A Soldier's Story: Private David Bennes Barkley

 


Private David Bennes Barkley was born on March 31, 1899, in Loredo Texas.  Private Barkley enlisted in the Texas National Guard but transferred to the US Army in 1917.  He deployed to France with the 155th Infantry.

In August of 1918, Private Barkley transferred to the 356th Infantry and on November 9, 1918, Private Barkley would earn a Congressional Medal of Honor when he swam across the Meuse River behind enemy lines to report their exact location. During the return swim across the river, he would drown,

Private David Barkley rests in the San Antonio National Cemetery.