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John W. Comfort


U.S. Army
Medal Of Honor, Indian Campaigns

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After serving with bravery and distinction during the two-day Red River, Texas engagement of September 26 - 28, 1874, Corporal John Comfort earned the Medal of Honor on November 5 at Staked Plains. Corporal Comforts detachment engaged a small enemy band and captured a herd of ponies when he noticed one warrior, who seemed to be the leader, directing his scattered war party in the distance. Though his own horse was heavily laden, the Indian's pony lighter and faster, Comfort gave chase despite the fact that the pursuit placed him alone a mile ahead of the remainder of his men. Unable to catch the fleeing Indian, he knelt and fired, killing the warrior's pony. While continuing the chase on foot the Indian leader turned and attacked Comfort with a knife, but the cavalryman succeeded in killing his opponent. Comfort then returned to his unit with items taken from the dead Indian and his pony, which items contained valuable information on the band's operations, as well as items that proved that this particular band of Comanche were the party they were seeking that had recently raided a Texas frontier settlement. Farrier Ernest Veuve earned a Medal of Honor in this Staked Plains campaign two days earlier.

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