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To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting:

This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Takes Pride in Presenting


THE 
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL
to

 

NAYLOR, WILLIAM K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to William K. Naylor, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. While Chief of Staff of the 33d Division, General Naylor exhibited conspicuous ability in the operations north of Verdun, France, in September and October 1918. He frequently visited the front-line positions under heavy enemy artillery fire, and by his personal efforts and skillful dispositions was in a large measure responsible for the successes gained.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1919)
Born: at Bloomington, Illinois
Home Town: St. Paul, Minnesota


NICHOLSON, WILLIAM JOHN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to William John Nicholson, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. General Nicholson Commanded with distinction the 157th Infantry Brigade, 79th Division, from its organization to the time of the armistice--at all times with credit to himself and to his command.
War Department, General Orders No. 50 (1919)
Born: at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Washington, D.C.
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal


NOBLE, ROBERT E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Robert E. Noble, Major General, U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. General Noble had immediate charge of the Personnel Division of the Surgeon General's Office and solved the problem of getting medical officers into the Army during an increase from 1,500 at the beginning of the war to 30,000. He also had charge of the Hospital Division of the Surgeon General's Office, handling both of these large responsibilities with conspicuous success.
War Department, General Orders No. 73 (1919)
Born: at Rome, Georgia
Home Town: Anniston, Alabama


NOLAN, DENNIS EDWARD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Dennis Edward Nolan, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. General Nolan organized and administered with marked ability the Intelligence Section of the General Staff of the American Expeditionary Forces. His estimates of the complex and ever- changing military and political situation, his sound judgment, and accurate discrimination were invaluable to the Government, and influenced greatly the success that attended the operation of the American armies in Europe.
War Department, General Orders No. 12 (1919)
Born: at Akron, New York
Home Town: Akron, New York
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal


NUTTMAN, LOUIS M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Louis M. Nuttman, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As a regimental commander of the 89th Division, Colonel Nuttman displayed marked military ability, providing his regiment with efficient training which showed its effects by the excellent conduct of the regiment in combat. Later, when promoted to the grade of Brigadier General, he demonstrated great executive ability in the organization and administration of the Combat Officer's Replacement Depot at Gondrecourt.
War Department, General Orders No. 89 (1919)
Born: at Newark, New Jersey
Home Town: Newark, New Jersey


O'BRIEN, MICHAEL J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Michael J. O'Brien, Lieutenant Colonel (Adjutant General's Corps), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Officer in Charge of the Officers' Division, Adjutant General's Office, General Headquarters, American Expeditionary Forces, Lieutenant Colonel O'Brien demonstrated the highest professional attainments in the discharge of his multifarious duties. By his zeal, good judgment, and never-failing tact he was responsible in a large measure for the development of the high efficiency of his division. During the demobilization of the American Expeditionary Forces, working without regard to hours, by his tireless energy and exceptional ability he carried to successful completion the various and difficult projects that arose. Later, in charge of the American Expeditionary Forces records in Washington, D.C. he maintained that same high standard of efficiency which marked his work in the Adjutant General's Office, Headquarters, American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 31 (1922)
Born: at Ireland Home Town: New York, New York


O'DONNELL, JOHN L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to John L. O'Donnell, First Lieutenant (Chaplain), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Regimental Chaplain, 132d Infantry, 33d Division, Chaplain O'Donnell was ceaseless in his efforts to better the welfare of the men, and during the period of operations accompanied the attacking waved in every action in which the regiment took part. Exposing himself to artillery and machine-gun fire to care personally for the wounded, organizing parties of stretcher bearers, going without a thought of personal danger whenever he was needed, he set an example of courage and heroism, appreciably raising the morale of those with whom and for whom he worked.
War Department, General Orders No. 62 (1919)
Born: at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


OGDEN, HUGH WALTER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Hugh Walter Ogden, Lieutenant Colonel (Judge Advocate General's Department), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Judge Advocate and Inspector of the 42d Division, Lieutenant Colonel Ogden rendered valuable services. He exhibited ability of a high order throughout the operations of the division. Later, assigned to the Bureau of Civil Affairs for the Third Army, he performed his task with marked success.
War Department, General Orders No. 74 (1919)
Born: at Bath, Maine
Home Town: Brookline, Massachusetts


OLIVER, LLEWELLYN W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Llewellyn W. Oliver, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, 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, Port of Embarkation, Hoboken, New Jersey, from 21 January 1919 to 26 February 1920, Colonel Oliver occupied a position of great responsibility. The details of arrangements for demobilization and for handling the sick and wounded fell largely upon his shoulders. His energy, excellent judgment, and administrative ability were of greatest value to the Government.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1921)
Born: at Escanaba, Michigan
Home Town: Escanaba, Michigan


