John A. Huntsman

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John A. Huntsman
Born (1867-03-20)March 20, 1867
Oskaloosa, Iowa, Iowa[1]
Died July 10, 1902(1902-07-10)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1898 - 1902
Rank Second Lieutenant
Unit Company E, 36th Infantry, U.S. Army Volunteers
Battles/wars Philippine-American War
Awards Medal of Honor

John A. Huntsman (March 20, 1867 - July 10, 1902) was a United States Army sergeant who received the Medal of Honor for action in 1899 during the Philippine-American War.

Biography[edit]

Huntsman spent part of his childhood farming in Oskaloosa, Iowa.[2] He enlisted in the KansasNational Guard in April 1898.[3] He arrived in Manila during November 1898, serving with the 20th Kansas Volunteer Infantry, which took part in the initial hostilities between Aguinaldo and the U.S. in February 1899.

From April to June 1899, Huntsman served with Major J. Franklin Bell’s scouts. Bell, of the 2nd Division, was an engineer but often served as the unit’s chief scout. After the unit was relieved from active duty in June, Huntsman joined the 36th Infantry, U.S. Volunteers. The Army had offered a $500 bonus to those re-enlisting from state regiments, and the 36th consisted primarily of those recruited in the Philippines. He eventually reached the rank of second lieutenant.

Huntsman remained in the Philippines as a construction superintendent. Huntsman died from cholera on July 10, 1902.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company E, 36th Infantry, U.S. Volunteers. Place and date: At Bamban, Luzon, Philippine Islands, November 9, 1899. Entered service at: Lawrence, Kans. Birth: Oskaloosa County, Iowa. Date of issue: May 1889.[4]

Citation:

For distinguished bravery and conspicuous gallantry in action against insurgents.[4]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Sergeant John A. Huntsman profile, Iowa Medal of Honor Heroes.
  2. ^ a b Huntsman's Biography, Iowa Medal of Honor Heroes.
  3. ^ Huntsman's Service Record, Iowa Medal of Honor Heroes.
  4. ^ a b "John A. Huntsman, Medal of Honor recipient". Medal of Honor citation. United States Army Center of Military History. 

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