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Indian Campaigns - U.S. Army

William R. Parnell

  • Rank: First Lieutenant (Highest Rank: Colonel)
  • Conflict/Era: Indian Campaigns
  • Unit/Command:
    1st U.S. Cavalry
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: June 17, 1877
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: White Bird Canyon, Idaho, USA
With a few men, in the face of a heavy fire from pursuing Indians and in imminent peril, returned and rescued a soldier whose horse had been killed and who had been left behind in the retreat.
Medal of Honor Recipient William R. Parnell
Medal of Honor Recipient William R. Parnell
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Brooklyn, Kings County, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: September 16, 1897
  • Born: August 13, 1836, Dublin, Ireland
  • Died: August 20, 1910
  • Buried: San Francisco National Cemetery (MH) (OS-68-9), San Francisco, CA, United States

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