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The Distinguished Service Cross
World War I
 To Members of the U.S. Army 

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 NAAN, JAMES P.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James P. Naan, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ville Savoye, France, August 22, 1918. Learning that one of his command had been severely wounded and was unable to reach a place of safety, although the area was swept by heavy machine-gun fire and was extremely dangerous to cross, Sergeant Naan, realizing the serious condition of the wounded soldier, and with utter disregard for his own personal safety, dashed across the enfiladed territory, picked up the wounded man, and carried him to platoon headquarters where he administered first aid and later carried him to a place of comparative safety behind the lines.
General Orders No. No. 13, W.D., 1929
Home Town: New York, NY

NACHTMANN, LUDWIG J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 315th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ludwig J. Nachtmann, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Damvillers, France, November 9, 1918. Sergeant Nachtmann, although seriously wounded, remained at his post and continued to direct the fire from his section under heavy shell fire, until carried away by first-aid men.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Bustleton, PA

NADEAU, DAVID
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15 - 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to David Nadeau, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mezy, France, July 15 - 19, 1918. Sergeant Nadeau remained on duty throughout the battle of the Marne July 15 to 19, although seriously wounded, and rendered valuable assistance in sustaining the morale and managing the troops in the line.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Woonsocket, RI

NAGOWSKI, ALOIGY
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 108th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Aloigy Nagowski, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. Corporal Nagowski left shelter, went forward under intense machine-gun fire and carried a wounded officer to a place of safety. In accomplishing this mission he was severely wounded.
General Orders No. No. 139, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Buffalo, NY

NAIL, E. KELLEY
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to E. Kelley Nail, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne, France, October 8, 1918. Sergeant Nail, in charge of a patrol, successfully flanked a machine-gun nest of several guns which was holding up the advance of his company and captured four German officers.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Cleburne, TX

NAIMAN, HERMAN A.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18 - 20, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herman A. Naiman, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18 - 20, 1918. Private Naiman displayed unusual courage and devotion to duty by remaining with the first wave of the attack during the three days of severe fighting and continuing under constant and heavy fire to give first aid to the wounded and assisting in the rescue of injured men.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Gilead, NE

*NALLE, JAMES B.
Major, U.S. Army
4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 22 - 23, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James B. Nalle, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at La Tuilerie Farm, France, July 22 - 23, 1918. While making an inspection of the two leading battalions of the regiment on the night of July 22 - 23, Major Nalle entered La Tieulerie Farm and found it occupied. As his party was leaving the farm, persons were heard approaching, and fearing that his men might fire upon friendly troops, he stepped from behind the wall and challenged the party. He was immediately fired upon and killed.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Washington, DC

NAREWOUCHEK, TROFEM
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Trofem Narewouchek, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mont St. Pere, France, July 22, 1918. Leaving his place of safety, Sergeant Narewouchek made his way across an open field, exposed to machine-gun fire, and assisted in the rescue of three wounded comrades.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

NARVESON, PALMER O.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Palmer O. Narveson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt, France, September 29, 1918. When he and two soldiers, separated from the rest of the company, were fired upon from three directions, Sergeant Narveson attacked and demolished a machine-gun nest by himself; and then reduced a second hostile position. Though wounded and slightly gassed, he refused to be evacuated, and continued the advance.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Twin Lakes, MN

NASH, ARCHIE C.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 102d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Archie C. Nash, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Marcheville, France, September 26, 1918. Private Nash displayed remarkable coolness and courage under violent bombardment when he voluntarily repaired telephone lines and rendered great assistance in maintaining communication. Although wounded he continued his work until ordered evacuated by his commanding officer.
General Orders No. No. 143, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Cambridge, MA

NASH, JAMES F.
Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James F. Nash, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ville Savoye, France, August 22, 1918. While his company was attacked by greatly superior numbers of the enemy, Private Nash continued to operate his automatic rifle, even after having been wounded three times in the chest. After the attacking force had been driven off, he refused the use of a litter in favor of a comrade whom he thought more seriously sounded than himself.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

NATION, JAMES
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James Nation, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action on Hill 272, near Fleville, France, October 9, 1918. The squad of which Private Nation was a member was directed to attack an enemy machine-gun position. During the attack all the other members of the squad were killed or wounded. He alone rushed the position, captured the gun, and killed four of the crew.
General Orders No. No. 35, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Duncan, AZ

*NAUGHTON, FRANCIS X.
Private, U.S. Army
Sanitary Detachment, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Francis X. Naughton, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Argonne Sector, France, October 1, 1918. While mess was being served a shell exploded, killing nine men and wounding 20. Private Naughton, although severely wounded in the chest with shell splinters, one leg blown nearly off and bleeding badly, refused all help until others had been attended to. Skilled in first aid, he instructed others how to adjust a tourniquet and rendered other assistance to the wounded: finally permitting his own wounds, which subsequently caused his death, to be attended after all others had been cared for.
General Orders 95, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Harrisburg, PA

NAY, ORIN E.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company A, 1st Gas Regiment, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Orin E. Nay, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bethincourt, France, September 26, 1918. Voluntarily leaving shelter, Corporal Nay and another soldier made their way, through terrific enemy barrage of artillery and machine-gun fire, to the aid of wounded comrades, carrying them to first aid stations, and administering treatment.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Kansas City, MO

NEAL, GEORGE W.
Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 1st Gas Regiment, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George W. Neal, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bethincourt, France, September 26, 1918. Voluntarily leaving shelter Sergeant Neal and another soldier made their way through a terrific enemy barrage of artillery and machine- gun fire to the aid of wounded comrades, carrying them to first-aid stations and administering treatment.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Bulger, PA

NEALIS, JOHN J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
102d Field Signal Battalion, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John J. Nealis, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. During the operations against the Hindenburg line he, while in charge of telephone communications between battalion headquarters and forward positions, accompanied the advancing infantry forward, established his advance post, where one of his assistants was killed by shell fire and he himself wounded, and under constant bombardment kept the telephone lines in operation, remaining at his post for nine hours, until wounded a second time. When completely exhausted he turned over his apparatus to the man sent to relieve him. His extreme gallantry, courage, and bravery afforded a magnificent example to the combat troops who witnessed it.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

NEELON, RAYMOND V.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Raymond V. Neelon, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Immecourt, France, November 1, 1918. Taking command of two platoons after their commanders had become casualties, Sergeant Neelon attacked a machine-gun nest, taking two guns and 146 prisoners. Later, after repulsing two strong counterattacks, he alone crawled out and captured a prisoner with a machine-gun, which he at once set up to strengthen his position.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Medway, MA

NEELY, JAMES
Private, U.S. Army
Company F, 146th Infantry Regiment, 37th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James Neely, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cierges, France, September 28, 1918. After his platoon had withdrawn about 50 yards to an established line, a wounded comrade was seen lying ahead, in the position which they formerly occupied. The enemy had just launched a strong counterattack, but Private Neely, with another soldier, volunteered to go to the assistance of the wounded man. In the face of terrific fire of enemy artillery and machine guns, and the fire of their own comrades, who were resisting the attack, Private Neely succeeded in bringing his man to a place of safety.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

NEESE, HARRY L.
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry L. Neese, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Premont, France, October 8, 1918. When the advance of his company was held up by a machine- gun emplacement, Private Neese went forward with two other soldiers and attacked the enemy position. He shot both of the enemy gunners, showing marked personal bravery under heavy fire.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Swansea, SC

NEIGGEMANN, HENRY J.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Henry J. Neiggemann, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the St. Mihiel offensive, September 14, 1918. Corporal Neiggemann, with four other men, volunteered to cross a valley to the woods opposite and silence machine guns which had held up the advance of his company. In the face of heavy enemy fire this small group accomplished its mission, thus enabling the company to cross the valley without further loss. Corporal Neiggemann was severely wounded in the performance of this act.
General Orders No. 72, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Streator, IL

NEIL, ALBERT F.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company A, 301st Battalion, Tank Corps, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Albert F. Neil, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918 After aiding in rescuing the wounded from his tank, which had been struck by a shell. Corporal Neil, with Private Robert F. Wisher, dismounted machine guns from the tank and operated them against the enemy until these were put out of action. They then secured rifles and hand grenades and organized an attack on the enemy trenches, which they captured and held until depletion of their numbers forced them to fall back. Later they joined Australian troops and fought with them throughout the remainder of the day.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Santa Barbara, CA

NEILL, HENRY WHEATON
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
15th Machine-gun Battalion, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Henry Wheaton Neill, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Frapelle, France, August 19, 1918. Second Lieutenant Neill displayed great courage, tenacity and devotion to duty when, although severely wounded early in the attack and suffering great pain, he retained command of his platoon and directed its movements until its objective was attained.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Home Town: White Springs, FL

NEITZEIT, ISAAC
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company L, 305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Isaac Neitzeit, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-la Naza, France, October 5, 1918. In the face of heavy machine-gun and grenade fire he went forward, with three other soldiers, and brought back five seriously wounded men to a point where they could get first-aid treatment. He showed bravery and coolness in effecting the rescue, in which he was himself wounded.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

NEITZEL, ALBERT R.
Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Albert R. Neitzel, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Romagne, France, October 14, 1918. In an attack on Cote Dame Marie the 126th Infantry was held up, owing to intense enemy machine-gun fire. Private Neitzel volunteered as a member of a combat patrol, which cut through the enemy lines, captured ten machine guns, killed and captured fifteen of the enemy, and forced a large number to surrender, clearing that part of the Cote Dame Marie of the enemy, thus enabling the regiment to continue their advance.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Wheeler, KS

NELSEN, ADOLPH
Private, U.S. Army
Company H, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Adolph Nelsen, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chipilly Ridge, France, August 9, 1918. Although severely wounded, Private Nelsen, on his own initiative, went out in advance of his lines, armed with an automatic rifle, and mopped up a machine-gun nest in which there were three guns. He killed four of the enemy crew and brought the other two Germans back as prisoners. He set an example of heroism and devotion to duty, performing this service under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Soldier, IA

*NELSON, ARTHUR E.
Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army
Company C, 1st Field Signal Battalion, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur E. Nelson, Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vaux, France, on July 1, 1918. Under heavy bombardment, while sick Sergeant First Class Nelson went to maintain communication with an attacking battalion of the infantry and was killed in this heroic action.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Albert Lea, MN

NELSON, BERNARD
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 168th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Bernard Nelson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Landres St. Georges, France, October 14, 1918. During the attack on Hill 288, when the assault wave was held up by intense machine-gun fire, Sergeant Nelson volunteered and led two squads to silence these guns. He cut his way through strong barbed-wire entanglements, advanced up a very steep slope in the face of direct machine-gun fire, entered the trench, and killed or wounded the entire crews of the two guns, making it possible for the battalion to advance.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Centerville, IA

NELSON, CHARLES E.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
104th Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles E. Nelson, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Trugny, France, July 22, 1918. Lieutenant Nelson led eight soldiers in an attack on a machine-gun that was inflicting severe losses in his company. Two of his detachment were lulled and two wounded before he reached the machine-gun nest. With the remaining four he attacked, captured the gun, killed five Germans, including one officer, and took 11 prisoners.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Defiance, OH

NELSON, CHRISTIAN F. M.
Private, U.S. Army
Company F, 1st Gas Regiment, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Christian F. M. Nelson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Brieulles, France, October 9, 1918. Displaying remarkable perseverance and daring as a runner, Private Nelson made his way 300 yards through a heavy barrage with a message for the commander of a Stokes motor platoon. Later he volunteered to lead four wounded men back through the barrage to an aid station. On the way he met three other wounded soldiers, one of whom had been severely gassed and was unable to walk. He carried this man to the dressing station, knowing that his clothes were saturated with mustard gas.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Flat City, AK

NELSON, GEORGE
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company A, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Nelson, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action north of Exermont, France, October 10, 1918. When his platoon was held up by machine-gun fire from the front Corporal Nelson, with one other, advanced in front of the line and captured the gun with its crew. Their action enabled his platoon to continue the advance.
General Orders No. No. 39, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Greenriver, UT

NELSON, GUY A.
Private, U.S. Army
Company F, 1st Gas Regiment, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Guy A. Nelson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Bois-de-Jure, near Gercourt, France, September 26, 1918. Private Nelson volunteered, with another soldier, to attack a machine-gun nest which was holding up the advance. They advanced against very heavy machine-gun fire and captured the position, killing two Germans and routing the remainder of the gun crew.
General Orders No. 27, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Albert Lea, MN

NELSON, HERBERT W.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company C, 320th Machine-Gun Battalion, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 13, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herbert W. Nelson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Xon Hill, France, September 13, 1918. In the face of heavy machine-gun and shell fire, he went ahead of his own lines, and with the aid of another soldier, carried back a wounded infantryman, who had fallen far in advance of our lines while on a patrol. Private Nelson displayed marked personal bravery and coolness under fire.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Alton, RI

NELSON, MARTIN
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 58th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18 & 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Martin Nelson, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chezy, France, July 18 & 19, 1918. On the morning of the 18th, Corporal Nelson was wounded in the hip by a piece of shrapnel. A few hours later he was wounded in the arm by a bullet. He refused to be evacuated, but continued forward in the attack. On the 19th he was wounded in the left knee. In spite of his wounds this noncommissioned officer continued with his organization throughout the campaign.
General Orders No. No. 16, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Milton, ND

*NELSON, OSCAR B.
(First Award)
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company G, 168th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Oscar B. Nelson, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near La Croix Rouge Farm, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, July 26, 1918. During this attack when his company commander had been severely wounded and the second officer in command had been killed, Lieutenant Nelson, although wounded himself, displayed remarkable courage and bravery under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire when he assumed command of the company and led it gallantly forward, remaining in command until the attack was over and his company relieved.
General Orders No. 6, W.D., 1931
Home Town: Ottumwa, IA
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross w/OLC (WWI), Distinguished Service Cross w/2 OLC (WWI)

*NELSON, OSCAR B.
(Second Award)
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
168th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Oscar B. Nelson, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at La Tuilerie Farm, France, October 16, 1918. Lieutenant Nelson alone attacked two enemy machine-guns, killing two of the enemy and capturing 19.
General Orders No. 13, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Ottumwa, IA
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Distinguished Service Cross w/2 OLC (WWI)

*NELSON, OSCAR B.
(Third Award)
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
168th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Oscar B. Nelson, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at La Tuilerie Farm, France, October 16, 1918. Accompanied by six soldiers, First Lieutenant Nelson advanced 600 yards beyond his own lines through heavy fire from enemy artillery, machine-guns, and rifles, and captured two more machine-guns, killing, capturing, or dispersing their crews. Still later in the day he led his company in an attack on Chatillon Hill and took his objective, but in so doing received wounds which caused his death. His coolness, courage, and utter disregard for his own safety were a source of great inspiration to his men.
General Orders No. 13, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Ottumwa, IA
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Distinguished Service Cross w/OLC (WWI)

*NELSON, SEVERT J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 60th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Severt J. Nelson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cunel, France, October 12, 1918. Leading his platoon in the face of murderous machine-gun fire, from his front and flanks, Sergeant Nelson reached his objective after taking four enemy machine-gun nests, and killing and capturing many prisoners. He then continued ahead of his men, and alone cleaned out some houses in the woods, which were occupied by the enemy.
General Orders 78, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Ellsworth, IA

*NELSON, THEODORE VERNON
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
132d Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Theodore Vernon Nelson, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Bois-de-Chaume, near Consenvoye, France, October 9, 1918. When the right platoon of his company was held up by machine-gun fire, Lieutenant Nelson, alone and in the face of direct fire, attacked the guncrew, killing the gunner and capturing two prisoners. After reaching his objective he was wounded but refused to be evacuated and continued to direct the operations of his company. When an enemy counterattack forced a withdrawal of his company, he ordered the men who were assisting him to the rear to leave him. He later died of his wounds.
General Orders No. No. 19, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Chicago, IL

NESBIT, ROBERT L.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
130th Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert L. Nesbit, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Marcheville, France, November 6, 1918. Lieutenant Nesbit displayed the utmost bravery and outstanding courage when, leading a daylight patrol of seven men, he succeeded in penetrating the enemy lines and obtaining valuable information. His patrol was surrounded by an organized group of about 20 of the enemy. Despite this numerical superiority, he attacked and together with his patrol succeeded in killing several of the enemy and capturing one prisoner. Lieutenant Nesbit so successfully maneuvered his patrol under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire that he returned them to our lines without suffering a casualty.
General Orders No. 8, W.D., 1934
Home Town: Centralia, IL

NESBIT, ROBERT L.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
130th Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert L. Nesbit, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Marcheville, France, November 6, 1918. During a raid, Lieutenant Nesbit in command of a platoon in the first wave encountered terrific artillery and machine-gun fire from the front and flank. With utter disregard of his personal safety he rushed forward and so inspired his men that they were able to clear out several machine-gun nests and hold the position gained. Lieutenant Nesbit's courage and bravery were a source of inspiration not only to the men of his own platoon but also to the members of other companies who participated in the raid.
General Orders No. 8, W.D., 1934
Home Town: Centralia, IL

*NESSELSON, NATE T.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company C, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Nate T. Nesselson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fismes, France, August 9, 1918. Private Nesselson repeatedly exposed himself to heavy enemy fire in order to deliver messages from his company to the battalion commander. In the performance of this mission it was necessary for him to cross the Vesle River, which was constantly swept by enemy machine-gun fire. He volunteered to carry a message after others had been killed in the attempt and continued to perform this perilous duty until he was mortally wounded.
General Orders No. No. 11, W.D., 1921
Home Town: Bradford, PA

NETTE, WILLIAM B.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Battery B, 104th Field Artillery, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William B. Nette, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montzeville, France, September 14, 1918. When a continuous bombardment had set fire to the camouflage covering of a large ammunition dump of 75- mm. shells and exploded nine of the shells, Private Nette, utterly disregarding his personal safety, left a sheltered position and ran to the dump, and with the aid of three other men extinguished the fire, not only saving the ammunition but also preventing the ascertainment of the exact location of the dump by the enemy.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

NEUBERGER, HARRY H.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
10th Field Artillery, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 14 - 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry H. Neuberger, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Courboin, France, July 14 - 15, 1918. Lieutenant Neuberger volunteered and assisted another officer in driving an ambulance, making three trips to Greves Farm under the most intense shell fire. He continued to assist in the evacuation of the wounded, even after being gassed.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

NEVINS, CHESTER D.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 167th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Chester D. Nevins, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sergy, France, July 28, 1918. Crossing five hundred yards of ground swept by intense machine-gun and artillery fire, he went to the rescue of a wounded soldier. He carried the wounded man back to our lines, inspiring by his example all who saw his heroic act.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Moundville, AL

*NEWBOLD, CLINTON V. P.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clinton V. P. Newbold, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 19, 1918. After the loss of many of his men and in the face of machine-gun fire, First Lieutenant Newbold led and directed his command to successful attack, although he himself was mortally wounded.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Akron, OH

NEWCOMER, FRANCIS K.
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
4th Engineers, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Francis K. Newcomer, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fismes, France, August 5, 1918. Lieutenant Colonel Newcomer made a reconnaissance along the south bank of the Vesle River in advance of the front lines for the purpose of selecting a bridge site. He then led a small party of engineers, assisted in the work of removing the German entanglements, and constructing a foot bridge across the Vesle River, completing this work in the face of fire of great intensity. His coolness and personal bravery afforded an inspiring example to the men of his command.
General Orders No. No. 143, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

NEWELL, ALEXANDER
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company G, 38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alexander Newell, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chateau-Thierry, France, July 15, 1918. Leading a squad of nine men, Corporal Newell fearlessly passed through an enemy barrage, captured five machine guns and 33 prisoners, and recovered a sergeant of his company who was helpless from wounds, all under violent artillery fire.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Chicago, IL

NEWHALL, STEPHEN K.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 113th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 23, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Stephen K. Newhall, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-Etrayes, France, October 23, 1918. After being seriously wounded Private Newhall volunteered and carried a message through a heavy barrage to his company commander. He refused to be evacuated until his message had been delivered to the proper officer.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

NEWLIN, ELMER L.
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Elmer L. Newlin, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Fismette, France, August 10, 1918. Having heard that two wounded comrades were lying in advance of the line immediately north of Fismette, Private Newlin and two other members of his company volunteered to go through machine-gun and rifle fire to bring them in. In their first attempt all were wounded and driven back, but in spite of their injuries they advanced a second time and reached the wounded men. Their courageous effort, however, was unfortunately in vain, as their comrades had been killed.
General Orders No. No. 116, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Chester, PA

NEWTON, HARRY LEE
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 21st Machine-Gun Battalion, 7th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry Lee Newton, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vieville-en-Haye, France, November 1, 1918. Private Newton acted as runner during offensive operations, and under severest enemy barrages carried important messages to and from the front lines.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: White Hall, IL

NEWTON, ISAAC M.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Isaac M. Newton, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt, France, September 29, 1918. With another soldier, Corporal Newton attacked and destroyed two enemy machine-gun posts, 200 yards in advance of our fines. While the other soldier stood guard at the entrance of a dugout, he entered it and brought out 75 German soldiers and three officers, who were taken back to our lines as prisoners.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Kerr, NC

NICHOLS, HARLEY N.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 345th Battalion, Tank Corps, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harley N. Nichols, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Charpentry, France, October 4, 1918. While making an attack with four other tanks Sergeant Nichols's tank was struck by an enemy shell, which put it out of action. He continued to fire on a machine-gun nest until it was apparently destroyed, when he with his driver dismounted, and started to the nest, but they were fired on by the German gunners. They killed the two gunners and disabled the guns, and then drove the gunners from another gun. Under the protection of another tank they started to our own lines 1,500 meters away. On the way back two Germans with antitank rifles were encountered, the rifles captured. Sergeant Nichols and his driver were under heavy machine-gun and artillery fire throughout the operation.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: St. Louis Park, MN

