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

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 YABOVITZ, BENJAMIN
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Benjamin Yabovitz, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Remy, France, September 12, 1918. While carrying a message through an advance trench, Private Yabovitz was attacked by 14 of the enemy. After receiving two bayonet wounds, this soldier succeeded in killing three of the enemy and capturing the other 11, whom he brought to the rear.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chelsea, MA

YAEGER, LOUIS
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 321st Machine-Gun Battalion, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Louis Yaeger, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Pont-a-Mousson, France, September 12, 1918. Private Yaeger, with his brother, Corporal Roy Yaeger, remained at an advanced position in the face of heavy machine-gun and rifle fire from the enemy and, by effective use of their machine-gun and pistols, covered the withdrawal of the infantry, inflicting serious losses on the enemy and refusing to retire until they were ordered to do so.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: San Diego, TX

YAEGER, ROY
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 321st Machine-Gun Battalion, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Roy Yaeger, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Pont-a-Mousson, France, September 12, 1918. Corporal Yaeger, with his brother, Private Louis Yaeger, remained at an advanced position in the face of heavy machine-gun fire and rifle fire from the enemy, and, by effective use of their machine-gun and pistols, covered the withdrawal of the infantry, inflicting serious losses on the enemy and refusing to retire until ordered to do so.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hebbronville, TX

YAGLE, HARRY A.
Second Lieutenant, 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 Harry A. Yagle, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Hamel, Belgium, July 4, 1918. While digging in at his final objective Second Lieutenant Yagle came under fire from a hostile machine-gun in a sunken road 200 yards to the right front. With Sergeant Koijane and two Australian soldiers, he rushed the position and captured the gun and eight prisoners.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Woodstock, IL

*YAMIN, AARON
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company B, 306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Aaron Yamin, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the forest of Argonne, France, September 27, 1918. Corporal Yarnin displayed exceptional bravery by volunteering to cut a strip of enemy barbed-wire to make an opening for his company, which was, at that time, under heavy fire from artillery and machine-guns. In performing this mission this soldier received wounds from which he afterwards died.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

YANCHULIS, MARTIN
Private, U.S. Army
Company I, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Martin Yanchulis, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Crezancy, France, July 15, 1918. Although severely wounded, Private Yanchulis made his way through the terrific enemy barrage to his post in the fire trenches, and remained on duty until ordered to the rear by his commanding officer.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Niagara Falls, NY

*YANNANTUONO, FREDERICK
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Dental Assistant, Medical Detachment, 13th Machine-Gun Battalion, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frederick Yannantuono, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cunel, France, October 14, 1918. Private Yannantuono voluntarily went forward and administered first aid to wounded infantry soldiers under heavy shell and machine-gun fire, in plain view of the enemy, being killed in the performance of this self-sacrificing mission.
General Orders 95, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

YANTIS, ERNEST M.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
363d Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ernest M. Yantis, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Tronsol Farm, France, September 30, 1918. Leading his platoon as a combat patrol 500 yards ahead of the front line, under intense shell and machine-gun fire, Lieutenant Yantis was wounded three times, but remained on duty for more than an hour until relieved. He then refused to leave until the new officer had been fully informed as to his disposition and that of the enemy.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Granbury, TX

*YARBROUGH, WALTER S.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company F, 355th Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Walter S. Yarbrough, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in crossing the Meuse River, France, November 9, 1918. Because of his known courage and leadership Lieutenant Yarbrough was selected to lead a patrol of 15 men which was to cross the Meuse River by swimming in order to gain information and capture prisoners. When the men were in the middle of the river they were fired upon by the enemy and all except six men were compelled to return. Lieutenant Yarbrough with the five remaining men continued the advance. Lieutenant Yarbrough himself succeeded in reaching the enemy side of the river, where a few moments later he made the supreme sacrifice while endeavoring to carry out his mission.
General Orders No. No. 22, W.D., 1929
Home Town: Nashville, TN

YARNIS, HYMAN
Corporal, 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 Hyman Yarnis, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action on Hill 272, near Fleville, France, October 9, 1918. Corporal Yarnis volunteered for and attacked a machine-gun position which was enfilading the lines by its fire from the left flank. He killed the enemy crew, in which encounter he was wounded by a grenade. Notwithstanding his wound, he advanced against a second machine-gun position, during which he was wounded a second time. However, he continued on and attacked the enemy crew.
General Orders No. No. 39, W.D., 1920
Home Town: New York, NY

