|George Ritter Burnett|
|Born||April 23, 1858|
|Died||November 1, 1908(aged 50)|
|Place of birth||Lower Providence Township, Pennsylvania|
|Place of death||Lincoln, Nebraska|
|Place of burial||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1880–1891|
|Commands held||9th Cavalry Regiment|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
George Ritter Burnett (April 23, 1858 – November 1, 1908) was a United States Army officer who received the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1880.
Early life and career
On August 16, 1881, Burnett was serving as an officer with the 9th Cavalry Regiment of the Buffalo Soldiers. On that day, Burnett participated in an engagement in the Cuchillo Negro Mountains of New Mexico, where he was cited for helping rescue stranded soldiers under heavy fire. One of his privates, Augustus Walley, also received the Medal of Honor for this action.
Burnett served as United States Vice Consul and Acting Consul in Kehl, Baden, Germany from September 1905 to March 1907. He also worked at many military preparatory schools.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization. Second Lieutenant, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Cuchillo Negro Mountains, N. Mex., 16 August 1881. Entered servlce at: Spring Mills, Pa. Birth. Lower Providence Township Pa. Date of issue: 23 July 1897.
Saved the life of a dismounted soldier, who was in imminent danger of being cut off, by alone galloping quickly to his assistance under heavy fire and escorting him to a place of safety, his horse being twice shot in this action.
- List of Medal of Honor recipients for the Indian Wars
- List of United States Military Academy alumni (Medal of Honor)
- This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
- "Medal of Honor recipients Indian Wars Period". Army Center of Military History. https://history.army.mil/html/moh/indianwars.html. Retrieved 2009-04-12.
- "Special Collections: Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the U. S. Military Academy". United States Military Academy Library. 1950. http://www.library.usma.edu/archives/special.asp. Retrieved 2009-04-14. [dead link]
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