John D. Terry

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John D. Terry (Medal of Honor)
Born (1845-09-03)September 3, 1845
Montville, Maine
Died March 4, 1919(1919-03-04) (aged 73)
Buried Bronx, New York
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1861–1863
Rank Sergeant
Unit Massachusetts Company E, 23rd Massachusetts Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of New Bern
American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

John Darling Terry (September 3, 1845 - March 4, 1919) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Terry received the Medal of Honor for bravery during combat.[1] Terry's medal was won for "extraordinary heroism" during the Battle of New Bern in North Carolina on March 14, 1862.[1] He was honored with the award on October 12, 1867.[2]

Terry was born in Montville, Maine. He joined the Army from Boston, Massachusetts in September 1861, and was discharged due to the loss of his leg in March 1863.[3] He was buried in the Bronx in New York.[1][2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant John Darling Terry, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 14 March 1862, while serving with Company E, 23d Massachusetts Infantry, in action at New Bern, North Carolina. In the thickest of the fight, where he lost his leg by a shot, Sergeant Terry still encouraged the men until carried off the field.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Valor awards for John Darling Terry". Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Medal of Honor Recipients - Civil War (S-Z)". U.S. Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 2016-05-13. 
  3. ^ "Massachusetts soldiers, sailors, and marines in the civil war". Retrieved 2016-05-13.