Conscientious Objector Gets Medal for Bravery.

Date

1918 circa

Title

Conscientious Objector Gets Medal for Bravery.

Date

1918 circa

Description

newsclipping re: hero medal awarded to C.O. Howard Moore

Subject

WWI conscientious objection / objectors

Coverage

United States

Creator

unknown

Source

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Publisher

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

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Language

English

Type

text

Transcription

Conscientious Objector Gets Medal for Bravery

Among the recent awards of the Carnegie Hero commission was a bronze medal and $500 to Howard W. Moore of Cherry Valley, N. Y., for the Gallant rescue of May Hanney from drowning. It is doubtful if Moore has heard of the award. He is a conscientious objector, now serving a long sentence in Fort Leavenworth military prison.

The latest information from him is that he and a number or other conscientious objectors were so outraged at the brutal form of punishment inflicted upon certain prisoners who, for conscientious reasons, could not comply with the prison regulations that, in solemn protest against this brutality, they, too, refused to work, well knowing the consequence of their act. Thereupon they were confined each in a solitary cell in a dark subbasement, forbidden to talk, read or write; fed on bread and water; manacled nine hours a day in painful postures to the bars of the cell.

It may be added that Moore worked voluntarily as an orderly in the hospital at Fort Riley, Kan., during the Spanish influenza epidemic. He could not, however, bring himself to accept any form of conscription, for director or indirect military service, choosing, rather, to endure a long prison sentence.

Citation

unknown, “Conscientious Objector Gets Medal for Bravery.,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed October 19, 2020, https://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/1727.

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