Congressional Medal of Honor Society

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World War I - U.S. Army

James Ernest Karnes

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company D, 117th Infantry,
    30th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 8, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Estrees, France
During the advance, his company was held up by a machine gun, which was enfilading the line. Accompanied by another soldier, he advanced against this position and succeeded in reducing the nest by killing three and capturing seven of the enemy and their guns.
Medal of Honor Recipient James E. Karnes
Medal of Honor Recipient James E. Karnes
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: July 20, 1889, Arlington, Shelby County, TN, United States
  • Died: July 8, 1966, Knoxville, TN, United States
  • Buried: Greenwood Cemetery (MH) (8-2-9) , Knoxville, TN, United States

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