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BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY - AFRICAN AMERICAN " CLINTON GREAVES " WAS A BUFFALO SOLDIER IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY AND A RECIPIENT OF AMERICA,S HIGHEST MILITARY DECORATION - THE MEDAL OF HONOR " GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK HEROES "

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Clinton Greaves
Clinton Greaves
Born
August 12, 1855
Madison County, Virginia
Died
August 18, 1906 (aged 51)
Place of burial
Green Lawn Cemetery
Columbus, Ohio
Allegiance
United States of America
Service/branch
United States Army
Years of service
1872 - 1893
Rank
Sergeant
Unit
9th Cavalry Regiment
Battles/wars
American Indian Wars
Awards
Medal of Honor
Clinton Greaves (August 12, 1855 – August 18, 1906) was a Buffalo Soldier in the United States Army and a recipient of America's highest military decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Indian Wars of the western United States.
Contents
   
1Biography
2Medal of Honor citation
3Namesake
Biography
Greaves was born in Madison County, Virginia on August 12, 1855. He joined the Army from Prince George's County, Maryland in September 1872, and by January 24, 1877 was serving as a Corporal in Company C of the 9th Cavalry Regiment. On that day, Greaves was part of a detachment which participated in an engagement in the Florida Mountains of New Mexico. For his actions during the battle, he was awarded the Medal of Honor two years later, on June 26, 1879.
Greaves served in the army for over 20 years, and reached the rank of Sergeant his discharge in 1893. After his army service, he worked as a civilian for the Quartermaster Department.[1] He died of heart disease at age 51 and was buried in Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus, Ohio.
Medal of Honor citation
Statue of Corporal Greaves at Ft. Bayard, New Mexico
Rank and organization: Corporal, Company C, 9th U.S. Cavalry. Place and date: At Florida Mountains, N. Mex., January 24, 1877. Entered service at: Prince George's County, Md. Birth: Madison County, Va. Date of issue: June 26, 1879.
Citation:
While part of a small detachment to persuade a band of renegade Apache Indians to surrender, his group was surrounded. Cpl. Greaves in the center of the savage hand-to-hand fighting, managed to shoot and bash a gap through the swarming Apaches, permitting his companions to break free.
Namesake
Camp Greaves, a US Army installation located near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in the Republic of Korea (South Korea), is named in honor of Sergeant (SGT) Greaves.