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History of SAR

SAR Minuteman Award

SAR Minuteman Award

The awarding of medals and awards is always given very careful and serious deliberation in order to determine that the proposed recipient who qualifies is deserving and that the occasion for presentation is appropriate. It is essential that the integrity of SAR medals and awards be maintained.

The SAR Minuteman Award is the highest award presented to a member by the SAR. It is presented for distinguished service rendered to the SAR on the national level. Members are selected by the SAR's Minuteman Committee, made up of previous medal recipients and appointed by the SAR President General. The medal is presented by the President General at an annual Congress. It is not presented in absentia. The Minuteman Award was authorized in 1952 and, beginning in 1968, the medal is awarded to no more than six recipients every year. It is awarded to individual members on a one-time basis.


The Minuteman Award medal is rectangular in shape, struck in sterling silver and depicts a Minuteman holding a rifle with a plow and the Liberty Bell in the background. On the reverse is inscribed, "Highest Award of the National Society Sons of the American Revolution.  Presented to (National Number, Year).” The medal is worn suspended from a neck ribbon of light blue silk.

SAR Minuteman Award Recipients

A complete list of those SAR members who have received the Minuteman Award can be found below, divided chronologically by the year in which the award was given and then alphabetically by the recipient's last name.

1952 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
John H. BabbIllinois SAR
Wheaton H. BrewerCalifornia SAR
Arthur de la HoussayeLouisiana SAR
Ray O. EdwardsFlorida SAR
H. Ragland EubankVirginia SAR
A. Herbert ForemanVirginia SAR
William Rea FurlongDistrict of Columbia SAR
John R. GobbleIdaho SAR
Wallace C. HallMichigan SAR
Douglass G. HighOhio SAR
Milton M. LoryIowa SAR
H. Lewis MathewsonCalifornia SAR
Arthur M. McCrillisRhode Island SAR
Mason E. MitchellArkansas SAR
Allen L. OliverMissouri SAR
Benjamin H. Powell IIITexas SAR
Harold L. PutnamCalifornia SAR
Louis F. RidgwayOhio SAR
George S. RobertsonMaryland SAR
Howard C. RowleyCalifornia SAR
Aaron M. SargentCalifornia SAR
Harry E. SherwinNew Hampshire SAR
Clarence E. ShrinerOhio SAR
Lewis A. SmithWashington SAR
Harry K. TorreyMaine SAR
Edgar Williamson, Jr.New Jersey SAR


1953 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Clarence A. CookIndiana SAR
John W. FingerEmpire State SAR
Edward M. HallOhio SAR
Folks HanfordGeorgia SAR
Messmore KendallEmpire State SAR
S. Denmead KolbMaryland SAR
James Francis MillerKentucky SAR
Sterling F. MutzNebraska SAR
Randolph F. SellersOhio SAR
Robert H. SmithAlabama SAR
Loren E. SouersOhio SAR
James D. WatsonGeorgia SAR
Oliver B. WightMaryland SAR


1954 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
William S. BennetEmpire State SAR
Howard E. CoeConnecticut SAR
Charles E. J. GilbertTexas SAR
Stanley S. GillamMinnesota SAR
J. B. LaddMinnesota SAR
Robert H. McNeillDistrict of Columbia SAR
Herschel S. MurphyNew Jersey SAR
Charles P. SummerallSouth Carolina SAR


1955 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
William T. CarpenterAlabama SAR
Eugene P. CarverMassachusetts SAR
Redmond S. ColeOklahoma SAR
Charles Burke ElderIllinois SAR
John A. FritcheyPennsylvania SAR
Edwin B. GrahamPennsylvania SAR
Stuart O. LandryLouisiana SAR
Gardner OsbornEmpire State SAR
Crawford S. RogersVirginia SAR
Walter A. WentworthEmpire State SAR


1956 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Arthur F. ColesNew Jersey SAR
Charles A. JonesOhio SAR
John E. KingIllinois SAR
Charles OstromCalifornia SAR


