African American Medal of Honor Recipient
Sergeant William De Armond, Company I, 5th U. S. Infantry, Indian Wars, Sept. 9, 1874
Sergeant De Armond was cited for “Heroism and Gallantry in Action” and awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his service during the Indian Wars. 36 years old when he gave his life in service to our country, he is interred at the San Antonio National Cemetery. Assigned to a supply train that was attacked on the upper Washita River, Sergeant De Armond and his fellow soldiers fought valiantly and suffered many casualties over the 3 day long battle that ensued.
Citation (April 23, 1875):
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Sergeant William De Armond, United States Army, for gallantry in action on 9 September 1874, while serving with Company I, 5th U.S. Infantry, in action at Upper Washita River, Texas.