Medal of Honoree Isaiah Mays Finally Honored
I caught this on the local news channel, and couldn't wait to post it. Here's the video.
Isaiah Mays (February 16, 1858 – May 2, 1925) was a Buffalo Soldier in the United States Army and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Indian Wars of the western United States.
Mays received the highest military honor for Gallantry in the fight between Paymaster Wham's escort and robbers. Mays walked and crawled 2 miles to a ranch for help
Mays joined the Army from Columbus Barracks, Ohio, and by May 11, 1889 was serving as a Corporal in Company B of the 24th Infantry Regiment. On that day, he was involved with an engagement with robbers in Arizona. The next year, on February 19, 1890, Mays was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the engagement. Mays died at age 67 and was buried in the Arizona State Hospital Cemetery, Phoenix, Arizona.
For over eighty years, Mays has been buried in an unmarked grave at a state hospital pauper's cemetery. It wasn't until 2001 that Mays was given a granite Medal of Honor marker.
Today, The Old Guard Riders and the Missing in America Project are moving his remains to be properly honored at Arlington National Cemetery.
A very long mistake is being righted.
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