OLIVER, ROBERT T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Robert T. Oliver, Colonel (Dental Corps), U.S. Army, 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 Dental Surgeon, Colonel Oliver displayed remarkable ability in the performance of his numerous and exacting duties. He directed the personnel, equipment, and operations of his Department with sound judgment, showing resourcefulness in solving new problems which confronted him.
War Department, General Orders No. 103 (1919)
Born: at Indianapolis, Indiana
Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana


OLMSTED, EDWARD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Edward Olmsted, Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, 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, of the 27th Division, by his high military attainments, zeal, and keen perception of his manifold duties, the technical services of the Division were so promptly and effectively coordinated and supervised that the front-line units were at all times completely supplied with all necessities. He has rendered services of particular worth to the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 22 (1920)
Born: at San Francisco, California
Home Town: Elizabeth, New Jersey


O'NEILL, JOHN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to John O'Neill, Lieutenant Colonel (Transportation corps), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. From November 1917 until November 1919, at Base Section No. 5, Brest, France, while serving in succession as Chief of Stevedores, Assistant General Superintendent in Charge of the Operations and Troops and Cargo Divisions, and finally as Superintendent of that port, by virtue of his marked ability, indomitable energy, and his capacity for inspiring his men, Lieutenant Colonel O'Neill overcame all difficulties and met every demand made upon his force. His remarkable achievements in the quick turn-around of large vessels carrying troops and supplies were of inestimable value to the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 49 (1922)
Born: at Newburyport, Mississippi
Home Town: Newburyport, Mississippi


ORTON, EDWARD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Edward Orton, Lieutenant Colonel (Transportation), U.S. Army, 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 Orton's untiring energy and splendid judgment were displayed in the efficient organization of the Engineering Division of the Motor Transport corps in bringing about standardization of equipment and supplies and in efficiently directing the forces of the motor industry to the mutual advantage of the Army and the industry itself.
War Department, General Orders No. 69 (1919)
Born: at Chester, New York
Home Town: Columbus, Ohio


O'RYAN, JOHN F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to John F. O'Ryan, Major General, U.S. Army, 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 27th Division in its successful operations with the British in France in the Autumn of 1918, General O'Ryan displayed qualities of skill and aggressiveness which mark him as a leader of ability. In the breach of the Hindenburg Line between St. Quentin and Cambrai the name of his division is linked with the British in adding new laurels to the allied forces in France.
War Department, General Orders No. 12 (1919)
Born: at New York, New York
Home Town: New York, New York


OURY, WILLIAM H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to William H. Oury, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Placed in Command of the 157th Infantry Brigade, 79th Division, during the Montfaucon drive, Colonel Oury displayed exceptional qualities of leadership and marked tactical skill. Continuing at the same time in command of his regiment, the 314th Infantry, he directed the men of his command, and by his dauntless determination carried them forward under heavy enemy fire. He proved himself untiring in energy and possessed of great initiative, sound judgment, and military attainments of high order.
War Department, General Orders No. 78 (1919)
Born: at Smyth County, Virginia
Home Town: Lincoln, Nebraska


OVENSHINE, ALEXANDER T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Alexander T. Ovenshine, Colonel, U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. While serving as Inspector General, 3d Army Corps, during the Meuse-Argonne offensive, Colonel Ovenshine was charged with many important reports and investigations, which service was performed with marked ability and good judgment, and aided his corps and his Army commanders in decisions culminating in the success of this offensive. Later, as Inspector General, 2d Army, he rendered distinguished service of a similar nature in connection with the operations of the 2d Army from 12 October 1918, to the day of the armistice.
War Department, General Orders No. 31 (1922)
Born: at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


PALMER, BRUCE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Bruce Palmer, Colonel (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As a member of the General Staff of the American Expeditionary Forces, on duty with the 1st Section, first as Chief of the Tonnage Division during a period of stress, be fraught with difficulties, and later as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff, Colonel Palmer performed duties of great responsibility with marked ability, fidelity, and success, invariably displaying personal and professional attainments of a high order.
War Department, General Orders No. 50 (1919)
Born: at Fort Wallace, Kansas
Home Town: Harrison, Illinois


PALMER, FREDERICK
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Frederick Palmer, Lieutenant Colonel (Signal Corps), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Charged with the responsibility of drafting regulations covering the mail and press censorship, as well as formulating plans for the guidance of press correspondents with the American forces in France, Lieutenant Colonel Palmer rendered conspicuously valuable services. Having served in all the zones occupied by the allied force, his information, of far reaching value, was placed at the disposal of our Government. His broad experience with many armies, his outstanding skill as an observer, his untiring energy and devotion to duty contributed markedly to the successful operations of the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 16 (1923)
Born: at Pleasantville, Pennsylvania
Home Town: New York, New York


PALMER, JOHN MCAULEY
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to John McAuley Palmer, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. In the organization of the Operations Section of the General Staff, American Expeditionary Forces, Colonel Palmer displayed sound tactical judgment and breadth of vision, and the ultimate success of the American plan of campaign was largely due to his detailed plans. As Commander of the 58th Infantry Brigade, 29th Division, during the severe fighting north of Verdun, in the Meuse-Argonne offensive, his services were conspicuous and his brigade successful.
War Department, General Orders No. 12 (1919)
Born: at Carinville, Illinois
Home Town: Springfield, Illinois