NICHOLSON, WILLIAM J.
Brigadier General, U.S. Army
157th Infantry Brigade, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William J. Nicholson, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Bois-de-Beuge, Montfaucon, France, September 29, 1918. General Nicholson established and maintained his brigade post of command on an exposed elevation near the Bois-de-Beuge, in order that he might effectively direct the attack of his brigade upon the Madeleine Farm and its surrounding woods. Realizing the important of increased artillery support, he personally visited the division post of command behind Montfaucon to seek such support. In his absence the brigade post of command open to enemy observation was swept by a concentration of enemy machine- gun fire and artillery fire. In the face of this terrific fire General Nickolson, with great coolness and with complete disregard for his own safety, rode forward on horseback to his brigade post of command to issue orders for the renewed attack upon the Madeleine Farm, supervising the formation for attack, and by his brave and gallant example inspired the men of his command with renewed courage and determination, which enabled them to reach their objective and hold it against repeated enemy counterattacks.
General Orders No. No. 15, W.D., 1923
Home Town: Washington, DC

NICKELS, CHARLES E.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 2d Engineers, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5 - 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles E. Nickels, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne-a- Arnes, France, October 5 - 7, 1918. Advancing ahead of the infantry, Sergeant Nickels made several reconnaissances of the town of St. Etienne-a-Arnes, France, and, in spite of the danger, exposed to machine-gun and artillery fire of our own and enemy guns, he procured and returned with valuable information.
General Orders No. 23, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Boerne, TX

*NICKERSON, SIMEON L.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 23, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Simeon L. Nickerson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Epieds, France, July 23, 1918. Sergeant Nickerson, Corporal M. J. O'Connell, and Private Thomas Ryan volunteered to cross an open field in front of their company, in order to ascertain the location of enemy machine guns. While engaged in this courageous enterprise they were shot and killed. The heroic self-sacrifice of these three men saved the lives of many of their comrades who would have been killed had the company attempted to make the advance as a whole.
General Orders No. No. 116, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Middleboro, MA

*NICKLES, EDWARD E.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 101st Field Signal Battalion, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 24, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward E. Nickles, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, October 24, 1918. At a time when the telephone lines were badly needed, Sergeant Nickles remained without shelter for several hours, testing out the lines, until a shell burst in his vicinity, wounding him. He died from the effects in a few hours.
General Orders No. No. 21, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Cambridge, MA

NICOL, ALEXANDER L.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company L, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alexander L. Nicol, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Juvigny, north of Soissons, France, August 30, 1918. After being severely wounded Lieutenant Nicol directed the orderly retirement of his company and organized it under heavy fire of artillery and machine guns. At great personal risk he made several trips forward to bring in wounded men. Throughout the entire action he fearlessly exposed himself to fire in order to encourage and cheer his men. His energetic and faithful work furnished an example of calmness and courage to the men under his command.
General Orders No. 116, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Sparta, WI

NICOL, WILLIAM O.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 111th Machine-Gun Battalion, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William O. Nicol, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, October 12, 1918, in keeping the guns of his section in action under heavy shell fire covering the advance of the infantry. Sergeant Nocol’s section was caught in a hostile barrage, by which two of his men were killed and fire wounded. Sergeant Nicol lead the rest of the section to shelter and then returned under shell fire and rescued the wounded and dead bodies.
General Orders No. No. 35, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Jersey City, NJ

NIELSEN, JULIUS
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 53d Infantry Regiment, 6th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Julius Nielsen, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Landersbach, Alsace, October 4, 1918. Corporal Nielson was in a detachment of 50 soldiers who were attacked by a hostile raiding party composed of 300 storm troops. Although wounded, he maintained his position under the heaviest bombardment and refused to leave his post until the enemy was repulsed.
General Orders No. 27, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Lake Benton, MN

*NIGHTINGALE, HARRY M.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company F, 103d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry M. Nightingale, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-St. Remy, France, September 12, 1918. Leading his squad forward to attack an almost impregnable machine-gun nest, Corporal Nightingale continued to press on when only two of his squad remained, until he, himself, fell mortally wounded.
General Orders No. 34, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Auburn, ME

*NILES, JULIUS
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
6th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Julius Niles, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Mihiel, France, September 12, 1918. While leading his platoon across an open space in front of a wood, Lieutenant Niles was confronted by a sudden and terrific fire from German machine guns, which killed several of his men, Wishing to make a flank attack, and finding it difficult to pass the orders along, he rose up and started to the front wave of his platoon to give the necessary orders, but was killed before he could get the flank attack started.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: St. Louis, MO

NIMMO, WILLIAM T.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William T. Nimmo, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-St. Remy, France, September 12, 1918. During the drive across the St. Mihiel salient, Sergeant Nimmo led a group of 25 men through a severe machine-gun fire and into the woods occupied by the enemy. There lie charged a machine-gun nest single handed and captured the gun. The gun crew attempted to escape by entering a nearby dugout, but Sergeant Nimmo followed them into the dugout alone and captured the entire crew.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Waltham, MA

NIMS, WILLIE HARRISON
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company G, 118th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Willie Harrison Nims, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montbrehain, France, October 8, 1918. After all his company officers had been wounded, Sergeant Nims, though himself wounded in the leg by shell fire, assumed command and led his company with remarkable dash through heavy machine-gun fire. Using a stick as a crutch, he continued forward until the objective was reached and the position consolidated, when he consented to go to the rear for treatment.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Fort Mill, SC

NIXON, LONNIE H.
Captain, U.S. Army
7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lonnie H. Nixon, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fossoy, France, July 15, 1918. Captain Nixon fearlessly led a counterattack through an intense barrage, inspiring his men to success by his personal example. He was seriously wounded while in the performance of this act.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Eugene, OR

NIXON, WILLIAM J.
Private, U.S. Army
Sanitary Detachment, 111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 10 - 13, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William J. Nixon, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fismette, France, August 10 - 13, 1918. Seeing five of our men lying wounded on the enemy side of the street in the town of Fismette, Private Nixon voluntarily attempted the rescue of them, despite the fact that the enemy was pouring a deluge of machine-gun fire on the location. He organized a counterattacking force and repeatedly exposed himself in attacking the nest, finally succeeding in his mission of rescuing the wounded.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

*NOBLE, CLARENCE G.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clarence G. Noble, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Gilles, France, August 3, 1918. Lieutenant Noble voluntarily exposed himself to heavy shell fire in placing his men under cover during a heavy bombardment. While assisting a wounded soldier he was struck by a shell and killed.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Soperton, WI

*NOBLE, EARL S.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Earl S. Noble, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Forest of Argonne, France, October 9, 1918 After four members of his automatic rifle squad had become casualties in an effort to get their automatic rifle into action against a machine- gun nest, Corporal Noble fearlessly exposed himself, set up the rifle, and silenced the machine gun just as another enemy machine gun on the flank opened fire and killed him.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Bird City, KS

*NOBLE, ELMER J.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
364th Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Elmer J. Noble, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-Cheppy, France, September 26, 1918. Lieutenant Noble gallantry led his men under heavy fire in an attack through barbed-wire entanglements on the enemy positions before Bois-de-Cheppy. His conduct had a marked moral effect upon his men and he continued leading the attack until killed by enemy fire.
General Orders No. No. 39, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Seattle, WA

NOBLE, GEORGE B.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
168th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George B. Noble, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action east of Sergy, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, July 28, 1918. First Lieutenant Noble gave proof of unhesitating devotion and energy during the offensive operations of Sergy, brilliantly leading his platoon to the assault in disregard of all danger. While charged with the support and protection of a reconnaissance in No Man's Land lie gave the best example of calmness, decision, and courage under intense machine-gun fire. Wounded in this action, he refused to be evacuated and remained in command of his platoon until ordered off the field by his major.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Portland, OR

NOEL, HENRY M.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
103d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 20, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Henry M. Noel, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action east of Belleau Wood, France, July 20, 1918. Discovering a German machine-gun nest which was inflicting severe damage upon his battalion, Second Lieutenant Noel led 12 men to the right flank of the nest and charged it up a steep hill under fire from other guns. He and his men wiped out this center of resistance and made possible the advance of his company. Although wounded himself, he personally took command of large numbers of men of the company, after his captain and other platoon commanders had been killed or wounded, and advanced with them to the company's objective and held it.
General Orders No. No. 125, W.D., 1918
Home Town: St. Louis, MO

NOLAN, DENNIS E.
Brigadier General, U.S. Army
55th Infantry Brigade, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Dennis E. Nolan, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Apremont, France, October 1, 1918. While the enemy was preparing a counterattack, which they preceded by a terrific barrage, General Nolan made his way into the town of Apremont and personally directed the movements of his tanks under a most harassing fire of enemy machine-guns, rifles, and artillery. His indomitable courage and coolness so inspired his forces that, about 400 of our troops repulsed an enemy attack of two German regiments.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Akron, NY

NORMAN, CHARLES J.
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles J. Norman, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the Meuse-Argonne offensive, France, September 26, 1918. With three other soldiers Private Norman charged and captured a battery of three .77 field pieces which, protected by machine guns, were firing point blank on the position held by his company. This deed enabled his company to continue the advance.
General Orders No. No. 5, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Champaign, IL

NORRIS, ELMER C.
Private, U.S. Army
Battery E, 107th Field Artillery, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Elmer C. Norris, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fismes, France, August 28, 1918, Although severely burned by gas, Private Norris refused to be evacuated, voluntarily remaining on duty for two days, repairing telephone connections day and night over shell swept areas from the battery position to the observation post. He worked faithfully, maintaining adequate telephone service until ordered to the rear.
General Orders 64, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

NORRIS, ELMER L.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company C, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Elmer L. Norris, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Exermont, France, October 5, 1918. Corporal Norris, an automatic rifleman, crept about 600 yards ahead of the line held by our troops and after locating two enemy machine guns, he opened fire and succeeded in destroying one of the enemy guns and forcing two of the enemy to surrender. He then turned the captured gun on the enemy to such effect that his company was able to advance with slight loss.
General Orders No. 72, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Bigprairie, OH

NORRIS, RAVEE
Major, U.S. Army
167th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14 - 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ravee Norris, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, October 14 - 16, 1918. During the attack on the Cote-de-Chatillon, Major Norris personally led his battalion through the intense artillery and machine-gun fire, Although the attack led through a dense forest, he maneuvered his battalion with such success that liaison was maintained at all times between the units of his command and with the units of the right and left flanks, and a successful attack made upon a position considered almost impregnable. He was wounded during this attack.
General Orders 64, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Birmingham, AL

NORRIS, STEVE G.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company G, 364th Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Steve G. Norris, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Very, France, September 26, 1918. Sergeant Norris voluntarily preceded his company in searching woods for the purpose of locating enemy snipers, who were causing numerous casualties. He also made numerous trips under artillery and machine- gun fire to maintain liaison with adjacent units. When his company was making its first advance under heavy shell fire this soldier, then a corporal, took the place of a rifle sergeant's section and kept this unit intact during the advance.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Colton, CA

NORTON, EARL D.
Private, U.S. Army
Company H, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Earl D. Norton, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vaux, France, July 1, 1918. While Private Norton, an automatic rifle gunner, was advancing during the attack, a shell fragment struck a bag of hand grenades which he was carrying on his hip, resulting in an explosion which shattered his left leg. Despite this severe wound, he crawled forward toward a shell hole, where the remainder of his squad had taken refuge and, with his remaining strength, threw his automatic rifle to the men in the shell hole. His injuries necessitated the amputation of his leg.
General Orders 66, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Guilford, CT

NORTON, EVERETTE C.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 139th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Everette C. Norton, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cheppy, France, September 27, 1918. After being wounded by a machine-gun bullet, Private Norton refused to be evacuated to the rear, but continued in his duties for two days thereafter, and only stopped when weakened by the loss of blood.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Moran, KS

NORTON, FRANK B.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 328th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9 - 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank B. Norton, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Cornay, France, October 9 - 10, 1918. After fighting for six hours, Sergeant Norton volunteered to accompany 15 other soldiers and an officer on a night patrol of Cornay, which was held by many enemy machine-gun posts. The party worked from 11 o'clock at night till next morning, clearing buildings and dugouts of the enemy, capturing 60 prisoners and two machine guns. With six others, Sergeant Norton volunteered and entered a dugout where 23 prisoners were captured. He was wounded while leaving the town, but he refused to go to the aid station until the prisoners had been delivered at brigade headquarters.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Altoona, PA

NORTON, HENRY M.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 108th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Henry M. Norton, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. Private Norton, on his own initiative, went forward twice in advance of the front line, bringing in wounded under heavy shell and machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. 23, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Olean, NY

NORTON, JAMES A.
Wagoner, U.S. Army
Company A, 107th Ammunition Train, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James A. Norton, Wagoner, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Juvigny, north of Soissons, France, September 4, 1918. During a heavy enemy bombardment a shell burst near two ammunition trucks that were being unloaded at a dump, blowing up one truck and setting fire to the other. Disregarding the warning of bystanders, Wagoner Norton rushed forward, threw off the burning cushions and cover on the truck and backed it to a place of safety. His conspicuous bravery was the means of saving a large quantity of ammunition.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Columbia, SD

*NORTON, JOHN H.
Captain, U.S. Army
47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 29 - 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John H. Norton, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Sergy, France, July 29 - 30, 1918. When the company on the left of his own had fallen back, leaving a gap through which the enemy was approaching for a counterattack, Captain Norton, with the remnants of two squads, formed an automatic rifle post and successfully covered the withdrawal of the remainder of his command to a stronger line of resistance. Though his small group was almost annihilated by hostile fire, he held this position until the arrival of reinforcements, inflicting heavy losses on the enemy.
General Orders 70, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Springfield, MA

NORTON, JOHN W.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 29th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John W. Norton, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Thibault, France, August 6, 1918. While leading his platoon toward the Vesle River, Sergeant Norton encountered extreme machine-gun fire. Exposing himself to determine the exact location from which this fire was being made, he was seriously wounded, but he continued to direct the fire of his men, even after he was no longer able to move with them. His action greatly aided his platoon to advance and join the remainder of the company.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Central Falls, RI

NORTON, ROBERT WILLIAM
Captain, U.S. Army
39th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert William Norton, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cunel, France, October 11, 1918. During the action in the Bois De Foret, Captain Norton, with another officer, braved the hazardous fire by going out into "No Man's Land" and capturing 20 Germans at the point of his pistol. Although he lost two of the enemy during the encounter, he personally conducted the remaining back to our lines.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: East Bloomfield, NY

NORTON, WILLIAM M.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: March 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William M. Norton, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Seicheprey, Ausauville sector, France, March 1, 1918. Finding himself in a dugout surrounded by Germans, and in which a hand grenade had been thrown, Sergeant Norton refused to surrender, made a bold dash outside, killed one of his assailants, put the others to flight, and resumed his duty with his company.
General Orders No. No. 133, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Hardy, AR

*NORWAT, ARTHUR
(First Award)
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 14 - 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur Norwat, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Revillon, France, September 14 - 15, 1918. On September 14 Sergeant Norwat advanced ahead of his company, and with an automatic rifle single-handed silenced an enemy machine-gun nest, capturing the gunner. On the following day after having assumed command, because of the fact that all officers had become casualties, he assembled 13 men and led them in a charge against superior forces of the enemy, recapturing a trench which shortly before had been taken by the enemy.
General Orders No. No. 1, W.D., 1926
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross w/OLC (WWI)

*NORWAT, ARTHUR
(Second Award)
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur Norwat, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Moulin De L'Homme Mort, France, October 4, 1918. When enemy machine-gun fire had checked his attempt to reach companies which had been surrounded by the enemy, Sergeant Norwat sprang upon the parapet, in full view of the enemy, and opened fire with an automatic rifle. He continued with this heroic work until he fell mortally wounded.
General Orders No. No. 1, W.D., 1926
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI)

*NOTTINGHAM, MARSH W.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 76th Field Artillery, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Marsh W. Nottingham, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Roncheres, France, July 31, 1918. Corporal Nottingham volunteered and carried messages through the intense shelling before telephone communication was established. While leading a party to an observation post, Corporal Nottingham was killed by shell fire.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Indianapolis, IN

NOURSE, WILLIAM H.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 103d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 20, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William H. Nourse, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bouresches, France, July 20, 1918. Being on special duty, Sergeant Nourse followed his company in the attack. Upon discovering a strong machine-gun nest pouring a destructive fire into the second wave of his battalion, Sergeant Nourse, sending two men to the flanks, advanced alone, rushed and cleaned out the nests with hand grenades and bayonet.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hyde Park, MA

*NOWAK, JOHN M.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company K, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John M. Nowak, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fismes, France, August 4, 1918. After being severely wounded Sergeant Nowak refused to go to the rear for first aid, but bravely continued in the advance. While he was helping to reform his company under a heavy machine-gun barrage shortly afterwards he was killed.
General Orders 95, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Milwaukee, WI

NOWLIN, GEORGE A.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Battery E, 42d Artillery, Coast Artillery Corps
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George A. Nowlin, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Suippes, France, July 15, 1918. First Sergeant Nowlin displayed great bravery and devotion to duty during the action of his battery at the opening of the German attack at Suippes. The firing position was under heavy fire, and the members of the battery widely separated when orders to fire were received by his battery. He personally succeeded in quickly organizing the firing section at their posts. On several occasions he carried severely wounded infantrymen long distances to dressing stations. He assisted in repairing damage to exposed telephone lines under heavy shrapnel fire, and with his battery was the last man to leave the firing position.
General Orders No. 3, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

NUBEL, HERMAN
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company L, 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herman Nubel, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Pierremont, France, November 4, 1918. Corporal Nubel advanced under heavy machine- gun fire to a position on the flank of his company's sector, located a machine-gun nest and opened fire on it. He remained in this position in the face of fire from a one-pounder gun.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Elmhurst, NY

NUNLEY, LEWIS
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company G, 38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lewis Nunley, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mezy, France, July 15, 1918. Corporal Nunley advanced in the face of intense machine-gun fire and single handed attacked an enemy machine-gun position, killing the crew and returning with the gun to our lines. Later he led nine men in a flank attack on the enemy and captured 25 men.
General Orders No. No. 27, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Hulette, KY

NUZZOLO, FIORENTINO
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company L, 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fiorentino Nuzzolo, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Argonne Forest, France, October 4, 1918. When his commanding officer had been severely wounded while making a personal reconnaissance of the front lines, Private Nuzzolo, together with a comrade, voluntarily left shelter and went out under heavy machine-gun fire to assist him. Locating him, first aid was administered and he was carried to a place of comparative safety from which he could be evacuated.
General Orders No. No. 3, W.D., 1935
Home Town: Cedarhurst, NY

NYE, WILL W.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Will W. Nye, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Samogneux, France, October 15, 1918. Lieutenant Nye advanced without assistance upon a machine- gun nest and drove the crew from the gun.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Radford, VA

 

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 OBENOUR, GEORGE G.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George G. Obenour, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Crezancy, France, July 15, 1918. Three times under terrific enemy fire, Private Obenour carried messages to battalion and regimental headquarters. After the company had withdrawn, Private Obenour voluntarily returned to the position his company had held and throughout the night assisted in evacuating the wounded.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Williamsburg, PA

OBERMEYER, HERMAN
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company I, 38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herman Obermeyer, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Charteves, France, July 22, 1918. His company being temporarily halted by machine-gun fire from the front, Corporal Obermeyer, with one man, advanced ahead of our lines through heavy machine-gun fire, attacked an enemy post and captured eight prisoners. Due to his act of daring, the company was able to continue its advance.
General Orders No. No. 22, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Washington, DC

*O'BRIEN, CHARLES
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles O'Brien, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Le Cendriere Woods, near the Aisne Canal, September 6, 1918. Lieutenant O'Brien led his platoon forward toward the Le Cendriere woods under heavy shell fire. When wounded in the left leg, one of his men urged him to stop and have the wound dressed. He answered, "Never mind that; they can't stop us," and led his platoon through the woods to the bank of the Aisne Canal, where, while placing his men in position, he was struck again and killed. His dauntless courage presented an inspiring example to the men of his platoon.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Nanticoke, PA

O'BRIEN, CORNELIUS J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company E, 2d Engineers, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Cornelius J. O'Brien, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ville-Savoye, France, August 11, 1918. While engaged on the construction of a bridge over the Valle River, Sergeant O’Brien voluntarily left shelter during intense fire and carried one of his wounded officers through a heavy machine-gun and artillery barrage to a dressing station.
General Orders No. No. 16, W.D., 1923
Home Town: Butte, MT

O'BRIEN, JOHN J.
Private, U.S. Army
Company E, 104th Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John J. O'Brien, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Trugny, France, July 22, 1918. Private O'Brien was one of a party of eight soldiers led by Lieutenant Charles E. Nelson in an attack upon a machine-gun emplacement, the fire of which was inflicting severe losses on his company. In the advance two of the detachment were killed and two wounded but Private O'Brien with the remaining members of the party, with unhesitating gallantry and courage, promptly attacked, captured a machine gun, killed five of the enemy, including one officer, and captured eleven prisoners, thereby aiding in saving his company from further severe losses.
General Orders No. No. 3, W.D., 1929
Home Town: Dorchester, MA

O'BRIEN, JOHN J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 2d Engineers, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5 - 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John J. O'Brien, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne-a- Arnes, France, October 5 - 7, 1918. Advancing ahead of the infantry, Sergeant O'Brien made several reconnaissances of the town of St. Etienne-a-Arnes; and, in spite of the danger exposed to machine-gun and artillery fire of our own and enemy guns, he procured and returned with valuable information.
General Orders No. 23, W.D., 1919
Home Town: El Paso, TX

O'BRIEN, JOSEPH P.
Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 103d Machine-Gun Battalion, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph P. O'Brien, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bouresches, France, July 18, 1918. Although severely wounded, Private O'Brien advanced in front of the line under terrific machine-gun fire and succeeded in rescuing a wounded comrade and carried him back to a place of safety. After receiving first-aid treatment, he again went forward and returned with the body of a company officer.
General Orders No. No. 31, W.D., 1922
Home Town: Providence, RI

O'BRIEN, THOMAS A.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 325th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas A. O'Brien, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action east of St. Juvin, France, October 16, 1918. Sergeant O'Brien assumed command of his platoon and successfully led it forward until it was held up by severe enemy machine-gun fire. He then went forward himself and silenced the hostile machine gun with hand grenades, being wounded in the performance of this gallant act.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

