Deputy U.S. Marshal Herbert Melvin Goddard

Deputy U.S. Marshal Herbert Melvin Goddard

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Tuesday, August 14, 1900

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Herbert Melvin Goddard

Deputy Marshal Herbert Goddard succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day in Goodwater, Oklahoma, while attempting to serve a warrant on an Indian for murder. Despite being wounded, Deputy Marshal Goddard was able to return fire with a shotgun. Five days later the suspect was found hiding in a nearby woods suffering from nine buckshot pellet wounds. He was admitted to the Mcallister Jail Hospital where he died in May of 1901.

Deputy Marshal Goddard had served with the United States Marshals Service for one year. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Oklahoma
  • Incident Date Monday, August 13, 1900
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Died in jail

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I wish i knew you, my grandfather speaks of you a lot. Im aspiring to be a federal marshal. So when my grandfather told me that my great great grandfather was a U.S. Marshal, i instantly started researching and finding out what my grandfather was like. I hope when im a marshal that i can hold up his legacy.

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September 1, 2020

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