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John L. Younker
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Born November 16, 1836
Died May 18, 1911
Place of birth Wurttemberg, Germany
Buried at Logan, Ohio
Allegiance US flag 34 stars.svg United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank Private
Unit United States Company A, 12th U.S. Infantry
Battles/wars Battle of Cedar Mountain
American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

John L. Younker (November 16, 1836 - May 18, 1911) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Younker received his country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor.[1] Younker's medal was won for his heroism at the Battle of Cedar Mountain in Virginia on August 9, 1862.[1] He was honored with the award on November 1, 1893.[2]

Younker was born in Wurttemberg, Germany, and entered service in Lancaster, Ohio. He was buried in Logan, Ohio.[1][2]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private John L. Younker, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 9 August 1862, while serving with Company A, 12th U.S. Infantry, in action at Cedar Mountain, Virginia. Private Younker voluntarily carried an order, at great risk of life in the face of a fire of grape and canister; in doing this he was wounded.[1]

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