b. 06/01/1858 Galveston, Texas. d. 15/07/1929 Los Altos, California.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 29/12/1890 Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
William Graston Austin was born in Galveston, Texas on January 6, 1868. He later moved to New York City where he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He spent a five-year enlistment in E Troop, 7th U.S. Cavalry, being discharged as a Sergeant. He was cited for bravery at the Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890.
After his discharge from the military, Austin returned Savannah, Georgia where he was engaged in the Cotton business and later served for six years as Chief of Police. He joined the Savannah Volunteer Guards in 1894 and rose in rank from Private to Captain of Company A, which unit he commanded in the Spanish American War as part of the Second Georgia Regiment of Volunteers.
In 1919 Austin is listed as a Colonel in the Officers' Reserve Corps in the Quartermaster section in the State of California. He later retired to Palo Alto, California where he died on July 15, 1929.
While the Indians were concealed in a ravine, assisted men on the skirmish line, directing their fire, etc., and using every effort to dislodge the enemy.
BURIAL LOCATION: CREMATED AT CYPRESS LAWN MEMORIAL PARK, COLMA, CALIFORNIA.