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Michael Himmelsback

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Fort Missoula Post Cemetery
 North Section, Row 1, Grave 5



Born:  1849 at Allegheny County, PA

Entered Service in the US Army from Harrisburg, PA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Indian Campaigns For heroism May 15, 1870 at Little Blue, NE

Died:  June 03, 1881 at the age of 32

On 15 May 1870, Sergeant Patrick Leonard and four men from C Troop were searching the Little Blue River in Nebraska for stray horses when a war party of 50 Indians surrounded the detachment. Racing for cover, Leonard dismounted his men and discovered that Private Thomas Hubbard and two mounts had been wounded. The Indians charged twice and the troopers repelled them, with one Indian killed and three wounded. Leonard slaughtered the two wounded horses to form a breastwork in time to repulse a third attack in which the cavalrymen killed two more Indians and wounded four others. Within the hour, the Indians retreated. Leonard had to withdraw his patrol on foot because the Indians had killed all the horses during the attack. He then took a settler's family of two women and a child under his charge. While moving to the next settlement, the Indians did not renew their attack. Leonard safely arrived at C Company's bivouac at 2300 hours with his entire patrol and the civilians relatively secure. Private Michael Himmelsback, along with Sergeant Leonard and fellow Privates Heth Canfield, Thomas Hubbard, and George Thompson were all cited for "Gallantry in Action" and awarded Medals of Honor for this action.

 

 

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