*YEAGER, CURTIS L.
Private, U.S. Army
Company L, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Curtis L. Yeager, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, October 12, 1918. Private Yeager, in an exposed position, under heavy machine- gun and artillery barrage, kept up an effective fire from his automatic rifle until severely wounded. After waiting seven hours with a comrade for a stretcher, and only one arriving, although practically unconscious he insisted on his comrade leaving first.
General Orders No. 27, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Atherton, IN

YOCHIM, FRED J.
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fred J. Yochim, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mezy, France, July 15, 1918. When other means of liaison were destroyed by heavy enemy fire, Private Yochim carried numerous messages over routes exposed to heavy artillery fire from units in line to battalion headquarters. In all subsequent engagements of this regiment he exposed himself fearlessly in order to maintain communication until severely wounded near Cunel, October 21, 1918, while carrying a message over area swept by machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. No. 24, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Erie, PA

YOCKEY, WILLIAM S.
Private, U.S. Army
Company E, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 6 - 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William S. Yockey, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sedan, France, November 6 - 7, 1918. Private Yockey voluntarily led two other men in an attack on a machine-gun nest, which was delivering a withering fire on the company and delaying its advance. By the skill and bravery of this attack, the enemy was killed and the advancing company saved from a dangerous flanking fire.
General Orders 74, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Akron, OH

YOPP, SAMUEL F., JR.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Medical Corps, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Samuel F. Yopp, Jr., Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Hargicourt, France, September 28, 1918. While directing the evacuation of the wounded Sergeant Yopp was severely gassed, but refused to be evacuated and continued in charge of the dressing station to which he had been assigned. He displayed marked fortitude and personal bravery, working constantly to help the wounded.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Wilmington, NC

YOUELL, RICE MCNUTT
Major, U.S. Army
26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 1 - 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Rice McNutt Youell, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, October 1 - 12, 1918. Taking command of his battalion after the battalion commander had been mortally wounded, he led it with remarkable bravery throughout nine days of the hardest fighting, though he was himself painfully wounded on the first day, when he led his command in storming the heights beyond the Rau de Gauffre. On October 10, when the enemy's resistance had been broken and a rapid thrust into the disorganized defenses was necessary in order to enable a unit on the right to advance, Major Youell, with one company and no artillery support pushed forward two kilometers under heavy fire, driving back a force of enemy infantry superior n number to his own, and capturing important artillery positions on Hill 263.
General Orders 64, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Norton, VA

YOUNG, ARTHUR J.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 6th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur J. Young, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Romagne, France, October 16, 1918. Although wounded by a machine-gun bullet, Private Young carried four comrades to a shell hole through terrific shell and machine- gun fire and dressed their wounds. He then carried them to a place of safety in the rear of our lines.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Erie, PA

YOUNG, CHARLES C.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 354th Battalion, Tank Corps, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles C. Young, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Apremont, France, September 27, 1918. Although wounded twice by fire from antitank guns during the attack Sergeant Young continued at his post, refusing to be sent to the rear.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Lansing, MI

YOUNG, CHARLES G.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
368th Infantry Regiment, 92d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27 - 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles G. Young, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Binarville, France, September 27 - 28, 1918. While in command of a scout platoon, First Lieutenant Young was twice severely wounded from shell fire, but refused medical attention and remained with his men, helping to dress their wounds and to evacuate his own wounded during the entire night, and holding firmly his exposed position covering the right flank of his battalion.
General Orders No. No. 128, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Washington, DC

YOUNG, CHARLES I., JR.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 327th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles I. Young, Jr., First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cornay, France, October 9, 1918. Assisted by six other soldiers, Sergeant Young fought his way through a greatly superior number of the enemy and rescued 13 wounded comrades, thereby saving them from being taken by the enemy. After all the officers had become casualties, he assumed command of the company, reorganizing and leading it through many attacks, and contributing greatly to the success of his company.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Reading, PA

