Thomas J. Callan

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Thomas Joseph Callan
Thomas J. Callan.jpg
Thomas J. Callan as depicted in Deeds of Valor, Volume II
Born (1853-07-12)July 12, 1853
County Louth, Ireland
Died March 5, 1908(1908-03-05) (aged 54)
Yonkers, New York
Place of burial Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Orange, New Jersey
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1876 - 1881
Rank Private
Unit 7th United States Cavalry
Battles/wars Indian Wars
*Battle of Little Big Horn
Awards Medal of Honor

Thomas Joseph Callan[1] (July 12, 1853 – May 5, 1908) was a United States Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor for his bravery during the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876.


Callan was born in County Louth, Ireland on July 12, 1853, and joined the US Army in March 1876.[2]

He had served just three months as a Private in Company B, 7th United States Cavalry, at the time of his actions. He received the Medal of Honor for his bravery at the Battle of Little Big Horn, Montana Territory, on June 25, and June 26, 1876. His medal was issued on October 24, 1896.

He died on May 5, 1908 and was buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Orange, New Jersey.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Private, Company B, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date. At Little Big Horn, Mont., 25-June 26, 1876. Entered service at: Boston, Mass. Birth: Ireland. Date of issue: October 24, 1896.


Volunteered and succeeded in obtaining water for the wounded of the command; also displayed conspicuously good conduct in assistlng to drive away the Indians.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Callan is sometimes spelled Callen. See "Indian Campaigns (July 12, 1853 – March 5, 1908), Recipients of the Medal of Honor". Retrieved March 22, 2007. 
  2. ^ 7th Cavalry muster rolls