About Matthias Walter Day
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
to Second Lieutenant Matthias Walter Day, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 18 September 1879, while serving with 9th U.S. Cavalry, in action at Las Animas Canyon, New Mexico. Second Lieutenant Day advanced alone into the enemy's lines and carried off a wounded soldier of his command under a hot fire and after he had been ordered to retreat.
General Orders: Date of Issue: May 7, 1890
Action Date: September 18, 1879
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Division: 9th U.S. Cavalry