The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*BARKELEY, DAVID B.
Rank and Organization: Private, U.S. Army,
Company A, 356th Infantry, 89th Division. Place and Date: Near Pouilly, France, 9
November 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.