1957 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Cyril E. CainMississippi SAR
Stanton T. LawrenceNew Jersey SAR
Warren M. TaylorOhio SAR


1958 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
William F. BuckleyUtah SAR
John E. DickinsonWisconsin SAR
Jean A. HibbardWashington SAR
F. W. HuntingtonTexas SAR
Augustus M. RoanGeorgia SAR
Mott R. SawyersMinnesota SAR
Samuel Hubbard ScottOhio SAR
George E. Tarbox, Jr.Colorado SAR


1959 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
John G. BallordMinnesota SAR
Franklin BlackstonePennsylvania SAR
Robert P. GordonAlabama SAR
Albert W. HawkesNew Jersey SAR
Stephen C. Luce, Jr.Massachusetts SAR
T. Earl PardoeUtah SAR
Arthur G. TrimblePennsylvania SAR
Robert P. WatersVirginia SAR


1960 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
James G. CecilIndiana SAR
Horace Y. KitchellMississippi SAR
Edward W. MilliganColorado SAR
Reginald H. RungeEmpire State SAR


1961 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Calvin C. BollesConnecticut SAR
Frank L. LowmasterMichigan SAR
Harold I. MeyerIllinois SAR
John J. St. Paul, Jr.Louisiana SAR


1962 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Charles A. AndersonOhio SAR
Ross K. CookNew Jersey SAR
Samuel K. HoustonOhio SAR
John F. LanierFlorida SAR
Chester R. MartinRhode Island SAR
Augustin G. RuddEmpire State SAR
Robert S. W. WalkerDistrict of Columbia SAR


1963 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Harry T. BurnTennessee SAR
George A. DavisMaine SAR
J. Boyd DavisOhio SAR
Austin R. DrewFlorida SAR
Louis J. HeizmannPennsylvania SAR
Jedediah H. HillsTexas SAR
William Y. PryorNew Jersey SAR
Donald G. SniderLouisiana SAR
Stuart H. TuckerRhode Island SAR


1964 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Harry F. MorseConnecticut SAR
William F. TurrentineKansas SAR


1965 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Donald C. LittleKansas SAR
W. Giles ParkerMaryland SAR
Herbert C. RobertsFlorida SAR
Robert L. SonfieldTexas SAR
Lynn D. SprankleDelaware SAR
Walter G. SterlingTexas SAR


1966 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Marion H. CrawmerMichigan SAR
George D. DeyoNew Jersey SAR
Allen R. FosterDistrict of Columbia SAR 
Horace R. McDowellNew Mexico SAR
Lee Young SmithIllinois SAR
William E. SpringerArizona SAR
Earle L. WhittingtonTennessee SAR
Edwin A. WilliamsColorado SAR
John C. WroeMassachusetts SAR


1967 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Herman R. CarsonIndiana SAR
James B. GardinerEmpire State SAR
Floyd G. HoenstinePennsylvania SAR
A. Jackson LawrenceOklahoma SAR
Walter R. MartinRhode Island SAR
Kenneth G. SmithPennsylvania SAR
Hugh M. WilkinsonLouisiana SAR


1968 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Neil A. CameronMichigan SAR
Eugene C. McGuireOhio SAR
Ryall S. MorganAlabama SAR
Grahame T. SmallwoodDistrict of Columbia SAR
Warren S. WoodwardEmpire State SAR

1969 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
S. Neil ArringtonNew Jersey SAR
J. Merle BrallierPennsylvania SAR
Thomas McEwanIllinois SAR
Martin I. StutlerWest Virginia SAR
Chester A. WalworthWest Virginia SAR

1970 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Donald W. BaldwinVirginia SAR
Fred M. DavisVirginia SAR
Guy L. V. EmersonColorado SAR
Robert D. SavagePennsylvania SAR
O. M. Wilson, Jr.Tennessee SAR

1971 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Roy V. Barnes, Sr.Michigan SAR
Calvin C. BollesConnecticut SAR
James A. DeWeerdIndiana SAR
Donald R. FraserMississippi SAR
Robert G. LuckeyNew Mexico SAR
Harry S. SchanckEmpire State SAR


