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The Distinguished Service Cross
 U.S. Army - Spanish-American War 

 


Abele, Joseph E.
Private , U.S. Army
Company E, 12th Infantry
Date of Action:  July 1, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph E. Abele, Private , U.S. Army, for distinguished service in battle at El Caney , Cuba , July 1, 1898 .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 5, 1931 .
Home Town Charleston , SC

Allen, James
Lieutenant Colonel , U.S. Army
Chief Signal Officer,
U.S. Volunteers
Date of Action:  June 2 - 5, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James Allen, Lieutenant Colonel , U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at the entrance of the harbor of Santiago , Cuba , June 2 - 5, 1898 . Lieutenant Colonel Allen, by his persistent and untiring efforts on an unarmed transport the Adria, and under fire of the Spanish batteries, succeeded in raising and severing two submarine cables used by the enemy.
General Orders No. No. 14, W.D., 1925
Home Town La Porte , IN

Arundell, Daniel
First Sergeant , U.S. Army
Company D, 12th Infantry
Date of Action:  July 1, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Daniel Arundell, First Sergeant , U.S. Army, for distinguished service in the battle of El Caney , Cuba , July 1, 1898 .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of
Congress approved March 5, 1931 .
Home Town Detroit , MI

Bell, James Franklin
Major , U.S. Army
Engineering Officer,
U.S. Volunteers
Date of Action:  August 10, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James Franklin Bell, Major , U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against Spanish forces at Manila, Philip pine Islands , August 10, 1898 . Major Bell, with utter disregard for his personal safety, conducted a bold and daring reconnaissance of the creek in front of Fort San Antonio de Abad held by Spanish forces, and ascertained not only that it was fordable, but the exact width of the ford at the beach, and swimming in the bay to a point from which he could examine the Spanish line from the rear, secured information which facilitated the planning of the successful attack of August 13, 1898, on Manila, Philip pine Islands.
General Orders No. No. 3, W.D., 1925
Home Town Shelbyville , KY

Other Award: Medal of Honor (Philippine Insurrection) 

Binckli, Fred eric
Private , U.S. Army
Company H, 27th Infantry
Date of Action:  July 1, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fred eric Binckli, Private , U.S. Army, for distinguished service in action at Santiago , Cuba , July 1, 1898 .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 5, 1931 .
Home Town New York , NY

Bjornstad, Alfred W.
Captain , U.S. Army
13th
Minnesota Volunteer Infantry
Date of Action:  August 13, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alfred W. Bjornstad, Captain , U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action south of Manila, Philip pine Islands , August 13, 1898 . Though wounded, Captain Bjornstad commanded a firing line at a critical stage of the combat and continued to command and encourage his men after having been wounded a second time, until he was compelled to be removed from the field.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1919
Home Town St. Paul , MN

Byram, George L.
First Lieutenant , U.S. Army
1st Cavalry
Date of Action:  June 24, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George L. Byram, First Lieutenant , U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Las Guasimas , Cuba , June 24, 1898 , in an engagement with an armed enemy.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town Mobile , AL

Conner, Lawrence B.
Private , U.S. Army
Company E, 1st
Nebraska Volunteer Infantry
Date of Action:  August 2, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lawrence B. Conner, Private , U.S. Army, for distinguished service in action August 2, 1898 , near Manila, Philip pine Islands .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 5, 1931 .
Home Town Valparaiso , NE

Cook, William C.
Private , U.S. Army
Company C, 13th Infantry
Date of Action:  July 1, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William C. Cook, Private , U.S. Army, for distinguished service in battle at Santiago , Cuba , July 1, 1898 .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 5, 1931 .
Home Town Owosso , MI

Cooke, James H.
Sergeant , U.S. Army
Company B, 3d Infantry
Date of Action:  July 2, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James H. Cooke, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action in the trenches at Santiago , Cuba , on July 2, 1898.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town New York , NY