*YOUNG, EDWARD M.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
178th Infantry Brigade, 89th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward M. Young, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Beaufort, France, November 8, 1918. While under unusually heavy shell fire Lieutenant Young was severely wounded, and, at the same time 15 of his men were also wounded. He refused to be moved until his men had received attention, and after the arrival of ambulances and litter bearers he still insisted that the men be moved to the first- aid station before allowing himself to be taken. Shortly after he arrived at the station for treatment he died.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hartford, CT

YOUNG, GEORGE
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company A, 9th Machine-Gun Battalion, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 14 - 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Young, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Moulins, France, July 14 - 15, 1918. Although seriously wounded, Corporal Young maintained a steady fire from his machine-gun until forced to be carried to the rear for treatment.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Lorain, OH

YOUNG, GUY L.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Guy L. Young, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cierges, France, July 31, 1918. Under heavy machine-gun fire, Sergeant Young went out in front of our lines and carried to shelter two wounded men.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Sault Ste Marie, MI

YOUNG, ROBERT B.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company B, 111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert B. Young, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fismette, France, August 10, 1918. When the attack on his company was held up by fire from a hostile strong point, Corporal Young, with two other men, voluntarily cut their way through enemy wire entanglements under heavy fire, reached their objective, and engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. During this latter action six of the enemy were killed and the attacking lines was enabled to advance to the new position.
General Orders No. No. 49, W.D., 1922
Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

YOUNGBAR, ANDY F.
Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Andy F. Youngbar, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during a raid against a post of his command near Gildwiller, France, July 31, 1918. Private Younbar showed fine courage and endurance when attacked with hand grenades. Although seriously wounded, he joined in a counter attack against greatly superior numbers and continued to fight, even after receiving a second wound, until the enemy was repulsed.
General Orders No. No. 109, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Curtis Bay, MD

*YOUNGDAHL, OSKAR E.
Captain, U.S. Army
23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Oskar E. Youngdahl, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne-a- Arnes, France, October 6, 1918. Armed with a rifle, Captain Youngdahl went through a heavy machine-gun fire alone to a position from which he could fire upon German machine-gunners who were pouring a deadly fire into the flank of his company. He killed one of the gunners and captured four others, but was severely wounded himself. He stayed with his company until it had carried its objective, but died in the hospital of his wounds two days later.
General Orders No. No. 55, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Red Wing, MN

YOUNGER, RALEIGH
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company L, 38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Raleigh Younger, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mezy, France, July 15, 1918. After being wounded in both hands Lieutenant Younger took a rifle and killed an enemy machine-gunner; and, disregarding his wounds, remained with his platoon until it had taken up a new position several hours later.
General Orders No. 23, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Columbia, TN

YUILL, JULIUS O. (AKA: JULIUS DONOVAN ODELL)
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 O. Yuill, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Epinonville, France, September 26, 1918. Accompanied by one man, Sergeant Yuill went forward to a German trench and bombed it, killing a German officer and two soldiers, and held the trench until reinforced by a party of four. Fearing that the Germans in the trench would escape, he led these men 500 meters through sniper and machine-gun fire, cut off their means of escape and captured 27 prisoners. On the same day he killed an officer, who with two men were attempting to set up a machine-gun to ambush the command group. He followed the two men into their dugout and killed one of them; and, with the help of other members of the command thoroughly mopped up the place.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Soap Lake, WA

 

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 ZACHER, VERNON B.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Vernon B. Zacher, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bantheville, France, November 1, 1918. Without regard for his own safety, Lieutenant Zacher led his platoon to the capture of two machine-guns which were holding up the advance of his battalion. Although painfully wounded he would not stop until his objective had been reached.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Jamestown, ND

ZAMBRYSKI, ALEXANDER
(First Award)
Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alexander Zambryski, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mousson, France, November 7, 1918. While making a reconnaissance of a destroyed bridge, over the River Meuse, a member of the patrol had his leg broken by machine-gun fire and fell into the river. Despite the fact that four enemy machine-guns were firing point blank on the spot, at a distance of less than 100 yards, Private Zambryski volunteered and went to the rescue of his comrade and succeeded single-handed in recovering his comrade while under severe fire, and taking him to a place of safety.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Worcester, MA
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross w/OLC (WWI)

