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The Distinguished Service Cross
 U.S. Army - North Russia Expedition 

 

Polar Bear Expedition (1918 - 1919)
 

BELL, CHARLES J.
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: November 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles J. Bell, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Tulgas, Russia, November 12, 1918. After the blockhouse in which he and several other comrades were stationed had been hit by a high-explosive shell, killing two and wounding five, and himself had been so severely wounded as to be blinded in one eye, Private Bell continued to remain at his post and fired his Lewis gun until relieved. This continued under heavy shell fire.
General Orders No. 108, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Louisville, KY

*BOWMAN, WILLIAM H.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 39th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: November 12, 1918 and March 1, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William H. Bowman, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Tulgas, Russia, November 12, 1918, and on March 1, 1919. During the engagement at Tulgas, rather than order any of his men to take the risk, Sergeant Bowman personally delivered a message over a road torn and swept by machine-gun and shell fire. On March 1, 1919, when knee-deep in snow, and after he had been exposed for almost three hours to a temperature below zero and to enemy fire, he was mortally wounded while passing down the firing line in an heroic effort to keep up the spirits of his men.
General Orders No. 108, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Detroit, MI

*CHAPPEL, CHARLES F.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
399th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: September 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles F. Chappel, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Kadish, Russia, September 27, 1918. Lieutenant Chappel led his men in attack against a superior force of the enemy. Disregarding all personal danger, he personally advanced upon enemy machine guns, then in action, thereby assisting in building up a firing line of the attacking force. He was killed while making this dash.
General Orders No. No. 19, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Toledo, OH

COMSTOCK, GEORGE E.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company E, 339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: December 30 - 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George E. Comstock, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Kadish, Russia, December 30 - 31, 1918. Sergeant Comstock went forward 200 yards in advance of our lines and guided back a man who had been blinded by shellfire and was stumbling around in full view of the enemy, who were sniping at him. On two other occasions he went forward in advance of our lines, exposing himself to heavy enemy fire, and returned with a wounded man.
General Orders No. No. 14, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Detroit, MI

COX, AULBERT D.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: March 3, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Aulbert D. Cox, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Vistofka, Russia, March 3, 1919. Upon learning that two companies of the enemy had worked their way to the rear of the allied lines, Sergeant Cox, a patient in a hospital, voluntarily left his bed, secured a Lewis-gun, and successfully held off the enemy until assistance came up. The daring act of this gallant soldier prevented serious losses from being inflicted on the allied forces.
General Orders No. 108, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Arthur, IL

EVERHART, CHESTER H.
Private, U.S. Army
337th Ambulance Company, 310th Sanitary Train, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: April 2, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Chester H. Everhart, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bolshieozerke, Russia, April 2, 1919. Private Everhart went forward some 200 yards in front of our lines into an area swept by artillery and machine-gun fire to assist in bringing a wounded man to a place of safety.
General Orders No. No. 16, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Detroit, MI

GRAHEK, MATTHEW G.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: September 29, 1918 & April 1, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Matthew G. Grahek, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Obozerskaya, Russia, September 29, 1918. Sergeant Grahek voluntarily went forward about 150 yards in advance of our line, exposed to heavy machine-gun and artillery fire, and rescued a wounded comrade. Again, on April 1, 1919, near Bolsheozerka, Russia, he advanced alone with a Lewis gun against enemy snipers concealed in a ditch and routed them.
General Orders No. No. 19, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Detroit, MI

GREEN, ROBERT L.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: November 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert L. Green, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Tulgas, Russia, November 14, 1918. Corporal Green led an attack against snipers concealed in houses on the edge of the village. In order to reach these buildings he was forced to cross an open space of 200 yards, in clear view of the enemy. After reaching the buildings and locating the snipers he alone charged the building in which the snipers were located and captured 14 prisoners.
General Orders No. 108, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Lincoln, NE

GROBBEL, CLEMENT A.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company I, 339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: November 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clement A. Grobbel, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Emtsa, Russia, November 4, 1918. When attacked by a largely superior force, in order to deliver a more effective fire, Corporal Grobbel voluntarily left his trench and took up a position on top of the railroad bank. Although exposed to heavy machine-gun fire, he held his position and fired his Lewis gun until the enemy was repulsed. The conduct of this noncommissioned officer was an important factor in the successful defense of the position.
General Orders No. No. 14, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Warren, MI

KILROY, LAWRENCE B.
Private, U.S. Army
377th Ambulance Company, 339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: September 27 - 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lawrence B. Kilroy, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Kadish, Russia, September 27 - 28, 1918. Acting as stretcher bearer to two companies of infantry in action against the Bolsheviks, Private Kilroy for two days and nights made his way through swamps and forest to administer first aid and carry wounded to the dressing station. His work at all times was accomplished under sweeping machine-gun and intense artillery fire, making it necessary for him to crawl on his hands and knees for long distances.
General Orders 78, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Detroit, MI

MAHONEY, CORNELIUS J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company K, 339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: October 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Cornelius J. Mahoney, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Kadish, Russia, October 16, 1918. After two unsuccessful attempts by patrols to locate the right flank of the enemy, Sergeant Mahoney went out alone behind the enemy lines at great personal risk and selected an excellent position from which to deliver a flank attack. The attack delivered by 60 men from the position selected was highly successful.
General Orders No. No. 16, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Detroit, MI

