Harry LeRoy Hawthorne
Colonel, United States Army
in Minnesota on November 27, 1859, he earned the Medal of Honor while serving
in the Indian Wars as a Second Lieutenant, 2nd U.S. Artillery, at Wounded
Knee Creek, South Dakota, December 29, 1890. He was a career military officer
and was promoted through the ranks to Colonel.
He died on April 10, 1948 and was buried in
Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery.
Awarded Medal of Honor 11 October 1892 for gallantry, coolness, discretion and effect in handling and serving the guns of his command in action against hostile Sioux Indians on Wounded Knee Creek South Dakota, 29 December 1890 where he was severely wounded while Second Lieutenant, 2nd U.S. Artillery and commanding platoon of Light Battery E 1st U.S. Artillery (2 Hotchkiss mountain howitzers).
NOTE: His father, Leroy
R. Hawthorne, Brevet Major, United States Army, and his mother, Louise
Hawthorne, is buried nearby in Arlington National Cemetery. Also
buried in Arlington are his sister, Winona Hawthorne Buck and her husband,
Willian Langdon Buck, Colonel, United States Army.
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, 2d U S. Artillery. Place and date: At Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota, 29 December 1890. Entered service at: Kentucky. Born: 1860, Minnesota. Date of issue: 1 1 October 1892.
Distinguished conduct in battle with hostile
Photo Courtesy of Ruccell C. Jacobs, August 2006
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