CAPT Thomas Ward Custer

CAPT Thomas Ward CusterCaptain THOMAS WARD CUSTER was the only Civil War soldier to receive two Medals of Honor. He was born in New Rumley, Ohio and entered the service at Monroe, Michigan. The first award was for action at Namozine Church, Virginia on 10 May 1863 while he was serving as a Second Lieutenant in Company B, 6th Michigan Cavalry. The citation read: Capture of flag on 10 May 1863.

Captain Thomas Custer was killed in action on 25 June 1876, at Little Bighorn, Montana. He was serving with the 7th Cavalry (commanded by his brother, Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer ). They were engaging the combined forces of Cheyenne and Sioux Indians, commanded by Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull. Captain Custer was buried, with his brother and other family members at Little Bighorn three days later (28 June 1876), near the spot where he fell. The next month he was reinterred at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Captain Custer was posthumously enrolled in the Legion of Valor in 2005 by a Fallon, Nevada member of the L.O.V. View Captain Custers’ Second Medal Of Honor.

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