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The Army Distinguished Service Medal
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The President of the United States of America
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THE 
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to

BEARSS, HIRAM IDDINGS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Hiram Iddings Bearss (0-1102), Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Colonel Bearss commanded with distinction the 102d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, achieving notable success in the active operations in which that regiment was engaged. By his untiring energy and dauntless courage in overcoming the numerous difficulties confronting him, he gave proof of military leadership of high order.
War Department, General Orders No. 89 (1919)
Born: April 13, 1875 at Peru, Indiana
Home Town: Peru, Indiana
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (Philippine Insurrection), Distinguished service Cross (WWI), Navy Distinguished Service Medal (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal (WWI)


BUTLER, SMEDLEY DARLINGTON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Smedley Darlington Butler, Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Brigadier General Butler commanded with ability and energy Pontanezen Camp at Brest during the time in which it has developed into the largest embarkation camp in the world. Confronted with problems of extraordinary magnitude in supervising the reception, entertainment and departure of the large numbers of officers and soldiers passing through this camp, he has solved all with conspicuous success, performing services of the highest character for the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 95 (1919)
Born: July 30, 1881 at West Chester, Pennsylvania
Home Town: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (Vera Cruz), 2d Medal of Honor (Haiti), USMC Brevet Medal (China), Navy Distinguished Service Medal (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal (WWI)


FELAND, LOGAN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Logan Feland (0-284), Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Lieutenant Colonel and the second in command of the 5th Regiment, United States Marine Corps, Brigadier General Feland had an important function in the training of that organization, and he participated creditably in its operations in the Aisne defensive and the fighting in the Chateau-Thierry section. Having taken command of his regiment as Colonel shortly before the battle of Soissons, he led it with extraordinary skill throughout the remainder of its engagements, giving proof of the highest qualities of leadership and unceasing devotion to his important duties.
War Department, General Orders No. 89 (1919)
Born: at Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Home Town: Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, 6@ Army Silver Stars (WWI)


KEYSER, RALPH STOVER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Ralph Stover Keyser (0-510), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Assistant Chief of Staff, 2d Division, G-2, from 26 July 1918 to July 1919. With indefatigable zeal and excellent executive ability, Major Keyser so organized his section as to furnish prompt and comprehensive information of the enemy for the use of the Division in its operations in the battles of St. Mihiel, Blanc Mont Ridge (Champagne), and the Meuse Argonne, and in the march to the Rhine.
War Department, General Orders No. 9 (1923)
Born: May 10, 1883 at Throughfare, Virginia
Home Town: Thoroughfare, Virginia
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal, 4@ Army Silver Stars (WWI)


LEE, HARRY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Harry Lee (0-545), Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Having taken command of the 6th Regiment, United States Marine Corps, 2d Division, prior to the attack on the Bois de Belleau and Bouresches, Colonel Lee directed the operations of his regiment with remarkable success during all the major operations in which it participated. His ability as a tactical leader and his untiring energy were reflected in the brilliant achievements of his command.
War Department, General Orders No. 95 (1919)
Born: at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Washington, D.C.
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, 4@ Army Silver Stars (WWI)


LEJEUNE, JOHN A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to John A. Lejeune, Major General, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Major General Lejeune commanded the Second Division in the successful operations of Thiaucourt, Masif Blanc Mont, St. Mihiel, and on the west bank of the Meuse. In the Argonne-Meuse offensive his division was directed with such sound military judgment and ability that it broke and held, by the vigor and rapidity of execution of its attack, enemy lines which had hitherto been considered impregnable.
War Department, General Orders No. 12 (1919)
Born: at Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana
Home Town: Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


MATTHEWS, HUGH L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Hugh L. Matthews (0-609), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1, 2d Division, A.E.F., in which he functioned with marked ability during the St. Mihiel, Blanc Mont, and Argonne offensives.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1921)
Born: June 18, 1876 at Loudon County, Tennessee
Home Town: Maryville, Tennessee
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal, 3@ Army Silver Stars (WWI)


NEVILLE, WENDELL CUSHING
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Wendell Cushing Neville (0-711), Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States during World War I. While in command of the 5th Regiment, United States Marine Corps, and later of the 4th Infantry Brigade, 2d Division, A.E.F., Brigadier General Neville participated in the battles of Chateau-Thierry, the advances near Soissons and the operations of St. Mihiel, Blanc Mont Ridge and the Argonne-Meuse. In all these he proved himself a leader of great skill and ability.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1919)
Born: May 12, 1870 at Portsmouth, Virginia
Home Town: Portsmouth, Virginia
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (Vera Cruz), USMC Brevet Medal (Spanish-American War), Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, Army Silver Star (WWI)


SHULER, GEORGE K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to George K. Shuler (0-892), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. In command of the Third Battalion, 6th Regiment, United States Marine Corps, 2d Division, A.E.F., Major Shuler displayed leadership of the highest order and marked tactical ability, resulting in the capture by his command, of large numbers of prisoners and machine guns in the battles at Blanc Mont and St. Etienne. In the advances to the north from Sommerance he showed rare judgment in maneuvering his battalion in a different position, making important captures of field artillery. Fearless, aggressive and able, he twice accomplished missions of vital importance with brilliant successes.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1919)
Born: at Lyons, New York
Home Town: Lyons, New York
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal (WWI), 3@ Army Silver Stars (WWI)


WILLS, DAVIS B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Davis B. Wills (0-3619), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Chief Paymaster of the United States Marine Corps. Major Wills performed arduous and complex duties under most trying conditions. Displaying rare initiative and administrative ability, he organized and conducted his department in such a manner as to relieve combat units of a mass of detail and administrative work. He was tireless in devotion to duty, able in its execution.
War Department, General Orders No. 62 (1919)
Born: at Charlottesville, Virginia
Home Town: Charlottesville, Virginia
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal (WWI)


WISE, FREDERICK M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Frederick M. Wise (0-1077), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Lieutenant Colonel Wise commanded with skill, ability and gallantry, the 59th Infantry, from 4 September 1918 to 23 January 1919. During the St. Mihiel offensive, he personally directed the attack of his regiment against Manheulles and Fresnes-en-Woevre, which resulted in the capture of the enemy's line in this area. On 28 September 1918 he directed the attack of his regiment which resulted in the capture of the Bois-de-Brieulles. From 26 September to 21 October 1918, his personal courage and aggressive attitude was an important factor in the successful operations of the 8th Infantry Brigade against the Bois-de-Brieulles, Bois-de-Fays, Bois-de-Malaumont, Bois-de-Peut, and Bois-de-Foret. He has rendered services of signal worth to the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 39 (1920)
Born: at Brooklyn, New York
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal (WWI), 2@ Army Silver Stars (WWI)

 

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