Medal of Honor Day – March 25

March 25 is Medal of Honor Day. We take time today to remember the four members of the 3d Infantry Regiment that have been awarded the Medal of Honor.

Sergeant James Fegan, Company H
Plum Creek, Kansas, March 1868

Corporal Leander Herron, Company A
Near Fort Dodge, Kansas, 2 September 1868

Private Oscar Burkard, Hospital Corps (attached to 3rd Infantry Regiment)
Leech Lake, Minnesota, 5 October 1898

Corporal Michael Fleming Folland, Company D, 2d Battalion, 3d Infantry, 199th Infantry Brigade
Long Kahn, Province, Republic of Vietnam, 3 July 1969

Below is a link to the Fort Larned National Historic Site’s Multimedia page. Fort Larned recently uploaded an audio clip of Corporal Leander Herron speaking about the experience (5:33 mins).

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.