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Benjamin Franklin Hardaway
Born (1859-04-17)April 17, 1859
Died December 27, 1929(1929-12-27) (aged 70)
Place of birth Benleyville, Kentucky
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Colonel
Unit 17th U.S. Infantry
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Benjamin Franklin Hardaway (July 17, 1865 – July 9, 1955) was a First Lieutenant serving in the United States Army during the Spanish–American War who received the Medal of Honor for bravery.


Hardaway was born July 17, 1865 in Benleyville, Kentucky and after entering the army in 1886 worked his way up to the rank of Sergeant while in Company C, 17th U.S. Infantry. On July 31, 1891 he was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant and then to first lieutenant April 26, 1898 before being sent to fight in the Spanish–American War with the 17th U.S. Infantry. While his unit was fighting at El Caney, Cuba July 1, 1898 he received the Medal of Honor for assisting in the rescue of wounded while under heavy fire from the enemy. He received his medal on June 21, 1899.[1] He remained in the army after the war and was promoted to the rank of captain February 2, 1901 and eventually achieved the rank of colonel before his death.[2]

He died July 9, 1955 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia July 15, 1955.[3] His grave can be found in section 2, lot 1044-1.[2][3]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 17th U .S. Infantry. Place and date: At El Caney, Cuba, 1 July 1898. Entered service at:______. Birth: Benleyville, Ky. Date of issue: 21 June 1899.


Gallantly assisted in the rescue of the wounded from in front of the lines and under heavy fire from the enemy.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 "War with Spain; Hardaway, Benjamin F.". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Medal of Honor recipients buried in Arlington National Cemetery". Benjamin Franklin Hardaway; Major, United States Army. Arlington, Virginia: Arlington National Cemetery website. April 7, 2006. Retrieved November 16, 2007. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bill Heneage (October 22, 2002). "Benjamin F. Hardaway". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved August 2, 2010. 

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