b. 10/01/1850 Janesville, Wisconsin. d. 18/10/1927 San Antonio, Texas.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 12/10/1870 Little Wichita River, Arkansas.
Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. At age 13, he ran away from home to become a drummer boy for the Union Army in the Civil War. After the war he remained in the Regular Army as an Officer's Orderly. During the Indian Wars he served as a Private, Bugler for Company L, 6th US Cavalry. On July 12, 1870, his company was attacked by a band of Kiowa Indians in what was to be known as the Battle of Little Wichita River, Arkansas. In the attack, he assisted in the clearing of enemy snipers from prominent elevations and helped the wounded. His command was almost loss, when he and another trooper volunteered to go to Fort Richardson for help. Together they eluded the Indians and brought relief to save the beleaguered command. For gallantry, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on October 13, 1870. He also served as a Captain in the 19th US Volunteer Infantry, Cuba during the Spanish American War in 1898.
For The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Bugler Claron Windus, United States Army, for gallantry in action on 12 July 1870, while serving with Company L, 6th U.S. Cavalry, at Wichita River, Texas.
BURIAL LOCATION: MASONIC CEMETERY, BRACKETTVILLE, TEXAS.
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