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

John Calvin Matthews

  • Rank: Corporal (Highest Rank: Sergeant)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company A,
    61st Pennsylvania Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 2, 1865
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Petersburg, Virginia, USA

Voluntarily took the colors, whose bearer had been disabled, and, although himself severely wounded, carried the same until the enemy's works were taken.

Medal of Honor Recipient John C. Matthews
Medal of Honor Recipient John C. Matthews
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: February 13, 1891
  • Born: March 29, 1845, Westmoreland County, PA, United States
  • Died: October 24, 1934, Akron, OH, United States
  • Buried: Homewood Cemetery (PMH) (3-179), Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • Location of Medal: Soldier & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, Pittsburgh, PA

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