First Medal of Honor Recipient, Roscommon man Bernard J.D. Irwin passes away 1917

#OnThisDay 1917 Brigadier General Surgeon Bernard J.D. Irwin died. Irwin was born in Roscommon but emigrated to America. Irwin was awarded the first (chronologically) Medal of Honor for his actions rescuing a unit, besieged by Apache in Arizona in 1861. #Ireland #History

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