Michael M. McCarthy

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Michael M. McCarthy (April 19, 1845 - January 12, 1914) was a Canadian US Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Indian Wars. He was born in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, and moved with his family to Massachusetts in 1852.

McCarthy joined the Army in November 1865, a few months after the American Civil War. He later served in the Nez Perce War, during which he was involved in action that earned him the Medal of Honor.[1] He was discharged in May 1879 with the rank of quartermaster sergeant.

After settling in Walla Walla, Washington McCarthy was commissioned as a first lieutenant <ith the Washington Militia in July 1881. In December 1897, he was promoted to colonel and was appointed Quartermaster General of the Washington National Guard. He retired from the National Guard in October 1905.

McCarthy died from a cerebral hemorrhage in Walla Walla, and was buried in Mountain View Cemetery.

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Was detailed with 6 men to hold a commanding position, and held it with great gallantry until the troops fell back. He then fought his way through the Indians, rejoined a portion of his command, and continued the fight in retreat. He had 2 horses shot from under him, and was captured, but escaped and reported for duty after 3 days' hiding and wandering in the mountains.



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