Died: January 28, 1924
(Hot Springs, South Dakota)
Grave location: Bear Butte
Cemetery, Sturgis, SD
GPS Coordinates: N44
24.633 W103 29.728
His obituary lists Hamburg, Germany, as his birthplace. He enlisted
in the 7th Cavalry on November 4, 1872, at age 26, in New York City,
by Captain Edwin Sumner. Previous occupation was teamster. He was
discharged on January 4, 1878, at Fort Rice, on expiration of
service, as a sergeant of excellent character. He enlisted from
February 2, 1878, to August 23, 1878, when he was discharged from
Company H for disability. His civil occupation was as a blacksmith
in Sturgis, SD.
During the Battle of the Little Bighorn, he was wounded in the
right shoulder during the hilltop fight.He was later transported
to Fort Lincoln aboard the Far
West steamer. He
was recommended by Captain Frederick Benteen on April 6, 1877, for
a medal for distinguished gallantry in the Little Big Horn River
fight. He never received this medal.
He was survived by his son Albert, and daughters: Mrs.
Joseph A. Miller and Mrs. Henry Laudette, both of Lead, SD; and
Mrs. Frank Wheat of Chicago. His wife Anna M. (Hafer) Pahl (born
October 6, 1866), died on January 4, 1900.
“There were many men that day deserving medals who never got them.
There was Sergeant Paul [sic] who got shot leading a charge on the
north side of the hill. A braver man never lived." -- Charles
Headstone for John Pahl at Bear Butte Cemetery - Sturgis,