The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
ADKINSON, JOSEPH B.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company
C, 119th Infantry, 30th Division. Place and Date: Near Bellicourt, France, 29
September 1918. Entered Service At: Memphis, Tenn. Born: 4 January 1892,
Egypt, Tenn. G. O. No.: 59, W.D., 1919.
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 Sgt. 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 3 men manning the gun. The gallantry and quick decision
of this soldier enabled the platoon to resume its advance.