|James Ernest Karnes|
|Born||July 20, 1889|
|Died||July 8, 1966(aged 76)|
|Place of birth||Arlington, Tennessee|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Unit||U.S. 117th Infantry Regiment|
World War I|
Medal of Honor|
James Ernest "Buck" Karnes (July 20, 1889–July 8, 1966), was born in Arlington, Tennessee and grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. Karnes entered active duty with the United States Army's 117th Regiment from the Tennessee National Guard during World War I. On October 8, 1918 during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Karnes' company was stopped near Estrées, France by a German machine gun position. Karnes and Private Calvin John Ward, deciding they had "had all they could take" of this situation, fixed bayonets, charged and captured the position. This freed their company to advance against German lines in the last major offensive of the war. Both men received the Medal of Honor for extraordinary heroism in this action.
The Alcoa Highway (U.S. Route 129) bridge over the Tennessee River in Knoxville is named after Karnes.
Medal of Honor citation
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 117th Infantry, 30th Division. Place and date: Near Estrees, France, October 8, 1918. Entered service at: Knoxville, Tenn. Born: 1889, Arlington, Tenn. G.O. No.: 50, W.D., 1919. Citation:
During an advance, his company was held up by a machinegun, which was enfilading the line. Accompanied by another soldier, he advanced against this position and succeeded in reducing the nest by killing 3 and capturing 7 of the enemy and their guns.
- "James Ernest Karnes". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7862436. Retrieved 2007-12-23.
- "Regimental History & Lineage - 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http://www.geocities.com/capitolhill/4872/Regt_History.html&date=2009-10-25+16:54:41. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
- "East Tennessee Medal of Honor recipients". http://www.etvma.org/docs/TNMedal.pdf. Retrieved September 29, 2010. [dead link]
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