Leander Herron – Medal of Honor recipient


On the night of September 2, 1868, Corporal Leander Herron and Trooper Paddy Doyle, while detailed as mail couriers, were making a return trip from Fort Dodge, Kansas to Fort Larned, Kansas. They heard firing and found a supply wagon train under attack by fifty Kiowas. Herron took charge, organized a defense and sent Doyle for reinforcements. Herron kept the Indians at bay until relief arrived. For this act, CPL Herron was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Herron would not receive the award until February 27, 1917, almost 50 years after his actions took place.

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