U.S. ARMY

Joseph B. Adkinson

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

Citation:

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.

Additional Information:

Awarded Posthumously:

NO

Born:

JANUARY 4, 1892, EGYPT, SHELBY COUNTY, TENNESSEE

Died:

MAY 23, 1965, ATOKA, TENNESSEE

recipient of the medal of honor
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