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 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

murder suspect, warrant service

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It's been 122 years since you passed away, but by the way we all talk about you, one would think it was just yesterday. That's how amazing you are to all of us. Thank you great-great Grandpa, for your service and sacrifice. We love you.

Leslie Applegate-Lanzar
great-great granddaughter

June 1, 2022

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