O'BRIEN, WILLIAM H. J.
First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
76th Field Artillery, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 14 - 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William H. J. O'Brien, First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near la Trinity Ferme, France, July 14 - 15, 1918. During the entire night of July 14 - 15, and throughout the following day, Lieutenant O’Brien was continually exposed to high explosives and gas shells in caring for the wounded, even after he had been painfully wounded by the fragment of a shell.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New Haven, CT

O'CONNELL, ALBERT L.
Private, U.S. Army
Battery C, 60th Artillery, Coast Artillery Corps
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Albert L. O'Connell, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montblainville, France, October 4, 1918. In an effort to rescue a comrade who had been severely wounded, Private O'Connell ran with a litter into an area under heavy shell fire. He succeeded in getting the wounded soldier on the litter, but before he could carry him out of danger, another shell burst directly under the litter, killing the wounded soldier and severely wounding Private O'Connell.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Battle Creek, MI

*O'CONNELL, MICHAEL
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 23, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Michael O'Connell, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Epieds, France, July 23, 1918. Corporal O'Connell, Sergeant Simeon L. Nickerson, and Private Thomas Ryan volunteered to cross an open field in front of their company in order to ascertain the location of enemy machine-guns. While engaged in this courageous enterprise they were shot and killed. The heroic self-sacrifice of these three men saved the lives of many of their comrades, who would have been killed had the company attempted to make the advance as a whole.
General Orders No. No. 116, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Boston, MA

O'CONNOR, DANIEL
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Daniel O'Connor, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action north of Verdun, France, October 27, 1918. Encountering strong machine-gun nests while leading his platoon forward. Sergeant O'Connor ordered his men to take cover while he advanced alone, flanked the nest, and killed two of the enemy gunners, thereby enabling his platoon to resume the advance.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Dorchester, MA

O'CONNOR, HARRY GROVER
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Headquarters Detachment, 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry Grover O'connor, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Juvin, France, October 15, 1918. Sergeant O'Connor volunteered and went from his division headquarters to one of the regiments in line to obtain much needed information and arrange for liaison. He covered the distance of six kilometers through shell fire three times before the unit was found and while returning with the information was seriously wounded by a shell which mortally wounded two companions. He gave water and first aid to the two men and dragged himself down the road until he met a soldier whom he sent for an ambulance. After reaching the hospital and having his wounds dressed, he left the hospital without the knowledge of the attendants and delivered the information to his division headquarters in person.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Wayland, NY

O'CONNOR, JAMES
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company I, 165th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James O'Connor, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Landres, France, October 14, 1918. After his entire squad had been either killed or wounded while attacking an enemy machine-gun nest, Corporal O'Connor continued the combat single handed and, having killed three of the enemy, silenced their machine-gun which was enfilading his battalion. He then carried three of his comrades from their exposed positions to safety.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

O'CONNOR, JOHN HENRY
Major, U.S. Army
137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Henry O'Connor, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the attack on Montrebeau Woods, France, September 28, 1918. By his personal example, leadership, and courage under most severe fire, Major O'Connor was a source of inspiration to his command and a very great factor in the successful attack.
General Orders No. No. 28, W.D., 1921
Home Town: Winfield, KS

*O'CONNOR, THOMAS P.
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 165th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas P. O'Connor, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Villers-sur-Fere, France, July 31, 1918. After his platoon had moved from an open field in the cover of the wood Private O’Connor returned to the field under heavy machine-gun fire to rescue a wounded comrade and was killed at the side of the man he tried to save.
General Orders No. No. 117, W.D., 1918
Home Town: New York, NY

O'DANIEL, JOHN W.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John W. O'Daniel, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-St. Claude, in the St. Mihiel salient, September 12, 1918. After being severely wounded in the head early in the action Lieutenant O’Daniel continued in command of his platoon, leading his men for several hours until forced to give in to complete physical exhaustion, thus displaying most exceptional courage, determination, and devotion to duty.
General Orders No. No. 128, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Newark, DE

O'DELL, EDGAR H.
Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edgar H. O'Dell, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Varennes, France, September 26, 1918. In the face of heavy machine-gun fire, Private O’Dell entered a building alone and captured 16 prisoners and four machine-guns. He used an automatic rifle and hand grenades, during his advance to the building, fire from which was checking our advance.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: York, ND

ODELL, JULIUS DONOVAN (AKA: JULIUS O. YUILL)
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 361st Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Julius Donovan Odell, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action under the name Julius O. Yuill. (See alias for citation)
Home Town: , Unknown

ODENWALD, WILLIAM
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company M, 328th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9 - 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William Odenwald, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Cornay, France, October 9 - 10, 1918. After fighting for six hours, Private Odenwald volunteered to accompany 15 other soldiers and an officer on a night patrol of Cornay, which was held by many enemy machine-gun posts. The party worked from 11 o'clock at night until the next morning at clearing buildings and dugouts of the enemy, capturing 65 prisoners and two machine-guns. With six others, Private Odenwald volunteered and entered a dugout, where 23 prisoners were captured. He was wounded while leaving the town, but he refused to go to the aid station until the prisoners had been delivered at brigade headquarters.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

OFFINGER, EARL C.
Captain, U.S. Army
315th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Earl C. Offinger, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Nantillois, France, September 29, 1918. While leading his company, under heavy shell and machine- gun fire, Captain Offinger received severe arm wounds. He was obliged to return for treatment to a first-aid post, and advised to go to the rear. Refusing, he returned to his lines, reorganized his company, and formed their position before being evacuated.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Springfield, MA

*O'FLAHERTY, COLEMAN E.
First Lieutenant (Chaplain), U.S. Army
28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Coleman E. O'Flaherty, First Lieutenant (Chaplain), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Very, France, October 3, 1918. (Chaplain) O'Flaherty displayed conspicuous gallantry in administering to the wounded under terrific fire, exposing himself at all times, to reach their side and give them aid. In the performance of this heroic work he was killed.
General Orders No. No. 28, W.D., 1921
Home Town: Mitchell, SD

OGDEN, GEORGE
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27 & November 2 - 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Ogden, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montblainville, France, September 27, and near Beslieux, France, November 2 - 9, 1918. While acting as battalion scout, Corporal Ogden succeeded in driving away the crews of two enemy machine-guns by sniping. Operating one of these guns himself and a sergeant the other, they materially assisted in repulsing an enemy counterattack On another occasion, while leading a patrol of ten men on the Vesle River, Corporal Ogden succeeded in getting on the flank of the enemy and by rifle fire forced about 100 to retreat from a trench in disorder, inflicting many casualties. Later he succeeded in getting in the rear of the enemy positions, remaining in hiding until night, and then returned with valuable information relative to the enemy's positions.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

*OGDEN, IRA C.
Captain, U.S. Army
141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9 - 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ira C. Ogden, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne, France, October 9 - 10, 1918. Due to casualties among field officers, Captain Ogden was placed in command of the support line. On the afternoon of October 10, an advance was ordered, and Captain Ogden requested permission to accompany the front line. He was placed in command of the front line of the regiment and advanced with it at 4:30 p.m. Regardless of personal danger, he crossed areas swept by machine-gun fire, and was killed in action shortly after he had reported as having reached the objective.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: San Antonio, TX

OGLE, EDWARD W., JR.
Private, U.S. Army
Company H, 312th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward W. Ogle, Jr., Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Grand Pre, France, October 18, 1918. Acting upon his own initiative. Private Ogle on three different occasions risked his life by going in front of his lines and assisting wounded comrades to a place of safety.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: East Orange, NJ

O'HAGAN, THOMAS P.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 165th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14 - 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas P. O'Hagan, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, October 14 - 15, 1918. After successfully conducting a raiding patrol and returning safely to his lines, Sergeant O'Hagan immediately went back to the scene and, exposed to unusual machine-gun and artillery fire, searched for and carried to safety a wounded man who was lying 100 yards from the enemy's wire. On the following day he carried a severely wounded comrade to safety across an open field, in spite of the terrific and especially directed machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

OILER, GEORGE
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Oiler, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vaux, France, July 1, 1918. Sergeant Oiler volunteered and led a liaison patrol through a thick woods known to be strongly held by enemy machine-guns. After being severely wounded, he brought back four prisoners and valuable information.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Fort Thomas, KY

OKE, RUSSELL
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company L, 61st Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Russell Oke, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chateau Charmois, France, November 9, 1918. Disregarding personal peril, Sergeant Oke attacked and reduced a machine-gun nest, killing two of the crew and driving the others from their guns.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: , Canada

O'KEEFE, ARTHUR J.
Captain, U.S. Army
18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur J. O'Keefe, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 21, 1918. Captain O'Keefe personally led a group of automatic riflemen in an attack against a number o the enemy who were attempting to cut off the assaulting wave. By his skillful leadership and gallant conduct he succeeded in defeating the enemy party. In the performance of this duty Captain O'Keefe was wounded in the leg by a machine-gun bullet. In spite of his wound this officer continued to expose himself to heavy machine- gun fire while directing the movements of his company until wounded a second time by a high-explosive shell. Twice wounded, he refused to be evacuated until ordered to the rear.
General Orders No. 72, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Fort Leavenworth, KS

O'KEEFE, DANIEL J.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company B, 361st Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Daniel J. O'Keefe, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Epinonville, France, September 27, 1918. When half of his platoon were on a hillside under heavy machine-gun and snipers' fire, Corporal O’Keefe effectively covered the withdrawal of his detachment with his automatic rifle.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Home Town: San Francisco, CA

O'KEEFE, JOHN J.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John J. O'Keefe, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Bois-de-Harville, France, November 10, 1918. After all the officers of two of the companies of his battalion had become casualties, Sergeant O'Keefe rallied the men, who had become disorganized under the machine-gun fire, and led them forward toward the objective, displaying marked courage and leadership.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

*O'KEEFE, THOMAS J.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas J. O'Keefe, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, October 4, 1918. Corporal O'Keefe voluntarily advanced alone into the woods to destroy an enemy machine-gun nest and in a single-handed pistol fight with eight of the enemy, succeeded in killing four Germans before he himself was killed in this unequal combat.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

O'KELLY, THOMAS
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company C, 165th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas O'Kelly, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, October 15, 1918. Even after being warned of the danger of attempting to get through the murderous fire, and, after he had seen all the other battalion runners killed or wounded on the same mission, Corporal O' Kelly willingly volunteered and started with a message to regimental headquarters. When he had gone but a short distance, he was wounded but managed to reach his destination, after which he was taken to a hospital.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

OLANSON, ARTHUR W.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company K, 315th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur W. Olanson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Nantillois, France, September 29, 1918. Sergeant Olanson, with his company commander, outflanked a machine-gun nest which was holding up their advance, shot one German non-commissioned officer who tried to escape, and captured two prisoners, the other occupants fleeing, The reduction of this machine-gun nest made it possible for the flank of the battalion to advance.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

OLDFIELD, WILLIE A.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 139th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26 - 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Willie A. Oldfield, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Charpentry, France, September 26 - 27, 1918. Sergeant Oldfield was in charge of his platoon when it was subjected to heavy enemy machine-gun fire, causing numerous casualties. By his word and example he held his men in line as a unit until nightfall, when they entrenched. Next day when the tanks appeared he led the charge upon the machine-guns which were holding up the advance, Inspired by his gallantry, his men went forward and cleared out the guns and assisted in the capture of Charpentry, with many prisoners.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Canton, KS

OLDYNSKI, CHARLES
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company H, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles Oldynski, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne-a-Arnes, France, October 3, 1918. Private First Class Oldynski advanced ahead of his squad through heavy machine-gun fire and engaged in a hand-to- hand fight with an enemy sergeant, whom he killed. He killed two others of the enemy before the other members of his squad arrived and assisted in the capture of remaining enemy soldiers with their guns.
General Orders No. No. 22, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Shamokin, PA

*O'LEARY, JOSEPH A.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Battery F, 124th Field Artillery, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph A. O'Leary, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Epinonville, France, October 7, 1918. Corporal O’Leary left shelter and volunteered as a stretcher bearer, making frequent trips to and from gun positions under heavy fire until he was killed by an enemy shell.
General Orders 74, W.D., 1919
Home Town: East St. Louis, IL

OLEJNIK, FRANK
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company B, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank Olejnik, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Gland, France, July 21, 1918. Assisting his platoon commander and one other comrade, Corporal Olejnik went forward, attacking and capturing an enemy machine-gun and eight prisoners.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Indiana Harbor, IN

OLIPHANT, DAVID A.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 7th Engineers, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to David A. Oliphant, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Romagne, France, October 14, 1918. By his energy, initiative, and courage, Sergeant Oliphant located several machine-gun nests and captured nine prisoners and an antitank gun when sent put with three other soldiers to locate the enemy positions.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Ashland, KY

OLIVER, CLARENCE R.
Captain, U.S. Army
28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clarence R. Oliver, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 19, 1918. As commanding officer of Company B, 28th Infantry, Captain Oliver led his men against enemy machine-gun nests which were preventing the advance of his regiment, exposing himself fearlessly to heavy shell and machine-gun fire. Unalterably determined to reach the objective to which he was ordered, Captain Oliver made the supreme sacrifice when well in advance of his company. His display of the highest courage and self-sacrifice so inspired his men that they were victorious in one of the most desperate phases of the battle of Soissons.
General Orders No. 6, W.D., 1930
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

OLIVER, MACK O.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Mack O. Oliver, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action west of the Meuse, France, October 11, 1918. After having been severely wounded by shrapnel, Sergeant Oliver refused to leave the lines, realizing the urgent need of men. After being relieved, he walked to the dressing station, despite his weakness from loss of blood, and his painful suffering from the wound.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Winston-Salem, NC

*OLLRICH, HARRY J.
Private, U.S. Army
Company E, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 31 - August 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry J. Ollrich, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the advance across the River Ourcq and from Cierges to Fismes, France, July 31 to August 4, 1918. Many times daily during this advance Private Ollrich displayed an entire disregard of personal danger in the carrying of messages through enemy barrages. Later in the fighting near Fismes, when it became necessary to send an important message to the commanding officer of the battalion, although Private Ollrich had been on constant duty night and day for four days, he attempted to deliver the message but was killed while crossing a shell-swept zone.
General Orders No. No. 116, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Mount Clemens, MI

OLSEN, ERIC S.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
102d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: February 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Eric S. Olsen, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Chavignon, France, February 28, 1918. Sergeant Olsen was a member of a working party on the night of February 28, 1918, well out in front of the advance post. His party encountered a violent barrage of the enemy which protected enemy assault troops. He helped to fight off the German troops, and walked back and forth twice under the enemy's and our own barrage to collect his men. When he heard that his lieutenant was in trouble, he walked back again to his rescue, where the barrage had at first overtaken him.
General Orders No. No. 129, W.D., 1918
Home Town: New Britain, CT

OLSEN, FRED
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 264th Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fred Olsen, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Eclisfontaine, France, September 27, 1918. With two other soldiers, Sergeant Olsen volunteered and went 300 yards beyond our outpost lines, through heavy shell fire, to bring in a wounded private of his regiment. The mission was promptly and successfully accomplished.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: El Centro, CA

OLSEN, HAROLD
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company K, 327th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harold Olsen, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Meuse- Argonne offensive, October 9, 1918. Assisted by another soldier, Corporal Olsen crawled far in advance of our lines, under terrific machine-gun and shell fire, and brought back a severely wounded comrade.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Attleboro, MA

OLSEN, OLAF S.
Private, U.S. Army
Company I, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Olaf S. Olsen, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Juvigny, France, August 31, 1918. Private Olsen was a squad leader in the second platoon. After reaching his objective he displayed extraordinary qualities of leadership in organizing scattering squads of Company I and placing them in advantageous positions in spite of severe machine-gun fire and artillery bombardment. His disregard of danger and fine leadership were an inspiration to his comrades.
General Orders No. No. 1244, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Superior, WI

OLSON, JOHN O.
Private, U.S. Army
Company L, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: May 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John O. Olson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-Fontaine, France, May 11, 1918. Private Olson displayed conspicuous bravery by going from the front line to an advanced post and rescuing, unaided, a wounded comrade in the face of heavy machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Valparaiso, NE

OLSON, MANDEL
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 13th Machine-Gun Battalion, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Mandel Olson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cunel, France, October 14, 1918. Accompanying another soldier, Private Olson left shelter and went forward 100 meters over territory swept by shells and machine-gun fire, and carried a wounded man to safety.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Grand Forks, ND

O'MALLEY, GEORGE P.
Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
7th Sussex Regiment (Attached), British Expeditionary Forces
Date of Action: August 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George P. O'Malley, Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mametz, Belgium, August 26, 1918. Under intense enemy machine-gun and rifle fire, Captain O'Malley went to the rescue of wounded British soldiers, dressed their wounds, and assisted in carrying them to places of comparative safety. While thus engaged one of the stretcher bearers in the rescue party was killed and another wounded. These men Captain O'Malley also assisted in carrying to the British dressing station.
General Orders No. No. 15, W.D., 1923
Home Town: Cleveland, OH

O'NEAL, JAMES LEE
Private, U.S. Army
Company L, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James Lee O'Neal, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sergy, France, October 5, 1918. When machine-gun and rifle fire was so heavy that his company commander would not order a runner out, Private O'Neal volunteered and carried messages from the regimental post of command to his company, making numerous trips under heavy machine-gun and shell fire, during the day and night.
General Orders No. 103, W.D., 1919
Home Town: California, MO

O'NEIL, FRANK P.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank P. O'Neil, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-St. Remy, France, September 12, 1918. When the advance of his battalion was held up for nearly two hours, Lieutenant O'Neil, with. four soldiers, made an attack on the enemy, and although subjected to direct fire, succeeded in silencing two of their machine-guns, and enabling his battalion to proceed further.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Dorchester, MA

O'NEiL, MIKE
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 8th Machine-Gun Battalion, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Mike O'Neal, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cierges, France, October 4, 1918. Having been seriously wounded during an attack, Sergeant O'Neal refused to leave the field until he had led his men to cover and reestablished his guns for action, inspiring the other members of his platoon by his courage and fortitude.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Jeffersonville, IN

O'NEILL, JAMES T.
Private, U.S. Army
110th Ambulance Company, 103d Sanitary Train, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James T. O'Neill, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Fismes, France, August 10, 1918. Under heavy shell and machine-gun fire, Private O'Neill voluntarily made five trips to ascertain the condition of a bridge over the Vesle River to make sure that it was safe for the passages of ambulances. Later, when the bridge became impassable for vehicles Private O’Neill crossed the bridge on foot and brought back food and medical supplies.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Alden, PA

*O'NEILL, WILLIAM
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 165th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 14 - 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William O'Neill, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the valley of Suippes, France, July 14 - 16, 1918. Wounded by a shell fragment, Sergeant O’Neill returned to his platoon and engaged in hand-to-hand fighting after having his wound dressed. Wounded two days later by a machine-gun bullet, he again returned to the firing line, after receiving first aid, and led a successful charge against an enemy position. His personal heroism was an inspiration to him men. He was killed while consolidating a position his platoon had just taken.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

OOSTERBANN, DICK
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 15th Machine-Gun Battalion, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Dick Oosterbann, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Bois- de-Rappes, France, October 21, 1918. While repulsing an enemy counterattack in the Bois-de-Rappe, Private Oosterbann, a gunner, was so badly wounded that he could no longer fire, but lay beside his gun for 18 hours, without medical attention, under heavy machine-gun fire, encouraging the remainder of his squad until the attack was over.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Zeeland, MI

OPIE, HIEROME L.
Major, U.S. Army
116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Hierome L. Opie, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Samogneux, France, October 15, 1918. Although painfully wounded, Major Opie continued in command of his battalion, successfully leading it to its objective. During the action Major Opie displayed rare courage and valor, refusing relief until the new objective was consolidated.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Staunton, VA

OPPENHEIM, ARLIE C.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company I, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arlie C. Oppenheim, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 19, 1918. During the attack on this date, Corporal Oppenheim assisted his platoon commander in pushing forward the attack against strong enemy resistance. Later, when the advance of his platoon was halted by machine-gun fire, he, with three others, advanced ahead of our lines and silenced the enemy machine gun. Due to his gallantry, his organization was enabled to continue the advance. Later in the engagement, he was seriously wounded and evacuated to the hospital.
General Orders No. 72, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Lake Park, GA

ORCUTT, IVER
Private, U.S. Army
Company E, 56th Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Iver Orcutt, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Preny, France, November 1, 1918. When it was rumored that several of the front line companies had been forced to withdraw, Private Orcutt volunteered and went over the entire front during the night, reporting back the exact location of each unit. His mission was accomplished under shrapnel fire and gas, but he succeeded where many other runners had failed.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Seattle, WA

ORD, RALPH EDWARD
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ralph Edward Ord, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action west of Fismette, France, August 10, 1918. Sergeant Ord, with another soldier, voluntarily left a place of safety and crawled through heavy machine-gun and shell fire to the aid of a comrade who had fallen wounded during the withdrawal of their company from an exposed position, carrying him 75 yards across an open area to shelter.
General Orders No. No. 128, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Dravosburg, PA

O'ROURKE, CORNELIUS
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 15th Machine-Gun Battalion, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Cornelius O'Rourke, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vieville-en-Haye, France, September 14, 1918. Seeing two wounded comrades lying exposed to heavy enemy machine-gun and artillery fire, he went out in disregard of all danger to himself and brought them in, one at a time, to a sheltered place, thus inspiring his men by his great dash and courage.
General Orders No. No. 145, W.D., 1918
Home Town: New Haven, CT

O'ROURKE, JAMES H.
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James H. O'Rourke, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vieville-en-Haye, France, September 26, 1918. After being twice wounded, Private O'Rourke captured two prisoners and took them to the battalion headquarters.
General Orders No. 26, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Lakewood, NJ

*O'ROURKE, JOHN P. (AKA: JOHN T. BURKE)
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3 - 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John P. O'Rourke, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Blanc Mont Ridge, France, October 3 - 9, 1918. With utter disregard for his personal safety, Private O'Rourke worked untiringly under heavy shell fire and gave aid to the wounded He lost his life while advancing in front of his company to give aid to some wounded.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Elk Point, SD

