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b. 15/11/1869 Frankfurt, Germany.  d. 19/01/1919 Milton, Massachusetts.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 29/12/1890 Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

 

Paul H. Weinert was born in Frankfurt, Germany on July 15, 1869. He later emigrated to the United States and enlisted as a private in the United States Army in Baltimore, Maryland. Entering the Field Artillery Branch, he was assigned to Battery E of the 1st U.S. Artillery and became a Corporal by age 20.

 

Weinert was present at the Wounded Knee Massacre when, on the morning of December 29, 1890, members of the 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiment surrounded the camp of the Sioux chieftain Big Foot to bring him into custody. His unit, consisting of four Hotchkiss guns, moved in after the fighting started and began giving artillery support to the cavalry troops. When his commanding officer, Lieutenant Harry Hawthorne, was severely wounded he assumed command and, with another soldier, directed artillery fire and successfully cleared out a key position, a ravine "pocket", occupied by a number of the Sioux warriors. He and the second cannoneer remained under heavy fire during the battle, at one point causing a round to be knocked out of Weinert's hands as he was about to load, resulting in the gun carriage being riddled with bullets. The two continued manually moving the cannon with each discharge to move it into a better position until the end of the battle. For his actions, he received the Medal of Honor along with four other artillerymen.

 

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Taking the place of his commanding officer who had fallen severely wounded, he gallantly served his piece, after each fire advancing it to a better position.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: MILTON CEMETERY, MILTON, MASSACHUSETTS.

Willow Ave {Linden Path} Lot 906

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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