John Moran (Medal of Honor)

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John Moran
BornJanuary 1830
Place of burialLidy Hot Springs, Idaho
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Unit8th Cavalry Regiment
Battles/warsIndian Wars
AwardsMedal of Honor

John Moran (January 1830 – 1905) was an American cavalry soldier who received the United States military's highest decoration for bravery, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the American Indian Wars.


According to the 1900 census he was born in January, 1830 in Maine, with his father's birthplace listed as France and his mother's as Canada.[1] Other sources give his birthplace as Ireland or Lyon, France.[2][3][4] He joined the United States Army, serving as a soldier in the cavalry. While serving as a private in Company F of the 8th Cavalry Regiment he participated in the battle at Seneca Mountain, Arizona August 25, 1869 during the American Indian wars. After the battle he was presented the Medal of Honor March 3, 1870 for "Gallantry in action".[2]

Four other members of Company F received the Medal of Honor for the same action: Corporal Philip Murphy, Corporal Thomas Murphy, Corporal Edward Stanley, and Private Herbert Mahers.

Moran was discharged for disability in 1881.[5] He died in the winter of 1905 and is buried in a cemetery at Lidy Hot Springs, Idaho.[6] The Lidy Hot Springs cemetery was unmarked until 2010, when it was located as part of a community effort to locate and mark abandoned cemeteries in Clark County. The cemetery was fenced and a grave marker for John Moran was placed within the cemetery.[7] No attempt was made to mark the actual location of his grave, because no cemetery records exist that would reveal it.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Private, Company F, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Seneca Mountain, Ariz., 25 August 1869. Entered service at:------. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: 3 March 1870.


Gallantry in action.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1900 Census, Fremont County, Medicine Lodge, District 49". |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ a b c "Medal of Honor recipients - Indian Wars Period". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
  3. ^ "John Moran". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
  4. ^ "John Moran". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
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  6. ^ Pettite, Wm. Stibal (December 13, 1971). "Lidy Hot Springs in Clark County Contains Much Historical Lore". The Post Register. Idaho Falls, Idaho.
  7. ^ "Lidy Hot Springs Cemetery – An Update". Doc 45 Publications. Retrieved August 9, 2011.