The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*SKINKER, ALEXANDER R.
Rank and Organization: Captain, U.S. Army,
138th Infantry, 35th Division. Place and Date: At Cheppy, France, 26 September
1918. Entered Service At: St. Louis, Mo. Birth: St. Louis, Mo. G. O. No.:
13, W.D., 1919.
Unwilling to sacrifice his men when his company was held up by terrific machinegun fire
from iron pill boxes in the Hindenburg Line, Capt. Skinker personally led an automatic
rifleman and a carrier in an attack on the machineguns. The carrier was killed instantly,
but Capt. Skinker seized the ammunition and continued through an opening in the barbed
wire, feeding the automatic rifle until he, too, was killed.