The 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Veteran Association

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Distinguished Service Cross Recipients

from the 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division during World War I

Surnames A through K

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Read here of the deeds of these brave heroes and do not forget them!

The names which are preceded by an asterisk denote posthumous awards.

 

The Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) is our Nation’s second highest decoration for heroism, second only to the Medal of Honor. The DSC was established by Act of Congress 9 July 1918 (amended by act of 25 July 1963). The DSC is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguished himself or herself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a Medal of Honor; while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing or foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing Armed Force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from their comrades. The DSC is equivalent to the Navy Cross and the Air Force Cross.

 

The Distinguished Service Cross citations listed below were collected from a combination of books, historic documents, the Home of Heroes website, and the Hall of Valor website.

 

1.         

Aamot, Arthur

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 29 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Arthur Aamot (ASN: 84000), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company D, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, France, 29 August 1918. Sergeant Aamot had sought cover in a shell hole, after a difficult advance in the face of heavy machine-gun fire, when he observed distress signals from a tank nearby, on which concentrated artillery and machine-gun fire was being directed by the enemy. Leaving his shelter, Sergeant Aamot proceeded through the fire to the tank, where he found a wounded man, whom he courageously carried to safety.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 44 (1919)
Born: 7 August 1894 at Shelly, Minnesota
Hometown: Saco, Montana

Death: 3 March 1966

Interred: Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

He enlisted in Co. M, 2D Mont. Inf., Montana National Guard; transferred to Co. D, 126TH Inf.; discharged at Billings, MT; resided at Pine River, MN ca. '41.

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2.         

Adelsperger, Earl Raymond

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 9 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Earl Adelsperger (ASN: 261841), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company C, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, France, 9 October 1918. In charge of a reconnaissance patrol, Sergeant Adelsperger led his command far into enemy lines, until he encountered intense flanking machine gun fire. Having guided his men to cover, he continued to advance alone, until he discovered the source of the enemy fire, after which he returned to his men, and started back to our lines. On the return he stopped and assisted a badly wounded man, picking him up and carrying him to safety, at the same time guiding his patrol in safety to the lines.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)
Born: 30 May 1895 at Tiffin, Ohio
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan or Carey, Ohio

Death: Apr. '69

Interred: Attica Township Cemetery, Attica, Michigan

 

Also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star, Order No. 16.103 ''D," 16 Apr. '19, GHQ French Armies of the East, “An admirably courageous noncommissioned officer. At the head of a reconnaissance, he penetrated far beyond the enemy lines. Exposed to a violent enfilade fire, he placed his men under cover and advanced alone until he discovered the source of the fire. While returning he stopped to give aid to a wounded man whom he personally carried while bringing the patrol into our lines.”; WIA, listed on 6 Feb. '19 casualty list.

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3.         

Adler, Nicholas ‘Nick’

Wagoner, U.S. Army
Supply Company, 120TH Field Artillery Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 8 – 20 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Wagoner Nick Adler (ASN: 2357310), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Supply Company, 120th Field Artillery, 32d Division, A.E.F., near St. Gilles, south of Fismes, France, August 8 - 20, 1918. Through the operations near the Vesle River, covering a period of 12 days, Wagoner Adler delivered hot meals to the firing battery at great personal risk due to enemy shell fire. The battery position and all roads leading to them were subject to frequent enemy fire, but this soldier on every occasion delivered the meals to the battery without delay.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 139 (1918)
Born: 1885 at Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Death: 27 August 1932

Interred: Lakeview Cemetery, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

 

He enlisted in Trp. L, 1ST Wis. Cav., Wisconsin National Guard, at Eau Claire, WI; Pvt. in that unit when it entrained at Eau Claire for Camp Douglas, WI 23 Jul. '17; assigned to Sup. Co., 120TH FA, Regt. when 32D Div. was organized.

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4.         

Anderson, Richard C.

Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Richard C. Anderson (ASN: 263992), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Sergy, France, 31 July 1918. Assisted by another soldier, Private Anderson rescued a wounded comrade from within 100 feet of the enemy line, dragging him back to safety, through annihilating machine-gun fire.”  The other Soldier was likely Cpl. Arthur J. Stuart, his DSC citation is very similar, he was KIA that day.  Cpl. William A. Beloungea's DSC is also similar, he was later KIA 8 Oct. '18.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 81 (1919)
Born: 9 December 1895 at Manistique, Michigan
Hometown: Manistique, Michigan

Death: 23 June 1956

Interred: North Farmington Cemetery, Farmington Hills, Michigan

 

Promoted to Sgt.; WIA; earned Purple Heart; also earned Croix de Guerre w/bronze star, Order No. 12.372 "D," 16 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “At the peril of his life under a violent machine-gun fire he brought into our lines a wounded comrade who was found 30 meters from the enemy lines.”

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5.         

*Andrykowski, Victor

Private, U.S. Army
Company G, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July to 3 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private Victor Andrykowski (ASN: 30812), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company G, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Courmont and St. Martin, France, July 31 - 3 August 1918. Throughout the battle to force passage of the Ourcq River and capture the heights beyond, Private Andrykowski, a stretcher bearer, worked day and night, evacuating wounded under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire. On 3 August under violent shell fire opposite Mont St. Martin, he made repeated trips between the firing line and the dressing station until he was killed by a shell.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 20 (1919)
Born: 19 January 1890 at Austrian Poland
Hometown: Saginaw, Michigan

Death: 3 August 1918 near Mont St. Martin, France

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Married, father of (at least) 1; also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star for same event; some references list date of death as 31 Jul. or 4 Aug.

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6.         

Anthony, Clem

Private, U.S. Army
Company L, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 30 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Clem Anthony (ASN: 281234), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company L, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, north of Soissons, France, 30 August 1918. When a retirement had been ordered, Private Anthony was the last to leave his post, fearlessly exposing himself to fire from machine guns and snipers to bring in a wounded soldier, together with his automatic rifle and ammunition. Throughout the engagement his conduct under fire furnished an example of coolness and courage to his comrades.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 20 (1919)
Born: circa 1887 at Kansas City, Kansas
Hometown: Newaygo, Michigan

Death: 1972

Interred: Reynolds Township Cemetery, Howard City, Michigan

 

Also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star, rescued a wounded comrade after his unit was ordered to withdraw; WIA, listed on 29 Nov. '19 casualty list.

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*Armijo, Marcus B.

Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 5 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private Marcos B. Armijo (ASN: 251354), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company C, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., north of Mont St. Martin, south of the Vesle River, near Fismes, France, 5 August 1918. While his company was under a heavy barrage fire, Private Armijo was hit by a shell and both his legs blown off. Private Armijo lifted himself up on his elbow and rolled and smoked cigarettes. By this display of nerve he conveyed to his comrades an unconquerable spirit of fearlessness, pluck, and will power.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 116, 1918, Amended Supplement 1

Born: 10 January 1893 at Rincon, New Mexico
Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Death: 5 August 1918 near Mont St. Martin (near Fismes), France

Interred: Evergreen Alameda Cemetery, El Paso, Texas

Status: DW

 

Worked for Texas & Pacific Railway when he entered service Oct. '17; married; aboard the Tuscania when it was torpedoed, credited with saving the life of a nurse; served with Co. C, 125TH Inf.; severely WIA during artillery barrage on 5 Aug. '18, DW soon after the same day; namesake of Marcos B. Armijo Post No. 2753 of VFW; a park, recreation center and branch library in El Paso are also named in his honor.

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8.         

Arpin, Edmund P.

First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army
128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 7 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Edmund P. Arpin, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, France, 7 October 1918. First Lieutenant Arpin volunteered to lead and led a platoon of forty-one men in an attack on Hill 269. Although all but four became casualties, this small group, under the leadership of Lieutenant Arpin, continued on its mission, took the hill, and held it for some time without hope of reinforcements.”  Lt. Arpin led a 41-man platoon that charged up Hill 269 that day.  They suffered heavy casualties along the way and they seized the objective, but only 4 of them made it to the top (Sgt. James B. Voliva, Cpl. Clare A. McCullough).  The follow-on forces could not be deployed because they were caught in artillery barrage, so the four of them had to give up the hill when the Germans began efforts to take it back.  On the way back down they only found 2 survivors from the 37 Soldiers who fell on the way up (1 of the survivors was Cpl. Regan).
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 47, 1921
Born: 14 August 1894 at Grand Rapids, Wisconsin
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Wisconsin

Death: 18 January 1988

Interred: Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah, Wisconsin

 

He graduated Grand Rapids H. S. in '12; attended U. of Wis. for 2 years; returned to Grand Rapids and worked as dredging contractor on Wis. River; he intended to enlist in Regular Army immediately after war was declared 6 Apr. '17, but recruiter encouraged him to apply for officer training, for which he was accepted and reported to in early May '17; completed First Officers' Training Camp at Ft. Sheridan, IL, 15 May-15 Aug. '17, assigned to 8TH Co., 10TH Regt.; commissioned 2d Lt. and assigned to 85TH Div. at Camp Custer, MI; transferred to Camp Greene, NC end of Sep. '17 and assigned to Co. K, 163D Inf., 41ST Div. (trained with Co. I for a while because Co. K arrived later); entrained for Camp Mills ca. 5 Nov. '17; promoted to 1st Lt.; embarked Leviathan 13 Dec. '17; landed in England 23 Dec. '17; landed in France 31 Dec. '17; transferred to Co. F, 128TH Inf. in Apr. '18, after 41ST Div. was designated a replacement unit; earned Silver Star Citation for his actions 3 Aug. '18 at St. Gilles (Fismes); earned Silver Star Citation for his actions 1 Sep. '18 at Juvigny; earned DSC as 1st Lt. for leading a platoon in attack of Hill 269 near Gesnes on 7 Oct. '18; he and 41 men charged up the hill, suffering heavy casualties along the way, they seized the objective, but only 4 of them made it to the top (Sgt. Robert L. Freeman, Sgt. James B. Voliva, Cpl. Clare A. McCullough), the follow-on forces could not be deployed because they were caught in artillery barrage, so he and his men had to give up the hill when the Germans began efforts to take it back, on the way back down they only found 2 survivors (1 of the survivors was Cpl. Regan); Hill 269 was where he found his prized pair of Lugers; assumed cmd. of Co. F, 128TH Inf.; WIA 10 Oct. '18, machinegun bullet through calf; transferred to evac. hosp. at Fleury 11 Oct. '18; transferred to Base Hosp. No. 34 at Nantes; recommended for Medal of Honor and DSC w/OLC by Col. Robert B. McCoy, cdr. of 128TH Inf., on 15 Mar. '20, “The bravery and leadership displayed and the results attained by Capt. Arpin at Juvigny, at Fismes, and in the Argonne were equaled by few and surpassed by no officers dead or living who served in those battles in the 128TH Inf.”; those were downgraded to the DSC and 2 Silver Star Citations mentioned above, “it is charged that favoritism and prejudice of Regular Army officers toward National Guard troops prevented the full honor reward;” promoted to Capt.; home on leave ca. Feb. '19; discharged Mar. '19; wrote down his war-time experiences, with encouragement from his father, in '19, his notebooks, maps, and souvenirs all disappeared when his baggage was pilfered after he was WIA, the manuscript later became A Wisconsinite in World War I: Reminiscences of Edmund P. Arpin, Jr. (gave to Wis. Historical Society in '54); Capt. in WNG Reserve ca. '22; married Janet Leavens 8 Jan. '21 at Neenah, WI, father of Helen, Edmund P. III; resided at Bruce, WI ca. '23; worked as dredging contractor; issued numerous patents, including 1310032 for Steering Device (submitted while he was in service); 2649717 for Rotary Refiner (used in paper making), 2631505 for Rotary Refiner Liner Construction (used in paper making), et al.; resided at 587 E. Wisconsin Ave., Neenah, WI at 1940 census; son served in Army Air Force during WWII.

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9.         

Austermann, Richard Wagner

Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army
128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 8 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Richard W Austermann, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Fismes, France, 8 August 1918. Lieutenant Austermann collected several groups of disorganized men from different companies, organized a patrol, and, advancing across a creek, so deployed his men as to pour a cross fire on enemy machine-gun nests. Observing other nests then out of range, he led a volunteer squad and cleaned out three more machine-gun nests. Lieutenant Austermann continued with the squad and put out of action three more nests.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 143 (1918)
Born: 16 April 1889 at Waukesha, Wisconsin
Hometown: Loyal, Wisconsin

Death: 1956

Interred:

 

NoK Mrs. Carrie J. Austermann, wife, father of George J., Jean F., Margaret L.; attended U. of Wis. ca. '08; enlisted in 2D Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard; was Mus. 2cl during Mexican Border Crisis; 2d Lt. in Co. L, 4TH Wis. Inf. at Waukesha, WI when mobilized 15 Jul. '17; assigned to 128TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; bn. scout off. Aug. '18; assigned to Co. F at some point; attended U. of Wis. ca. '19-'22, member of Gun and Blade; attended Johns Hopkins U.; resided at Baltimore, MD at 1930 and 1940 census; instructor of physics at U. of Md.

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*Austin, Edwin

Private, U.S. Army
Company F, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 30 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private Edwin Austin (ASN: 274176), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company F, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Ronchères, France, 30 July 1918. Private Austin volunteered to go out in advance of our front lines and bring back wounded, who had been left there when his company was with-drawn. He made two trips, under heavy fire, bringing back wounded with the aid of another soldier, but was killed by machine-gun fire when he went out for the third time.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 66 (May 21, 1919)
Born: ca. 1900 at Twining (Tavining), Michigan
Hometown: Shawano, Wisconsin

Death: 30 July 1918 near Ronchères, France

Interred: Oise-Aisne American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He served with Co. F, 4TH Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, during Mexican Border Crisis; assigned to Co. F, 127TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized.

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Bank, Carl H.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company K, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 28 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Carl Bank (ASN: 280908), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company K, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, north of Soissons, France, 28 August 1918. Though he was severely wounded by machine-gun fire, Sergeant Banks continued to lead his platoon throughout the attack until his company reformed, and an emergency no longer existed.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 139 (1918)
Born: at Auburn, Indiana
Hometown: Lowell, Michigan

Death: 30 Apr. '69 at Chicago, Illinois

Interred:

 

He graduated Lowell H. S. in '16; resided at Flint, MI; he enlisted in Michigan National Guard and served during Mexican Border Crisis; assigned to Co. K, 126TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star, Order No. 13.069 "D," 23 Jan. '19, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “Though wounded in the leg he continued to lead his platoon during the attack and did not go to the rear to be bandaged until his company was re-formed. In spite of his wounds he retained command of his platoon the entire day. By his will power, his courage and his fine conduct he electrified the men placed under his orders.”; transferred to Army Candidate School (ACS); commissioned 2d Lt.; transferred to Aviation Section Signal Corps (ASSC); brother 1st Lt. Theodore P., Mich. NG, served in same unit, WIA, earned Croix de Guerre; graduated Northwestern U.; practiced dentistry at Chicago, IL.

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*Barlow, Francis A.

First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army
Company H, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross
(Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Francis A. Barlow, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near the Ourcq River, France, 31 July 1918. Lieutenant Barlow was severely wounded in the passage of the Ourcq River and the capture of the heights beyond, but continued in command of his company. When another officer of his company was wounded, he attempted to carry him to a place of safety, but was physically unable to do so. Although repeatedly urged to go to the rear, he continually refused and remained in command of the company until it was ordered to withdraw.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 46 (1919)
Born: 9 June 1885 at Edmore, Michigan
Hometown: Cheboygan, Michigan

Death: 7 October 1918 near Gesnes, France

Interred:

Status: KIA

 

He went to work for the Post Office when he turned 17; attended McLaughlin Business College in Grand Rapids; married; enlisted in Michigan National Guard on 13 Sep. '15; served during Mexican Border Crisis; served with Co. H, 125TH Inf.; also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star for his actions near Cierges on 31 Jul. ’18; namesake of Francis A. Barlow Post No. 95 of American Legion at Cheboygan.

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Barrow, Charles L.

First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army
120TH Machinegun Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 30 & 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Charles L. Barrow, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 120th Machine-Gun Battalion, 42d Division, A.E.F., northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, 30 & 31 July 1918. Acting as leader of a platoon, First Lieutenant Barrow stimulated his men by his heroic conduct to success until incapacitated by a second wound.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 4, 1927

Born: Houston, Texas
Hometown: Austin, Texas

 

He completed Officers' Reserve Training Camp at Camp Leon Springs, TX, assigned to 7TH Co.; commissioned 1st Lt. on 15 Aug. '17; some references list unit as 150TH MG Bn., 42D Div. (not listed in Roster of the Rainbow Div.); WIA twice in 1 day; attended U. of Tex. ca. '19, president of University YMCA, vice-president of AEF Club; attorney at Terry, Cavin and Mills, Union Depot Building, Galveston, TX ca. '22.

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Bascom, Robert

Private, U.S. Army
Company E, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 19 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Robert Bascom (ASN: 80766), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company E, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Badricourt, Alsace, France, 19 July 1918. During an enemy raid on a platoon sector, Private Bascom, although wounded three times by shell fragments, carried a message through artillery barrages to the company headquarters and returned with reinforcements. He did not accept first aid until after the raid had been repulsed.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 22 (1920)
Born: at Rochester, New York
Hometown: Portland, Oregon

 

He enlisted in Co. H, 3D Oreg. Inf., Oregon National Guard, at Portland, OR, prior to 6 May '17; promoted Pfc. ca. 7 May '17; likely assigned to 41ST Div. when it was organized; that unit was designated a replacement div. when it reached France; transferred to Co. E, 127TH Inf.; severely WIA 19 Jul. '18 (thrice in 1 day) by shrapnel; resided at Union Square, New York, NY ca. '20.

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Bates, Charles Edward Harold

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
103D Infantry Regiment, 26TH ‘Yankee’ Division, A.E.F. (later transferred to Company M, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division)
Date of Action: 26 September 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Charles E. H. Bates, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 103d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F., near Marcheville, France, 26 September 1918. Lieutenant Bates displayed the highest qualities of courage and leadership in leading his platoon through to its objective under a heavy barrage of machine-gun fire and artillery fire without flank support. He held his objective under murderous artillery and machine-gun fire until relieved.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 46 (1919)
Born: 
13 August 1894 at Alameda, California
Hometown: 
Alameda, California

Death: 17 June 1978 at San Francisco, California

Interred: Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, California

 

Son of Henry Lesley Alexander and Rebecca Helen (Rixon) Bates (father, NoK, was English, born in India, mother born in Canada), 727 Paru St., Alameda, CA; graduated Hitchcock Military Academy in '12; worked as surveyor for Pacific Electric Co.; attended U. of Cal., Berkeley, played football, withdrew during senior year to volunteer for Army service; completed Officers' Training School at Camp Kearney, CA and commissioned 2d Lt.; assigned to Co. D, 159TH Inf., 40TH Div.; sailed for France 8 Aug. '18; 40TH Div. designated a replacement unit; transferred to 103D Inf., 26TH Div. on 10 Sep. (1 Sep.) '18; some references state he earned DSM as opposed to DSC; also earned Croix de Guerre w/palm for same event; transferred to Co. M, 126TH Inf. after the Armistice; served with Army of Occupation; received his DSC on 12 Feb. '19; promoted 1st Lt. on 18 Mar. (16 Mar.) '19; 3 brothers also served, Norman in USMC, Lesley in Air Service, Richard graduated Naval Academy in '15 and served during WWI and WWII; returned home and resumed medical education at Stanford and Cornell U.; married Elizabeth Marston or Elizabeth Marsden Black at Manhattan, NY on 6 Oct. '23, father of 3; earned med. degree in '24; after internship and residency returned to San Francisco area to establish med. practice (ENT), retired after 47 years; member of American Legion; 32nd Degree Mason; member of several other civic or fraternal organizations.

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16.      

Beattie, Morse Nevens

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Sanitary Detachment, 126TH Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Morse N. B. Beattie (ASN: 180811), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Sanitary Detachment, 126th Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, 31 July 1918. Voluntarily leaving shelter Private First Class Beattie crossed an open field, subjected to heavy machine-gun and artillery fire, to give first aid to wounded soldiers. His heroic action saved the lives of the wounded men.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 71 (1919)
Born: 10 May 1892 at Wayland or Orangeville, Michigan
Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Death: 7 February 1937 or 1932

Interred: Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

He worked at Kalamazoo Paper Co.; enlisted in Michigan National Guard on 3 Jun. '17; assigned to San. Det., 126TH Inf.; Alsace, Aisne-Marne, Soissons, Army of Occupation; WIA 29 Aug. '18; promoted Pfc. 31 Aug. '18; cousin Cpl. Marshall K. served in Co. C, 126TH Inf. and WIA; discharged at Camp Custer, MI on 23 May '19; married Mildred Spriggs in '19; worked as a mason and resided at 2119 Briar Pl., Kalamazoo, MI ca. '26; passed away.

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17.      

