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Spanish-American War - U.S. Army

John William Heard

  • Rank: First Lieutenant (Highest Rank: Brigadier General)
  • Conflict/Era: Spanish-American War
  • Unit/Command:
    3d U.S. Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: July 23, 1898
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: at mouth of Manimani River, west of Bahia Honda, Cuba
After two men had been shot down by Spaniards while transmitting orders to the engine-room on the Wanderer, the ship having become disabled, this officer took the position held by them and personally transmitted the orders, remaining at his post until the ship was out of danger.
Medal of Honor Recipient John W. Heard
Medal of Honor Recipient John W. Heard
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Mississippi
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: June 21, 1899
  • Born: March 27, 1860, Woodstock, MS, United States
  • Died: February 4, 1922, New Orleans, LA, United States
  • Buried: U.S. Military Academy Cemetery (PM) (8-39), West Point, NY, United States

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