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

Leonidas Mahlon Godley

  • Rank: First Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company E,
    22d Iowa Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 22, 1863
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA
Led his company in the assault on the enemy's works and gained the parapet, there receiving three very severe wounds. He lay all day in the sun, was taken prisoner, and had his leg amputated without anesthetics.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Ashland, Wapello County, Iowa
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: August 3, 1897
  • Born: June 13, 1836, Mason County, WV, United States
  • Died: May 23, 1904, Ottumwa, IA, United States
  • Buried: Ottumwa Cemetery (MH) (K-353) , Ottumwa, IA, United States

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