Beck, Charles Leroy

Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 14 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Charles L. Beck (ASN: 3091584), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Romagne, France, 14 October 1918. In an attack on Cote Dame Marie the 126th Infantry was held up, owing to intense machine-gun fire and grenades. Private Beck volunteered as a member of a combat patrol, which cut through the enemy lines, captured 10 machine guns, killed or captured 15 of the enemy, and forced a large number to surrender, clearing the Cote Dame Marie of the enemy, thus enabling the regiment to continue their advance.”  The patrol was led by Capt. Edward B. Strom and the other members were Cpl. Albert S. Krzykwa, Cpl. Frank H. Raymond, Pfc. Frederick W. McClemens, Pvt. William A. Edsall, Pvt. Thomas D. Karps, and Pvt. Albert R. F. Neitzel.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 21 (1919)
Born: 26 May 1896 at Brownstown, Indiana
Hometown: Westphalia, Indiana

Death: 3 June 1925

Interred: Sandborn Cemetery, Sandborn, Indiana

 

He was a farmer; entered service 27 May '18 at Vincennes, IN; trained at Camp Taylor, KY; assigned to Co. A, 153D Inf., 39TH Div.; overseas 6 Aug. '18; 39TH Div. was designated a replacement div. when it reached France; transferred to Co. M, 126TH Inf.; also earned Croix de Guerre w/palm, Order No. 16.004 "D," 13 Apr. '19, GHQ French Armies of the East, “During an attack, the 126th Inf. was checked by the intense fire of the enemy machineguns and by grenades. Pvt. Beck volunteered to make a patrol which crossed the enemy lines, captured 10 machineguns, killed or made prisoners 15 of the enemy and forced a large number to surrender, purging Cote Dame Marie of the enemy and enabling the regiment to continue.”; discharged 29 May '19.

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18.      

Becker, Edward

First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company L, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 30 August and 8 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Sergeant Edward Becker (ASN: 284943), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company L, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., at Juvigny, France, 30 August 1918, and in the Argonne Forest, France, 8 October 1918. During the attack on Juvigny, when all the officers in his company had been wounded, Sergeant Becker immediately took command of the company and led them in the attack. After the engagement he supervised and assisted in the work of clearing the field of wounded, working under incessant machine-gun and artillery fire. In the Argonne Woods, 8 October when the advance of his organization was held up by cleverly concealed enemy machine guns, Sergeant Becker, with an officer, exposed himself to the enemy fire while reconnoitering the enemy positions. As a result of their observations the company was successfully disposed with only three casualties.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 98 (1919)
Born: at Sparta, Wisconsin
Hometown: Sparta, Wisconsin

 

NoK Mrs. Anne Berg, sister, Angelo, WI; also had ties to Black River Falls, WI; enlisted in Co. L, 3D Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Sparta, WI; was Cpl. in that unit during Mexican Border Crisis; assigned to Co. L, 128TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; also earned Croix de Guerre.

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19.      

Bell, Frank J.

Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 6 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Frank J. Bell (ASN: 283221), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company A, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, France, 6 October 1918. Private Bell, while acting as a runner, repeatedly volunteered to take the place of other runners who had become exhausted, and delivered messages under severe enemy artillery and machine-gun fire. On the night of 6 October while on an important mission, he received a painful wound in the hand. He, nevertheless, continued on and delivered his message. On his return to battalion headquarters, he refused to be evacuated, dressed the wound himself, and continued in the capacity of runner.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 95 (1919)
Born: 1890 at White Earth, Minnesota
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Death: 3 July 1930

Interred: Sacramento City Cemetery, Sacramento, California

 

Native American, Chippewa, and French ancestry; NoK Mrs. Frank J. Bell, wife, 935 Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL; entered service 9 Nov. '17 at Camp Grant, IL; ca. 1 Aug. '18 near Cierges, he rescued his wounded assistant gunner by carrying him back to safety, he was struggling because his assistant was twice his size, Capt. Charles L. Sheridan, cdr., saw them and ran out to help him the rest of the way, Bell had left his 'sho-sho' (M-1915 Chauchat) in a wheat field in order to carry his comrade, after his buddy had been dragged to cover, he ran back out through heavy fire, retrieved his automatic rifle, and returned to the fight; WIA 6 Oct. '18; also earned Croix de Guerre; award of the DSC was announced in General Orders on 26 Jul. '19, but the government couldn't find him to present the decoration, he had moved from his last known address, they were still searching for him as of 6 Apr. '21 (announcements were placed in newspapers and American Legion Weekly to try to find him).

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20.      

Bell, William B.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company I, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal William B. Bell (ASN: 263269), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company I, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, 31 July 1918. When his company was held up by severe machine-gun fire from the right flank, Corporal Bell voluntarily went out in front of our lines and carried a wounded comrade to cover and administered first aid.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 81 (1919)
Born: at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Hometown: Keno, Michigan

 

Also had ties to Gordonsville, VA; also earned Belgian Croix de Guerre (Belgian War Cross), “For extraordinary heroism in action near Cierges, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, July 31, 1918. When his company was forced to halt because of heavy machine-gun fire from the front and right flank, Corp'l Bell went out in front of the line and carried a wounded man to a place of safety.”

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*Beloungea, William A.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company M, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal William A. Beloungea (ASN: 263947), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, 31 July 1918. With the assistance of another soldier, Corporal Beloungea dragged a wounded comrade to his own trench, a distance of 150 yards, through an intense barrage of machine-gun and artillery fire.”  The other Soldier was Pvt. Joseph F. Helmore, also from Co. M, and also earned DSC.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 78 (1919)
Born: 7 July 1890 at Epoufette, Michigan
Hometown: Gould City or Manistique, Michigan

Death: 8 October 1918

Interred: Gould City Township Cemetery, Michigan

Status: KIA

 

He was the namesake of William Alvin Beloungea Post No. 316 of American Legion on Mackinac Island; the Citizens Military Training Camp held at Ft. Brady in '30 was named Camp Charles E. Follis, in honor of the Capt. and DSC recipient from 125TH Inf., and several streets were named in honor of other local WWI servicemen, including Beloungea St.

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*Berkompas, Olius

Bugler, U.S. Army
Company I, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 11 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Bugler Olius Berkompas (ASN: 263169), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company I, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Romagne, France, 11 October 1918. In the attack on Hill 258 Bugler Berkompas volunteered to carry messages from his company in the attacking line to the battalion post of command. In order to reach the post of command it was necessary to cross an open area of about 500 yards in width, subjected to intense machine-gun fire and under direct observation of the enemy. He was killed while engaged in this mission.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)
Born: 26 February 1898 at West Olive, Michigan
Hometown: Rudyard, Michigan

Death: 11 October 1918

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery on 6 October 1921

Status: KIA

 

He enlisted in Co. M, 33D Mich. Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Fort Brady, MI on 12 May '17; unit was guarding ore docks at Marquette, MI at the time; assigned to Co. I, 125TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; overseas in Feb. '18; Alsace, Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, Meuse-Argonne.

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Bird, Hobart M.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Battery A, 147TH Field Artillery Regiment, attached to 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 12 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Hobart M. Bird (ASN: 139033), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Battery A, 147th Field Artillery, 32d Division, A.E.F., near St. Gilles, France, 12 August 1918. After being painfully wounded by an exploding shell, Sergeant Bird, with no thought of his own wound, assisted a more severely wound comrade to the first-aid station and then walked a distance of 1 and 1/2 kilometers over a heavily shelled road in quest of ambulance and stretchers.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 46 (1919)
Born: 6 September 1896 at Viento, Oregon
Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Death: 6 July 1946 at Portland, Oregon

 

He enlisted in Btry. A, Oreg. FA, Oregon National Guard in '16; served during Mexican Border Crisis; assigned to Btry. A, 147TH FA Regt., when 41ST Div. was organized; attached to 32D Div.; married Helen Halderman in '22, father of at least one.

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24.      

Bischoff, Clifford Edward

First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army
128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 29 August & 2 September 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Clifford E. Bischoff, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, France, 29 August and 2 September 1918. Rendered unconscious by a bursting shell, which wounded his company commander, Lieutenant Bischoff took command of his company as soon as he regained consciousness and later assumed command of the battalion when the battalion commander was gassed. After being relieved of command he went forward on a reconnaissance with one soldier and the two of them alone captured 75 of the enemy.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 32 (1919)
Born: at Superior, Wisconsin
Hometown: Superior, Wisconsin

Death: 9 March 1948 at Shorewood, Wisconsin

Interred:

 

He attended U. of Ill. College of Med. ca. '13; enlisted in Co. I, 3D Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Superior, WI; was Sgt. in that unit during Mexican Border Crisis; completed First Officers' Training Camp, Fort Sheridan, IL, 15 May-15 Aug. '17, assigned to 7TH Co., 10TH Regt.; assigned to 128TH Inf.; bestowed Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (French Legion of Honor), by Presidential Decree of 5 May '19, “for valor on the battlefield”; earned Croix de Guerre w/palm and Croix de Guerre w/gilt star; attended U. of Wis. ca. '19-'22; member of Exec. Committee of 32d Division Veteran Association; married Miss Nell Dwyer 30 Jun. '30 at New York; resided at 315 Bedford, Lexington, MA ca. '37.

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Biwan, Joseph J.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 120TH Field Artillery Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 4-5 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Joseph Biwan (ASN: 2302111), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 120th Field Artillery, 32d Division, A.E.F., at St. Gilles, near Fismes, France, August 4 - 5, 1918. Throughout two days Private First Class Biwan maintained the telephone lines running into battalion headquarters, making frequent repairs of the lines amid falling walls and heavy bombardment by both gas and high-explosive shells.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 139 (1918)
Born: 1 March 1894 at Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Hometown: Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Death: 29 March 1960 at Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Interred: Holy Cross Cemetery, Wilson, Wisconsin

 

He was severely WIA 6 Aug. '18 near St. Gilles, listed on 2 Oct. '18 casualty list; earned wound chevron, HQ, 120TH FA Special Order No. 176, 16 Sep. '18; traded wound chevron for Purple Heart when the latter was reinstated; married Rose A. Mayer, father of two; brother Pfc. William G. served with 114TH Inf., 29TH Div. and brother Pvt. Tony P. served with Air Service.

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26.      

Blomberg, Henry S.

First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army
Company D, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 30 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Henry S. Blomberg, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, north of Soissons, France, 30 August 1918. Inspiring his men by his own personal bravery, Lieutenant Blomberg vigorously led his company forward in the face of heavy machine-gun and artillery fire, capturing the heights overlooking Juvigny, with many prisoners. After reaching the objective he repeatedly exposed himself to hostile fire time after time in reorganizing the line. During the defense of the position won he personally set up and operated a captured German machine gun against the enemy while under terrific fire.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 143 (1918)
Born: 3 August 1892 at Superior, Wisconsin
Hometown: Superior, Wisconsin

Death: 4, or 5, October 1918

Interred: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He graduated Aitkin, MN, H. S.; enrolled in State Normal School at Superior, WI where he was a top debater, played football and baseball, and was athletic editor of the school yearbook, Gitche Gumee, graduated in '16; teacher at Virginia, MN during brief period between Mexican Border Crisis and mobilization for WWI; enlisted in Co. I, 3D Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Superior, WI; Sgt. in that unit during Mexican Border Crisis; 1st Sgt. in that unit when it mobilized 15 Jul. '17; assigned to Co. I when 127TH Inf. was organized; commissioned at some point; 1st Lt. assigned to Co. D by the time the 127TH Inf. sailed for France aboard USS George Washington; also awarded Croix de Guerre “In operations at Juvigny led his command in a brilliant manner and captured prisoners.”; may have been promoted to Capt.; may have been assigned to Co. M, 127TH Inf. at some point; namesake of Henry S. Blomberg Post No. 847 of VFW in Superior.

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Blossom, Lynn

Private, U.S. Army
Company I, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 30 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Lynn Blossom (ASN: 280016), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company I, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, France, 30 August 1918. While engaged as runner during an attack, Private Blossom maintained liaison with adjoining units, throughout a most intense fire of artillery and machine guns, continuing his work until wounded by machine-gun fire.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)
Born: 17 September 1896 at Liberty, Michigan
Hometown: Liberty, Michigan

Death: 31 December 1971 at Rochester, Minnesota, resided at Clark Lake, Michigan

Interred: Horton Cemetery, Hanover, Michigan

 

He enlisted in Co. M, 31ST Mich. Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Jackson, MI; assigned to Co. F, 126TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; transferred to Co. I, 128TH Inf.; earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star for his actions as a message runner and liaison, WIA in the process; WIA 30 Aug. '18; brother Laurence also served; married Irene Young, father of at least 1; self-employed electrician; member of William Sparks Chapter 10 of DAV.

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*Blumenthal, Alabel (A. Label)

Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 128TH Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 2 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private Alabel Blumenthal (ASN: 17453), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Medical Detachment, 128th Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, 2 August 1918. As Private Blumenthal was dressing wounded men and carrying them into shell holes for protection, a heavy barrage was put down in the field where he was working but he nevertheless refused to seek cover, ministering to the wounded and reassuring them, until he was mortally wounded by a bursting shell.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 70 (1919)
Born: at Lincoln, Nebraska
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Death: 3 August 1918

Interred: Oise-Aisne American Cemetery

Status: KIA

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Bonack, Paul J.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company L, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 30 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Paul J. Bonack (ASN: 275139), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company L, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, France, 30 August 1918. When his company was stopped by a concealed machine-gun nest, Sergeant Bonack ascertained its position and courageously attacked it., single-handed, upon his how initiative, killing the crew and enabling his company to continue the advance.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 98 (1919)
Born: 1892 at Three Lakes, Wisconsin
Hometown: Three Lakes, Wisconsin

Death: 1967

Interred: Forest Home Cemetery, Rhinelander, WI

 

He enlisted in Co. L, 2D Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Rhinelander, WI; assigned to Co. L, 127TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; also earned Croix de Guerre; married Elizabeth F., father of at least 1; resided at Stella, WI at 1930 and 1940 census.

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30.      

Brennan, Elmer W.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Elmer W. Brennan (ASN: 261954), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company D, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., in and near Cierges, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, 31 July 1918. During the heavy shelling in the Bois De Grimpettes, Corporal Brennan rendered himself conspicuous by exposing himself to great personal danger in order to give aid to wound companions, frequently searching the woods for wounded soldiers. He aided seven comrades who had been badly wounded to places of safety. That afternoon he conducted a liaison officer from the position his company occupied forward through a barrage to the town of Cierges. When this officer had been wounded and gasses, Corporal Brennan assisted him to reach his destination and deliver his message.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 139 (1918)
Born: at Detroit, Michigan
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Death:

Interred:

 

He attended H. S. of U. of Detroit, 2nd year student ca. '16; original member, Bug., of Co. D, 125TH Inf. when organized from Co. D and Co. K, 31ST Mich. Inf., Michigan National Guard, on 30 Sep. '17; also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star, Order No. 12.334 "D," 15 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “Under a violent bombardment near Cierges on July 31, 1918, he displayed extraordinary courage in exposing himself to great dangers to help his wounded comrades. He guided a liaison officer up to Cierges through a lively bombardment.”

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Brewer, Louis M.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 9 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Louis M. Brewer (ASN: 280431), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company H, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Romagne, France, 9 October 1918. When his platoon sergeant was severely wounded during an attack on enemy machine-gun nests, Corporal Brewer took command of the platoon and led it forward. In so doing he was himself wounded, but he refused to seek medical aid until the objective had been reached and the platoon reorganized.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 126 (1919)
Born: 22 October 1894 at Woodbury, Illinois or Detroit, Michigan
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Death: 28 December 1960

Interred: Live Oak Memorial Park, Monrovia, California

 

He also had ties to Collinsville, IL; Michigan National Guard; WIA 4 Aug. '18; WIA 9 Oct. '18; earned Purple Heart w/OLC.

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Brittain, William S.

Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army
Machinegun Company, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) William S. Brittain, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Machine-Gun Company, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, France, 31 August 1918. Lieutenant Brittain by his aggressive spirit and action when out beyond the main Infantry line pushed forward unsupported with his platoon and captured 2 German officers, 94 men, and 8 machine guns. From this point of action Lieutenant Brittain with his platoon proceeded in a direction from which firing could be heard and by his quick decision captured 2 enemy field guns, caliber 105, and 6 trench mortars, and immediately thereafter attacked and captured 30 prisoners and 3 additional heavy machine guns.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 20 (1919)
Born: circa 1890 at Flint or Suttons Bay, Michigan
Hometown: Flint, Michigan

Death: 28 Dec. '66 at his home at Detroit, Michigan at age 76

Interred:

 

He enlisted in Michigan National Guard in '16; likely served during Mexican Border Crisis; his DSC was reportedly pinned by Gen. John J. Pershing, who insisted on presenting it personally after he heard of Brittain's exploits; Gen. Pershing reportedly proclaimed Brittain's action was “one of the great individual feats of the war”; earned Croix de Guerre w/palm, Order No. 16,045 "D," 13 Apr. '19, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “A courageous officer who, animated by his spirit of offensive, went beyond the principal infantry line and took prisoner two German officers and 94 men and captured three machine guns. Then with his platoon he advanced toward the cannonade and by his quick decision captured two 105 mm. field pieces and six trench mortars. Immediately afterwards he attacked and captured 80 prisoners and three machine guns.”; also earned Croix de Guerre w/gold star; both Croix de Guerre were reportedly pinned by Gen. Charles Mangin himself; bestowed Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (French Legion of Honor) on 5 Sep. '18, Presidential Decree of 5 May '19, “Full of courage and inspired by offensive spirit, went beyond the main line and captured a number of German officers and many men and guns.”; while not specified in the citations, he and his platoon reportedly turned the 2 captured German 105s on another German artillery position, destroying 3 artillery pieces; WIA 31 Aug. '18, shrapnel to spine, reportedly counted 90 bullet holes in his tunic at the end of the day; earned Purple Heart; recommended for Medal of Honor, “which is likely to be awarded at Camp Custer.”; depicted in photograph with Capt. Herman Crites, 2d Lt. William Goodwin, and 2d Lt. Wayland Miller, all in uniform with ‘Red Arrow’ insignia, a reference implies they were all classmates at Mass. Agricultural College, Class of '16, only Goodwin is listed in student catalogues; landed at NY on 18 May '19; Gov. Alex J. Groesbeck designated Brittain as ‘Michigan's War Hero.’

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Brown, Albert B.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 121ST Field Artillery Regiment (Attached), 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 7 & 14 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Albert B. Brown (ASN: 2304957), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Medical Detachment, 121st Field Artillery (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F., near St. Gilles, south of Fismes, France, 7 and 14 August 1918. When a bombardment was laid down on the batteries of his regiment Sergeant Brown, on his own initiative, rushed his detachment to the assistance of the wounded, administering first aid and evacuating the wounded in spite of continued enemy shelling. On another occasion, when he was severely gassed and blinded by the explosion of a mustard gas shell, he made his way to a telephone and summoned medical assistance for the wounded, exposing himself to the increased danger from the effect of gas in order that the other wounded might be cared for.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 20 (1919)
Born: 14 November 1875 at Sandusky, Ohio
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Death: 20 July 1933

Interred: Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

NoK Mrs. Nellie Hintz, sister, 16 or 116 18th St., Milwaukee, WI; self-employed as a physical instructor and masseur at New System Bath & Massage Co., 133 2nd St., Milwaukee, WI ca. '13; also worked as stage manager at Shubert Theater; enlisted in Wisconsin National Guard at Whitefish Bay, WI armory on 12 Jun. '17; assigned to Med. Det., 121ST FA Regt. when 32D Div. was organized; promoted Sgt. 11 Nov. '17; Rougemont, Chateau-Thierry, 2Marne, Soissons, Argonne; WIA, gassed, 14 Aug. '18; earned Purple Heart; discharged at Camp Grant, IL 19 May '19.

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*Brown, Walter B.

Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 9 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private Walter B. Brown (ASN: 238783), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company K, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, France, 9 October 1918. Exposing himself to the greatest danger, Private Brown constantly carried messages from the company to the platoons occupying the front lines. The journey necessitated his crossing an area swept by intense artillery and withering machine-gun fire, but he successfully maintained liaison during a very critical period of the attack.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)
Born: at Holdingford, Minnesota (several references list Holdingford, ND, there does not seem to be such a city there, but there is one in MN)
Hometown: Brainerd, Minnesota

Death: 10 October 1918

Interred: Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Minnesota

Status: KIA

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Buck, Benjamin

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company G, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 14 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Benjamin Buck (ASN: 300943), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company G, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Romagne, France, 14 October 1918. Corporal Buck advanced alone beyond the front lines, through a terrific barrage and in the face of unusually active machine-gun fire, to the rescue of a wounded comrade. While making his way through the wood he came upon two other members of the company whom he utilized as a patrol attacking and capturing an enemy machine-gun nest, together with six prisoners. He then went to the rescue of the wounded soldier, forcing the prisoners to carry the man to the rear.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 98 (1919)
Born: 4 March 1890 at Shawano, Wisconsin
Hometown: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Death: 6 August 1948 at Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Interred: Wildwood Cemetery, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

 

NoK Mrs. Charles Zoch, sister, 14 1/2 E. Spring St., Wausau, WI; enlisted in Co. G, 3D Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Wausau, WI; was Pfc. in that unit during Mexican Border Crisis; assigned to Co. G, 128TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; resided at Clintonville, WI when he received his DSC in a ceremony at Green Bay, WI ca. 16 Aug. '20; married Bertha Ellifson.

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Buckendahl, Emil Herman

Private, U.S. Army
Company F, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 5 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Emil Buckendahl (ASN: 1419977), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company F, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, France, 5 October 1918. Private Buckendahl, a litter bearer, on his own initiative, went out from a position of shelter to an exposed flank, under intense machine-gun fire, and carried back to safety a wounded soldier, who had been left in the field.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 66 (May 21, 1919)
Born: 6 December 1893 at Pierce County, Nebraska
Hometown: Pierce, Nebraska

Death: 21 February 1931

Interred: Zion Cemetery, Pierce, Nebraska

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Bullion, George S.

Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 2 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private George Bullion (ASN: 77242), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company C, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, 2 October 1918. While our troops were endeavoring to establish a line six hundred meters in front of the town of Cierges, heavy artillery and enfilading machine-gun fire from enemy guns threatened to hinder the operation. When it became necessary to establish liaison with adjoining units, Private Bullion volunteered and undertook the mission, crossing and re-crossing the area under heavy fire. He continued with his work, although weak from exhaustion and lack of food, until the line was established and the crisis passed.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1919)
Born: 1895 ('93, '96) at Denison, Texas
Hometown: Centralia, Washington

Death: 1934

Interred: Mountain View Cemetery, Centralia, Washington

 

He worked as apprentice at Tacoma Ledger; enlisted in Co. M, 2D Wash. Inf., Washington National Guard, at Centralia, WA on 1 Apr. '15; was Pvt. in that unit during Mexican Border Crisis; trained at Camp Elmer E. Brown before heading to Mexican border; initially trained at Camp Murray, WA after mobilization in Jul. '17; assigned to Co. M, 161ST Inf. when 41ST Div. was organized; sailed for France 12 Dec. '18 aboard President Lincoln; that unit was designated a replacement div. when it reached France; transferred to Co. C, 125TH Inf.; earned DSC for his actions 2 Oct. '18 as a company runner and liaison near Cierges; also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star, “Soldier of admirable courage. Volunteered to assure, under the most perilous circumstances, the necessary liaison between his unit, which was charged with establishing a parallel 600 meters from the village of Cierges, and the neighboring unit under violent artillery and machinegun fire. In spite of complete exhaustion he fulfilled his mission well.”; some references imply he may have earned 2 Croix de Guerre; pinned with DSC ca. Apr. '19 before heading home; departed France in Apr. '19 aboard Great Northern; discharged at Camp Lewis, WA on 24 May '19; married Ruth F., father of George S., Benny E.; resided at Pierce Co., WA at 1920 census; resided at Eugene, OR at 1930 census; linotype operator at University Press at U. of Oreg. ca. '32; selected Grand Marshall of Eugene, OR Armistice Day parade in '32.

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38.      

Burleigh, Nelson L.

Private, U.S. Army
Company E, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Nelson Burleigh (ASN: 262223), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company E, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, 31 July 1918. Although severely wounded, Private Burleigh crawled to an exposed and dangerous place where a comrade lay seriously injured and rendered first aid, thereby saving his comrade's life.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 117 (1918)
Born: 21 July 1899 at Saco, Maine
Hometown: Flint, Michigan

Death: 26 December 1967

Interred: Crystal Lake Township Cemetery, Frankfort, Michigan

 

He also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star, Order No. 12.334 "D," 15 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “Heedless of his own severe wounds and of the danger he crawled out to administer first aid to a comrade whose life he thus saved.”; brother Paul C. also served; employed as auto worker and resided at 838 Spencer, Flint, MI ca. '20; married Sadie (Sadil) Carlson, father of at least 1; resided at 1102 W. Dayton, Flint, MI at 1940 census.

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39.      

*Burns, Harold Walton

First Lieutenant (Artillery), U.S. Army
308TH Trench Mortar Battery, attached to 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 23 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Field Artillery) Harold W. Burns, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 308th Trench Mortar Battery, 158th Field Artillery Brigade, 83d Division, A.E.F., near Brabant-sur-Meuse, France, 23 October 1918. In the open, under direct fire from the enemy machine guns and artillery, Lieutenant Burns went from gun to gun of his platoon, encouraging his men to continued effort. Gassed, he refused to be evacuated, but remained in command of his platoon until after the action, when he gave first aid to the wounded.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 50 (1919)
Born:
13 March 1896 at London, Ontario, Canada
Hometown: Gary, Indiana

Death: 2 November 1918

Interred: Oak Hill Cemetery, Gary, Indiana

Status: DW (KIA)

 

NoK Mrs. L. P. Goodwin (Godwin), mother, 812 Tyler St., Gary, IN, moved there in '09; graduated Gary H. S.; attended Cornell U., College of Architecture, Class of '18; entered First Officers' Training Camp at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN, in May '17; transferred to Artillery Training School at Ft. Monroe, VA; completed course and commissioned 2d Lt., Coast Artillery Corps, in Aug. '17; assigned to 4TH Trench Mort. Bn. or 4TH Trench Mort. Btry. at some point; overseas 12 Sep. '17; transferred to 308TH Trench Mort. Btry.; earned Croix de Guerre w/palm, Order No. 16.708 "D," 24 Apr. '19, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “A very courageous officer. He encouraged his men during the attack. Although affected by gas he refused to be evacuated and retained command of his platoon until the end of the action.”; earned Croix de Guerre w/palm, Order No. 13.092 "D," 25 Jan. '19, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “He displayed zeal and courage on the morning of 23 Oct. '18, during the offensive operations in the Bossois Wood near Brabant-sur-Meuse. On open ground and under the direct fire of enemy machineguns and 77's he went from piece to piece to encourage his men. Affected by gas he refused to be evacuated and retained command of his battery until the end of the action. He assisted in the care of the wounded and was later evacuated.”; earned Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (French Legion of Honor), by Presidential Decree of 14 May '19; WIA, gassed, 23 Oct. '18, initially refused evacuation (mustard gas affected eyes, nose, throat, and lungs); evacuated to hosp. 28 Oct. '18; DW (KIA) 2 Nov. '18 at Bordeaux.

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40.      

Burr, George E.

Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army
Company C, 107TH Field Signal Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 August 1918
(Many references, including transcripts of his citation, list date of action as 2 Aug., but the attack he supported occurred on 1 Aug.)
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant First Class George E. Burr (ASN: 252092), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company C, 107th Field Signal Battalion, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, [1] August 1918. Sergeant Burr, in charge of a detachment, strung wire far in advance of the front lines, working through a heavy artillery fire, to the point where the regimental post of command was to be situated, 100 yards from the enemy line. When he was ordered to leave one man at the instrument, while the rest of the detachment returned to the rear, Sergeant Burr himself volunteered, and remained alone at this dangerous position.”  The 127TH Inf. was set to attack, in support of the Division’s objective to capture Hill 230, at dawn on 1 Aug. ‘18, the commander asked the Signal Corps unit if would be possible to lay telephone wire and hook up a telephone at the site of a future Bn. CP near the objective, before the infantry attack started.  It was not standard practice, but the commander hoped to ensure instant and reliable communication when the attackers neared the crest of the hill.  The Signal Corps men said it was worth a try. 
At 0345 hours on 1 Aug., Sfc. George E. Burr, Cpl. Donald D. Palmer, Pvt. Edwin Pelkey, and 5 other communications men departed friendly lines to lay the telephone wire, under fire, up the slope of the hill to a spot about 100 yards in front of the German lines.  The intent was to leave 1 man at the new position with the telephone while the rest retired to better cover; Sfc. Burr volunteered to stay (he didn't want to ask any of his men to stay in the dangerous position).  Cpl. Palmer and Pvt. Pelkey refused to leave him there alone; the 3 of them held the position and maintained communications until the infantry arrived.  All 3 were awarded the DSC on Christmas Eve on the east bank of the Rhine as the Div. marched into Germany with the Army of Occupation.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 147 (1918)
Born: 31 March 1890 at Hill City, South Dakota
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

Resided at 1036 2nd St., Milwaukee, WI; NoK Mildred and Louise Burr, sisters; attended business college and school of engineering; worked as lineman in overhead dept. of Milwaukee Electric Railway & Light Company (TMER&L Co.); enlisted in Wisconsin National Guard at Milwaukee, WI on 10 Apr. '17; assigned to Co. C, 107TH Fld. Sig. Bn. when 32D Div. was organized; Alsace, Chateau-Thierry, Juvigny, Soissons, Argonne; earned DSC for his actions 2 Aug. '18 as Sfc. near Cierges; discharged at Camp Grant, IL 23 May '19.

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*Burton, Edward A.

First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army
Company D, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Edward A. Burton, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, 1 August 1918. Lieutenant Burton was mortally wounded while carrying a wounded man from a position exposed to artillery and machine-gun fire, but, regardless of his own suffering, he persisted in his task until he had placed the wounded man in a place of safety. Lieutenant Burton died while being evacuated.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 44 (1919)
Born: 1895 at Hillsboro, Wisconsin
Hometown: Reedsburg, Wisconsin

Death: 1 (2 or 9) August 1918 near Reddy Farm at Hill 230

Interred: Green Wood Cemetery, Reedsburg, Wisconsin

Status: KIA

 

His medal was sent to Col. John Turner, former cdr. of 128TH Inf., so he could present it to Burton's family, ca. 19 Jul. '20.

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42.      

*Bush, Alden

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company C, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Alden Bush (ASN: 261832), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company C, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., during the attack on and capture of the village of Cierges, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, 1 August 1918. Corporal Bush was fatally wounded. In spite of his wound he struggled forward, urging on and inspiring his men, and keeping up with the attacking wave until he fell.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 102 (1918)
Born: at Rockford, Michigan
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Death: 1 August 1918 near Cierges, France

Interred: Aisne-Marne American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He was also awarded Croix de Guerre w/gilt star.

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43.      

Carrere, Jean Baptiste

Corporal, U.S. Army
319TH Regiment of Infantry, French Army, attached to 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Jean B. Carrere, Army of France, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 319th Regiment of Infantry, [32d] Division, A.E.F. (Attached), near Ammertzwiller, Alsace, 1 July 1918, while serving under the command of an American divisional commander. When the advance posts were ordered to withdraw and join the combat groups in anticipation of a raid, Corporal Carrere and the four men of his squad were cut off by the enemy barrage. This little group made a stand and by the use of an automatic rifle and grenades repulsed the attack made on them by two parties of Germans, each party estimated to be between 15 and 20 men. Corporal Carrere displayed splendid courage and initiative, especially in exploring the surrounding terrain. Although completely isolated, he and his men continued the resistance against the enemy until they finally drove them back. To him and to his four men, to whom he knew how to communicate his spirit, is due the credit for the failure of the raid, although it was supported by heavy artillery and executed in force.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 100 (1918)
Born: 
Hometown: 
in France

 

Some transcripts of his DSC citation state he was attached to 42D Div. but that is almost certainly a typographical error, while the 32D Div. was at Alsace on that date, the 42D Div. was near Châlons-en-Champagne, about 130 miles NW of Hecken, Alsace.

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44.      

Carlson, Emil

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 August & 14 October 1918
Citation: “The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Emil Carlson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for repeated acts of extraordinary heroism in action near Cierges, France, August 1, 1918; and near Gesnes, France, October 14, 1918. During an attack near Cierges, Private Carlson, assisted by two comrades, repeatedly exposed himself to enemy machine-gun and artillery fire, in order to assist the wounded to the first-aid station. On October 14, in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, when the advance of his company was held up by enemy machine-gun fire, he advanced in attacking a machine-gun nest, until all the members of the squad were killed except himself. He then pushed on alone and killed one of the enemy. His rifle becoming jammed and useless, he continued to advance and succeeded in capturing the two guns, together with the crew, consisting of eight men.”
General Orders:
Born: circa December 1899 at Negaunee, Michigan
Hometown: Merrillan, Wisconsin

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45.      

Castura, Michael

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 & 3 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Michael Castura (ASN: 261828), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company C, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., at Cierges and Mont St. Martin, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, 1 and 3 August 1918. During the attack on Cierges, Sergeant Castura took command of his platoon when the commanding officer had been evacuated and led it successfully through the barrage to its objective. On 3 August when one of his men had been left wounded on the field and no first aid men were present, this soldier dashed through a terrific barrage and carried the wounded man to shelter.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 20 (1919)
Born: 22 September 1893 at Eckley, Pennsylvania
Hometown: Hazelton, Pennsylvania

Death: 23 June 1967 at VA Hospital at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

Castura, Michael

First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 29 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to First Sergeant Michael Castura (ASN: 261828), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company C, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., east of Juvigny, France, 29 August 1918. While leading his company in the advance in the direction of Juvigny, Sergeant Castura was severely wounded but refused to be evacuated until he had directed one of his platoon commanders to assume command of the company. He remained at his post despite his wounds until the new commander had arrived and was given the necessary orders and instructions. By his bravery, coolness under fire, and devotion to duty, Sergeant Castura was a great inspiration to the men of his command.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 16 (1929)
Born: 22 September 1893 at Eckley, Pennsylvania
Hometown: Hazelton, Pennsylvania
Death: 23 June 1967 at VA Hospital at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

 

He was severely WIA 29 Aug. ’18; earned Purple Heart; arrived home ca. 27 Mar. '19; married Veronica Fatula, father of at least 1; worked as a guard for Markle Bank & Trust Co.; member of St. Mary's B. C. Church, Drake-Wear Post No. 589 of VFW, and Hazleton Barracks No. 1621 of Veterans of WWI.

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46.      

Cathcart, James O.

Major (Infantry), U.S. Army
126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 14 - 19 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Major (Infantry) James O. Cathcart, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, France, October 14 - 19, 1918. Finding two companies of another battalion badly disorganized, Major Cathcart effected a reorganization and ordered them to advance, personally assuming command of these troops of his own battalion, which, had been in support, and of another battalion. He conducted the successful attack on Cote Dame Marie, exhibiting extraordinary initiative and bravery and showing utter disregard of his own personal danger.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 71 (1919)
Born: at Canada
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

 

Married Elizabeth, resided at 16 Marietta St., Detroit, MI, father of at least 4; co-owner of East Side Wall Paper Co. at Detroit, MI ca. '08; enlisted in Michigan National Guard, at Detroit, MI; commissioned 2d Lt. in Co. G, 1ST Mich. Inf. ca. 15 Sep. '07; Capt. and cdr. of Co. G, 31ST Mich. Inf. when mobilized 15 Jul. '17; assigned cdr. of Co. G, 126TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; assumed cmd. of 2D Bn., 126TH Inf. on 16 Aug. '18; promoted Maj. on 8 Oct. '18; promoted Lt. Col. and transferred to HQ, 126TH Inf. on 18 Mar. '19.

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47.      

Chandler, Isaac

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company L, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Isaac Chandler (ASN: 263881), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company L, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, 31 July 1918. While his company was leading in a battalion attack, Corporal Chandler persisted in carrying messages to the battalion commander and carrying rations to the line, under intensive machine-gun fire from the front and flanks, after he had been very severely wounded.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 46 (1919)
Born: 18 July 1896 at Menominee, Michigan
Hometown: Menominee, Michigan

Death:

Interred: Riverside Cemetery, Menominee, Michigan

 

Married Priscilla; enlisted in Co. L, 33D Mich. Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Menominee, MI on 21 Jun. '16; served during Mexican Border Crisis; promoted Cpl. 16 Jul. '17; assigned to Co. L, 125TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; landed at Brest 24 Feb. '18; also earned Croix de Guerre w/palm, Order No. 12.335 "D," 15 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “In spite of severe wounds received near Cierges on July 31, 1918, he displayed heroic courage in refusing to be bandaged and in continuing to carry the messages to the battalion commander.”; severely WIA 31 Jul. '18; WIA 9 Oct. '18; returned to U.S. 18 May '19; discharged at Camp Custer, MI on 29 May '19.

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48.      

Chayie, Joseph A.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company M, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 10 September 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Joseph A. Chayie (ASN: 275360), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Terny-Sorny, north of Soissons, France, 10 September 1918. Under heavy shell fire, when movement in the open was extremely hazardous, Private First Class Chayie made eight trips from the front lines to battalion headquarters with important messages. His courage, high sense of duty, and coolness under fire were an example of heroism and devotion to duty which inspired his comrades.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 128 (1918)
Born: 6 February 1887 at Calumet, Michigan
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Death: February 1966 at Detroit, Michigan

Interred:

 

He also earned Croix de Guerre.

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49.      

Chellis, Walter L.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July – 6 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Walter L. Chellis (ASN: 26417), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Fismes, between the Ourcq and Vesle Rivers, France, 31 July to 6 August 1918. Sergeant Chellis displayed exceptional courage and skill in maintaining observation posts under heavy artillery fire. On his own initiative accompanied only by his brother, he reconnoitered the advanced positrons of his brigade, passing through three heavily shelled areas, subjected also to the fire of the enemy snipers and machine gunners obtaining information of great importance to his brigade commander.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 100 (1918)
Born: 1894 at Shelby, Michigan
Hometown: Ellsworth, Michigan

Death: 1958

Interred: Ellsworth Cemetery, Ellsworth, Michigan

 

Also earned Croix de Guerre w/silver star, Order No. 12.373 "D, 15 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “Near Fismes on October 4, 1918, on his own initiative and accompanied only by his brother he made a reconnaissance of the zone beyond the front and executed it with great courage and much skill.”; married Kathryn Cornelia 'Kate' Wieland 8 Mar. '19, father of 3; son Walter served during WWII.

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50.      

Clay, Frederick Timothy ‘Fred’

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company K, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Fred Clay (ASN: 263425), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company K, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Sergy, France, 31 July 1918. After all runners had become casualties in attempting to carry out their missions, Corporal Clay voluntarily assumed the duties of company runner. His efforts were materially responsible for success gained during the day, during the course of which he repeatedly exposed himself to direct enemy artillery and machine-gun fire.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)
Born: 1 November 1894 at Saginaw, Michigan
Hometown: Saginaw, Michigan

Death: 29 September 1955 at Saginaw, Michigan

Interred at Oakwood Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan

 

He also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star, Order No. 16.103 "D," 16 Apr. '19, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “A soldier of admirable courage. All the runners having been disabled while carrying messages he volunteered for that duty and contributed personally to the success during the entire day, fulfilling his functions with, the greatest contempt for danger in a zone swept by the enemy fire.”; married Elizabeth G. Dumma at Saginaw, MI on 12 Oct. '21, father of at least 4; worked at Niagara Lumber Co.

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51.      

Colton, James Stanley

Second Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army
Company F, 107TH Engineer Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 4 - 6 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Second Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers) James Stanley Colton, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 116th Engineers, Company F, 107th Engineers (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F., near Fismes, France, from 4 - 6 August 1918. Second Lieutenant Colton successfully carried out a reconnaissance for the location of possible bridge sites across the River Vesle, near Fismes, France. He was constantly under heavy shell fire, and was frequently harassed by fire from hidden machine-gun nests in the town. Nevertheless, he passed beyond our furthest lines and secured the desired information. He was wounded before his mission was accomplished, but refused to return to his battalion until he had made his reconnaissance and had been relieved by another detail.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 99 (1918)
Born: 24 September 1893 at Wapello, Iowa
Hometown: Pasadena, California

Death: 9 October 1974

Interred:

 

He attended State U. of Iowa, College of Applied Sciences, ca. '11; transferred to U. of Calif. ca. '13, civil engineering; assigned to 116TH Engr. Regt., 41ST Div.; that unit was designated a replacement div. when it reached France; transferred to Co. F, 107TH Engr. Regt.; earned Croix de Guerre; severely WIA ca. 6 Aug. '18, listed on 2 Oct. '18 casualty list; 1st Lt. in Officers' Reserve Corps. ca. '20.

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52.      

Connelly, Michael F.

Private, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 10-13 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Michael F. Connelly, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Romagne, France, October 10 - 13, 1918. Private Connelly, acting as battalion runner, repeatedly crossed the valley between hill 258 and La Cote Dame Marie, a distance of 500 yards, swept continually by machine-gun and sniper fire.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 37 (1919)
Born: at Boston, Massachusetts
Hometown: Lansing, Michigan

 

NoK Ralph T. Ward, friend, 1217 N. Chestnut St., Lansing, MI.

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53.      

Connette, Fred

Private, U.S. Army
Company F, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Fred Connette (ASN: 262518), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company F, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near the Bois-les-Jomblets, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, 31 July 1918. While advancing with the first wave under heavy machine-gun fire and artillery barrage, Private Connette was severely wounded. Knowing there was a machine gun nest directly in front of him, which was decimating the company by its fire, he disregarded his injuries, went forward, and killed the machine gunner and captured the machine gun.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 117 (1918)
Born: at Canada
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

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54.      

Crabbe, George Simmons

First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army
Company I, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain [then First Lieutenant] (Infantry) George S. Crabbe, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, 31 July 1918. While advancing with his company, Captain Crabbe wrenched his leg severely in the crossing of the Ourcq River, but continued in the advance. Later he was severely wounded by machine-gun bullets in the left thigh, but again refused evacuation, and continued in command of his company until the objective had been reached and the position consolidated, remaining nine hours with his company after having been wounded.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)
Born: 13 March 1871 or 1873 at Saginaw, Michigan
Hometown: Saginaw, Michigan

Death: 11 Jan. '39 at Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Interred: Forest Lawn Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan

 

Married, father of 4; fireman at Saginaw, MI, since at least '95, was foreman at Hose Co. No. 8 in '99; joined Michigan National Guard at Saginaw, MI, that unit became Co. I, 125TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; 1st Lt. and cdr. of Co. I, 125TH Inf. during attack of Hill 212 near Cierges on 31 Jul. '18; seriously WIA 31 Jul. '18 by machinegun fire to the waist, laid on battlefield for 12 hours, whenever stretcher bearers tried to evacuate him, he ordered them to take the younger wounded Soldiers first; also earned Purple Heart; promoted to Capt.; after 3 ½ mos. in hosp., he returned to duty shortly after the armistice and assigned cdr. of Co. M, 125TH Inf., came home with that unit; returned to Saginaw, MI Fire Dept. after the war, attained position of Capt.; attended 1st annual reunion of Co. M, 125TH Inf. on 6 Jun. '31 at Owosso, MI.

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55.      

