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The Army Distinguished Service Medal
 To Members of the U.S. Navy in World War I 

 

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ALMY, EDMUND D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Edmund D. Almy, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Force Engineer Officer, in which position, by his untiring energy and close cooperation with Army authorities, Commander Almy successfully equipped a large number of Army and Navy Transports.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Wellsville, New York
Home Town: Altamont, Kentucky


BAKER, ASHER CARTER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Asher Carter Baker, Captain, U.S. Navy (Retired), for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Captain Baker served with distinction as Naval Representative with the Transportation Department. Through his extensive naval experience, untiring zeal, and intimate knowledge of the French language and customs, he rendered services of inestimable value to the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 89 (1919)
Born: at Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Home Town: Matawan, New Jersey
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal


BELKNAP, CHARLES, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Charles Belknap, Jr., Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service in the Office of Naval Operations. Commander Belknap's successful organization and administration of this service contributed greatly to the successful operation of the American forces abroad.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Maryland Home Town: Concord, Massachusetts
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal


BENSON, WILLIAM SHEPHERD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to William Shepherd Benson, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, 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 of Naval Operations. Rear Admiral Benson's close cooperation and assistance in that position did much toward the successful outcome of the combined operation of the Army and Navy overseas.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: 9/25/1855 at Macon, Georgia
Home Town: Macon, Georgia
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


BLAMER, DEWITT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Dewitt Blamer, Captain, U.S. Navy, 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 of Staff of the Commander, Cruiser and Transport Fleet.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Independence, Iowa
Home Town: Independence, Iowa
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal


BRISTOL, ARTHUR LEROY, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Arthur LeRoy Bristol, Jr., Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Flag Secretary to the Commander, Cruiser and Transport Fleet. Commander Bristol's close cooperation with the Army authorities in the handling of troop ships contributed greatly to the successful outcome of our oversea operations.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Charleston, South Carolina
Home Town: Charleston, South Carolina
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWI), Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Medal


CRENSHAW, RUSSELL SYDNOR
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Russell Sydnor Crenshaw, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, in connection with the Naval Overseas Transportation Service and convoy system for cargo of Transport Fleet.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Richmond, Virginia
Home Town: Richmond, Virginia


DONAVIN, KIRKWOOD HARRY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Kirkwood Harry Donavin, Commander, U.S. Navy, 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 of Staff of the Commander, Cruiser and Transport Fleet, Newport News Division.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Delaware, Ohio
Home Town: Columbus, Ohio


EARLE, RALPH
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Ralph Earle, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, 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 of the Bureau of Ordnance, Navy Department, during the World War, in which position, by his close cooperation and energetic efforts, he greatly assisted the War Department in the arming of its troops and cargo transports.
War Department, General Orders No. 2 (1920)
Born: at Worcester, Massachusetts
Home Town: Worcester, Massachusetts
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


EMMONS, HAROLD H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Harold H. Emmons, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve Force), 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 of the Engine Production Department of the Air Service.
War Department, General Orders No. 69 (1919)
Born: at Detroit, Michigan
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


FISKE, CHARLES NORMAN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Charles Norman Fiske, Captain (MC), U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Force Medical Officer, Cruiser and Transport Force. Captain Fiske's untiring energy, his foresight in sanitary inspection of ships, and his close cooperation with the Army authorities contributed greatly to the successful outcome of our overseas operations.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Jaffrey, New Hampshire
Home Town: Upton, Massachusetts
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal


FLETCHER, FRANK FRIDAY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Frank Friday Fletcher, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in connection with the operations of the War Industries Board during World War I. As a member of the Board Rear Admiral Fletcher rendered, through his broad vision and distinguished capacity, services of inestimable value in marshaling the industrial forces of the Nation and mobilizing its economic resources--marked factors in assisting to make military success attainable. As one of the service representatives on the Board his sound judgment and wide knowledge of military and naval matters contributed markedly to the successful prosecution of the war.
War Department, General Orders No. 15 (1923)
Born: at Oskaloosa, Iowa
Home Town: Oskaloosa, Iowa
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (Vera Cruz, Mexico), Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


GHORMLEY, ROBERT LEE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Robert Lee Ghormley, Commander, U.S. Navy, 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 Director of Overseas Division, Naval Overseas Transportation Service.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Portland, Oregon
Home Town: Moscow, Idaho


GLEAVES, ALBERT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Albert Gleaves, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Commander of the Cruiser and Transport Fleet. Vice Admiral Gleaves untiring energy, close cooperation, and wide decisions contributed greatly to the successful overseas operation of the Transport Fleet resulting in the successful transportation of the United States forces abroad.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: January 1,1858 at Nashville, Tennessee
Home Town: Nashville, Tennessee
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


HALSTEAD, ALEXANDER SEAMAN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Alexander Seaman Halstead, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, while in Command of the United States Naval Forces at Brest, France. By his superior administration, sound judgment and splendid cooperation, Rear Admiral Halstead contributed materially to the success achieved by the Army at the port of Brest in the return to the United States of the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 30 (1921)
Born: at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal


HINES, JOHN FORE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to John Fore Hines, Captain, U.S. Navy, 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 of Staff of the Commander, Cruiser and Transport Fleet, Newport News Division.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Bowling Green, Kentucky
Home Town: , Kentucky
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal


INGRAHAM, CHARLES NELSON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Charles Nelson Ingraham, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Force Transport Officer. Lieutenant Commander Ingraham's untiring energy contributed greatly to the successful oversea movement of troops and supplies.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Oil City, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Findlay, Ohio


