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David L. Cockley

Date of birth: June 8, 1843
Date of death: December 26, 1901
Burial location: Shelby, Ohio
Place of Birth: Ohio, Lexington
Home of record: Columbus Ohio


Medal of Honor

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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 First Lieutenant (Cavalry) David L. Cockley, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 4 December 1864, while serving with Company L, 10th Ohio Cavalry, in action at Waynesboro, Georgia. While acting as aide-de-camp to a general officer, First Lieutenant Cockley three times asked permission to join his regiment in a proposed charge upon the enemy, and in response to the last request, having obtained such permission, joined his regiment and fought bravely at its head throughout the action.

General Orders: Date of Issue: August 2, 1897

Action Date: December 4, 1864

Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Company L

Division: 10th Ohio Cavalry