Craft, Urban Valley

Private, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 322D Field Artillery Regiment, attached to 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 15 - 18 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Urban V. Craft (ASN: 2038959), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 322d Field Artillery, 83d Division, A.E.F., at Bois-de-Grand Montagne, France, 15 - 18 October 1918. Private Craft, with utter disregard for his personal safety, constantly exposed himself to enemy fire while repairing wires and maintaining important telephone communications within his area.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 37 (1919)
Born: 
14 August 1894 at Rose City, Michigan
Hometown: 
West Branch, Michigan

Death: 10 July 1979

Interred: Rose City Cemetery, Rose City, Michigan

 

Son of Harry and Katherine (Catherine, Catharine) Cecelia (Schick) Craft, father NoK, Rose City, MI, father English immigrant; earned Silver Star Citation for his actions 28 Jul. '18 on the Vesle River, repaired telephone lines under heavy fire; also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star, Order No. 12.225 "D," 19 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “He displayed exceptional bravery in establishing and in maintaining the telephonic communications for 36 hours under artillery fire between the regimental post of command and that of an infantry unit.”; brother Pvt. Henry M. served with 256TH Fld. Hosp.; married Alvena A. Beck on 25 Jun. '19, father of at least 1.

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56.      

*Craidge, Robert E.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company I, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Robert E. Craidge (ASN: 263244), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company I, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., at Hill 212, near Cierges, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, 31 July 1918. Corporal Craidge was in charge of an advanced Chauchat rifle position while his company was exposed to severe machine-gun fire from the front and right flank. After three of his men had been killed and the other totally blinded by shellfire, Corporal Craidge remained at his post and kept his gun in operation until he was killed, this brave act inspiring the members of his organization who were eyewitnesses.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 116, 1918, Amended Supplement 1
Born: at Saginaw, Michigan
Hometown: Bay City, Michigan

Death: 31 July 1918

Interred: Oise-Aisne American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Also earned Croix de Guerre with palm, under Order No. 12.335 "D," dated 15 Dec. '18, General HQ, French Armies of the East, with the following citation: "Three of his men having been killed and another completely blinded he remained at his post with indomitable courage and served his piece until he was himself killed."; namesake Harding-Olk-Craidge Post No. 18 of American Legion.

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57.      

Crites, Herman

First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army
125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Herman Crites, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, France, 31 August 1918. After his own company had reached the objective assigned to it, Lieutenant Crites made a personal reconnaissance on the front and flank and discovered that the right flank regiment was being held up by a strong machine-gun nest. He immediately maneuvered his company to a position where an enfilading fire could be delivered, enabling the flanking regiment to attain its objective. By utilizing the German arms and ammunition, his company took up the advance when it was discovered that a wide interval had been left between the two regiments because of a terrific machine-gun fire on the flanks of the regiments. He at once directed his company in the filling of this gap, holding the position during the night, as well as capturing four heavy and two light machine guns.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)
Born: 5 October 1987 at Burr Oak, Michigan
Hometown: Flint, Michigan

Death: September 1971

 

NoK Mrs. Lydia E. Leake, R. F. D. 6, Rochester, NY; also had ties to Irondequoit, NY; enlisted in Co. A, 33D Mich. Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Flint, MI; was Pvt. in that unit during Mexican Border Crisis; was Sgt. in MG Co., 33D Mich. Inf. at Flint, MI ca. May 17; completed First Officers' Training Corps, Ft. Sheridan, IL, 15 May-15 Aug. '17, assigned to 8TH Co., 10TH Regt.; assigned to MG Co., 125TH Inf.; succeeded Capt. Ira D. MacLachlan, who assumed cmd. of 3D Bn., 125TH Inf.; depicted in photograph with 1st Lt. William S. Brittain, 2d Lt. William Goodwin, and 2d Lt. Wayland Miller, all in uniform with ‘Red Arrow’ insignia, a reference implies they were all classmates at Mass. Agricultural College, Class of '16, only Goodwin is listed in student catalogues; married Hazel and/or Gertrude; served in post-war Mich. NG; Capt. and cdr. of Co. H, 125TH Inf. when it received Fed. recognition 28 Apr. '21 during post-war reorganization of 32D Div.; Lt. in Flint P. D. from at least '37 to '44.

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58.      

Crocker, John M.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 322D Field Artillery Regiment, attached to 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 16 - 17 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant John M. Crocker (ASN: 1961691), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 322d Field Artillery, 83d Division, A.E.F., near Verdun, France, 16 and 17 October 1918. Maintaining a telephone line between infantry and artillery under a constant artillery barrage, Sergeant Crocker's courage made possible the launching of artillery fire, which stopped enemy counterattacks. During the action he repaired 30 breaks, his line being so badly cut that he was obliged to use enemy wire for repairing. Because of the intensity of the fire, Sergeant rocker sent his men to a place of safety, remaining alone at the hazardous post.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 37 (1919)
Born: at
Hamilton, Ohio
Hometown: 
Hamilton, Ohio

 

He worked at Cincinnati Suburban Bell Telephone Co., started ca. '06; member of Masons.

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59.      

Crum, Leo Josephus

First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
Sanitary Detachment, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Medical Corps) Leo J. Crum, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 126th Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, July 31 and 1 August 1918. During the attack against Cierges by his regiment First Lieutenant Crum worked continuously and heroically under fire to treat and evacuate the wounded. When the house in which his first-aid station was located was struck by an enemy shell, he safely evacuated all of his patients and promptly established another aid station near the front. His untiring efforts and personal bravery saved the lives of many wounded and suffering men, and were a source of inspiration to the entire command.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 124 (1918)
Born: 2 April 1882 at Corunna, Michigan
Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Death: 15 March 1939

Interred: Riverside Cemetery, Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

He graduated Owosso H. S.; graduated U. of Mich. in '06; married Mary Florence 'Minnie' Schorr on 24 Oct. '06, father of Leo J. and Mary F.; resided at 1327 or 1329 Hill Crest Ave., Kalamazoo, MI; member of Masons, Owosso Lodge No. 81; joined Michigan National Guard ca. '01; 1st Lt. and med. off. assigned to San. Det., 126TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star, Order No. 12.334 "D," 15 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “He established a first-aid station at Cierges and evacuated all the wounded. At the advance toward the Vesle his incessant efforts and his bravery prevented suffering and saved many lives.”; promoted Capt. 4 Mar. '19; transferred to Base Sect. at Brest on 23 Apr. '19; discharged 28 Jul. '19 at Camp Custer, MI; served in post-war Mich. NG; Maj. in Med. Det., 126TH Inf. at Kalamazoo, MI ca. '22; had a medical office at 413 S. Burdick, Kalamazoo, MI ca. '21-'35; resided at 220 W. Cedar, Kalamazoo, MI; issued patent 1664664 for Exercising Device in '28; son enlisted in Co. C, 126TH Inf., Mich. NG, in '26, served during WWII but was assigned to different unit after he was commissioned 2d Lt.

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60.      

*Cunningham, Charles E.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company K, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 27 May 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Charles E. Cunningham (ASN: 28088), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company K, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., in the vicinity of Hecken, Alsace, on 27 May 1918. Although seriously wounded during a surprise attack by a German patrol Sergeant Cunningham continued to direct his men and succeeded in driving the enemy off.”

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 99 (1918)
Born: 31 July 1892 at Grand Rapids, Michigan
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Death: 3 July 1918

Interred: Greenwood Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Status: DW

He became a Maccabee (a.k.a. Knights of the Maccabees), Crescent Star Tent. No. 152 at Grand Rapids, 1 Sep. '15; enlisted in Michigan National Guard; also earned Croix de Guerre w/silver star, under Order No. 302, 29 May '18, 9th French Division, “He displayed valiant conduct at the head of a patrol which on encountering an enemy detachment in ambush succeeded in putting it to flight. Although twice badly wounded, he aroused the admiration of all by continuing to fire on the enemy until he fell exhausted and unconscious in the trench.”; WIA 27 May '18; DW 3 Jul. '18.

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61.      

Curnow, Earl McGregor

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 29 August to 2 September 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Earl M. Curnow (ASN: 261678), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company H, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, north of Soissons, France, August 29 to 2 September 1918. Though he had been severely gassed, Corporal Curnow remained with his company while it was in the front line. When it was in support, he aided in carrying wounded across an area covered by machine-gun and artillery fire. Although this work was not required of him, he volunteered for it in spite of the danger and his own physical condition.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 139 (1918)
Born: 28 June 1900 at Detroit, Michigan
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Death: 11 April 1961

Interred: Roseland Park Cemetery, Berkley, Michigan

 

After completing grade school, he went to work for American Auto Trimming Co. at age 13; went to work for Detroit Lumber Co. as a sticker hand in '14; assigned to Co. H, 128TH Inf. on 9 Aug. '17; also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star for his leadership under fire and for evacuating wounded under fire after he had been gassed; WIA, severely gassed, 2 Sep. '18; returned to Detroit and the Detroit Lumber Co.; married, father of Margot E., John E.; started work as machinist at Kestrick Lumber Co. in '23; moved to Hammond, IN in '25, vice president of Woodmar Lumber & Supply Co.; moved back to Detroit in '29, machinist at Braun Lumber Co.; resided at Keego Harbor, MI ca. '31; member of Red Arrow Club and American Legion.

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62.      

Curti, Mike

Private, U.S. Army
Company F, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 4 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Mike Curti (ASN: 3142771), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company F, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, France, 4 October 1918. Private Curti, a litter bearer, went out alone in front of the lines several times under the severest of fire, and carried back wounded men from an exposed area, from which his company had been forced to withdraw.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 66 (May 21, 1919)
Born: 24 Sep. '89 at Carrù, Cuneo, Italy
Hometown: Reno, Nevada

Death: 1930

Interred: Mountain View Cemetery, Reno, Nevada

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63.      

Curtis, Rollin Benson

First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 August 1 & 9 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Sergeant Rollin B. Curtis (ASN: 285563), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company A, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, 1 August 1918; and near Gesnes, France, 9 October 1918. During the advance near Reddy Farm, Sergeant Curtis, then a platoon commander, was painfully wounded in the leg, but refused to be evacuated until wounded a second time. During the advance, the battalion commander asked for a volunteer to establish liaison with the unit on the right. Sergeant Curtis immediately offered his services for this hazardous mission. On 9 October near Gesnes, when the only officer in his company was killed, Sergeant Curtis took command, leading the company through an intense enemy barrage. Although wounded and knocked down by the explosion of a shell, he continued to lead the company until relieved.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 126 (1919)
Born: 10 August 1890 at Baraboo, Wisconsin
Hometown: Baraboo, Wisconsin

Death: 17 July 1975

Interred: Wayside Cemetery, Barron, Wisconsin

 

He enlisted in Co. A, 1ST Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Reedsburg, WI on 14 May '15; was Cpl. in that unit during Mexican Border Crisis; assigned to Co. A, 128TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; landed overseas 4 Mar. '18; Alsace, Aisne-Marne; Chateau Thierry; Meuse-Argonne; earned DSC for his actions 1 Aug. '18 as a platoon leader near Cierges, twice WIA, and 9 Oct. '18 near Gesnes, assumed cmd. of the company after cdr. was killed and was WIA again; also earned Purple Heart w/1 OLC and Croix de Guerre; sailed for home 5 May '19; discharged 17 May '19; commissioned at some point, 2d Lt. in Officers' Reserve Corps ca. '20; married Alma G. Anderson 18 Sep. '20 at Chicago, IL, father of 3; moved to Barron, WI in '22; ran Curt's Lunch for several years; served with Barron police dept. for several years; served as deputy sheriff and appointed acting sheriff while actual sheriff served during WWII; donated his medals to Barron Co. in '65, they were displayed in the courthouse; they were later returned to the family, his son displayed them at his car dealership.

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64.      

Davitt, William Frederick

Chaplain (First Lieutenant), U.S. Army
Headquarters, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 6 August 1918
Citation (Synopsis): “On 6 August, 1918, during operations along the Vesle river, learning that 40 wounded Americans were cut off in a ravine, Chaplain Davitt called for volunteers and led a rescuing party through a hail of machine gun bullets. The party rescued every one of the wounded men, and not a member of the rescuing party was hit.”   Some references state he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, others state it was the Distinguished Service Medal.  It is unclear whether the decoration was presented to him or if it was bestowed posthumously, probably the latter.  Neither decoration is listed on HoH or HoV.  I will list him with the DSC recipients until more definitive information can be found.
General Orders:
Born: 6 January 1886 at Holyoke, Massachusetts
Hometown: Chicopee, Massachusetts

Death: 11 November 1918

Interred: Calvary Cemetery, Holyoke, Massachusetts

Status: KIA

 

He graduated Chicopee H. S. in '03; graduated College of the Holy Cross in '07, renowned football player and team captain; also wrestled and played basketball, accumulated numerous trophies; ordained at Grand Seminary, Montreal, CAN, in Dec. '11; member of Knights of Columbus, Holyoke Council; former assistant pastor of St. Ann’s Catholic Parish in Lenox, MA; served with 120TH MG Bn. before he was assigned as regimental chaplain for 125TH Inf.; sailed for France in Feb. '18; also earned Croix de Guerre w/palm, “In the advance from the Ourcq to the Vesle, from July 31st to August 6th, 1918, he performed his duties constantly under violent fire and regardless of danger. By word and example he encouraged the men of his regiment in continuing the attack.”; assigned special duty of chief burial officer for V Corps on 23 Sep. '18; cited by Maj. Gen. Summerall, V Corps Cdr., “for faithful and conscientious performance of duty and for extreme coolness under shell fire in the performance of his duty as Acting Chief Burial Officer, V Corps, during the Meuse-Argonne Operations.”; earned Silver Star Citation 4 Oct. '18 for braving heavy shell fire to bury the dead near Courmont; KIA at 1040 hours on 11 Nov. '18 near the Regt. CP at Ecurey (there are numerous, varied stories regarding the circumstances of his death, some sources state the time was 1045 or 0945 hours, cause ranges from sniper to artillery shrapnel, some references state he poked his head above the trench to wave the flag, others state he had just exited the CP after presenting a flag to the Regt. Cdr., others state he had just climbed down from a tree after suspending the flag); his funeral was officiated by Chaplain George S. L. O'Connor, who had recently been promoted from Senior Chaplain, 32D Div. to Senior Chaplain, III Corps, the two were college classmates and close friends; 32D Division's last combat casualty of WWI; numerous references consider him to be the last U.S. officer killed in battle during the war; also memorialized on Chaplain’s Hill at Arlington National Cemetery; Davitt Cottage at Lyman School for Boys, where he had been in charge of Catholic religious instruction, was dedicated in his honor; a song, “Father William Francis Davitt World War Martyr,” was composed in his honor by William Kimberley Palmer in '34; the Davitt Memorial Bridge in Chicopee was dedicated in his honor when it was built in '31, it was rebuilt in '13 and rededicated in his honor on Veteran's Day '13; namesake of William F. Davitt Post No. 625 of VFW; namesake of Davitt Square in Worcester, MA; brother, 1st Lt. James L., served with 94TH Aero Sqdn., commanded by Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker.

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65.      

Dawson, Harold A.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Sanitary Detachment, 126TH Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Harold A. Dawson (ASN: 180798), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Sanitary Detachment, 126th Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, France, 31 August 1918. Sergeant Dawson volunteered to go out into a field swept by artillery and machine-gun fire to administer first aid to wounded soldiers, constantly exposing himself to fire. His work saved the lives of many soldiers. After dark, when it was possible to remove the wounded from the field, he worked tirelessly during their evacuation to the first-aid station.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 71 (1919)
Born: at Waynesville, Ohio
Hometown: Kalamazoo, Michigan

 

            Enlisted in Michigan National Guard.

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66.      

Decaire, George

Bugler, U.S. Army
Company G, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Bugler George Decaire (ASN: 262723), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company G, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near the Ourcq River, France, 31 July 1918. Bugler Decaire, acting as runner to battalion headquarters, continued in the advance and performed his duties under extremely heavy shell and machine-gun fare after he had been very severely wounded in the knee.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 46 (1919)
Born: at Houghton, Michigan
Hometown: Baltic, Michigan

 

He also earned Croix de Guerre w/palm, Order No. 12.335 "D, 15 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “Although severely wounded on July 31, 1918, near Cierges, he remained on duty and went forward under an intense artillery fire to transmit some messages, displaying such bravery and such spirit of self-sacrifice that it was necessary to order him to go and have his wounds dressed.”; also earned Belgian Medaille Militaire, “In recognition of meritorious service rendered the Allied cause.”

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67.      

Dettman, Oscar C.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action:
Citation needed:
General Orders:
Born: 16 August 1893 at Oconto County or Shawano, Wisconsin
Hometown: Shawano, Wisconsin

Death: 8 April 1968 at Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Interred: Lake Drive Cemetery, Town of Wescott, Shawano County, Wisconsin

 

He enlisted in Co. F, 4TH Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Shawano, WI on 19 Apr. '17; promoted Sgt. 21 Jul. '17; assigned to Co. F when 127TH Inf. was organized; WIA 1 Aug. '18 near Cierges; the shell, possibly friendly, that injured him also killed 7 and wounded 20 others; those KIA included Pvt. George A. Frank, Pvt. Joseph A. Goree, Pfc. Fred Kapanke, Pvt. Robert F. Luecke (MIA), Cpl. Charles J. Skaleski (MIA); those WIA included Pvt. Mike Brunner (DW 8 Aug.), Cpl. Oscar Druckrey, Pvt. James Gowan (DW 2 Aug.), Pvt. Fred Ross; returned to duty in Oct. '18; earned DSC and Purple Heart (according to headstone); promoted 1st Sgt. 22 Apr. '19; discharged 18 May '19; married, father of 2; appointed interim Shawano Co. Sheriff on 15 May '33 during milk strike, injured in 1 of the melees on 17 May '33; later served as Shawano Co. clerk in late '30s; moved to West Shore, Shawano Lake, ca. '40 and operated a grocery store until ca. '55.

 

68.      

Devereaux, Harold J.

Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Harold J. Devereaux (ASN: 264010), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Sergy, France, 31 July 1918. When his company had crossed the River Ourcq and captured the Bois Pelger, the corporal of his squad, fighting beside him, was wounded by machine-gun fire. The enemy continued to fire on the wounded man, and Private Devereaux, single-handed, with the fire of his rifle, attacked the machine gun and succeeded in putting it out of action.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 117 (1918)
Born: 10 October 1898 at Elsie, Michigan
Hometown: Elsie, Michigan

Death: 1960

Interred: Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, De Witt, Michigan

 

Married Freda M. Blunt, father of 3; served with Co. M, 125TH Inf. (possibly Michigan National Guard, Co. M was from nearby Owosso, MI); also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star, Order No. 12.334 "D," 15 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “One of his comrades having been wounded by the fire of a machine gun he attacked the machine-gun nest alone and reduced it to silence.”; resided at Ingham, MI at '30 and '40 census.

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69.      

DeWitz, Helmuth B.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company D, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Helmuth DeWitz (ASN: 81023), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company D, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., at Juvigny, north of Soissons, France, 31 August 1918. Private DeWitz was a member of a party who assisted in attacking a machine-gun nest held by approximately 70 Germans. Under terrific fire from the enemy who laid down an artillery barrage upon their position, they concentrated their rifle fire so effectively that 32 Germans surrendered within an hour. After the prisoners had been brought in, Private DeWitz, with another soldier, using a captured German gun, established a machine-gun position under heavy fire from both artillery and machine guns and delivered fire upon enemy positions.”  Pfc. DeWitz was WIA during the event and was hospitalized until Oct. '18.  Cpl. Jesse Marlin was with him, also earned the Distinguished Service Cross, also WIA during the event, and DW 5 Oct. '18.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 6, 1932
Born: 15 August 1897 at Stayton or Salem, Oregon
Hometown: Salem, Oregon

Death: 23 April 1975

Interred: Willamette National Cemetery, Portland, Oregon

 

He worked on farm and lumber camp; enlisted in Co. L, 3D Oreg. Inf., Oregon National Guard, at Dallas, OR on 3 Apr. '17; assigned to HQ Co., 162D Inf. when 41ST Div. was organized; that unit became replacement div. when it reached France; transferred to Co. D, 127TH Inf. on 1 May '18; also awarded Italian Croce di Guerra; received some sort of decoration for heroism ca. 21 Dec. '18; married, father of 3; he received his DSC during a ceremony at the Multnomah Co. Armory on 29 Mar. '32.

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70.      

*Dickop, Ray C.

First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army
Company L, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 4 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Ray C. Dickop, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., in the attack on Fismes, France, 4 August 1918. On reaching Chezelles Farm, First Lieutenant Dickop was shot in the head, body and legs. Although thus fatally wounded, when orders came for another assault, he gave the command "Charge" to his company and led the assault until he fell dead.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 117 (1918)
Born: 30 May 1891 at Beloit, Wisconsin
Hometown: Beloit, Wisconsin

Death: 4 August 1918

Interred: Calvary Cemetery, Beloit, Wisconsin

Status: KIA

 

He was 2d Lt. in Co. L, 1ST Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Beloit, WI when mobilized 15 Jul. '17; assigned to Co. L when 127TH Inf. was organized; rode to France aboard USS George Washington; he was one of Pershing's 100, 1 of 2 from Div.; namesake of Lt. Ray Dickop Post No. 36 of American Legion at West Bend, WI.

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71.      

Donahue, Joseph J. 'Joe' 'J.J.'

