The 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Veteran Association

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Distinguished Service Cross Recipients

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

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There were at least 293 Soldiers from the 32D ‘Red Arrow’ Division who were decorated with the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) during WWI, at least 66 of those were awarded posthumously. One Soldier was decorated with two DSCs during WWI, 1st Sgt. Michael Castura.  At least one pair of brothers earned the DSC; Cpl. Floyd W. and Pvt. Lee O. Prescott earned the award for their actions on 4 Aug. ’18 while serving with HQ Co., 120TH FA Regt.

 

The Distinguished Service Cross 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.

 

 

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Other possible, but unconfirmed, DSC recipients.

1.         

1st Lt. Edgar L. Burton

He is listed as DSC recipient from 126TH Inf. in 32D Div. in WW, but I did not find him listed in 126WwG, nor have I found any other information about him.  I suspect he has been confused with 1st Lt. Edward A. Burton, 128TH Inf., who earned DSC.

2.         

Pvt. Steven B. Chipman

He is listed as DSC recipient from 126TH Inf. in 32D Div. in WW, but I did not find him listed in 126WwG, nor have I found any other information about him.

3.         

Sgt. Elver J. Dowles

He is listed as DSC recipient from 308TH Trench Mort. Btry. in 32D Div. in WW, but I have found no additional information about a DSC for him.

4.         

Griffin, Henry G. (Griffen)

He is listed as DSC recipient, in addition to the Croix de Guerre, in 126WwG. MWW only lists Croix de Guerre. I've found no information about DSC.

5.         

Sgt. William Lizinski

He is listed as DSC recipient from 126TH Inf. in 32D Div. in WW, but I did not find him listed in 126WwG, nor have I found any other information about him.  I suspect his name was misspelled and he is Sgt. William Luzenski, Co. H, 126TH Inf., who earned DSC.

6.         

Capt. Don R. McCil

He is listed as DSC recipient from 308TH Trench Mort. Btry. in 32D Div. in WW, but I have found no additional information about a DSC for him.

7.         

Cpl. William Earl Menard

Served with Co. B, 119TH MG Bn. and according to Honor Roll of Menominee Co., Mich. in the World War, he was “decorated with D. S. C. 20 Apr. 1919, for “distinguished bravery on the Meuse-Argonne offensive.””  I have found no additional information about a DSC.  He did earn a Division Citation according to but I have found no information regarding the date or circumstances.  Many, but not all, Division Citations later formed the basis of Silver Star Citations; I have not found anything to suggest that his award was upgraded as such.

8.         

Cpl. Ernest Albert Sheer

He was recommended for DSC for his actions 31 Aug. (18 Aug.) ‘18 while serving with Co. L, 126TH Inf.  He and two others captured an enemy machinegun, turned it on the enemy, and captured 47 Germans and several pieces of equipment.  He never received the decoration, but both 32D Div. in WW and 126WwG list him as having received it (it doesn’t appear his comrades were decorated either).  He did earn Croix de Guerre w/palm for his actions that day, received it in ‘19.  He also earned the Purple Heart, after being WIA 5 Oct. (4 Oct.) ‘18.  In 1968 a friend set out to learn why he had never received a U.S. decoration.  Six years later the Army determined “the recommendation was never entered into official Army records” and awarded him the Silver Star on 15 Apr. ‘74 during a ceremony at Rock Island Arsenal.

9.         

Capt. William Clarence (G.) Watkins

He is listed as DSC recipient from 127TH Inf. in 32D Div. in WW, but I have found no additional information about a DSC for him.  He earned Silver Star Citation for his actions as Capt. and med. off. on 31 Aug. ‘18 near Juvigny, also earned Croix de Guerre.

10.      

Col. Joseph B. Westnedge

He earned the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star Citation, and Croix de Guerre with palm.  Numerous references state he earned the DSC, but I cannot find any substantial or official information about a DSC.

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