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John Kirk
Birth: Nov. 20, 1846
York County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Mar. 2, 1920

Indian Wars Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during the Wars with the Plains Indians as 1st Sergeant of Company L, 6th United States Cavalry. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery in action on July 12, 1870 at the Battle of the Little Wichita River, Texas, with his citation for the award reading simply "Gallantry in action." In the action he was part of a force of 57 men from the 6th Cavalry that went in pursuit of 250-strong group of Kiowa Indians led by Chief Kicking Bird. After tracking the Kiowas for five days, the cavalry force met them on the Wichita River in Archer County, Texas. After a short initial fight, the cavalrymen found that they were outnumbered and outgunned, and fought a fierce defensive battle that left 3 United States soldiers and fifteen Kiowas dead. After the Kiowas broke off the engagement in the early evening, the soldiers retreated, eventually making it back to their home base of Fort Richardson near Jacksboro, Texas. Thirteen troopers were awarded the CMOH on August 25, 1870, for their performance and bravery during the battle, Sergeant Kirk being one of them. He eventually rose to Sergeant Major of his regiment. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Fairview Township
York County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section A, Lot 74
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Don Morfe
Record added: Feb 22, 2003
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John Kirk
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John Kirk
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John Kirk
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