Corporal, U.S. Army
Battery E, 323D Field Artillery Regiment, attached to 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 24 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Joe J. Donahue (ASN: 1427391), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Battery E, 323d Field Artillery, 83d Division, A.E.F., near Bois-de-Consenvoye, France, 24 October 1918. Venturing over a road where three other runners had failed, Private Donahue carried a most important message over an area which was subjected to the fiercest kind of shelling. He chose this route to expedite the delivery, even though it was possible to make the journey by a longer but less dangerous route. He completed his mission, despite two severe wounds he had received on the way.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 78 (1919)
Born:
5 April 1896 at Stewartville, Minnesota
Hometown: 
Stewartville or Rochester, Minnesota

Death: 4 November 1960

Interred: Calvary Cemetery, Rochester, Minnesota

 

NoK Mrs. Leslie Reardon, sister, R. F. D. 2, Devil Lake, ND; resided at 103 6th Ave., Rochester, MN; enlisted in Btry. D, 2D Minn. Inf., Minn. NG, at Rochester, MN, on 30 Jun. '17; earned Purple Heart.

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72.      

Doyle, John W.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 125TH Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant John W. Doyle (ASN: 1302), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Medical Detachment, 125th Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, 1 August 1918. The Infantry, forced by vastly superior numbers to seek a more advantageous position, left 21 wounded men between the lines. Sergeant Doyle, together with First Lieutenant Warde B. Smith and Private William Krause, Medical Detachment, 125th Infantry, in broad daylight under concentrated machine-gun and artillery fire carried the wounded men to a place of safety, thus undoubtedly saving their lives. The indomitable courage and spirit thus displayed inspired the troops with renewed determination and courage.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 9 (1923)
Born: at Breckenridge, Michigan
Hometown: Breckenridge, Michigan

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73.      

*Dressel, Everett (Egerett) Glee (C.) (Dressell)

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Everett Glee Dressel (ASN: 264498), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Machine-Gun Company, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, France, 31 August 1918. After his company had captured two enemy fieldpieces and a large quantity of ammunition, enemy artillery attempted to blow up the ammunition with incendiary shells. At great risk of his life from the explosion of shells and grenades, he extinguished the fires, thereby insuring the safety of his comrades and the retention by his company of its advanced position.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 15, 1926
Born: 17 April 1893 at Ganges, Michigan
Hometown: Flint, Michigan

Death: 10 October 1918

Interred: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery; also memorialized at McDowell Cemetery, South Haven Highlands, Michigan

Status: KIA

 

Also earned Croix de Guerre w/bronze star, posthumously, for his efforts to extinguish fires at a captured ammunition dump.

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74.      

Drotning, Harold J.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Battery A, 120TH Field Artillery Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 4 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Harold J. Drotning (ASN: 2302303), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Battery A, [120th] Field Artillery, 32d Division, A.E.F., near St. Gilles, south of Fismes, France, 4 August 1918. When the men of his battery position had been ordered to shelter on account of enemy shelling, Private Drotning, in company with two other men, rescued a French soldier from drowning in a stream. This act was performed while the valley was filled with mustard gas.”  The other 2 men were Sgt. Frank M. Holt and Pvt. Stephen R. Faatz.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 21 (1919)
Born: 6 May 1898 at Stoughton (Stroughton) Wisconsin
Hometown: South Milwaukee or Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Death: October 1882

Interred: Greenwood Memorial Park, Renton, Washington

 

His brother Henry O. served with Trp. A, 1ST Wis. Cav., Wisconsin National Guard, during Mexican Border Crisis, commissioned 2d Lt. at some point and assigned to Btry. F, 21ST FA Regt., 16TH Div.; Harold attended Beloit College, Class of '23; married Stella Marie, father of at least 1; resided at Seattle, WA at 1930 census; some references erroneously list unit as 125TH FA Regt.

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75.      

Dudley, Mack

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company G, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 September 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Mack Dudley (ASN: 1865562), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company G, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Terny-Sorny, France, 1 September 1918. During the preparations for attack, Private First Class Dudley acted as runner, carrying several messages through extreme machine-gun and shell fire to the different platoon leaders, maintaining liaison until the reorganization was complete.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)
Born: circa 1895 at Dickson, Tennessee
Hometown: Dickson, Tennessee

 

Also earned Croix de Guerre.

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76.      

*Dudzinski, Franciszak

Private, U.S. Army
Company I, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross
(Posthumously) to Private Franciszak Dudzinski (ASN: 263277), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company I, [125TH] Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, 31 July 1918. Under heavy machine-gun fire, Private Dudzinski went out in front of the position of his unit and administered first aid to three wounded men, being himself wounded while engaged in this courageous service.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 14 (1925)
Born: at Russia
Hometown: Hamtramck, Michigan

Death: 11 October 1918

Interred: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Some transcripts of his DSC citation erroneously list unit as 120TH Inf., but 30TH Div. was in British sector in Belgium at the time and their 1st day of combat was 16 Aug. '18.

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77.      

Dunigan, Patrick Richard

Major (Chaplain), U.S. Army
126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July & 1 - 4 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Major (Chaplain) Patrick Richard Dunigan, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Sergy, in the valley of the Ourcq River, France, 31 July and 1 - 4 August 1918. While performing his duties as chaplain of the 126th Infantry, 32d Division, Chaplain Dunigan repeatedly displayed exceptional qualities of personal courage and heroism in attendance upon the wounded, and dying, going from the most advanced points of the firing line to the several dressing stations, crossing and re-crossing the lowlands of the Ourcq River which were under intense artillery and machine-gun fire; again crossing and re-crossing them when the entire valley was drenched with gas, and against the protests of officers who warned him that he was doing so at the imminent risk of his own life. After having been severely gassed while in the performance of these errands of mercy, and tagged for evacuation, he refused to be evacuated and still persisted in carrying his errands of mercy to the wounded and dying, thereby enhancing the morale of the troops in his fearless disregard of personal danger and contributed materially to the success of the capture of the heights beyond the Ourcq River and the advance to the Vesle river at Fismes.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 15 (1923)
Born: 15 July 1870 or 1871 at Emmett, Michigan
Hometown: Emmett, Michigan

Death: 24 February 1934 at home in Flint, Michigan (pastor of St. Michael's Church in Flint at the time)

Interred: Kenockee Cemetery, Emmett, Michigan

 

He attended Assumption College '88-'93 (Sandwich, Ont.), St. Jerome's College '93-'94 (Kitchener, Ont.), and St. Mary's Seminary '94-'98 (Baltimore, MD); elected mayor of Lapeer, MI in spring of '12 (supposedly the only priest elected mayor of a city up to that time); bestowed with Mich. Medal for Bravery for his efforts during a small-pox epidemic at Lapeer, MI; commissioned and assigned Chaplain of 2D Mich. Inf., Michigan National Guard, in '07; his unit was sent to UP in '12 during labor unrest in the copper mines, he conducted service in a nearby church where he met some Native Americans who presented him with an old chalice, they purported that Father Pére Jacques Marquette had given it to their ancestors for safekeeping in the 1660s, Dunigan bequeathed it to the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House in Bloomfield Hills, MI, some are convinced it was used by Father Marquette, others acknowledge it is old, but not old enough (it was used to celebrate Marquette U. High School's 150th anniversary in '07); promoted Capt. on 9 Sep. '14; served during Mexican Border Crisis; assigned Chaplain of 126TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; after Aisne-Marne he described how “thirty members of a band wore gas masks while transporting wounded from the battlefield. They went twenty-four hours without food. The men were under the command of John W. Rickert of Grand Rapids.”; bestowed Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (French Legion of Honor), Presidential Decree of 24 Oct. '19; also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt and silver stars; gilt star Order No. 14.382 "D," 14 Mar. '19, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “As divisional chaplain during the operations with the 10th French Army he displayed the most absolute indifference to danger in going upon the battlefield to administer the last sacraments to the dying and in caring for the wounded. He displayed the greatest bravery under the most difficult circumstances.”; silver star Order No. 17.836 "D," 23 May '19, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “He contributed to maintain a high morale among the troops that he accompanied.”; WIA, gassed, 1 Aug. '18 near Cierges; detailed as Div. Burial Off. 15 Sep. '18; assigned Chaplain of 32D Div. Div. on 13 Dec. '18; later transferred to HQ, V Corps.; served as senior Chaplain of Third Army with Army of Occupation; received at least 1 of his Croix de Guerre from Gen. Mangin at Rengsdorf, Germany on 13 Apr. '19; continued to serve as Chaplain of 126TH Inf. after the war; his DSC was presented to him by Maj. Gen. William C. Haan, former 32D Div. cdr., in a ceremony at Flint, MI in May '23; appointed Monsignor in May '23 by Pope Pius XI; bestowed with Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by U. of Detroit on 8 Jun. '23; held pastorates at Detroit, Argyle, Croswell, Lapeer, and Flint; Mich. State Police Chaplain '32-'34; member of Elks, Knights of Columbus, Flint Country club, American Legion and VFW; namesake of Msgr. Patrick R. Dunigan Council 695 of Knights of Columbus at Flint, MI and Msgr. Patrick R. Dunigan Assembly No. 510 of Knights Of Columbus at Grand Blanc, MI.

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78.      

Dye, Henry E.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 29 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Henry E. Dye (ASN: 2181655), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company D, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, France, 29 August 1918. After an advance through heavy machine-gun fire, from which his organization had suffered many casualties and he himself had been twice wounded, Corporal Dye had taken refuge in a shell hole, when he heard the cries of a wounded comrade, who was lying in an exposed position. Disregarding the intense machine-gun fire, Corporal Dye crossed an open space, dressed the wounds of his comrade and carried him to shelter.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 44 (1919)
Born: 20 March 1893 at Sargent, Nebraska
Hometown: Walworth, Nebraska

Death: 22 December 1877 at Big Horn Co., Wyoming

Interred at Mount View Cemetery, Basin, Wyoming

 

WIA, gassed, 14 Oct. '18; married Lenora Cora Graham, father of at least 3.

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79.      

Edsall, William Arthur

Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 14 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private William A. Edsall (ASN: 281508), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Romagne, France, 14 October 1918. In an attack on Cote Dame Marie the 126th Infantry was held up, owing to intense enemy machine-gun fire and grenades. Private Edsall volunteered as a member of a combat patrol, which cut through the enemy lines, captured 10 machine guns, killed and captured 15 of the enemy, and forced a large number to surrender, clearing the Cote Dame Marie of the enemy, thus enabling the regiment to continue their advance.”  The patrol was led by Capt. Edward B. Strom and the other members were Cpl. Albert S. Krzykwa, Cpl. Frank H. Raymond, Pfc. Frederick W. McClemens, Pvt. Charles L. Beck, Pvt. Thomas D. Karps, and Pvt. Albert R. F. Neitzel.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 21 (1919)
Born: 16 November 1894 at Ravenna, Michigan
Hometown: Muskegon, Michigan

Death: 16 September 1955

Interred: Norton Cemetery, Norton Shores, Michigan

 

Married Ethel, father of at least 3.

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80.      

Emerson, Harlow B.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company K, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Harlow B. Emerson (ASN: 263625), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company K, 120th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Sergy, France, 31 July 1918. Early in the attack on Hill 212, Corporal Emerson was severely wounded but continued to lead his squad in advance until ordered to the rear, having successfully reached the objective, he administered first-aid to a number of his wounded comrades, fearlessly exposing himself to further danger in the performance of this voluntary work.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)
Born: 1896 at Saginaw, Michigan
Hometown: Saginaw, Michigan

Death: 1971

Interred: Pine Grove Cemetery, Bridgeport, Michigan

 

NoK Mrs. Jessie Murray, sister, 1725 Lapeer St., Saginaw, MI; NoK Mrs. Clara Bushaw, Rt. No. 5, Lansing, MI; resided with aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Meyer Jacobs, at Fort Wayne, IN for a while, moved back to Saginaw, MI in '16; also had ties to Detroit, MI; entered service Mar. '18; earned Silver Star Citation for dragging several wounded Soldiers  to safety and providing first aid, even though he himself was WIA on 31 Jul. '18 (transcript of citation on HoV lists date of action as 28 Jul. '18 but the Div. saw its first major combat the morning of 30 Jul.); he then returned to battle and was seriously WIA by machinegun fire to the leg/foot; also earned Croix de Guerre w/bronze star, Order No. 12.372 "D," 16 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “Heedless of danger and although wounded he administered first aid to three of his wounded comrades. By his prompt assistance he saved their lives.”; returned to U.S. ca. Mar. '19 and assigned to Army Gen. Hosp. No. 36 at Detroit, MI; awarded his Croix de Guerre in a ceremony at the hosp. in May '19; married Bertha, father of at least 3.

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81.      

Engel, George F.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 10 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant George F. Engel (ASN: 274128), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company F, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, France, 10 October 1918. Sergeant Engel repeatedly advanced under fire in front of our lines, locating enemy positions. He displayed the utmost bravery and fearlessness on all occasions, as well as cool judgment. On October 10 he was leading a patrol under heavy enemy fire and was wounded by an enemy machine-gun bullet. Although badly wounded he refused to go to the rear for aid, but continued the advance until he had obtained the desired information.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 59, 1921
Born: 30 July 1897 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Death: 12 December 1968 at his home at age 71

Interred: Radisson Cemetery, Radisson, Wisconsin

 

He enlisted in Wisconsin National Guard at Milwaukee, WI in '14 at age 17; served with Co. F, some reference state Co. D, 127TH Inf.; also earned Silver Star Citation for his actions 10 Oct. '18; awarded his DSC 1 Apr. '19; returned home and worked as truck driver and machinist; married Clara, father of 3; commander of Craig-Schlosser Post No. 31 of American Legion at Milwaukee, WI; worked at A. O. Smith Co. at Milwaukee, WI; moved to Radisson, WI in '62; member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church; member of Dave DeRosia Post No. 297 of American Legion at Radisson, WI.

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82.      

Evenson, Elmer

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 30 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Elmer Evenson (ASN: 284813), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, France, 30 August 1918. Sergeant Evenson voluntarily made five trips in front of the line, under intense machine-gun and artillery fire, and brought in five wounded men, who had been left in an exposed position after a withdrawal of the line.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 55 (1919)
Born: 15 March 1894 at Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Hometown: Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Death: January 1971

Interred:

 

He also earned Croix de Guerre.

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83.      

Faatz, Stephen R.

Private, U.S. Army
Battery A, 120TH Field Artillery Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 4 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Stephen R. Faatz (ASN: 2302308), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Battery A, 120th Field Artillery, 32d Division, A.E.F., near St. Gilles, south of Fismes, France, 4 August 1918. When the men of his battery position had been ordered to shelter on account of enemy shelling, Private Faatz, in company with two other men, rescued a French soldier from drowning in a stream. The act was performed while the valley was filled with mustard gas.”  The other 2 men were Sgt. Frank M. Holt and Pvt. Harold J. Drotning.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 147 (1918)
Born: circa 1897 at Hampton, Iowa
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

He graduated Mercersburg Academy in PA ca. '17; enlisted in Btry. A, 1ST Wis. FA Regt., Wisconsin National Guard, at Milwaukee, WI in Jun. '17; assigned to Btry. A, 120TH FA Regt. when 32D Div. was organized; WIA.

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84.      

Farmer, James B.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company L, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 30 August & 8 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal James B. Farmer (ASN: 1289744), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company L, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Soissons, France, 30 August, 1918, and in the Argonne sector, France, 8 October 1918. During the attack near Soissons on August 30, Corporal Farmer led his squad through a downpour of shell and machine-gun fire. After the attack he worked in the face of machine-gun fire assisting and carrying the wounded from the field. On October 8, while on a reconnoitering party, three of his men were killed and two wounded. He carried the two wounded men back to safety in the face of machine-gun fire.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 98 (1919)
Born: at Pulaski, Virginia
Hometown: Radford, Virginia

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85.      

Ferguson, Dougald Edmund

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Dougald Ferguson (ASN: 278102), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Machine-Gun Company, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., at Cierges, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, 1 August 1918. When the infantry on his right was held up by fire from an enemy machine-gun, Sergeant Ferguson seized a rifle and rushed around the flank of the enemy's position, bayoneting two of the machine-gun crew and shooting the third, thus enabling the infantry to advance.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 66 (May 21, 1919)
Born: at Belding, Michigan
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

 

He also earned Croix de Guerre w/palm, No. 12.335 "D," 15 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “The progression of his company having been stopped by an enemy machine gun he picked up a rifle and bayonet and turned the enemy position. He killed the three enemy gunners.”; promoted to 1st Sgt. at some point; WIA, gassed, 29 Aug. '18; married Maria V. Perrin, father of at least 1; also served during WWII; re-enlisted in Mich. NG at some point and was Pfc. in Svc. Co., 126TH Inf., at Grand Rapids, MI, when mobilized on 15 Oct. '40; SN 20633771; son, Dougald, Jr., served in USMC in Korea.

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86.      

Finley, Archie J.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company K, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 9 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Archie J. Finley (ASN: 263447), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company K, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, France, 9 October 1918. In the fighting near Gesnes, Corporal Finley's platoon became isolated in a position far in advance of the rest of his company. In order to obtain liaison, Corporal Finley twice voluntarily carried messages from his platoon to the remainder of the company. In order to do this, it was necessary to cross two stretches which were entirely open to the enemy's fire. In spite of this, Corporal Finley carried out his mission successfully and completed plans for the withdrawal of the platoon that night. During the withdrawal of the platoon, Corporal Finley repeatedly returned to search for wounded men, whom he carried on his back to a place of safety.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 78 (1919)
Born: at Marquette, Michigan
Hometown: Winters, Michigan

 

He also earned Div. Citation.

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87.      

Fleming, Thomas W.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company G, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 14 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Thomas W. Fleming (ASN: 263515), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company G, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Romagne and Bantheville, France, 14 October 1918. When the advance was held up by fire from an enemy machine gun, Corporal Fleming, with utter disregard of personal danger, rushed out alone in the face of terrific machine-gun and shell fire, attacked the machine-gun nest, killing the gunner, capturing the four remaining members of the crew and bringing them back to our lines.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 98 (1919)
Born: 1895 at Merrill, Michigan
Hometown: Merrill, Michigan

Death: 1969

Interred: Saint Patrick Cemetery, Michigan

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88.      

Foley, Harry J.

Private, U.S. Army
Company E, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Harry J. Foley (ASN: 262279), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company E, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, 31 July 1918. After he had been wounded in both arms Private Foley collected ammunition from the dead and wounded who were lying on the battle field, and carried it under fire to his comrades on the firing line.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 132 (1918)
Born: at Detroit, Michigan
Hometown: Waterford, Michigan

 

He also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star, Order No. 12.334 "D," 15 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “At a critical moment when the ammunition was lacking on a part of the line he gathered ammunition from the dead and the wounded so that his comrades might continue their fire. Wounded in both arms, he refused to abandon his task which he had voluntarily assumed and continued until the order came to withdraw.”

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89.      

Follis, Charles E.

Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army
125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Captain (Infantry), [then First Lieutenant] Charles Follis, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Sergy, France, 31 July 1918. After the capture of Hill 212, near Sergy, Captain Follis personally directed the consolidation of the position. He continually exposed himself to sweeping machine-gun fire while looking after the care and evacuation of all wounded men on the field, personally making sure that all were taken to the Aid Station.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)
Born: 6 Oct. '79 at Kilsythe, Derby, Grey, Ontario, Canada
Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Death: 14 February 1928

Interred:

 

He graduated Sault Ste. Marie H. S.; served with 34TH Mich. Volunteers during Spanish-American War; 2d Lt. in Co. M, 33D Mich. Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Sault Ste. Marie when mobilized 15 Jul. '17; the Citizens Military Training Camp held at Ft. Brady in '30 was named Camp Charles E. Follis in his honor and several streets were named in honor of other local WWI servicemen, including 1 named in honor of Sgt. William A. Beloungea, Co. M, 125TH Inf., KIA 8 Oct. '18.

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90.      

Foureman, Roy Bireley

Second Lieutenant (Artillery), U.S. Army
308TH Trench Mortar Battery, attached to 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 23 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Second Lieutenant (Field Artillery) Roy B. Foureman, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 308th Trench Mortar Battery, 158th Field Artillery Brigade, 83d Division, A.E.F., near Brabant sur Meuse, France, 23 October 1918. During the offensive action in Boissois Bois the four trench mortars operated by Lieutenant Foureman's platoon were put out of action. Under an enemy barrage Lieutenant Foureman went from gun to gun, encouraging his men to continued effort until his last gun was out of action, when he turned his attention to assisting the wounded.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 21 (1919)
Born: 
9 May '95 at Franklin Township, Darke County, Ohio or Greenville, Ohio
Hometown:
Greenville, Ohio

Death: February 1985

 

Son of Lazarus and Elizabeth 'Bessie' (Bireley) Foureman, mother NoK, R. F. D. 7, Greenville, OH; attended Miami U. ca. '14; attended Ohio U. ca. '16; public school teacher ca. '15; he, brother Howard L., and Delton B. Sergent rode motorcycles from OH to San Francisco during summer of '15, they took a tent and intended to sleep “wherever darkness catches them” along the way; completed First Officers' Training Camp at Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN, 15 May-15 Aug. '17, assigned to 3D Btry.; commissioned 2d Lt.; assigned to 324TH FA Regt., 83D Div.; trained at Camp Sherman, OH; transferred to 308TH Trench Mort. Btry.; landed overseas 13 Jun. '18; earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star, Order No. 13.039 "D," 22 Jan. '19, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “He displayed exemplary zeal and energy during the offensive operations in the Bossois Wood near Brabant-sur-Meuse on 23 Oct. '18. On the morning of the 23rd, he gave a splendid example of calmness and courage under the intense fire of machineguns and field artillery. The four trench mortars of his platoon were disabled, two of them had been blown to pieces. Under the enemy barrage he went from piece to piece in his platoon, inspiring his men by his bravery and encouraging them to continual efforts until the last pieces were put out of action. He then occupied himself in the care of the wounded.”; returned to U.S. 5 Jul. '19; discharged 10 Jul. '19; married Cleo W., father of at least 1; graduated Ohio State U. in '22; resided at Columbus, OH at 1940 census; re-entered service in Army and/or Reserve; Capt. assigned to Fort Thomas, KY ca. Sep. '41; Maj. at Ft. Devens ca. '48; retired from Army Reserve as Lt. Col. on 31 May '55.

