FULL NAME:

Harold G. Barkley

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER (ASN):

  • DATE OF BIRTH: March 1, 1925
  • DATE OF DEATH: June 14, 2011
RESIDENCE (DURING WWII)

Quincy, Adams County, Illinois

ORGANIZATION
  • MAIN UNIT:
    38th Infantry Regiment
  • SUBUNIT:
    Company G, 2nd Battalion
RANK / POSITION IN UNIT (LAST KNOWN)
  • RANK:
    Private First Class (Pfc.)
  • POSITION IN UNIT:
    1st Scout
BATTLES AND CAMPAIGNS

✭ Normandy Campaign (6 June – 24 July 1944), ✭ Northern France Campaign (25 July – 14 September 1944), ✭ Ardennes-Alsace Campaign (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945)

DECORATIONS AND CITATIONS (AWARDS)

🎖Bronze Star Medal, 🎖Purple Heart

STATUS
  • CATEGORY:
    Wounded In Action (WIA)
  • DATE:
    December 19, 1944
  • LOCATION:
    Krinkelt-Rocherath, Belgium
  • NOTES:
    Battle for Twin Villages, Krinkelt-Rocherath: "Americans were withdrawn late on Dec. 19 to stronger defenses on a ridge a few kilometers behind the villages. Dad had been wounded late that same afternoon. Thirteen GIs had been defending a house but by that time the lieutenant said their position was untenable, there were only four men left. On the first attempt to leave a German machine gun killed the leading soldier as he appeared in the doorway. The Lt. then decided to try a different door. He said, "Fix bayonets!"... then "Follow me!" Out the door he went. Just as dad and the other soldier exited the door a German tank fired its cannon. The explosion threw both back into the building, pitching them against a wall. The one fellow was dead. Dad had his hand nailed to the stock of his rifle by a long piece of sizzling shrapnel and a smaller sliver lodged below his knee. He dropped his rifle, allowing the jag of steel to pull through his hand then plucked the other piece from his knee and ran as if the devil was chasing him. He was later taken to a clearing station and field hospital. Only he and the lieutenant made it out of that house," stated by Cleve Barkley, son of PFC Harold G. Barkley.
HONORED BY:

Cleve C. Barkley, Son

NARA - Display Full Records

File Unit: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records)
in the Series: World War II Army Enlistment Records, created 6/1/2002 - 9/30/2002, documenting the period ca. 1938 - 1946. - Record Group 64 (info)

Brief Scope: This series contains records of approximately nine million men and women who enlisted in the United States Army, including the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps.

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