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Orlando Phidelio Boss
Born (1844-07-30)July 30, 1844
Died December 28, 1931(1931-12-28) (aged 87)
Place of birth Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Place of death Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Place of burial Worcester County, Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Allegiance United States
Service/branch U.S. Army
Union Army
Rank Confederate States of America Corporal-Cavalry.jpg Corporal
Unit Massachusetts 25th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
 • Battle of Cold Harbor
Awards Medal of Honor

Army Medal - 1862 - 1895

Orlando Phidelio Boss was a Corporal in Company F, 25th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry during the American Civil War. He received Medal of Honor for his bravery at the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia on June 3, 1864. Prior to rescuing Lieutenant Daly of his regiment, he had dragged another wounded comrade to safety among the enemy fire. He had then appealed to his brigade commander, General George J. Stannard, for permission to rescue the Lieutenant. General Stannard consented, and Private Boss succeeded in bringing the wounded office despite a torrent of enemy gunfire that erupted at him during his deed.[1]

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Boss' official Medal of Honor citation reads:

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal Orlando Phidelio Boss, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 3 June 1864, while serving with Company F, 25th Massachusetts Infantry, in action at Cold Harbor, Virginia. Corporal Boss rescued his lieutenant, who was lying between the lines mortally wounded; this under a heavy fire of the enemy.

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