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

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