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The Distinguished Service Cross
World War I
 U.S. Marine Corps 

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LANE, HERSCHEL V.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
77th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 20, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herschel V. Lane, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 77th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Vierzy, France, July 20, 1918. Private Lane volunteered and successfully carried messages from Vierzy to the front line near Tigny, through heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, after two others who had been detailed for the duty had failed to get through.
General Orders No. 137, W.D., 1918
Born: at Omaha, Nebraska
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

LEE, WILL H.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Will H. Lee, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont, France, October 4, 1918. During an advance of his company, Corporal Lee volunteered to carry a wounded comrade to a place of safety through hostile machine-gun fire. He later brought a wounded soldier from "No Man's Land" through a heavy machine-gun and artillery barrage.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Born: at Yoakum, Texas
Home Town: Fort Worth, Texas
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

LEGENDRE, JAMES HENNEN
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James Hennen Legendre, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action on the Lucy-Torcy Road, France, June 6, 1918. Second Lieutenant Legendre displayed exceptional bravery in organizing and leading a party of volunteers through heavy machine-gun fire for the purpose of securing two wounded men on the Lucy-Torcy, Road.
General Orders No. 101, W.D., 1918
Born: at New Orleans, Louisiana
Home Town: New York, New York
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*LEITNER, ALOYSIUS
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
Headquarters Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Aloysius Leitner, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Headquarters Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action June 12, 1918, in the attack on Bois-de-Belleau, France. Although seriously wounded, Private Leitner displayed extraordinary heroism in assisting to capture three officers and one hundred sixty-nine men of the enemy forces, after which he continued forward and aided in taking six more prisoners, who were operating a machine gun. The wounds received while performing these valiant deeds proved fatal.
General Orders 99, W.D., 1919
Born: at Charlesburg, Wisconsin
Home Town: Holstein, Wisconsin
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

LIENHARD, JACOB
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
17th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jacob Lienhard, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 17th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4, 1918. Second Lieutenant Lienhard led his men in an attack on a strongly held enemy position through heavy machine-gun and shell fire, and although severely wounded continued to lead and encourage his men.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Born: at Plymouth, Wisconsin
Home Town: Plymouth, Wisconsin
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

LINDGREN, EVERETTE E.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Everette E. Lindgren, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4, 1918. During an attack on a strong enemy position, under terrific machine-gun and artillery fire, Second Lieutenant Lindgren led his platoon to the support of the platoon operating on his left, rallying men from another company, who had become separated from their organizations, to his support. Although severely wounded, he remained in action until the position was consolidated.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Born: at Adrian, Minnesota
Home Town: Detroit, Minnesota
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*LINDSEY, CLINTON S.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
82d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clinton S. Lindsey, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 82d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, on June 6, 1918. Private Lindsey displayed commendable gallantry when he voluntarily sought permission to leave shelter and, at great exposure to himself, rescued a helpless wounded officer from an open field. He was killed in action June 8, 1918.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Bertram, Texas
Home Town: San Marcos, Texas
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*LOCKE, KARL W.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
51st Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Karl W. Locke, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 51st Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Corporal Locke gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Oberlin, Ohio
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

LOOMIS, CASEY V.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
73d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Casey V. Loomis, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 73d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Thiaucourt, France, September 15, 1918. During an enemy counterattack Corporal Loomis voluntarily left a sheltered position, and, in entire disregard of his own safety, set up his gun in the open under heavy enemy fire. By securing enfilading fire on the advancing enemy, he broke up the counterattack within one hundred yards of our line.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Walhalla, North Dakota
Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

LOTSPIECH, ORR V.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
82d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Orr V. Lotspiech, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 82d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Vierzy, France, July 19, 1918. While passing through an unusual barrage of artillery fire and machine-guns, Private Lotspiech had his leg broken by a bullet. Undaunted, he dragged himself to the post of command and reported to his company commander that his mission had been completed, thus saving the dispatch of another runner.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Born: at Sheldon, Missouri
Home Town: Booneville, Missouri
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

LOWE, WILLIAM O.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
90th Aero Squadron, 3d Observation Group, Army Air Service (Attached)
Date of Action: October 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William O. Lowe, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action east of Cunel, Verdun Sector, France, October 7, 1918 while attached as an Observer with the 90th Aero Squadron, 3d Observation Group, U.S. Army Air Service. Second Lieutenant William Lowe, while staking the advance lines of the 80th Division, was suddenly attacked by a formation of eight enemy machines (Fokker type), which dived out of a cloud bank. Although greatly outnumbered. Lieutenant Lowe succeeded in shooting down one out of control and disabling a second so that it was forced to land. Later, on the same mission, he was again attacked by a patrol of five enemy scout machines, and in a running fight he drove these off and successfully completed his mission.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Born: at Ath ens, Tennessee
Home Town: Knoxville, Tennessee
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*LUKINS, FRED T.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
20th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fred T. Lukins, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 20th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Sergeant Lukins gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Indianapolis, Indiana
Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

LULOFF, ZALME
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Zalme Luloff, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont, France, October 4, 1918. Disregarding his personal safety, Private Luloff showed marked bravery by carrying messages through heavy machine-gun fire; and after his captain was wounded lie rendered valuable assistance in establishing and maintaining liaison between the platoons of his company.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Born: at Russia Home Town: Staten Island, New York
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

LYNG, ARTHUR E.
Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
49th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur E. Lyng, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 49th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4, 1918. While engaged in scouting, Gunnery Sergeant Lyng discovered the enemy forming for a surprise attack against an unprotected portion of his lines. He quickly organized sufficient force to destroy the enemy's plans and accomplished the capture of ten of the raiding party and six machine guns.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at New Haven, Connecticut
Home Town: Lowell, Massachusetts
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

LYSTER, WAYNE G.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
Headquarters Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4 - 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Wayne G. Lyster, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Headquarters Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4 - 6, 1918. Private Lyster, a runner, displayed exceptional courage in volunteering to carry important messages over terrain constantly swept by machine-gun and shell fire.
General Orders No. 103, W.D., 1919
Born: at Cardington, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Alden, Pennsylvania
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

M

MACKIN, ELTON EDWARD
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
67th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Elton Edward Mackin, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 67th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont, France, October 4, 1918. As a runner, Private Mackin carried messages over territory which was subject to constant shell fire, exhibiting singular courage and devotion to duty.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Lewiston, New York
Home Town: Lewiston, New York
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*MADSEN, EDMUND TERNER
First Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edmund Terner Madsen, First Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, First Sergeant Madsen gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Denmark Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*MARKLEY, GEORGE
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Markley, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Somme-Py, France, October 4, 1918. Sergeant Markley volunteered to ascertain the position of enemy machine guns enfilading his company. Under heavy shell and machine-gun fire he explored the enemy's lines and secured valuable information. Later, when his company was ordered to attack, Sergeant Markley preceded the line as scout and was killed.
General Orders No. 13, W.D., 1919
Born: at Battle Creek, Michigan
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MARLOWE, FRED MARION
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
74th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fred Marion Marlowe, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 74th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Moulin St. Georges, France, November 1, 1918. Sergeant Marlowe had just taken command of his platoon, owing to the senior platoon sergeant having been wounded, when the advancing line was held up by a concentration of enemy machine-gun fire. Taking two other soldiers with him, he rushed a German machine-gun nest and put it out of action. The capture of this nest compelled the surrender of the remaining machine-gunners in the vicinity and the line was again able to advance. Eighty prisoners and nine machine guns were captured through this bold exploit.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Williamsburg, Indiana
Home Town: Greensburg, Indiana
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MARSHALL, RALPH WILLIAM
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
3d Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6 & 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ralph William Marshall, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 3d Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, on June 6 and 8, 1918. Second Lieutenant Marshall demonstrated conspicuous bravery and coolness in fearlessly exposing himself to heavy fire from machine- guns, rifles, and hand grenades in order that he might procure accurate information regarding the movements of the enemy.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Elgin, Illinois
Home Town: West Chicago, Illinois
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MARTIN, OSCAR E.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Oscar E. Martin, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Bois-de-Belleau, France, June 7, 1918. Private Martin, acting as company runner, showed great bravery and devotion to duty, repeatedly carrying messages under intense machine-gun and artillery fire. Although himself severely wounded, Private Martin assisted his wounded company commander to a place of safety while under intense enemy fire thereby setting a splendid example to the men of his organization.
General Orders No. 16, W.D., 1923
Born: at Pipers Gap, Pennsylvania
Home Town: East Bend, North Carolina

