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Indian Campaigns - U.S. Army

William Frederick "buffalo bill" Cody

  • Rank: Guide (Highest Rank: Civilian)
  • Conflict/Era: Indian Campaigns
  • Unit/Command:
    Indian Scouts attached to 3d U.S. Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 26, 1872
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Loupe Fork of the Platte River, Nebraska, USA

Gallantry in action.

Medal of Honor Recipient William Frederick "buffalo bill" Cody
Medal of Honor Recipient William Frederick "buffalo bill" Cody
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Fort McPherson, Lincoln County, Nebraska
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: May 22, 1872

    Medal issued in 1872; Cody's Medal of Honor was rescinded following the 1916-1917 review of Army Medal of Honor awards as he was a civilian at the time of his valor; he was restored to the Medal of Honor Roll in 1989.

  • Born: February 16, 1846, Scott County, IA, United States
  • Died: January 10, 1917, Denver, CO, United States
  • Buried: Lookout Mountain (MH), Golden, CO, United States
  • Location of Medal: Buffalo Bill Museum, Lookout Mountain, CO

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