Born in Germany, April 28, 1839, he earned the Medal of Honor in the Civil War while serving with Company B, 6th United States Cavalry at Millertown, Pennsylvania, in July 1863. The Medal was actually issued to him on April 23, 1889. He died on June 20, 1924 and was buried in Section 17 of Arlington National Cemetery.
He was awarded the Medal under the name of Martin Schwenk.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company B, 6th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Millerstown, Pennsylvania., July 1863. Entered service at: ——. Birth: Germany. Date of issue: 23 April 1889.
Bravery in an attempt to carry a communication through the enemy's lines; also rescued an officer from the hands of the enemy.
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Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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