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Huntington in Huntington County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

John R. Kissinger

1877 - 1946

 

— Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient "Quiet Hero - Few Know His Name" —

 
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By Willard McKinzie, July 29, 2011
1. John R. Kissinger Marker
Inscription.  John R. Kissinger, who lived in Huntington in his latter years, became the first volunteer to subject himself to the bite of an infected mosquito (1900) in an experiment to identify the cause of "Yellow Jack" (Yellow Fever). This successful experiment by the Dr. Walter Reed Science Committee was necessary to make possible the construction of the Panama Canal.
 
Erected by American Revolution Bicentennial 1776-1976.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: HeroesScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients, and the The Spirit of ’76, America’s Bicentennial Celebration series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1900.
 
Location. 40° 54.279′ N, 85° 29.267′ W. Marker is in Huntington, Indiana, in Huntington County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Stultz Rd. This marker is at the Northeastern end of the pond located on the Parkview Huntington Hospital campus, near the fitness trail that runs around the pond. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 N, Huntington IN 46750, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
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By Willard McKinzie, July 29, 2011
2. John R. Kissinger Marker
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are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fred A. Loew (approx. 0.6 miles away); Huntington County Civil War Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); General James R. Slack (approx. 1.4 miles away); Huntington High School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Burk's Lock (approx. 1˝ miles away); Rock House (approx. 1˝ miles away); Chief Francis La Fontaine (approx. 1˝ miles away); Canal Landing on Washington Street / Jefferson Park Mall (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntington.
 
More about this marker. This marker was previously located on the front lawn of Huntington Memorial Hospital when it was located on Etna Ave. It was relocated when the hospital moved to its current location on Stultz Rd. in April of 2000.
 
Regarding John R. Kissinger. The marker erroneously refers to the Congressional Medal of Honor. John Kissinger was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal along with Walter Reed and the others who participated in the experiments. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor bestowed by Congress. It is on par with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but less frequently presented.
 
Also see . . .
1. John Kissinger Volunteers to Get Yellow Fever. History? Because It's Here! entry (Submitted on January 8, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 

2. John R. Kissinger. Find A Grave entry; mentions that Kissinger was paralyzed from the waist down and lived his life in pain. (Submitted on January 8, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
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3. John R. Kissinger
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2011, by Willard McKinzie of Huntington, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,029 times since then and 55 times this year. Last updated on June 25, 2019, by Sarah A.V. Kirby of Huntington, Indiana. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 29, 2011, by Willard McKinzie of Huntington, Indiana.   3. submitted on January 8, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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