MATHIAS, JEAN
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jean Mathias, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, June 11, 1918. After all the other members of his group had been killed or wounded by fire from an enemy machine gun, Private Mathias charged the gun position alone, killing three of the crew and capturing the gun.
General Orders 89, W.D., 1919
Born: at New York, New York
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MCCOY, CHARLES TICE
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
Headquarters Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4 - 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles Tice McCoy, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Headquarters Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4 - 6, 1918. Engaged as a runner, Private McCoy demonstrated the highest courage in carrying messages over hazardous territory under constant shell and machine- gun fire.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Logan, Iowa
Home Town: Louisburg, Kansas
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*MCCOY, JAMES C.
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James C. McCoy, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau- Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Captain McCoy gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 119, W.D., 1918
Born: at Fall River, Massachusetts
Home Town: Fall River, Massachusetts
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*MCHENRY, JOHN, JR.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19 & October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John McHenry, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Vierzy, France, July 19, 1918. Lieutenant McHenry led his platoon through heavy machine-gun and artillery fire until he fell severely wounded. On October 3, 1918, while leading his platoon in the attack on the strongly fortified enemy position before Blanc Mont, he fell mortally wounded.
General Orders 60, W.D., 1920
Born: at Pikesville, Maryland
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland
Other Award: Navy Cross (WWI)

MCINTYRE, WILLIAM M.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William M. McIntyre, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Vierzy, France, July 19, 1918. Corporal Montag and Privates McIntyre, Messinger, and Wood, captured a machine gun which was holding up the 55th Company of Marines, killing the entire crew. To accomplish this hazardous and daring work it was necessary for them to expose themselves to the fire of this gun. Even though Corporal Montag and Privates McIntyre and Messinger were wounded during the advance, the party continued forward and succeeded.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1918
Born: at Scottsville, New York
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MCKINNEY, DAREL JESSE
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
83d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Darel Jesse McKinney, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 83d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, on June 8, 1918. Although severely wounded, Sergeant McKinney refused to go to the rear for treatment. Despite his wounds, he continued to lead his platoon to the attack, inflicting great losses upon the enemy.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MCLEOD, HERMAN L.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
83d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6 & 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herman L. McLeod, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 83d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, June 6 - 8, 1918. Private McLeod, with Joseph A. Darges, Howard Childs and Benjamin Tilghman, Corporals, all of the same company, were prominent in the attack on enemy machine-gun positions in the Bois-de-Belleau. They were foremost in their company and at all times acquitted themselves with such distinction that they were an example for the remainder of their command.
General Orders 70, W.D., 1919
Born: at Cincinnati, Ohio
Home Town: Paulding, Ohio
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MCNULTY, JOHN
Gunner, U.S. Marine Corps
66th Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John McNulty, Gunner, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 66th Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action between Blanc Mont and St. Etienne, France, October 4, 1918. Although he was severely wounded during an enemy counterattack, Gunner McNulty voluntarily remained on the firing line under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, operating a machine-gun, the crew of which had all been killed or wounded. By staying at his post until the enemy was repulsed and he was ordered to the rear by his commanding officer, he furnished an inspiring example to the other members of the company.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Born: at England Home Town: Revere, Massachusetts
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MELCHER, EDWARD J.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 25, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward J. Melcher, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Chateau-Thierry, France, June 25, 1918. Wounded in the head and thigh, Corporal Melcher nevertheless continued valiantly to lead his group through machine-gun and rifle fire to their objective.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Born: at Louisville, Kentucky
Home Town: Louisville, Kentucky
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MESSINGER, ELIAS J.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Elias J. Messinger, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Vierzy, France, July 19, 1918. Corporal Montag and Privates McIntyre, Messinger, and Wood, captured a machine gun which was holding up the 55th Company of Marines, killing the entire crew. To accomplish this hazardous and daring work it was necessary for t hem to expose themselves to the fire of this gun. Even though Corporal Montag and Privates McIntyre and Messinger were wounded during the advance, the party continued forward and succeeded.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1918
Born: at Waterloo, Iowa
Home Town: Boise, Idaho
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MEYER, ALBERT
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
79th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Albert Meyer, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 79th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Thiaucourt, France, September 15, 1918. While on duty as stretcher bearer for his company, Private Meyer rushed into the open to rescue another soldier threatened with capture in the face of a large force of advancing Germans. He killed two of the enemy and brought in the soldier to a place of safety.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at New York, New York
Home Town: New York, New York
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*MILES, THOMAS H., JR.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas H. Miles, Jr., Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Second Lieutenant Miles gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 119, W.D., 1918
Born: at Germantown, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Germantown, Pennsylvania
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MILLER, HUGH S.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
83d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Hugh S. Miller, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 83d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, on June 6, 1918. Private Miller captured two of the enemy single-handed. Although ordered to the rear twice because of illness, he returned to his command voluntarily and continued to fight with it vigorously throughout the advance.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at St. Louis, Missouri
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MILLER, THOMAS A. O.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
45th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas A. O. Miller, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 45th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont Ridge, France, October 4, 1918. Private Miller volunteered and carried a message through terrific shell and machine-gun fire. In the performance of this mission he suffered the loss of a leg from an exploding shell.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Born: at Eau Claire, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Eau Claire, Pennsylvania
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MILLS, BRUCE H.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
78th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Bruce H. Mills, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 78th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Blanc Mont, France, October 3, 1918. When the advance of their company was held up by enfilading fire from a hostile machine-gun nest, Private Mills, with three other soldiers, volunteered and made a flank attack on the nest with bombs and rifles, killing three members of the crews and capturing twenty-five others together with three machine guns.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Mason, Michigan
Home Town: Los Angeles, California
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*MINCEY, GEORGE A.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George A. Mincey, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Corporal Mincey gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Ogeechee, Georgia
Home Town: Ogeechee, Georgia
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MINNIS, JOHN A.
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
38th Infantry Regiment (USA) (Attached), 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John A. Minnis, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 38th Infantry Regiment (Army) (Attached), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Mezy, France, July 15, 1918. During the enemy drive Captain Minnis fearlessly reorganized a unit that had lost its officers and held his position against the enemy assault. A short time later he gallantly led fifteen men in a counterattack under heavy enemy machine-gun fire. He repulsed the enemy and captured twenty-four prisoners.
General Orders No. 22, W.D., 1920
Born: at Montgomery, Alabama
Home Town: Montgomery, Alabama
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MONTAG, BERNARD WILLIAM
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Bernard William Montag, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Vierzy, France, July 19, 1918. Corporal Montag and Privates McIntyre, Messinger, and Wood, captured a machine gun which was holding up the 55th Company of Marines, killing the entire crew. To accomplish this hazardous and daring work it was necessary for t hem to expose themselves to the fire of this gun. Even though Corporal Montag and Privates McIntyre and Messinger were wounded during the advance, the party continued forward and succeeded.
General Orders No. 117, W.D., 1918
Born: at Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Home Town: Toledo, Ohio
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MONTAGUE, ROBERT L.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert L. Montague, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Landreville, France, November 1, 1918. When the advance of his company was held up, First Lieutenant Montague voluntarily led a group of men in a flanking movement against a withering machine-gun fire, and under a heavy artillery bombardment entered and took the town of Landreville, capturing about 150 prisoners.
General Orders No. 49, W.D., 1922
Born: at Danville, Virginia
Home Town: Richmond, Virginia
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MOORE, WILLIAM B.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
91st Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William B. Moore, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 91st Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Bouresches, France, June 6, 1918. Second Lieutenant Moore volunteered and took a truck load of ammunition and material into Bouresches, France, over a road swept by artillery and machine-gun fire, thereby relieving a critical situation.
General Orders No. 119, W.D., 1918
Born: at Waco, Texas
Home Town: New York, New York
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MORAN, PATRICK J.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
81st Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Patrick J. Moran, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 81st Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Thiaucourt. France, September 15, 1918. Passing from one gun to another, at all times exposing himself to great danger, carrying ammunition and encouraging his comrades, Private Moran showed great devotion to duty. When his company commander had become seriously wounded, he left his place of shelter and carried him to a first-aid station.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Born: at Louisville, Kentucky
Home Town: Nashville, Tennessee
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MORELAND, OSCAR E.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
96th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3 - 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Oscar E. Moreland, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 96th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont, France, October 3 - 5, 1918. Although Corporal Moreland was wounded he refused to go to the rear, but remained on duty throughout the two days' action, during which time he distinguished himself in grenade fighting at close range, organizing the flank of his company and holding it against three counterattacks, and killing or capturing all the members of a hostile patrol.
General Orders No. 26, W.D., 1919
Born: at Indianola, Illinois
Home Town: Indianola, Illinois
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MOSELEY, GAINES
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Gaines Moseley, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4, 1918. As commander of an assault company, Captain Moseley displayed exceptional courage in carrying his line forward during a heavy artillery and machine-gun barrage.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Aiken, South Carolina
Home Town: Aiken, South Carolina
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MULTER, WALTON L.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
75th Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Walton L. Multer, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 75th Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 5, 1918. Private Multer voluntarily went forward for a distance of 800 meters under heavy shell fire and rescued a wounded soldier who had been left there the night before when the advance patrols had been withdrawn.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Washington, Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Kingston, Pennsylvania
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MURRAY, CHARLES I.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
79th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles I. Murray, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary and conspicuous bravery and efficiency while serving with the 79th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. during the advance upon Bouresches, France, on the night of June 6, 1918. Having been shot through both arms by machine-gun fire and being no longer able to advance, First Lieutenant Murray refused assistance and walked to the rear alone.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1918
Born: at Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

