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Alexander Rives Skinker
Birth: Oct. 13, 1883
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Death: Sep. 26, 1918
Cheppy
Departement de la Meuse
Lorraine, France

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) 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Keith Skinker (1845 - 1924)
  Adela Bertha Rives Skinker (1846 - 1919)
 
 Siblings:
  Charles Rives Skinker (1870 - 1945)*
  Isabella Neilson Skinker (1873 - 1955)*
  Bertha Rives Skinker (1876 - 1959)*
  Thomas Keith Skinker (1879 - 1879)*
  Alexander Rives Skinker (1883 - 1918)
  Jane Skinker Matthews (1885 - 1956)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Bellefontaine Cemetery
Saint Louis
St. Louis City
Missouri, USA
Plot: Block 78/79, Lot 2342
 
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Record added: Mar 23, 2001
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Alexander Rives Skinker
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Alexander Rives Skinker
Added by: Connie Nisinger
 
Alexander Rives Skinker
Added by: Connie Nisinger
 
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Birthday Blessings and rest in peace, brave soldier, You will never be forgotten.
- sjm
 Added: Oct. 13, 2016

- David Wend
 Added: Oct. 13, 2016

- bob tarte
 Added: Sep. 26, 2016
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