b. 1862 Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. d. 23/08/1927 Brooklyn, New York.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 12/1890 Sioux Campaign.
Bernhard Jetter was born in Wurttemberg, Germany in 1862. He later emigrated to New York City, New York where he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Jetter became a member of the 7th US Cavalry and eventually reached the rank of sergeant. Jetter was among the cavalry troops sent to arrest Chief Big Foot and disarm his Sioux followers and, on the morning of December 29, 1890, surrounded their camp on the banks of Wounded Knee Creek. In the ensuing Wounded Knee Massacre, Jetter and several other soldiers took part in search-and-destroy missions along White Clay Creek and were cited for "distinguished bravery" in skirmishes against the Sioux. Jetter himself was witnessed "killing an Indian who was in the act of killing a wounded man" in his unit. He and twenty-four other members of his regiment received the Medal of Honor on April 24, 1891.
BURIAL LOCATION: CYPRESS HILLS CEMETERY, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK.
Section 5, Grave 1
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