JOHN N. OPEL
CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR
John Opel's Medal of Honor citation:
OPEL, JOHN N.
Rank and organization: Private, Company G, 7th
Place and date: At Wilderness, Va., 5 May 1864.
Entered service at: Decatur County, Ind.
Birth: 30 July 1843.
Date of issue: 1 December 1864.
Citation: Capture of flag of 50th Virginia Infantry
Many Civil War and Indian Campaigns recipients had
little in their citations.
I did find that Private Opel died on 21 February
1925 and is buried in Mount Zion Cemetery, Pleasant Hill Township, Sullivan
County, Missouri. He was born in Hoflas, Bavaria, Germany, and entered
the Army at Rossburg, Indiana.
From the American Legion, Browning, Mo. Post 274
In Mt. Zion Cemetery (one of Sullivan County's Post #274-decorated cemeteries)
is the grave of one John Opel. John was awarded the highest of military
honors: The Congressional Medal of Honor. His bravery occurred in the Civil
War. Established by George Washington, the Medal of Honor has been presented
to fewer than 400 of our nation's heros!
Another grave (in Price Cemetery) is that of a veteran of the War
of 1812. This, too, is a man we honor. Safeguarding our country and its
ideals spans wars and times and service that range more sweeping than what
WE saw and WE remember.
John N. Opel is listed in the Sullivan Co., History,
Vol. 1 as being the postmaster of the post office in OPEL in Sullivan
Co., Mo. 2 May 1882.
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