JETT, GEORGE HENRY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to George Henry Jett, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy (Reserve Force), for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Repair Officer on the Staff of the Division Commander, Cruiser and Transport Force, Newport News, Virginia.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Baker County, Oregon
Home Town: Baker County, Oregon


JONES, HILARY POLLARD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Hilary Pollard Jones, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Commanding Officer of the Newport News Division of the Cruiser and Transport Fleet. Rear Admiral Jones' administration and close cooperation with the Army authorities resulted in the efficient joint operations of the Army and Navy at the port of Hampton Roads.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: November 14, 1863 at Hanover County, Virginia
Home Town: Taylorsville, Virginia
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


MAYER, BRANTZ
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Brantz Mayer, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Supply Officer, Newport News Division, Cruiser and Transport Force.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Baltimore, Maryland
Home Town: Davenport, Iowa


MCDOWELL, RALPH W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Ralph W. McDowell, Lieutenant Commander (MC), U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Sanitary Inspector and Surgeon of the Arrondissement of Tours, France.
War Department, General Orders No. 38 (1921)
Born: at Altoona, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Atloona, Pennsylvania


MCKEAN, JOSIAH SLUTES
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Josiah Slutes McKean, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Acting Chief of Naval Operations. Rear Admiral McKean's advice and assistance greatly tended to the successful outcome of the many problems requiring the close cooperation of the Navy and Army.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Mount Hope, Ohio
Home Town: Canal Dover, Ohio


MORGAN, CASEY BRUCE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Casey Bruce Morgan, Captain, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Force Transport Officer, Cruiser and Transport Force. Captain Morgan's untiring energy contributed greatly to the successful movement of troops and supplies.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Augusta, Georgia
Home Town: New York, New York
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


PERKINS, FRED MILTON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Fred Milton Perkins, Commander, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Flag Secretary to the Commander, Cruiser and Transport Fleet. Commander Perkins' close cooperation with the Army authorities in the handling of troop ships contributed greatly to the successful outcome of our oversea operations.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Salem, Oregon
Home Town: Salem, Oregon
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal


PLUNKETT, CHARLES PERSHALL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Charles Pershall Plunkett, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Director of Gunnery Exercises. Rear Admiral Plunkett supervised the production, transportation to Europe, and the placing in action on the Western Front of the United States Naval Gun Battalion of five 14-inch guns on railway mounts, the most powerful artillery weapons brought into action against Germany and her allies during the war. In this stupendous undertaking, the successful accomplishment of which had an important bearing on the outcome of the war, Rear Admiral Plunkett displayed technical knowledge of a high order, combined with practical knowledge of the needs of the service and the difficulties to be encountered. He worked with unceasing zeal and devotion, rendering a service of rare distinction to the American Expeditionary Force.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1919)
Born: at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Washington, D. C.
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


PRATT, WILLIAM VEAZIE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to William Veazie Pratt, Captain, U.S. Navy, 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 to the Chief of Naval Operations. Captain Pratt's untiring energy and close cooperation with the Army in connection with its oversea movements of troops and supplies, and especially in the making up and routing of convoys, resulted in the successful movement of over 2,000,000 men without material loss of life.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: 2/28/1869 at Belfast, Maine
Home Town: Belfast, Maine
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


ROBERTSON, ASHLEY HERMAN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Ashley Herman Robertson, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Force Transport Officer, Cruiser and Transport Force. Rear Admiral Robertson's untiring energy contributed greatly to the successful oversea movement of troops and supplies.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Ashmore, Illinois
Home Town: Ashmore, Illinois
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal


SNYDER, JOHN JACOB
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to John Jacob Snyder, Commander (MC), U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Force Medical Officer, Cruiser and Transport Force. Commander Snyder's untiring energy and close cooperation with the Army authorities contributed greatly to the successful outcome of our overseas operations.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Two Taverns, Pennsylvania
Home Town: New Oxford, Pennsylvania


SPEAR, RAY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Ray Spear, Captain (SC), U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Force Supply Officer, Cruiser and Transport Force, the efficient performance of which duties contributed greatly to the successful provisioning of ships engaged in the transportation of troops and supplies overseas.
War Department, General Orders No. 116 (1919)
Born: at Illinois Home Town: Spokane, Washington
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal


TOD, ROBERT E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Robert E. Tod, Commander, U.S. Navy, for conspicuously successful and cooperative industry in matters essential to the handling of transports and cargo ships of the United States while serving as Port Officer, and later as Utilities Officer, at Base Section No. 5, Brest France, during World War I. Also, for the exercising of well-balanced business judgment in dealing with emergencies and for untiring and self-sacrificing effort to the end that ships be speedily turned around; for his subordination of all that concerned Army troops, thereby rendering most conspicuous services to the American Expeditionary Forces in a position of great responsibility.
War Department, General Orders No. 49 (1922
Born: at Scotland Home Town: New York, New York
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal


WILSON, HENRY B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Henry B. Wilson, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, while stationed at Brest, in the capacity of Commander of the United States Naval Forces in France, where he showed a keen appreciation of the necessity for the closest cooperation between the military and naval services. Vice Admiral Wilson's valuable cooperation has to a great extent made possible the prompt functioning of the Port of Brest.
War Department, General Orders No. 56 (1919)
Born: at Camden, New Jersey
Home Town: Camden, New Jersey
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal

 

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