Brogan was born in County Donegal, Ireland, and later moved to Summit Hill, Pennsylvania. He joined the army in January 1864, and served with the 21st Pennsylvania Cavalry during the American Civil War. By the time of his Medal of Honor action, he was serving as a sergeant in the 6th Cavalry Regiment.
Medal of Honor citationEdit
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company G, 6th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Simon Valley, Ariz., 14 December 1877. Entered service at: ------ Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 9 January 1880.
Engaged singlehanded 2 renegade Indians until his horse was shot under him and then pursued them so long as he was able.
- ↑ "James Brogan". Hall of Valor. Military Times. http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=1457. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
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