1972 Minuteman award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
John H. Bell, DDSPennsylvania SAR
Marshall E. MillerIndiana SAR


1973 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Darall G. HawkOklahoma SAR
Joseph B. HeadMinnesota SAR
Vincent Van InwegenNew Jersey SAR


1974 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
W. Clark ErwinSouth Carolina SAR
Carl K. HoffmannFlorida SAR
Ralph M. PabstArizona SAR
Willis G. TetrickWest Virginia SAR


1975 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTs

SAR MemberSAR Society
M. Graham ClarkMissouri SAR
Thomas T. CurrieTexas SAR
Lynn S. GordonMichigan SAR
Joseph X. HarrisMaryland SAR
Donald E. LathropPennsylvania SAR


1976 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Neill F. Amsler, Jr.Texas SAR
Leslie A. BryanIllinois SAR
Richard E. CraneNew Jersey SAR
Webb W. WilderRhode Island SAR


1977 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Jack K. CarmichaelIndiana SAR
Benjamin P. GarrisonOklahoma SAR
Fred T. LeathersPennsylvania SAR
Harold E. WilmothMaryland SAR


1978 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Wilson King BarnesMaryland SAR
Ronald O. BaymillerWisconsin SAR
Robert Warburton MillerCalifornia SAR
Matthew B. SellersFlorida SAR


1979 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Carl Francis BessentMaryland SAR
Calvin Ellsworth ChunnCalifornia SAR
Arthur Mansfield KingKansas SAR
Gradie R. RowntreeKentucky SAR
Richard Thompson, Jr.Florida SAR


1980 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Alexander HamiltonMaine SAR
James B. HogeOregon SAR
Frank W. KinnamonDelaware SAR
Winston C. WilliamsWisconsin SAR
Albert C. WirthNorth Carolina SAR


1981 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Tullius BradyMississippi SAR
Clovis H. BrakebillTexas SAR
Carleton E. FisherFlorida SAR
Cecil W. GrangeIllinois SAR
Howard L. HamiltonVirginia SAR
John R. NaisbyNew Jersey SAR


1982 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Augustus di ZeregaKansas SAR
O. D. FontenotLouisiana SAR
Warren G. Hayes, Jr.Pennsylvania SAR
G. Arthur LutherIowa SAR
John C. MowbrayNevada SAR


1983 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Richard F. BoddieNorth Carolina SAR
P. Harry ByerlyDistrict of Columbia SAR 
James G. McGrewColorado SAR
Joseph W. McLarkCalifornia SAR
Asa E. Phillips, Jr.Massachusetts SAR
Richard E. WilsonIllinois SAR


1984 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Samuel J. HoltOhio SAR
A. Peter N. McArthurWisconsin SAR
John L. McConnellAlabama SAR
Benjamin Hume MorrisKentucky SAR
Oliver Rollin SmithUtah SAR


1985 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
John Hallberg JonesMinnesota SAR
Judson P. MasonVirginia SAR
Albert A. Remington IIIRhode Island SAR
Gordon P. TierneyIllinois SAR
Harry L. WalenMassachusetts SAR
William B. WorthySouth Carolina SAR


1986 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
C. Norman FlandersArizona SAR
Royce N. KentNevada SAR
Charles W. OvertonArkansas SAR
Charles F. PrintzWest Virginia SAR
James A. WilliamsIllinois SAR


1987 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Timothy R. BennettDistrict of Columbia SAR
Robert Eugene BurtKansas SAR
Nolan W. CarsonOhio SAR
Wendell R. LoveringEmpire State SAR
John L. RubyMichigan SAR
J. King B. E. Seegar, Jr.Maryland SAR


1988 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
James R. CalhounNew Mexico SAR
James J. HammIllinois SAR
George S. KnightVirginia SAR
Stewart B. McCarty, Jr.District of Columbia SAR
William H. RoddisWisconsin SAR
Robert B. Vance, Sr.Georgia SAR


