|Franklin M. McDonald|
|Place of birth||Bowling Green, Kentucky|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1871-1873|
|Unit||11th U.S. Infantry|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Biography[edit | edit source]
On August 3, 1872, McDonald escorted a mail coach from Jacksboro, Texas, to Fort Griffin. Fifteen miles from Fort Belknap, it was attacked by a band of eight to 10 Kiowa Indians.
McDonald received the medal on September 8, 1872, without a formal ceremony and was promoted to Corporal. On December 4, 1873, McDonald deserted the Army and was never heard from again.
Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]
Rank and Organization:
- Private, Company G, 11th U.S. Infantry. Place and date: Near Fort Griffin, Tex., 5 August 1872. Entered service at: at Fort Griffin, Texas, on June 7, 1871. Birth: Bowling Green, Ky. Date of issue: 31 August 1872.
Gallantry in defeating Indians who attacked the mail.
See also[edit | edit source]
- List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Indian Wars
- Kentucky Medal of Honor Memorial
- Texas Medal of Honor Memorial
Notes[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Beyer, Walter Frederick, Deeds of Valor: From Records in the Archives of the United States Government; how American Heroes Won the Medal of Honor; History of Our Recent Wars and Explorations, from Personal Reminiscences and Records of Officers and Enlisted Men who Were Rewarded by Congress for Most Conspicuous Acts of Bravery on the Battle Field, on the High Seas and in Arctic Explorations, Volume 2, Perrien-Keydel Co., 1906.
- The Medal of Honor of the United States Army, United States Dept. of the Army, Public Information Division, Publisher U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1948.
- Medal of honor, 1863-1968 "in the name of the Congress of the United States": prepared for the Subcommittee on Veterans' Affairs,United States Congress, Senate. Labor and Public Welfare, 1968.
- O'Neal, Bill, Fighting men of the Indian Wars: a biographical encyclopedia of the mountain men, soldiers, cowboys, and pioneers who took up arms during America's westward expansion, Barbed Wire Press, 1991.
- Neal, Charles M., Jr. Valor Across the Lone Star: The Congressional Medal of Honor in Frontier Texas, Texas A&M University Press: 2003.
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- "Medal of Honor recipients/". Medal of Honor citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 3, 2009. https://history.army.mil/html/moh/indianwars.html. Retrieved July 1, 2010.
- "Home of Heroes". http://www.homeofheroes.com/moh/citations_1865_ind/mcdonald_frank.html. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
- "Franklin McDonald". http://www.cemetery.state.tx.us/pub/user_form.asp?step=1&pers_id=11227. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
- ""Above and Beyond: The Medal of Honor in Texas." Capitol Visitors Center, State Preservation Board of Texas; Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Association, University of Texas.". http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
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