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Patrick Thomas Leonard
Born 1828
Died March 1, 1905 (aged 76–77)
Place of birth County Clare, Ireland
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit Company A, 23d U.S. Infantry
Battles/wars Indian Wars
Awards Medal of Honor

Patrick Thomas Leonard (1828 - March 1, 1905) 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 James Leonard had also received the Medal of Honor.

Early life and educationEdit

Leonard was born in County Clare, Ireland.[1]

Military careerEdit

Leonard enlisted at Camp Three Forks, Idaho Territory, and was stationed there during the late 1860s and early 1870s.[1] His actions as a corporal at Grace Creek near Fort Hartsuff, Nebraska on April 28, 1876 lead to him being awarded the Medal of Honor on August 26, 1876.[1] By the time of his death, he had been promoted to sergeant, as can be seen on his gravestone.[2]

Death and legacyEdit

Leonard died on March 1, 1905 and was buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Lansing, Kansas.[1][2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Corporal, Company A, 23d U.S. Infantry. Place and date: Near Fort Hartsuff, Nebr., April 28, 1876. Entered service at:------. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: August 26, 1876.


Gallantry in charge on hostile Sioux.[3]

See alsoEdit


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