Born on August 10, 1874, he was killed in action on May 8, 1904 while serving with the 17th United States Infantry near Simpetan, Mindanao, Philippines during the Insurrection there.
First Lieutenant Joseph Hines Hall, who was killed in action at the same place on the same date, and he are each buried just steps from one another in Section 1 of Arlington National Cemetery.
17 AMERICANS DIED IN MORO AMBUSCADE
Lieutenant Winfield and Thirty-nine Men Caught in Trap
Lieutenant Hall of Alabama Among Those Who Fell
Five Men Also Wounded By Moro Fire
Ambush Occurred at simpatem, on Lake Liquosan, in the Island of Mindanao
MANILA, May 11, 1904 – Lieutenant Winfield Harper and thirty-nine men of F Company of the Seventeenth United States Infantry, were caught on May 8 in an ambushg by several hundred Moros.
Two American officers and fifteen men were killed and five men were wounded. The smbush occurred at Simpatem, on the east shore of Lake Liquasan, Island of Mindanao.
The officers killes in the ambush were First Lieutenant Harry A. Woodruff and Second Lieutenant Joseph H. Hall, both of the Seventeenth Infantry.
Lieutenant Woodruff was born in Indiana and entered the service from the State of New York.
Lieutenant Hall was born in Alabama and was promoted to his Lieutenancy from the ranks.
Harry Adsit Woodruff of Indiana
Appointed From New York, Second Lieutenant, 13th United States Infantry, 10 April 1899
Transferred To 17th United States Infantry, 8 June 1899
First Lieutenant, 27th United States Infantry, 2 February 1901
Transferred to 17th United States Infantry, 19 March 1902
WOODRUFF, HARRY A
1ST LT 17 U S INF
- VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
- DATE OF DEATH: 05/08/1904
- DATE OF INTERMENT: Unknown
- BURIED AT: SECTION W D W SITE 451
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
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