PARK, RICHARD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Richard Park, Colonel (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. To Colonel Park's energy and good judgment may be largely attributed the rapid development and successful administration of the Engineer Training School and Mobilization Camp at Camp A. A. Humphreys, Virginia. His utilization of labor of troops to supplement construction forces is a find example of initiative in meeting a critical situation.
War Department, General Orders No. 69 (1919)
Born: at Malden, Massachusetts
Home Town: Warren, New Hampshire


PARKER, COURTLANDT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Courtlandt Parker, Colonel (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Colonel Parker organized and conducted the training camp for Field Artillery at Camp Coetquidan and later, at the Office of the Chief of Artillery, American Expeditionary Forces. By his superior professional attainments, his zeal, and keen foresight, he contributed in a marked manner to the successful conduct of Field Artillery training. As Regimental Commander of the 6th Field Artillery, 1st Division, in the Cantigny sector and in the Aisne-Marne offensive, he repeatedly displayed superior tactical judgment and knowledge of artillery, and by his exceptional ability, leadership, and devotion to duty he rendered the maximum support to the Infantry of the 1st Division in effectively executing the most difficult missions assigned to him, thus rendering in a position of great responsibility most important services to the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 49 (1922)
Born: at Fort Apache, Arizona
Home Town: Newark, New Jersey


PARKER, FRANK
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Frank Parker, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. General Parker Commanded with marked distinction the 18th Unites States Infantry. Later, as a Brigade Commander, he exhibited qualities of rare leadership, superb courage, and unusual initiative. Finally he commanded the 1st Division in the Argonne offensive in the autumn of 1918, where he showed himself to be a skilled leader of marked ability.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1919)
Born: at Georgetown, South Carolina
Home Town: Georgetown, South Carolina


PARKER, HUGH A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Hugh A. Parker, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Colonel Parker served as Assistant G-3, 1st Army Corps, during June and July 1918, G-3, 4th Division, from August to October 1918, Chief of Staff, 7th Division, from November 1918 to February 1919, and Chief of Staff, American Military Mission to Berlin. By his tact, sound judgment, marked ability, and loyal devotion to duty, he contributed materially to the success of all units with which he served.
War Department, General Orders No. 49 (1922)
Born: at Hunt, Texas
Home Town: Royse City, Texas


PARKER, JOHN H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to John H. Parker, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As an Instructor at the Army Machine-Gun School at Langres, by his tireless efforts Colonel Parker secured the necessary equipment and ably instructed a large student body in the technical handling of one of the most important fire power weapons developed in the present war, rendering services of great value to the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 89 (1919)
Born: at Tipton, Missouri
Home Town: Green Ridge, Missouri
Personal Awards: 3@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal


PARSONS, JAMES KELLY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to James Kelly Parsons, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Colonel Parsons organized and commanded with great energy and ability the Embarkation Camp at St. Nazaire, France, and handled with conspicuous success the reception, care, and departure of the large number of officers and soldiers passing through that camp en route to the United States. He demonstrated administrative abilities of a high order and performed services of great value to the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1921)
Born: February 11, 1877 at Rockford, Alabama
Home Town: Birmingham, Alabama
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal


PARSONS, WILLIAM BARCLAY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to William Barclay Parsons, Colonel (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as Major, 11th Engineers (Railway), during its organization and training period, Chairman of Engineering Railway Commission sent overseas to investigate and report upon railway conditions in France; Lieutenant Colonel and then Colonel, 11th Engineers, during its combat operations. By his wide experience, sound judgment, and brilliant professional and technical attainments, Colonel Parsons handled many difficult problems which confronted him with conspicuous success, thereby rendering services of great value to the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 4 (1923)
Born: at New York, New York
Home Town: New York, New York


PATTERSON, CHARLES H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Charles H. Patterson, Colonel (Coast Artillery), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As an officer of the Inspector General's Department and as Chief of the Investigative Division of that department, Colonel Patterson's rare efficiency and good judgment in the investigation and treatment of difficult and intricate problems have materially facilitated the administration of the Office of the Inspector General, and have been of great value to the War Department and to the Army.
War Department, General Orders No. 15 (1921)
Born: at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


PATTERSON, PAUL M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Paul M. Patterson, Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Evacuation Officer of the 1st Army in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives, Captain Patterson directed the routing of all battle casualties into Army hospitals at the front, supervised the daily supply of those hospitals, and so skillfully and energetically classified and coordinated the constant flow of evacuations to the rear by timely calls for and expeditious loading of hospital trains that beds were always available for thousands of sick and wounded of the 1st Army. He rendered services of inestimable value to the American Expeditionary Forces in a position of great responsibility.
War Department, General Orders No. 9 (1923)
Born: at Anthony, Kansas
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri


