Brigadier General John W. Heard

John W. Heard

Brig. Gen. John W. Heard was born in 1860 in Mississippi. As a colonel he served as commander of the 4th Cavalry at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii until his promotion to brigadier general on 1 October 1918. He then commanded the Hawaiian Department from 1918-1919.

Heard graduated from the US Military Academy in 1883. His early service includes serving on the Mexican border to suppress border disturbances in 1892 and 1893, and serving in Chicago to suppress labor riots in 1894. In 1898 he was in charge for the construction of quarters at Fort Ethan Alan, Vermont, before deploying to Cuba for the Spanish-American War.

During the Spanish-American War, Heard received the Medal of Honor for his gallantry in action at the Manimani River. Aboard the disabled ship Wanderer, Heard took the position of two men who had been relaying orders to the engine room before being shot by the enemy. He continued to transmit orders until the ship was out of danger.

Following the war, Heard also served in the Philippines during the Insurrection. He completed recruiting duty tours in the United States and served once again in the Philippines from 1905 to 1907.

Heard received a promotion to brigadier general on 1 October 1918, but as he neared the completion of his command in Hawaii, he returned to the grade of colonel. Shortly before leaving Hawaii in August 1919, Heard received the official thanks of the Territory of Hawaii's Legislature and presented with a saber in recognition of his work in increasing the general efficiency of the federalized National Guard of Hawaii. He died 4 February 1922 at New Orleans, Louisiana.



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