John Clancy (Medal of Honor)

John E. Clancy was an American soldier who served with the 1st Artillery Regiment. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery at the Battle of Wounded Knee, now called the Wounded Knee Massacre.

John Clancy
Bornc. 1868
New York, U.S.
Died(1932-07-11)July 11, 1932 (aged 63–64)
Allegiance United States
Service/branchU.S. Army
Years of service1887 - 1892; 1892 - 1894
Highest rankFirst sergeant
Unit1st Artillery Regiment
Battles
AwardsMedal of Honor
Gravestone at Fort Riley

ServiceEdit

Born in New York and raised in Washington,[1] Clancy enlisted in Company E, 1st Artillery Regiment on August 2, 1887 (giving his age as 19) at "Vanco Bks" (possibly Vancouver Barracks).[2] On December 29, 1890, Clancy was present at the Battle of Wounded Knee and was cited for bravery in twice voluntarily rescuing wounded comrades from under enemy fire; he was later awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.[3] He was discharged at Fort Sheridan, Illinois on August 1, 1892, as a private.[2] Clancy re-enlisted in Company E on August 14, 1892, still at Fort Sheridan, and was dishonorably discharged at Fort Sheridan on September 26, 1894.[4]

CitationEdit

December 29, 1890 Private (then musician) John Clancy, Battery E, 1st Artillery: For bravery in twice voluntarily rescuing wounded comrades from under fire of the enemy during action against hostile Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee Creek, South Dakota. (Medal of Honor)[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Marriage Return". No. U-1031. Walla Walla, Washington. November 11, 1904. Retrieved 5 October 2022.
  2. ^ a b "United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VRQ6-9XL : 4 December 2014), John Clancy, 02 Aug 1887; citing p. 204, volume 84, Vanco Bks, , , United States, NARA microfilm publication M233 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 44; FHL microfilm 1,319,377.
  3. ^ a b "The Army, Honors to Officers and Men". Army and Navy Journal. May 21, 1892. p. 674. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  4. ^ "United States Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJDR-WQL4 : 24 May 2014), John Clancy, 14 Aug 1892; citing p. 111, volume 088, Fort Sheridan, , Illinois, United States, NARA microfilm publication M233 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 46; FHL microfilm 1,319,379.