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Patrick James Leonard
Born (1847-05-19)May 19, 1847
Died January 24, 1899(1899-01-24) (aged 51)
Place of birth County Meath, Ireland
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit Company C, 2d U.S. Cavalry
Battles/wars Indian Wars
Awards Medal of Honor

Patrick James Leonard (May 19, 1847 – January 1, 1899) was a United States Army sergeant who received the Medal of Honor during the Indian Wars.[1] Until 1984, it was believed that Leonard was a double recipient of the Medal of Honor.[1] However, another Irishman, Patrick Thomas Leonard, had also received the Medal of Honor.

Early life and educationEdit

Leonard was born in County Meath, Ireland.[2]

Military careerEdit

Leonard enlisted at Cincinnati, Ohio.[2] His actions as a sergeant at the Little Blue River near Little Blue, Nebraska on May 15, 1870 led to him being awarded the Medal of Honor on June 22, 1870.[2] While searching for stray horses near the river, Leonard and four other soldiers were ambushed by 50 Indians. The men were able to kill three Indians, and wound seven. After repelling the attack, Leonard then escorted two women and a child to the nearest settlement.[2] The other four soldiers (Pvt. Thomas Hubbard, Pvt. Heth Canfield, Pvt. Michael Himmelsback, Pvt. George W. Thompson) also received Medals of Honor.

Death and legacyEdit

Leonard died on January 1, 1899 and was buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery, New Almelo, Kansas.[2][3]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company C, 2d U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Blue, Nebr., May 15, 1870. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: June 22, 1870.


Gallantry in action.[4]

See alsoEdit


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