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Pvt. David Bennes Cantú Barkley

 
 
Pvt. David Bennes Cantú Barkley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 29, 2022
1. Pvt. David Bennes Cantú Barkley Marker
Inscription.  Born in Laredo on March 31, 1899, David Bennes Cantú Barkley was the son of Josef Barkley, a career Army man stationed at Fort McIntosh, and Antonia Cantú. After the birth of David's sister Amelia, the family moved to San Antonio in 1904. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the Army under the name of David Barkley. Most World War I military records misspell his name as 'Barkeley'.

On August 22, 1918, David sailed on the S.S. Sobral to France as part of Company A 356th Infantry, 89th Division. On November 9th, the company received a 'must' order to cross the Meuse River near Pouilly, France. David volunteered along with another soldier to swim across and explore the surrounding German territory. Despite resistance, Barkley made it across, crawled 400 yards behind enemy lines, and drew the required maps. On his swim back through enemy fire, Barkley was seized with cramps and drowned. His exhausted scouting partner was able to return with the information they had gathered together. Two days later, the Armistice went into effect.

Private Barkley was commended by General John Pershing and was posthumously awarded the Congressional
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Medal of Honor. He was then one of only three Texans to have been given the decoration in the war. He also received the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster, Victory Medal, Croix de Guerre from France and Croce al Merito di Guerra from Italy. In 1921, his body lay in state at the Alamo, only the second person to have that honor. He is buried under the name David B. Barkley in San Antonio National Cemetery. In 1989, David Barkley's Hispanic heritage was revealed, thus spurring the Army to recognize him as the first Hispanic Medal of Honor recipient.
 
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 20160.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Hispanic AmericansWar, World I. A significant historical date for this entry is March 31, 1899.
 
Location. 27° 30.284′ N, 99° 31.322′ W. Marker is in Laredo, Texas, in Webb County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sheridan Road and Ainsworth Street. The marker is located at the front entrance of the Laredo College Chapel. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Laredo TX 78040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. All U.S. Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Fort McIntosh Barracks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort McIntosh (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort McIntosh Cemetery
Pvt. David Bennes Cantú Barkley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 29, 2022
2. Pvt. David Bennes Cantú Barkley Marker
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Jovita Idar (approx. 0.6 miles away); El Primer Congreso Mexicanista (approx. 0.7 miles away); Saint Peter the Apostle Catholic Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Holding Institute (Laredo Seminary) (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laredo.
 
More about this marker. The marker is located on the campus of Laredo College which was originally the historic Fort McIntosh.
 
The David Barkeley Cantu Memorial Chapel and marker in his name image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 29, 2022
3. The David Barkeley Cantu Memorial Chapel and marker in his name
Pvt. David Bennes Cantú Barkley image. Click for full size.
Public Domain, circa 1918
4. Pvt. David Bennes Cantú Barkley
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 31, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 441 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 1, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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