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Erie County (PA) Genealogy

Military Awards - Medal of Honor

Contributed by Craig Sanders

Senior Master Sergeant Craig Sanders of the US Air Force has researched and submitted the information below. The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest decoration awarded to a military serviceman or woman by our nation. SMSgt Sanders was born in Erie County and is presently serving in the U.S. military. He discovered that there were several people from Erie County that received the Medal of Honor. It is his desire that we pay tribute and reflect honor to some of Erie County's bravest that paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Anyone having questions or comments concerning the material on this page, please contact Craig Sanders directly.


SPILLANE, TIMOTHY: Erie, born in Ireland. Private, Company C, 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Hatchers Run, Va., 5 to 7 February 1865. Citation given: 16 September 1880. Gallantry and good conduct in action; bravery in a charge and reluctance to leave the field after being twice wounded.

MCWILLIAMS, GEORGE: Born Waterford, PA. Rank and Organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy, 22 June 1865. Served on board the U.S.S. Pontoosuc during the capture of Fort Fisher and Wilmington, 24 December 1864, to 22 February 1865. Carrying out his duties faithfully throughout this period, McWilliams was so severely wounded in the assault upon Fort Fisher that he was sent to the hospital at Portsmouth, Va. McWilliams was recommended for his gallantry, skill and coolness in action while under the fire of the enemy.


LOWRY, GEORGE MAUS: Rank and organization: Ensign, U.S. Navy. Place and date: Vera Cruz, Mexico, 21-22 April 1914. Entered service at: Pennsylvania. Birth: Erie, Pa. G.O. No.: 177, 4 December 1915. For distinguished conduct in battle, engagements of Vera Cruz, 21-22 April 1914; Ens. Lowry was in both days' fighting at the head of his company, and was eminent and conspicuous in his conduct, leading his men with skill and courage.

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