Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Skinkers in:
 • Bellefontaine Cemetery
 • Saint Louis
 • St. Louis City
 • Missouri
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Alexander Rives Skinker
Birth: 1883
Death: Sep. 26, 1918

Medal of Honor Recipient. Skinker was a captain in the 138th U.S. Infantry. He was killed by German machine-gun fire in the battle of the Argonne in Cheppy, France. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. When the news of Captain Skinker's death reached St. Louis, the alumni of Washington University, his fraternity brothers of Phi Delta Theta and many others made accolades to Captain Skinker's memory. After his funeral at Christ Church Cathedral, which was attended by by over 1,200 people, a long procession made its way to Bellefontaine Cemetery where over 5,000 people paid him honor. The casket, wrapped in the American flag, was placed on a caisson, and accompanied by two companies of infantry, was drawn at a solemn pace to the family burial lot. A bugler and nine of the men who were with him in the fatal battle of the Argonne made and last call and fired the final salute over his grave. (bio by: Connie Nisinger) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Thomas Keith Skinker (1845 - 1924)
  Bertha Rives Skinker (1846 - 1919)
 
 Sibling:
  Thomas Keith Skinker (1879 - 1879)*
  Alexander Rives Skinker (1883 - 1918)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Bellefontaine Cemetery
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Block 78/79, Lot 2342
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Mar 23, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 20930
Alexander Rives Skinker
Added by: Soorus
 
Alexander Rives Skinker
Added by: Connie Nisinger
 
Alexander Rives Skinker
Added by: Anonymous
 
There are 3 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- Penne Magnusson Cartright Hannum
 Added: Nov. 13, 2014

- sjm
 Added: Sep. 26, 2014

- MosherSt.Munger
 Added: Sep. 26, 2014
There are 38 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.2 after 18 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service