Medal of Honor Monday: Army Pfc. Charles Barger
By Katie Lange
USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- In World War I, “no man’s land” marked the spot between Allied and enemy trenches where cruel and deadly battles often took place. It was called “no man’s land” for a reason — no one wanted to be there. But in October 1918, Army Pfc. Charles Barger and another young soldier braved this wasteland to save two officers. That courage earned them both the Medal of Honor.
Barger’s life was filled with challenges from the start. He was born on June 3, 1894, in Mount Vernon, Missouri, to George and Cora Staffelbach. When he was three, though, his father, who was part of a notorious gang, was sentenced to life in prison, so his mother placed him for adoption. He was raised by Sidney and Phoebe Barger and grew up in Stotts City, Missouri, working as a farmhand.
Barger enlisted in the Army on April 1, 1918, and became part of the 354th Infantry, 89th Division, Company L. His unit arrived in France in June 1918, and the 24-year-old was selected to …Read the Rest