- James Ernest Karnes
Infobox Military Person
name=James Ernest Karnes
born= birth date|1889|7|20
died= Death date and age|1966|7|8|1889|7|20
allegiance= United States of America
United States Army
unit=U.S. 117th Infantry Regiment
World War I* Meuse-Argonne Offensive
Medal of Honor Silver Star
James Ernest "Buck" Karnes was a Sergeant in the
United States Armywho received the Medal of Honorfor his actions near Estrees, Franceon 8 October 1918 during World War I.
James Ernest "Buck" Karnes (
20 July, 1889– 8 July, 1966), was born in Arlington, Tennesseeand grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. Karnes entered active duty with the United States Army's 117th Regimentfrom the TennesseeNational Guard during World War I. On 8 October, 1918during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Karnes' company was stopped near Estrées, Franceby a German machine gunposition. Karnes and Private Calvin John Ward, deciding they had "had all they could take"of this situation, fixed bayonets, charged and captured the position. This freed their company to advance against German lines in the last major offensive of the war. Both men won the Medal of Honorfor extraordinary heroism in this action.
The Alcoa Highway (
U.S. Route 129) bridge over the Tennessee Riverin Knoxville is named after Karnes.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 117th Infantry, 30th Division. Place and date: Near Estrees, France, 8 October 1918. Entered service at: Knoxville, Tenn. Born: 1889, Arlington, Tenn. G.O. No.: 50, W.D., 1919.
:During an advance, his company was held up by a machinegun, which was enfilading the line. Accompanied by another soldier, he advanced against this position and succeeded in reducing the nest by killing 3 and capturing 7 of the enemy and their guns.
List of Medal of Honor recipients
List of Medal of Honor recipients for World War I
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* [http://www.geocities.com/capitolhill/4872/Regt_History.html Regimental History & Lineage - 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment]
* [http://www.etvma.org/docs/TNMedal.pdf East Tennessee Medal of Honor winners]
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