Alexander R. Skinker

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Alexander Rives Skinker
Born (1883-10-13)October 13, 1883
St. Louis, Missouri
Died September 26, 1918(1918-09-26) (aged 34)
Cheppy, France
Place of burial Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Missouri National Guard
US Army
Years of service 1903 - 1908, 1916 - 1918
Rank Captain
Unit 138th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division
Battles/wars Argonne Forest, World War I
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Captain Alexander Rives Skinker (October 13, 1883 – September 26, 1918) was a Medal of Honor recipient during World War I. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1905. He served in the Missouri National Guard from 1903 to 1908, and entered the Army as a commissioned officer in 1916. He was awarded the medal for leading an attack on German pillboxes in the Hindenburg Line during the Battle of the Argonne. Skinker was killed in the attack.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, 138th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division. Place and date: At Cheppy, France, September 26, 1918. Entered service at: St. Louis, Mo. Birth: St. Louis, Mo. G.O. No.: 13, W.D., 1919.


Unwilling to sacrifice his men when his company was held up by terrific machinegun fire from iron pill boxes in the Hindenburg Line, Capt. Skinker personally led an automatic rifleman and a carrier in an attack on the machine-guns. The carrier was killed instantly, but Capt. Skinker seized the ammunition and continued through an opening in the barbed wire, feeding the automatic rifle until he, too, was killed.

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