MYERS, DEMARR E.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
82d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Demarr E. Myers, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 82d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Bayonville, France, November 1, 1918. Exposing himself to enemy fire, Private Myers, with another soldier, courageously advanced ahead of their platoon and captured five machine guns and fourteen prisoners.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Born: at Steubenville, Ohio
Home Town: Steubenville, Ohio
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

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NAEGLE, HANS M.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
17th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Hans M. Naegle, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 17th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Villemontry, France, November 10, 1918. Private Naegle and a companion went out ahead of the line and silenced a machine-gun which threatened to hold up the advance of his company.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Born: at Moroni, Utah
Home Town: Toquerville, Utah
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

NAGAZYNA, JOHN JAMES
Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
96th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John James Nagazyna, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 96th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the attack on Tigny, France, July 19, 1918. During a critical time in the assault against Tigny, when his company had suffered heavy losses, Gunnery Sergeant Nagazyna set such an example of personal bravery and determination as to inspire his men to success. At a time when it seemed impossible to advance any farther, his fearlessness in moving up and down his lines to steady his men encouraged them to go forward against heavy odds and take and hold their objective.
General Orders No. 117, W.D., 1918
Born: at Cohoes, New York
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action), Navy Cross w/Gold Star (WWII)

NOBLE, ALFRED HOUSTON
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
83d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6 - 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alfred Houston Noble, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 83d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, June 6 - 8, 1918. First Lieutenant Noble was conspicuous for his judgment and personal courage in handling his company in attacks against superior numbers in strongly fortified machine-gun positions. His fortitude and initiative enabled his command each time to achieve success.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Federalsburg, Maryland
Home Town: Federalsburg, Maryland
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

NORSTRAND, CARL JOHANNES
Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps
1st Battalion, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Carl Johannes Norstrand, Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. When his presence was not demanded in the performance of the normal duties of his office, Sergeant Major Norstrand volunteered to rescue wounded men from a field swept by machine-gun fire, and continued this heroic work with the aid of other volunteers until all had been recovered.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Norway Home Town: Roscommon, Michigan
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*NUTTING, LESTER HERBERT
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
96th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lester Herbert Nutting, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 96th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Thiaucourt, France, September 15, 1918. Private Nutting voluntarily advanced two hundred yards beyond the front lines to locate enemy machine-gun nests, signaling back their positions to the other members of his detachment, who immediately destroyed them. Private Nutting was killed in returning to our lines.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Born: at Goodman, Missouri
Home Town: Washington, Washington, D.C.
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

 

O'BRIEN, JOHN F.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
67th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John F. O'Brien, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 67th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Vierzy, France, July 18, 1918. His company being held up and subjected to a severe machine-gun fire, Private O'Brien, having ascertained the location of the machine gun, alone and single-handed, crawled into the enemy's lines, came upon the machine-gun crew from the rear, surprised them, and compelled their surrender. His gallant and courageous action enabled his company to advance.
General Orders No. 49, W.D., 1922
Born: at Morris, Minnesota
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York

*O'KELLEY, GROVER CLEVELAND
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
80th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6 - 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Grover Cleveland O'Kelley, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 80th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, on June 6 - 8, 1918. Sergeant O'Kelley displayed the greatest qualities of courage and leadership in assaults against strong enemy machine-gun positions, and was killed in the performance of this splendid duty.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1920
Born: at Planter, Georgia
Home Town: Blountsville, Georgia
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

OLDS, ARTHUR
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
18th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 2 - 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur Olds, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 18th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 2 - 3, 1918. After all the runners had been wounded, Sergeant Olds volunteered to act as runner, and made several trips through machine-gun and artillery fire.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Born: at Millington, Michigan
Home Town: Millington, Michigan
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

OLSEN, JOSEPH ENOCH
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
77th Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph Enoch Olsen, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 77th Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 3, 1918. While his platoon was following the advance of an infantry platoon, which had become separated, Private Olsen was seriously wounded in the foot by machine-gun fire. At the edge of heavy brushwood, a company of German infantry was encountered; and Private Olsen, who had been forced to fall some distance behind, rushed forward as best he could and set up his tripod, acting as loader until the enemy was repulsed.
General Orders No. 23, W.D., 1919
Born: at New York Mills, Minnesota
Home Town: Heyburn, Idaho
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*OTTO, WILLIAM HERMAN
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
45th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William Herman Otto, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 45th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Corporal Otto gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Joliet, Illinois
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*OVERTON, JOHN WILLIAM
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Williams Overton, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Vierzy, France, July 19, 1918. While valiantly leading his platoon in an attack against the enemy, under severe machine-gun and artillery fire, Second Lieutenant Overton was mortally wounded. His courageous conduct had a great moral effect upon his men and helped to insure the success of the attack.
General Orders No. 22, W.D., 1920
Born: at Nashville, Tennessee
Home Town: Nashville, Tennessee
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*OVERTON, MACON C.
(First Award)
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 2 - 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Macon C. Overton, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for repeated acts of extraordinary heroism while serving with the 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont, France, October 2 - 10, 1918. When his battalion was halted by severe fire, Captain Overton attacked and reduced one strong enemy machine-gun nest, and, moving forward, captured one field piece which was firing point-blank at his company. He was wounded the next day, but he refused to be evacuated, and continued to lead his command with skill and courage throughout the engagement. On October 8, after occupying St. Etienne without casualties in his company, Captain Overton went through heavy artillery and machine-gun fire to establish liaison with another company, his conspicuous gallantry inspiring his men to repel two strong counterattacks.
General Orders No. 34, W.D., 1919
Born: at Union Point, Georgia
Home Town: Union Point, Georgia
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action), Distinguished Service Cross w/OLC (WWI)

*OVERTON, MACON C.
(Second Award)
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Macon C. Overton, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Georges, France, November 1, 1918. Captain Overton displayed remarkable courage in leading his company under heavy artillery fire and silencing five machine-gun nests. He then personally undertook to guide a tank forward against machine-gun positions and while so doing was seriously wounded by a German anti-tank sniper.
General Orders No. 34, W.D., 1919
Born: at Union Point, Georgia
Home Town: Union Point, Georgia
Other Award: Navy Cross (WWI), Distinguished Service Cross (WWI)

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*PARKER, DONALD M.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
80th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Donald M. Parker, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 80th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Thiaucourt, France, September 15, 1918. Corporal Parker voluntarily joined an officer and with him attacked and silenced a strong machine-gun nest, menacing the left flank of the line. He held the position in the face of strong opposition until he was fatally wounded by a sniper.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Born: at Leominster, Massachusetts
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*PARMLEY, WILLIAM BRACKSON
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
18th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William Brackson Parmley, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 18th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Sergeant Parmley gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Pulaski County, Kentucky
Home Town: Somerset, Kentucky
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

