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Medal of Honor - Loudon Park - OU02AF

 Five MOH Recipients at Loundon Park National Cemetery

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N 39° 16.870' W 76° 40.515' (WGS84)

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 Location: United States > Maryland
 Cache Type: Virtual
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 Status: Ready for Search
 Date Hidden: 29 May 2011
 Date Created: 29 May 2011
 Last Modified: 30 May 2011
 Waypoint: OU02AF

 


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The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the US government. It is bestowed by the President in the name of Congress on members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish themselves through "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States." Since 1941, more than half have been awarded posthumously.

As the award citation includes the phrase "in the name of Congress", it is sometimes erroneously called the Congressional Medal of Honor; however, the official title is simply the Medal of Honor.

There are five Medal of Honor recipients intered at Loudon Park - James T Jennings (Cilvil War), William Taylor (Civil War), Henry Newman (Indian Wars),  William Philipsen (Indian Wars), and Henry G. Costin (WWI). 

You will visit each to collect info to use as the Log Password for this cache. 
The listed coords will take you to the entrance.  Limited parking is availalbe thru the gate, to the left.

James T. Jennings

  • Date of birth: April 1818
  • Date of death: March 22, 1865
  • Place of Birth: Devonshire, England
  • Home of record: Luzerne, Pennsylvania

Awarded for actions during the Civil War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private James T. Jennings, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 20 August 1864, while serving with Company K, 56th Pennsylvania Infantry, in action at Weldon Railroad, Virginia, for capture of flag of 55th North Carolina Infantry (Confederate States of America).

General Orders: Date of Issue: December 1, 1864
Action Date: August 20, 1864
Service: Army
Rank: Private
Company: Company K
Division: 56th Pennsylvania Infantry


William Taylor

  • Date of birth: 1836
  • Date of death: April 06, 1902
  • Place of Birth: Washington, D.C.
  • Home of record: Frederick, Maryland
  • Status: POW

Awarded for actions during the Civil War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Sergeant & Second Lieutenant William Taylor, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company H, 1st Maryland Infantry as a sergeant, at Front Royal, Virginia, 23 May 1862. William Taylor was painfully wounded while obeying an order to burn a bridge, but, persevering in the attempt, he burned the bridge and prevented its use by the enemy. Later, on 19 August 1864, at Weldon Railroad, Virginia, then a lieutenant serving with Company M, he voluntarily took the place of a disabled officer and undertook a hazardous reconnaissance beyond the lines of the army; was taken prisoner in the attempt.

General Orders: Date of Issue: August 2, 1897
Action Date: May 23, 1862 & August 19, 1864
Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant & Second Lieutenant
Company: Company H & M
Division: 1st Maryland Infantry


Henry Newman

  • Date of birth: 1845
  • Date of death: July 13, 1915
  • Place of Birth: Hanover, Germany
  • Home of record: Cincinnati, Ohio

Awarded for actions during the Indian Campaigns

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to First Sergeant Henry Newman, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 13 July 1872, while serving with Company F, 5th U.S. Cavalry, in action at Whetstone Mountains, Arizona Territory. First Sergeant Newman and two companions covered the withdrawal of wounded comrades from the fire of an Apache band well concealed among rocks.

General Orders: Date of Issue: December 4, 1874
Action Date: July 13, 1872
Service: Army
Rank: First Sergeant
Company: Company F
Division: 5th U.S. Cavalry


Wilhelm O. Philipsen

  • Date of birth: 1852
  • Date of death: September 15, 1913
  • Place of Birth: Schleswig, Germany
  • Home of record: Baltimore, Maryland

Awarded for actions during the Indian Campaigns

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Blacksmith Wilhelm O. Philipsen, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 29 September 1879, while serving with Company D, 5th U.S. Cavalry, in action at Milk River, Colorado. With nine others Blacksmith Philipsen voluntarily attacked and captured a strong position held by Indians.

