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John Boles

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn Keith•Boles
Used nameJohn•Boles
Born31 January 1888 in Fort Smith, Arkansas (USA)
Died16 July 1952 in San Antonio, Texas (USA)
AffiliationsUS Army, (USA)
NOC United States


A major in the army in 1924, John Boles is the only American trained in this country to ever have any success in the running deer event. Boles was a career army officer, joining in 1912 after serving in the Arkansas National Guard for several years. Boles served for several years in the Philippine Islands and had his first experiences there hunting big game, which became his hobby. Boles eventually reached the rank of colonel, although his son, John, Jr., would become a famous full general officer.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Shooting USA John Boles
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) =12
Running Target, Single Shot, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Running Target, Single Shot, Team, Men (Olympic) United States 3 Bronze
Running Target, Double Shot, Men (Olympic) =7
Running Target, Double Shot, Team, Men (Olympic) United States 5

Special Notes


Date of birth previously seen as 30 November 1888.