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TO THE VICTORIA & GEORGE CROSS

COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE

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b. 04/01/1892 Egypt, Tennessee. d. 23/05/1965 Atoka, Tennessee.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 29/09/1918 Bellicourt, France.

 

Adkison was born in Egypt, Tennessee, and entered the Army in 1917 in Memphis. By mid-1918, Adkison and his division were involved in combat in France. On September 29, 1918, near Bellicourt, France, Adkison, by then a Sergeant, found he and his platoon pinned down by heavy German machine gun fire located fifty yards to their front.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

When murderous machinegun fire at a range of 50 yards had made it impossible for his platoon to advance, and had caused the platoon to take cover Sergeant. Adkison alone, with the greatest intrepidity, rushed across the 50 yards of open ground directly into the face of the hostile machinegun kicked the gun from the parapet into the enemy trench, and at the point of the bayonet captured the 3 men manning the gun. The gallantry and quick decision of this soldier enabled the platoon to resume its advance.

 

BURIAL LOCATION:

 

SALEM ASSOCIATE REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CEMETERY, SALEM, TENNESSEE.

SECTION B, ROW 10, LOT 20A

Joseph Bernard Adkison

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