*ORTIZ, CONCEPCION
Private, U.S. Army
Company I, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Concepcion Ortiz, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Romagne, France, October 11, 1918. On the morning of October 11 Private Ortiz made numerous trips across a valley which was swept by continuous and terrific machine-gun fire, carrying messages of great importance from his company in the front line to his battalion post of command. After having successfully and fearlessly carried many messages he lost his life while performing the hazardous duty.
General Orders 64, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Eagle Pass, TX

*ORTT, HORACE F.
Private, U.S. Army
Battery C, 123d Field Artillery, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Horace F. Ortt, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Very-Epinonville Valley, northwest of Verdun, France, October 4, 1918. Private Orett volunteered to carry an important message to a position under heavy enemy fire, realizing in advance that he was exposing himself to unusual dangers in this undertaking. He continued in his task until killed by an enemy shell.
General Orders No. No. 5, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Dixon, IL

OSBORN, MORTON
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 7 - 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Morton Osborn, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action southeast of Bazoches, France, August 7 - 9, 1918. Wounded in the head and shoulder, Sergeant Osborn rejoined his platoon as soon as his wounds had been dressed and remained with it until the command was relieved, displaying rare qualities of leadership and judgment under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire.
General Orders No. No. 137, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Load, KY

OSBORNE, HARRY
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company F, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry Osborne, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Medeah Ferme, France, October 3, 1918. Corporal Osborne, together with four other men, charged a machine-gun nest containing three heavy machine-guns, capturing the three guns and twenty prisoners.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Elizabeth, NJ

OSMOND, FRANK W.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company A, 301st Battalion, Tank Corps, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank W. Osmond, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt, France, September 29, 1918. Corporal Osmond was on duty as gunner in a tank, whose track was broken by a direct hit from an enemy shell. Because of the heavy machine-gun fire it was impossible to repair the track; but Corporal Osmond, accompanied by another soldier, left the tank, picked up some rifles, and, crawling through the trenches and brush to the rear of the machine-gun position, killed four of the enemy crew. They then returned to the tank and assisted in repairing the track, under heavy shell fire.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

OTTE, FRED
Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 9 - 13, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fred Otte, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Fismes and Fismette, France, August 9 - 13, 1918. For four days, during the most intense fighting, Private Otte acted as runner between his battalion headquarters at Fismes and troops in Fismette. He made many trips across the Vesle River under heavy shell and machine-gun fire, and when the bridge had been destroyed he continued his trips by swimming the river, which contained wire entanglements.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Fairmount City, PA

OTTO, ANDREW C., JR.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Andrew C. Otto, Jr., Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action south of Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. Lieutenant Otto led a force of 30 men, stormed the strong enemy position in the town of Vauxcastille, capturing 230 prisoners and 15 machine guns. He personally attacked and killed two of the enemy machine gunners. Upon two different occasions he attacked machine-gun nests single handed, killing or capturing the crew. His wonderful courage inspired his men to this remarkable victory against overwhelming odds.
General Orders No. No. 24, W.D., 1920
Home Town: New York, NY

OVERMEYER, GEORGE J.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 10th Field Artillery, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 20 & July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George J. Overmeyer, Corporal, U.S. Army, for repeated acts of extraordinary heroism in action near Chateau-Thierry, France, June 20, 1918, and near Vierzy, France, July 18, 1918. On June 20 he was in charge of an observation post which was bombarded by gas shells. In spite of the fact that the other observers were overcome by the gas, he remained at his post and continued to transmit observation to the artillery battalion commander. On July 18 this soldier was on liaison duty in the infantry and advanced with the third wave of the attack. He successfully carried a message through two enemy barrages to the artillery commander, thus giving proof of his courageous devotion to duty.
General Orders No. No. 139, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Hartford City, IN

*OWENS, DEWEY
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company B, 8th Machine-Gun Battalion, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 14 - 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Dewey Owens, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chateau-Thierry, France, July 14 -15, 1918. While the enemy was attempting a crossing of the River Marne, Corporal Owens set his gun in position under heavy fire, losing some of his men in the exploit. He assisted the wounded to safety, after which he returned to his gun. When a shell struck his gun and disabled it, he secured another gun and placed it in position. This time all his men had become casualties, and, aided by a runner, he manned the gun. In attempting to repair it, after another hit, he was killed.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Point, LA

OWENS, ELLIS, JR.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
3d Trench Mortar Battery, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ellis Owens, Jr., Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mezy, France, July 15, 1918. When an advanced position of his battery was penetrated by the enemy in greatly superior numbers, Sergeant Owens, with utter disregard of his personal safety, voluntarily securing a motor truck, drove it to the battery position through an exposed area heavily swept by enemy artillery and machine gun fire, and, although he himself was severely injured, succeeded in rescuing and removing to safety a wounded officer and several wounded enlisted men.
Decorations U.S. Army, Supplement IV, 1940
Home Town: Slatington, PA

OWENS, FRANK A.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 13, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank A. Owens, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Les Evaux, France, July 13, 1918. After several unsuccessful attempts had been made to get patrols across the Marne River at night, Lieutenant Owens, with two soldiers, crossed in daylight and remained on the enemy side throughout the day.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Charlotte, NC

OWENS, GILBERT
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3 - 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Gilbert Owens, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Medeah Ferme, France, October 3 - 5, 1918. Suffering from three severe scalp wounds, Sergeant Owens remained with his company, and, for two days performed his duties under intense artillery and machine-gun fire, until sent to the hospital completely exhausted.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Tyrone, PA

OWENS, JOHN J.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 12 - 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John J. Owens, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Fismette, France, August 12 - 19, 1918. While occupying the town with his company, and although it was continuously under shellfire, machine-gun fire, and deluged with gas, Lieutenant Owens displayed the highest order of courage, resolution, and leadership in holding the town against repeated attacks for six days, and though badly gassed remained with it until the company was relieved.
General Orders No. No. 49, W.D., 1922
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

*OWENS, JOHN T.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
315th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John T. Owens, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, November 4, 1918. After locating three machine-gun positions. Lieutenant Owens put one of them out of action with an automatic rifle by killing the gunners and forcing the carriers to abandon the gun. He was killed by machine-gun fire while reorganizing his company after a local counterattack.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hartford, CT

*OWENS, TEDDY
Bugler, U.S. Army
Company D, 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Teddy Owens, Bugler, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the St. Mihiel offensive, France, September 14, 1918. Bugler Owens, with four other men, volunteered to cross a valley to the woods opposite and silence machine guns which had held up the advance of his company. In the face of heavy enemy fire this small group accomplished its mission, thus enabling the company to cross the valley without further loss. He was killed in the performance of this act.
General Orders No. 72, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Fort Towson, OK

 

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 PAAUWE, MARTIN J.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company K, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Martin J. Paauwe, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Georges, France, October 14, 1918. After the advance of his platoon had been stopped by severe fire from an enemy machine-gun nest, Corporal Paauwe, assisted by another soldier, reorganized the platoon and placed it under cover. Corporal Paauwe and his companion then charged the enemy machine-gun nest and captured it, together with one officer and twenty men.
General Orders No. No. 16, W.D., 1929
Home Town: Grand Rapids, MI

*PACCHIASOTTI, AMEDA
Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ameda Pacchiasotti, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cierges, France, October 5, 1918. When his company was halted by heavy machine-gun fire from the front, Private Pacchiasotti exposed himself to heavy fire and advanced to attack the enemy position. He was killed in the attack, but his example so inspired his comrades that they continued on and captured the enemy machine-gun position.
General Orders No. 60, W.D., 1920
Home Town: McKees Rocks, PA

*PACKARD, WILLIAM L.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 7th Field Artillery, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William L. Packard, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Exermont, France, October 5, 1918. In going to the aid of a wounded comrade, Private Packard was himself mortally wounded, but continued on his self-sacrificing mission till he was too weak from loss of blood to continue his work, dying shortly afterward.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Paris, TX

PACKETT, JOHN W.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company L, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John W. Packett, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ponchaux, France, October 7, 1918. Corporal Packett volunteered and carried a message to battalion headquarters under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, although he had seen many of his comrades fall in attempting the same mission.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Lenoir City, TN

PADGETT, ANDREW J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Andrew J. Padgett, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montbrehain, France, October 7, 1918. Taking command of his platoon after its commander had been seriously wounded, Sergeant Padgett led it with remarkable daring through heavy machine-gun fire and captured sis machine-gun nests. Wounded by a machine-gun bullet, Sergeant Padgett continued on to the objective, using his rifle as a crutch, and directed the consolidation of the new position.
General Orders No. No. 133, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Knoxville, TN

PAGE, ALFRED W.
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18 - 23, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alfred W. Page, Private, U.S. Army, for repeated acts of extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18 - 23, 1918. During the entire five days of the advance Private Page fulfilled with exceptional efficiency the difficult and hazardous duties of liaison agent between the infantry and the tanks. Subjected throughout the action to the direct fire of the enemy machine-guns and antitank artillery, he demonstrated the highest type of courage and devotion to duty.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Easthampton, MA

*PAGE, CHARLES C.
(First Award)
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 107th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles C. Page, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. During operations against the Hindenburg line, Private Page crawled out through the murderous fire and rescued a wounded comrade, carrying him to the nearest dressing station.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross w/OLC (WWI)

*PAGE, CHARLES C.
(Second Award)
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 107th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles C. Page, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Souplet, France, October 15, 1918: Private Page was sent ahead with a scout patrol of six men, when they were suddenly fired upon. One of their number was killed and four others, including Private Page, were wounded. With one leg blown off and the other hanging by a fragment of flesh, he stimulated the greatest confidence in his companions by his words of encouragement while being placed on a stretcher. He died from the effects of his wounds shortly after reaching the hospital.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI)

PAGE, KENNETH B.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Corps, 104th Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: April 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Kenneth B. Page, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Bois Brule, near Apremont, France, April 10, 1918. Private First Class Page displayed conspicuous gallantry in running through a heavily shelled area to rescue an officer who had fallen mortally wounded, and, at great personal risk, carrying him to a dressing station.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Springfield, MA

PAHLKE, JOHN F.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Philippine Scouts, Serving with Machine-Gun Company, 363d Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John F. Pahlke, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Eclisfontaine, France, September 27, 1918. Lieutenant Pahlke, with Sergeant Lamar black, asked for and received permission to go forward and rout out some enemy snipers who were annoying the company. After moving forward around the enemy's flank and killing the snipers, they decided to flank some enemy machine gunners who wee holding up the advance of the regiment. Upon reaching the enemy machine-gun line they captured the flank gun with its crew. The prisoners were then made to direct them to the next gun. This was repeated, gun after gun, until more than 80 prisoners were captured with their guns. After turning their prisoners over to an officer of their regiment, both Lieutenant Pahlke and Sergeant Black turned some of the enemy guns on the retreating enemy. The success attained by Lieutenant Pahlke and his companion by their remarkable feat, was so great as to demoralize completely the enemy resistance and made it possible for the regiment to resume the advance with but little opposition.
General Orders No. No. 2, W.D., 1931
Home Town: Miles City, MT

PAINSIPP, ALBERT C.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company A, 132d Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Albert C. Painsipp, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Hamel, Belgium, July 4, 1918. Single-handed Corporal Painsipp attacked a German machine-gun emplacement. Although wounded in the leg, when a machine-gun was trained upon him, he boldly attacked it with hand grenades and drove off the crew.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Batavia, IL

*PAISLEY, JOHN C.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John C. Paisley, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Belleau Wood, France, June 21, 1918. While leading his platoon against a machine-gun nest, Lieutenant Paisley encountered several enemy spies, who attempted to give him orders and confuse his men. He killed the officer in charge and several of the men and continued in the attack. Later in the day he was hit by a 37-millimeter shell and instantly killed.
General Orders No. 60, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Gibsonville, NC

PALARDY, CHARLES W.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company F, 315th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles W. Palardy, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Damvillers, France, November 10, 1918. Corporal Palardy went to the aid of a wounded comrade about 200 yards in advance of our lines, through sniper and machine-gun fire arid brought him safely to cover. He was wounded while returning on his self-appointed mission.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

PALMER, ALVA W.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company K, 139th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alva W. Palmer, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action south of Exermont, France, September 28, 1918. When his battalion commander asked for a volunteer to carry a message to the battalion commander on the right, Corporal Palmer (then private) volunteered and carried the message through an area exposed to intense machine-gun and artillery fire. By his utter disregard for his own personal safety, and his example of bravery, he inspired all those near him.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Platte City, MO

PALMER, DONALD D.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company C, 107th Field Signal Battalion, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 2, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Donald D. Palmer, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cierges, France, August 2, 1918. Corporal Palmer was a member of a detachment stringing telephone wire far in advance of the front lines through the heaviest artillery fire. When connection was established at a point within 100 yards of the German line and before the American advance was begun, he volunteered to remain there until our troops had advanced far enough to establish the advance regimental post of command at that place. His devotion to duty under conditions of greatest danger assisted immeasurably in maintaining unity of action between the front lines and regimental post of command, and his utter indifference to his own safety made easier the capture of a strong enemy position.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: West Allis, WI

PALMER, HARRY H.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company K, 364th Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry H. Palmer, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Eclisfontaine, France, September 28, 1918. Responding to a call for volunteers, Private Palmer, with five others, advanced 400 yards beyond their front to bring in wounded comrades. They succeeded in rescuing seven of their men and also in bringing in the dead body of a lieutenant, while exposed to terrific machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Los Angeles, CA

PALMER, LESTER E.
Private, U.S. Army
Company F, 103d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lester E. Palmer, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-St. Remy, France, September 12, 1918. After three of his platoon had been killed and six wounded Private Palmer crawled forward to a shell hole and killed one gunner in the nest. Subjected to a hand grenade bombing, he made his way to another shell hole, and from here shot another of the crew, after which he rushed the nest and captured the remaining gunner and machine-gun.
General Orders No. 26, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Dover, ME

PALMER, SIDNEY H.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Sidney H. Palmer, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Bois-de-la-Naza, France, October 5, 1918. With two other soldiers, Sergeant Palmer volunteered to crawl out under enemy machine-gun fire in an effort to locate three members of the platoon, who were missing after an unsuccessful attack on enemy machine-gun nests. Finding the body of one, they located another, who lay helplessly wounded, by calling out his name. As a result they drew increased fire from the enemy, but they courageously crawled 25 yards further toward the hostile positions and succeeded in bringing back the wounded man through the machine-gun fire to our lines.
General Orders 95, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

PALUBIAK, GUS W.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Gus W. Palubiak, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Forges Woods, France, September 26, 1918. Corporal Palubiak advanced alone on his own initiative, in the face of heavy machine-gun fire, and destroyed a nest of German machine-guns. His brave action allowed his company to resume the advance.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

PAMARANSKI, JOHN
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company B, 320th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Pamaranski, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois De Ogon, France, October 10, 1918. When his platoon was held up by an enemy machine-gun, which had caused many casualties in the platoon, Corporal Pamaranski advanced to within bombing distance of the gun, killed one and captured two of the enemy, together with the machine-gun.
General Orders No. 26, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

PAPADAKIS, CHRIST
Private, U.S. Army
Company H, 6th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14 - 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Christ Papadakis, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France, October 14 - 15, 1918. Private Papadakis for more than 48 hours carried litters with wounded or administered alone first aid to wounded while under continuous artillery and machine-gun fire. He continued his work until forced to stop from exhaustion.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Mulkeytown, IL

PAPPAS, PAUL J.
Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 39th. Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Paul J. Pappas, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Argonne Forest, France, October 12, 1918. When his company withdrew from their position, Private Pappas, with one other soldier, saw the enemy forming for a counterattack, and, without thought of their danger, refused to withdraw, but held this part of the line for several hours by the efficient use of an automatic rifle, subject to withering machine-gun fire, during the entire time.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Niles, OH

PARADIS, ALBERT D.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company H, 38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Albert D. Paradis, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mezy, France, July 15, 1918. Private Paradis carried numerous messages for his company commander across an area swept by heavy machine-gun fire. His courage when exposed to unusual danger enabled his battalion commander to obtain accurate information of the action.
General Orders No. No. 27, W.D., 1920
Home Town: New Bedford, MA

PARADIS, ARTHUR J.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company B, 103d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18 - 24, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur J. Paradis, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Belleau Wood, France, July 18 - 24, 1918. Private Paradis volunteered as a runner and carried messages through heavy concentrations of machine-gun fire. Single-handed, Private Paradis penetrated an enemy outpost and killed all of the Germans who were on guard there.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Mexico, ME

*PARADISO, TONY
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 102d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 23, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Tony Paradiso, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Epieds, France, July 23, 1918. Fighting with rare courage at Epieds, Private Paradiso bayoneted several Germans and then discovering two machine-gunners in a tree, he crept through the wheat fields alone and killed them. Later he made several trips from Epieds to a dressing station in the woods, traversing a road under constant shell and machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Norwalk, CT

PARCELL, CHARLEY N.
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charley N. Parcell, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Nantillois, France, October 5, 1918. Carrying messages for the platoon commander to squad leaders, under heavy enemy fire, Private Parcell greatly aided the advance of his platoon. Although twice wounded in the face by shrapnel, he continued his duties until ordered to the dressing station.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Rockymount, VA

PARENT, EDDIE J.
Private, U.S. Army
Company G, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Eddie J. Parent, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, October 10, 1918. While his company was suffering severe losses from an enemy machine-gun, Private Parent, unaided, crawled forward and silenced the gun.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Brunswick, ME

PARENT, JOSEPH C.
Private, U.S. Army
Battery C, 102d Field Artillery, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: April 20, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph C. Parent, Private, U.S. Army, for faithfulness and great coolness in the execution of his duty at Seicheprey, France, on April 20, 1918, when, although severely wounded in the head and left leg, Private Parent continued, under heavy shell fire, to repair the telephone lines and succeeded in re-establishing communication.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Webster, MA

*PARISER, HARRY
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company L, 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry Pariser, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action southwest of Binarville, France, October 3, 1918. After being wounded in the chin by a shell fragment, Corporal Pariser refused to go to the rear for treatment, but continued leading his men in action and exhibiting a brilliant spirit of courage and devotion to duty. He was killed October 4, 1918, while again leading his squad in the attack.
General Orders No. No. 5, W.D., 1920
Home Town: New York, NY

PARISSI, GUISEPPE
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 14 - 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Guiseppe Parissi, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Crezancy, France, July 14 - 15, 1918. Throughout the night of July 14 - 15, during the height of the offensive German bombardment, Private Parissi carried messages through woods made almost impassable by fallen trees.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Olean, NY

PARKE, IRA S.
Private, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 107th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ira S. Parke, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bony, France, September 29, 1918. Private Parke, a machine-gunner, although wounded three times during the crossing of the La Selle River and the capture of the heights beyond, refused to leave the field, and set a splendid example to his comrades.
General Orders No. No. 53, W.D., 1920
Home Town: New York, NY

PARKER, CHARLES W.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company L, 371st Infantry Regiment, 93d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29 - October 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles W. Parker, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ardeuil, France, September 29 to October 1, 1918. Severely wounded in the foot, September 29, Lieutenant Parker remained on duty and ably commanded his platoon until October 1, 1918.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Woodland, NC

PARKER, GEORGE E., JR.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George E. Parker, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Medeah Ferme, France, October 8, 1918. Gassed several times and his gas mask and pistol clip shot from his belt while going through a barrage, Lieutenant Parker continued to lead his company forward to its objective. He continually took and held first-line positions and repulsed several counterattacks. When the commanding officer of his battalion was cut off by the enemy he organized the battalion and held off repeated counterattacks, the while greatly outnumbered and fighting on three sides.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Blatimore, MD

PARKER, HUGH C.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
320th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Hugh C. Parker, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois De Ogon, France, October 10, 1918. While his platoon was being held up by machine-gun fire, and the casualties were becoming very heavy, Lieutenant Parker crawled forward to within bombing distance of the enemy, and by killing one and capturing two of the enemy with their machine-guns, he enabled his platoon to continue its advance.
General Orders No. 23, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Mount Landing, VA

PARKER, JOHN A.
Private, U.S. Army
Company G, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John A. Parker, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Medeah Ferme, France, October 8, 1918. In addition to his duties as runner, Private Parker volunteered and assisted in cleaning out many dugouts. At one dugout he was attacked by a number of Germans. He counterattacked with grenades, capturing ten prisoners and two light machine-guns.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Greenville, TX

PARKER, JOHN H.
(First Award)
Colonel, U.S. Army
102d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: April 20, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John H. Parker, Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Seicheprey, France, April 20, 1918. During the engagement at Seicheprey, Colonel Parker went out in a withering hostile barrage to inspect his lines. Repeatedly he climbed upon the firing step of the trench, and, standing there with his back toward the enemy and with shell splinters falling about him, he talked to his men in such cool, calm terms as to reassure them and brace them up so that when he left they were in a cheerful state of mind and in better condition to ward against attack.
General Orders No. No. 127, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Green Ridge, MO
Other Award: Four Total Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI)

PARKER, JOHN H.
(Second Award)
Colonel, U.S. Army
102d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John H. Parker, Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Trugny, France, July 21, 1918. Colonel Parker made a personal reconnaissance over a front of about two kilometers on horseback in the face of enemy fire and determined the strength of the German forces to insure the most advantageous approach for his troops to attack. Several times he was an inspiring figure to his men under a heavy artillery barrage and concentration of machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. No. 127, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Green Ridge, MO
Other Award: Four Total Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI)

PARKER, JOHN H.
(Third Award)
Colonel, U.S. Army
102d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 25, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John H. Parker, Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action on the road through La Fere Wood, between Beuvardes and Le Charmel, France, July 25, 1918. When a battalion just coming into the line was halted, awaiting orders. Subjected suddenly to an intense artillery concentration, the men, who had only such cover as was afforded by the shallow ditches along the road, were thrown into some confusion. At that moment Colonel Parker came down the road on horseback. Immediately appreciating the situation, he twice rode down the line and back again at a slow walk, stopping to talk with the men; and thus by his fearless personal exposure to, and disregard of, danger, he promptly steadied the troops and prevented probable disorder at an important juncture.
General Orders No. No. 127, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Green Ridge, MO
Other Award: Four Total Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI)

