Private David Barkeley

Private David Barkeley


Organization: U.S. Army, Company A, 356th Infantry, 89th Division

Place and date: Near Pouilly, France, 9 November 1918

Entered service at: San Antonio, TX

Place of Birth: Laredo, TX


Private Barkeley's War Department Citation reads as follows:

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.

Information on Private Barkeley and text of citation were obtained from official records made available by the United States Department of Defense.