RENO, Nev. – An Army veteran who died without knowing he won the country with the highest medal of bravery and the honor that he is due for almost 140 years.
Nevada Rep. Mark Amodei held a ceremony Monday morning in Reno, nevada, to the Medal of Honor, the grandson of Private Robert Smith.
The then President Rutherford B. Hayes had accepted the award for Smith in 1877 for his courage during a battle years earlier against American Indian tribes in the Dakota Territory.
Smith’s real name was Harry Reynolds, and he returned to the use of that name after his resignation.
The veteran moved to Elko, where he died in 1930, without knowing he won the medal.
A military group at the height of Smith’s grandson, about the never-award in 2011. Amodei’s office helped a new medal.