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James Kelly Parsons
Major General, United States Army
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James Kelly Parsons of Alabama
Appointed from Alabama, First Lieutenant, 3rd Alabama Volunteer Infantry, 1 July 1898
Honorably mustered out of the Volunteer Service, 20 March 1899
Second Lieutenant, 20th U. S. Infantry, 10 April 1899
First Lieutenant, 28th U. S. Infantry, 2 February 1901
Transferred to 20th U. S. Infantry, 12 September 1901

PARSONS, JAMES K. 
Colonel, U.S. Army 
Home: Birmingham, Alabama
39th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27 - October 11, 1918
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919

Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James K. Parsons, Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cuisy, France, September 27, 1918, to October 11, 1918.

Having volunteered to take command of a battalion, whose commander had been wounded, Colonel Parsons was knocked down by hostile shell fire, but he succeeded in rallying his men and kept them well organized, so as to withstand the heavy fire of the enemy. On the following day he assumed command of the regiment and commanded it in successful attacks, refusing to be evacuated after being so severely gassed that he was unable to see.


 PARSONS, JAMES KELLY
M/GEN USA
DATE OF BIRTH: 02/11/1877
DATE OF DEATH: 11/08/1960
BURIED AT: SECTION 1  SITE 325-B
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

PARSONS, VOLINDA W/O JAMES KELLY
DATE OF BIRTH: 05/07/1880
DATE OF DEATH: 01/20/1957
BURIED AT: SECTION 1  SITE 325-A
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
 WIFE OF JK PARSONS, M/GEN USA


Posted: 23 April 2005 Updated: 17 September 2005 Updated: 17 September 2006
Purple Heart Medal
 

Distinguished Service Medal