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 —
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & Medicine • War, World I. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list.
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. Located on the outside of the Quantico Naval Health Clinic on the Quantico Marine Corps Base. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3259 Catlin Avenue, Quantico VA 22134, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least Lieutenant General John Archer Lejeune (approx. 0.2 miles away); Barber Fitness Center (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jordan Hall (approx. 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 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Molly Marine (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map 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.)
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.
For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, with the 6th Regiment, U.S. Marines, in action at Vierzy, on 19 July 1918. Balch unhesitatingly
— Submitted December 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 29, 2008, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,011 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 29, 2008, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. 5. submitted on December 31, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. 6, 7. submitted on December 29, 2008, by Kathy Walker of Stafford, Virginia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.