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The Distinguished Service Cross
 U.S. Army - Mexican Border Wars 

 


CASTLEMAN, JAMES P.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
13th Cavalry
Date of Action: March 9, 1916
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James P. Castleman, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Columbus, New Mexico, on March 9, 1916. During the attack on the town of Columbus by Mexicans under Villa, Lieutenant Castleman, by his gallant conduct and the successful and effective disposition of his troops in defense, save the lives of many civilians and prevented the loss of much property in the town.
General Orders No. No. 2, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Louisville, KY

FANNIN, OLIVER W.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
35th Infantry 29th Division
Date of Action: August 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Oliver W. Fannin, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in an engagement with hostile Mexicans at Nogales, Arizona, August 27, 1918, while commanding the guard, 35th U.S. Infantry.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Midland, TX

LAVERY, JAMES FLAVIAN
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Quartermaster Corps
Date of Action: August 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James Flavian Lavery, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during an engagement with hostile Mexicans at Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, on the 27th of August, 1918. Private Lavery, braving the heaviest fire, repeatedly entered the zone of fire with his motor truck and carried wounded men to places of safety, thereby saving the lives of several soldiers.
General Orders No. 9, W.D., 1923
Home Town: New York, NY

SMITH, HERBERT REEVES
Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army
Signal Corps
Date of Action: October 21, 1915
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herbert Reeves Smith, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Ojo de Agua, Texas, October 21, 1915. When the detachment of which he was a member was treacherously attacked at night by a hostile Mexican force of approximately five times its strength and the senior line noncommissioned officer of the detachment and two other men killed, Sergeant Smith, although suffering from three wounds, took command, and by his coolness, personal bravery, and qualities of leadership encouraged the detachment and organized its defense that the greatly superior force of Mexicans was driven off and the detachment saved from probable annihilation.
General Orders No. No. 10, W.D., 1924
Home Town: Tampico, IL

TOMPKINS, FRANK
Major, U.S. Army
13th Cavalry
Date of Action: March 9, 1916
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank Tompkins, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Columbus, New Mexico, March 9, 1916. Major Tompkins requested and received authority to pursue a superior force of bandits into Mexico. Although wounded early in the pursuit, he carried on a running fight with the bandits for several miles, inflicting heavy losses upon them and stopped the pursuit only when men and horses were exhausted and ammunition was reduced to a few rounds per man.
General Orders No. 8, W.D., 1934
Home Town: Governors Island, NY

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