Bartlett in Shelby County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Bartlett Veterans Memorial
Erected by The City of Bartlett.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 35° 11.996′ N, 89° 52.102′ W. Marker is in Bartlett, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Bartlett Boulevard and Bartlett Road, on the right when traveling south on Bartlett Boulevard. Touch for map. Located in W.J.Freeman Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2629 Bartlett Boulevard, Memphis TN 38134, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Geographical Center of Shelby County (approx. ¼ mile away); Bartlett, Tennessee (approx. 0.3 miles away); Nicholas Gotten (approx. half a mile away); St. Ann Catholic Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Nashoba (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Lynching of Ell Persons (approx. 2.6 miles away); Oak Grove Baptist Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); a different marker also named The Lynching of Ell Persons (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bartlett.
More about this marker.
The President of the United States in the name of the Congress takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor posthumously to Sgt. Walter K. Singleton. Rank and organization; Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company A, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines 3D Division. Place and date: Gio Linh District, Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, 24 March 1967,Entered Service at: Memphis, Tenn,Born 7 December 1944, Memphis, Tenn. Citation; For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Singleton's company was conducting combat operations when the lead platoon received intense small arms, automatic weapons, rocket, and mortar fire from a well entrenched enemy force. As the company fought its way forward, the extremely heavy enemy fire caused numerous friendly casualties. Sensing the need for early treatment of the wounded, Sgt. Singleton quickly moved from his relatively safe position in the rear of the foremost point of the advance and made numerous trips through the enemy killing zone to move all the injured men out of the danger area. Noting that a large part of the enemy fire was coming from a hedgerow, he seized a machinegun and assaulted the key enemy location, delivering devastating fire as he advanced. He forced his way through the hedgerow directly into the enemy strong point, although he was mortally
Right side of memorial
The President of the United States in the name of the Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to T/Sgt. Vernon McGarity. Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company I.,393D Infantry, 99th Infantry Division. Place and Date: Near Krinkelt, Belgium, 16 December 1944. Entered service at Model,Tenn. Born 1 December 1921, Right, Tenn. G.O. No.: 6, 11 January 1946. Citation: He was painfully wounded in an artillery barrage that preceded the powerful counteroffensive launched by the Germans near Krinkelt,Belgium on the morning of 16 December 1944. He made his way to an aid station, received treatment, and then refused to be evacuated, choosing to return to his hard-pressed men instead. The fury of the enemy's great Western Front offensive swirled about the position held by T/Sgt. McGarity's small force, but so tenaciously did these men fight on
Also see . . .
1. Walter K. Singleton's Find A Grave Listing. (Submitted on July 22, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
2. Vernon McGarity, Dies at 91, War Hero; Fought in the Battle of the Bulge. (Submitted on July 22, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
Categories. • Military •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 21, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 166 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 21, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.