|Birth: ||Jun. 1, 1887|
|Death: ||Dec. 4, 1936|
Black Hawk County
Waterloo Evening Courier - February 15, 1928
TEN YEARS AGO IN THE SERVICE
Ralph Adkisson, 1302 Conger street, was one of 56 men left out of 250 in C company, Thirty-eighth infantry, Third division, at the close of the day's fighting at the second battle of the Marne 10 years ago on America's Memorial day, May 30, 1918.
"My company went into heavy fighting on the right flank of the counter offensive launched by the Americans after the Germans had crossed the river and been given a big surprise by the hot reception which resulted in 1,500 Germans being taken prisoners when the bridge behind them was blown up by the French artillery."
"A pontoon bridge was built under heavy traffic and machine gun fire and my company crossed the river with the Thirty-eighth infantry and helped drive the Germans out of Chateau Thierry that day. There was terrific hand-to-hand fighting in the west half of the town. The Germans had a machine gun firing from the clock in the city hall tower which commanded the street leading to the bridge."
"Machine guns on the hill back of the town where the old chateau formerly stood also swept the advancing American troops. But that did not stop them. The counter attack was a big surprise to the Germans."
Adkisson escaped without wounds but was slightly gassed.
Andrew Jackson Adkisson (1850 - 1908)
Clara Ellen Nickerson Pierce (1857 - 1921)
Vella Maye McClain Adkisson (1899 - 1997)*
LuVerne Andrew Adkisson (1921 - 2012)*
Forrest Dwight Adkisson (1922 - 1951)*
Eldon Leroy Adkisson (1929 - 1954)*
Kenneth Lester Adkisson (1934 - 1952)*
Edgar Eugeon Adkisson (1875 - 1960)*
Maud Elnora Adkisson Hyde (1877 - 1924)*
Francis Andrew Adkisson (1880 - 1929)*
Ralph Harrison Adkisson (1887 - 1936)
Note: IOWA - Pvt 38th INF 3 Div
Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery
Black Hawk County
Created by: Carol Shobe
Record added: Jul 11, 2010
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