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Yuma William "Bill" Rowdy (c. 1862 – March 29, 1893) was a United States Army Indian scout and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions during the Cherry Creek Campaign in the Arizona Territory.

Yuma William "Bill" Rowdy
Bornc. 1862
Died(1893-03-29)March 29, 1893
Miami, Arizona
Place of burial
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
UnitUnited States Army Indian scouts
Battles/warsApache Wars
AwardsMedal of Honor


Military serviceEdit

Rowdy, a Yavapai, was a Sergeant in Company A of the Indian Scouts.[1] He was involved in an engagement in Arizona on March 7, 1890, and was awarded the Medal of Honor two months later, on May 15, 1890, for his "[b]ravery in [the] action with Apache Indians."

Rowdy was killed in a brothel in Miami, Arizona, three years after earning the medal[2] and was buried in Santa Fe National Cemetery,[3] Santa Fe, New Mexico, with full military honors.[4] His grave is in section A, grave 894.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Sergeant, Company A, Indian Scouts. Place and date: Arizona, March 7, 1890. Entered service at: ------. Birth: Arizona. Date of issue: May 15, 1890.[5]


Bravery in action with Apache Indians.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Sweeney, Edwin R. (4 September 2012). From Cochise to Geronimo: The Chiricahua Apaches, 1874-1886. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 457. ISBN 978-0-8061-8651-1.
  2. ^ Ayers, Steve (2010). Camp Verde. Arcadia Publishing. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-7385-7912-2.
  3. ^ Thrapp, Dan L. (28 November 2012). Al Sieber: Chief of Scouts. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 342. ISBN 978-0-8061-7007-7.
  4. ^ Rickey, Don (28 November 2012). Forty Miles a Day on Beans and Hay: The Enlisted Soldier Fighting the Indian Wars. University of Oklahoma Press. p. 159. ISBN 978-0-8061-8722-8.
  5. ^ Melzer, Richard (2007). Buried Treasures: Famous and Unusual Gravesites in New Mexico History. Sunstone Press. p. 285. ISBN 978-0-86534-531-7.

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