May 23, 1872 – This Day During The American Indian Wars – Richard Barrett Medal of Honor recipient

May 23, 1872 – Richard Barrett Medal of Honor recipient (1838 – March 20, 1898) was an Irish-born American soldier in the U.S. Army who served with the 1st U.S. Cavalry Regiment during the Indian Wars. He was awarded the Medal of Honor during the Apache Wars when he voluntarily led a charge against a group of hostile Tonto Apaches at Sycamore Canyon on May 23, 1872.

First Sergeant Barrett’s official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Consplcuous gallantry in a charge upon the Tonto Apaches.

 

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Richard Barrett Medal of Honor recipient

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