George Ritter Burnett

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George Ritter Burnett
Born (1858-04-23)April 23, 1858
Lower Providence Township, Pennsylvania
Died November 1, 1908(1908-11-01) (aged 50)
Lincoln, Nebraska
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Iowa National Guard
Missouri National Guard
Years of service 1880–1891 (Army)
1892–1908 (National Guard)
Rank First Lieutenant (Army)
Colonel (National Guard)
Battles/wars Indian Wars
Awards Medal of Honor

George Ritter Burnett (April 23, 1858 – November 1, 1908) was a United States Army officer who received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Burnett graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1880. On August 16, 1881, he was serving as a Second Lieutenant with the 9th Cavalry Regiment of the Buffalo Soldiers. On that day, Burnett participated in an engagement in the Cuchillo Negro Mountains of New Mexico, where he was cited for helping rescue stranded soldiers under heavy fire. One of his privates, Augustus Walley, also received the Medal of Honor for this action. He retired due to injuries in February 1891. He subsequently served as a Colonel in the Iowa National Guard from 1892 until 1905, and in the Missouri National Guard from 1905 until 1908.

Burnett served as United States Vice Consul and Acting Consul in Kehl, Baden, Germany from September 1905 to March 1907. He also worked at many military preparatory schools.[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization. Second Lieutenant, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Cuchillo Negro Mountains, N. Mex., August 16, 1881. Entered servlce at: Spring Mills, Pa. Birth. Lower Providence Township Pa. Date of issue: July 23, 1897.[1]


Saved the life of a dismounted soldier, who was in imminent danger of being cut off, by alone galloping quickly to his assistance under heavy fire and escorting him to a place of safety, his horse being twice shot in this action.

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. ^ a b "Medal of Honor recipients Indian Wars Period". Army Center of Military History. Retrieved April 12, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Special Collections: Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U. S. Military Academy". United States Military Academy Library. 1950. Archived from the original on January 9, 2009. Retrieved April 14, 2009.