John A. Huntsman
|John A. Huntsman|
March 20, 1867|
Oskaloosa, Iowa, Iowa
|Died||July 10, 1902|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1898 - 1902|
|Unit||Company E, 36th Infantry, U.S. Army Volunteers|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Huntsman spent part of his childhood farming in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He enlisted in the Kansas’ National Guard in April 1898. 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.
Medal of Honor citation
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.
For distinguished bravery and conspicuous gallantry in action against insurgents.
- "John A. Huntsman, Medal of Honor recipient". Medal of Honor citation. United States Army Center of Military History.
- "John A. Huntsman, Home of Heroes". Home of Heroes.
- "John A. Huntsman, Medal of Honor". Iowa Medal of Honor Heroes. State of Iowa.
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