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Leopold Karpeles

  • Rank: Sergeant (Highest Rank: Color Sergeant)
  • Conflict/Era: U.S. Civil War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company E,
    57th Massachusetts Infantry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 6, 1864
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Wilderness Campaign, Virginia, USA
While color bearer, rallied the retreating troops and induced them to check the enemy's advance.
Medal of Honor Recipient Leopold Karpeles
Medal of Honor Recipient Leopold Karpeles
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 30, 1870
  • Born: September 9, 1838, Prague, Austria-Hungary (now the Czech Republic)
  • Died: February 2, 1909, Washington, DC, United States
  • Buried: Hebrew Congregation Cemetery (PM) (348) , Washington, DC, United States
  • Location of Medal: Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, Springfield, MA

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