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Washington County has at least three Medal of Honor recipients

February 24, 2003

Cpl. William O. Wilson has long been believed to be the only Medal of Honor recipient from Washington County.

But information on the U.S. Army Center of Military History's Web site suggests there are at least two others.

First Sgt. Clay Beauford was cited for "gallant conduct during campaigns and engagements with Apaches" during the winter of 1872-73.

Beauford was born in Washington County and joined Company B, 5th U.S. Cavalry.

Clear Spring native Cpl. John W. Wagner received the medal in 1894 at age 50 for his service at Vicksburg, Miss., during the Civil War.

Wagner, a member of Company F, 8th Missouri Infantry, was in charge of a "volunteer storming party" on May 22, 1863.

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Congress has issued 3,459 Medals of Honor in the country's history, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

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