|Orlando Phidelio Boss|
July 30, 1844|
|Died||December 28, 1931
|Place of burial||Worcester County, Fitchburg, Massachusetts|
|Service/branch|| United States Army
|Unit||25th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War
• Battle of Cold Harbor
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Orlando Phidelio Boss was a Corporal in Company F, 25th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War. He received Medal of Honor for his bravery at the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia on June 3, 1864. Prior to rescuing Lieutenant Daly of his regiment, he had dragged another wounded comrade to safety among the enemy fire. He had then appealed to his brigade commander, General George J. Stannard, for permission to rescue the Lieutenant. General Stannard consented, and Private Boss succeeded in bringing the wounded office despite a torrent of enemy gunfire that erupted at him during his deed.
Medal of Honor citation
Boss' official Medal of Honor citation reads:
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal Orlando Phidelio Boss, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 3 June 1864, while serving with Company F, 25th Massachusetts Infantry, in action at Cold Harbor, Virginia. Corporal Boss rescued his lieutenant, who was lying between the lines mortally wounded; this under a heavy fire of the enemy.
- "Civil War". History.Army.