08 March 2009

Medal of Honor: L. Wood


Assistant Surgeon, US Army

Born: 9 October 1860, Winchester, New Hampshire
Died: 7 August 1927, Boston, Massachusetts

Citation: Voluntarily carried dispatches through a region infested with hostile Indians, making a journey of 70 miles in one night and walking 30 miles the next day [during the summer of 1886]. Also for several weeks, while in close pursuit of Geronimo's band and constantly expecting an encounter, commanded a detachment of Infantry, which was then without an officer, and to the command of which he was assigned upon his own request.

Note: Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and USS Leonard Wood (AP 25/APA 12) were named in his honour.

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