Pvt. John Younker, Medal of Honor

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John L. Younker

Also Known As: "Yunker"
Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Wurttemberg, Germany
Death: May 18, 1911 (74)
Place of Burial: Logan, Hocking, Ohio, USA
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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

Service: Army

Rank: Private

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

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Pvt. John Younker, Medal of Honor's Timeline

November 16, 1836
Wurttemberg, Germany
May 18, 1911
Age 74
Logan, Hocking, Ohio, USA