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World War I - U.S. Army

David B Barkeley

  • Also Known As: Barkley, David Bennes
  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company A, 356th Infantry,
    89th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 9, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Pouilly, France
When information was desired as to the enemy's position on the opposite side of the Meuse River, Pvt. Barkeley, with another soldier, volunteered without hesitation and swam the river to reconnoiter the exact location. He succeeded in reaching the opposite bank, despite the evident determination of the enemy to prevent a crossing. Having obtained his information, he again entered the water for his return, but before his goal was reached, he was seized with cramps and drowned.
Medal of Honor Recipient David B. Barkeley
Medal of Honor Recipient David B. Barkeley
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: 1919
    San Antonio, presented to his Mother at her home
  • Born: March 31, 1899, Laredo, Webb County, TX, United States
  • Died: November 9, 1918, France
  • Buried: San Antonio National Cemetery (MH) (G-1302), San Antonio, TX, United States

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