PAULEY, WILLARD E.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
15th Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 2, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Willard E. Pauley, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 15th Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Bois-de-Belleau, France, on June 2, 1918. Private Pauley showed the greatest determination and courage when he maintained communication between the firing line and his headquarters by visual signaling. Knocked down twice, he remained at his post in the open for several hours under heavy shell fire.
General Orders No. 107, W.D., 1918
Born: at St. Albans, West Virginia
Home Town: St. Albans, West Virginia
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*PHILBLAD, HARRY W.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
78th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry W. Philblad, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 78th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Blanc Mont, France, October 3, 1918. Corporal Philblad advanced alone on two machine-gun nests, which he captured, killing several of the crew with his pistol. Two hours later he again went forward with two other soldiers and, while attacking another machine-gun nest, he was killed by shrapnel.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Born: at Knoxville, Illinois
Home Town: Knoxville, Illinois
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*PILCHER, LUTHER W.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
20th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Luther W. Pilcher, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 20th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Sergeant Pilcher gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Dothan, Alabama
Home Town: Chipley, Florida
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*PLATT, CHESTER ERASTUS
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
45th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Chester Erastus Platt, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 45th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Corporal Platt gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Stockwell, Indiana
Home Town: Lafayette, Indiana
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

PLATT, JONAS HENRY
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jonas Henry Platt, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near the Bois-de-Belleau, Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Seriously wounded in the leg early in the engagement, First Lieutenant Platt continued to direct, the operations not only of his platoon but of another. He charged and drove off the crew of an enemy machine-gun, supervised the disposition and digging in of a large part of his company, and yielded command only when exhausted from pain and loss of blood.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Born: at Brooklyn, New York
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*PORTER, ERNEST WASHINGTON
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
23d Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ernest Washington Porter, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 23d Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Thiaucourt, France, September 15,1918. While taking cover with the remainder of his gun crew from a heavy artillery barrage, Private Porter answered a call for volunteers to combat an enemy aeroplane. Upon reaching his gun he was instantly killed by an aerial bomb.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Rutherford, New Jersey
Home Town: Newark, New Jersey
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

PRETTY, JAMES LEWIS
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
23d Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 17, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James Lewis Pretty, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 23d Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, on June 17, 1918. Private Pretty and a comrade left shelter and went 200 yards in the open under fire of the enemy and carried a wounded infantry soldier back to his lines, thereby demonstrating heroic and voluntary disregard of self to save one who could not help himself.
General Orders No. 101, W.D., 1918
Born: at Mansfield, Missouri
Home Town: Salt Lake City, Utah
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

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QUICK, JOHN HENRY
Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps
Headquarters Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Henry Quick, Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Headquarters Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Bouresches, France, June 6, 1918. Sergeant Major Quick volunteered and assisted in taking a truck load of ammunition and material into Bouresches, France, over a road swept by artillery and machine-gun fire, thereby relieving a critical situation.
General Orders No. 119, W.D., 1918
Born: 6/20/1870 at Charleston, West Virginia
Home Town: Charleston, West Virginia
Other Award: Medal of Honor (Spanish-American War), Navy Cross (Same Action)

 

RANDLES, HAROLD J.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
80th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harold J. Randles, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 80th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, on June 6, 1918. In delivering messages, Corporal Randles voluntarily chose the most direct route, although it was through a machine-gun barrage, to deliver information which prevented the bombardment of positions that had just been occupied. He took the path of danger to save his comrades.
General Orders No. 119, W.D., 1918
Born: at Rochester, New York
Home Town: Rochester, New York
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

REA, LEONARD E.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Leonard E. Rea, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont, France, October 4, 1918. Second Lieutenant Rea retained command of his platoon after receiving a severe wound, which rendered him unable to move without assistance and would not leave the line until ordered by his commanding officer.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Born: at Auburn, New York
Home Town: Auburn, New York
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

REAM, BERTRAM LEE
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
75th Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 17, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Bertram Lee Ream, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 75th Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, on June 17, 1918. Corporal Ream and a comrade left shelter and went 200 yards in the open under fire of the enemy and carried a wounded infantry soldier back to his lines, thereby demonstrating heroic and voluntary disregard of self to save one who could not help himself.
General Orders No. 101, W.D., 1918
Born: at Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*REATH, THOMAS R.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas R. Reath, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Belleau Wood, France, June 11, 1918. During the advance of the 43d Company of Marines, Sergeant Reath, with great coolness and devotion to duty, attacked an enemy machine-gun nest killing three of the enemy and capturing the two remaining members of the gun crew, thus enabling his company to continue the advance. This heroic deed was performed by Sergeant Reath under intense enemy machine-gun fire, and greatly inspired the members of his company.
General Orders No. 16, W.D., 1923
Born: at Riverton, New Jersey
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Other Award: Navy Cross (WWI)

REEVES, ROY W.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
96th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Roy W. Reeves, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 96th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont, France, October 3, 1918. When a hand grenade was hurled into a group composed of himself and five other soldiers, Corporal Reeves risked his life to save his comrades by picking up the grenade and throwing it out of the trench. It exploded a few yards from his hand, seriously wounding him in the face and head.
General Orders No. 26, W.D., 1919
Born: at Ravana, Mississippi
Home Town: San Diego, California
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*REGAN, GERALD V.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
16th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Gerald V. Regan, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 16th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4, 1918. Acting in the capacity of section leader, Corporal Regan rendered great assistance to his platoon and company commanders during an attack, and led his section in advance until he fell mortally wounded.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Duryea, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Duryea, Pennsylvania
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

RICHMOND, CHARLES H.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles H. Richmond, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont, France, October 5, 1918. With the aid of one other soldier, Corporal Richmond located and captured a machine-gun nest of four guns.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Born: at Charles County, Maryland
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

RICHMOND, CLARENCE L.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3 - 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clarence L. Richmond, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont, France, October 3 - 5, 1918. Private Richmond unhesitatingly went through the heaviest machine-gun and artillery fire dressing and carrying wounded. Disregarding his own safety, he refused to take rest or food while there were wounded needing attention.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Born: at Cleveland, Tennessee
Home Town: Cleveland, Tennessee
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*RINDEAU, ARTHUR J.
Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur J. Rindeau, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Gunnery Sergeant Rindeau gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Saratoga, New York
Home Town: Southbridge, Massachusetts
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

ROBERTS, CHARLES DEWAYNE
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company I, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6 & 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles DeWayne Roberts, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Company I, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, on June 6 and 8, 1918. First Lieutenant Roberts showed rare courage in repeatedly leading his platoon to an attack against an impregnable machine-gun position. Severely wounded and having lost the greater part of his men, he remained in action and persisted in requesting reinforcements with which to renew the attack.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Kansas City, Kansas
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*ROBERTS, JAMES H.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
51st Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James H. Roberts, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 51st Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action south of Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. Private Roberts, armed with an automatic rifle, crawled through a wire entanglement and disabled one machine gun with a hand grenade and forced the crew of a second gun to surrender. His action enabled his company to pass through the entanglement without serious loss.
General Orders No. 55, W.D., 1920
Born: at Baltimore, Maryland
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

ROBERTSON, JAMES FERGUSON
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
96th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James Ferguson Robertson, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action during the capture of Bouresches, France, June 6, 1918. First Lieutenant Robertson displayed marked courage and resourcefulness in the capture of Bouresches. With one platoon of his company on the night of June 6, 1918, in the face of heavy machine-gun barrage, he entered the town and heroically withstood vigorous attempts of superior forces to dislodge him.
General Orders No. 119, W.D., 1918
Born: at New Zealand Home Town: Chicago, Illinois
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*ROBINSON, CALDWELL COLT
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Caldwell Colt Robinson, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Second Lieutenant Robinson gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 119, W.D., 1918
Born: at Hartford, Connecticut
Home Town: Hartford, Connecticut
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

ROCKEY, KELLER EMRICK
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
1st Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Keller Emrick Rockey, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 1st Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, on June 6, 1918. Captain Rockey performed distinguished service by bringing up supports and placing them in the front lines at great personal exposure, showing exceptional ability and extraordinary heroism. He was indefatigable and invaluable in carrying forward the attack and organizing and holding the position.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: 9/22/1888 at Columbia City, Indiana
Home Town: Stone Harbor, New Jersey
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action), Navy Cross w/Gold Star (2nd Nicaragua)

