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Leonard Wood

  • Rank: Assistant Surgeon (Highest Rank: Major General)
  • Conflict/Era: Indian Campaigns
  • Unit/Command:
    U.S. Army
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: 1886
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Arizona Territory, USA

Voluntarily carried dispatches through a region infested with hostile Indians, making a journey of 70 miles in one night and walking 30 miles the next day. Also for several weeks, while in close pursuit of Geronimo's band and constantly expecting an encounter, commanded a detachment of infantry, which was then without an officer and to the command of which he was assigned upon his own request.

Medal of Honor Recipient Leonard Wood
Medal of Honor Recipient Leonard Wood
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 8, 1898
  • Born: October 9, 1860, Winchester, Cheshire County, NH, United States
  • Died: August 7, 1927, Boston, MA, United States
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (PM) (21-S-10), Arlington, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: United States Army Engineer Museum, Fort Leonard Wood, MO

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