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Thomas Shaw
Sergeant, United States Army
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Born in Covington, Kentucky, in 1846, he earned the Medal of Honor on August 12, 1881 while serving with Company K, 8th United States Cavalry at Carrizo Canyon, Arizona (Indian Wars).

He died on June 23, 1895 and was buried in Section 27 of Arlington National Cemetery.

Thomas Shaw PHOTO
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Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company K, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Carrizo Canyon, New Mexico, 12 August 1881. Entered service at: Pike County, Missouri. Birth: Covington, Kentucky. Date of issue: 7 December 1890.


Forced the enemy back after stubbornly holding his ground in an extremely exposed position and prevented the enemy's superior numbers from surrounding his command.

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