Benjamin F. Hardaway
|Benjamin Franklin Hardaway|
July 17, 1865|
|Died||July 9, 1955(aged 89)|
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1886 - 1918|
|Unit||17th U.S. Infantry|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Hardaway was born July 17, 1865 in Benleyville, Kentucky and after entering the army in April 1886 worked his way up to the rank of Sergeant while in Company C, 17th U.S. Infantry. On July 31, 1891 he was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant and then to first lieutenant April 26, 1898 before being sent to fight in the Spanish–American War with the 17th U.S. Infantry. While his unit was fighting at El Caney, Cuba July 1, 1898 he received the Medal of Honor for assisting in the rescue of wounded while under heavy fire from the enemy. He received his medal on June 21, 1899. He remained in the army after the war and was promoted to the rank of captain on February 2, 1901. He eventually achieved the rank of colonel before his retirement in 1918. 
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, 17th U .S. Infantry. Place and date: At El Caney, Cuba, 1 July 1898. Entered service at:______. Birth: Benleyville, Ky. Date of issue: 21 June 1899.
Gallantly assisted in the rescue of the wounded from in front of the lines and under heavy fire from the enemy.
- "War with Spain; Hardaway, Benjamin F.". Medal of Honor recipients, War With Spain. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
- "Medal of Honor recipients buried in Arlington National Cemetery". Benjamin Franklin Hardaway; Major, United States Army. Arlington, Virginia: Arlington National Cemetery website. April 7, 2006. Retrieved November 16, 2007.
- Service Profile
- Bill Heneage (October 22, 2002). "Benjamin F. Hardaway". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved August 2, 2010.
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