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Joseph Gion
Born 1826
Died January 16, 1889
Place of birth Alsace-Lorraine, France
Buried at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Years of service 1861 - 1864
Rank Private
Unit New York 74th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Battles/wars Battle of Chancellorsville
American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Joseph Gion (1826 - January 16, 1889) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Gion received his country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor.[1] Gion's medal was won for 'securing valuable information' under heavy fire in the Battle of Chancellorsville in Virginia on May 2, 1863.[1] He was honored with the award on November 26, 1884.[2]

Gion was born in Alsace-Lorraine, France.[3] He joined the Army from Pittsburgh in April 1861, and mustered out with his regiment in June 1864.[4] Gion was later buried in Pittsburgh.[1][2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Joseph Gion, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 2 May 1863, while serving with Company A, 74th New York Infantry, in action at Chancellorsville, Virginia. Voluntarily and under heavy fire, Private Gion advanced toward the enemy's lines and secured valuable information.[1]

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