Bernard A. Byrne

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Bernard Abert Byrne
Born (1853-10-19)October 19, 1853
Newport Barracks, Kentucky
Died February 28, 1910(1910-02-28) (aged 56)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1875-1906
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Unit 6th United States Infantry
40th United States Infantry
13th United States Infantry
Battles/wars Philippine–American War
Awards Medal of Honor

Bernard Abert Byrne (October 19, 1853 – February 28, 1910) was a United States Army captain who received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Philippine–American War. He later achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Early career[edit]

Byrne was born in Newport Barracks, Kentucky, in 1853. His father was Dr. Bernard Miles Byrne, a U.S. Army surgeon. His mother was Louisa Matlack (Abert) Byrne, the daughter of Colonel John James Abert, the first chief of the U.S. Topographical Service. Colonel Byrne joined the army in Washington, D.C.. He was educated at Colombian University (later George Washington University). He married Bertha Barnitz, daughter of Albert Trorillo Siders Barnitz, an officer twice brevetted for bravery.

Colonel Byrne was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Service history[edit]


Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and Organization: Captain, 6th U.S. Infantry. Place and Date: At Bobong, Negros, Philippine Islands, July 19, 1899. Entered Service At: Washington, D.C. Birth: Newport Barracks, Va. Date of Issue: July 15, 1902.


Most distinguished gallantry in rallying his men on the bridge after the line had been broken and pushed back.

See also[edit]


  • "Home of heroes". Retrieved September 24, 2010.[dead link]
  • "Bernard Abert Byrne, lieutenant colonel, United States Army] at Arlington Cemetery". Retrieved September 24, 2010.


Lieutenant Colonel Byrne's medal erroneously lists his place of birth as Newport Barracks, Virginia while he was actually born in Newport Barracks, Kentucky (There is actually no such place.)

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