General Orders: Date of Issue: December 12, 1894 
Action Date: September 29, 1879
Service: Army
Rank: Blacksmith
Company: Company D
Division: 5th U.S. Cavalry


Henry G. Costin

  • Date of birth: June 15, 1898
  • Date of death: October 8, 1918
  • Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Home of record: Baltimore, Maryland
  • Status: KIA
Henry Costin entered active duty in the U.S. Army from the Maryland National Guard.

Awarded posthumously for actions during the World War I

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private Henry G. Costin (ASN: 1285528), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 8 October 1918, while serving with Company H, 115th Infantry, 29th Division, in action at Bois-de-Consenvoye, France. When the advance of his platoon had been held up by machinegun fire and a request was made for an automatic rifle team to charge the nest, Private Costin was the first to volunteer. Advancing with his team, under terrific fire of enemy artillery, machineguns, and trench mortars, he continued after all his comrades had become casualties and he himself had been seriously wounded. He operated his rifle until he collapsed. His act resulted in the capture of about 100 prisoners and several machineguns. He succumbed from the effects of his wounds shortly after the accomplishment of his heroic deed.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 34 (March 07, 1919)
Action Date: 8-Oct-18
Service: Army
Rank: Private
Company: Company H
Regiment: 115th Infantry
Division: 29th Division

 


Loudon Park National Cemetery was originally established as a plot within the Loudon Park Cemetery. It was one of the 14 original National Cemeteries established under the National Cemetery Act on July 17, 1862. Most of the original interments were from area veteran hospitals. During the American Civil War, Fort McHenry was a prisoner of war camp, and the prisoners who died while incarcerated there were interred at Loudon Park National Cemetery.

Land acquisitions in 1874, 1875, 1882, 1883 and lastly in 1903, brought the cemetery to its current size and it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.


LOG PASSWORD: When you visit each recipient, you will need to visit another headstone to collect the initials (2 or 3) of that veteran.  This will be used, in the following order, as your Log Password.  Below are the directions, number of initials, and hint to confirm you've got the correct headstone.

Jennings - 8 to the LEFT (2 - CONST CO)
Costin - 3 to the RIGHT (3 - KIA IN FRANCE)
Philipsen - 3 to the RIGHT (3 - UNIT AAF)
Newman - 3 to the LEFT (3 - PVT 20 INF)
Taylor - 12 to the LEFT (3 - PFC CO 1 - In officers area.)

AVAILABILITY: Daily, 8am - 5pm.  Memorial Day, 8am - 7pm.

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 Symbol   Type   Coordinates  Description
Interesting PlaceN 39° 16.810'
W 76° 40.539'
 1 - Jennings (8 left) 
Interesting PlaceN 39° 16.784'
W 76° 40.477'
 2 - Costin (3 right) 
Interesting PlaceN 39° 16.807'
W 76° 40.470'
 3 - Philipsen (3 right) / Newman (3 left)
You will be about half way between the two. 
Interesting PlaceN 39° 16.831'
W 76° 40.487'
 4 - Taylor (12 left) 


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Log Entries    {{found}} 4x {{not_found}} 0x {{comment}} 0x      New Log Entry

1 11 July 2012 NativTxn Found it

Found on a rather warm day while on a cache run with the owner.

1 07 February 2012 Cachew Knutz Found it

Wow! I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I swung by here on my way out of town!! The sun was setting and a full moon rising, but I braved the cemetery after dark to do it!!!

1 20 November 2011 Recommendation cycleangela Found it

I had orginally planned on doing another cache first, but had to wait until after 9AM for the park to open, so I can by here to get the information for this cache, and for the other cache listing as well. I enjoyed walking around, visiting the different sites to get the information for the password. Thanks for bringing me here!
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Another monument
Another monument

1 30 May 2011 sfcchaz Found it

Smile FTF Smile 9:09 AM. I arrived early this morning to find a Memorial Day Ceromony taking place. We had to park across the street, but that was not  a problem. We walked to each of the designated spots and gathered the required information. Thanks for bringing us here to honor these servicemen on this Memorial Day! Also thanks for the hints, they definately made me feel more secure in my note taking. TFTC
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Memorial Day Ceremony at Loudon Park
Memorial Day Ceremony at Loudon Park