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Quantico Marine Corps Base in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

John Henry Balch

Pharmacist's Mate First Class

 

—United States Navy —

 
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By Kathy Walker, December 29, 2008
1. John Henry Balch Marker
Inscription. Company Corpsman, 1st Battallion, 6th Marines, 6th Marine Regiment, Quantico, Virginia

Petty Officer Balch was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions during the WWI battle near Vierzy, France on 19 July 1918.

"While under intense machine-gun and high explosive shell fire for over 16 hours Petty Officer Balch at great personal risk, heroically treated wounded and fallen Marines."

The John Henry Balch Clinic - dedicated 21 July 2005.
 
Erected 2005.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 38° 30.747′ N, 77° 18.51′ W. Marker is in Quantico Marine Corps Base, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker can be reached from Catlin near Russell Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located on the outside of the Quantico Naval Health Clinic on the Quantico Marine Corps Base. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3259 Catlin Avenue, Quantico VA 22134, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lieutenant General John Archer Lejeune (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barber Fitness Center (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jordan Hall (approx.
John Henry Balch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, December 29, 2008
2. John Henry Balch Marker
0.7 miles away); In Commemoration of the Secretaries' First Conference (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mann Hall (approx. 0.8 miles away); Kelly Hall (approx. 0.8 miles away); H-3-7 Korea 1950 - 1953 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Molly Marine (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Quantico Marine Corps Base.
 
Also see . . .  John Henry Balch - Medal of Honor Recipient. A brief biography. (Submitted on December 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Medal of Honor Citation
The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to

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
Entrance to Naval Health Clinic image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, December 29, 2008
3. Entrance to Naval Health Clinic
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.
    — Submitted December 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

 
Categories. HeroesNotable PersonsScience & MedicineWar, World I
 
Quantico Naval Health Clinic image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, December 29, 2008
4. Quantico Naval Health Clinic
John Henry Balch image. Click for full size.
Official U.S. Navy Photograph
5. John Henry Balch
Plaque Inside Pharmacy in Naval Health Clinic image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, December 29, 2008
6. Plaque Inside Pharmacy in Naval Health Clinic
Plaque reads
Charlie Conner Pharmacy
Dedicated 2002
Lieutenant Colonel Charles B. Conner, USAR (Ret), dedicated his life to serving this country. He began volunteering after retiring from the U.S. Army and Civil Service. He was the first person through the doors each morning rain or shine. A huge contributor to easing the workload and beloved mentor to the staff.
Thanks Charlie
NMCLQ Red Cross Volunteer Since 1987
Bell near entrance to Quantico Naval Health Clinic image. Click for full size.
By Kathy Walker, December 29, 2008
7. Bell near entrance to Quantico Naval Health Clinic
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 861 times since then and 94 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia.   5. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   6, 7. submitted on , by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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