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Medal of Honor Awarded to 12 Local Soldiers

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The congressional medal of honor is the highest military tribute awarded and about a dozen men from Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio have earned it.

One of those is Henry Lawton, the namesake of Fort Wayne's Park.  His service was long including the Civil War and Spanish-American Wars and led successful efforts to capture Geronimo in the 1870s. It was his efforts in August of 1864 in the battle of Atlanta that drew medal… his efforts were memorialized with the simple words… He led a charge of skirmishers against enemy rifle pits and stubbornly and successfully resisted two determined attacks to retake the position.  He died in battle in the Phillipines  in 1899. 

Joseph Prentice was a farmer who enlisted in the U.S. Army. In December of 1862 during an engagement at Stone River, Tennessee he answered the call.  In ceremonies 32 years later, he was praised him for “voluntarily rescued the body of his commanding officer… he brought his mortally wounded leader under the direct and constant rifle fire.” Prentice was injured in a later battle and discharged… he returned to Indiana unable to farm and became successful in the freight business.

In March of 1945 during World War II, 2nd. Lt Harry Michael of Milford was leading a platoon near Neiderdorf, Germany.  He surprised and captured two machine gun crews. Later his platoon captured 22 elite German SS soliders.  Later he led soliders against an assault on concrete bunkers. He was killed the next day in a sniper attack.

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