Medal of Honor - All Service
Allegany County, NY

by Barb Hyde, November, 2016

The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government.

It was created during the Civil War as a way of recognizing exceptional valor in the line of duty. The Navy Medal of Honor was created first, in September, 1861. The Army Medal of Honor followed on July 12, 1862.

This page is a gallery of the Medal of Honor recipients from Allegany County.


Edward R. Hanford

Civil War

Rank and organization: Private, Company H, 2nd U.S. Cavalry
Entered service at: Belmont NY,  1-20-1862 (93rd Inf NYS Vols)
Born: Allegany County NY
Date of issue:
14 October 1864
Place and date: At Woodstock, VA, 9 October 1864
Citation: Capture of flag of 32d Battalion Virginia Cavalry (C.S.A.).

Buried: Mokelumne Hill Protestant Cemetery

Loron F. Packard

Civil War

Rank and organization: Private, Co E 5th Cavalry NYS Vols
Entered service at: Cuba NY
Date of Issue: August 20, 1894

Place and date: At Raccoon Ford VA, November 27, 1863
Citation: After his command had retreated, this soldier, voluntarily and alone, returned to the assistance of a comrade and rescued him from the hands of 3 armed Confederates

Buried in Cuba Cemetery, Cuba NY

Photo taken by lan Brownstein

Jason Lee Dunham

War on Terrorism

Rank and organization: Corporal, US Marine Corps, Co K 3rd Bn 7th Marines,
Entered service at: Scio, NY
Born: 11-10-1981 Scio NY.
Died: 4-22-2004.

Date of issue:

Place/Date: Karabilah, Iraq, April 14, 2004
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Rifle Squad Leader, 4th Platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines (Reinforced), Regimental Combat Team 7, First Marine Division (Reinforced), on 14 April 2004. Corporal Dunham's squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in the town of Karabilah, Iraq, when they heard rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire erupt approximately two kilometers to the west. Corporal Dunham led his Combined Anti-Armor Team towards the engagement to provide fire support to their Battalion Commander's convoy, which had been ambushed as it was traveling to Camp Husaybah. As Corporal Dunham and his Marines advanced, they quickly began to receive enemy fire. Corporal Dunham ordered his squad to dismount their vehicles and led one of his fire teams on foot several blocks south of the ambushed convoy. Discovering seven Iraqi vehicles in a column attempting to depart, Corporal Dunham and his team stopped the vehicles to search them for weapons. As they approached the vehicles, an insurgent leaped out and attacked Corporal Dunham. Corporal Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground and in the ensuing struggle saw the insurgent release a grenade. Corporal Dunham immediately alerted his fellow Marines to the threat. Aware of the imminent danger and without hesitation, Corporal Dunham covered the grenade with his helmet and body, bearing the brunt of the explosion and shielding his Marines from the blast. In an ultimate and selfless act of bravery in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of at least two fellow Marines. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Dunham gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Buried in Fairlawn Cemetery, Scio NY

Photos courtesy of Don Morfe and MOH Website Gallery

Harlan J. Swift

Civil War

Rank and organization: 2/Lt (highest rank, Capt), Co H, 2nd NY Mounted Rifles
Entered service at: Buffalo NY
Date of Issue: July 20, 1897

Place and date: At Petersburg, Virginia, July 30, 1864
Citation: Having advanced with his regiment and captured the enemy's line, saw 4 of the enemy retiring toward their second line of works. He advanced upon them alone, compelled their surrender and regained his regiment with the 4 prisoners

Buried in Cuba Cemetery, Cuba NY

Photo taken by Don Morfe



Back to Allegany County

If you have anything of genealogical or historical interest to add to this site, or if you are interested in becoming a member of the Painted Hills Genealogy Society, please contact us at:
Painted Hills

This page is maintained by the PHGS
Last Update February 24, 2018