b. 30/07/1844 Fitchburg, Massachusetts. d. 28/12/1931 Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 03/06/1864 Cold Harbour, Virginia.
He received Medal of Honor for his bravery at the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia on June 3, 1864. Prior to rescuing Lieutenant Daly of his regiment, he had dragged another wounded comrade to safety among the enemy fire. He had then appealed to his brigade commander, General George J. Stannard, for permission to rescue the lieutenant. General Stannard consented, and Boss succeeded in bringing the wounded office despite a torrent of enemy gunfire that erupted at him during his deed.
Boss joined the Army from his hometown of Fitchburg, Massachusetts in September 1861, and mustered out in October 1864. He received his Medal on 10 May 1888.
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal Orlando Phidelio Boss, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 3 June 1864, while serving with Company F, 25th Massachusetts Infantry, in action at Cold Harbor, Virginia. Corporal Boss rescued his lieutenant, who was lying between the lines mortally wounded; this under a heavy fire of the enemy.
BURIAL LOCATION: LAUREL HILL CEMETERY, FITCHBURG, MASSACHUSETTS.
LAUREL AVENUE, LAUREL HILL, LOT 322
LOCATION OF MEDAL: FITCHBURG HISTORICAL SOCIETY, FITCHBURG, MASSACHUSETTS.