Toughness of forgotten hero and #MedalOfHonor recipient honored
WASHINGTON (NNS) -- District leaders, military officials and veterans, as well as representatives from the Embassy of Canada honored a forgotten Medal of Honor recipient at St. Elizabeths Hospital Cemetery in Washington, D.C., April 29. Captain-of-the-Hold Joseph Benjamin Noil received the Medal of Honor for bravery in 1872 for actions while serving in the Navy. According to his citation, "Serving on board the USS Powhatan at Norfolk, 26 December 1872, Noil saved Boatswain J.C. Walton from drowning." But until today you wouldn't know that from his tombstone. In fact, aside from his name, there is no mention of his deed -- and even his name is spelled wrong. Likely because of a clerical error on his death certificate, the name on his headstone was originally engraved as Noel. Originally born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada, Noil moved to America and enlisted in the Navy O...