1989 Minuteman Award Recipient

SAR MemberSAR Society
Raymond M. HenshawConnecticut SAR
Burton L. ShowersIllinois SAR
Charles A. VencillCalifornia SAR
Robert G. WebbOhio SAR
James R. WestlakeGeorgia SAR
Claude L. WithersKansas SAR


1990 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Wilson King Barnes, Jr.Maryland SAR
George H. BrandauTexas SAR
William C. Gist, Jr.Kentucky SAR
James G. HarrisonMissouri SAR
Donald J. PennellMichigan SAR
Homer E. WrightGeorgia SAR


1991 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Duane L. C. M. GallesMinnesota SAR
Edward S. HoytFlorida SAR
Luther C. Leavitt, Jr.Ohio SAR
Conrad P. MookVirginia SAR
Carl A. Nissen, Jr.Florida SAR
Kenneth J. PetroIndiana SAR


1992 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Lee Walace DerrerSouth Carolina SAR
William R. EddlemanTexas SAR
Richard Edward FribergFlorida SAR
William Harry LeesIowa SAR
Lee Duncan StokesKentucky SAR
Paul Howard WalkerMassachusetts SAR


1993 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Philip W. BernstorfKansas SAR
Thomas J. BondDistrict of Columbia SAR 
McCarthy DeMereTennessee SAR
Grant Vansice HarrisonVirginia SAR
William M. MeloneArizona SAR
Charles B. SchweizerIllinois SAR


1994 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Billy E. HightowerTexas SAR
Hardwick Johnson, Jr.Georgia SAR
Chester E. MayOhio SAR
Donald N. MoranCalifornia SAR
George Nelson SellsNew Mexico SAR
James A. ShelbyMissouri SAR


1995 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
William T. AlgoodSouth Carolina SAR
Bruce B. ButlerLouisiana SAR
Lester R. DunhamNew Jersey SAR
Horace R. JordanAlabama SAR
Barret L. MckownMaryland SAR
Vance E. SenterWashington SAR


1996 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Delbert M. FowlerTexas SAR
Reon G. Hillegass, Jr.Virginia SAR
Howard F. Horne, Jr.Delaware SAR
Fred O. Jeffries, Jr.Wyoming SAR
Richard F. Locke, Jr.California SAR
John F. NewellArizona SAR


1997 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Larry L. BlackettMichigan SAR
David J. GrayMassachusetts SAR
Lawrence L. LokerMissouri SAR
Larry D. McClanahanTennessee SAR
Russell D. PageIllinois SAR
Richard G. SaunerVirginia SAR


1998 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Herrick H. KeslerKansas SAR
Marshall LignianPennsylvania SAR
George W. OrtonArizona SAR
Duane T. SargissonMassachusetts SAR
Bert E. SellsOhio SAR
Raymond ZimmermanMaryland SAR


1999 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Charles W. BrittonOklahoma SAR
Peter Arrott DixonDistrict of Columbia SAR
Stanley A. EvansTennessee SAR
Lester A. FosterMaryland SAR
Robert F. GalerGeorgia SAR
D. Gene PattersonPennsylvania SAR


2000 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Thomas N. ClarkNorth Carolina SAR
Paul M. FrantzVirginia SAR
Edward S. GrayMissouri SAR
Carl H. LambCalifornia SAR
Clarence E. MonroeMichigan SAR
William R. WardUtah SAR


2001 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
B. Rice AstonTexas SAR
John A. HornerOhio SAR
Robert F. JacksonCalifornia SAR
Ralph D. NelsonDelaware SAR
W. Ramsey RichardsonVirginia SAR
O. Lee SwartAlabama SAR


2002 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Jack Jones EarlyKentucky SAR
John C. HaughtonTexas SAR
Ronald J. HortonSouth Carolina SAR
Raymond G. MusgraveWest Virginia SAR
William B. NealDelaware SAR
Carlos J. RicketsonVirginia SAR


