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 John Henry Balch

John Henry Balch

Birth
Edgerton, Johnson County, Kansas, USA
Death 15 Oct 1980 (aged 84)
Riverside County, California, USA
Burial Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA
Plot Section 2, Grave 1925
Memorial ID 9703 · View Source
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World War I Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during World War I in the United States Navy as a Pharmacist's Mate First Class. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery at Vierzy, France on July 19, 1918, and Somme-Py, France on October 5, 1918. His citation reads "For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, with the 6th Regiment, U.S. Marines, in action at Vierzy, on 19 July 1918. Balch unhesitatingly and fearlessly exposed himself to terrific machinegun and high-explosive fire to succor the wounded as they fell in the attack, leaving his dressing station voluntarily and keeping up the work all day andlate into the night unceasingly for 16 hours. Also in the action at Somme-Py on 5 October 1918, he exhibited exceptional bravery in establishing an advanced dressing station under heavy shellfire".

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  • Added: 3 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9703
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Henry Balch (2 Jan 1896–15 Oct 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9703, citing Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Riverside County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .