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Loyd, George

Place of Birth: County Tyrone

Date of enlistment: 13 April 1874

Age given at enlistment: 31

Rank: Private

Company: G

Location on 25 June 1876: In valley & hilltop fights

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Comments:

Name, date and place of birth not yet verified. For details of his military service consult: (i) ‘Military Register of Custer’s Last Command,’ Roger L. Williams, The Arthur H. Clark Company, Norman, Oklahoma, 2009, p. 192.  (ii) ‘Men With Custer – Biographies of the 7th Cavalry,’ Edited by Ronald H. Nichols with Daniel I. Bird, CBHMA Inc., 2010, p. 238.

 

 

Awarded Medal of Honor for bravery at Wounded Knee

George Loyd had grey eyes,  light hair, a ruddy complexion, and was 5′ 9″ tall.

He was awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery at Wounded Knee Creek on 29 December 1890, “especially after having been severely wounded through the lung.

Loyd committed suicide at Fort Riley on 17 December 1892 being in constant pain following two bad accidents earlier that year. He was buried in the Post Cemetery at Fort Riley.

Western Kansas World, 31 December 1892 – Junction City special: First Sergeant George Loyd, I Troop, Seventh Cavalry, one of the oldest soldiers at the post [Fort Riley], committed suicide by shooting himself through the head. Death was almost instantaneous. Sergeant Loyd has seen hard service and has been wounded a number of times. At the battle of Wounded Knee he was shot through the body and was left for dead. Since then he has had two ribs broken and it is thought that he was deranged when he committed his last rash act.

Trivia

In the same column of this newspaper,  the reporter from Independence “indignantly denies the story that the women of that city are carry flowers to Emmet (sic) Dalton.”  Emmett, the youngest brother in the infamous Dalton Gang, survived being shot no less than 23 times following a foiled bank robbery at Coffeyville, Kansas, on 5 October 1892. After serving 14 years of a life sentence he moved to California where he dabbled in acting before getting involved in real estate. He died in Los Angeles, age 66, on 13 July 1937.

Loyd’s Medal of Honor was issued on 27 January 1893. The medal and a package of private papers, consisting of warrants as N.C.O. and discharges, etc, was sent to  [2nd Aud?] on 4 December 1893, but lost in the post!

Post Cemetery, Fort Riley, Kansas, Section F, Row 8.

Final Statement of George Loyd [late a 1st Sergeant] signed by Captain E. A. Garlington, Commanding Company, at Fort Riley, 17 December, 1892.

  • DUE SOLDIER
  • For five years’ continuous service under sec. 2, act August 4, 1854 … $6.00 per month
  • For retained pay under act of May 15, 1872 … $44.07
  • For clothing not drawn in kind … $117.71
  • DUE UNITED STATES
  • Nil
  • The above statement does not take into account basic pay due for the period 1 -17 December 1892.
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