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David Bennes Barkley, PVT

Birthplace: Laredo, TX, USA
Death: November 9, 1819
Near Pouilly, Meuse River, France (drowned)
Place of Burial: San Antonio, TX, USA
Occupation: U.S. 356th Infantry, 89th Division
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About David Bennes Barkley, PVT

David Bennes Barkley (March 31, 1899 – November 9, 1918), often spelled Barkeley, was a United States Army private who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions during World War I in France. After successfully completing a scouting mission behind enemy lines, he drowned as he swam back across the Meuse River.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company A, 356th Infantry, 89th Division. Place and date: Near Pouilly, France, November 9, 1918. Entered service at: San Antonio, Tex. Birth: Laredo, Tex. G.O. No.: 20, W.D., 1919.


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.

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November 9, 1819
March 31, 1899
Laredo, TX, USA
San Antonio, TX, USA