b. 25/07/1858 Avon, Wisconsin. d. 15/02/1935 Waupaca, Wisconsin.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 25/06/1876 Little Big Horn, Montana.
Goldin was adopted as an infant by Reuben W. Goldin and Elizabeth E. Bradfield Goldin of Avon, Wisconsin. His birth name has been lost. When Goldin was four, his family moved to Brodhead, Wisconsin.
Goldin married Laura Belle Dunwiddie in 1881. The couple had one son, Herbert D. Goldin, in 1884. Laura died in 1911, and Goldin married Sarah J. Murphy in 1929.
Goldin enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 8, 1876, lying about his age. (His year of birth is thus often incorrectly listed as 1855.) He was assigned to the 7th U.S. Cavalry. Less than three months later, Goldin’s regiment fought in the Battle of Little Bighorn. Goldin also took part in the Battle of Bear Paw in September and October 1877. He was discharged from the Army on November 13, 1877 for having enlisted under false pretenses, after his parents appealed to the Army for his discharge.
Goldin began studying law in 1881, and was admitted to the bar in 1882. He was elected as clerk of the circuit court of Green County in fall of that year. He served as assistant chief clerk of the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1882 to 1885. He became a Mason in 1883, eventually rising to the 33-degree in 1902. Goldin moved in Janesville in 1885, where he engaged in private practice. In 1889, Goldin was appointed a colonel in the Wisconsin National Guard. From 1894 to 1896 he was president of the Janesville Board of Education, and in 1895-1903 was clerk of the circuit court for Rock County. From 1903 to 1904, Goldin was chief clerk of the Wisconsin Senate. He was presented with his Medal of Honor on December 21, 1895.
One of a party of volunteers who, under a heavy fire from the Indians, went for and brought water to the wounded.
BURIAL LOCATION: WISCONSIN VETERANS CEMETERY, KING, WISCONSIN.
SECTION 3, LOT 52, GRAVE 17
LOCATION OF MEDAL: FAMILY.