b. 20/03/1867 Oskaloosa, Iowa. d. 10/07/1902 Philippines.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 09/11/1899 Bamban, Philippines.
Huntsman spent part of his childhood farming in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He enlisted in the Kansas’ National Guard in April 1898. He arrived in Manila during November 1898, serving with the 20th Kansas Volunteer Infantry, which took part in the initial hostilities between Aguinaldo and the U.S. in February 1899.
From April to June 1899, Huntsman served with Major J. Franklin Bell’s scouts. Bell, of the 2nd Division, was an engineer but often served as the unit’s chief scout. After the unit was relieved from active duty in June, Huntsman joined the 36th Infantry, U.S. Volunteers. The Army had offered a $500 bonus to those re-enlisting from state regiments, and the 36th consisted primarily of those recruited in the Philippines. He eventually reached the rank of second lieutenant.
Huntsman remained in the Philippines as a construction superintendent. Huntsman died from cholera on July 10, 1902.
For distinguished bravery and conspicuous gallantry in action against insurgents.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.