PAUL, HUBERT C.
Private, U.S. Army
337 Ambulance Company, 310th Sanitary Train, 339th Infantry (Attached), 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: September 27 - 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Hubert C. Paul, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Kadish, Russia, September 27 - 28, 1918, while acting as stretcher bearer to two companies of infantry in action against the Bolsheviks. Private Paul for 2 days and nights made his way through swamps and forests to administer first aid and carry wounded to the dressing station. His work at all times was accomplished under sweeping machine gun and intense artillery fire, making it necessary for him to crawl on his hands and knees for long distances.
General Orders 78, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Detroit, MI

PELLEGROM, HOWARD H.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: April 2, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Howard H. Pellegrom, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Bolshieozerke, Russia, April 2, 1919. Lieutenant Pellegrom exposed himself to direct enemy observation and fire to go forward 200 yards in advance of our lines and drag a wounded medical attendant to a place of safety.
General Orders No. No. 19, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Grand Haven, MI

*PHILLIPS, CLIFFORD F.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company H, 339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: April 2, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clifford F. Phillips, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bolshieozerke, Russia, April, 2, 1919. With a few men and two Lewis guns, First Lieutenant Phillips held the enemy counter attack for an hour until reinforcements arrived. He constantly encouraged and inspired his men by the example of heroism he set, refusing all aid when seriously wounded, to avoid weakening his small effective forces.
General Orders 95, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Falls City, NE

*POWERS, RALPH E.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
337th Ambulance Company, 310th Sanitary Train, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: January 20 - 23, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ralph E. Powers, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action, at Ust Padenga, Russia, January 20 - 23, 1919. While his dressing station was burning as a result of having been struck by a shell, Lieutenant Powers successfully evacuated all his patients numbering forty. He then moved to a new location and continued to work for two days under shell fire, until this dressing station too was struck and he himself mortally wounded, whereupon he gave orders that the other wounded should be removed first, and that he be left until the last.
General Orders 89, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Amherst, OH

PRATT, ROBERT M.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company M, 339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: October 17, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert M. Pratt, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Enitsa, Russia, October 17, 1918. In an attack on an enemy strong point, Corporal Pratt led his Lewis gun crew in a gallant dash in the face of enemy fire, 80 yards ahead of the other members of his platoon. His section delivered an accurate and enfilading fire, which forced the enemy to retire. This act enabled his company to capture the entire enemy position.
General Orders No. No. 16, W.D., 11920
Home Town: Detroit, MI

REVELS, JAMES F.
Bugler, U.S. Army
Company I, 339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James F. Revels, Bugler, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Obozerskaya, Russia, September 16, 1918. Bugler Revels succeeded, after three others had failed in delivering a message. In the performance of this duty he passed through dense woods, exposed to artillery and rifle fire. Throughout the action he carried numerous messages to the flanks, always selecting the shortest route regardless of the dangers involved.
General Orders No. No. 16, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Detroit, MI

*RUSSELL, WILLIAM H.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company M, 339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: April 1, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William H. Russell, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bolshieozerke, Russia, April 1, 1919. Corporal Russell assumed command of a Russian machine-gun crew, in addition to his own, and held his position for ten hours against determined attacks of a greatly superior force. When the enemy fire was so severe as to cause the Russians to temporarily leave their gun, he himself took charge of the gun and continued the fire.
General Orders No. No. 16, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Detroit, MI

SIELOFF, THEODORE H.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company I, 339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: November 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Theodore H. Sieloff, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Verst 444, near Emtsa, Russia, November 4, 1918. during an enemy attack, when he was fired on from the rear, Corporal Sieloff moved his gun to an exposed position and delivered effective fire on the enemy. Although exposed to enemy fire from two directions, he held the enemy in check until his gun had become disabled, when he dismantled it, replaced the broken parts, and renewed his fire, repulsing a strong force of the enemy.
General Orders No. No. 24, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Detroit, MI

SMITH, ALBERT M.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: September 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Albert M. Smith, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Selzo, Russia, September 21, 1918. While leading his platoon in an attack on a strong enemy position, Lieutenant Smith was severely wounded in the side. Concealing his condition from the men, he continued to direct his platoon, fearlessly exposing himself to fire throughout the action which followed an unsuccessful attack.
General Orders No. No. 14, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Kalamazoo, MI

*STIER, VICTOR
Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: January 19, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Victor Stier, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Nijnigora, Russia, January 19, 1919. When his detachment was almost surrounded, Private Stier went forward to a machine-gun position and opened fire on the enemy, checking their advance and allowing his comrades to withdraw. He was wounded in the jaw with a rifle bullet. He continued to fire at the enemy until ordered to the rear. He then, while under direct fire, dismantled his gun, and while going to the secondary position he received a second wound, which caused his death.
General Orders No. No. 16, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Detroit, MI

TULEY, HOMER A.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
377th Ambulance Company, 310th Sanitary Train, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: April 2, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Homer A. Tuley, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bolshieozerke, Russia, April 2, 1919. Private First Class Tuley went forward some 200 yards in front of our lines into an area swept by artillery and machine-gun fire to assist in bringing a wounded man to a place of safety.
General Orders No. No. 19, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Detroit, MI

ZECH, CLARENCE H.
Private, U.S. Army
337th Ambulance Company, 339th Infantry, 85th Division (Detachment in North Russia)
Date of Action: September 27 - 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clarence H. Zech, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Kadish, Russia, September 27 - 28, 1918. Acting as stretcher bearer to two companies of infantry in action against the Bolsheviks, Private Zech for two days and nights made his way through swamps and forests to administer first aid and carry wounded to the dressing station. His work at all times was accomplished under sweeping machine-gun and intense artillery fire, making it necessary for him to crawl on his hands and knees for long distances.
General Orders 78, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Detroit, MI

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