*ROCKWELL, MEARL COLIN
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
Headquarters Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Mearl Colin Rockwell, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Headquarters Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Torcy, France, on the night of June 4, 1918. As a member of a raiding patrol, Private Rockwell displayed great courage and devotion by fearlessly entering extremely dangerous areas and obtaining information imperatively necessary to the success of subsequent operations.
General Orders No. 119, W.D., 1918
Born: at Coolidge, Kansas
Home Town: Holly, Colorado
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*RODGERS, JOHN WILEY
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Wiley Rodgers, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Sergeant Rodgers gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Equality, Illinois
Home Town: San Diego, California
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

RODGERS, MARTIS SANDERS
Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Martis Sanders Rodgers, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near the Champagne Sector, France, October 4, 1918. Even after being wounded, Gunnery Sergeant Rodgers volunteered and led a patrol into "No Man's Land" and succeeded in returning with four wounded comrades. After his platoon commander had been wounded, he assumed command and led the men through the most trying and difficult conditions, until a second wound forced his removal to the rear.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Born: at Pleasant Grove, Alabama
Home Town: Gordo, Alabama
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

RYAN, JOHN EDWARD
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
18th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Edward Ryan, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 18th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4, 1918. Corporal Ryan requested and obtained permission to lead his company's advance. In performing this task, and providing for the safety of his men, Corporal Ryan fell, wounded through the leg.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Galveston, Texas
Home Town: Galveston, Texas
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

S

SCHIANI, ALFRED
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
18th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 13, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alfred Schiani, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 18th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, June 13, 1918. Severely wounded at the beginning of the attack, Private Schiani, an automatic rifle carrier, continued to advance, carrying two pouches of ammunition until he fell unconscious.
General Orders 89, W.D., 1919
Born: at Brooklyn, New York
Home Town: Newark, New Jersey
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*SCHNEIDER, JOHN G., JR.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John G. Schneider, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near the Forest of Argonne, France, November 1, 1918. Although he was painfully wounded, First Lieutenant Schneider continued to advance with his command until he was wounded a second time.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Born: at St. Joseph, Missouri
Home Town: St. Joseph, Missouri
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SCHREECH, GEORGE WALTER
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
82d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Walter Schreech, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 82d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Bayonville, France, November 1, 1918. Corporal Schreech volunteered and went forward to reconnoiter a ravine infested with hostile machine-gun and artillery positions, returning with several prisoners.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Kansas, Illinois
Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*SCHWAB, VINCENT M.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
8th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Vincent M. Schwab, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 8th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Sergeant Schwab gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Germany Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SCOTT, MILTON R.
Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
17th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Milton R. Scott, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 17th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4, 1918. After being severely wounded Gunnery Sergeant Scott continued to assist in consolidating the position of his platoon, later placing himself in an exposed position in order to gain good observation for sniping enemy machine-gun positions.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Born: at La Monte, Missouri
Home Town: La Monte, Missouri
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SEITZ, LESTER EARL
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3 - 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lester Earl Seitz, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont, France, October 3 - 5, 1918. After being struck in the leg by shrapnel, Private Seitz continued to act as stretcher bearer for two days and nights under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, carrying wounded comrades to the first-aid station.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Born: at Fincastle, Ohio
Home Town: McArthur, Ohio
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SELLERS, JAMES MCB
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
80th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James McB Sellers, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 80th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action June 6, 1918, at Bouresches, France. At a critical period of the attack, First Lieutenant Sellers was selected to transport a message of the extreme importance of which he was cognizant. In order to execute his mission he had to pass through a heavy artillery bombardment of high-explosive and gas shells. Although seriously wounded while making the trip, he successfully executed his mission.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1918
Born: at Lexington, Missouri
Home Town: Lexington, Missouri
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SEXTON, FRED LEO
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
82d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fred Leo Sexton, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 82d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Bayonville, France, November 1, 1918. Exposing himself to enemy fire, Private Sexton, with another soldier, courageously advanced ahead of their platoon and captured five machine-guns and fourteen prisoners.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Born: at Osage, Iowa
Home Town: Osage, Iowa
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SHEAFF, DONALD RAMSAY
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
80th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Donald Ramsay Sheaff, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 80th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, on June 6, 1918. In delivering messages, Corporal Sheaff voluntarily chose the most direct route, although it was through a machine-gun barrage, to deliver information which prevented the bombardment of positions that had just been occupied. He took the path of danger to save his comrades.
General Orders No. 119, W.D., 1918
Born: at Colorado, Texas
Home Town: Colorado, Texas
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SHEARER, MAURICE E.
Major, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 25, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Maurice E. Shearer, Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois- de-Belleau, France, June 25, 1918. Major Shearer displayed conspicuous courage, going forward at the head of his command, during the attack. Personally going along the front line after the objective had been reached, Major Shearer encouraged his men and directed the repulse of a counter-attack by the enemy. During the encounter his battalion took over 200 prisoners and 19 machine-guns.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Born: at Marion County, Indiana
Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SHEPHERD, LEMUEL C.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lemuel C. Shepherd, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action on June 3, 1918, near the Lucy-Torcy Roads, France. First Lieutenant Shepherd declined medical treatment after being wounded and continued courageously to lead his men.
General Orders No. 101, W.D., 1918
Born: at Norfolk, Virginia
Home Town: Norfolk, Virginia
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SHEPHERD, ROYAL HAMILTON CLATER
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
95th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Royal Hamilton Clater Shepherd, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 95th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Tigny, France, July 19, 1918. Private Shepherd entered the action with badly burned foot, which fact he concealed from his officers. Shot through the shoulder early in the advance and unable to hold his position in the firing line, he carried wounded men to shelter for six hours, all of the time under heavy fire of the enemy. He yielded to treatment himself only when he had become exhausted from the effects of his injury.
General Orders No. 117, W.D., 1918
Born: at Oaklawn, Illinois
Home Town: Houston, Texas
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*SHERMAN, STEPHEN GEORGE
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
20th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Stephen George Sherman, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 20th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Sergeant Sherman gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Minneapolis, Minnesota
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SHOWERS, WILLIAM LESTER
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4 - 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William Lester Showers, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4 - 6, 1918. Private Showers, a runner, displayed exceptional courage in carrying messages for three days under shell and machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Fort Branch, Indiana
Home Town: Fort Branch, Indiana
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SIEG, ROBERT E.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3 - 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert E. Sieg, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont., France, October 3 - 5, 1918. Private Sieg unhesitatingly went through the heaviest machine-gun and artillery fire dressing and carrying wounded. Disregarding his own safety, he refused to take rest or food while there were wounded needing attention.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Born: at Lundy, Missouri
Home Town: Hooper, Nebraska
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SILVERTHORN, MERWIN H.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Merwin H. Silverthorn, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4, 1918. Second Lieutenant Silverthorn carried an important message to his battalion commander and returned with instructions at a critical time through heavy machine-gun and shell fire.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Born: 9/22/1896 at Minneapolis, Minnesota
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SIMMONS, SAMUEL SLOKOM
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
78th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Samuel Slokom Simmons, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 78th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Blanc Mont, France, October 3, 1918. With two other soldiers Private Simmons volunteered and attacked a machine-gun nest in advance of his front line, killing the entire crew. Later, with another soldier, he went into an enemy dugout and captured forty prisoners. He also carried three messages through the enemy barrage.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*SIMON, FRANK J.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
76th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank J. Simon, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 76th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Georges, France, November 1, 1918. Advancing with two other men alongside of a tank, in front of his company, Sergeant Simon encountered terrific enemy fire. After cutting their way through the wire the men in the tank and the men following Sergeant Simon were killed and he was wounded. Undaunted by his wound, he continued on alone, encountering and capturing six of the crew of the enemy machine- gun in a dugout.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Born: at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*SIMPSON, ROY HOBSON
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Roy Hobson Simpson, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action during the attack on the Bois-de-Belleau, France, June 12, 1918. Private Simpson carried a message from Battalion to Company headquarters directly across the face of enemy fire. Shot through the chest he continued running and called out, "I must deliver this message," struggling forward for 50 feet more in his heroic effort to carry out his mission before falling dead.
General Orders No. 53, W.D., 1920
Born: at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SINCLAIR, WILBERT W.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Wilbert W. Sinclair, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Beaumont, France, November 10, 1918. Private Sinclair, alone, reconnoitered the position of enemy machine-guns which were holding up the advance of his company across the Meuse. After he had located them, he silenced the fire of two guns, thus making possible the continuance of his company's advance.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
Home Town: Roxbury, Massachusetts
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SLOVER, ROBERT
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
49th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert Slover, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 49th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4, 1918. Corporal Slover assisted in preparing an emergency force of about thirty men, leading them in attack against greatly superior numbers of the enemy, who were preparing a surprise attack against an unprotected projection of our lines. His leadership and daring resulted in the complete success of the exploit.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Coal Creek, Tennessee
Home Town: Coal Creek, Tennessee
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action), Navy Cross w/Gold Star (WWI)