PARKER, JOHN H.
(Fourth Award)
Colonel, U.S. Army
102d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John H. Parker, Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Gesnes, France, September 29, 1918. During the attack on the village of Gesnes Colonel Parker displayed great gallantry and fearlessness in leading and directing his front line with utter disregard for personal safety and urged his men forward by his personal example, all under heavy machine-gun, high-explosive, gas-shell, and shrapnel fire. He was abreast of his front line until he fell, twice wounded, but thereafter remained in active command for a period of five hours, when he was relieved by the lieutenant colonel of his regiment.
General Orders No. No. 56, W.D., 1922
Home Town: Green Ridge, MO
Other Award: Four Total Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI)

PARKER, SAMUEL I.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Samuel I. Parker, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Exermont, France, October 5, 1918. With total disregard for his own personal danger, Lieutenant Parker advanced directly on a machine-gun 150 yards away while the enemy were firing directly at him, and killed the gunner with his pistol. In the town of Exermont his platoon was almost surrounded after having taken several prisoners and inflicting heavy losses on the enemy; but despite the fact that only a few men of the platoon were left, continued to fight until other troops came to their aid.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Monroe, NC
Other Award: Medal of Honor (WWI)

PARKER, WILLIAM E.
Private, U.S. Army
Company E, 323d Infantry Regiment, 81st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 9 - 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William E. Parker, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Bois-de-Manheulles, France, November 9 - 11, 1918. Private Parker gave proof of unhesitating devotion to duty and disregard for personal safety, by continually volunteering and carrying messages to various units, crossing zones swept by machine- gun and artillery fire.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Verona, NC

PARKER, WILLIAM J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William J. Parker, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt, France, September 29, 1918. Severely wounded in the abdomen while in charge of a detail carrying up trench mortar ammunition, he refused to be evacuated, advancing 500 yards until his left arm was blown off by shell fire. Refusing to be carried in a stretcher, which he said was needed for more severely wounded men, he walked two kilometers to the first-aid station.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Lexington, NC

PARKHILL, OAKLEY L.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
61st Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 13 - November 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Oakley L. Parkhill, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Bois-du-Fays, France, October 13 to November 11, 1918. On October 13, Lieutenant Parkhill, in company with another lieutenant, was wounded by the explosion of a shell. Regardless of his own wound, Lieutenant Parkhill administered first aid to his companion, and carried him to a first-aid station. After he was evacuated to the field hospital, Lieutenant Parkhill refused to be evacuated to the S. O. S. Hospital, and on October IS returned to duty with his company. During the period, October 25 to November 11, while in command of Company E, 61st Infantry, he repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire while reconnoitering and leading his company.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Abbottsford, WI

PARKIN, HARRY D.
Major, U.S. Army
316th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry D. Parkin, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Hill 378, the Borne du Cornouiller, France, November 4, 1918, while in command of one of the assaulting battalions of the 316th Infantry. Leading the attack, Major Parkin received four wounds from enemy machine-gun fire, but declined to be evacuated, remaining with his command in the position he had captured, temporarily assigning active command of his battalion to his senior captain. Later, learning that his officer had been killed, Major Parkin, despite intense suffering from his wounds, again assumed active command, and under a terrific enemy concentration of artillery and machine-gun fire, defended the position with great bravery and gallantry against counterattacks by vastly superior numbers of the enemy forces. His undaunted courage greatly inspired the men of his command, raising their morale to a great pitch.
General Orders No. No. 15, W.D., 1923
Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

PARRIS, WORDEN W.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
2d Brigade, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Worden W. Parris, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Berzy-le- Sec, France, July 21, 1918. While serving as an aide on the brigade staff, First Lieutenant Parris went through machine-gun fire and artillery bombardment with heroic fearlessness to obtain vital information from the front lines for the division commander.
General Orders No. No. 132, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Washington, DC

PARRISH, GRADY
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company G, 167th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Grady Parrish, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cote-de- Chatillon, France, October 16, 1918. After his platoon commander had been severely wounded and his platoon had suffered heavy casualties, he quickly reorganized the remainder of the platoon and personally led it in the attack on Cote-de-Chatillon. By his daring acts, coolness, and good judgment, he broke up a heavy enemy counterattack on his front, thereby saving his men and being an example of exceptional heroism and devotion to duty.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Daleville, AL

PARSONS, JAMES K.
Colonel, U.S. Army
39th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27 - October 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James K. Parsons, Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cuisy, France, September 27, 1918, to October 11, 1918. Having volunteered to take command of a battalion, whose commander had been wounded, Colonel Parsons was knocked down by hostile shell fire, but he succeeded in rallying his men and kept them well organized, so as to withstand the heavy fire of the enemy. On the following day he assumed command of the regiment and commanded it in successful attacks, refusing to be evacuated after being so severely gassed that he was unable to see.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Birmingham, AL

PASCHAL, PAUL C.
Major, U.S. Army
30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Paul C. Paschal, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Bois d'Aigremont, France, July 15, 1918. During the intense artillery bombardment preceding the German drive of July 15, when the wounded were so numerous that it was impossible to care for them in the dressing stations, Major Paschal voluntarily gave up his dugout for the use of the wounded and exposed himself to the heavy fire for ten hours. After crossing the Marne, this officer placed himself in the front line, in spite of the severe artillery barrage, in order to direct the attack, capturing two strongly fortified farmhouses and advancing his line for a distance of four kilometers. After gaining the position, he remained on duty for two days without food, despite the fact that he had been wounded and gassed.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Goldston, NC

PASSAFIUME, JOSEPH
Private, U.S. Army
Company G, 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29 - 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph Passafiume, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Argonne Forest, France, September 29 - 30, 1918. Private Passafiume was detailed as a member of a team of runners, four teams having been sent to the battalion companies with a message regarding the attack of September 30. On account of the extreme darkness, and the fact that the companies had changed positions, all the runners except Private Passafiume reported back, being unsuccessful in the mission. Private Passafiume continued on, however, reaching the company to which he had been sent, and thinking that the others may have been unsuccessful found all the other companies, obtaining a signed receipt of the message. He then found his way back and reported to his battalion commander.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Buffalo, NY

PATARCITY, ADAM
Bugler, U.S. Army
Company F, 114th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Adam Patarcity, Bugler, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France. October 12, 1918. Bugler Pataricty held his position in the face of an enemy counterattack, silenced with his pistol one machine-gun nest, and, unaided, brought in three prisoners from another.
General Orders No. No. 130, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Trenton, NJ

PATCH, JOSEPH D.
Major, U.S. Army
18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph D. Patch, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chaudun, France, July 18, 1918. The leading battalion having encountered heavy resistance and his battalion having been ordered to pass through the leading battalion, Major Patch, because so many of his officers and men had been killed or wounded, with the greatest courage, coolness, and efficiency, personally led the assault of his battalion on the final objective. As a result of his fearlessness and leadership the objective was carried and he was severely wounded.
General Orders No. No. 56, W.D., 1922
Home Town: Lebanon, PA

PATE, JOSEPH B.
Major, U.S. Army
371st Infantry Regiment, 93d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph B. Pate, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, France, September 28, 1918. Major pate having been ordered to place his battalion in position to cover a gap in the line, preparatory to leading the assault that day, and having first sent out two patrols which failed to accomplish their mission on account of darkness and heavy enemy fire, did make with only one French interpreter, a personal reconnaissance under heavy machine-gun fire, traversing the whole front of the gap, locating it accurately, and returning with the information necessary for the intelligent issue of orders for the assault.
General Orders No. No. 19, W.D., 1922
Home Town: Chattanooga, TN

PATON, NOEL E.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 344th Battalion, Tank Corps, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Noel E. Paton, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Woel, France, September 14, 1918. While on a reconnaissance patrol under heavy machine-gun fire, Sergeant Paton was seriously wounded and ordered to the rear. Refusing to seek safety, he crawled to the assistance of two comrades, whom he had seen disappear under a burst of shrapnel, and, with one arm useless, attempted to render aid while he was himself suffering from loss of blood.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Fayetteville, NC

PATRICK, WILLIAM E.
First Lieutenant (Chaplain), U.S. Army
23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1 - 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William E. Patrick, First Lieutenant (Chaplain), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during operations on the Meuse River, France, November 1 - 11, 1918. During this period (Chaplain) Patrick constantly exposed himself to the enemy fire, while giving first aid to the wounded and assisting in their evacuation.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Boston, MA

*PATTEN, JAMES H.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 17, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James H. Patten, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Conde- en-Brie, France, July 17, 1918. Corporal Patten was an example to the men of his platoon when they were under fire for the first time. He continually circulated among his men, encouraging and cautioning them. Mortally wounded by shrapnel, he refused to be evacuated, but stayed with his platoon until he died, with a last word of encouragement on his lips.
General Orders 74, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

PATTEN, LOUIS P.
Major, U.S. Army
147th Infantry Regiment, 37th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Louis P. Patten, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Forest of Argonne, France, September 28, 1918. Major Patten (then captain) was seriously wounded in the shoulder while leading his company, but after being tagged for evacuation at the dressing station, his insistent request for permission to his command was granted, and he continued to lead his company until the division was relieved.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Toledo, OH

PATTERSON, EARL H.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Battery D, 109th Field Artillery, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Earl H. Patterson, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Apremont, France, October 4, 1918. While acting as runner for the battalion, Corporal Patterson constantly exposed himself to shell fire. While taking a message to the battalion commander at Apremont he was wounded, but, regardless of his own suffering and danger, endeavored to carry a comrade, who was mortally wounded, to a place of safety. He then delivered the message before he would allow his wounds to be dressed.
General Orders No. 13, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Wilkes-Barre, PA

PATTERSON, FREDERICK W. MCL.
Major, U.S. Army
315th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 28 - 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frederick W. McL. Patterson, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Nantillois, France, October 28 - 29, 1918. After being severely wounded in the left leg, Major Patterson continued throughout the night to exercise command of his battalion at a critical time. He refused medical aid until the morning of the 29th and was evacuated by order of the regimental commander.
General Orders No. No. 15, W.D., 1921
Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

PATTERSON, ROBERT P.
Captain, U.S. Army
306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert P. Patterson, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bazoches, France, August 14, 1918. Captain Patterson, accompanied by two noncommissioned officers, made a daring daylight reconnaissance into the enemy lines. He surprised an enemy outpost of superior numbers and personally destroyed the outpost. Later he again had an encounter with another outpost, during which several of the enemy were killed or wounded and one member of his patrol wounded. The enemy advanced their outposts, and Captain Patterson covered the retreat of his patrol, during which he dropped into a depression and feigned being killed in order to escape capture. Here he lay until he was able to escape to his lines under cover of darkness.
General Orders No. No. 35, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Glens Falls, NY

PATTILLO, FRANK A.
Captain, U.S. Army
38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank A. Pattillo, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action north of Montfaucon, France, October 11, 1918. Captain Pattillo personally led his company in attack upon the enemy position and exposed himself to heavy machine-gun fire in order to advance his forward units. Although twice wounded, he refused to be evacuated, but remained where he fell, continuing to urge his men forward.
General Orders No. No. 27, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Forsyth, GA

PATTON, GEORGE S., JR.
Colonel, U.S. Army
Tank Corps, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George S. Patton, Jr., Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cheppy, France, September 26, 1918. Colonel Patton displayed conspicuous courage, coolness, energy, and intelligence in directing the advance of his brigade down the valley of the Aire. Later he rallied a force of disorganized infantry and led it forward, behind the tanks, under heavy machine-gun and artillery fire until he was wounded. Unable to advance further, Colonel Patton continued to direct the operations of his unit until all arrangements for turning over the command were completed.
General Orders No. No. 133, W.D., 1918
Home Town: San Gabriel, CA

*PAUL, EDWIN
Private, U.S. Army
Company L, 107th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edwin Paul, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. Private Paul fearlessly ran in front of a tank under heavy machine-gun fire in order to drag a wounded officer out of the path of its advance. Shortly after, although himself severely wounded, he again exposed himself to heavy fire in order to render aid to a wounded corporal. While bandaging the corporal's leg he was hit by a shell fragment and killed.
General Orders No. No. 24, W.D., 1920
Home Town: White Plains, NY

*PAUL, JOHN
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Section No. 524, Ambulance Service, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Paul, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fismes, France, August 9, 1918. After driving his ambulance continuously for a period of 15 hours, Private Paul voluntarily left his post and went four kilometers in advance for wounded, traveling a road subjected to heavy machine-gun and shell fire. He was instantly killed by a shell after returning with these wounded men and carrying them to a dugout.
General Orders No. 27, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Paterson, NJ

*PAULSON, ARTHUR
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 59th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur Paulson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Brieulles, France, September 29, 1918. While fearlessly exposing himself by walking along the front line, in order to convey orders to his platoon, Sergeant Paulson was shot three times through the stomach. He nevertheless refused to go to the rear until he had conducted the platoon to its new position, and then declined assistance, walking 500 yards under fire to the dressing station. Upon arriving there, he insisted on sitting up, saying that the stretchers were needed for others. He died shortly afterward, having exhibited exceptional qualities of leadership, courage, and devotion to duty.
General Orders 89, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Caillac, MI

PAUSTIAN, HERMAN G.
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 316th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herman G. Paustian, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, November 7, 1918. Private Paustian advanced ahead of his battalion during a heavy barrage trying to locate a small group of Americans, who had become lost. For two days and nights he carried messages from one shell hole to another, having no food or water during that period. His work was carried on under intense bombardment at all times, but with great courage he remained at his task, killing At least two enemy snipers.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Kansas City, MO

PAWEL, VINTON
Supply Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18 - 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Vinton Pawel, Supply Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18 - 22, 1918. As supply sergeant of his company, Sergeant Pawel voluntarily and fearlessly led a platoon of his company in an attack on St. Amand Farm at the Soissons-Paris Road, spurring his men on to their objectives under intense machine- gun fire. His company officers having been killed, wounded, or called to higher units, he assumed command of his company, frequently exposing himself to heavy enemy fire during its reorganization and preparation for a renewal of the advance. On July 20 - 21 he again led his company in the assault, inspiring his men by his utter disregard of personal safety, maintaining constant liaison with his flanks and with his battalion commander, refusing repeatedly to be evacuated, although severely and painfully wounded by shrapnel, until relieved on July 22 by a commissioned officer.
General Orders No. 9, W.D., 1923
Home Town: Milwaukee, WI

*PAYNE, EARL C.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Earl C. Payne, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Blanc Mont Ridge, France, October 7, 1918. Private Payne displayed exceptional valor and devotion to duty by constantly attending the wounded under machine-gun and artillery fire. He continued his task until mortally wounded, while rendering first aid to a wounded soldier under the direct observation of an enemy machine-gunner.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: St. Joseph, MO

*PAYNE, FRANCIS W.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company M, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Francis W. Payne, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while in charge of an ammunition carrying party near Soissons, France, July 19, 1918. Second Lieutenant Payne showed the highest degree of courage in taking ammunition to the front lines through artillery and machine-gun fire, and was killed while engaged in this duty.
General Orders No. No. 132, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Charlestown, WV

PAYNE, IRA M.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 372d Infantry Regiment, 93d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ira M. Payne, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sechault, France. September 29, 1918. Having found a machine-gun hidden in a brush which was causing serious casualties to his company, he crept up, killed the gunners with his rifle, and captured the gun.
General Orders No. 13, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Washington, DC

*PAYNE, WORTHAM J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 3d Machine-Gun Battalion, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Wortham J. Payne, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Very, France, October 9, 1918. During a heavy bombardment, Sergeant Payne located a position in which his platoon would be less exposed to the intense shelling, and returning he collected his men and led them to this new location without a casualty. In the course of this exploit Sergeant Payne was severely wounded, but directed his platoon to the place of protection after falling from exhaustion. Sergeant Payne died on his way to the hospital.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Cheneyville, LA

*PAYSON, CARL F.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Carl F. Payson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cierges, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, on August 1, 1918. During the attack made by the company on the village of Cierges, Sergeant Payson was mortally wounded in the head by a machine-gun bullet. He succeeded in keeping on his feet, however, and with the attacking wave, encouraged them, and by his strong will power he instilled in them all the spirit of fearlessness.
General Orders No. No. 116, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Monroe, MI

*PEABODY, MARSHALL G.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
306th Machine-Gun Battalion, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4 - 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Marshall G. Peabody, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Moulin-de-Charlevaux, in the Forest d'Argonne, France, October 4 - 5, 1918. While commanding a detachment of his battalion operating with a battalion of the 308th Infantry, Lieutenant Peabody, although badly wounded, continued to personally direct the fire and operation of his machine guns, which were continuously meeting and shattering the repeated hostile attacks and defending the entire Infantry detachment in its exposed and precarious position. While crawling in a severely wounded condition to a machine gun in a most exposed position, he was killed by enemy machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. No. 56, W.D., 1922
Home Town: New York, NY

PEACOCK, JACK
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company K, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jack Peacock, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne, France, October 8, 1918. All the officers of his company being killed, Sergeant Peacock took command and led the company into action, capturing 62 German prisoners who were occupying and directing a fire against our troops from six machine-gun nests.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Waco, TX

PEACOCK, RAYMOND F.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company F, 111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Raymond F. Peacock, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fismette, France, August 10, 1918. Being the only member of his detachment who knew how to operate an enemy machine-gun, Corporal Peacock volunteered to go forward in the attack near Fismette, in spite of just having been so badly wounded in his left shoulder that his left arm was partially useless. He participated in the assault, and with one arm operated a captured German machine-gun against the enemy until he was again wounded.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Norristown, PA

PEADEN, ALBERT JOHN
Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 118th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Albert John Peaden, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vaux Andigny, France, October 11, 1918. While delivering a message, Private Peaden was seriously wounded by a bullet which entered his cheek and passed through his lower right jaw, but he refused to be evacuated and continued on duty until the following day. Upon reporting to the aid station he was evacuated to the hospital, where the wound was found to be so serious that he was compelled to remain there for several weeks.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Farmville, NC

PEARCE, PERCY R.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
2d Infantry Brigade, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Percy R. Pearce, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during a violent attack from artillery and machine-guns at Berzy-le-Sec, France, July 21, 1918. While serving as liaison officer First Lieutenant Pearce fearlessly exposed himself, exceeding the demands of duty to assist in reforming units that had been disseminated in battle and directing them to effective positions.
General Orders No. No. 132, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Newark, NJ

*PEARCE, ZENO W.
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 1st Engineers, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 20, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Zeno W. Pearce, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 20, 1918. When volunteers were called for by his company commander, Private Pearce volunteered and rescued wounded comrades from a barrage. Disregarding danger to himself, he continued the performance of these heroic deeds until killed.
General Orders No. No. 124, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Oakland, CA

*PEARMAN, LEE, JR.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company E, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lee Pearman, Jr., Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, France, September 30, 1918. When the advance of the platoon was being held up by heavy enemy machine-gun fire, Private Pearman left his place of comparative safety and succeeded in getting close enough to the machine guns nest to use a hand grenade, which proved very successful, killing four and wounding one of the enemy, thereby breaking up the next completely and enabling the platoon to advance. In the performance of this act Private Pearman was killed instantly.
General Orders No. No. 5, W.D., 1937
Home Town: Kane, PA

PEARSON, HARRY L.
Private, U.S. Army
Machine Gun-Company No. 3, 370th Infantry Regiment, 93d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry L. Pearson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ferme la Folie, France, September 30, 1918. While under heavy fire Private Pearson volunteered and, accompanied by another soldier, rescued a wounded comrade from an exposed position, carrying him to the first-aid station.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Decatur, IL

*PEARSON, VARLOURD
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Varlourd Pearson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Baulny, France, September 28, 1918. Though wounded three times by shrapnel and machine-gun bullets, Sergeant Pearson refused to be evacuated and continued to lead the advance of ; his platoon, remaining in command for several hours till he received a fourth wound which proved fatal.
General Orders 95, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Manhattan, KS

PEASE, LIBERTY
Private, U.S. Army
Company E, 168th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 26 - August 2, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Liberty Pease, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Forest-de-Fere, near Nestles, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, July 26 to August 2, 1918. During the advance of his regiment in the Forest de Fere, Private Pease distinguished himself by his voluntary, authorized, and untiring efforts in carrying wounded, both by day and by night, under the most severe and dangerous circumstances, and especially when the town of Sergy was under bombardment, July 31, 1918.
General Orders No. No. 102, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Farragut, IA

PEATROSS, JAMES LINWOOD
Major, U.S. Army
353d Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 2, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James Linwood Peatross, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bantheville, France, November 2, 1918. Though he had been wounded the day before and was so weak from exposure that he could hardly talk, Major Peatross remained with his battalion and led it in assault on enemy machine-gun nests north of the Bois-de- Barricourt. Under his personal direction, without artillery support, the machine-gun nests were flanked and the day's objective reached in spite of the most determined resistance.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Rome, MO

PEAVY, JOE B.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
327th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joe B. Peavy, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cornay, France, October 9, 1918. Although his command was nearly surrounded and enemy machine-guns were pouring an incessant fire on them, Lieutenant Peavy directed the fire of his men, after having been seriously wounded. He remained during the advance, refusing first aid until those about him needing attention were properly cared for.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hamilton, GA

*PECK, MYRON H.
Captain, U.S. Army
2d Battalion, 2d Engineers, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Myron H. Peck, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at St. Etienne, France, October 9, 1918. While in command of his battalion, holding part of the line in St. Etienne, Captain Peck personally conducted a reconnaissance, after pervious patrols had failed, in order to establish liaison with the troops on his right. Captain Peck lost his life during this reconnaissance.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Montclair, NJ

PECK, ROBERT H.
Colonel, U.S. Army
11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 6 - 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert H. Peck, Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Liny-Devant-Dun, Fontaine, and Brandeville, France, November 6 - 8, 1918. Throughout the successive attacks on Liny-Devant-Dun, Cote 292, Bois du Chenois, Fontaines, Murvaux, Bois du Corrai, and Bois-de-Brandeville, Colonel Peck exhibited conspicuous gallantry, stimulating his command to a high state of enthusiasm and creating a superb morale. Placing himself in front of the leading waves, he personally led his men to the assault. Accompanied by nine men, he attacked a battery of enemy artillery near La Maisonette Farm, forcing the abandonment and subsequent capture of the battery. Under his skillful leadership his regiment captured numerous prisoners, six pieces of artillery, three antiaircraft guns, 150 machine-guns, and vast quantities of ammunition and supplies.
General Orders No. No. 143, W.D., 1918
Home Town: San Diego, CA

