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Martin Schwenk
Born April 28, 1839
Died June 20, 1924
Place of birth Baden, Germany
Buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Army
Rank First lieutenant
Unit United States Sergeant, 6th U.S. Cavalry
Battles/wars Battle of Gettysburg
American Civil War
Awards Medal of Honor

Martin Schwenk (also known as George Martin, March 10, 1832 – June 20, 1924) was an American soldier who fought in the American Civil War. Schwenk received his country's highest award for bravery during combat, the Medal of Honor.[1] Schwenk's medal was awarded for bravery during the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania on 3 July 1863.[1] He was honored with the award on April 23, 1889.[2]

Schwenk was born in Baden in Germany and after emigrating to the United States, he entered service in Boston. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.[1][2]

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant Martin Schwenk, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 3 July 1863, while serving with Company B, 6th U.S. Cavalry, in action at Millerstown (Gettysburg Battle), Pennsylvania, for bravery in an attempt to carry a communication through the enemy's lines. Sergeant Schwenk also rescued an officer from the hands of the enemy.[1]

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