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Matej Kocak
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
World War I

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Date of Birth:  Dec 31, 1882 at
Place of Birth: 
Gbely, Austria
Entered Service At: 
New York, NY
Date/Place Of Action: 
Jul 18, 1918 - Soissons, France
66th Company, 5th Regiment, 2d Divison
Date of Award: 
Feb 18, 1919 (Army) - Nov 11, 1920 (Navy)
Date of Death: 
Oct 04, 1918 (Killed In Action)
Place of Burial: 
Meuse Argonne Cemetery - Romagne Meuse, France

Synopsis:  Without covering fire, alone, he attacked and captured an enemy machinegun nest.  Then he organized 25 French colonial soldiers, separated from their unit, and captured a second machinegun nest.

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John Joseph Kelly
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
World War I

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Date of Birth:  Jun 24, 1898
Place of Birth:
  Chicago, IL
Entered Service At: 
Chicago, IL
Date/Place Of Action: 
Oct 3, 1918 - Blanc Mont Ridge, France
78th Company, 6th Regiment, 2d Division
Date of Award: 
Mar 17, 1919 at Coblenz, France by Gen. John J. Pershing
Date of Death: 
Nov 20, 1957
Place of Burial: 
All Saints Cemetery - Des Plaines, IL

Synopsis:  Ran 100 yards in advance of the lines through a barrage of friendly fire, attacking and destroying an enemy machinegun nest and returning to his lines with eight prisoners.

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John Henry Pruitt
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
World War I

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Date of Birth:  Oct 04, 1896
Place of Birth: 
Fayetteville, AR
Entered Service At: 
Phoenix, AZ
Date/Place Of Action: 
Oct 03, 1918 - Blanc Mont Ridge, France
78th Company, 6th Regiment, 2d Division
Date of Award: 
May 10, 1919
Date of Death: 
Oct 04, 1918 (Killed In Action)
Place of Burial: 
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, VA

Synopsis:  After single-handedly attacking and destroying two machinegun nests, he captured 40 enemy prisoners in a dugout.  Shortly after his heroic actions he was killed by shellfire while sniping at the enemy.

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