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U.S. Civil War - U.S. Army

Henry D O'Brien

  • Rank: Corporal (Highest Rank: Major)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company E,
    1st Minnesota Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 3, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Taking up the colors where they had fallen, he rushed ahead of his regiment, close to the muzzles of the enemy's guns, and engaged in the desperate struggle in which the enemy was defeated, and though severely wounded, he held the colors until wounded a second time.
Medal of Honor Recipient Henry D. O'Brien
Medal of Honor Recipient Henry D. O'Brien
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: St. Anthony Falls, Hennepin County, Minnesota
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 9, 1890
  • Born: January 21, 1842, Calais, Washington County, ME, United States
  • Died: November 2, 1902, St. Louis, MO, United States
  • Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery (PM) (292-4482), St. Louis, MO, United States

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