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Born: December 4, 1857
Died: January 19, 1909
Grave location: Bear Butte
Cemetery, Sturgis, SD
Grave GPS Coordinates: N44
24.652 W103 29.708
He enlisted on September 1, 1873, in Cincinnati, Ohio by Lt. Adam
Kramer. He listed his previous occupation as farmer. He was
discharged on September 1, 1878, at Camp Sturgis, Dakota, upon
expiration of service, as a corporal of very good character. He
resided in Sturgis for over 30 years and was a member of the Sturgis
Hook and Ladder Fire Company. He had blue eyes, dark brown hair,
fair complexion, and was 5’ 7 ¼” tall. At the Little Bighorn
battle, his Company G was with Major Reno in both the valley and
hilltop fights. His older brother, George, was a private in Company
F and was killed with Custer. John was unable to identify his body
because of the mutilations done by the Indians and the fact that the
bodies had lain in the hot Montana sun for two days. According
to the book, CUSTER IN ’76, which is based on the notes of Walter
Camp, Hammon and another trooper (Thomas O’Neill) dug the grave in
which Custer’s body was buried.