Goettel was born in Syracuse, New York, where he entered service. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, for extraordinary heroism shown in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, when he captured a flag and battery guidon, while serving as a Private with the Company B of the 149th New York Infantry on November 24, 1863. His Medal of Honor was issued on June 28, 1865.
Goettel died in his native Syracuse on January 30, 1920 and was buried at Syracuse's Woodlawn Cemetery.
Medal of Honor citation
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Philip Goettel, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism on 24 November 1863, while serving with Company B, 149th New York Infantry, in action at Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, for capture of flag and battery guidon.
- "Medal of Honor Recipients". http://www.history.army.mil/moh/civilwar_gl.html#GOETTEL. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- "GOETTEL, PHILIP". http://www.cmohs.org/recipient-detail/503/goettel-philip.php. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
- "Valor awards for Philip Goettel". http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=2592. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
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