Honor Recipients

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of November 11, 1918, Mercersburg Academy is exhibiting portraits of the Academy’s Medal of Honor recipients: Joel T. Boone (1909), Ralph Talbot (1916), and Eugene Fluckey ’30. The exhibit is on display in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Niche Gallery through November 27.
A total of 1,770 Mercersburg alumni served in World War I, and 56 died in the war effort. World War II saw even more alumni in action, with more than 2,900 alumni in service and 95 soldiers giving their lives. In total, more than 14 million Americans fought in World Wars I and II, with 592 of them receiving the highest commendation bestowed upon an American soldier: the Medal of Honor.

Joel Boone, the most decorated medical officer in the history of the U.S. Navy, received the Distinguished Service Cross and was awarded the Silver Star six times; he went on to serve as White House physician under Presidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt.

Ralph Talbot was the first U.S. Marine Corps aviator to receive the Medal of Honor. He died when the plane he was piloting crashed on takeoff in France in October 1918.

Eugene Fluckey was a U.S. Navy rear admiral who received the Medal of Honor and four Navy Crosses for his service as a submarine commander in World War II.

The exhibit honors not only these three soldiers for their bravery and heroics, but all of Mercersburg’s alumni for their service to our country. With representation in every conflict from the Spanish-American War to the present day, the Academy continues to distinguish itself with 106 alumni actively serving in the U.S. military.

A reception will be held Saturday, November 10, at 6:30 p.m. prior to the Fall Pops Concert that evening. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Burgin Center for the Arts’ Simon Theatre.
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