John L. Barkley

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John Lewis Barkley
Born (1895-08-28)August 28, 1895
Died April 14, 1966(1966-04-14) (aged 70)
Place of birth Kansas City, Missouri
Place of burial Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1917 - 1919
Rank Private First Class
Unit Company K, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Medal of Honor
Distinghuished Service Cross

John Lewis Barkley (August 28, 1895 - April 14, 1966) was a United States Army Medal of Honor recipient of World War I. Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Barkley served as a Private First Class in Company K, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division. He earned the medal while fighting near Cunel, France, on October 7, 1918. He died in 1966, and is buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.[1]


Pfc. Barkley, who was stationed in an observation post half a kilometer from the German line, on his own initiative repaired a captured enemy machinegun and mounted it in a disabled French tank near his post. Shortly afterward, when the enemy launched a counterattack against our forces, Pfc. Barkley got into the tank, waited under hostile barrage until the enemy line was abreast of him and then opened fire, completely breaking up the counterattack and killing and wounding a large number of the enemy. Five minutes later an enemy 77-millimeter gun opened fire on the tank point blank. One shell struck the drive wheel of the tank, but this soldier nevertheless remained in the tank and after the barrage ceased broke up a second enemy counterattack, thereby enabling our forces to gain and hold Hill 25.[2]

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PD-icon.svg  This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Army Center of Military History.
  1. "John L. Barkley". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  2. "Medal of Honor recipients". Medal of Honor for World War I. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-29. 
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