DVIDS – News – Black Pa. militiaman’s legacy honored by Pa. Guardsmen’s altruism


Tech. Sgt. Andria Allmond

111th Attack Wing Public Affairs

PHILADELPHIA – On Election Day 1871, a bullet punctured Pennsylvania Militia 5th Brigade Maj. Octavius V. Catto’s heart, killing him within steps of his Philadelphia home. A black Civil War-era officer, professor, minister and political activist, his blood-stained history reveals the sacrifice of fighting for righteousness – and the virtue of resolution.

These qualities – Catto’s qualities – are exemplified in the Major Octavius V. Catto Medal (OVC), which was awarded to two State Guardsmen within the historic halls of The Union League of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Feb. 25.

Air Force Lt. Col. Adam Colombo, 111th Attack Wing chief of aerospace medicine, stationed here and Army Staff Sgt. Travis Goebel,…


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