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PA Civil War Medal of Honor Recipients

The Medal of Honor, established by joint resolution of Congress, 12 July 1862 is awarded in the name of Congress to a person who, while a member of the Armed Services, distinguishes himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. The deed performed must have been one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his comrades and must have involved risk of life. Incontestable proof of the performance of service is exacted and each recommendation for award of this decoration is considered on the standard of extraordinary merit. A large percent of Medal of Honor recipients were awarded for action involving flags.

Lehigh County, Pennsylvania


NOTE: An asterisk (*) denotes a posthumous award.



LEHIGH COUNTY, PA



YEAGER, JACOB F.: Private, Company H, 101st Ohio Infantry. Buzzard's Roost, Ga., 11 May 1864. Citation given: 3 August 1897. Seized a shell with fuze burning that had fallen in the ranks of his company and threw it into a stream, thereby probably saving his comrades from injury.

GRESSER, IGNATZ: Born in German. Corporal, Company D, 128th Pennsylvania Infantry. Antietam, Md., 17 September 1862. Citation given: 12 December 1895. While exposed to the fire of the enemy, carried from the field a wounded comrade.






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