John H. Balch

Rank and organization: Pharmacist's Mate First Class, U.S. Navy

Place and date: Vierzy, France, and Somme-Py, France, 19 July and 5 October 1918

Entered service at: Kansas City, Mo. Born: 2 January 1896, Edgerton, Kansas

Citation: For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, with the 6th Regiment, U.S. Marines, in action at Vierzy, on 19 July 1918. Balch unhesitatingly and fearlessly exposed himself to terrific machinegun and high-explosive fire to succor the wounded as they fell in the attack, leaving his dressing station voluntarily and keeping up the work all day and late into the night unceasingly for 16 hours. Also in the action at Somme-Py on 5 October 1918, he exhibited exceptional bravery in establishing an advanced dressing station under heavy shellfire.

Photo Gallery

Artist Matt Hall's Tribute
to John H. Balch

On July 21, 2005, The Naval Health Clnic at
Quantico, Virginia was re-named the John H. Balch Clinic

Sharon Cline Balch, (far right) great grand niece of John H. Balch with family

Dr. Clyde Balch, nephew of John H. Balch

The medals of John Balch

Dedication plaque of the Balch Clinic

Photos courtesy of Sharon Balch Cline