George Crawford Platt

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George Crawford Platt
Born (1842-02-17)February 17, 1842
Londonderry, Ireland
Died June 20, 1912(1912-06-20) (aged 70)
Place of burial Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Pennsylvania
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Union Army
Years of service 1861-1864
Rank Sergeant
Unit 6th US Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

George Crawford Platt (February 17, 1842 in Londonderry, Ireland – June 20, 1912) was a Medal of Honor recipient in the American Civil War.

He was awarded the Medal of Honor as a Private in Troop H, 6th US Cavalry for action on July 3, 1863 at Fairfield, Pennsylvania, near Gettysburg. His citation reads "Seized the regimental flag upon the death of the standard bearer in a hand-to-hand fight and prevented it from falling into the hands of the enemy."

He later rose to the rank of Sergeant.

He was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Yeadon, Pennsylvania.


The George C. Platt Bridge (formerly known as the Penrose Avenue Bridge), in southeast Philadelphia, was renamed in his honor. Platt's great-grandson, Lawrence Griffin Platt, had the bridge renamed in 1979.[1]

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A book entitled Secrets from the Heart written by Lawrence Griffin Platt will be released in 2013[needs update] with a plot based on the life and times of George Crawford supply.


  1. ^ Platt Newsletter, December 1998, Vol. 16, pp 29-30.

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