James Kelly Parsons
Major General, United States Army
Appointed from Alabama, First Lieutenant, 3rd Alabama Volunteer Infantry, 1 July 1898
Honorably mustered out of the Volunteer Service, 20 March 1899
Second Lieutenant, 20th U. S. Infantry, 10 April 1899
First Lieutenant, 28th U. S. Infantry, 2 February 1901
Transferred to 20th U. S. Infantry, 12 September 1901
PARSONS, JAMES K.
Colonel, U.S. Army
Home: Birmingham, Alabama
39th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27 - October 11, 1918
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James K. Parsons, Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cuisy, France, September 27, 1918, to October 11, 1918.
Having volunteered to take command of a battalion,
whose commander had been wounded, Colonel Parsons was knocked down by hostile
shell fire, but he succeeded in rallying his men and kept them well organized,
so as to withstand the heavy fire of the enemy. On the following day he
assumed command of the regiment and commanded it in successful attacks,
refusing to be evacuated after being so severely gassed that he was unable
PARSONS, VOLINDA W/O JAMES KELLY