ZAMBRYSKI, ALEXANDER
(Second Award)
Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alexander Zambryski, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mousson, France, November 8, 1918. Braving the murderous fire of machine-guns, Private Zambryski rescued a wounded gunner, who was lying on the river bank in full view of the enemy, carrying him without assistance to a place of safety.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Worcester, MA
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI)

ZANE, EDMUND L.
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3 - 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edmund L. Zane, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne, France, October 3 - 9, 1918. With remarkable courage and daring, Colonel Zane led his battalion through heavy machine-gun and shell fire to its objective. On several other occasions he voluntarily visited the front, under most hazardous conditions, thereby acquainting his regimental commander with exceptionally important data.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: San Francisco, CA

*ZANOVITZ, STANLEY
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company B, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Stanley Zanovitz, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mezy, France, July 15, 1918. When attacked by superior numbers, Corporal Zanovitz led a squad in covering the withdrawal of his platoon. After being surrounded by the enemy he fought his way to our lines, when he took up an automatic rifle and by his fire held back superior numbers of the enemy until killed by their fire.
General Orders No. No. 35, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Nanticoke, PA

ZAPPA, STEVE
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company C, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 10 - 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Steve Zappa, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chipilly Ridge, France, August 10 - 19, 1918. Private First Class Zappa volunteered for dangerous missions, carrying messages over areas swept by heavy machine-gun and shell fire. He displayed great courage in accomplishing each task.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Dwight, IL

ZAVITZ, ARCHIE M.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Archie M. Zavitz, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Romagne, France, October 9, 1918. Facing heavy fire, Sergeant Zavitz crawled 75 yards in advance of the platoon he commanded and reduced a machine-gun nest with rifle grenades.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Fruitport, MI

ZAVODSKY, JOHN
Sergeant, 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 John Zavodsky, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vieville-en-Haye, France, September 26, 1918. Although he was wounded, Sergeant Zavodsky remained with his company until its objective was reached before seeking first- aid treatment.
General Orders No. 26, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Perth Amboy, NJ

ZAX, HENRY E.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company B, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Henry E. Zax, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vaux Andigny, France, October 11, 1918. Having been sent on a dangerous liaison patrol, Corporal Zax was severely wounded soon after he had located the unit on the right of his own. He, nevertheless, went forward to battalion headquarters immediately after securing first aid and made a complete report to his battalion commander before going to the rear.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Louisville, KY

ZEILER, ELMER
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 Elmer Zeiler, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Medeah Ferme, France, October 3, 1918. Corporal Zeiler, together with four other men, charged a machine-gun nest containing three heavy machine-guns and captured the three guns and 20 prisoners.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Fairhaven, PA

ZELDAM, JOHN J.
Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John J. Zeldam, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action north of Cierges, France, August 1, 1918. Following an assault, in which he was wounded in the leg by a machine-gun bullet, and when further advance was impossible because of a barrage, Private Zeldam took refuge in a shell hole. From this shelter he observed a comrade who was seriously wounded and needed assistance. Despite heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, he crawled 20 yards through the open, reached the helpless man, and took him back to the shell hole. After the two had lain in the shell hole nearly the entire day, Private Zeldam, leaving his canteen with his companion, crawled across the danger zone and obtained assistance to carry the other wounded man to a dressing station.
General Orders No. No. 117, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Grand Rapids, MI

ZIELINSKI, VINCENT P.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Vincent P. Zielinski, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at St. Juvin, France, October 15, 1918. Corporal Zielinski volunteered and carried a message of vital importance in connection with the capture of St. Juvin through an intense artillery barrage, displaying courage and persistent devotion to duty.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Buffalo, NY

*ZILKEY, FRANK
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 Frank Zilkey, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Forest of Argonne, France, October 9, 1918. After all the other members of his squad had been killed or wounded in advancing on a hostile machine-gun, Corporal Zilkey pressed forward alone in the face of direct fire from the gun, and by remarkable courage, captured both the gun and its crew. Upon his own initiative he then started out alone to attack another gun, and was killed.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Butte, MT

ZILKEY, GUY L.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company L, 362d Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Guy L. Zilkey, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Steenbrugge, Belgium, October 31, 1918. Reorganizing badly shattered forces, Sergeant Zilkey took command of the location, and by proper distribution of those under his command ably protected his flanks. Assisted by two comrades, he attacked and drove out a machine-gun neat that was holding up his advance, reporting the situation to his company commander by establishing an efficient liaison.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: May, ID

