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Robert Temple Emmet

Date of birth: December 13, 1854
Date of death: October 25, 1936
Burial location: New Rochelle, New York
Place of Birth: New York, New York
Home of record: New York New York

Walter Emmett graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1877. He retired as a Colonel in the New York National Guard.


Medal of Honor

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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 Second Lieutenant Robert Temple Emmet, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 18 September 1879, while serving with 9th U.S. Cavalry, in action at Las Animas Canyon, New Mexico. Lieutenant Emmet was in G Troop, which was sent to relieve a detachment of soldiers under attack by hostile Apaches. During a flank attack on the Indian camp, made to divert the hostiles, Lieutenant Emmet and five of his men became surrounded when the Indians returned to defend their camp. Finding that the Indians were making for a position from which they could direct their fire on the retreating troop, the Lieutenant held his point with his party until the soldiers reached the safety of a canyon. Lieutenant Emmet then continued to hold his position while his party recovered their horses. The enemy force consisted of approximately 200.

General Orders: Date of Issue: August 24, 1899

Action Date: September 18, 1879

Service: Army

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Company: Troop G

Division: 9th U.S. Cavalry