Patrick James Leonard

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Patrick James Leonard
Born(1847-05-19)May 19, 1847
County Meath, Ireland
DiedJanuary 24, 1899(1899-01-24) (aged 51)
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
UnitCompany C, 2d U.S. Cavalry
Battles/warsIndian Wars
AwardsMedal of Honor

Patrick James Leonard (May 19, 1847 – January 1, 1899) was a United States Army sergeant who received the Medal of Honor during the Indian Wars.[1] Until 1984, it was believed that Leonard was a double recipient of the Medal of Honor.[1] However, another Irishman, Patrick Thomas Leonard, had also received the Medal of Honor.

Early life and education[edit]

Leonard was born in County Meath, Ireland.[2]

Military career[edit]

Leonard enlisted at Cincinnati, Ohio.[2] His actions as a sergeant at the Little Blue River near Little Blue, Nebraska on May 15, 1870 led to him being awarded the Medal of Honor on June 22, 1870.[2] While searching for stray horses near the river, Leonard and four other soldiers were ambushed by 50 Indians. The men were able to kill three Indians, and wound seven. After repelling the attack, Leonard then escorted two women and a child to the nearest settlement.[2] The other four soldiers (Pvt. Thomas Hubbard, Pvt. Heth Canfield, Pvt. Michael Himmelsback, Pvt. George W. Thompson) also received Medals of Honor.

Death and legacy[edit]

Leonard died on January 1, 1899 and was buried in Saint Joseph Cemetery, New Almelo, Kansas.[2][3]

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company C, 2d U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Blue, Nebr., May 15, 1870. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: June 22, 1870.


Gallantry in action.[4]

See also[edit]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. ^ a b "Idaho's Medal of Honor recipients". Archived from the original on 2008-04-10. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Home of Heroes - Patrick James Leonard". Retrieved 2008-04-28.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Patrick James Leonard". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved July 26, 2010.
  4. ^ "Indian Wars Medals of Honor". Retrieved 2008-04-27.