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The Army Distinguished Service Medal
 U.S. Army - Influenza Epidemic 1918-19 

 

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

 

AUSTIN, FRED T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Fred T. Austin, 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, in command of Camp Zachary Taylor, Kentucky, and particularly during the period that said camp was subject to a severe epidemic of influenza.
War Department, General Orders No. 30 (1921)
Born: at Hancock, Vermont
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts


BEACH, GEORGE C., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to George C. Beach, Jr., 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. At the time of the influenza epidemic in 1918, Major Beach was serving as Camp Surgeon at Camp Greene, North Carolina. By his foresightedness in providing ample hospital facilities during the early stages of the epidemic and by his efficient action in directing the care of patients, he was primarily responsible for a large reduction in the mortality rate at that camp. His efforts were untiring and he continued until he was stricken with the malady in its most serious form. He showed a rare devotion to duty in that, although himself a sufferer from the disease, his efforts were unabated.
War Department, General Orders No. 6 (1930)
Born: at Topeka, Kansas
Home Town: Grant County, Indiana


CULKIN, JOSEPH R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Joseph R. Culkin, 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, when in charge of Camp Hospital No. 1, at Camp Upton, New York, during the serious epidemic of influenza at this camp in September and October 1918. Due to his great energy and good will and unwillingness to meet defeat in any form, remarkable results were obtained at this hospital.
War Department, General Orders No. 126 (1919)
Born: at Oswego, New York
Home Town: Rochester, New York


JONES, GLENN I.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Glenn I. Jones, 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. While Surgeon of the 10th Division during the epidemic of Spanish influenza in that command, Lieutenant Colonel Jones' farsightedness in providing hospital facilities and his energetic and exceptionally efficient action in directing the care of patients resulted in a large reduction of mortality. His services show a rare devotion to duty in that, though himself a sufferer from the disease, his efforts were unabated.
War Department, General Orders No. 69 (1919)
Born: at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Washington, D.C.


METCALFE, RAYMOND F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Raymond F. Metcalfe, 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 Division Surgeon, 36th Division, in August and again in September 1918, during serious epidemics of Spanish influenza, Colonel Metcalfe's farsightedness and his energetic and efficient action in personally directing the handling of these epidemics resulted in a very large reduction in the mortality.
War Department, General Orders No. 15 (1921)
Born: at West Salamanca, New York
Home Town: Buffalo, New York


VAUGHAN, VICTOR C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Victor C. Vaughan, 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. During his service in the Office of the Surgeon General, Colonel Vaughan's contributions of advice and information have been of great value to the Army in connection with the control of communicable diseases. During the most recent epidemic of influenza, in particular, his work was of extreme value.
War Department, General Orders No. 69 (1919)
Born: at Mount Airy, Missouri
Home Town: Ann Arbor, Michigan

 

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