PATTERSON, ROBERT U.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Robert U. Patterson, Colonel (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, 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, Base Hospital No. 5, United States Army, serving with the British Expeditionary Forces at Dannes-Camiers and Boulogne, France, Colonel Patterson displayed tireless energy and military attainments of a high order in the efficient operation of this hospital. By his marked devotion to duty and administrative ability great numbers of our own and allied sick and wounded were treated, resulting in the saving of many lives. His services were of material value to the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 13 (1923)
Born: at Canada Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland


PATTON, GEORGE S., JR.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to George S. Patton, Jr. (0-2605), Colonel (Tank Corps), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. By his energy and sound judgment, Colonel Patton rendered very valuable services in his organization and direction of the Tank Center at t he Army schools at Langres, France. In the employment of Tank Corps troops in combat he displayed high military attainments, zeal, and marked adaptability in a form of warfare comparatively new to the American Army.
War Department, General Orders No. 103 (1919)
Born: November 11, 1885 at San Gabriel, California
Home Town: San Gabriel, California
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Distinguished Service Cross (WWII), 3@ Army Distinguished Service Medals, 2@ Silver Stars, Bronze Star, Purple Heart


PAULES, EARL G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Earl G. Paules, Colonel (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As a member of the American Military Commission of Italy from April to July 1918, Colonel Paules displayed tact and diplomacy in making a preliminary investigation of the Czechoslovak situation. Later, as Commanding Officer of the 7th Engineers, he participated creditably in the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives, materially aiding in the operations of the 5th Division by his skill in constructing bridges across the Meuse River in the face of desperate hostile resistance.
War Department, General Orders No. 95 (1919)
Born: at Marietta, Georgia
Home Town: Marietta, Georgia


PEABODY, PAUL E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Paul E. Peabody, Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, 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, 1st Division, during the attack on Soissons, Major Peabody displayed marked ability. Later, as G-1, during the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives, by his extraordinary ability, his capacity for organization, and his brilliant execution of all details pertaining to administration of supply he overcame unusual difficulties and thereby contributed in a marked degree to the success of the operations of the 1st Division.
War Department, General Orders No. 22 (1920)
Born: at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


PEARCE, EARLE D'A
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Earle D'A Pearce, Colonel (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, 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 319th Field Artillery, 82d Division, in the organization and training of the regiment and in its very successful operations against the enemy in the Aisne-Marne, St. Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne offensives, Colonel Pearce displayed tireless energy, keen devotion to duty, and eminent technical skill as an artillerist, giving most effective support to the Infantry of the 82d and 80th Divisions, and very materially contributing to the successes attained by those units.
War Department, General Orders No. 56 (1922)
Born: at Thomaston, Georgia
Home Town: Thomaston, Georgia


PEARSON, MADISON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Madison Pearson, Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Adjutant of the 2d Division, Assistant Adjutant General of the 1st Army, and later as Adjutant of the 3d Division, Lieutenant Colonel Pearson displayed administrative ability of an exceptionally high order. By his initiative, sound judgment, marked ability, and devotion to duty, Colonel Pearson rendered services of great value to the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 8 (1935)
Born: at Dadeville, Alabama
Home Town: Live Oak, Florida


PECK, ALLEN STEELE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Allen Steele Peck, Lieutenant Colonel (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As an officer of the Forestry Service, Lieutenant Colonel Peck displayed exceptional tact and sound judgment in securing public and private grants for large quantities of timber from the French Government. At all times he pursued his task with great energy, achieving signal success. He organized and administered a project for the production of fuel wood, which proved entirely successful. In these endeavors he rendered valuable service to the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 78 (1919)
Born: at West Barre, New York
Home Town: Stottville, New York


PECK, CHARLES H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Charles H. Peck, Lieutenant Colonel (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, 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 Base Hospital No. 15, which he had organized most efficiently, Lieutenant Colonel Peck displayed unusual skill and very marked ability in the conduct of that unit. Later, as Senior Consultant in General Surgery for the American Expeditionary Forces, his professional attainments, wide experience, and sound advice proved of inestimable value in increasing the efficiency of the Medical Department of the United States Army.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1919)
Born: at Newton, Connecticut
Home Town: New York, New York


PECK, ROBERT HALFORD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Robert Halford Peck, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Colonel Peck rendered services of signal worth as Commanding Officer of the 47th Infantry, 4th Division, and subsequently of the 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, successfully accomplishing all missions assigned to the regiment under his command during the active operations in which it participated. Constantly displaying unremitting zeal and tactical ability of a high order, he proved himself invaluable to the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 95 (1919)
Born: at San Francisco, California
Home Town: San Diego, California
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal


