John McLennon

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John McLennon
Fort Belknap, Texas
Died1888 (aged 32–33)
Rock Springs, Wyoming
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1871 - 1888
Battles/warsIndian Wars
AwardsMedal of Honor

John McLennon (1855–May 14, 1888) was a United States Army musician who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at the Battle of the Big Hole in Montana in 1877.[1]


McLennon's parents were Michael and Mary (Ryan). His father entered the US military and McLennon was born Fort Belknap, Texas in 1855.[2] His family had a 3-generation-long connection with the 7th Infantry. His father Michael also served in Company A, working for at least 13 years, through the American Civil War. Two of his nephews also worked with the 7th Infantry in the Spanish–American War.[3] One of McLennon's brothers-in-law, Patrick Rogan, also served in Company A and was also awarded a Medal of Honor for their actions at the Battle of the Big Hole. Another of his sisters became a couple with Mildon Wilson, another United States Army soldier who also secured the medal of Honor for his activity during the Indian Wars.[3][4]

In September 1871, McLennon enlisted in the Army at Fort Ellis, Montana Territory. He never reached a height over 5 feet. Later, McLennon became a Sergeant and stayed with the infantry until he died on May 14, 1888, participating in many battles against Indians during his career. He died of "acute nephritis".[3] He never married and is buried in Rock Springs, Wyoming beside his relative Rogan.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Musician, Company A, 7th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: At Big Hole, Mont., 9 August 1877. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Fort Belknap, Tex. Date of issue: 2 December 1878.


Gallantry in action.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Tribune Staff. "125 Montana Newsmakers: Medal of Honor Winners". Great Falls Tribune. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  2. ^ "John McLennon". Texas State Cemetery. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Musician John McLennon". Friends of Nez Perce Battlefields. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  4. ^ "John McLennon". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
  5. ^ "Medal of Honor recipients Indian War Campaigns". US Army Center of Military History. December 3, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2011.

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