Thomas Shaw (Medal of Honor)
Sergeant Thomas Shaw
|Died||June 23, 1895 (aged 48–49)|
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington County, Virginia|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Unit||9th Cavalry Regiment|
|Battles/wars||American Indian Wars|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Thomas Shaw (1846 – June 23, 1895) was a Buffalo Soldier in the United States Army and a recipient of America's highest military decoration – the Medal of Honor – for his actions in the Indian Wars of the western United States.
Shaw joined the Army from Pike County, Missouri, and by August 12, 1881 was serving as a Sergeant in Company K of the 9th Cavalry Regiment. On that day he participated in an engagement at Carrizo Canyon in New Mexico. For his actions during the engagement, Shaw was awarded the Medal of Honor nine years later, on December 7, 1890.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company K, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Carrizo Canyon, N. Mex., August 12, 1881. Entered service at: Pike County, Mo. Birth: Covington, Ky. Date of issue: December 7, 1890.
Forced the enemy back after stubbornly holding his ground in an extremely exposed position and prevented the enemy's superior numbers from surrounding his command.
- List of African American Medal of Honor recipients
- List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Indian Wars
- "Thomas Shaw". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2007-01-15.
- "Indian War Period Medal of Honor recipients". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. 2005-04-19. Retrieved 2007-01-15.
- "Thomas Shaw". Hall of Valor. Military Times. Retrieved August 28, 2011.