PEEK, ERNEST D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Ernest D. Peek, Colonel (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Colonel Peek organized and conducted the operations of the standard gauge and light railways of the 1st Army during its active operations resulting in the reduction of the St. Mihiel salient and the recovery of the extensive Meuse-Argonne area. Although handicapped by lack of personnel and material, he pushed the enterprise to success. By untiring, painstaking, and energetic efforts in the use of the inadequate means at his disposal, he displayed unusual talent for organization and masterful execution.
War Department, General Orders No. 72 (1920)
Born: at Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Home Town: Oshkosh, Wisconsin


PEIRCE, WILLIAM S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to William S. Peirce, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, 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 charge of the Springfield Arsenal, Colonel Peirce's exceptional ability contributed materially to increasing the output of small arms. As Assistant Chief of Ordnance he has rendered conspicuous service.
War Department, General Orders No. 25 (1919)
Born: at Burlington, Vermont
Home Town: Burlington, Vermont


PENNELL, RALPH MCT.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Ralph McT. Pennell, Colonel (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, 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 Field Artillery from 16 April 1918 to 4 September 1918, Colonel Pennell planned and executed those measures which provided a balanced production of different types of field artillery material and equipment and the selection of the types to be produced, and which determined the priorities of distribution of same.
War Department, General Orders No. 31 (1922)
Born: at Belton, South Carolina
Home Town: Belton, South Carolina


PENNER, CARL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Carl Penner, Colonel (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Colonel Penner Commanded the 120th Field Artillery, 32d Division, during the Marne-Aisne, Oise-Aisne, and Meuse-Argonne offensives. His devotion to duty and skillful handling of his command proved a material factor in the success of the 57th Field Artillery Brigade while supporting the 32d Division, and at other times five other divisions.
War Department, General Orders No. 47 (1921)
Born: at Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


PEPPER, SAMUEL D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Samuel D. Pepper, Lieutenant Colonel (Judge Advocate General's Department), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. From August 1917 until June 1919, Lieutenant Colonel Pepper served in turn as Judge Advocate of the 32d Division, 5th Army Corps, and Advance Section, Services of Supply. By his marked legal ability, excellent judgment, and thorough knowledge of discipline and morale, he rendered services of signal worth to all the units with which he served, thereby contributing materially to the success of the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 56 (1922)
Born: at Canada Home Town: Lansing, Michigan


PERKINS, ALBERT T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Albert T. Perkins, Colonel (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Deputy and later as Manager of Light Railways, Colonel Perkins undertook the task of organizing a light railway service for the American Expeditionary Forces. His long and complete railroad experience and knowledge assured the success of these lines. By his foresight in promptly gathering from the United States a generous supply of railway material he quickly brought the Light Railway Service to a high degree of efficiency.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1919)
Born: at Brunswick, Missouri
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


PERKINS, JAMES H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to James H. Perkins, Lieutenant Colonel (Quartermaster Corps), U.S. Army, 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 Perkins was in charge of the work of the American Red Cross in Europe for a period of time, and by his great energy and untiring efforts maintained that institution to a high state of excellence and rendered valuable assistance to the American Expeditionary Forces. While in the military service he displayed marked ability in the performance of the various duties with which he was entrusted.
War Department, General Orders No. 50 (1919)
Born: at Milton, Massachusetts
Home Town: Greenwich, Connecticut


PERSHING, JOHN J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to John J. Pershing, General, U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, as a token of the gratitude of the American people to the Commander of our armies in the field for his distinguished services, and in appreciation of the success which our armies have achieved under his leadership.
War Department, General Orders No. 111 (1918)
Born: September 13, 1860 at Linn County, Missouri
Home Town: Laclede, Missouri
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (Philippine Insurrection), Army Distinguished Service Medal


PERSONS, ELBERT E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Elbert E. Persons, Colonel (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Colonel Persons organized the United States Army Ambulance Service Training School at Camp Crane, Allentown, Pennsylvania, and as its Commanding Officer from June 1917 to May 1918, by his great energy, marked executive ability, and wide professional knowledge, succeeded in rapidly training, equipping, and dispatching overseas ambulance units where they rendered excellent service with the French armies and later with our own forces. From June to December 1918, he commanded the American Ambulance Service, serving on the Italian front, where he again rendered conspicuous service in a position of great responsibility.
War Department, General Orders No. 49 (1922)
Born: at Prouts, Ohio
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


PETERSON, VIRGIL L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Virgil L. Peterson, Colonel (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, 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, Engineer Officers' Training Camp at Camp Lee, Virginia, from April to August 1918; and Director of Training at Camp Humphreys, Virginia, until October 1918, Colonel Peterson displayed marked foresight, rare ability, and sound judgment in the reorganization of the standardization of the instruction for engineer troops. By his organizing and training ability, indefatigable efforts, and high military attainments he successfully directed the training of 4,500 engineer officers and 20,000 enlisted men, thereby rendering services of great value to our Government in positions of great responsibility.
War Department, General Orders No. 56 (1922)
Born: at Raywick, Kentucky
Home Town: Mannsville, Kentucky