2003 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Charles F. BraggIndiana SAR
Edward O. CailleteauLouisiana SAR
T. Fisher CraftGeorgia SAR
Roland G. DowningDelaware SAR
P. Rod HildrethAlabama SAR
Bruce A. WilcoxVirginia SAR


2004 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Richard S. AustinVirginia SAR
Robert W. CokerTexas SAR
Edgar E. GroverKansas SAR


2005 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
M. Joseph HillIllinois SAR
Garrett F. JacksonCalifornia SAR
Andrew M. JohnsonDistrict of Columbia SAR
Henry N. McCarlMassachusetts SAR
Travis E. SpearsCalifornia SAR
J. David SympsonKentucky SAR


2006 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
David N. ApplebyMissouri SAR
Edward F. Butler, Sr.Mexico Society, SAR
Larry T. GuzyGeorgia SAR
Charles R. LampmanCalifornia SAR
J. Phillip LondonDistrict of Columbia SAR
Nathan E. White, Jr.Texas SAR


2007 MINUTEMAN AWARD RECIPIENTS

SAR MemberSAR Society
Walter F. BakerNew Mexico SAR
William T. CoxArkansas SAR
Floyd L. JerniganKentucky SAR
J. Michael JonesArizona SAR
James A. McCaffertyMaryland SAR
Douglas H. StansberryGeorgia SAR


2008 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
I. Barnett EllisKansas SAR
Stephen A. LeishmanDelaware SAR
Larry J. MagerkurthCalifornia SAR
Larry R. PerkinsOhio SAR
George E. ThurmondGeorgia SAR
John R. WallaceAlabama SAR


2009 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Robert L. BowenVirginia SAR
Richard D. BrockwayWest Virginia SAR
Joseph W. DooleyVirginia SAR
Peter K. GoebelEmpire State SAR
Jacques de TrentinianFrance Society, SAR
Marston WatsonCalifornia SAR


2010 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Stanley W. De LongCalifornia SAR
John C. Ellingson, Sr.Washington SAR
David A. HockensmithVermont SAR
Thomas JacksLouisiana SAR
Lawrence E. McKinleyVirginia SAR
Hall WorthingtonMaryland SAR


2011 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Franklin J. ApplOklahoma SAR
Lindsey C. BrockFlorida SAR
Miles K. DechantPennsylvania SAR
Jonathan E. GoebelEmpire State SAR
Charlie A. Newcomer IIIGeorgia SAR
Samuel C. PowellNorth Carolina SAR


2012 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Larry P. CornwellAlabama SAR
T. Rex Legler IIIndiana SAR
John T. ManningNew Hampshire SAR
William M. MarrsTexas SAR
Gerald R. McCoyMissouri SAR
Paul M. WilkeOhio SAR


2013 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Lanny R. PattenPennsylvania SAR
G. Steven PittardNorth Carolina SAR
Richard W. SageEmpire State SAR
J. Michael Tomme, Sr.Georgia SAR
Robert F. TownsGeorgia SAR
Michael C. WellsAlabama SAR


2014 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Warren M. AlterArizona SAR
Roger D. BarnhartIndiana SAR
Robert A. BogardusOregon SAR
Karl W. JacobsCalifornia SAR
Thomas E. LawrenceTexas SAR
Timothy E. WardOhio SAR


2015 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
Mark C. AnthonySouth Carolina SAR
Raymond A. ClapsadleTennessee SAR
Peter O. GrasslKansas SAR
Joe E. Harris, Jr.North Carolina SAR
Randy D. MoodyFlorida SAR
Davis L. WrightDelaware SAR


2016 Minuteman Award Recipients

SAR MemberSAR Society
David G. BoringDistrict of Columbia SAR
Abraham R. Byrd IIIArizona SAR
Russell F. DeVenney, Jr.Missouri SAR
John L. DoddCalifornia SAR
James T. Jones, Jr.Texas SAR
Stephen R. RenoufCalifornia SAR


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