About John Sterling Lawton
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
to Sergeant John Sterling Lawton, United States Army, for coolness and steadiness under fire on 29 September 1879, while serving with Company D, 5th U.S. Cavalry, in action at Milk River, Colorado. Sergeant Lawton volunteered to accompany a small detachment on a very dangerous mission.
General Orders: Date of Issue: June 7, 1880
Action Date: September 29, 1879
Company: Company D
Division: 5th U.S. Cavalry