PEYTON, EPHRAIM G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Ephraim G. Peyton, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As the Commanding Officer of the 320th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, in all its operations, by careful and painstaking preparations and skillful leadership, Colonel Peyton enabled his regiment to carry always in its tasks through to a successful end. At all times he displayed a high order of leadership and exhibited superb qualities as a commander.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1919)
Born: at Gallatin, Mississippi
Home Town: Columbus, Mississippi


PEYTON, PHILIP B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Philip B. Peyton, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Colonel Peyton took command of the 61st Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, which had undergone six days of shell fire and commanded it with such unusual skill as to enable the regiment to capture Aincreville, Bois-de-Bablemont, Doulcon, and, after crossing the Meuse, to capture Hill No. 292, Dun-sur-Meuse, Milly-devant-Dun, Lion-devant-Dun, Cote St. Germain, Chateau Charmois, and Mouzay, thereby displaying the highest order of leadership and exhibiting the masterful qualities of a commander.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1919)
Born: at Nashville, Tennessee
Home Town: Charlottesville, Virginia


PHILLIPS, ALBERT E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Albert E. Phillips, Colonel (Ordnance Corps), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, in the development and operation of machine-gun centers, in the design and development of machine-gun equipment, and later he rendered invaluable service in the preparation of machine- gun manuals.
War Department, General Orders No. 19 (1922)
Born: at New Orleans, Louisiana
Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana


PICKERING, RICHARD B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Richard B. Pickering, Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, 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 large Embarkation Camp at Camp Mills, Long Island, New York, from 5 April 1918 to 13 September 1918, and from 11 December 1918 to 8 May 1919, Lieutenant Colonel Pickering displayed executive ability of the highest order in a position of great responsibility. His work marked Colonel Pickering as an exceptional officer in his capacity as organizer and administrator, and by his energy and excellent judgment contributed in a notable degree to the success of troop movements at the Port of Embarkation, Hoboken, New Jersey.
War Department, General Orders No. 19 (1922)
Born: at Uniontown, Alabama
Home Town: Uniontown, Alabama


PIERCE, CHARLES C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Charles C. Pierce, Lieutenant Colonel (Quartermaster Corps), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Serving as Assistant to the Chief Quartermaster, American Expeditionary Forces, in the capacity of Chief of Graves Registration Services since December 1917, Lieutenant Colonel Pierce displayed unusual ability and conscientious care in the performance of his exacting duties. Under his skillful administration the service functioned efficiently. He at all times showed great energy and performed his important task with exceptional success.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1919)
Born: at Salem, New Jersey
Home Town: Germantown, Pennsylvania


PIERCE, JUNNIUS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Junnius Pierce, Major (Quartermaster Corps), U.S. Army, 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 Quartermaster, Adjutant General, Chief of Staff, and later Commanding Officer, Base Section No. 3, England, Major Pierce served in these various capacities with great credit. At Commanding Officer of Base Section No. 3 he had charge of evacuation of troops and liquidation of American interests in England. By his energy, ability, and tact he conducted the American Expeditionary Forces affairs in England to a successful conclusion.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1921)
Born: at Gainesville, Texas
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York


PIERCE, PALMER E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Palmer E. Pierce, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. General Pierce's zeal, intelligence, and effective work in the preliminary organization of our industries for war contributed substantially to the progress made. From May 1917 until March 1919, he Commanded the 5th Infantry Brigade, 27th Division, in a highly meritorious manner during all the operations of his division against the Hindenburg line. His sound judgment, marked ability, and skillful leadership were important factors in the successes attained by his division against the enemy.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1922)
Born: at Savannah, Illinois
Home Town: Traer, Iowa


PIERSON, ROBERT H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Robert H. Pierson, Colonel (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Colonel Pierson served as Division Surgeon of the 5th Division from its organization until the close of hostilities, when he became Chief Surgeon of the 6th Army Corps. Due to his sound judgment and efficient direction of medical personnel, gas casualties in his division were reduced to a minimum. By his resourceful methods in combating disease he prevented the firing lines from being depleted at a critical time, maintaining a high standard of combat strength efficiency.
War Department, General Orders No. 95 (1919)
Born: at Fayettesville, New York
Home Town: Syracuse, New York


PIKE, SHEPARD L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Shepard L. Pike, Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Commandant of the Army Candidates' School at Langres, France, Lieutenant Colonel Pike organized an important institution and developed it to a high state of efficiency. His services in capably directing the training of more than 5,000 candidates for active duty at the front were of the utmost value to the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 103 (1919)
Born: at Plattsburg, New York
Home Town: Plattsburg, New York


PILLOW, JEROME G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Jerome G. Pillow, Lieutenant Colonel (Cavalry), U.S. Army, 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-3, 32d Division, Lieutenant Colonel Pillow displayed marked ability, high professional attainments, rendering immeasurably valuable services in the operations of his division, in the offensives of the Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, the Meuse-Argonne, and during the march to the Rhine.
War Department, General Orders No. 9 (1922)
Born: at Columbiana, Tennessee
Home Town: Helena, Arkansas


