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Compatriot Medal of Honor Recipients

Charles Heath Heyl

Charles Heath Heyl

Charles Heath Heyl was born on July 22, 1850, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He entered the U.S. Army at Camden, New Jersey, and on October 1, 1873, was appointed as a second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.

On April 28, 1876, while serving near Fort Hartsuff, Nebraska, Second Lieutenant Heyl, while in command of a small scouting party, earned the Medal of Honor. His citation reads “Voluntarily, and with most conspicuous gallantry, charged with three men upon six Indians who were entrenched upon a hillside.” The Medal was awarded October 26, 1897.

He continued his career serving as regimental adjutant, assistant adjutant general, and inspector general as a colonel in July 1902.

Charles Heath Heyl signed his SAR application in January 12, 1892. He was living in Camden, New Jersey at the time and lists his occupation as “Captain, 23rd Infantry, U.S. Army.” His National number is 2138. He was a member of the District of Columbia SAR and his D.C. Society number is 338. His SAR patriot ancestor is David Heath, who served as a “private soldier in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Militia.” Charles Heyl also notes in his application of another patriot ancestor: great-grandfather John Heyl “serving in the Continental Army and was with General Washington at Valley Forge.” There is a handwritten note at the bottom of his application, “Transferred July 3, ‘93 to New Jersey SAR.” His brother, Colonel Edward Miles Heyl, was a member of the New Jersey SAR. Colonel Charles Heath Heyl died on October 12, 1926, and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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