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Bernard J.D. Irwin: A Soldier and a Surgeon

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January 1, 1970
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Sometimes, it just takes someone taking action to get things done, regardless of the "job" they are supposed to be performing. Take for instance Bernard J.D. Irwin, he was a doctor, he was also a badass. If we go chronologically, the action for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor makes him the first recipient of the nation's highest decoration for valor.Life on the frontier was rough, and we're guessing you had to be a jack of all trades if you wanted to survive. Such was Bernard. He was a medical doctor by trade, but apparently he was a tactical genius as well. Let's set up the situation first.Cochise, the Chiricahua Apache chief had kidnapped a bunch of soldiers and a small boy (Co

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