PILLSBURY, GEORGE B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to George B. Pillsbury, Colonel (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Corps Engineer, 2d Army Corps, from October 1918 to January 1919, Colonel Pillsbury displayed professional qualifications of an exceptionally high order. During operations which broke the Hindenburg line between Cambrai and St. Quentin his tireless energy and highly efficient work contributed in a marked degree to the success of the operations of the corps.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1922)
Born: at Lowell, Massachusetts
Home Town: Tweksbury, Massachusetts


POILLON, ARTHUR
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Arthur Poillon, Lieutenant Colonel (Cavalry), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I, while serving as Military Attaché at The Hague, Netherlands.
War Department, General Orders No. 124 (1919)
Born: at New York, New York
Home Town: New York, New York


POOL, EUGENE H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Eugene H. Pool, Lieutenant Colonel (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Surgical Consultant with the 4th Army Corps, 5th Army Corps, and then the 1st Army, Lieutenant Colonel Pool displayed unusual organizing ability, excellent judgment, and professional attainments of the highest order in directing the work of surgical teams in the care of large numbers of wounded in various hospitals at the front during the St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives, thereby rendering services of great value to the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 49 (1922)
Born: at New York, New York
Home Town: New York, New York


POORE, BENJAMIN ANDREW
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Benjamin Andrew Poore, Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. General Poore Commanded with distinction and ability the 7th Infantry Brigade, 4th Division, in the numerous engagements of the Argonne-Meuse campaign. By his energy and ability his brigade drove the enemy from Ruisseu-des-Forges and from Bois-du-Fays. In these engagements important capture of many prisoners and much material were made by the troops of his command.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1919)
Born: June 22, 1863 at Center, Alabama
Home Town: Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal


POPE, FRANCIS H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Francis H. Pope, Colonel (Quartermaster Corps), U.S. Army, 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 Motor Transport Service, American Expeditionary Forces, Colonel Pope developed a national organization for the operation and maintenance of the motor transport of American Expeditionary Forces, and as Deputy Chief, Motor Transport Corps, American Expeditionary Forces, was largely instrumental in further developing and applying this organization, thereby rendering exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service to the United States.
War Department, General Orders No. 3 (1921)
Born: at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


POPE, WILLIAM R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to William R. Pope, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, 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 113th Infantry, 29th Division, shortly before the beginning of the Meuse-Argonne offensive, Colonel Pope held it with signal ability throughout the period of its engagement in that operation. By his energy and resourcefulness in overcoming the numerous adverse conditions which confronted his regiment, he proved an inspiration to his men and an important factor in the successes of his Division. As Provost Marshal General of the Embarkation Center at Le Mans, France, from December 1918 until June 1919, he displayed tact, marked efficiency, and executive and administrative ability of the highest order, thereby rendering highly conspicuous services in a position of great responsibility.
War Department, General Orders No. 4 (1923)
Born: at Pulaski, Tennessee
Home Town: Pulaski, Tennessee


PORGES, GUSTAVE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Gustave Porges, Colonel (Quartermaster Corps), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Colonel Porges gave markedly able assistance in the establishment of the American Expeditionary Forces Depot at Nevens and the Engineer camp at Vierzon. Later, when placed in charge of the purchase and subsistence, clothing, equipage, forage, and bedding, by his valuable knowledge of commercial conditions and by his persistent efforts and able negotiations, he secured much-needed supplies from allied and neutral countries. He originated the manufacture in Europe of necessary items of food, clothing, and cloth for the use of the American Expeditionary Forces. Subsequently he rendered valuable assistance in the liquidation of American Expeditionary Forces surplus supplies. At all times he showed remarkable energy in all matters affecting the welfare of the troops in the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 39 (1920)
Born: at Bohemia Home Town: New York, New York


POSTON, ADELE S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Adele S. Poston, Chief Nurse, U.S. Army Nurse 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 Nurse of Base Hospital No. 117 (Psychiatric Unit), at La Fauche, France, during the World War, Chief Nurse Poston performed very difficult and exacting duties with marked skill and distinction. By her professional efficiency, untiring energy, and tact, she made a large contribution to the success of this novel and highly important hospital of the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 9 (1923)
Born: at Springdale, Arkansas
Home Town: White Plains, New York


POWER, NEAL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Neal Power, Lieutenant Colonel (Judge Advocate General's Department), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Head of the Special Disciplinary Division in the Office of the Judge Advocate, American Expeditionary Forces, Lieutenant Colonel Power was charged with duties of an exceptionally arduous and responsible nature, in the performance of which he displayed high professional attainments and notable devotion to duty.
War Department, General Orders No. 89 (1919)
Born: at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: San Francisco, California


