Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company A, 356th Infantry,
Place and date: Near Pouilly, France, 9 November 1918.
service at: San Antonio, Tex. Birth: Laredo, Tex. G.O. No.: 20, W.D., 1919.
Citation: When information was desired as to the enemy's position on the
opposite side of the Meuse River, Pvt. Barkeley, with another soldier,
volunteered without hesitation and swam the river to reconnoiter the exact
location. He succeeded in reaching the opposite bank, despite the evident
determination of the enemy to prevent a crossing. Having obtained his information,
he again entered the water for his return, but before his goal was reached,
he was seized with cramps and drowned.
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)