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b. 1836 County Mayo, Ireland.  d. 24/03/1919 Leavenworth, Kansas.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 09/09/1874 Upper Wichita River, Texas.

 

Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in County Mayo, Ireland, he served as a Private in Company I, 5th Infantry, US Army. For gallantry in this action, he was awarded the Medal of Honor on April 23, 1875.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

On the morning of September 9, 1874, Private Kelly was a member a supply train with a small cavalry escort to the encampment of General Nelson Miles expedition force at Battle Creek, Texas. As the supply train emerged from a canyon on the Upper Washita River, they were attacked by a large Indian war party. Outnumbered by several hundred Kiowa and Comanche warriors, Private Kelly with the cavalry fought fiercely as the train continued onward in what became a daylong fight. He with seven other soldiers were cited for their valiant efforts to reach General Miles with the supplies his 650-man force desperately needed.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: MOUNT CALVARY CEMETERY, LEAVENWORTH, KANSAS.

Section 2, Block 4, Lot N 1/2 67, Grave 3

Thomas Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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