*POWERS, CHARLES A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal (Posthumously) to Charles A. Powers, Major (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Surgeon, first with the French armies and later with the American Red Cross Military Hospital No. 1, Major Powers displayed untiring energy and surgical ability of the highest order. By his professional skill he revolutionized the surgical treatment of faces mutilated by war wounds, demonstrating to the world how to restore them to a normal condition, thereby rendering conspicuous service, by this great contribution, in saving the lives of many French and American soldiers.
War Department, General Orders No. 3 (1924)
Born: at Lawrence, Massachusetts
Home Town: Denver, Colorado


PRATT, JOSEPH H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Joseph H. Pratt, Colonel (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Colonel Pratt Commanded the 105th Engineers during its organization and training period in the entire operation of the 30th Division near Ypres, Belgium, and during the breaking of the Hindenburg line and the advance beyond. He displayed forceful energy, exceptional ability, and remarkable foresight in the solution of all engineer tasks, including the construction of railways and roads, as well as the locating and destruction of mines and traps, thereby contributing materially to the success of the operations.
War Department, General Orders No. 56 (1922)
Born: at Hartford, Connecticut
Home Town: Chapel Hill, North Carolina


PRENTISS, AUGUSTIN M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Augustin M. Prentiss, Major (Chemical Corps), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Officer in Charge of the Ordnance Section, Chemical Warfare Service, Major Prentiss displayed great energy, untiring devotion to duty, and high technical skill. Due to his thorough knowledge of ordnance supplies and material, especially shells and guns, he rendered invaluable assistance in the proper choice of gases, gas shells, and other materials used both by the gas troops and artillery throughout the war, thereby contributing materially to the successes of the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 56 (1922)
Born: at Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Home Town: Barnwell, South Carolina


PRICE, HOWARD C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Howard C. Price, Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. Colonel Price organized, trained, and commanded in active operations the 360th Infantry, 90th Division, which under his capable leadership was eminently successful as a combat unit. At all times he inspired a notable spirit among the members of his command. He displayed military attainments of a high order in the capture of the Foret-du-Bois le Pretre during the St. Mihiel offensive and the assault on the Freya Stellung in the Argonne-Meuse operations, rendering merited services to the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 89 (1919)
Born: at Chester, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Chester, Pennsylvania


PRICE, WILLIAM G., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to William G. Price, Jr., Brigadier General, U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. General Price Commanded the 53d Field Artillery Brigade, 28th Division, with marked distinction, proving himself a tactical leader of extraordinary ability. Through the formidable assistance which his brigade furnished to the attacking Infantry during the engagement of the 91st Division from the Lys to the Scheldt, the rapid advance of the Infantry was insured and the success made more brilliant.
War Department, General Orders No. 103 (1919)
Born: at Chester, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Chester, Pennsylvania


PRICE, XENOPHON H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Xenophon H. Price, Lieutenant Colonel (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, 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 Price organized and was continuously in charge of all map room data of the 3d Section, General Staff, at General Headquarters, American Expeditionary Forces. Through his energy, ability, and sound military judgment, maps showing accurately the situation on the battle fronts were constantly available for outlying projected operations, and the data compiled by him is of incalculable historical value in preserving a record of the achievements of the American Expeditionary Forces.
War Department, General Orders No. 87 (1919)
Born: at Saginaw, Michigan
Home Town: Bay City, Michigan


PURINGTON, GEORGE A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to George A. Purington, Lieutenant Colonel (Cavalry), U.S. Army, 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 Purington was engaged in keeping roads open and traffic moving in the advance of the 1st Army between 26 September and 30 September 1918, in the battle west of the Meuse. Due to his tireless effort and determination the supply of ammunition and food of the 3d and 5th Corps were insured. Although confronted with a most difficult task, he overcame all obstacles and crowned his efforts with great success.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1919)
Born: at Cleveland, Ohio
Home Town: Fort Sheridan, Illinois


PUSEY, FRED TAYLOR
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Fred Taylor Pusey, Lieutenant Colonel (Quartermaster Corps), U.S. Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility during World War I. As Division Quartermaster, 28th Division, Lieutenant Colonel Pusey displayed exceptional ability and zeal in developing the personnel and in handling the endless duties of his office, both in training and in combat, and constantly maintained the supply of food and equipment to the command and its various units under most difficult circumstances, thereby contributing materially to the success of the division during its active operations in France.
War Department, General Orders No. 38 (1922)
Born: at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Lima, Pennsylvania


QUAKEMEYER, JOHN G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to John G. Quakemeyer, Lieutenant Colonel (Cavalry), U.S. Army, 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 American Mission at British General Headquarters, Lieutenant Colonel Quakemeyer administered the duties of the office with tact and ability, promoting cordial relations between members of the Allied Armies with whom he came in contact. As aide-de-camp to the Commander in Chief, he has performed his important duties with marked distinction and sound judgment.
War Department, General Orders No. 59 (1919)
Born: at Yazoo City, Mississippi
Home Town: Yazoo City, Mississippi

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