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91.      

Fowle, John G.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Sanitary Detachment, 126TH Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant John G. Fowle (ASN: 180803), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Sanitary Detachment, 126th Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, France, 31 August 1918. Under harassing machine-gun fire, and in plain view of the enemy, Sergeant Fowle voluntarily went forward a distance of 150 yards to dress the wounds of an officer. He returned for assistance after which he removed the officer to a place of safety.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)
Born: at Traverse City, Michigan
Hometown: Traverse City, Michigan

 

He also earned Div. Citation.

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92.      

Fox, Frank I.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 120TH Field Artillery Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 4 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Frank I. Fox (ASN: 2302048), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 120th Field Artillery, 32d Division, A.E.F., at St. Gilles, near Fismes, France, 4 August 1918. Corporal Fox, with other soldiers, made frequent trips to maintain telephone communication between battalion and regimental headquarters during a destructive bombardment. All other lines had been destroyed, arid as this line was used by both Infantry and Artillery for communication with the rear, it was of utmost importance that it be maintained.”  B
rothers, Cpl. Floyd W. and Pvt. Lee O. Prescott served in the same unit and earned the DSC for their actions that day as well.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 139 (1918)
Born: at Centerville, Iowa
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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93.      

Freeman, Robert L.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 7 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Robert L. Freeman (ASN: 75083), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company F, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, France, 7 October 1918. One of four survivors of a platoon of 41 who attacked Hill 269, Sergeant Freeman, with the three others, continued on their mission and held the hill for some time without hope of reinforcements.”  Sgt. Freeman was a member of a 41-man platoon led by 1st Lt. Edmund P. Arpin that charged up Hill 269 that day.  They suffered heavy casualties along the way and they seized the objective, but only 4 of them made it to the top (1st Lt. Edmund P. Arpin, Sgt. James B. Voliva, Cpl. Clare A. McCullough).  The follow-on forces could not be deployed because they were caught in artillery barrage, so the four of them had to give up the hill when the Germans began efforts to take it back.  On the way back down they only found 2 survivors from the 37 Soldiers who fell on the way up (1 of the survivors was Cpl. Regan).
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 47, 1921
Born: 23 April 1893 at North Yakima, Washington
Hometown: North Yakima, Washington

Death: 20 November 1962

Interred: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California

 

He enlisted in Co. C, 2D Wash. Inf., Washington National Guard, at Yakima, WA; was Pvt. in that unit during Mexican Border Crisis; assigned to Co. A, 161ST Inf. when 41ST Div. was organized; transferred to Co. F, 128TH Inf.; WIA at some point; earned Purple Heart; received his DSC on 11 Aug. '21; married Peggy M., father of at least 2; attended Seattle Watchmaking School ca. '22; went to work at Burnett Bros. jewelry store at Chehalis, WA ca. May '23; worked as watchmaker at San Rafael, CA ca. 9 Jan. '51 when he received his Purple Heart.

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94.      

*Frierson, Meade, Jr.

Captain (Cavalry), U.S. Army
Company M, 125TH Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Cavalry) Meade Frierson, Jr., United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 125th Infantry (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F., near Sergy, France, 31 July 1918. Captain Frierson was continually at the head of his company in the attack on Hill 212, near Sergy, and was constantly exposed to the terrific enemy fire while leading his men forward. After the objective had been gained and the men had dug in on the crest of the hill, he remained on watch the entire night, constantly patrolling his company sector under the heavy rifle, machine-gun, and artillery fire from the enemy's lines. He was later killed while on a hazardous reconnaissance in the vicinity of Juvigny, France.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)
Born: 30, or 29, January 1895 at Columbia, Tennessee
Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee

Death: 29 August 1918 near Juvigny, France

Interred: Rose Hill Cemetery, Columbia, Tennessee

Status: KIA

 

He attended Columbia Military Academy; graduated Vanderbilt U. ca. '15; instructor in English at U. of Okla. ca. '16; attended Fed. Military Training Camp at Plattsburg, NY in '16; assigned to 15TH Cav., succeeded Capt. John H. Steck as cdr. of Co. M, 125TH Inf.; brother William C. was 2d Lt. in 114TH FA in WWI, later Maj. in Military Intelligence in WWII.

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95.      

Fuller, Lonzo L.

Private, U.S. Army
Company H, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 September 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Lonzo L. Fuller (ASN: 263176), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company H, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, north of Soissons, France, 1 September 1918. During an attack on a strong enemy position, in the face of heavy fire from artillery and machine guns, Private Fuller, a runner, worked unceasingly throughout the attack in maintaining lateral liaison between units. The entire route which he was obliged to travel was exposed to heavy fire from the enemy, and on one of his trips he succeeded in locating a machine-gun nest which had been inflicting heavy losses on our troops. Returning through a rain of bullets, he reported the exact position of the emplacement, which enabled the artillery to demolish it.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 20 (1919)
Born: at Midland, Michigan
Hometown: Lansing, Michigan

 

He also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star, Order No. 13.069 "D," 23 Jan. '19, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “On September 1, 1918, near Juvigny he kept up the liaison with the neighboring units under a violent fire of artillery and machine guns. He fulfilled his mission in spite of the danger and also located the emplacement of a nest of enemy machine guns which were inflicting heavy losses among our troops. He gave an accurate account of the emplacement of the machine gun, thus permitting our artillery to demolish it.”

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96.      

Galoff, Frederick Wilhelm (William) Ferdinand ‘Fred’

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 5 - 11 November 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Fred Galoff (ASN: 284404), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company H, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., in the vicinity of Breheville and Ecurey, northwest of Verdun, France, November 5 - 11, 1918. Sergeant Galoff displayed remarkable leadership and courage in keeping the men together and calm under the terrific enemy artillery and machine-gun fire during the attack on 10 November 1918. Although gassed and exhausted, he refused to go to the rear for medical treatment and remained with the company, assisting in giving first aid to the wounded and arranging for their evacuation, disregarding personal danger and displaying a fine spirit of sacrifice.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 3 (1922)
Born: 22 January 1894 at Menomonie or Weston, Wisconsin
Hometown: Elmwood, Wisconsin

Death: 8 October 1962 at Elmwood, Wisconsin

Interred: Spring Lake Public Cemetery, Spring Valley, Wisconsin, or Spring Lake Lutheran Cemetery, Elmwood, Wisconsin

 

WIA, listed on 28 Oct. '18 casualty list; also earned Purple Heart and Div. Citation; married Mary H. Herpst, father of at least 3; resided at Spring Lake, Pierce Co., WI at 1940 census; son Frederick F. served in AAF during WWII.

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97.      

Gariepy, Theodore T.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company C, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Theodore T. Gariepy (ASN: 261847), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company C, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., east of Bois-des-Grimpettes, near Cierges, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, 1 August 1918. When two companies of another organization deployed in a field a violent artillery fire was directed on them, necessitating their moving into an adjoining wood, leaving their dead and wounded on the field. Corporal Gariepy, with a party of five men, left the woods and directed the work of carrying the wounded to a safe spot, where they could be given medical attention. He directed this work under heavy fire and with an utter disregard for his own life.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 132 (1918)
Born: at Oscoda, Michigan
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

 

NoK Roy C. Gariepy, brother, 348 Allendale Ave., Detroit, MI; also earned Croix de Guerre w/bronze star, under No. 12.372 "D," 16 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “On August 1, 1918, near Cierges, seeing a great number of wounded exposed on open ground, he directed their evacuation to a sheltered spot. He displayed the greatest coolness and an absolute indifference to danger.”; member of Charles A. Learned Post of American Legion at Detroit, MI.

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98.      

Gaston, Paul J.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Sanitary Detachment, 121ST Machine-Gun Battalion (Attached), 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Paul J. Gaston (ASN: 17428), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Sanitary Detachment, 121st Machine-Gun Battalion (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F., in front of Bellevue Farm, near Cierges, France, 1 August 1918. During the attack on Bellevue Farm Sergeant Gaston worked energetically throughout the engagement which continued from 2 to 10 p. m., to give first aid to the wounded and to carry them to the dressing station. He was under fire of snipers continuously and frequently went into shell and machine-gun fire to administer to wounded soldiers. His calmness and courage was a source of inspiration to the combat troops.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 124 (1918)
Born: 1886 at Lexington, Kentucky
Hometown: Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Death: 1952

Interred: Greenwood Cemetery, Brookings, South Dakota

 

NoK Howard L. Gaston, Dysart, IA; also earned Croix de Guerre; promoted to 1st Sgt.; married Fern Lucille Weigle; moved to SD ca. '36.

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99.      

Genicke, Raymond Joseph

Private, U.S. Army
Company H, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 29 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Raymond Genicke (ASN: 280280), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company H, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, France, 29 August 1918. Private Genicke accompanied an officer in advancing ahead of the first wave under intense machine-gun and shell fire to within a few feet of an enemy trench and captured 75 prisoners. He then entered this trench and took ten more of the enemy.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 32 (1919)
Born: circa 1895 at Detroit, Michigan
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

 

NoK Mrs. Anna (Martelle or Martiele) Genicke, wife, 499 3rd Ave. or 957 Kirby Ave. E., Detroit, MI; wife spent some time at 458 Granville St., Newark, OH (her hometown), while he was overseas; worked for Western Electric at Detroit, MI; Michigan National Guard; served during Mexican Border Crisis; assigned to Co. G, 126TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; transferred to Co. H, 128TH Inf.; also earned Croix de Guerre w/bronze star for providing aid to wounded comrades; also earned Italian Croce di Guerra; WIA, listed on 25 Nov. '18 casualty list.

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100.   

Glomski, Frank

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Scout Platoon, 2D Battalion, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Frank Glomski (ASN: 273939), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Scout Platoon, 2d Battalion, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Terny-Sorny, north of Soissons, France, 31 August 1918. When the advance of his battalion was halted by heavy machine-gun fire he went forward alone, advancing from one shell hole to another, under the heavy fire mentioned, and located the exact positions of enemy machine-gun emplacements. Wounded while accomplishing this dangerous mission, he nevertheless attempted to deliver his information to battalion headquarters. Again wounded while endeavoring to reach the post of command, he gave detailed information to another soldier, who reported it to the battalion commander.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 128, 1928
Born: 26 April 1890 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Death: 27 October 1965

Interred at Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

 

He enlisted in Co. E, 3D Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Eau Claire, WI on 2 Apr. '17; assigned to Co. E, 127TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; transferred to Sct. Plt., 2D Bn., 127TH Inf.; also earned Croix de Guerre, Purple Heart; brother Cpl. Julius M., WNG, also served in Co. E, thrice WIA; sister Mary served as Red Cross nurse; married Grace E. Jones, father of Leona M.; worked as mailman for 30 years, retired in '53; member of DAV, Catholic War Veterans, American Legion, Moose Lodge, Eagles, and Knights of Columbus, charter member of Post No. 305 of VFW at Eau Claire, WI; passed away 27 Oct. '65; interred at Saint Patrick's Cemetery, Eau Claire, WI.

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101.   

Goodman, Lionel

Private, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 11 – 13 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Lionel Goodman (ASN: 264361), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Headquarters Company, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Verdun, France, 11 - 13 October 1918. Private Goodman, runner for the Third Battalion, 125th Infantry, during the taking and holding of the line near La Tuilerie Ferme, was engaged in carrying important messages, crossing and re-crossing death valley between Hill 258 and La Cote Dame Marie, the foremost part of the line held by the Third Battalion. The valley was swept by machine-gun fire, the terrain affording absolutely no protection, requiring a perilous dash of 500 yards across open ground before any cover was reached. It was only by display of supreme courage that important messages reached the battalion.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 13 (1919)
Born: at Advance, Michigan
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

 

He also earned Italian Croce di Guerra, awarded by Chief of Staff, Italian Army, 11 Apr. '19.

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102.   

Gottschalk, Frank L.

First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army
Company G, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 3 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Frank L. Gottschalk, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near St. Gilles, France, 3 August 1918. After being severely wounded while leading an attack on a machine-gun nest, Lieutenant Gottschalk continued to lead his platoon in the face of severe machine-gun fire, remaining on duty all night, until reaching the final objective.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 44 (1919)
Born: circa 1889 at Wausau, Wisconsin
Hometown: Marathon City, Wisconsin

Death: 24 July 1941

Interred: Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau, Wisconsin

 

Married; member of Knights of Columbus, Wausau Council No. 1069; enlisted in Co. G, 3D Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Wausau, WI; Sgt. ca. '13; was 1st Sgt. of the unit during Mexican Border Crisis; assigned to Co. G, 128TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; also earned Croix de Guerre; assumed cmd. of 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf., as 1st Lt., on 14 Oct. '18, succeeded Capt. A. R. Langholff after he was WIA, Langholff had succeeded Maj. Charles L. Sheridan earlier in the day after the Maj. was WIA by a sniper; served in post-war WNG; Maj. and cdr. of 2D Bn., 128TH Inf. at Wausau, WI when it received federal recognition 1 Apr. '21 during post-war reorganization of 32D Div.; assigned cdr. of 1ST Bn., 128TH Inf. at Hudson, WI ca. '24.

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103.   

Griswold, Ava H.

First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 9 - 12 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to First Sergeant Ava H. Griswold (ASN: 2309699), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company C, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Romagne, France, 9 - 12 October 1918. First Sergeant Griswold displayed initiative and marked personal bravery in voluntarily organizing the leading patrols under heavy fire beyond the front lines of his company. He thus obtained valuable information, his activity providing against surprise attacks by the enemy at a critical period. When he could not obtain volunteers for patrols, he did not hesitate to go on dangerous reconnaissance missions by himself.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 71 (1919)
Born: 2 July 1892 at Leoda, Illinois
Hometown: Paxton, Illinois

Death: 6 May 1957

Interred at Pine Hill Cemetery, Cheboygan, Michigan

 

NoK Mrs. Anna H. Griswold, 324 W. Pine St., Paxton, IL; entered service from MI; married Margaret, father of at least 4; resided at 93 Tolovan Rd., Town of Beaugrand, Cheboygan Co., MI at 1940 census.

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104.   

*Hammond, Charles A.

First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army
Company L, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Charles A. Hammond, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company L, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Sergy, France, 31 July 1918. Advancing up and beyond Hill No. 212, First Lieutenant Hammond was shot through the arm, yet he refused to go to the rear, even for first-aid treatment, but continued to assault with his platoon until he received two more wounds from the last of which he died.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 117 (1918)
Born: 11 January 1887 at Port Huron, Michigan
Hometown: Port Huron, Michigan

Death: 31 July 1918

Interred: Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron, Michigan

Status: KIA

 

He enlisted in '10; lieut. in Co. C, 33D Mich. Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Port Huron, MI by '15, he was capt. of unit's marksmanship team at that time, they won '15-'16 championship; also earned Croix de Guerre w/guilt star for his actions 31 Jul. ’18 near Sergy; namesake of Charles A. Hammond Post No. 8 of American Legion at Port Huron, MI.

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105.   

Hanson, Walter R.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 128TH Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 7 - 8 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Walter R. Hanson (ASN: 303179), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Medical Detachment, 128th Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, France, 7 - 8 October 1918. When his battalion was forced to withdraw three times successively within forty-eight hours, Private Hanson each time went out in front of the line under intense machine-gun and shell fire, and rescued wounded men.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 81 (1919)
Born: 1896 at La Crosse, Wisconsin
Hometown: La Crosse, Wisconsin

Death: 1988

Interred: Oak Grove Cemetery, La Crosse, Wisconsin

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106.   

*Harding, Stacy L.

Second Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army
120TH Field Artillery Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 26 September to 11 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant (Field Artillery) Stacy L. Harding, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 120th Field Artillery, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Malancourt, and Nantillois, France, 26 September to 11 October 1918. On duty as artillery information officer, Lieutenant Harding displayed the utmost courage, fortitude and devotion to duty in maintaining liaison between the infantry and artillery, going repeatedly to the front line and carrying messages for both infantry and artillery commanders. In seeking the location of an infantry company, under heavy machine-gun and artillery fire, Lieutenant Harding searched woods on the Cote Dame Marie, as far as the enemy's wire, where he was killed by machine-gun fire.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 66 (May 21, 1919)
Born: 20 September 1892 at Waltham, Massachusetts
Hometown: Antioch, California

Death: 11 October 1918

Interred: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

His grandfather, J. R. Coates, was Civil War veteran, credited with organizing Co. A, 15TH Maine Inf., started as Sgt., finished the war as Col.; graduated U. of Calif. in '15, economics; worked as clerk at Commercial Bank of Santa Barbara and resided at Rockwood, Mission Canyon, Santa Barbara, CA ca. '16-'17; assigned to 347TH FA Regt., 91ST Div. (1 reference states he was assigned to Co. H, 83D Inf.); transferred to Btry. B, 120TH FA Regt.; survived Tuscania; KIA 11 Oct. '18, his runner, Pvt. Albert Quillen, was WIA while on liaison duty with 127TH Inf.; the event may have occurred 10 Oct., “Lieut. Stacy L. Harding, "B" Battery and Private Quillen, Hqrs. Co. who have been on liaison duty with 127th Inf. are missing. Relief sent to take their places on 10th, reports they cannot be found.”; on 15 Oct. HQ speculated they may have been captured by Germans; on 19 Oct. HQ learned that Lt. Harding had been KIA 11 Oct. near Cote Dame Marie and buried by 128TH Inf. Chaplain, no information about Pvt. Quillen.

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107.   

*Harris, Clifford O.

Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army
Company G, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 September 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Clifford O. Harris, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, France, 1 September 1918. When the advance of his platoon was halted by the effective fire of an enemy machine-gun nest, Lieutenant Harris with two others rushed out before the front line to attack the enemy position. While in the accomplishment of this heroic act and when within the enemy's lines he was killed.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 11 (1921)
Born: circa 1895 at Vancouver, Washington
Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Death: 1 September 1918

Interred: Oise-Aisne American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He graduated Portland’s Mt. Tabor School in '10; attended Oreg. State U.; enlisted in Oregon National Guard in '13; served during Mexican Border Crisis; transferred to Co. G, 128TH Inf. Regt.

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108.   

Hartman, William Albert

Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army
Company F, 107TH Engineer Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 4 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant First Class William A. Hartman (ASN: 257825), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company F, 107th Engineers, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Fismes, France, 4 August 1918. Sergeant First Class Hartman was a member of a patrol sent out from the battalion post of command at midnight, to reconnoiter the Vesle River front, near Fismes, France, for the location of possible sites for pontoon bridges and of material for making structures. Despite heavy artillery and machine-gun fire that forced the patrol to scatter and separated him from the Lieutenant in charge, he continued the work on his own initiative, and, acting entirely without orders, started his detail on the actual construction of rafts for the pontoon bridges. His courage, ability as a leader, and his inflexible determination made the reconnaissance a complete success.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 99 (1918)
Born: 9 August 1895 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Death: 6 November 1982

Interred: Arlington National Cemetery

 

He worked as farm hand for  H. Schelleffer at Mayville, WI; enlisted in Wisconsin National Guard at Milwaukee, WI on 18 May '17, likely 1ST Wis. Engr. Bn.; assigned to Co. F, 107TH Engr. Regt. when 32D Div. was organized; Alsace, Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, Meuse-Argonne, Army of Occupation; also earned Croix de Guerre w/palm, awarded 15 Dec. '18; discharged 29 May '19; graduated U. of Wis., College of Agriculture, in '23; also served during WWII; service included Army of Occupation in Italy and Japan; recommended for Legion of Merit; “decorated by Crown of Italy with Italy's highest military award for his “driving force” in restoring agriculture”; attained rank of Lt. Col.; married Margaret Muscheid; resided at Red Arrow Ranch, R. F. D. No. 1, Box 188, Lilburn, GA ca. '48; worked for US Dept. of Agriculture at Atlanta, GA ca. '48.

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109.   

*Hawks, Emery M.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company E, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 8 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Emery Hawks (ASN: 262185), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company E, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Romagne, France, 8 October 1918. Sergeant Hawks led his platoon after his Lieutenant had been killed and when the advance was held up by intense machine-gun fire, fearlessly exposed himself in going in advance of his men to rescue a wounded soldier, being killed while administering first-aid treatment to him.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 71 (1919)
Born: at Whittemore, Michigan
Hometown: Flint, Michigan

Death: 8 (9) October 1918

Interred:

Status: KIA

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Heikkinen, John

Private, U.S. Army
Company G, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July - 3 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private John Heikkinen (ASN: 2306006), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company G, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Courmont and St. Martin, France, 31 July to 3 August 1918. Throughout the battle to force passage of the Ourcq River and capture the heights beyond, Private Heikkinen, a stretcher bearer, worked day and night, evacuating wounded under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire. On August 3 under violent shell fire opposite Mont St. Martin he made repeated trips between the firing line and the dressing station until wounded.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 21 (1919)
Born: 4 May 1889 at Calumet or Boston, Michigan
Hometown: Atlantic Mine or Houghton, Michigan

Death: 7 January 1946 at Atlantic Mine, Michigan

Interred: Atlantic Mine Cemetery, Atlantic Mine, Michigan

 

He also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star, Order No. 12.331 "D," 15 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “On [August 3], 1918, near Cierges, he transported the wounded under an intense and continuous fire of machine guns and artillery, returning several times to the front line. He particularly distinguished himself during the engagement near Mont St. Martin.”; married Mamie, father of at least 3.

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111.   

Helmore, Joseph F.

Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Joseph F. Helmore (ASN: 683290), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, 31 July 1918. Through heavy machine-gun fire and artillery barrage fire, Private Helmore, with another man, dragged a wounded comrade from within one hundred feet of the enemy lines to his own lines, a distance of 150 yards.”  The other Soldier was Cpl. William A. Beloungea, also from Co. M, also earned DSC, later KIA on 8 Oct. ’18.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 87 (1919)
Born: circa 1899 at Corunna, Michigan
Hometown: Elsie, Michigan

 

NoK Edmund K. Coopermall, friend, Oakley, MI.

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112.   

Henry, Raymond D. ‘Ray’

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company E, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Ray Henry (ASN: 262192), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company E, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, south of Fismes, France, 31 July 1918. In the advance up the hill of Les Jumbles Woods, in the face of a heavy machine-gun and artillery barrage, he was wounded in the shoulder, but he nevertheless continued to advance. Being unable to use his rifle, he threw it down, drew his pistol, and led his platoon forward until he received six more bullet wounds.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 20 (1919)
Born: at Flint, Michigan
Hometown: Flint, Michigan

 

He also earned French Medaille Militaire, by Presidential Decree of 5 May '19; also earned Croix de Guerre w/palm, Order No. 16.046 "D," 13 Apr. '19, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “An admirably courageous soldier who, advancing against a violent barrage of machine guns and artillery, was wounded in the shoulder but continued nevertheless to move to the front. Not being able to use his rifle he threw it away and drew his revolver and led his men forward until he received six other wounds.”

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113.   

Heritier, Arthur J.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company I, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Arthur Heritier (ASN: 263210), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company I, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., on Hill No. 212, near Cierges, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, 31 July 1918. After one man had been killed and two others wounded in attempting to render first aid to a lieutenant who lay mortally wounded in an area that was subjected to fire from enemy machine guns and snipers, Private first Class Heritier successfully reached the lieutenant and gave him first aid, risking his own life in doing so.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 117 (1918)
Born: 1894 at Linwood, Michigan
Hometown: Linwood, Michigan

Death: 20 Feb. '73 at Flint, Michigan

Interred: Saint Anne Catholic Cemetery, Linwood, Michigan

 

He also earned Croix de Guerre w/palm, Order No. 12.335 "D," 15 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “He risked his life to rescue a seriously wounded officer after two other comrades had been killed.”; married Anna M. Blondin at Linwood, MI on 25 Jun. '19, father of at least 2; resided at Pinconning, MI at 1940 census.

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114.   

*Hill, Henry Root

Major (Infantry), U.S. Army
2D Battalion, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 16 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Major (Infantry) Henry R. Hill, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France, 16 October 1918. With absolute disregard for his personal safety, Major Hill led his battalion over the top personally reached the objective, and cleaned out enemy machine-gun nests. When a group of enemy machine gunners were about to open fire on his flank, Major Hill noticed them, and, armed only with a captured pistol, he immediately went forward to engage them. Taken by surprise, three of the crew surrendered, but one, remaining in the pit, turned the machine gun on him; and as Major Hill’s pistol failed to work he was instantly killed by the machine-gun fire.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 35 (1919)
Born: 20 June 1876 at Quincy, Illinois
Hometown: Quincy, Illinois

Death: 16 October 1918

Interred: Woodland Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois

Status: KIA

 

He owned and managed F. T. Hill Co., a carpet and furniture store started by his father, at Quincy, IL; enlisted as Pvt. in Co. F, 5TH (4TH) Ill. Inf., Illinois National Guard, at Quincy, IL in '94; 1st Sgt. of Co. F when mobilized for Spanish-American War in '98, unit did not deploy overseas; commissioned 2d Lt. 26 May '99; promoted Capt. 18 Aug. '02; Lt. Col. 12 Nov. '08; Brig. Gen. 2 Dec. '14 at age 38, one of the youngest to hold that rank; assigned cdr. of 2D Ill. Bde.; served during Mexican Border Crisis, cdr. of 2D Bde., 12TH Provisional Div., Camp Wilson, TX; assumed cmd. of 65TH Inf. Bde. when 33D Div. was organized at Camp Logan, TX; sailed for France with 33D Div. 1 May '18; relieved as cdr. of 65TH Inf. Bde. by Maj. Gen. George Bell, Jr., div. cdr., on 13 Jul. '18 “under circumstances so abasing and trivial that their very triviality suggests premeditated spite”; he had been given the choice of returning to the U.S. and being separated as a Brig. Gen. or be assigned a Col. billet in the SOS; he turned down the former outright and is said to have responded to the later stating he “would rather serve as a private soldier in the front lines than as a colonel in the rear”; he accepted a commission as Maj. on 29 Aug. '18 and was assigned as cdr. of 2D Bn., 128TH Inf.; KIA 16 Oct. '18 by machinegun fire while leading his unit near Romagne-sous-Montfaucon; namesake of the Henry Root Hill Memorial Hospital at the Ill. Soldiers and Sailors Home at Quincy, IL; a memorial fountain in Quincy, IL was dedicated in his honor; namesake of Henry R. Hill Post of American Legion at Quincy, IL.

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115.   

*Hix, James C.

Private, U.S. Army
Company F, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 30 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private James C. Hix (ASN: 274210), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company F, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Ronchères, France, 30 July 1918. With another soldier, Private Hix volunteered to go out in advance of our lines to rescue wounded soldiers who had been left there when the company withdrew. Under heavy fire, they made two trips, bringing back wounded men. Private Hix was wounded by machine-gun fire, when he went out for the third time.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 66 (May 21, 1919)
Born: 1894 at Knoxville, Tennessee
Hometown: Beloit, Wisconsin

Death: 7 October 1918

Interred: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

Status: KIA

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116.   

Holloway, Horace L.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
308TH Trench Mortar Battery, attached to 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 23 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Horace L. Holloway (ASN: 1956210), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 308th Trench Mortar Battery, 158th Field Artillery Brigade, 83d Division, A.E.F., near Brabant-sur-Meuse, France, 23 October 1918. During an offensive action in Bossois Bois Sergeant Holloway remained at his post under the most hazardous circumstances. In the open, under fire of machine guns and 77s, he kept his mortar going for 57 minutes, firing 230 bombs. Repeatedly knocked down by concussion of exploding shells, he only ceased firing when exhausted.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 37 (1919)
Born: Richmond, Virginia
Hometown:
Richmond, Virginia

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Holmes, Charles

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company B, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 14 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Charles Holmes (ASN: 3132516), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company B, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, France, 14 October 1918. Private Holmes carried to safety a wounded officer, passing over a path blocked by two barbed-wire obstacles, and enfiladed by enemy machine-gun fire. After successfully accomplishing this perilous mission, Private Holmes succeeded in working his way back to his company over the same route, in the face of heavy fire.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 66 (May 21, 1919)
Born: at Oakland, California
Hometown: Potter Valley, California

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Holmes, Frank Doyle

Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Frank D. Holmes (ASN: 2312486), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company C, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, 1 August 1918. After he had seen two runners wounded in attempting to get through, Private Holmes voluntarily undertook the mission. He crossed an open field about 500 meters wide, thence through the town of Cierges, constantly under direct enemy observation and subjected to withering fire, and, after delivering his message, he returned over the same route. Called upon to guide a company to a new position, he led them up in groups to avoid losses, making several trips through the murderous fire.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)
Born: 25 December 1893 at Chicago, Illinois
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Death: 21 March 1968

 

He entered service 21 Sep. '17; promoted to Cpl.; discharged 23 May '19.

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119.   

Holt, Frank Maurice

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Battery A, 120TH Field Artillery Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 4 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Frank Maurice Holt (ASN: 2302277), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Battery A, 120th Field Artillery, 32d Division, A.E.F., near St. Gilles, south of Fismes, France, 4 August 1918. When the men of his battery position had been ordered to shelter on account of enemy shelling, Sergeant Holt, in company with two other men, rescued a French soldier from drowning in a stream. This act was performed while the valley was filled with mustard gas.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 15 (1919)
Born: 31 July 1895 at Minneapolis, Minnesota
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

He graduated Milwaukee’s West Side H. S.; attended U. of Ill.; salesman for Holt Electric Manufacturing Co. (founded by his father as Holt Electric Co. at 423 W. Pierce St. in 1892) at Milwaukee, WI; enlisted in 1ST Wis. Cav., likely Trp. A, Wisconsin National Guard, at Milwaukee, WI on 7 Jul. '17; SN 2302277; assigned to Btry. A when 120TH FA Regt. was organized; also awarded Croix de Guerre; WIA 6 (5) Aug. '18 at La Petite Chezelle Farme, near St. Gilles; the chow wagon had just arrived when a shell exploded in the farm yard, seriously wounding him, killing Pfc. Harold E. Tanner and seriously wounding 2d Lt. Harold O. Little, 2d Lt. William G. Martin, Corp. Harry Kruegger, Cpl. Adolph C. Toupal, Cpl. Alfred F. Ethier (DW 17 Aug.), Mech. Frank P. Bohn, Pvt. Maurice F. Slaney (DW 6 Aug.), Pvt. Frank Kunkel (DW 21 Nov. '18), Pvt. Joseph Krzykwa, and others; earned wound chevron, HQ, 120TH FA Special Order No. 176, 16 Sep. '18; discharged 7 Apr. '19; assumed the helm of then Holt Electric Motor Co. in ‘33 after father passed away.

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120.   

Holzgrebe, William O.

Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 11 - 13 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private William Holzgrebe United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company K, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Verdun, France, 11 - 13 October 1918. Private Holzgrebe, runner of the 3d Battalion, 125th Infantry, during the taking and holding of the line near La Tuilerie Ferme, was engaged in carrying important messages, crossing and re-crossing death valley, between Hill 258 and La Cote Dame Marie, the foremost part of the line held by the 3d Battalion. The valley was swept by machine-gun fire, the terrain affording absolutely no protection, requiring a perilous dash of 500 yards over open ground before any cover was reached. It was only by display of supreme courage that important messages reached the battalion.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 140 (1918)
Born: 4 February 1898 at Escanaba, Michigan
Hometown: Escanaba, Michigan

Death: 1 November 1951

Interred: Lakeview Cemetery, Escanaba, Michigan

 

He also earned French Medaille Militaire, by Presidential Decree of 5 May '19; also earned Croix de Guerre w/palm, Order No. 16.044 "D," 13 Apr. '19, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “Private Holzgrebe, who was a runner of the 3d Battalion of the 125th Infantry, during the capture and occupation of the line near the Tuilerie Farm, received the orders to carry important messages back and forth through the LaMort Valley which was swept by the fire of machine guns. The ground offered absolutely no protection and required a perilous run of 500 meters over an open space before any shelter could be reached. It was only by this supreme courage that the messages were successfully delivered to the battalion.”; brother Clarence F. served with Co. M, 168TH Inf., 42D Div.; William resided at Racine, WI ca. '30, at 1940 census, and in '49; received his Croix de Guerre from Gen. Petain ca. 28 May '39.

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Hoover, Charles S.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
308TH Trench Mortar Battery, attached to 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 23 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Charles S. Hoover (ASN: 1956211), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 308th Trench Mortar Battery, 158th Field Artillery Brigade, 83d Division, A.E.F., near Brabant-sur-Meuse, France, 23 October 1918. Sergeant Hoover, during the offensive action in the Bossois Bois was in charge of two trench mortars. Wounded by shrapnel and knocked down by the explosion of bombs, he returned to the one mortar that was undamaged and continued to fire until it was put out of action.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 37 (1919)
Born: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Hometown:
Columbus, Ohio

 

He earned DSC for his actions 23 Oct. '18 near Brabant-sur-Meuse, continued to man the mortar after he was WIA by shrapnel; also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star.

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122.   

Hopkins, George A.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company G, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 14 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant George A. Hopkins (ASN: 280173), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company G, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, 14 October 1918. Although he had received a wound in the head Sergeant Hopkins returned to his platoon, which had been stopped by a machine gun one hundred yards away, and was suffering many casualties. Passing to the flank of the platoon, Sergeant Hopkins located the enemy gunner and shot him, taking the other two members of the crew prisoners. The platoon thereupon resumed its advance.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 66 (May 21, 1919)
Born: 30 April 1894 at Burlingame, Kansas
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan (Burlingame, Kansas)

Death: 6 November 1959

Interred: Burlingame City Cemetery, Burlingame, Kansas

 

He enlisted in Co. G, 31ST Mich. Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Detroit, MI; assigned to Co. G, 126TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; earned Purple Heart; discharged ca. May '19, he enlisted for 3 years in Regular Army that same day, signed up as machinist in motor repair division of Army aviation; after furlough he was scheduled to report at Boston, MA on 17 Jun. '19, his 1st permanent duty station was expected to be in CA; brother Carson W. served during Spanish-American War; married Josephine P. Bolton ca. Jul. '20, father of at least 3; son Col. James R. served as fighter pilot in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, earned AFC, DFC w/3 OLCs, Legion of Merit.

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Hurst, William E.

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company G, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 27 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class William E. Hurst (ASN: 280198), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company G, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, France, 27 August 1918. Upon being sent with a message under heavy machine-gun fire to a platoon commander, Private Hurst found the latter lying wounded. Unassisted, he carried the officer to a shell hole, bound up his wound, and returned to his company commander with important information.”  The wounded officer may have been 1st Lt. Severne S. MacLaughlin or 2d Lt. James M. Halley.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 66 (May 21, 1919)
Born: at Detroit, Michigan
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

 

Enlisted in Michigan National Guard; also earned Croix de Guerre w/bronze star, Order No. 14.383 "D," 15 Mar. '19, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “Sent with a message to his company commander who was wounded in front of the lines, he accomplished his mission and took care of his officer under an intense machine-gun fire.”; WIA 1 Oct. '18.

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124.   

Isaac, Joseph

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company M, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Joseph Isaac (ASN: 264039), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., northeast of Jaulgonne, near Sergy, France, 31 July 1918. Although wounded in the head, Private Isaac crawled from within 100 feet of the German line back to his own line, 150 yards distant, carrying a more severely wounded comrade on his back.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 117 (1918)
Born: 27 May or 16 May 1890 ('88, '91, '94) at Manistique, Michigan
Hometown: Manistique, Michigan

Death: 19 February 1949 at VA Hospital at Wood, Wisconsin at age 58 (60, 57, 54)

Interred: Saint Ignatius Catholic Cemetery, St. Ignace, Michigan

 

Native American; son of Bert and Margaret (Beshigishik) Isaac (Assiginack, Signak, Siganok); NoK Miss Margaret Isaac, sister, Box 165, Manistique, MI; also earned Croix de Guerre w/bronze star, Order No. 12.372 "D," 16 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “During the passage of the Ourcq near Sergy on July 31, 1918, although wounded, he displayed great courage in crawling into our lines carrying a wounded comrade on his back.”; earned Purple Heart w/OLC; married Adelia, father of at least 1; moved to St. Ignace, MI ca. '39; worked as carpenter.

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*Jacobson, William A.

Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 128TH Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 7 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private William A. Jacobson (ASN: 17461), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Medical Detachment, 128th Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, France, 7 October 1918. When his battalion was forced to retire under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, Private Jacobson went out in front of the line, administering first aid and bringing in the wounded who had been left lying in exposed positions. While so engaged he received two wounds, the second of which caused his death before he reached the aid station.”  Pvt. Jacobson and Pvt. Clarence J. McNulty were carrying a wounded Soldier when Pvt. Jacobson was WIA a 2nd time during the event.  Pvt. McNulty evacuated the 1st Soldier and went back for Pvt. Jacobson, but he died before they reached the aid station.
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 44 (1919)
Born: circa 1898 at Viroqua, Wisconsin
Hometown: Viroqua, Wisconsin

Death: 7 October 1918

Interred: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He enlisted in Wisconsin National Guard; namesake of William. A. Jacobson-Errett B. Olson Post No. 138 of American Legion at Viroqua, WI.

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126.   

Jarvi, Eino I.

Mechanic, U.S. Army
Company M, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 11 - 13 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Mechanic Eino I. Jarvi (ASN: 263965), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Verdun, France, 11 - 13 October 1918. Mechanic Jarvi, runner for the 3d Battalion, 125th Infantry, during the taking and holding of the line near La Tuilerie Ferme, was engaged in carrying important messages crossing and re-crossing death valley, between Hill 258 and La Cote Dame Marie, the foremost part of the line held by the 3d Battalion. The valley was swept by machine-gun fire, the terrain affording absolutely no protection, required a perilous dash of 500 yards across open ground before any cover was reached. It was only by display of supreme courage that important messages reached the battalion.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 13 (1919)
Born: at Finland
Hometown: Rudyard, Michigan

 

He enlisted in Co. M, 33D Mich. Inf., Mich. NG, at Ft. Brady, MI on 9 May '17; the unit was guarding ore docks at Marquette, MI at the time; assigned to Co. M, 125TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; departed Camp McArthur, TX on 18 Jan. '18; embarked on Martha Washington at Hoboken, NJ on 7 Feb. '18; landed at Brest on 24 Feb. '18; stationed at Talhausen, Germany with Army of Occupation, arrived there 15 Dec. 18; departed for Brest 21 Apr. '19; sailed for U.S. on 8 May '19; discharged at Camp Custer, MI on 28 May '19.

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*Jennart, Leon, Jr.

Bugler, U.S. Army
Battery E, 119TH Field Artillery, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 12 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Bugler Leon Jennart (ASN: 14229), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Battery E, 119th Field Artillery, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Badricourt, Alsace, 12 July 1918. As Bugler Jennart was returning from a reconnaissance with his battery commander, under heavy artillery fire, a shell struck between them, mortally wounding the officer and throwing Bugler Jennart from his horse, which was killed. Although he was himself seriously wounded, this soldier crawled across the road to the assistance of his captain, and, just before he reached the latter's side, was instantly killed by another bursting shell.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 66 (May 21, 1919)
Born: 1894 at Spring City, Pennsylvania

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Death: 12 July 1918

Interred: Vincent Mennonite Church Cemetery, Spring City, Pennsylvania

Status: KIA

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Jennings, Edgar A.

Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army
125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 31 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Lieutenant Edgar A. Jennings (ASN: 263921), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, 31 July 1918. Lieutenant Jennings displayed marked bravery during an attack by his company, and when liaison with adjoining units had been lost, volunteered repeatedly for dangerous missions, he being a sergeant at the time. He exposed himself in the open to enemy machine-gun fire to rescue wounded soldiers, and reorganized the company after heavy casualties had been sustained.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 71 (1919)
Born: 30 September 1890 at Pocahontas, Virginia
Hometown: Owosso, Michigan

Death: 26 November 1963

Interred: Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California

 

He worked as a brakeman on Ann Arbor Railroad at Owosso, MI; enlisted in Co. H, 33D Mich. Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Owosso, MI; was Pvt. in that unit during Mexican Border Crisis; earned Silver Star Citation for his actions 29 Jul. '18 near the Ourcq River; also earned Purple Heart, French Croix de Guerre and Belgian Croix de Guerre (Belgian War Cross).

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129.   

Jerabek, Jerry James

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company A, 121ST Machine-Gun Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 14 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Jerry J. Jerabek (ASN: 285897), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company A, 121st Machine-Gun Battalion, 32d Division, A.E.F., in Romagne Woods, France, 14 October 1918. Passing through heavy fire and through wire entanglements, he led his section to a position 500 meters in advance of the infantry, where he set up his guns and effectively covered the advance. He showed marked bravery and skill in leading his men, capturing 22 prisoners without sustaining a casualty.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 81 (1919)
Born: 8 February 1894 at Kewaunee, Wisconsin
Hometown: Algoma, Wisconsin

Death: 21 June 1982

Interred: Evergreen Cemetery, Algoma, Wisconsin

 

He enlisted in Co. F, 5TH Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Sturgeon Bay, WI on 15 Jul. '17; assigned to Co. A, 121ST MG Bn. when 32D Div. was organized; discharged at Camp Grant, IL on 22 May '19; worked at Citizens Bank of Algoma, WI ca. '21; married Gertrude Detjen in Apr. '22, father of at least 3.

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*Jerzakowski, Walter

First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company K, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 5 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Sergeant Walter Jerzakowski (ASN: 274802), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company K, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., between Fismes and Vesle River, France, 5 August 1918. After a temporary halt had been made by his organization to reorganize the line, and the advance was resumed, an attempt was made by the enemy to outflank the company. On the exposed flank, under heavy enemy shell fire, Sergeant Jerzakowski coolly and heroically organized such a defense that the enemy was unable to outflank his company which was able to reach its objective. Sergeant Jerzakowski was later killed in action on 5 October 1918.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 3 (1929)
Born: 23 February 1891 (1892) at Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Death: 5 (15) October 1918

Interred: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He enlisted in Wisconsin National Guard on 29 Jul. '11, likely Co. K, 1ST Wis. Inf. at Milwaukee, WI; served during Mexican Border Crisis.

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*Johnson, Melvin B.

Corporal, U.S. Army
Company M, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 19 (14) October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Melvin B. Johnson (ASN: 84054), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, France, [19 (14)] October 1918. When his battalion was held up after suffering heavy casualties from flanking machine-gun fire, Corporal Johnson went out alone with an automatic rifle, to a position 250 yards in advance of our lines, and, although subjected to intense fire from three directions, operated his gun and so neutralized the enemy fire while his battalion reformed. He was killed on this mission, undertaken on his own initiative.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 78 (1919)
Born: at Devils Lake, North Dakota
Hometown: Greve, Montana

Death: 19 (14) October 1918

Interred: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

Hometown at Clearbrook, MN, but resided at Greve, MT when he entered service; parents were presented his DSC 31 Jul. '19; namesake of Melvin B. Johnson Post No. 256 of American Legion at Clearbrook, MN.

