He served as a Captain with Co I, 125th OH Infantry in the Civil War.
From notes by Connie Coy Rice:
Indian Campaigns Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a First Sergeant in the United States Army. He was awarded the Medal of Honor as a Sergeant in Company C, 5th U.S. Infantry for action between October 1876 and January 1877 at Cedar Creek, etc. Montana. His citation reads "Gallantry in action." (bio by: Don Morfe)
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, Company C, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and Date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 1876 to January 1877. Entered Service At: Byran, Ohio. Birth: Williams County, Ohio. Date of Issue: 27 April 1877. Sergeant, Company C, 5th U.S. Infantry. Place and Date: At Cedar Creek, etc., Mont., October 1876 to January 1877. Entered Service At: Byran, Ohio. Birth: Williams County, Ohio. Date of Issue: 27 April 1877.
There is a lot of information about Aquillia as to his military service.
The book by Ella has a picture of the original grave marker at Ft. Buford, North Dakota and another picture as to where he is buried now. He is buried at Custer National Cemetery. #372. Unless they have moved him since she wrote the book.
Reading the book again it states that Susannah (Gier) Coonrod died probably in Chicago about 1868-1870. After her death the children went to live with her sister Nancy in Tiffin Township, Defiance County.
Said he stayed in the Army. The Indian Wars in 1880's. He served under George,but was with the 5th under Gen. Miles from 1873-1878, thus missing the Custer massacre of July 6, 1876.
Aquilla was married to Mary S. Brummit of Murfreesboro, Tennessee but there is no recorded record, however they were considered man and wife from February 3, 1870-August 1881. The book also states that in August 1881 Aquila's marriage fell apart.