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Brent Woods
Sergeant Brent Woods
Born 1855
Died March 31, 1906 (aged 50–51)
Place of birth Pulaski County, Kentucky
Place of burial Mill Springs National Cemetery, Nancy, Kentucky
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1873 - 1902
Rank Sergeant
Unit 9th Cavalry Regiment
Battles/wars American Indian Wars
Awards Medal of Honor

Brent Woods (1855 – March 31, 1906) was an American Buffalo Soldier in the United States Army and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Indian Wars of the western United States.

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Brent Woods

Woods was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky and joined the Army from Louisville, Kentucky in 1873. By August 19, 1881 he was serving as a Sergeant in Company B of the 9th Cavalry Regiment. On that day, he participated in an engagement in New Mexico where he "[s]aved the lives of his comrades and citizens of the detachment." Thirteen years later, on July 12, 1894, Sergeant Woods was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the engagement. He eventually retired in 1902.[1]

Woods died at age 50 or 51 and was buried in Mill Springs National Cemetery, Nancy, Kentucky. His grave can be found in section A, grave 930.[2]

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Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company B, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: New Mexico, August 19, 1881. Entered service at: Louisville, Ky. Birth: Pulaski County, Ky. Date of issue: July 12, 1894.


Saved the lives of his comrades and citizens of the detachment.[3]

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