Gould, Clarence S.
First Sergeant , U.S. Army
Troop C, 1st Cavalry
Date of Action:  July 1, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clarence S. Gould, First Sergeant , U.S. Army, for gallant conduct in the battle of Santiago , Cuba , July 1, 1898 .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 5, 1931 .
Home Town :  Cone, MI

Knox, Thomas T.
Captain , U.S. Army
1st Cavalry
Date of Action:  June 24, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas T. Knox, Captain , U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action against Spanish forces at Las Guasimas , Cuba , June 24, 1898 . Though severely wounded, Captain Knox refused to leave the firing line, but continued to lead his troop until exhausted from excessive loss of blood. His great fortitude and fearless conduct was an inspiring example to his men.
General Orders No. No. 34, W.D., 1924
Home Town Nashville , TN

March, Peyton C.
First Lieutenant , U.S. Army
Astor Battery
Date of Action:  August 13, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Peyton C. March, First Lieutenant , U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action before Manila, Philip pine Islands , August 13, 1898 . Lieutenant March gallantly led a charge on the enemy's breastworks, volunteers having been called for by the brigadier general commanding.
General Orders No. No. 39, W.D., 1920
Home Town Easton , PA

Marsh, Rob ert J.
Musician, U.S. Army
Company A, 2d Infantry
Date of Action:  July 1, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Rob ert J. Marsh, Musician, U.S. Army, for distinguished service in battle at Santiago , Cuba , July 1, 1898 .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 5, 1931 .
Home Town Blair , NE

McMurphy, Frank P.
Corporal , U.S. Army
Company D, 7th Infantry
Date of Action:  July 1, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank P. McMurphy, Corporal , U.S. Army, for distinguished service in the battle of El Caney , Cuba , July 1, 1898 .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 5, 1931 .
Home Town Osgood , IN

Means, Rice W.
Second Lieutenant , U.S. Army
1st
Colorado Volunteer Infantry
Date of Action:  August 9 & 10, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Rice W. Means, Second Lieutenant , U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Manila , Philip pine Islands , August 9 & 10, 1898. Lieutenant Means conducted a bold and fearless reconnaissance, during which, regardless of his personal safety, he went beyond the American lines and close to those of the enemy and assisted in examining the ground between the American trenches and Fort San Antonio de Abad held by Spanish forces, thus securing information of the utmost importance in planning the successful attack of August 13, 1898, on Manila, Philip pine Islands.
General Orders No. No. 3, W.D., 1925
Home Town Denver , CO

Muir, Charles H.
First Lieutenant , U.S. Army
2d Infantry
Date of Action:  July 2, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles H. Muir, First Lieutenant , U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Santiago , Cuba , July 2, 1898 . At the risk of his life, Lieutenant Muir voluntarily exposed himself to a heavy hostile artillery and infantry fire in a successful attempt as a sharpshooter to silence a piece of Spanish artillery at the battle of Santiago.
General Orders No. No. 10, W.D., 1924
Home Town Erie , MI

Nichols, Edward T.
First Sergeant , U.S. Army
Company D, 21st Infantry
Date of Action:  July 1, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward T. Nichols, First Sergeant , U.S. Army, for distinguished service in action at Santiago , Cuba , July 1, 1898 .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 5, 1931 .
Home Town Boston , MA

O'Reilly, James F.
Corporal , U.S. Army
Company B, 9th Infantry
Date of Action:  July 18, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James F. O'Reilly, Corporal , U.S. Army, for distinguished service in action at Santiago , Cuba , July 18, 1898 .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 5, 1931 .
Home Town Westville , NY

O'Rourke, John
First Sergeant , U.S. Army
Company C, 17th Infantry
Date of Action:  July 1, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John O'Rourke, First Sergeant , U.S. Army, for distinguished service in action at El Caney , Cuba , July 1, 1898 .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 5, 1931 .
Home Town New York , NY

