Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 119th Infantry,
Place and date: Near Bellicourt, France, 29 September 1918.
Entered service at: Memphis, Tenn.
Born: 4 January 1892, Egypt, Tenn. G.O.
No.: 59, W.D., 1919.
Citation: When murderous machinegun fire at a range
of 50 yards had made it impossible for his platoon to advance, and had
caused the platoon to take cover Sgt. Adkinson alone, with the greatest
intrepidity, rushed across the 50 yards of open ground directly into the
face of the hostile machinegun kicked the gun from the parapet into the
enemy trench, and at the point of the bayonet captured the 3 men manning
the gun. The gallantry and quick decision of this soldier enabled the platoon
to resume its advance.
This data was extracted from the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. Senate, Medal of Honor Recipients: 1863-1973 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1973)