Medal of Honor Recipients
Texan David Bennes Barkley served in Company A, 356th Infantry, 89th Division, U.S. Army during World War I. On November 9, 1918, Pvt. Barkley volunteered to swim across the Meuse River to reconnoiter the enemy’s location, but on his return he drowned. Pvt. Barkley received the Medal of Honor in 1919 and his remains were on view at the Alamo in 1921. It was only in 1989 that Barkley was recognized as the first Hispanic Medal of Honor recipient. (Section G, Site 1302).
Private Frederick Deetline (Indian Wars), U.S. Army, Company D, 7th U.S. Cavalry. Little Big Horn, Mont., June 25, 1876 (Section G, Grave 921).
Private John Harrington (Indian Wars), U.S. Army, Company H, 6th U.S. Cavalry. Wichita River, Texas, Sept. 12, 1874 (Section F, Grave 1012).
Sergeant Henry Falcott (Indian Wars), U.S. Army, Company L, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Arizona, August-October 1868 (Section F, Grave 918).
Sergeant James Howard (Civil War), Co. K, 158th New York Infantry. At Battery Gregg, near Petersburg, Virginia, April 2, 1865 (Section E, Grave 889).
Corporal Henry A. McMasters (Indian Wars), U.S. Army, Company A, 4th U.S. Cavalry. Red River, Texas, Sept. 29, 1872 (Section D, Grave 729).
Private James J. Nash (Indian Wars), U.S. Army, Company F, 10th U.S. Infantry. Santiago, Cuba, July 1, 1898 (Section T, Grave 1461-A).
Private Solon D. Neal (Indian Wars), U.S. Army, Company L, 6th U.S. Cavalry. Wichita River, Texas, July 12, 1870 (Section G, Grave 1323).
Private Simon Suhler (cited while serving under the alias of Charles Gardner), (Indian Wars), U.S. Army, Company B, 8th U.S. Cavalry. Arizona, August-October 1868 (Section I, Grave 1610).
First Lieutenant Lewis Warrington (Indian Wars), U.S. Army, 4th U.S. Cavalry. Muchague Valley, Texas, Dec. 8, 1874 (Section A, Grave 60).
Four Medal of Honor recipients are buried in this cemetery as unknowns and are memorialized in the Memorial section. They are:
William H. Barnes was born at St. Mary’s County, MD, in 1841. He enlisted in William H. Barnes was born at St. Mary’s County, MD, in 1841. He enlisted in the Army on February 11, 1864, at Norfolk, VA, and served in Company C, 38th Infantry, U.S. Colored Troops (USCT). During the battle of New Market Heights on September 29, 1864, Private Barnes was among the first troops to enter the enemy works. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for this act of bravery. Following the Civil War, Barnes and other USCT were stationed in Texas. Barnes was promoted to sergeant in July 1865, and after several months of detached service, he returned to post where he contracted tuberculous. Barnes died December 24, 1866, and is interred in San Antonio National Cemetery (Section MA, Grave 86).
Private George W. Smith (Indian Wars), U.S. Army, Company M, 6th U.S. Cavalry. Wichita River, Texas, Sept. 12, 1874 (Section MA, Grave 87).
Corporal John J. Given (Indian Wars), U.S. Army, Company K, 6th U.S. Cavalry. Wichita River, Texas, July 12, 1870 (Section MA, Grave 88).
Sergeant William DeArmond (Indian Wars), U.S. Army, Company I, 5th U.S. Infantry. Upper Washita, Texas, Sept. 9-11, 1874 (Section MA, Grave 89).
There are 281 identified Buffalo soldiers interred here.
Second Lieutenant George E. M. Kelly (Section A, Grave 117-A), for whom Kelly Air Force Base was named. Lt. Kelly was killed in 1911 at Fort Sam Houston, the second U.S. Army aviator to lose his life in a military airplane accident.
Corporal Harry M. Wurzbach (Section J, Grave 274), a five-term U.S. congressman from San Antonio. One of the major thoroughfares of the city is named for him.
Gustav Schleicher (Section A, Grave 140), a German-born immigrant who became a Texas state representative and senator and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Brigadier General John L. Bullis (Section A, Grave 174), for whom Camp Bullis, Texas was named. He retired in 1905, the day after he was promoted to brigadier general.
Friday Bowlegs and several other Indian scouts are buried in Section F.
Friday Bowlegs, a Seminole and native of Florida, served as an Indian Scout in the U.S. Army during the Indian Wars. He was identified as having African-American heritage as well as American Indian, yet little else is known about him. Bowlegs died on July 16, 1902 (Section F, Grave 1054).
Twelve Chinese civilian employees of the Quartermaster Corps are buried in Section H. Five of them are listed both as Chinese refugees and as Quartermaster employees. They accompanied the American Expeditionary Forces commanded by General John J. Pershing out of Mexico.