Historical records matching Pvt. John Younker, Medal of Honor
About Pvt. John Younker, Medal of Honor
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private John L. Younker, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 9 August 1862, while serving with Company A, 12th U.S. Infantry, in action at Cedar Mountain, Virginia. Private Younker voluntarily carried an order, at great risk of life in the face of a fire of grape and canister; in doing this he was wounded.
General Orders: Date of Issue: November 1, 1893
Action Date: August 9, 1862
Company: Company A
Division: 12th U.S. Infantry
In August 1864, Andrew J. Riddle photographed Pvt Younker as he participated in a burial detail while incarcerated at Andersonville Prison. Pvt Younker is standing to the left in the burial trench. Pvt Younker survived Andersonville and testified against Commandant Wirz