b. 1856 Cincinnati, Ohio. d. 16/01/1926 Cincinnati, Ohio.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 29/09 to 05/10/1879 Milk River, Colorado.
He served in the United States Army during the wars with the Plains Indians as a Sergeant in Company F, 5th United States Cavalry. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Milk River, Colorado (near present day Craig, Colorado) from September 29 to October 5, 1879.
John A. Poppe was part of an 150 man expedition lead by Major Thomas Thornburgh to crush an uprising by Ute Indians who had rebelled against Indian agents set to turn them into a farming community. Major Thornburgh's command was ambush by the Utes, and surrounded within a canyon. Major Thornburgh was killed with 11 other me, and Sergeant Poppe was one of the soldiers who's leadership helped the survivors resist the Ute's siege until help arrived 6 days later. He was eventually promoted to Lieutenant, and was awarded his Medal on January 27, 1880.
Gallantry in action
BURIAL LOCATION: SPRING GROVE CEMETERY, CINCINNATI, OHIO.
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