*ZIMBORSKI, ALEXANDER JOHN
Corporal, 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 Alexander John Zimborski, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-Montrebeau, France, October 4, 1918. While running his tank into a woods to rout a machine-gun nest, his tank was hit and set on fire. Corporal Zimborski fought on until compelled to leave because of the excessive heat. While he and his gunner were leaving the tank, they were both wounded, and when making an advance on a machine gun, Corporal Zimborski received further wounds, which caused his death.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

ZIMMER, JOHN H.
Private, U.S. Army
Company L, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John H. Zimmer, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fossoy, France, July 15, 1918. Acting as runner, Private Zimmer made repeated trips through the heavy enemy bombardment of July 15, and, after being wounded on a mission, he accomplished his task before receiving medical attention.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Providence, RI

ZIMMERMAN, ARTHUR P.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 361st Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3,1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur P. Zimmerman, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Gesnes, France, October 3. 1918. Sergeant Zimmerman voluntarily and unhesitatingly left shelter under heavy shell fire and, without thought of personal danger, rendered first aid and carried a wounded comrade to a place of safety.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Bonners Ferry, ID

ZIMMERMAN, RUDOLPH A.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 354th Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 2 - 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Rudolph A. Zimmerman, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Remonville, France, November 2 - 3, 1918. Severely wounded in the cheek by a machine-gun bullet, Sergeant Zimmerman refused to be evacuated, but continued to lead his machine-gun section with the assault wave, displaying remarkable bravery and leadership, until his company was relieved next morning.
General Orders 70, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New Florence, MO

ZIRKLE, JAMES M.
Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 17, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James M. Zirkle, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Samogneux, France, October 17, 1918. Private Zirkle volunteered and carried messages from battalion headquarters to the front line through artillery and machine-gun fire. He not only maintained effective liaison with his company, but also furnished an inspiring example of coolness and bravery to his comrades.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Lofton, VA

*ZITO, DOMINICK
Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 10 - 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Dominick Zito, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fismette, France, August 10 - 11, 1918, On August 10 Private Zito three times volunteered and alone carried severely wounded comrades to the dressing station. Each trip was made through an intense enemy fire, but he unhesitatingly made the trip and returned to his post. On August 11, while assisting three other men to carry a seriously wounded comrade to the aid station, one of the party was killed and the others driven from the road by an intense machine-gun fire, but Private Zeito alone carried the wounded man to a place of shelter from which he was evacuated that night. He was killed that afternoon in the advance line of the attack.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, NY

ZLOTNIKOFF, JOHN
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company L, 60th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Zlotnikoff, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Dun-sur-Meuse, France, October 5, 1918. When his company was held up and unable to cross the river, because of the destruction of a pontoon bridge, Private Zlotnikoff swam the river, carrying an automatic rifle, in the face of terrific machine-gun fire and direct artillery fire.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Vestaburg, PA

ZOBNOWSKI, WALTER P.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company M, 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Walter P. Zobnowski, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Apremont, France, October 1, 1918. Having volunteered with two other soldiers, to establish liaison with another unit which had been cut off by a hostile counterattack, Private Zobnowski rushed an enemy machine-gun nest, killing four of the enemy and capturing four prisoners. After taking his prisoners to the rear, he volunteered and led a small force in a successful attack on the enemy.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

*ZUCKERMAN, LOUIS
Private, U.S. Army
Company G, 305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Louis Zuckerman, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Juvin, France, October 15, 1918. In order to enable his platoon to locate an enemy machine-gun nest, Private Zuckerman courageously volunteered and went out into an open field to draw the enemy fire. In the performance of this self-sacrificing mission, he was killed.
General Orders 95, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

ZYCH, JOHN
Private, U.S. Army
Company H, 113th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Zych, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the action in the vicinity of Hagenbach, Alsace, east of Belfort, France, August 21, 1918. In an enemy raid on the position held by his regiment Private Zych had his right eye shot out at the beginning of the action. He applied first aid himself, went back to his battle position, assisted in driving off the raiding party, operated his rifle until the end of the action, and continued to fire upon the retreating Germans as long as they could be seen.
General Orders No. No. 102, W.D., 1918
Home Town: South Plainfield, NJ

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