Ravenstine, George O.
Sergeant , U.S. Army
Troop B, 3d Cavalry
Date of Action:  July 1, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George O. Ravenstine, Sergeant , U.S. Army, for distinguished conduct in the battle of Santiago , Cuba , July 1, 1898 .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 5, 1931 .
Home Town Canton , OH

Rowan, Andrew S.
Captain, U.S. Army
19th Infantry
Date of Action:  May 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Andrew S. Rowan, Captain , U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in connection with the operations in Cuba in May, 1898. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American campaign Lieutenant Rowan, under disguise, entered the enemy lines in Oriente, crossed the island of Cuba, and not only succeeded in delivering a message to General Garcia, but secured secret information relative to existing military conditions in that region of such great value that it had an important bearing on the quick ending of the struggle and the complete success of the U.S. Army.
General Orders No. No. 38, W.D., 1922
Home Town Union , WV

Shaffer, Samuel W.
Sergeant Major , U.S. Army
7th Infantry
Date of Action:  July 1, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Samuel W. Shaffer, Sergeant Major , U.S. Army, for distinguished service in battle of El Caney , Cuba , July 1, 1898 .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 5, 1931 .
Home Town Collington , MD

Sillman, Rob ert H.
Sergeant , U.S. Army
Astor Battery
Date of Action:  August 13, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Rob ert H. Sillman, Sergeant , U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action before Manila, Philip pine Islands , August 13, 1898 . Sergeant Sillman gallantly too part, until disabled by a Spanish bullet, in a charge on the enemy's breastworks, volunteers having been called for by the brigadier general commanding.
General Orders No. 116, W.D., 1919
Home Town New York , NY

Smith, Jacob C.
Saddler Sergeant , U.S. Army
10th Cavalry
Date of Action:  July 1, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jacob C. Smith, Saddler Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at San Juan , Cuba , July 1, 1898 . Sergeant Smith, with utter disregard for his personal safety and while exposed to heavy fire of shell and small arms from the enemy, deliberately cut the fence or obstruction consisting of four or five strands of barbed wire on top of an almost perpendicular bank, thus enabling Troop A, 10th Cavalry, U.S. Army, to advance and take the position to which ordered.
General Orders No. No. 14, W.D., 1925
Home Town Rushville , IN

Teter, Guy E.
Private , U.S. Army
Company G, 4th Infantry
Date of Action:  July 1, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Guy E. Teter, Private , U.S. Army, for distinguished service in battle at El Caney , Cuba , July 1, 1898 .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 5, 1931 .
Home Town Clarksburg , WV

Thornton, William
Corporal , U.S. Army
Company G, 24th Infantry
Date of Action:  July 1, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William Thornton, Corporal , U.S. Army, for distinguished service in the battle of Santiago , Cuba , July 1, 1898 .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 5, 1931 .
Home Town Great Falls , MT

Villumsen, Hans
Sergeant , U.S. Army
Company D, 10th Infantry
Date of Action:  July 1, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Hans Villumsen, Sergeant , U.S. Army, for distinguished service in battle of Santiago , Cuba , July 1, 1898 .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of Congress approved March 5, 1931 .
Home Town Philadelphia , PA

Whitney, Henry H.
Captain , U.S. Army
Assistant
Adjutant General , U.S. Volunteers
Date of Action:  May 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Henry H. Whitney, Captain , U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in connection with operations on the island of Puerto Rico in May, 1898, under disguise and in the midst of an enemy.
General Orders No. No. 19, W.D., 1922
Home Town Phillipsburg , PA

Young, John C.
(Second Award)
Sergeant Major , U.S. Army
3d Infantry
Date of Action:  July 1, 1898
Citation:

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John C. Young, Sergeant Major , U.S. Army, for distinguished service in battle at El Caney , Cuba , July 1, 1898 .
D.S.C. issued in lieu of the certificate of merit and the D.S.M. under the provisions of the act of Congress approved
March 5, 1931 .
Home Town Detroit , MI
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross (Pre-WWI/Lifesaving Action)


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