*SLYKE, ALFRED GEORGE
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
77th Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alfred George Slyke, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 77th Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont, France, November 4, 1918. When the Germans attacked Sergeant Slyke's machine-gun detachment at close range, ammunition was dropped between the gun and the enemy. Although the enemy was bombing the gun position with hand grenades, Sergeant Slyke went forward and secured the ammunition and then opened fire and routed the enemy, who had already injured three of his crew with grenades.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1920
Born: at Amsterdam, New York
Home Town: Amsterdam, New York
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*SMILEY, DEAN F.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
75th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Dean F. Smiley, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 75th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 9, 1918. Private Smiley rushed a hostile machine-gun nest single-handed, killing three of the crew and capturing the remainder. While taking his prisoners to the rear, this gallant soldier was killed by enemy artillery fire.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Goshen, Indiana
Home Town: Goshen, Indiana

SMITH, DWIGHT F.
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
Company I, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Dwight F. Smith, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Company I, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, June 8, 1918. Captain Smith was conspicuous for his gallantry and energy in conducting attacks against superior forces in strongly fortified machine-gun positions. Under heavy machine- gun fire he fought until incapacitated by wounds.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Stowe, Vermont
Home Town: Stowe, Vermont
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*SMITH, JOHN F.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
Machine-Gun Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John F. Smith, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Machine-Gun Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4, 1918. During a heavy enemy counter-barrage Private Smith was engaged as a runner. In the execution of his duty he displayed exceptional bravery, carrying messages through intense shell fire, falling severely wounded after his fourth journey.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Youngstown, Ohio
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*SOMERS, VERNON L.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Vernon L. Somers, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Second Lieutenant Somers gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 119, W.D., 1918
Born: at Bloxom, Virginia
Home Town: Bloxom, Virginia
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SPAULDING, DAVID L.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
79th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to David L. Spaulding, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 79th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action during the advance on Bouresches, France, on June 6, 1918. Corporal Spaulding returned to the front lines encouraging his men after being sent to the rear with a severe wound.
General Orders No. 100, W.D., 1918
Born: at Hood River, Oregon
Home Town: Hood River, Oregon
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SPENCER, ERNEST
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
81st Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12 - 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ernest Spencer, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 81st Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Thiaucourt, France, September 12 - 15, 1918. Private Spencer repeatedly volunteered and carried messages through intense machine-gun and artillery fire, obtaining valuable information at critical moments.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Born: at Toppenish, Washington
Home Town: Toppenish, Washington
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

STAIR, WILLETT A.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
Headquarters Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Willett A. Stair, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Headquarters Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Torcy, France, June 4, 1918. As a member of a raiding patrol, Private Stair displayed great courage and devotion by fearlessly entering extremely dangerous areas and obtaining information imperatively necessary to the success of subsequent operations.
General Orders No. 119, W.D., 1918
Born: at Bristol, South Dakota
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*STENSSON, CARL H.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
18th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Carl H. Stensson, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 18th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 3, 1918. Private Stensson displayed great courage in serving as a stretcher bearer during the operations at Blanc Mont Ridge. When his helper was wounded, he went into an open road swept by machine-gun, fire to rescue him and was killed in his self-sacrificing attempt.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Born: at Framingham, Massachusetts
Home Town: Framingham, Massachusetts
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

STOCKTON, JAMES R.
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James R. Stockton, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont Ridge, France, October 3, 1918. While directing his platoon in the attack under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, Captain Stockton, although severely wounded, displayed exceptional bravery and coolness in remaining in command and leading his men, refusing to be evacuated until forced to do so through loss of blood.
General Orders No. 13, W.D., 1924
Born: at Duval County, Florida
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida

*STRAIN, BENJAMIN T.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
45th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Benjamin T. Strain, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 45th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Corporal Strain gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders 64, W.D., 1919
Born: at Newton, Kansas
Home Town: Greensburg, Indiana
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SWEET, WALTER
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
16th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 25, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Walter Sweet, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 16th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Chateau-Thierry, France, June 25, 1918. In the attack of June 25, after his company commander had been removed because of wounds, Second Lieutenant (then Gunnery Sergeant) Sweet reorganized the platoon, and, leading them forward, rushed a strong enemy emplacement, capturing two guns and their crews. After having consolidated his position and established liaison, the enemy opened a harassing trench-mortar fire, during which his platoon suffered heavy casualties. He attacked the nest with the aid of hand grenades, and put the gun out of action, killing two of the enemy and taking five prisoners, with whom he returned to his position.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Born: at Lowell, Massachusetts
Home Town: Lowell, Massachusetts
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*SYNNOTT, JOSEPH A.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph A. Synnott, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Second Lieutenant Synnott gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 119, W.D., 1918
Born: at Passaic, New Jersey
Home Town: Passaic, New Jersey
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

SYVERSON, GRANNIS I.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
66th Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Grannis I. Syverson, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 66th Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 3, 1918. When our advance infantry was forced to withdraw, Private Syverson's machine-gun crew refused to withdraw, but calmly set up their machine gun. The gun was upset by a bursting hand grenade, which also injured two members of the squad. Despite these injuries, they immediately reset the gun and opened fire on the advancing Germans when twenty feet distant, causing the Germans to break and retreat in disorder.
General Orders No. 23, W.D., 1919
Born: at White Rock, South Dakota
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

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TAUBERT, ALBERT ADOLPH
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
66th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Albert Adolph Taubert, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 66th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Villers Cotterets Forest, south of Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. Private Taubert went out in advance of the line of his company into the fire of a machine gun that was shooting at him and captured the gun and its crew.
General Orders No. 117, W.D., 1918
Born: at Madison, Wisconsin
Home Town: Madison, Wisconsin
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action), Navy Cross w/Gold Star (2nd Haitian)

TAUGHER, CLAUDE BUCKLEY
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 2, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Claude Buckley Taugher, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Bayonville, France, November 2, 1918. Lieutenant Taugher, with great dash, led his platoon in surrounding enemy dugouts in the village of Bayonville before the occupants had time to escape or organize effective resistance, capturing sixty-one of the enemy. Although wounded in the ankle he refused to be evacuated.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Born: at Wausau, Wisconsin
Home Town: Wausau, Wisconsin
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*THARAU, HERMAN
Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herman Tharau, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Vierzy, France, July 18, 1918. While out with a reconnoitering party to establish liaison with the company to his right, Sergeant Tharau captured a machine gun and killed the crew.
General Orders No. 132, W.D., 1918
Born: at Germany Home Town: Buffalo, New York
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

THAYER, SIDNEY, JR.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Sidney Thayer, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Beaumont, France, November 11, 1918. After being wounded, Lieutenant Thayer remained with his company until its objective had been reached, refusing evacuation until rendered unconscious by loss of blood.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Born: at Marion, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Haverford, Pennsylvania
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

THOMAS, FRED
(First Award)
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
16th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 25, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fred Thomas, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 16th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Chateau-Thierry, France, June 25, 1918. Second Lieutenant Thomas commanded the left flank platoon of his company, which was subjected to heavy fire from enemy machine-guns and trench mortars. When further advance in the face of the fire became impossible, he went forward alone, located the machine-gun positions, and then organized a flank attack on the emplacements, putting out of action four guns, one of which he himself captured. In this exploit his command suffered 40 per cent casualties and captured twenty-one prisoners. Reforming the remnants of his platoon, he moved forward through the enemy's barrage and to his objective, which he consolidated and held in the face of three counterattacks in five hours.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Born: at Hundred, West Virginia
Home Town: Hundred, West Virginia
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross w/OLC (WWI)