*PECK, WILLIAM R.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 354th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William R. Peck, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Remonville, France, November 1, 1918. Sergeant Peck was advancing with his company across an open field when an enemy machine gun opened fire on them from the right front. The attention of the platoon commander was occupied by the enemy in his front while the enemy on the right flank was directing his gun upon him. Observing that the gunner was aiming directly at Second Lieutenant William S. Holcombe, Sergeant Peck threw himself against the lieutenant, pushing him into a shell hole, thereby saving his life, but exposing himself to the fire of the hostile gun which killed him instantly.
General Orders No. No. 1, W.D., 1934
Home Town: Washburn, WI

PEDERSEN, INGVALD O.
Private, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 14 - 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ingvald O. Pedersen, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fossoy, France, July 14 - 15, 1918. Private Pedersen volunteered and carried a message over a heavily shelled route, and although wounded in the execution of this task, he accomplished the mission.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

PEDERSON, WILLIAM J.
Private, U.S. Army
Company H, 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William J. Pederson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Oches, France, November 4, 1918. Exposing himself to heavy machine-gun fire, Private Pederson crossed an open field 300 yards wide and rescued a severely wounded comrade.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Becker, MN

PEDRO, JEROME C.
Private, U.S. Army
2d Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3 - 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jerome C. Pedro, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Medeah Ferme, France, October 3 - 9, 1918. As a runner, Private Pedro displayed the utmost disregard for personal danger in carrying messages from his regimental commander to all parts of the line, under heavy shell fire, setting a splendid example of courage and devotion to duty, until he was seriously wounded.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New Bedford, MA

*PEGG, DONALD A.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 12th Machine-Gun Battalion, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Donald A. Pegg, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Bois-des-Ogons, France, September 30, 1918. While engaged in administering first aid under terrific machine-gun fire, Private Pegg voluntarily went to an especially dangerous position to care for a wounded soldier, and in so doing was himself killed.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Arlington, NJ

PELKEY, EDWIN
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 107th Field Signal Battalion, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 2, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edwin Pelkey, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cierges, France, August 2, 1918. Private Pelkey was a member of a detachment stringing telephone wire in advance of the front lines through the heaviest artillery fire. When connection was established at a point within 100 yards of the German line and before the American advance was begun, Private Pelkey volunteered to remain there until our troops had advanced far enough to establish the advance regimental post of command at that place. His devotion to duty under conditions of great danger assisted immeasurably in maintaining unity of action between the front lines and regimental post of command, and his utter indifference to his own safety made easier the capture of a strong enemy position.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Reno, NV

PENNINGTON, EDGAR
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 23 - 24, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edgar Pennington, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bantheville, France, October 23 - 24, 1918. Private Pennington demonstrated the highest bravery and devotion to duty in giving first-aid treatment to wounded men under terrific bombardment of gas and high- explosive shells. Going over the top with his company he attended wounded men and directed their evacuation until he became exhausted and had to be sent to a hospital.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Mangum, OK

PERCY, WILLIAM J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company E, 108th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William J. Percy, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. After having been wounded in the face and legs, Sergeant Percy led a patrol, under heavy shell and machine-gun fire, against an enemy machine-gun nest and succeeded in capturing one gun and 15 prisoners.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Niagara Falls, NY

PERDEW, EARNEST E.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 364th Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Earnest E. Perdew, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Eclisfontaine, France, September 28, 1918. Assisted by another sergeant, and leading a combat group across an open valley under constant hostile fire, Sergeant Perdew completed the capture of four machine-gun nests and three prisoners.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Etiwanda, CA

PERKAUS, FRANK
Supply Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company K, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank Perkaus, Supply Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. Sergeant Perkaus volunteered to go about 350 yards in advance of our lines to locate the enemy and secure other information. He made the trip through heavy machine-gun and artillery fire and secured the information but was wounded while returning to our line. When ordered to the dressing station by his commanding officer, he helped others who were more seriously wounded than himself to reach the station.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

*PERKINS, BYRON R.
Private, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 1st Engineers, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 20, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Byron R. Perkins, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 20, 1918. When volunteers were called for by his company commander, Private Perkins volunteered and rescued wounded comrades from a barrage. Disregarding danger to himself, he 'continued the performance of these heroic deeds until killed.
General Orders No. No. 124, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Springfield, MA

PERKINS, EARL H.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Earl H. Perkins, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, September 26, 1918. With three other soldiers, Sergeant Perkins, on his own initiative, crawled across an open field, subjected to intense artillery and machine-gun fire, flanking three machine-gun positions, which were holding up our advance. The mission was successful, seven Germans being killed by the patrol and 23 captured and three machine guns captured.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

PERONACE, ANTHONY
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Anthony Peronace, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Gland, France, July 21, 1918. With his platoon leader and one other soldier, Private Peronace captured an enemy machine-gun and eight prisoners.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

*PERRY, SETH E.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company K, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Seth E. Perry, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt, France, September 29, 1918. When a portion of his company was threatened with a counterattack and he had seen one runner killed in an attempt to reach them from company headquarters with orders to fall back, he volunteered for the dangerous mission. While crossing an open field under heavy fire, he was mortally wounded.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Okisko, NC

PERSONETT, JOHN E.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John E. Personett, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Hill 272, near Fleville, France, October 8, 1918. Although severely wounded at the beginning of the attack, Sergeant Personett refused to be evacuated, but continued to direct his platoon in the advance. In an attack on an enemy machine-gun position, after all other members of his group were killed or wounded in the attack, he alone rushed the position and captured the gun and crew. This permitted the further advance of the company.
General Orders No. No. 35, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Lenora, KS

PERSONS, JOHN C.
Captain, U.S. Army
47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John C. Persons, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at St. Thibaut, France, August 8, 1918. While serving as adjutant, 47th Infantry, Captain Persons was instructed by his regimental commander to deliver a message to the brigade commander. The telephone lines to the rear having been destroyed, he proceeded under intense enemy fire through a narrow pass, accompanied by a corporal and private of his regiment. Exposed to constant enemy fire, he had reached a place of safety when he learned that the corporal had been hit by enemy fire. Immediately returning, he carried the corporal to a dressing station in a storm of machine-gun and rifle fire from the enemy lines, thus saving the soldier's life and in utter disregard for his own safety.
General Orders No. 9, W.D., 1923
Home Town: Tuscaloosa, AL

*PETERS, HERBERT N.
Captain, U.S. Army
358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12 - 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herbert N. Peters, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Les Huit Chemins, France, September 12 - 14, 1918. As commander of the support company of his battalion, Captain Peters displayed courage and leadership by rushing two platoons into position to protect the right flank of the battalion, which had suddenly become exposed. Under his personal leadership, in the face of intense machine-gun and shell, fire a number of enemy machine-gun nests were stormed and enemy combat troops dispersed. Serious danger to the advancing line was thereby averted. Captain Peters was killed shortly afterward in a raid on the enemy.
General Orders No. No. 140, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Sabinal, TX

PETERS, WILLIAM H.
Private, U.S. Army
Company I, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William H. Peters, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Bois-de- Chaume, France, October 10, 1918. When the advance of his platoon was held up by an enemy machine-gun, Private Peters on his own initiative flanked the position, killed the gunner, and captured the rest of the crew, thereby allowing the platoon to advance.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

*PETERSEN, LEONARD
Private, U.S. Army
140th Ambulance Company, 110th Sanitary Train, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Leonard Petersen, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Baulny, France, September 29, 1918. Serving as a litter bearer, Private Petersen voluntarily left cover and exposed himself to intense artillery fire to rescue wounded men lying in the open. Mortally wounded, he continued to assist in the rescue of wounded comrades till he fell exhausted.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Kansas City, KS

*PETERSEN, THEODOR
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Medical Department, 151st Field Artillery, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: March 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Theodor Petersen, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Pexonne, France, March 5, 1918. After being mortally wounded, Sergeant Petersen gave first gas tests in order to save the lives of the men about him. He died the same night.
General Orders No. No. 17, W.D., 1924
Home Town: Minneapolis, MN

PETERSEN, VICTOR
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 132d Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Victor Petersen, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Forges, France, September 26, 1918. When his platoon was held up by a heavy flanking machine-gun fire, Sergeant Petersen advanced alone ahead of the platoon, on his own initiative, and successfully cleaned up the machine-gun nest with hand grenades and captured the machine-gun.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

*PETERSON, ALBERT C.
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Albert C. Peterson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Grand Pre, France, October 15, 1918. Private Peterson sacrificed his life in fearlessly going out in the face of machine-gun fire and attempting to rescue another soldier who had been mortally wounded.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Stacy, MN

*PETERSON, HELMER
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company E, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Helmer Peterson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Tuilerie Farm, France, November 4, 1918. Private Peterson displayed exceptional bravery in carrying important messages to the rear through heavy enemy artillery and machine-gun barrages, keeping his commanding officer informed as to the situation at all times. Tireless in his efforts, he was instrumental in the success of the operation.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Decorah, IA

*PETERSON, HOLGAR
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company C, 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3 - 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Holgar Peterson, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Charlevaux, France, October 3 - 7, 1918. While leading a scouting party, Corporal Peterson encountered an enemy patrol and displayed exceptional courage and leadership in killing the officer and two soldiers who composed it. He repeatedly volunteered for dangerous patrol work with great bravery and aggressiveness, until he was killed.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

PETERSON, OSCAR W.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 59th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Oscar W. Peterson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Courchamps, France, July 19, 1918. Discovering the enemy making a counterattack to the left flank of his platoon, Sergeant Peterson immediately organized a combat group of 25 men, and though greatly outnumbered by the Germans he succeeded in routing them, inspiring his men by his disregard of personal danger. He was severely wounded later in the day, but he refused to go to the rear until he had reorganized his platoon an hour and a half later.
General Orders 95, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Jamestown, ND

PETERSON, ROY W.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company D, 114th Machine-Gun Battalion, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Roy W. Peterson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt, France, September 29, 1918. Severely wounded while operating a machine-gun under shell fire, Private Peterson refused to leave his post until he was removed by his comrades against his protests.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Center, NE

PETERSON, SOLOMON
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 362d Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26 - 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Solomon Peterson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the Argonne offensive, France, September 26 - 29, 1918. Sergeant Peterson repeatedly led patrols in successful attacks on enemy machine-gun emplacements, displaying calmness and keen judgment. After being wounded he insisted on remaining in command of his platoon.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Mosby, MT

PETERSON, VAN WALKER
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Van Walker Peterson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-Chaume, France, October 10, 1918. When the company guarding the flank was on the verge of retreating in disorder, Sergeant Peterson avoided the perilous situation by jumping to the front and holding the badly shaken troops in their positions on the line. His quick action during the terrific fire was responsible for the safety of the entire line.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

PETERSON, WALTER O. L.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Walter O. L. Peterson, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Romagne, France, October 5, 1918. Because of casualties among officers, Sergeant Peterson was placed in command of the second wave, which he led with exceptional bravery and leadership. When it became isolated in a fog, he crawled forward by himself to ascertain the character of troops which were seen one kilometer to the front, and upon finding that they were hostile, immediately established liaison with adjacent units and straightened out his line after breaking up several enemy machine-gun nests.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Milwaukee, WI

*PETERSON, WILLIAM C.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Army Infantry, 5th Regiment (Marines)(Attached), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William C. Peterson, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Lieutenant Peterson gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. No. 119, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Crystal Lake, IL

PETRACH, EMIL H.
Bugler, U.S. Army
Company G, 56th Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Emil H. Petrach, Bugler, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Preny Ridge, France, November 1, 1918. Under heavy and deadly machine-gun fire, Bugler Petrach carried messages to and from his company. After all other means of communication had been cut off, he volunteered and carried many important messages through artillery fire, thus establishing liaison with the rear. He was later wounded while passing through a barrage.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Youngstown, OH

*PETRIMEAN, GEORGE
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Petrimean, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action northeast of Exermont, France, October 9, 1918. Sergeant Petrimean led his machine-gun section through heavy machine-gun and artillery fire to an exposed position in order to engage an enemy machine gun which was causing heavy casualties to his battalion. He was killed during the attack. Sergeant Petrimean had previously performed a gallant service while keeping his machine-gun section in action during a heavy enemy bombardment at Cantigny, France, May 28, 1918
General Orders No. No. 35, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Minneapolis, MN

PETROVIC, JOSEPH F.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Battery D, 6th Field Artillery, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5 - 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph F. Petrovic, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fleville, France, October 5 - 7,1918. When a shell burst near his gun, throwing him across the train of the piece and killing or wounding all of the section but himself and one other cannoneer, Corporal Petrovic and the latter succeeded in repairing the piece and continued the rolling barrage until it became impossible to fire the gun again. Two days later, under almost identical circumstances, he and one other soldier continued at their post, after the other members of the crew had been wounded, and continued to serve the piece until the completion of the barrage.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Joliet, IL

PETTIT, CHARLES L.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
102d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles L. Pettit, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, October 27, 1918. After being seriously wounded in the assault against strong enemy positions in the Bois-de-le Reine, Lieutenant Pettit stumbled on at the head of his command until compelled to turn over the command to a sergeant, on account of his condition. After this he remained in a shell hole under terrific concentration of machine-gun and artillery fire, encouraging his men as best he could, and aiding to the utmost of his ability by sniping the enemy with the rifle of a soldier wounded more severely than himself.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Clare, MI

*PETTY, WILLARD D.
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Willard D. Petty, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Consenvoye, France, October 10, 1918. Showing utter disregard of personal danger, Private Petty went to the rescue of his wounded platoon leader who lay in a zone covered by heavy enemy machine-gun fire, being himself mortally wounded in the, attempt. Private Petty volunteered to attempt the rescue, which cost him his life, after two of his comrades had been killed and another wounded in similar trials.
General Orders 64, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Joliet, IL

PEURIFOY, JOHN M.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company L, 326th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John M. Peurifoy, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Pylone, France, October 9, 1913. After he had seen an officer and 13 men of his company fall from the fire of enemy machine-guns and snipers, Sergeant Peurifoy advanced alone, and, after crawling about 50 yards in advance of his company, he shot a sniper from a tree and drove off the crews of two machine-guns located nearby. His action permitted the further advance of his company.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Griffen, GA

PEYTON, BYRON W.
Supply Sergeant, U.S. Army
Supply Company, 166th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Byron W. Peyton, Supply Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, July 29, 1918. In response to a call from the attacking battalion for ammunition Sergeant Peyton drove a combat wagon in broad daylight into the front-line positions near Vere-en-Tardenois, and delivered the ammunition required by his comrades on the front.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Columbus, OH

PFEIL, CLARENCE
Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 327th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clarence Pfeil, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Argonne- Meuse offensive, October 9, 1918. Assisted by another soldier, Private Pfeil crawled far in advance of our lines, under terrific machine-gun and shell fire, and brought back a severely wounded comrade.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Sandusky, OH

PHELAN, EDWARD F.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company E, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward F. Phelan, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vierzy, France, July 18, 1918. Corporal Phelan voluntarily left the assaulting wave of his company and, single-handed, captured or killed the entire crew of a concealed machine-gun position, which was delivering a terrific and accurate fire upon his comrades from the right flank. His timely and gallant act drew the fire of the machine-gun from his comrades until they were able to find shelter, and saved the lives of many of the assaulting wave.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Braintree, MA

PHELAN, JEREMIAH A.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company M, 328th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9 - 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jeremiah A. Phelan, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Cornay, France, October 9 - 10, 1918. After fighting for six hours, Corporal Phelan volunteered to accompany 15 other soldiers and an officer on night patrol of the town of Cornay, which was held by many machine-gun posts. The party worked from 11 o'clock at night till next morning in clearing buildings and dugouts of the enemy, capturing 65 prisoners and two machine-guns. With six others, Corporal Phelan volunteered and entered a dugout, where 23 prisoners were captured. He was wounded while leaving the town, but he refused to go to the aid station until the prisoners had been delivered at brigade headquarters.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

PHILLIPS, CHARLES
Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 4th Machine-Gun Battalion, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18 - 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles Phillips, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vierzy, France, July 18 - 19, 1918. On July 18, 1918, he twice drove a light truck loaded with ammunition through Vierzy and up the road directly in the rear of the position occupied by his company, this road being under heavy shell fire at all times. On the morning of the 19th of July he returned over the same route with rations and ran his truck under machine-gun fire to within 50 yards of the trenches. On the return trip his truck was hit by a shell and destroyed, whereupon he borrowed another truck and returned.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Martins Fery, OH

*PHILLIPS, DEWEY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company K, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Dewey Phillips, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sergy, France, July 31, 1918. While his company was waiting orders, after having reached the crest of Hill 212, Private Phillips voluntarily left his place and went for a message when an approaching runner was seen to fall, too badly wounded to reach the company. This act was done voluntarily and under the direct fire of the enemy's machine-guns, as well as the terrific bombardment to which the hill was then subjected.
General Orders 64, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Saginaw, MI

PHILLIPS, ELMER A.
Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 166th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Elmer A. Phillips, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sedan, France, November 7, 1918. Private Phillips was a member of a patrol sent out to silence machine-gun nests, which were holding up the battalion's advance. When the officer leading the patrol fell, mortally wounded, this soldier went to his assistance in the face of heavy fire from machine-guns only 100 yards away, remaining in this position until nightfall, though himself seriously wounded.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Jasper, AL

PHILLIPS, OCEA V.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Battery C, 151st Field Artillery, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ocea V. Phillips, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Suippes, France, July 15, 1918. After all telephone communication had been severed on account of heavy enemy shell fire, Sergeant Phillips volunteered and carried a very important message through an extremely heavy bombardment. Although wounded while carrying out this mission, he refused medical attention until the message had been delivered.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Duluth, MN

PHILLIPS, RUFUS R.
Private, U.S. Army
Company F, 118th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Rufus R. Phillips, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Brancourt, France, October 9, 1918. When his company was about to reach its objective, a sunken road, Private Phillips' company was swept by enfilading fire from several hostile machine-guns. Upon his own initiative this soldier jumped down the bank, mounted his automatic rifle in the center of the road in the face of the enemy's fire, and opened fire, sweeping the parapets of the hostile positions with well-directed fire. His act resulted in the capture of the 30 Germans occupying the post.
General Orders No. No. 133, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Gaffney, SC

PHILLIPS, SAMUEL E.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 316th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26 - 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Samuel E. Phillips, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montfaucon, September 26 - 30, 1918. During the entire four days of action, Sergeant Phillips exposed himself to the dangers of artillery and machine-gun fire, assisting in every way possible to insure the success of the advance. He made repeated trips to the rear and cither urged his comrades forward or led them up to their positions. So strenuously did he labor during the entire action that, at the end of the fourth day, he was so exhausted from strain and shell shock that he was taken from the field.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Greencastle, PA

*PHILLIPS, SYLVESTER
Private, U.S. Army
Battery E, 10th Field Artillery, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Sylvester Phillips, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Greves Farm, France, July 14, 1918. Private Phillips was acting as telephone operator at a gun in a detached position, when all the crew became casualties. With another soldier, he courageously continued to fire the piece under the heaviest bombardment, until it was struck by a shell and he was killed.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Des Moines, IA

PHILLIS, OLEX
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company L, 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 5 - 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Olex Phillis, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Brandeville, France, November 5 - 10, 1918. Sergeant Phillis rendered excellent service on patrols and by volunteering his services for an expedition into the German lines. He captured several machine-guns and rendered great assistance to the wounded by giving first aid in the absence of medical personnel.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Mobridge, SD

PHIPPS, GEORGE T.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George T. Phipps, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. Remaining on duty after his right elbow had been shattered by a machine-gun bullet, he personally led a company to the left and front, covering a flank that was entirely exposed. Being then placed in command of a battalion he led a successful attack upon a strong enemy position, showing marked ability as a leader and inspiring his men by his bravery.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Evansville, IN

PHIPPS, WALTER B.
Private, U.S. Army
Headquarters, 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27 - 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Walter B. Phipps, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vilosnes, France, September 27 - 28, 1918. For two days and two nights Private Phipps repeatedly exposed himself to heavy shell -fire in directing and maintaining the battalion relay runner service. He rendered valuable service in carrying messages over fire-swept areas, directing wounded soldiers to the first-aid station, and locating a new aid station when severe bombardment necessitated its removal.
General Orders 7, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Clintwood, VA

PIAZZA, JOHN L.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 312th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 17, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John L. Piazza, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Talma Farm, France, October 17, 1918. During the operations of October 17 Sergeant Piazza went through heavy machine-gun and artillery fire to carry a wounded private of his platoon from an exposed position to a place of safety. A short time after, he carried a wounded officer of his company across an open space of 80 yards and a stream, subjected to machine-gun and sniper's fire, to a place where he could be removed by stretcher bearers.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

PIAZZANI, JULIUS A.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company F, 310th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Julius A. Piazzani, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-Loges, France; October 19, 1918. When machine-gun fire had held up the advance of his company, and all had entrenched themselves in places of safety, Corporal Piazzani noticed a wounded man about 250 yards in front of the line. Voluntarily and without hesitation, he went to the side of the wounded and rendered first aid. Upon his return, he advised the stretcher bearers, enabling them to safely bring this man in, thereby saving his life.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: North Bergen, NJ

PICKACZ, WALTER
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company K, 165th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Walter Pickacz, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Cote-de-Chatillon, France, November 1, 1918. During a heavy enemy bombardment, when a high explosive shell buried four men of his company in a shell hole, wounding three and killing one of them, Private Pickacz, with complete disregard of his own safety, left his shelter, hurried to their rescue and, under a heavy barrage of enemy machine-gun and artillery fire, assisted in digging the men out with his hands and carrying them to a place of safety.
General Orders No. No. 4, W.D., 1933
Home Town: Plains, PA

