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 James Pym

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James Pym

Birth
Oxfordshire, England
Death 29 Nov 1893 (aged 40–41)
Miles City, Custer County, Montana, USA
Burial Miles City, Custer County, Montana, USA
Memorial ID 6403539 View Source
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Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. James Pym was born in Oxfordshire, England in either 1847 or 1852. Emigrating to the United States, he enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army in Boston, Massachusetts on December 11, 1874. Pym saw action with the 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment during the Great Sioux War of 1876-77 and, at the Battle of the Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876, was one of fifteen soldiers who volunteered to carry water to wounded soldiers at the Reno-Benteen site. Five sharpshooters put themselves in an exposed position to cover Pym and the other men as they spent four hours carrying water in cast iron canteens and cookware 80 yards from the Little Bighorn River to Reno Hill under heavy fire. The men were ambushed by Sioux warriors, concealed in bushes along the river, and Pym was wounded in the right ankle. He and the rest of the Little Bighorn water carriers were among the twenty-four members who received the Medal of Honor for gallantry. Medal of Honor citation: Rank and organization: Private, Company B, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Little Big Horn River, Mont., 25 June 1876. Entered service at: Boston, Mass. Birth: Oxfordshire, England. Date of issue: 5 October 1878. Citation: Voluntarily went for water and secured the same under heavy fire.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/6403539/james-pym : accessed ), memorial page for James Pym (1852–29 Nov 1893), Find a Grave Memorial ID 6403539, citing Custer County Cemetery, Miles City, Custer County, Montana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .