Company A 22nd Infantry
John Ahern was born in Kerry County, Ireland in 1845.
He enlisted as a Private in
Company H of the 4th Cavalry for a period of 5 years on November
21, 1876 at Cincinnati, Ohio.
His enlistment record indicated that he stood 5 feet 6 inches tall, had brown hair, blue eyes and a ruddy complexion.
His previous occupation was listed as Teamster. He was discharged from this enlistment on November 3, 1881 at
Fort Reno, Indian Territory with the rank of Private and a character reference of Excellent.
On November 15, 1881 he enlisted
as a Private for a period of 5 years in Company H of the 20th
at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. On this enlistment record his previous occupation was listed as soldier.
He was discharged from this enlistment as a Private at Fort Assinibone, Dakota Territory on November 14, 1886
with a character reference of Excellent.
Ahern enlisted as a Private in
Company K of the 22nd Infantry for a period of 5 years on January
at New York City, New York. He was assigned to Company K on January 8 and joined the Company at
Fort Lewis, Colorado on January 18, 1887. On August 27, 1890 he was transferred to Company A.
Private Ahern died on August 8, 1891 at Fort Snelling, Minnesota of a self inflicted wound. His death was ruled a suicide.
John Ahern was originally buried
in the Post Cemetery at Fort Snelling in Section A Grave # 11.
He was re-interred in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery on May 16, 1940.
Fort Snelling National Cemetery
Plot: A-2, 0, 214
Grave marker for John Ahern
Photo by Lonnie Hoover from the Find A Grave website
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