PICKERING, WOODELL A.
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
369th Infantry Regiment, 93d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26 - October 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Woodell A. Pickering, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Champagne Sector, France, September 26 to October 1, 1918. Lieutenant Colonel Pickering repeatedly exposed himself to intense shell and machine-gun fire, establishing observation stations and giving able counsel to subordinate officers.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

PIERCE, CHESTER O.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Chester O. Pierce, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Moulins, France, July 15, 1918. Sergeant Pierce led a counterattack against the enemy, who were deployed to attack. He fearlessly exposed himself to heavy enemy fire and by effective fire of his platoon forced the enemy to retire in disorder. He later took up a position which he held successfully against repeated attacks by the enemy.
General Orders No. No. 24, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Carthage, NY

*PIERCE, EDWARD A.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company C, 107th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward A. Pierce, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the attack on the Hindenburg line, in France, September 29, 1918. While a member of a Lewis gun squad which attacked a superior force of the enemy, Private Pierce was severely wounded in the ankle. He refused to be evacuated, and although wounded so that he was hardly able to walk, he continued on in the advance, inflicting severe casualties on the enemy, until he was killed by enemy fire.
General Orders No. 68, W.D., 1920
Home Town: New York, NY

*PIERCE, EDWARD P.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company D, 108th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward P. Pierce, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. Private Pierce left shelter, went into an open field under heavy machine-gun and shell fire, and dragged a wounded soldier to safety. This courageous soldier was killed while advancing with his company later in the action.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Buffalo, NY

PIERCE, ROBERT S.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company C, 105th Field Signal Battalion, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert S. Pierce, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt, France, September 27, 1918. After the signal detachment of the 118th Infantry had suffered severe casualties and were no longer able to aid in maintaining lines between the 118th and 117th Regiments, Private Pierce rendered valuable services by keeping up the entire line of communication, working day and night under constant and sweeping artillery fire. Almost uninterrupted service was maintained between the regiments, owing in great part to his untiring energy.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Holdenville, OK

PIERCE, THOMAS L.
Major, U.S. Army
325th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11 - 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas L. Pierce, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Juvin, France, October 11 - 14, 1918. Although suffering from a machine-gun bullet wound, Major Pierce refused to go to an aid station, but remained in personal command of his battalion during the action. Upon receiving two other wounds three days later, this officer again refused assistance and remained with his command until the afternoon, when he was again severely wounded. He permitted himself to be evacuated only after he had given his successor detailed instructions and information.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: West Baldwin, ME

*PIERCE, WILLIAM O.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
364th Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26 - 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William O. Pierce, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Very and Eclisfontaine, France, September 26 - 28, 1918. Lieutenant Pierce valiantly led his platoon in the attack on enemy positions before Very and Eclisfontaine. The following day he again led his platoon through ravines and approaches covered by enemy machine-gun fire in the attack on the Bois-de-Baulny. He was killed by enemy fire while leading his men in this attack.
General Orders No. No. 39, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Malta, ID

PIERSON, ELVIN L.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 322d Field Artillery, 83d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Elvin L. Pierson, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-la Grande-Montague, France, October 16, 1918. When the telephone communications had been cut off, Corporal Fierson made four trips as a runner through severe artillery barrage and machine-gun fire, maintaining liaison between artillery and infantry.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Dayton, OH

*PIERSON, WARD W.
Major, U.S. Army
315th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 8 - 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ward W. Pierson, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Etraye, France, November 8 - 9, 1918. Major Pierson displayed the highest courage and leadership, reconnoitering the enemy positions under heavy shell and machine-gun fire. He was killed while in the performance of this act.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Somerton, PA

PIGMAN, VAN BUREN
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company G, 61st Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Van Buren Pigman, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action north of Vieville-en-Haye, France, September 16, 1918. Sergeant Pigman, with two others, rushed an enemy machine-gun nest, captured the gun, and killed the crew. He later exposed himself to heavy fire while leading a patrol which captured three other machine guns and forced nine of the enemy to surrender.
General Orders No. No. 53, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Hindman, KY

PINCOFFS, MAURICE C.
Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
2nd Sanitary Train, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Maurice C. Pincoffs, Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Blanc Mont, France, October 9, 1918. After a withdrawal of the line had been made, Captain Pincoffs voluntarily crossed an open field under heavy fire to a small wood, where he located a number of wounded men, whose injuries he dressed, and directed their evacuation without further casualties.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Baltimore, MD

PINE, HARRY W.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
353d Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry W. Pine, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Haumont, France. Lieutenant Pine led a patrol of eight men in an attempt to gain entrance into the town of Haumont, which was stubbornly held by the enemy. Working his way through the rear outposts, he encountered an enemy patrol near the entrance, attacking and defeating it. He then proceeded through the entire town, capturing and returning with two prisoners, as well as obtaining valuable information.
General Orders No. 34, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Jackson, MS

PIOVANO, JOSEPH
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph Piovano, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cierges, France, October 7, 1918. When the advance of his company was halted by machine-gun fire, Sergeant Piovano crawled to an exposed position and opened fire on the enemy, although a target for the fire of several machine guns. He killed several of the enemy with rifle fire and so disorganized the enemy that his organization was able to advance with slight loss.
General Orders No. 60, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Coral, PA

PIRINOLI, MIKE
Private, U.S. Army
Company E, 305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Mike Pirinoli, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Juvin, France, November 1, 1918. When his company had suffered heavy casualties and had been withdrawn Private Pirinoli went out with another soldier in advance of our lines and. under machine-gun fire to rescue the wounded. His companion shot down, he continued his work, though, constantly exposed to heavy fire, carrying back two wounded men and the soldier who had started out with him.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Sebastool, CA

PIRTLE, JAMES J.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
59th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4 - 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James J. Pirtle, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Bois-du- Fays, France, October 4 - 5, 1918. Throughout the engagement in the Bois-du-Fays Lieutenant Pirtle led his men with absolute disregard for his personal safety. He walked up and down the lines under intense enemy machine-gun and artillery fire, encouraging his men and consolidating his position. His courageous example contributed greatly to the success of the operation in which his organization was engaged. He continued in action until severely wounded in the knee and was carried from the field.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Carlisle, IN

PISTIKOUDIS, THEODORE
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 5th Machine-Gun Battalion, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Theodore Pistikoudis, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. When three infantry men were buried by a shell explosion Private Pistikoudis fearlessly left shelter in face of heavy shelling and rescued them.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

PITTS, WILLIAM A.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company M, 167th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William A. Pitts, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sergy, France, July 31, 1918. Being informed that a wounded man was lying in No Man's Land, Private Pitts immediately volunteered and, with Sergeant Collins, went to his aid. The intense fire of the enemy necessitated crawling the entire distance. While on the return trip the wounded man was hit by a machine-gun bullet and instantly killed, but these two men brought in the dead body, crawling with great difficulty over the shell-torn ground.
General Orders No. 23, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Anniston, AL

*PLASSMEYER, ALBERT J., JR.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Battery E, 322d Field Artillery, 83d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Albert J. Plassmeyer, Jr., Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Brabant-sur-Meuse, France, October 22 - 23, 1918. Though mortally wounded and gassed, Private First Class Plassmeyer continued his work as telephone operator and lineman, repairing telephone lines and remaining on duty until ordered to be evacuated. His example of heroism and fortitude inspired those working with him.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Zelienople, PA

*PLATNER, AARON A.
Captain, U.S. Army
9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3 - 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Aaron A. Platner, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Medeah Ferme, France, October 3 - 9, 1918. Captain Platner repeatedly led his battalion against machine- gun nests', through terrific enemy bombardment, until his objectives were attained. During the progress of the attack, when his men were being cut down by hidden fire, he personally located the gun and shot the gunner. His gallant example to his troops was an important factor in the success of the attack.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Ellis, KS

PLATT, ABNER H.
Captain, U.S. Army
160th Machine-Gun Battalion, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 17, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Abner H. Platt, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Souplet, France, October 17, 1918. Captain Platt, while moving forward in the attack with machine-gun units, encountered a number of stragglers in a sunken road. He organized these men into a company and led them in attacking waves. Later he personally led a patrol which located and silenced enemy machine guns which were firing from a flank position.
General Orders No. No. 10, W.D., 1920
Home Town: West New Brighton, NY

PLATTEN, MICHAEL A.
Cook, U.S. Army
Battery B, 121st Field Artillery, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Michael A. Platten, Cook, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chery- Chartreuve, France, August 14, 1918. When the gun crews of the platoons in the woods were forced to withdraw on account of the intense enemy shelling, a wounded man was left behind. Noticing this, Cook Flatten rushed into the woods despite the continued shelling and brought the man to safety.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Green Bay, WI

PLAUMAN, HERMAN
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company H, 128th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herman Plauman, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Gilles, France, August 3, 1918. After having just returned from a hazardous trip through heavy shell fire, Private Plauman volunteered and carried a message to his company commander. As he was about to complete his mission the company commander was mortally wounded by a shell. After administering first aid he reported back to his battalion commander, who, upon noticing that one of the runner's fingers was missing, ordered him to the rear for treatment.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Detroit, MI

PLEMONS, RUSSELL L.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company L, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Russell L. Plemons, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ponchaux, France, October 7, 1918. After seeing two other soldiers killed while attempting to carry automatic-rifle ammunition through a heavy artillery and machine- gun barrage, Corporal Plemons volunteered for this dangerous mission and successfully accomplished it.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Lenoir City, TN

*PLIMPTON, CHESTER H.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company F, 21st Engineers, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Chester H. Plimpton, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Thiaucourt, France, September 27, 1918. Lieutenant Plimpton exposed himself to heavy artillery fire in order to direct the repair of a railroad track over which ammunition was delivered to the batteries. The enemy made a determined effort to destroy the line of communication and subjected the locality to intense and accurate bombardment for a number of hours. The gallantry displayed by this officer was an important factor in the successful completion of t he mission assigned to him. He was killed by concussion of a large- caliber shell as his work was nearing completion.
General Orders No. No. 53, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Buffalo, NY

PLUMLEY, RICHARD G.
Captain, U.S. Army
39th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27 - October 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Richard G. Plumley, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Bois-de-Septsarges, France, September 27, to October 10, 1918. On duty as regimental adjutant, Captain Plumley felt a place of safety, and going forward under heavy fire assisted in reforming the assault battalion, which had lost most its officers and was becoming disorganized. During the following days he repeatedly crossed areas which had been subjected to heavy gas bombardments, and as a result became almost blind and greatly weakened by gas poisoning. He refused to be evacuated, however, and remained on duty throughout the night, rendering valuable assistance to the regimental commander, who had just taken command.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hartford, CT

PLUMMER, GEORGE
Private, U.S. Army
Company L, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19 - 25, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Plummer, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action south of Soissons, France, July 18 - 25, 1918. Private Plummer distinguished himself by volunteering three times to carry messages through heavy shell fire after all runners had been killed or wounded.
General Orders No. No. 117, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Bethesda, MD

POE, NEILSON
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Neilson Poe, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 19, 1918. During the attack of his organization, after he had been severely wounded, Lieutenant Poe refused to be evacuated, but rejoined his organization and went forward to the attack through heavy enemy fire. The company commander being killed, Lieutenant Poe took command of the company and continued to direct it until the day's objective was reached. Although suffering great pain, he remained with his organization for more than 24 hours after he was wounded.
General Orders No. 72, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Baltimore, MD

POHL, GEORGE H.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company G, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George H. Pohl, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Juvigny, north of Soissons, France, August 28, 1918. Corporal Pohl was severely wounded during the first stage of the advance, but he remained with his company until the objective was gained. He then went to the rear, where his wound was dressed, and was ordered to a hospital. When his evacuation was delayed by lack of ambulances, this soldier decided to return to the front line, where he reported to his commanding officer and volunteered to assist in carrying wounded to a dressing station. During the remainder of the operation, in spite of his wounds, he continued to assist in bringing the wounded in from a field constantly swept by machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. No. 1, W.D., 1926
Home Town: Mount Clemens, MI

POILLON, JOHN J.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company C, 311th Machine-Gun Battalion, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John J. Poillon, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montfaucon, France, September 29, 1918. Although engaged as company clerk, when the platoon to which he was attached was required to advance over a heavily shelled territory, Corporal Poillon volunteered and carried messages from his company commander to the platoon, the journey being made under the most hazardous conditions and under severest shell fire.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Milford, PA

POKORNY, ROBERT
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert Pokorny, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Roncheres, France, July 28, 1918. Private Pokorny volunteered and went forward to recover the trail of a 37-mm. gun. Despite the great danger of heavy machine- gun fire, he succeeded in recovering and dragging it back to our lines.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

POLITTE, MELVIN J.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Melvin J. Politte, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Grand Ballois Farm, France, July 15, 1918. After seeing many of his comrades killed or wounded in attempting the same mission, Corporal Politte went forward under heavy shell and gas bombardment and repaired telephone lines.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Old Mines, MO

POLLARD, RUSSELL
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 365th Infantry Regiment, 92d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Russell Pollard, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-Frehaut, France, November 10, 1918. During the assault on Bois Frehaut, Corporal Pollard, a rifle grenadier, conducted his squad skillfully in firing on hostile machine-guns until his rifle was broken. He then used his wire-cutter with, speed and skill under heavy shell and machine-gun fire, and although wounded in his right arm he continued to cut the wire with his left hand, and assisted his men in getting through it until ordered to the dressing station a second time by his company commander.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Anadarka, OK

POLLEY, JOHN R.
Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 110th Engineers, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John R. Polley, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cheppy, France, September 26, 1918. When the infantry attack was held up by direct fire from an enemy concrete machine-gun emplacement, Private Polley, who was a member of a wire-cutting detail, charged the emplacement with one infantry soldier, capturing two guns and two prisoners and enabling the advance to continue.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hutchinson, KS

POLLINGER, FRANK J.
Private, U.S. Army
Company G, 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3 - 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank J. Pollinger, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Charlevaux, France, October 3 - 7, 1918. During the period of four days, when his battalion was surrounded by the enemy and after his squad leader had been wounded, Private Pollinger took command of the squad, although he himself was suffering from a wound received four days previous. His indomitable courage and perseverance upheld the spirit and morale of his men under such trying circumstances, and he continued to direct their movements until forced out of action by a second wound.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Worcester, MA

PONDER, JAMES W.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company G, 355th Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 9 - 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James W. Ponder, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in crossing the Meuse River, France, November 9 - 10, 1918. Private Ponder volunteered as a member of a patrol which was to cross the Meuse River by swimming at a point known to be heavily occupied by enemy detachments, on the night of November 9 - 10, to gain information of the enemy and to capture prisoners. When the members of the patrol reached the middle of the river, they were discovered by the enemy who immediately opened a severe fire upon them using artillery, machine guns, and hand grenades. The heavy fire compelled all but six men to return. With utter disregard for his own personal safety Private Ponder, one of the remaining members, continued on the mission and succeeded in crossing the river.
General Orders No. 6, W.D., 1930
Home Town: Gering, NE

POORE, BENJAMIN A.
Brigadier General, U.S. Army
7th Infantry Brigade, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27 & October 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Benjamin A. Poore, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for repeated acts of extraordinary heroism in action at Bois-de-Septsarges, France, September 27, and at Bois-du-Fays, France, October 11, 1918. At Bois-de-Septsarges on September 27, General Poore personally reformed his disorganized troops, who were falling back through lack of command and because of severe casualties. Under heavy fire, he led them to the lines, and presented an unbroken front to the enemy. Again on October 11, in the region of Bois-du-Fays, he gathered together troops who were taking refuge from hostile fire, and turned them over to the support commander.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Fitchburg, MA

POPE, OLLIE
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ollie Pope, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action between St. Quentin and Cambrai, France, October 9, 1918. Private Pope was wounded in action between St. Quentin and Cambrai, France, and after having his wounds dressed, he was unable to locate his company. He returned, however, to the front line, and fought throughout the day, locating and returning to his own organization after dark.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Durham, NC

*POPLIN, DANIEL C.
Private, U.S. Army
Company H, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Daniel C. Poplin, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Roncheres, France, July 29, 1918. Private Poplin repeatedly carried messages between his own and another company across an open field swept by heavy machine-gun and sniper fire and was killed while on one of these missions.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Charlotte, NC

PORTER, CHAUNCEY W.
Bugler, U.S. Army
Company B, 355th Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Chauncey W. Porter, Bugler, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action north of Flirey, France, September 12, 1918. Bugler Porter charged a machine-gun alone with an automatic pistol, killed one man, captured another, and drove the remainder of the enemy platoon back along their trench, thereby enabling his platoon to advance.
General Orders No. No. 128, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Chambers, NE

PORTER, CLARENCE R.
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clarence R. Porter, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt, France, September 29, 1918. While his company was making an attack on the Hindenburg line, Private Porter continued a covering fire with his Lewis gun. In spite of two wounds from which he was suffering, he remained with his gun until his comrades had succeeded in crossing the line.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Pickens, SC

PORTER, JAMES E. (AKA: JAMES P. MEYERS)
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James E. Porter, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sommerance, France, October 9, 1918. During the attack on Hill 272, Sergeant Porter, with four men, exposed himself to heavy machine- gun fire in order to attack an enemy machine gun which was causing heavy casualties among his company. Although all his men were either killed or wounded, he succeeded in capturing the gun. Due to his gallantry, his company was able to continue the advance.
General Orders No. 72, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Detroit, MI

PORTER, RAY E.
Captain, U.S. Army
34th Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1 - 2, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ray E. Porter, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Rembercourt, France, November 1 - 2, 1918. Captain Porter led his company in a successful assault on a ridge of high ground, taking several strong points and machine-gun nests and numerous prisoners. He had this position for 30 hours without food or water against two enemy counterattacks, until he was relieved.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Fordyce, AR

PORTER, VINCENT C.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company C, 146th Infantry Regiment, 37th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26 - October 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Vincent C. Porter, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montfaucon, France, September 26 to October 1, 1918. Though he was acting as company clerk, throughout the drive west of the Meuse River Corporal Porter volunteered for service as a runner and also took charge of the delivery of rations under constant shell fire in a highly exposed position. He performed valuable service in giving first aid to wounded, and at one time carried a wounded soldier much heavier than himself up a hill through shell and machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. No. 145, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Canton, OH

POSSER, FREDERICK
Corporal, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 107th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frederick Posser, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. During the thick of the fighting against the Hindenburg line, Corporal Posser voluntarily went forward to locate friendly troops and, in doing so, he was obliged to pass between two strongly fortified enemy nests, from which a deadly fire was pouring. Despite this obstacle, he communicated with the infantry and returned to his position.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

POSTMOY, ALEXANDER
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company F, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alexander Postmoy, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fossoy, France, July 15, 1918. After being seriously wounded by machine gun fire, Corporal Postmoy remained on duty at his observation post at the river edge, so that the enemy could not cross unobserved.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Detroit, MI

POSTULA, JOHN I.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 132d Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John I. Postula, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-Forges, France, September 26, 1918. When the advance of his platoon was held up by enemy fire, Sergeant Postula advanced alone against a machine-gun nest and killed the crew. He brought back the enemy machine-gun and the platoon was able to renew the advance. He showed marked personal bravery under heavy fire.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, MI

POTTER, ERNEST R.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 39th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ernest R. Potter, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Thibaut, France, August 7, 1918. When all the officers of his company had become casualties, and the morale of the men was sinking, Sergeant Potter assumed command and, after reorganizing the company, successfully led it in repelling several vicious hostile counterattacks. During the action he was wounded in the shoulder, but he refused to go to the rear until he was ordered to do so by the officer sent to relieve him.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

POTTER, FRANK R.
Captain, U.S. Army
105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 17 - 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank R. Potter, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at the town of Arbre Guernon, France, October 17 - 18, 1918. Organizing his units just before entering the town, Captain Potter advanced under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire, captured the town with numerous prisoners, and from his new position silenced several enemy machine guns. On the morning of October 18, while he was in command of the 105th Infantry Battalion he advanced about 300 yards and was stopped by intense machine-gun fire. His coolness and complete indifference to danger inspired his men to further advance despite the heavy machine-gun fire from the strongly held position in a sunken road immediately in the battalions front, which position was promptly captured, together with numerous prisoners and machine guns.
General Orders No. 9, W.D., 1923
Home Town: New York, NY

POTTER, WALTER
Private, U.S. Army
Company L, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Walter Potter, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Bois-de-Harville, France, November 10, 1918. Private Potter volunteered and crawled out in the face of heavy enemy fire to attack a machine-gun nest. He killed the four members of the enemy crew, inspiring the men serving with him by his example of heroism.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Jenkins, KY

POTTER, WILLIAM J.
Captain, U.S. Army
361st Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William J. Potter, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Eclisfontaine, France, September 28, 1918. After being painfully wounded by a shell fragment during the night, Captain Potter refused to go to the rear and organized his company for an attack and led it in the advance under heavy machine-gun and artillery fire, freely exposing himself and cheering his men by his presence until he was a second time wounded through the lungs, even then refusing to be evacuated until the company was organized and properly turned over to his successor for another attack which was then impending.
General Orders No. No. 10, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Scranton, PA

*POUND, MCKINLEY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Battery E, 18th Field Artillery, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to McKinley Pound, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fismes, France, August 11, 1918. during heavy shelling by the enemy Private Pound voluntarily went forward into a shell-swept area in front of the battery position to assist in bringing back a severely wounded man. Private Pound, assisted by two officers of his battery, carried the wounded man under heavy fire to a place of comparative safety from where he was evacuated to the rear. The utter disregard for his own personal safety displayed by Private Pound was an inspiration to the entire command.
General Orders No. No. 22, W.D., 1929
Home Town: Mt. Vernon, SD

POWELL, GEORGE W.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 111th Machine-Gun Battalion, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George W. Powell, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, October 12, 1918. After all the men of his command except himself and two other soldiers had been killed or wounded, Sergeant Powell took charge of a machine-gun and remained in an isolated position for four days, keeping his men constantly in action and inflicting many casualties on the enemy.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Camden, NJ

