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Joseph B. Adkinson



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Salem Presbyterian Church Cemetery

Born:  January 04, 1892 at Egypt, TN

Entered Service in the US Army from Memphis, TN

Earned The Medal of Honor During World War I For heroism September 29, 1918 at Bellicourt, France

Died:  May 23, 1965 at the age of 73

Sergeant Adkinson earned the Medal of Honor for heroism near Bellicourt, France during intense assaults upon enemy positions. 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 Adkinson 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 three men manning the gun. The gallantry and quick decision of Sergeant Adkinson thus enabled the platoon to resume its advance.



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