About the Medal
About the Ceremony
Class of 2000
Class of 2001
Class of 2002
Class of 2003
Class of 2004
Class of 2005
Class of 2006
Class of 2007
Class of 2008
Class of 2009
Class of 2010
Class of 2011
Class of 2012
Class of 2013
Class of 2014
Class of 2015
Class of 2016

Ohio Military Hall of Fame
Inductees    Nominations    Sponsors/Donations    News/Info    About OMHOF    Contact Us
Previous inductee Next inductee
Hospital Corpsman Third Class Joseph E. Walriven Class of 2014

Medal of Honor

United States Navy

Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device

For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam while serving as a corpsman with Company I, Third Battalion, Ninth Marines, Third Marine Division. On 27 July 1968, Company I was preparing a night defensive position during a search and destroy operation north of the Dong Ha Combat Base. Suddenly, the Marines came under an intense hostile mortar attack and sustained one serious casualty. With complete disregard for his own safety, Petty Officer Walriven unhesitatingly left his covered position and rushed across an open area to the side of the wounded Marine. Determining that the man would require immediate first aid, Petty Officer Walriven fearlessly ignored the enemy mortar rounds impacting near him as he steadfastly remained in the hazardous area and treated his patient. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and resulted in vital medical care being provided to a seriously injured Marine. Petty Officer Walriven’s courage, sincere concern for the welfare of his comrade and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


Website proudly donated by Ologie