Canadian won U.S. war medal

Sgt. Benjamin Franklin Youngs was a Canadian war hero in the United States, and nearly 150 years later a ceremony in Los Angeles will honour his contributions.

Youngs fought in the American Civil War (1861-1865) and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his courage during a battle at Petersburg, Va., on June 17, 1864. In that battle — he was a corporal at the time — he jumped the fortification of the 35th North Carolina Rebel Regiment and captured the flag from the rebel flag-bearer and brought it back over the lines to present to Brig.-Gen. Orlando Willcox.

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