Hispanics in the Military~Medal of Honor

Hispanics in the Military~Medal of Honor

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Hispanics have participated in every conflict in which the United States has been involved, from the American Revolutionary War to the Iraq War.

CIVIL WAR~MEDAL OF HONOR

    Philip Bazaar, Ordinary Seaman, Massachusetts, USS Santiago de Cuba, United States Navy. Place and Date of Action: Assault on Fort Fisher, January 15, 1865, Place of Birth: Chile, South America.

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    Joseph H. De Castro, Corporal, Company I, 19th Massachusetts Infantry. Place and Date of Action: At Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, July 3, 1863.  Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts. De Castro was the first Hispanic-American Medal of Honor recipient.

    Rank and Organization: Corporal, Company I
    19th Massachusetts Infantry.
    Place and Date: At Gettysburg, Pa., 3 July 1863.
    Birth: Boston, Mass. Date of Issue: 1 December 1864.
    CITATION Capture of flag of 19th Virginia regiment. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery during his regiment's attack and repulse of elements of Pickett's Charge on the Third Day of the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (July 3, 1863). His Medal was issued on December 1, 1864. He was one of seven 19th Massachusetts Infantry soldiers to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery during the War.

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    John Ortega, Seaman, Pennsylvania. USS Saratoga, United States Navy. Place and Date of Action: USS Saratoga, December 1865. Born 1840. Place of Birth: Spain. In 1864, Ortega became the first Hispanic sailor Medal of Honor recipient.


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