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Johnson, Paul

Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 14 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Paul Johnson (ASN: 275289), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, France, 14 October 1918. When the battalion was held up by heavy machine-gun fire, he volunteered to go forward 250 yards and help in establishing a position to neutralize the enemy fire. Although wounded, he remained at his post for seven hours, under heavy fire till the enemy position was taken by assault.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 71 (1919)
Born: 20 December 1897 at Oconto, Wisconsin
Hometown: Oconto, Wisconsin

Death: 2 December 1988

Interred: Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto, Wisconsin

 

He enlisted in Co. M, 2D Wis. Inf., WNG, at Oconto, WI; assigned to Co. M, 127TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; married Matilda Mehltretter, father of at least 3.

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*Johnson, Richard D.

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company E, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 30 July 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Richard D. Johnson (ASN: 275890), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company E, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, 30 July 1918. Coming unexpectedly upon a German machine gun, Sergeant Johnson threw himself upon it as it started firing, being himself killed, but preventing any casualties among the members of his own platoon, the enemy gunners being made prisoners.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 74 (1919), Amended Supplement 1
Born: circa 1889 at Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Death: 30 July 1918

Interred: Oise-Aisne American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He enlisted in Co. E, 3D Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Eau Claire, WI; was musician in unit during Mexican Border Crisis; assigned to Co. E when 127TH Inf. was organized; Marne near Sergy.

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Johnson, Wilbur R.

Private, U.S. Army
Battery C, 119TH Field Artillery Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 9 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Wilbur Johnson (ASN: 297447), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Battery C, 119th Field Artillery, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Les Pres Farm, France, 9 August 1918. When an enemy shell burst at the rear of the gun pit, wounding him and all the members of the gun crew except the chief of the section, Private Johnson concealed the fact that he had received two severe wounds in the back, after he had assisted in removing his wounded comrades. He then resumed his duties and continued serving the piece for about ten minutes until he collapsed.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 98 (1919)
Born: 2 December 1897 at Parshallburg, Michigan
Hometown: Lansing, Michigan

Death: 11 November 1976 at Flint, Michigan

Interred: Oakwood Cemetery, Fenton, Michigan

 

Son of Alfred B. and Julia E. (Parshall) Johnson, mother NoK, Fenton (Trenton), MI; father served with Co. I, 5TH Mich. Inf. during Civil War; brother Evertte also served; married Bernice L. Campbell.

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Kain, Rancy Ray ‘Red’

Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 1 August 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Rancy R. Kain (ASN: 279193), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company C, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., in the woods north of Cierges, France, 1 August 1918. In an attack on the woods occupied by the enemy north of Cierges to clear out machine guns and snipers, Sergeant Kain was in charge of a platoon. Seeing two machine-gun nests and no officer being present to take command, he directed his platoon in such a manner as to silence the machine-guns, killing four of the enemy. He also silenced another machine-gun located in a tree, and personally brought down the operator.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 117 (1918)
Born: 12 February 1890 at Cecil, Ohio
Hometown: Watervliet, Michigan

Death: 16 October 1934

Interred: Reese Cemetery, Springfield, MI

 

NoK Mrs. Alice Ferguson, 2013 Luella St., Kalamazoo, MI; enlisted in Co. D, 32D Mich. Inf., Michigan National Guard, at Kalamazoo, MI on 21 Jul. '14; assigned to Co. C, 126TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; Alsace Sec., Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, Army of Occupation; also earned Croix de Guerre w/palm, Order No. 12.335 "D," 15 Dec. '18, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “All the officers of his unit having been disabled he took command of a platoon and led it to the assault of two machine guns, killing four enemy gunners. He silenced another machine gun displaying great courage and contempt for danger.”; also during Aisne-Marne, “gained fame in his company by standing erect in a hail of machine gun fire and dropping two Germans at 500 yards”; stationed at Gladbach, Germany with Army of Occupation; discharged at Camp Custer, MI on 23 May '19; married Blanche Morse 21 Sep. '19, father of at least 1; resided at Battle Creek, MI at 1930 census.

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Kaminski, Mike

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company I, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: 11 October 1918
Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Mike Kaminski (ASN: 2633818), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company I, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Romagne, France, 11 October 1918. Private Kaminski displayed exceptional courage in repeatedly crossing an area swept by machine-gun and shell fire to carry messages to battalion headquarters, after seeing many other soldiers killed or wounded in attempting the same mission. On one occasion he stopped in full view of the enemy to take a message from another runner, who had been wounded.”
General Orders: War Department, General Orders 64 (1919)
Born: at Detroit, Michigan
Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

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Karps, Tom D.

Private, U.S. Army

Company M, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.

Date of Action: 14 October 1918

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Tom D. Karps (ASN: 3137931), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Romagne, France, 14 October 1918. In an attack on Cote Dame Marie, the 126th Infantry was held up, owing to intense machine-gun fire and grenades. Private Karps volunteered as a member of a combat patrol which cut through the enemy lines, captured ten machine guns, killed and captured 15 of the enemy, and forced others to surrender. They cleared that part of the Cote Dame Marie of the enemy, enabling the regiment to continue their advance.”  The patrol was led by Capt. Edward B. Strom and the other members were Cpl. Albert S. Krzykwa, Cpl. Frank H. Raymond, Pfc. Frederick W. McClemens, Pvt. Charles L. Beck, Pvt. William A. Edsall, and Pvt. Albert R. F. Neitzel.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 1 (1937)

Born: 15 March 1888 at Kamenitsa, Greece

Hometown: McGill, Nevada

Death: 11 September 1967

Interred: Ely City Cemetery, Ely, Nevada

 

He resided at Minidoka Co., ID when he registered for draft; WIA; worked for Consolidated Coppermines Co., White Pines Co., NV ca. '20s-'30s; received his DSC ca. Oct. '36.

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*Keiser, Harry M.

First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army

Company H, 125TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.

Date of Action: 31 July 1918

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Harry M. Keiser, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company H, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, 31 July 1918. In the action to force the passage of the Ourcq River and capture the heights beyond, he distinguished himself by his conduct and personal example to his men. Under artillery fire and heavy machine-gun fire he continued to direct his platoon, even though severely wounded, in an effective manner against the enemy, until he was killed by machine-gun fire.”

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 132 (1918)

Born: 12 March 1888 at Dubuque, Iowa

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Death: 31 July 1918 near Cierges

Interred: Oise-Aisne American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He spent some of his early years in Boston, MA; graduated Roxbury H. S. in '08; worked as cashier for Hydrox Co.; served 5 years with Massachusetts National Guard (Mass. Vol. Militia); was Pfc. in 11TH Co., Coast Arty. Corps in '08; entered First Officers Training Camp at Fort Sheridan, IL, assigned to 11TH Cav. Trp.; held over for Second Officers Training Camp, assigned to 21ST Co.; commissioned 1st Lt., inf., ca. Nov. '17; married Irma McChesney Craw on 8 Dec. '17 at Chicago, IL, she resided at Galesburg, IL and worked for YMCA while he was overseas; sailed for France 27 Dec. '17 as casual officer; initially stationed at Langres; assigned as instructor to 125TH Inf. on 25 Apr. '18; later assigned plt. ldr. in Co. H, 125TH Inf.; also awarded Croix de Guerre.

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*Keske, Clarence E.

Private, U.S. Army    

Company M, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.

Date of Action: 14 October 1918

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private Clarence E. Keske (ASN: 275379), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, France, 14 October 1918. When his battalion was held up and suffering heavy losses from flanking fire of four enemy machine-gun nests, Private Keske volunteered and advanced to a position 250 yards ahead of the line and helped to establish a position neutralizing the enemy fire, which enabled the battalion to re-form. He remained in this advanced position, inspiring by his courageous example his comrades to maintain the position, although under terrific machine-gun fire from three sides and hand grenades, until he was killed.”

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 56 (1922)

Born: 29 August 1895 at Oak Grove, Wisconsin

Hometown: Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Death: 14 (19) October 1918

Interred: Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

Status: KIA

 

He was a member of Co. K, 2D Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Beaver Dam when it mobilized 15 Jul. '17; assigned to Co. M when 127TH Inf. was organized; Alsace, Juvigny, near Verdun; also earned Silver Star Citation; namesake of Veterans of Clarence Keske Post No. 1163 of VFW at Beaver Dam, WI.

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Kielpinski, Vincent Paul

Sergeant, U.S. Army

Company K, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.

Date of Action: 31 August 1918

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Vincent P. Kielpinski (ASN: 274795), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company K, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, France, 31 August 1918. When his company had become disorganized and his company commander gassed, Sergeant Kielpinski carried orders under intense fire and assisted in reorganizing the company. Though he was wounded the next day and ordered to the hospital, he returned from the dressing station to his company and continued in action.”

General Orders: War Department, General Orders 98 (1919)

Born: 20 October 1889 at Chicago, Illinois

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Death: 16 May 1954 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Interred: Saint Adalbert's Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 

He enlisted in Co. K, 1ST Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Milwaukee, WI in Nov. '11; was Pfc. in that unit during Mexican Border Crisis; assigned to Co. K, 127TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; also earned Croix de Guerre; twice WIA; stationed at Herschbach, Germany with Army of Occupation; discharged 9 Jun. '19; married Theresa F. Pietrzak, father of at least 1; worked as clerk for Richard Elsner, Milwaukee Co. Register of Deeds ca. '20; Sergeant-at-Arms in State Senate, ca. '21; Maj. and Aide-de-Camp (date of rank 20 Apr. '27) on Military Staff of Commander-in-Chief, Gov. Fred R. Zimmerman, resigned ca. '29 (I believe the commission may have been honorary, I have not found him on rosters of WNG officers around that time); clerk at Milwaukee Co. Sheriff's Dept. ca. '29; cdr. of Sgt. Leslie T. Knutson Post No. 2304 of VFW at Milwaukee, WI; member of DAV.

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*King, Harold James

Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army

Company F, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.

Date of Action: 4 August 1918

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant (Infantry) Harold J. King, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Fismes, France, 4 August 1918. Advancing in the face of terrific machine-gun fire. Lieutenant King rescued a wounded man of his platoon, the exploit being accomplished in broad daylight. After carrying the man 150 yards, in full view of the enemy, he stopped at request made by the dying man. During the advance from the Ourcq to the Vesle, he demonstrated most admirable courage and fearlessness. While accompanying a reconnaissance patrol, on the night of October 10 - 11, he was killed by sniper fire.”

The wounded Soldier was Pvt. Walter A. Underwood, from Jackson, MI, and assigned to Co. F, who had been seriously WIA during an attack and was left in an exposed position when the unit was forced back.  In the words of Sgt. David Carpe, also from Jackson, MI, and assigned to Co. F, who provided a witness statement about the event, “Lieut. King went out and tried to bring him in. He carried Underwood back 150 yards and then laid him down and kneeled beside his body for a few moments before returning to the platoon. All the time he was out there shells were bursting and machine gun bullets were popping. Lieut. King told us Underwood was dying when he picked him up and after he had carried him some distance the dying man whispered, ‘Lieutenant put me down and say a prayer for me and tell my mother back in Michigan how it happened,’ and a bunch of us saw the lieutenant do it.”

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1919)

Born: 19 January 1892 at Manistee, Michigan

Hometown: Manistee, Michigan

Death: 10 October 1918

Interred: Oak Grove Cemetery, Manistee, Michigan

Status: KIA

 

He graduated Manistee H. S., also attended St. John's Military Academy and Manistee Business College; served with Co. M, 31ST Mich. Inf., Michigan National Guard, during Mexican Border Crisis; attained rank of Sgt. before he entered First Officers Training Camp at Fort Sheridan, IL; commissioned 2d Lt. 15 Aug. '17; served at Camp Custer, MI, then Camp Greene, then Camp MacArthur, TX, where he was assigned to Co. F, 126TH Inf. on 5 Oct. '17; sailed for France Feb. '18; attended Inf. Specialty School 19 Aug.-20 Sep. '18; promoted 1st Lt. 5 Sep. '18; appointed Scout Off., 1ST Bn., 126TH Inf., ca. 20 Sep. '18; KIA 10 Oct. '18 at midnight by sniper while reconnoitering enemy barbed wire and trenches south of Romagne; may have been assigned to Fld. & Staff, 126TH Inf. at some point.

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*Kline, Robert J.

Sergeant, U.S. Army  

Company D, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.

Date of Action: 5 October 1918

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Robert J. Kline (ASN: 279460), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company D, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Gesnes, northwest of Verdun, France, 5 October 1918. Picking up a light Maxim gun and ammunition left by the retreating enemy, he advanced in front of his company's line and supported it with enfilading fire so effectively that he was soon made the target of many German guns. With the utmost coolness and entire disregard for his own safety, he continued to give appreciable support with his captured gun until he was killed by the hostile machine-gun fire. His example of bravery and audacity was an inspiration to the whole command.”

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 16 (1919)

Born: 1898 at Lowell, Michigan

Hometown: Saranac, Michigan

Death: 5 October 1918

Interred: Saranac Cemetery, Saranac, Michigan

Status: KIA

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*Kochanik, John G.

Corporal, U.S. Army

Company K, 127TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.

Date of Action: 4 August 1918

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal John Kochanik (ASN: 274833), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company K, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Fismes, France, 4 August 1918. Ordering his squad to take cover, Corporal Kochanik, single-handed, rushed an enemy machine gun and killed the two Germans manning it. As he was turning the captured gun on the enemy, this courageous soldier was killed by a sniper.”

General Orders: War Department, General Orders 95 (1919)

Born: 18 October 1891 or 15 April 1895 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Austria, or Poland

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Death: 4 August 1918

Interred: Oise-Aisne American Cemetery

Status: KIA

 

He enlisted in Co. K, 1ST Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Milwaukee, WI; was Cpl. in that unit during Mexican Border Crisis; assigned to Co. K when 127TH Inf. was organized.

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Koleman, Norman David

Sergeant, U.S. Army

Battery C, 119TH Field Artillery Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.

Date of Action: 9 August 1918

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Norman Koleman (ASN: 297349), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Battery C, 119th Field Artillery, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Les Pres Farm, France, 9 August 1918. Sergeant Koleman had just returned with his gun crew to their dugout, after maintaining fire for twelve hours, under heavy bombardment, when a shell of large caliber struck directly over the dugout, killing or wounding the entire crew. Regardless of the fact that he himself had been wounded in nine places, Sergeant Koleman immediately walked and crawled to the nearest helter to secure aid for this men.”

General Orders: War Department, General Orders 98 (1919)

Born: 8 July 1897 (or 1893) at Gibsonburg (Gibonsburg) or Vandalia, Ohio

Hometown: Lansing, Michigan

Death: 24 May 1988

Interred: Dayton National Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio

 

He attended Mich. Agricultural College ca. '14-'17; severely WIA; earned BS of Forestry from Mich. Agricultural College on 16 Jun. '20; worked as forester with Landscape Service Co. at Wheeling, WV ca. '23; co-superintendent for Co. 1621, CCC, ca. Jun. '33-May '35; also served during WWII; 1st Sgt. home on leave ca. Christmas '45; assigned to 12TH CID, U.S. Forces in Austria, ca. '47; married Martha Convalina on 9 Dec. '49, M. Sgt. stationed at Camp Hood, TX, with 14TH Armored FA Bn.; M. Sgt. stationed in West Germany with HQ Btry., 7TH FA Bn. ca. '51.

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Korth, Herman

Sergeant, U.S. Army

Company D, 121ST Machine-Gun Battalion, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.

Date of Action: 31 August 1918

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Herman Korth (ASN: 2305645), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company D, 121st Machine-Gun Battalion, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, north of Soissons, France, 31 August 1918. Under heavy fire from machine guns and artillery, Sergeant Korth crawled to the crest of a hill, setting stakes to line our artillery on enemy machine-gun emplacements. He remained in observation in this perilous position for half an hour, signaling back when our own troops were endangered by the fire of the batteries.”

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 20 (1919)

Born: circa 1893 at Germany

Hometown: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Death: 20 October 1936

Interred: Estabrooks Cemetery, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

 

He enlisted in Co. E, 2D Wis. Inf., Wisconsin National Guard, at Fond du Lac, WI; was Pvt. in that unit during Mexican Border Crisis; served with Co. D, 121ST MG Bn.; also earned Croix de Guerre.

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Krause, William

Private, U.S. Army

Medical Detachment, 125TH Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.

Date of Action: 1 August 1918

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private William Krause (ASN: 1332), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Medical Detachment, 125th Infantry Regiment (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, 1 August 1918. The battalion to which he was attached, forced by vastly superior numbers to take up a more advantageous position, left 21 wounded men well in advance of their second position. Private Krause, together with First Lieutenant Warde B. Smith, Medical Corps, and Sergeant John W. Doyle, medical detachment, under observation of the enemy and in the face of intense enemy mm-g fire carried the wounded men to a place of safety. The indomitable spirit and extreme devotion to his comrades inspired the men of his organization with renewed courage and determination.”

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 9 (1923)

Born: at Galecia, Michigan

Hometown: Saginaw, Michigan

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Kromer, Chester Henry

Corporal, U.S. Army

Company K, 128TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.

Date of Action: 30 August 1918

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Corporal Chester [H.] Kromer (ASN: 280958), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company K, [128th] Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Juvigny, France 30 August 1918. Corporal Kromer voluntarily made four trips in front of the line, under machine-gun and artillery fire, and brought in four wounded men, who had been left in an exposed position after a withdrawal of the line.”

General Orders: War Department, General Orders 66 (May 21, 1919)

Born: 15 February 1889 at Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan

Death: 27 September 1947

Interred: Clinton Grove Cemetery, Clinton Township, Macomb County, Michigan

 

Many references list his middle initial as “C.;” enlisted in Michigan National Guard; Pvt. assigned to Co. K, 126TH Inf. when 32D Div. was organized; transferred to Co. K, 128TH Inf. (many references list unit as 125TH Inf.); also earned Croix de Guerre w/bronze star for evacuating wounded under fire on 30 Aug. ‘18 near Juvigny; WIA; earned Purple Heart.

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Krzykwa, Albert S.

Private, U.S. Army

Company M, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.

Date of Action: 14 October 1918

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Albert S. Krzykwa (ASN: 281563), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company M, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Romagne, France, 14 October 1918. In an attack on Cote Dame Marie the 126th Infantry was held up, owing to intense enemy machine-gun lire and grenades. Private Krzykwa volunteered as a member of a combat patrol which cut through the enemy lines, capturing ten machine-guns, killed and captured 15 of the enemy, and forced a large number to surrender, clearing that part of the Cote Dame Marie of the enemy, enabling the regiment to continue their advance.”  The patrol was led by Capt. Edward B. Strom and the other members were Cpl. Frank H. Raymond, Pfc. Frederick W. McClemens, Pvt. Charles L. Beck, Pvt. William A. Edsall, Pvt. Thomas D. Karps, and Pvt. Albert R. F. Neitzel.

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 21 (1919)

Born: 19 April 1891 at Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hometown: Alto, Michigan

Death: 8 November 1962

Interred: Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois

 

He also earned Croix de Guerre w/gilt star, Order No. 16.103 "D," 16 Apr. '19, GHQ, French Armies of the East, “An admirably courageous soldier. His regiment having been checked by machine guns and grenades he volunteered for a combat patrol and crossing the enemy lines he captured 10 machine guns, killed and made prisoner 15 of the enemy and forced the others to surrender.”

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Kuhlman, George Winfield

Second Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army

107TH Engineer Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.

Date of Action: 5 - 6 August 1918

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Second Lieutenant (Corps of Engineers) George Winfield Kuhlman, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 107th Engineers, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Fismes, France, 5 - 6 August 1918. Second Lieutenant Kuhlman was sent on the night of 5 - 6 August 1918, to make a reconnaissance of all possible means of crossing the River Vesle, near Fismes, France. It had been reported that the Germans had all retreated from the south bank of the river, but he found that such was not the case; they were there in force. Nevertheless, such was his bravery and determination that he crossed into and through the German lines, made a full reconnaissance, and returned with his report.”

General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 99 (1918)

Born: 26 December 1893 at Algoma, Wisconsin

Hometown: Glidden, Wisconsin

Death: 14 January 1963 at Phoenix, Arizona at age 68

Interred: Wildwood Cemetery, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

 

He graduated Carroll College in '17; also earned Croix de Guerre; promoted to 1st Lt.; started with Heil Co. at Milwaukee, WI in '19; transferred to NY in '23; attained position of vice president; bestowed with honorary appointment to Wis. Governor's Military Staff ca. '42.

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*Kunzie, Harry K.

Corporal, U.S. Army

Company I, 126TH Infantry Regiment, 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division, A.E.F.

Date of Action: 1 August 1918

Citation: “The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Harry K. Kunzie (ASN: 280706), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company I, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F., near Cierges, France, 1 August 1918. Corporal Kunzie crawled out in advance of his company and, single-handed, killed the six Germans forming the crew of a machine-gun. He then continued forward to silence another gun, being mortally wounded in the attempt.”

General Orders: War Department, General Orders 74 (1919)

Born: 5 August 1898 at Grant Township, Mecosta County, Michigan

Hometown: Big Rapids, Michigan

Death: 13 August 1918

Interred: Pioneer Cemetery, Mecosta County, Michigan

Status: DW

 

Enlisted in Michigan National Guard; WIA 1 Aug. '18, shot in stomach near Fismes; DW 13 (3, 12) Aug. '18; namesake of Harry K. Kunzie Post No. 98 of American Legion at Big Rapids, MI; family received letter of condolence from his cdr., Capt. Charles L. McCormick.

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