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First Name: Herman

Last Name: Pfisterer

Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: New York City, NY

Date of Birth: 01 April 1866

Date of Death: 06 August 1905


Years Served:
Herman Pfisterer

•  Spanish-American War (1898)


Herman Pfisterer

Musician, U.S. Army

Medal of Honor Recipient

Spanish-American War

Musician Herman Pfisterer (1 April 1866 - 6 August 1905) was a U.S. Army soldier who received the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during the Spanish-American War.

Herman Pfisterer was born on 1 April 1866 in Brooklyn, NY; he entered the Army from New York City. He was sent to the Spanish-American War with Company H, 21st U.S. Infantry where he received the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Musician, U.S. Army, Company H, 21st U.S. Infantry

Place and date: Santiago, Cuba, 1 July 1898

Citation: Gallantly assisted in the rescue of the wounded from in front of the lines and under heavy fire from the enemy.


In 1991 the Congressional Medal of Honor Society erected a monument in Washington State and presented it to the city of Vancouver. It includes Herman Pfisterer's name as well as three other Medal of Honor recipients buried there.

Death and Burial

Musician Herman Pfisterer died on 6 August 1905. He is buried at Fort Vancouver Military Cemetery in Vancouver, WA.

Honoree ID: 1934   Created by: MHOH




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