POWELL, JAMES T.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company C, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James T. Powell, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fismette, France, August 9, 1918. When a platoon of his company was held up by sniper fire, Corporal Powell, undaunted, voluntarily crawled through holes in walls and over roofs, located the enemy sniper, and killed him, enabling the platoon to proceed without further loss. Later in the engagement, when reinforcements and ammunition were needed, he volunteered and swam the Vesle River under machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. No. 145, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Bradford, PA

POWELL, ROBERT E.
Supply Sergeant, U.S. Army
Supply Company, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert E. Powell, Supply Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fismette, France, August 9, 1918. While regimental supply sergeant, Supply Company, 127th Infantry, Sergeant Powell voluntarily participated in the attack and displayed high courage and determination during the battle, assisting after the village had been captured in removing the seriously wounded across a narrow bridge swept by heavy shell and machine-gun fire. On the evening of August 9, he voluntarily entered the most dangerous parts of the company's position and by his coolness and indifference to danger inspired the men of the command with new courage when they were sorely beset by the enemy, who had gained access to the village. Learning that an enemy patrol had entered a near-by building from the rear, he plunged into the building in complete darkness, dispatched four of the enemy, thus retaining possession of the building the loss of which would have placed the command in a precarious position.
General Orders No. 9, W.D., 1923
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

*POWELL, TOM
Private, U.S. Army
Company H, 370th Infantry Regiment, 93d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Tom Powell, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Beaume, France, November 8, 1918. Private Powell repeatedly carried messages under severe enemy fire to the various units in the vicinity of his company, until he was killed while in the performance of his duty.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hawkinsville, GA

POWELL, WILLIAM H.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William H. Powell, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt, France, September 29, 1918. Sergeant Powell, then a private, took charge of four other soldiers who had become separated from their platoon and led them forward toward the objective. Attacking a machine-gun nest, they captured seven prisoners and a Maxim gun, which they immediately put into action and fired 2,000 rounds at the enemy. They then continued to advance under heavy artillery and machine- gun fire.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Oxford, NC

POWER, JAMES B.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company L, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James B. Power, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Albert, France, August 4, 1918. While his company was occupying trenches on the outskirts of Albert, France, Sergeant Power, on his own initiative, left shelter and, creeping forward, worked his way through the town, though subjected to snipers who had been firing on our troops.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

POWER, LLEWELLYN
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 107th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Llewellyn Power, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. During the operations against the Hindenburg line, Corporal Power, with four other soldiers, left shelter and went forward into an open field under shell and machine-gun fire and succeeded in bandaging and carrying to our lines two wounded men.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

POWERS, EDWARD J.
Private, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 132d Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward J. Powers, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-du-Fays, France, October 9, 1918. After being wounded, Private Powers received treatment at a first-aid station, from where he was consigned to the hospital. Throwing away his evacuation ticket, he returned to the front line, where he acted as runner until the company was relieved, when he was removed to a hospital.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

POWERS, JOSEPH J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company E, 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph J. Powers, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Juvin, France, October 15, 1918. After four men had been killed or wounded while attempting to deliver a message from the company commander to the rear, Sergeant Powers volunteered and carried the message through the area swept by machine-gun fire, with no regard for his personal safety.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

POWLESS, JOSIAH A.
First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 308th Infantry (Attached), 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Josiah A. Powless, First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chevieres, France, October 14, 1918. When notified that his colleague, Captain James M. McKibben, had been wounded, Lieutenant Powless immediately went forward to his assistance. He crossed an area subjected to intense machine-gun and constant artillery fire, reached his colleague, whose wound proved to be fatal, and, after dressing his wounds, had him carried to the rear. Lieutenant Powless was seriously wounded while performing this service.
General Orders No. No. 46, W.D., 1920
Home Town: West Depere, WI

POZZI, WILLIAM
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company G, 104th Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William Pozzi, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Belleau, France, July 21, 1918. Corporal Pozzi voluntarily left his trench and ran through heavy shell fire to the aid of a wounded soldier and carried him to safety.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Springfield, MA

PRAGER, BENJAMIN
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company E, 111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Benjamin Prager, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fismes, France, August 11, 1918. On his own initiative and under heavy fire, Sergeant Prager led an automatic-rifle squad to a house far in advance of our lines, and, by purposely exposing himself at a window, drew fire from an enemy machine-gun, thus disclosing its position and enabling his squad to destroy it. After being wounded he refused to be evacuated until he had visited another portion of the line and assured himself that the position was well consolidated.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

PRATT, JESSE W.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company G, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11 & 24, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jesse W. Pratt, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cierges, France, October 11 and 24, 1918. Though his platoon had been reduced by casualties to only three squads, Sergeant Pratt led it to the objective and despite an intense artillery and machine-gun barrage, succeeded in capturing a machine-gun nest, which was enfilading his flank, killing the entire crew. On October 24, after all the officers of his battalion had become casualties, Sergeant Pratt assumed command and by daring leadership pushed forward the attack, successfully consolidating the captured position and holding it against repeated hostile counterattacks.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Vanderbilt, PA

PRATT, JOHN
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company L, 166th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Pratt, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cheveuges, France, November 7, 1918. While engaged as a runner, Corporal Pratt saw two comrades lying wounded several hundred yards away. Despite the fact that the vicinity was being heavily shelled, he crawled out across the open field and administered first aid to both men, after which he carried them, one at a time, back to a dressing station.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Toledo, OH

PRATT, JOHN H., JR.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 7 - 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John H. Pratt, Jr., Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bazoches, France, August 7 - 9, 1918. Second Lieutenant Pratt was untiring and fearless at all times in the performance of his duties as liaison officer. Under heavy fire he made three exceptionally hazardous trips with messages of vital importance when other means of communication had failed, volunteering for this service.
General Orders No. No. 138, W.D., 1918
Home Town: New York, NY

PRAUSE, CARL W. T.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company I, 118th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Carl W. T. Prause, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vaux-Andigny, France, October 11, 1918, While leading his company in attack, Lieutenant Prause was wounded by shell fire, but he remained for three days thereafter without medical aid directing the steady progress of his command in the face of the enemy's determined resistance.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Charleston, SC

PRESCOTT, FLOYD W.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 120th Field Artillery, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Floyd W. Prescott, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at St. Gilles, near Fismes, France, August 4, 1918. Corporal Prescott, with other soldiers, made frequent trips to maintain telephone communication between battalion and regimental headquarters during a destructive enemy bombardment. All other lines had been destroyed and as this line was used by both infantry and artillery for communication with the rear it was of the utmost importance that it be maintained.
General Orders No. No. 142, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Lansing, MI

PRESCOTT, LEE O.
Private, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 120th Field Artillery, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lee O. Prescott, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at St. Gilles, near Fismes, France, August 4, 1918. Private Prescott with other soldiers made frequent trips to maintain telephone communication between battalion and regimental headquarters during a destructive enemy bombardment. All other lines had been destroyed. As this line was used by both infantry and artillery for a communication with the rear, it was of the utmost importance that it be maintained.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Lansing, MI

PRESLEY, ALBERT C.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 363d Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Albert C. Presley, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Eclisfontaine, France, September 27,1918. Sergeant Presley, with a patrol of four other men, went out to reduce what was thought to be a sniping post; they discovered upon arriving nearer that it was a machine-gun nest and attacked it by a series of short rushes. The attack resulted in the capture of 25 prisoners and two machine- guns.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Grants Pass, OR

PRESLEY, EARL C.
Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 364th Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Earl C. Presley, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Eclisfontaine, France, September 29, 1918. Private Presley volunteered and went to the assistance of a wounded comrade who was seen making his way to our lines, exposed to machine-gun and sniper fire which infested the woods at our direct front.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hurricane, UT

PRESTON, JOHN T., JR.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
2d Field Signal Battalion, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18 - 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John T. Preston, Jr., Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the operations of Berzy-le-Sec, France, July 18 - 21, 1918. Sergeant Preston courageously and unhesitatingly passed through areas under steady artillery bombardment to carry messages whose delivery was of vital necessity to the success of the attack.
General Orders No. No. 132, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Manville, RI

PRETE, FRANK P.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Battery B, 122d Field Artillery, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank P. Prete, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bantheville, France, November 1, 1918. Sergeant Prete three times passed through a heavy barrage and machine-gun fire, while guiding a combat train forward to an advanced artillery platoon.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

*PRETTY, SAUNDERS P.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Saunders P. Pretty, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Launay, near Chateau-Thierry, France, July 15, 1918. Private (First Class) Pretty fearlessly exposed himself to machine-gun and artillery fire in order to keep up communication between exposed machine-gun positions. His work enabled the quick and accurate changing of our fire during a critical period of the action.
General Orders No. No. 24, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Cincinnati, OH

PREVOST, PHILIP W.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company D, 364th Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Philip W. Prevost, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Eclisfontaine, France, September 28, 1918. A combat group had worked its way far ahead, when the remainder of the line was held up by heavy bursts of machine- gun fire, and the order to dig in and hold the position was given. Private Prevost volunteered to carry the message through heavy machine-gun fire to the combat group, which was still advancing. He delivered the order and returned with information which enabled the battalion to make dispositions for the capture of the line of enemy machine- gun nests and the saving of the combat group.
General Orders 64, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Geyser, MT

PRICE, EDWARD H.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
138th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward H. Price, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cheppy, France, September 26, 1918. At the head of his command, Lieutenant Price charged and captured a machine-gun nest defending the southeastern approach to Cheppy, and was the first to enter the town. With his company of about 40 men he captured four guns and 124 prisoners. On the following day he led his men through direct artillery fire with only two casualties, due to his dexterity of command. Later he was seriously wounded, but continued with his company until physical exhaustion prevented his going farther.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: St. Louis, MO

PRICE, EDWARD J.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
124th Machine-gun Battalion, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward J. Price, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Bois-de-Chaume, France, October 11, 1918. Upon learning that a counterattack had been launched against the battalion on his right flank, Lieutenant Price took his platoon into action in advance of the infantry, and broke up the counterattack. There being no officers present with the infantry unit to which he was attached, he assumed command, reorganized it and led it forward, designating targets and ranges, and going up and down the line to direct the operation.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Minneapolis, MN

PRICE, OTTO D.
Private, U.S. Army
Battery F, 10th Field Artillery, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Otto D. Price, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Greves Farm, France, July 15, 1918. Responding to a call for volunteers, Private Price, with eight other soldiers, manned two guns of a French battery, which had been deserted by the French, during the unprecedented fire after many casualties had been inflicted on their forces. For two hours he remained at his post and poured an effective fire into the ranks of the enemy.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Ada, KS

PRICE, THOMAS F
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas F Price, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Hill 272, France, October 11, 1918. Private Price volunteered and led a patrol of four men against an enemy machine-gun which was inflicting severe losses on his ranks. He successfully accomplished the silencing of the gun.
General Orders No. 23, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Abingdon, VA

*PRIDDY, WELLBORN S.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
168th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: May 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Wellborn S. Priddy, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while in command of an important post near Badonviller, France, on May 26, 1918. Second Lieutenant Priddy displayed courage, judgment and devotion to duty in heroically defending his position against a large force of the enemy, continuing to perform his duty after having been badly gassed. He died May 29, 1918, as a result of the gas poisoning.
General Orders No. 88, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Chicago, IL

PRIDE, HENRY N.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 10 - 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Henry N. Pride, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de- Chaume, France, October 10 - 12, 1918. Acting on his own initiative, he led a patrol of three which penetrated the enemy line and after killing three Germans returned with three prisoners, one machine-gun and one automatic rifle. When the commander of the company on his left was killed Lieutenant Pride assumed command and consolidated the position, repulsing two counterattacks in which the enemy lost 75 dead and wounded and ten prisoners.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

*PRIEN, FERDINAND H. H.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company I, 168th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ferdinand H. H. Prien, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Beney, France, September 12, 1918. While advancing with his platoon Corporal Prien located a well-defended enemy machine-gun nest manned by fourteen men. With utter disregard of his own safety he fearlessly advanced through heavy enemy machine-gun fire and single-handedly attacked the machine-gun nest killing or capturing the entire crew.
General Orders No. No. 4, W.D., 1933
Home Town: Mineola, IA

*PRIEST, CHARLES D.
First Lieutenant (Chaplain), U.S. Army
358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles D. Priest, First Lieutenant (Chaplain), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Les Huit Chemins, France, September 29, 1918. Chaplain Priest disregarded personal danger by going 600 yards beyond the front lines, and with the aid of a soldier, carried back a wounded man to shelter.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Estherville, IA

PRITCHARD, JAY C.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 14th Machine-Gun Battalion, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jay C. Pritchard, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Thiaucourt, France, September 12, 1918. Though he was greatly fatigued from walking 30 kilometers in an effort to locate his company from which he had become separated, Sergeant Pritchard organized a squad of men, who had also become separated from their organizations, and, advancing with them for more than nine kilometers, took up a position in advance of the infantry and directed effective machine-gun fire against the enemy, breaking up a hostile counterattack, until an enemy shell demolished the gun. Though he was severely wounded, and suffering much pain, he conducted his squad back to Thiaucourt before permitting himself to be evacuated.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Athens, PA

PROCTOR, HAROLD F.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Headquarters Troop, Headquarters Troop, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harold F. Proctor, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-St. Remy, France, September 12, 1918. Accompanied by another soldier, Private Proctor made his way far into enemy lines to determine the location of an enemy emplacement which was holding up our advance. Having cut enemy telephone cables, he approached the nest from the rear and captured the entire personnel of the stronghold, consisting of one officer and 39 men.
General Orders No. 26, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Amesbury, MA

PROUT, WILLIAM L.
Private, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18 - 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William L. Prout, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the five days of the attack near Soissons, France, July 18 - 22, 1918. Private Prout carried messages through artillery and machine-gun fire and took water and ammunition to his platoon over ground then under heavy bombardment.
General Orders No. No. 132, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Cattlesburg, KY

PRUETTE, JOSEPH
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company G, 168th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph Pruette, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action east of Grand Pre, France, October 16, 1918. After a daring dash with his platoon across open ground swept by machine-gun fire, Corporal Pruette saw an enemy machine-gun crew preparing to open fire upon the flank and rear of his position. Single-handed he attacked, using enemy grenades, and drove the crew into a dugout. Bombing the entrance of the dugout, he effected the capture of four German officers, 64 men and four heavy machine-guns. With remarkable gallantry this soldier removed an obstacle that critically threatened a success already gained.
General Orders No. 13, W.D., 1919
Home Town: lola, IL

PRUITT, FRED C.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
2d Battalion, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 25, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fred C. Pruitt, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ypres, Belgium, August 25, 1918. At imminent peril to his own life, Sergeant Pruitt and two companions extinguished a fire in an ammunition dump, caused by a bursting shell, thereby preventing the explosion of the dump and saving the lives of a large number of men who were in the vicinity.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Mount Airy, NC

PRUITT, PINK S.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company I, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 17, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Pink S. Pruitt, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vaux-Andigny, Molain Ribeauville, France, October 17, 1918. At the starting of the attack Private Pruitt was painfully wounded in the arm. Disregarding his sufferings, he continued with the advance of his company, remaining with them throughout the day until the objective was reached.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Rossville, TN

*PRYOR, JOHN P.
Captain, U.S. Army
2d Machine-Gun Battalion, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4 - 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John P. Pryor, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the Meuse- Argonne offensive, near Exermont, France, October 4 - 6, 1918. Attacked by Spanish influenza, Captain Pryor refused to leave his command for medical treatment because of the heavy casualties among the officers of the battalion to which his company was attached. Captain Pryor remained with his command, participating in the heavy fighting around Exermont and Hill 240, inspiring his men through his conspicuous bravery and indomitable will until he collapsed upon the field of battle, and was carried from the field, dying while en route to the hospital.
General Orders No. No. 15, W.D., 1923
Home Town: El Paso, TX

PUCHAJDA, EDWARD
Private, U.S. Army
Company H, 111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 6 - 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward Puchajda, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action north of Courlandon, France, September 6 - 7, 1918. Private Puchajda repeatedly exposed himself to heavy machine-gun fire in order to carry messages to his company commander across an area raked continuously by enemy fire. He accomplished his mission and maintained communication after several other runners had been killed in the attempt.
General Orders No. 60, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Carnegie, PA

PULKER, HOWARD C.
Private, U.S. Army
Battery C, 42d Artillery, Coast Artillery Corps
Date of Action: July 14 - 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Howard C. Pulker, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Suippes. France, July 14 - 15, 1918. Private Pulker, a chauffeur to whom no regular duty during the engagement had been assigned, voluntarily assisted in carrying wounded French and American soldiers to safety under severe bombardment. At one time he gave aid to a severely wounded soldier who was carrying a message to the battery commander, assisting him in performing his mission. When orders to withdraw were received he continued valiant services.
General Orders No. No. 143, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Sharon, PA

PULLEN, DANIEL D.
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
Tank Corps, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Daniel D. Pullen, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Bois- de-Cuisy, France, September 26, 1918. Colonel Pullen displayed conspicuous gallantry and leadership in directing a tank attack on the Bois-de-Cuisy, after which he rallied a force of disorganized infantry, leading it forward in the face of violent machine-gun fire, and occupying the ground which had been taken by the tanks.
General Orders No. No. 133, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Skagway, AK

PULLONO, CLEMENTE R.
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clemente R. Pullono, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cunel, France, October 11, 1918. Seeing the enemy mounting a gun which when operated would sweep his platoon at close range, Private Pullono shot the gunner just as he was about to open fire. He also shot another German who attempted to fire the gun, after which he charged the position and captured the remainder of the crew.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

PURCELL, HOMER
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Homer Purcell, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Hill 272, north of Fleville, France, October 11, 1918. After his platoon had suffered heavy casualties, Sergeant Purcell led the remnants up Hill 272 under heavy machine-gun fire and surrounded a heavy trench mortar which was defended by two machine guns. In the encounter he personally shot down the noncommissioned officer in charge of the enemy gun. Seven of the enemy crew were captured and four were killed.
General Orders No. No. 35, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Oklahoma City, OK

PURCELL, ROBERT E.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company d, 362d Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert E. Purcell, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Gesnes, France, September 29, 1918. Early in the engagement on September 29, 1918, Corporal Purcell was wounded by shrapnel in the left shoulder. Despite his wounds he refused to be evacuated and continued in action with his organization until it was relieved about 15 hours later, after which he was sent to the hospital. His courage and devotion to duty were a great inspiration to the members of his organization.
General Orders No. No. 22, W.D., 1929
Home Town: Miles City, MT

*PURCELL, WARREN B.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 56th Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Warren B. Purcell, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Preny, France, November 1, 1918. Sergeant Purcell courageously led his half platoon against an enemy machine-gun nest, capturing it, killing several of the enemy, and taking six prisoners. He was later killed in action.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Welkert, PA

PURDOM, THOMAS M.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company I, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9 - 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas M. Purdom, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Romagne, France, October 9 - 11, 1918. Voluntarily assuming the duties of runner, after he had seen many others fail in attempting to get through the unusually heavy fire, Corporal Purdom repeatedly passed through the fire and aided materially in the success of the entire operations. When the supply of first-aid material had become exhausted, he again went through, returning with sufficient bandages to care for the wounded, who could not, at that time, be removed.
General Orders No. 64, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Sparks, GA

*PURDY, BOBELL
Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 166th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Bobell Purdy, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sedan, France, November 7, 1918. Private Purdy was a member of a patrol sent out to silence machine-gun nests which were holding up the battalion's advance. When the officer leading the patrol fell mortally wounded this soldier attempted to go to the officer's assistance, despite heavy fire from machine-guns only 100 yards away, and was himself killed.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hanceville, AL

*PURDY, WILLARD D.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Willard D. Purdy, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Hegenbach, Alsace, July 4, 1918. Upon returning with his patrol after a reconnaissance on the enemy's line, Sergeant Purdy was calling the roll of his men and collecting their hand grenades, when the pin of one of the grenades became disengaged. Seeing that the grenade could not be thrown away without injuring some of the men, Sergeant Purdy called on them all to run, while he picked up three of the grenades, and, bending over, held them against his stomach. The grenades exploded, killing Sergeant Purdy instantly, but his presence of mind and self-sacrificing act saved the lives of his comrades.
General Orders 66, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Marshfield, WI

PURRINGTON, ALDEN CLIFFORD
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alden Clifford Purrington, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois d'Aigremont, France, July 15, 1918. While the German barrage preceding their drive of July 15 was at its worst, Lieutenant Perrington volunteered to go through the barrage in Bois d'Aigremont to secure hand grenades for the defense of a wooded ravine after the forward grenade dump was blown up. This was at a time when it seemed impossible for any human being to get through the barrage. Throughout the entire engagement Lieutenant Perrington volunteered to lead a number of patrols, both to the front and flanks.
General Orders 66, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Haydenville, MA

PURSLEY, EARL
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 360th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Earl Pursley, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Lesseux, France, September 4, 1918. Private Pursley voluntarily carried a wounded soldier from an exposed position under intense enemy shell fire for a distance of 400 yards to the dressing station. He then immediately returned to the position and helped to dig out men who had been buried by the explosion of a shell.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Minneapolis, MN

PUTMAN, HARRY P.
Private, U.S. Army
Company H, 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry P. Putman, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 30, 1918. Private Putman exhibited exceptional bravery in voluntarily leaving shelter, going forward under heavy shell and machine-gun fire and bringing back to our lines several wounded comrades.
General Orders No. No. 143, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Fort Johnson, NY

*PYLES, ADAM H.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company L, 166th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Adam H. Pyles, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Georges, France, October 15, 1918. Seeing his comrades either killed or wounded, immediately after seeking shelter, Private Pyles, undeterred, continually volunteered and carried messages over territory covered by violent artillery fire, incessant machine-gun fire, and accurate sniping until he was killed by this heavy fire.
General Orders No. 27, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Lancaster, OH

PYRAH, GEORGE W.
Private, U.S. Army
Company F, 117th Engineers, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George W. Pyrah, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sommerance, France, October 15, 1918. Private Pyrah and three other soldiers were detailed to cut wire in advance of the infantry during an attack on the enemy lines. While carrying out the mission they were fired upon by a machine-gun at close range, which killed one and wounded another. He fired into the nest, wounded the gunner, and disabled the gun, then charged the group with his bayonet and captured three prisoners.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

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