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Ceremony set to honor Medal of Honor winner
Henry County native earned honor for 'gallantry in action' in Arizona Territory.

The Hawk Eye
09-18-07


MOUNT PLEASANT -- A Medal of Honor dedication ceremony for a long-dead soldier will be held later this month.

Army Pvt. John P. Yount was awarded the Medal of Honor on Nov. 13, 1871, for "Gallantry in action with Indians." A Henry County native, he served in the Third U.S. Cavalry in the Arizona Territory.

A special Medal of Honor government headstone was placed at Yount's gravesite at Oak Grove Pioneer Cemetery in Henry County in May.

The public dedication ceremony has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the cemetery.

With the discovery of Yount's burial site, there are now 11 Medal of Honor recipients with ties to Henry County, according to Iowa Sen. Dennis Black, D-Newton, author of, "Profiles of Valor -- Iowa's Medal of Honor Recipients Vol. 1, Civil War."

Black will be among the special guests at the dedication ceremony, joining William Johnson of the State Historical Society of Iowa, members of the Medal of Honor Society from Missouri and Idaho and representatives from Henry County veterans groups.

Some of Yount's descendants also are expected to attend.

Military honors will be conducted by the Henry County Honor Guard.

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Light refreshments will be served.



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