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World War I - U.S. Army

Joseph B Adkison

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company C, 119th Infantry,
    30th Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 29, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Bellicourt, France

When murderous machine-gun fire at a range of 50 yards had made it impossible for his platoon to advance and had caused the platoon to take cover, Sgt. Adkison alone, with the greatest intrepidity, rushed across the 50 yards of open ground directly into the face of the hostile machine gun, kicked the gun from the parapet into the enemy trench, and at the point of the bayonet captured the three men manning the gun. The gallantry and quick decision of this soldier enabled the platoon to resume its advance.

Medal of Honor Recipient Joseph B. Adkison
Medal of Honor Recipient Joseph B. Adkison
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: January 4, 1892, Egypt, Shelby County, TN, United States
  • Died: May 23, 1965, Atoka, TN, United States
  • Buried: Salem Presbyterian Church Cemetery (MH), Atoka, TN, United States

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