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James McDonald

  • Rank: Corporal (Highest Rank: Sergeant)
  • Conflict/Era: Indian Campaigns
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B,
    8th U.S. Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 13, 1868
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Vicinity of the Black Mountains, Arizona, USA

Bravery in scouts and actions against Indians.

Medal of Honor Recipient James McDonald
Medal of Honor Recipient James McDonald
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: July 24, 1869
  • Born: 1834, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Died: July 21, 1915, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  • Buried: Mount Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
From the CMOHS Archives

When he enlisted in the U.S. Army, McDonald gave his birthplace as Scotland. Therefore, that is his official birthplace in U.S. military records. However, subsequent research has shown he was born in County Donegal, Ireland.


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