THOMAS, FRED
(Second Award)
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
16th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fred Thomas, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 16th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4, 1918. While endeavoring to re-establish a large company front, which had become disconnected, Second Lieutenant Thomas encountered a large number of the enemy filtering through our lines. By strategic maneuvers he formed a strong resistance, causing heavy casualties on the enemy and forcing their retreat, after he himself had been seriously wounded.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Born: at Hundred, West Virginia
Home Town: Hundred, West Virginia
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI)

THOMPSON, GEORGE F.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George F. Thompson, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous bravery in action while serving in the Retz Forest, France. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled: That the President is authorized to present, in the name of Congress, a Distinguished Service Cross to George F. Thompson, of the United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous bravery while serving as a private in the Marine Corps on the morning of July 18, 1918, at the forest of Retz.
Act of Congress 10/23/1943

THOMPSON, JOHN WILLIAM
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John William Thompson, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont Ridge, France, October 4, 1918. After locating a machine-gun nest, Private Thompson destroyed one of the guns and returned to our lines with valuable information concerning the location of the nest.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Born: at Middlebury, Vermont
Home Town: Middlebury, Vermont
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*THRASHER, DANA BRISTOL
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
Headquarters Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Dana Bristol Thrasher, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Headquarters Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Vierzy, France, July 19, 1918. Private Thrasher carried numerous messages to front line platoons; crossing and re-crossing areas swept by severe machine-gun and artillery fire. When wounded, he refused medical attention, directing those who came to his assistance to leave him and go forward.
General Orders No. 22, W.D., 1920
Born: at New Haven, Connecticut
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

TILGHMAN, ALLEN BENJAMIN
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
83d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6 - 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Allen Benjamin Tilghman, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 83d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, June 6 - 8, 1918. Corporal Tilghman, with Joseph A. Darges and Howard Childs, Corporals, and Herman L. McLeod, Private, all of the same company, were prominent in the attack on enemy machine-gun positions in the Bois de Belleau on June 6 and 8, 1918. They were foremost in their company and at all times acquitted themselves with such distinction that they were an example for the remainder of their command.
General Orders 70, W.D., 1919
Born: at Kenton, Tennessee
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

TIMMERMAN, LOUIS F., JR.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
83d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Louis F. Timmerman, Jr., Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 83d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, on June 6, 1918. Second Lieutenant Timmerman led his men in. a bayonet charge against superior numbers of the enemy, capturing two machine-guns and seventeen prisoners. Wounded in the face by shrapnel, he continued to heroically perform his duties until relieved.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at New York, New York
Home Town: Leonia, New Jersey
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*TODD, HAROLD
Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
45th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harold Todd, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 45th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Gunnery Sergeant Todd gave the supreme proof of that extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Detroit, Michigan
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

TROUP, CLARENCE DAVID
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
82d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clarence David Troup, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 82d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Bayonville, France, November 1, 1918. Private Troup volunteered and went forward to reconnoiter a ravine which was infested with hostile machine-gun and artillery positions, returning with several prisoners.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Born: at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

TURRILL, JULIUS SPEAR
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Julius Spear Turrill, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, June 6, 1918. Colonel Turrill displayed extraordinary heroism and set a splendid example in fearlessly leading his command under heavy fire against superior odds. Because of his bravery and initiative every possible advantage in the attack was obtained.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Born: at Shelburne, Vermont
Home Town: Burlington, Vermont
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

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ULRICH, WILLIAM
Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps
2d Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William Ulrich, Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 2d Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Thiaucourt, France, September 15, 1918. Accompanied by three other soldiers, Sergeant Major Ulrich fearlessly charged into the enemy's lines through intense machine-gun fire in pursuit of a party of Germans, and returned with fifty-one prisoners.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Germany Home Town: New York, New York
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

 

VAN AMBURGH, HUGH CLIFFORD
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Hugh Clifford Van Amburgh, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Vierzy, France, July 19, 1918. As a motorcycle dispatch rider, Corporal Van Amburgh made repeated trips along shell-swept roads and in a gassed area, before and during the capture of Vierzy. When Vierzy was still in German hands, he dismounted from his motorcycle in front of the town, and with great coolness and disregard of personal safety, crawled into it and brought back information of great value to his brigade commander.
General Orders No. 117, W.D., 1918
Born: at Oaksdale, Washington
Home Town: Tacoma, Washington
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*VAN DUESEN, ROBERT R.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
17th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert R. Van Duesen, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 17th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4, 1918. With his platoon in a very dangerous position, Sergeant Van Duesen volunteered to carry a message from his platoon commander across a machine-gun swept field. Having successfully accomplished his mission, he returned and, while directing his men to shelter, he was severely wounded by a machine-gun bullet.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Vineland, New Jersey
Home Town: Vineland, New Jersey
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

VIAL, FRANK A.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
83d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank A. Vial, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 83d Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, on June 8, 1918. Although exposed to fire constantly from machine-guns, Corporal Vial repeatedly carried messages from one post to another. He particularly distinguished himself for bravery by voluntarily passing through a machine-gun barrage to guide a detachment to its position.
General Orders No. 119, W.D., 1918
Born: at Hanover, Virginia
Home Town: Richmond, Virginia
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

VIERA, JOE NICHOLS
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
78th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joe Nichols Viera, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 78th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont, France, October 3, 1918. After assisting in the capture of three machine-gun nests, Private Viera, with another soldier, went into a dugout when the occupants refused to come out and captured forty of the enemy.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Providence, Rhode Island
Home Town: Fallon, Nevada
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

VIERBUCHEN, WILLIAM J.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William J. Vierbuchen, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, June 11, 1918. Though he had been wounded by fire from an enemy machine-gun nest, Sergeant Vierbuchen made a reconnaissance, securing information which was largely instrumental in the successful capture of this nest a few hours later.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Born: at Washington, Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Newark, New Jersey
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

VOLLMER, FRANK D.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
Headquarters Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4 - 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank D. Vollmer, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Headquarters Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4 - 6, 1918. Private Vollmer, a runner, displayed exceptional courage in volunteering to carry important messages over terrain constantly swept by machine-gun and shell fire.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Born: at Cincinnati, Ohio
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

VOORHEES, GEORGE C.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
81st Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3 - 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George C. Voorhees, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 81st Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont and St. Etienne, France, October 3 - 10, 1918. Private Voorhees displayed remarkable devotion to duty in repeatedly carrying important messages through the most violent artillery and machine-gun barrages with utter disregard for his own safety.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Born: at Brooklyn, New York
Home Town: Lansing, Michigan
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

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*WALLACE, WILLIAM NOBLE
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William Noble Wallace, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 8, 1918. First Lieutenant Wallace, with one comrade, while exposed frequently to direct hostile observation and heavy fire, accomplished an exceedingly hazardous reconnaissance of the front lines of his regiment. After having made his reconnaissance, locating the enemy strong points, and obtaining vitally important information, First Lieutenant Wallace was killed by hostile fire, but by the delivery of his careful notes and sketches to his commander, his mission was fulfilled.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1921
Born: at Indianapolis, Indiana
Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*WARE, ARTHUR F.
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
49th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur F. Ware, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 49th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the vicinity of Chateau-Thierry, France, on June 6, 1918. Under heavy machine-gun fire, with Sergeant Raymond C. Cronin, Sergeant Ware attempted to establish liaison with an adjoining French unit, during which they were killed.
General Orders No. 101, W.D., 1918
Born: at Des Moines, Iowa
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*WASS, LESTER S.
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 11 & July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lester S. Wass, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in Bois-de- Belleau, France, June 11, 1918, and near Vierzy, France, July 18, 1918. In the Bois-de-Belleau, when all the officers of his company had become casualties, Captain Wass displayed marked heroism in leading his men forward in the face of heavy machine-gun fire, assisting in the capture of many machine-guns. Near Vierzy he fearlessly exposed himself to enemy machine-gun and artillery fire, directing personally the reduction of strong points. He was killed at the head of his men, while leading an advance.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Born: at Gloucester, Massachusetts
Home Town: Gloucester, Massachusetts
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*WEAR, EUGENE W.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
49th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Eugene W. Wear, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 49th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action on June 6, 1918, in the vicinity of Chateau-Thierry, France. With a private, Corporal Wear went into an open field under heavy shell and machine-gun fire and succeeded in bandaging and carrying back to our lines a wounded comrade.
General Orders No. 101, W.D., 1918
Born: at Beaver Meadows, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Hazelton, Pennsylvania
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*WERNER, BERNARD
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Bernard Werner, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 43d Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 1918. Killed in action, Sergeant Werner gave the supreme proof of the extraordinary heroism which will serve as an example to hitherto untried troops.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Switzerland Home Town: Detroit, Michigan
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*WEST, HENRY
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 25, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Henry West, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Chateau-Thierry, France, June 25, 1918. Sergeant West unselfishly exposed himself in an effort to bring down an enemy sniper who had wounded several members of his group, and was himself killed while in the performance of this self-sacrificing act.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Ware, Massachusetts
Home Town: Watertown, Massachusetts
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

WEST, JOHN ALBERT
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 2 - 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Albert West, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont Ridge, France, October 2 - 5, 1918. Second Lieutenant West voluntarily led a reconnaissance patrol under difficult conditions and secured information necessary to an attack. Three days later, after the command of his company had devolved on him, he continued in action in spite of being severely wounded, leading his men to the objective and refusing to be evacuated until proper disposition had been made.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Cincinnati, Ohio
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

WESTERGREN, HARRY ORMAN
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
Headquarters Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4 - 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry Orman Westergren, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Headquarters Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4 - 6, 1918. Private Westergren, a runner, displayed exceptional courage in volunteering to carry important messages over terrain constantly swept by machine-gun and shell fire.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Clearfield, Kansas
Home Town: Emporia, Kansas
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

WHEELER, FREDERICK COLLINS
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
80th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frederick Collins Wheeler, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 80th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action on June 5, 1918, near Bouresches, France. First Lieutenant Wheeler was conspicuous for his bravery in remaining in action, although twice wounded, refusing to be evacuated until wounded a third time, and then endeavoring to return to his command.
General Orders No. 119, W.D., 1918
Born: at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

WHITEHEAD, FRANK
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank Whitehead, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4, 1918. Although severely wounded, Captain Whitehead showed exceptional coolness and bravery in his selection of machine-gun sites and in routing the enemy while under heavy machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Born: at Camden, New Jersey
Home Town: Chelsea, Massachusetts
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

WIDDIFIELD, CECIL J.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Cecil J. Widdifield, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 5, 1918. Second Lieutenant Widdifield voluntarily went forward for a distance of 800 meters under heavy shell fire and rescued a wounded soldier who had been left there the night before when the advance patrols had been withdrawn.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Born: at East Tawas, Michigan
Home Town: Troy, Montana
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

WILCOX, RALPH M.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 10 - 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ralph M. Wilcox, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Letanne, France, November 10 - 11, 1918. First Lieutenant Wilcox volunteered for a liaison and successfully accomplished it, displaying marked bravery. Passing through a heavy artillery and machine-gun barrage, he pushed through the enemy outpost line, routed one of the outposts, and succeeded in establishing liaison between two battalions at a critical moment.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Born: at Ogden, Utah
Home Town: Portland, Oregon
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

WILLMOT, WILLIAM H.
Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1 - 2, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William H. Willmot, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 47th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Barricourt, France, November 1 - 2, 1918. Sergeant Wilmot established an outpost under heavy enemy fire and by cool leadership and unusual daring effected the capture of a hostile machine gun and five prisoners.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Born: at Milan, Michigan
Home Town: Ypsilanti, Michigan
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

WINCENCIAK, WILLIAM
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
23d Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William Wincenciak, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 23d Company, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Blanc Mont, France, October 4, 1918. When his platoon commander was killed Sergeant Wincenciak took charge of the platoon under heavy shell fire, but was immediately seriously wounded. He then turned over his orders to next in command, ordered stretcher bearers to carry another man away first, and waited until they had returned.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Born: at Buffalo, New York
Home Town: Dunkirk, New York
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

WINCHENBAUGH, WOLCOTT
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
18th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: April 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Wolcott Winchenbaugh, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 18th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Toulon Sector, France, on April 22, 1918. When the patrol of which he was a member was rushed by superior numbers near the enemy's trenches, Corporal Winchenbaugh displayed exceptional coolness and courage before and after the wounding of his leader, Second Lieutenant A. L. Sundval, whom he rescued from the hands of the enemy, and half dragged and half carried back to his own lines.
General Orders No. 129, W.D., 1918
Born: at Hyde Park, Massachusetts
Home Town: Hyde Park, Massachusetts
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

WOLLERT, EDWARD J.
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
79th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward J. Wollert, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 79th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Thiaucourt, France, September 15, 1918. At the risk of his life, Corporal Wollert went to the aid of a wounded officer who was a prisoner in the hands of six Germans. With his pistol he shot two of them, while the officer killed two others. He captured the two remaining Germans and forced them to carry the wounded officer back to our lines.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Born: at Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

WOMACK, JOHN H.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
Machine-Gun Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John H. Womack, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Machine-Gun Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Beaumont, France, November 7, 1918. Private Womack was wounded early in the attack, but he refused to be evacuated, and continued in the advance for five days, until he was rendered helpless by a second wound.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Born: at Willows, Oregon
Home Town: Sacramento, California
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

WOOD, DOLPH
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Dolph Wood, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 55th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near Vierzy, France, July 19, 1918. Corporal Montag and Privates McIntyre, Messinger, and Wood, captured a machine gun which was holding up the 55th Company of Marines, killing the entire crew. To accomplish this hazardous and daring work it was necessary for t hem to expose themselves to the fire of this gun. Even though Corporal Montag and Privates McIntyre and Messinger were wounded during the advance, the party continued forward and succeeded.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1918
Born: at Oakland City, Indiana
Home Town: Venice, Illinois
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

WOOD, WILLIAM E.
Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company A, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William E. Wood, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Company A, 6th Machine-Gun Battalion, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action with the enemy in Bois-de-Belleau, France, on the night of June 15, 1918. When a non-commissioned officer of his company lay helplessly wounded in a position exposed to heavy and continuous enemy artillery fire, Gunnery Sergeant Wood voluntarily left the comparative safety of a dugout and went to his assistance. Crawling on his hands and knees in the darkness through the intense enemy fire, Gunnery Sergeant Wood finally reached the wounded non commissioned officer, and with the help of an officer dragged him to the safety of the dugout, thereby saving his life.
Decorations U.S. Army, Supplement V, 1941
Born: at Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia
Home Town: Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia

WORRELL, JOHN M.
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
97th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John M. Worrell, Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 97th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action at Bouresches, France, on June 6, 1918. Private Worrell voluntarily obtained permission to leave shelter and fearlessly went into heavy fire in order to rescue wounded from a field, then under artillery and machine-gun bombardment, continuing his heroic work until he was himself wounded.
General Orders No. 110, W.D., 1918
Born: at Sweet Water, Alabama
Home Town: Colorado, Texas
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

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*YARBOROUGH, GEORGE HAMPTON, JR.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 23, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Hampton Yarborough, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action in the Bois-de-Belleau, France, June 23, 1918. First Lieutenant Yarborough displayed exceptional bravery when his platoon was in a support position under intense artillery fire, by moving from one shell hole to another in the open and steadying his men. After making one trip over his line he was wounded by an exploding shell, but refused aid until he saw that the wounded soldiers with him had been treated and taken to shelter. He later died of his wounds.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Born: at Roxboro, North Carolina
Home Town: Mullins, South Carolina
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

*ZANE, RANDOLPH TALCOTT
Captain, U.S. Marine Corps
79th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 7 - 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Randolph Talcott Zane, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 79th Company, 6th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action while holding the town of Bouresches, France, on the night of June 7 - 8, 1918. Captain Zane displayed such bravery as to inspire the garrison to resist successfully a heavy machine-gun and infantry attack by superior numbers.
General Orders No. 119, W.D., 1918
Born: at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

ZINNER, FRED JOSEPH
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps
17th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fred Joseph Zinner, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the 17th Company, 5th Regiment (Marines), 2d Division, A.E.F. in action near St. Etienne, France, October 4. 1918. While attacking a strongly held enemy position, under heavy machine-gun and artillery fire, Second Lieutenant Zinner rallied men of another company, who had become separated from their organization, to his support. With these reinforcements, his platoon was able to relieve a very critical situation.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Born: at Columbus, Ohio
Home Town: Columbus, Ohio
Other Award: Navy Cross (Same Action)

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