Two hundred and fiftyeight Irish and Irish Americans have been awarded the United States highest military award for valour, the Medal Of Honor. The largest of any ethnic group to do so.... County Cork leads the honour list with 19 medalists, followed by Dublin and Tipperary with 11
each. Limerick has 10; Kerry eight; Galway seven; Antrim and Tyrone tied with six; Kilkenny and Sligo each have five. The remainder of Irish imigrants did not list their townland, or county.
Five of the 19 fighting men who won a second Medal of Honor were born in Ireland. They are Henry Hogan from County Clare; John Laverty from Tyrone; Dublin's John Cooper, whose name at birth was John Laver Mather; John King; and Patrick Mullen. Three double winners of the Medal were
Irish-Americans: the indomitable Marine, Daniel Daly; the U.S. Navy's John McCloy; and the fighting Marine from Chicago, John Joseph Kelly. Colonel James Quinlan, a native of Clonmel, County Tipperary, was awarded the Medal for gallantry "against overwhelming numbers" while
leading the Irish Brigade's 88th New York in the battle of Savage Station, Virginia, during the American Civil War.
The remarkable" Michael Dougherty, from Falcarragh, County Donegal, was a private in the 13th Pennsylvania Cavalry in the Union Army. His Medal was awarded for leading a group of comrades against a hidden Confederate detachment at Jefferson, Virginia, ultimately routing it. The official
report noted that "Dougherty's action prevented the Confederates from flanking the Union forces and saved 2,500 lives." Later, Dougherty and 126 members of his regiment were captured and spent 23 months in various Southern prisons, finally arriving in Georgia at the notorious
Andersonville death-camp. Of the 127, Dougherty alone survived the ordeal, "a mere skelton," barely able to walk.
As I read this earlier, two things occured to me... The formidability of the Irish as warriors, and; God help the man who angers an Irish woman. I am not related & have no other info.
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