CDR John Henry Balch - Riverside, CA
N 33° 53.110 W 117° 16.711
11S E 474244 N 3749458
Quick Description: Gravesite of Medal of Honor recipient John Henry Balch at Riverside National Cemetery.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 11/14/2010 7:18:40 PM
Waymark Code: WMA4CB
Medal of Honor citation for John Henry Balch:
Rank and organization: Pharmacist's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy. Place and date: Vierzy, France, and Somme-Py, France, 19 July and 5 October 1918. Entered service at: Kansas City, Mo. Born: 2 January 1896, Edgerton, Kans. Citation: 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 and late 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.
The gravesite is located at section 2, grave 1925 at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, California.
Armed Service: Navy
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