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Oscar Rudolph Burkard (December 21, 1877 – February 18, 1950) was a German-American soldier who served in the U.S. Army during the Indian Wars and World War I. In 1899, he received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Sugar Point. Aside from being the only non-combatant to be decorated from that engagement, Burkard was also the last man to receive the medal during the Indian Wars.[1][2][3]

Oscar R. Burkard
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Oscar Burkard wearing the Medal of Honor.
Born(1877-12-21)December 21, 1877
Achern, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
DiedFebruary 18, 1950(1950-02-18) (aged 72)
Rome, New York, United States
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchEmblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service1898–1930
RankUS-O4 insignia.svg Major
Unit3rd U.S. Infantry
Battles/warsIndian Wars
World War I
AwardsMedal of Honor



Born in Achern, Germany, he immigrated to the United States in 1895 and eventually enlisted in the military at Hay Creek, Minnesota. Assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry at Fort Snelling, he served as a private in the Hospital Corps and was present as an acting hospital steward at the Battle of Sugar Point on October 5, 1898. During the battle, he rescued several soldiers while under heavy fire from the Pillagers and continued to do so throughout the day. He was later awarded the Medal of Honor "for distinguished bravery in action against hostile Indians" and officially received the award on August 21, 1899.[4]

Seeing service during World War I, he retired at the rank of major on October 31, 1930, and died in Rome, New York on February 18, 1950. He is buried in Rome Cemetery.

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  1. ^ King, Steven C. Seeds of War. Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse, 2007. (pg. 83) ISBN 1-4343-0212-1
  2. ^ Owens, Ron. Medal of Honor: Historical Facts & Figures. Paducah, Kentucky: Turner Publishing Company, 2004. (pg. 57) ISBN 1-56311-995-1
  3. ^ "Chronological List 1832 through 1898, Indian War And U.S. Cavalry". 1989.
  4. ^ "Medal of Honor: Oscar Burkard". Office of Medical History. 2002. Archived from the original on June 13, 2007.

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