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Frank West
Born (1850-09-26)September 26, 1850
Died August 26, 1923(1923-08-26) (aged 72)
Place of birth New York
Place of death Washington, D. C.
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1872 – 1914
Rank Colonel
Commands held 6th Cavalry Regiment
Battles/wars Indian Wars
*Apache Wars
*Battle of Big Dry Wash
Awards Medal of Honor

Frank West (September 26, 1850 – August 26, 1923) was a United States Army Colonel who was a recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in fighting Indians at the Battle of Big Dry Wash, Arizona. West is an 1872 graduate of West Point.[1]

Early life and the western frontier[edit | edit source]

West served in the 6th Cavalry Regiment on the western frontier.[2] He was awarded the Medal of Honor for rallying his men against a fortified position at Big Dry Wash, Arizona. Three other men, Second Lieutenant George H. Morgan, Second Lieutenant Thomas Cruse and First Sergeant Charles Taylor were also awarded Medals of Honor in this action. Morgan and Cruse are also Academy graduates.[3]

His wife was Rebecca Kenyon (1851–1912).[2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

West was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1892 for action at Big Dry Wash, Arizona, on 17 July 1882.

Citation: "Rallied his command and led it in the advance against the enemy's fortified position."[1]

References[edit | edit source]

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