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The Navy Distinguished Service Medal
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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 Pleasure in Presenting


THE 
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL
to

 

BARNETT, GEORGE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to George Barnett, Major General, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility as Commandant of the Marine Corps in the administration of his high office and the organization and direction of the manifold and distinguished service of the Marine Corps at home and abroad.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


BEARSS, HIRAM IDDINGS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Hiram Iddings Bearss (0-1102), Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. Colonel Bearss commanded with distinction the 102d Infantry Regiment (Army), 26th Division, achieving notable success in the active operations in which that regiment was engaged. By his untiring energy and dauntless courage in overcoming the numerous difficulties confronting him, he gave proof of military leadership of high order.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: April 13, 1875 at Peru, Indiana
Home Town: Peru, Indiana
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (Philippine Insurrection), Distinguished service Cross (WWI), Navy Distinguished Service Medal (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal (WWI)


BOGAN, HENRY S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Henry S. Bogan (71454), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action near Thiaucourt, France, 15 September 1918. Sergeant Bogan led a small detachment in an attack on a machine gun which was holding up the advance, capturing the gun and five of its crew. He then continued the advance, entering the hostile trenches, and cleared them for a distance of one hundred fifty yards remaining all day in this advanced position under continuous artillery and machine-gun fire.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: at Franklin, Kentucky
Home Town: Franklin, Kentucky
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (WWI), 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWI), Navy Distinguished Service Medal (WWI), 2@ Army Silver Stars (WWI)


BUTLER, SMEDLEY DARLINGTON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Smedley Darlington Butler, Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. Brigadier General Butler organized, trained and commanded the 13th Regiment Marines; also the 5th Brigade of Marines. He commanded with ability and energy Camp Pontanezen at Brest during the time in which it has developed into the largest embarkation camp in the world. Confronted with problems of extraordinary magnitude in supervising the reception, entertainment and departure of large numbers of officers and soldiers passing through the camp, he has solved all with conspicuous success, performing services of the highest character for the American Expeditionary Forces.
Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 255 (December 18, 1937)
Born: July 30, 1881 at West Chester, Pennsylvania
Home Town: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (Vera Cruz), 2d Medal of Honor (Haiti), USMC Brevet Medal (China), Navy Distinguished Service Medal (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal (WWI)


*DOYEN, C. A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (Posthumously) to C. A. Doyen, Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. By reason of his abilities and personal efforts, Brigadier General Doyen brought this brigade to the very high state of efficiency which enabled it to successfully resist the German Army in the Chateau-Thierry sector and Belleau Woods. The strong efforts on his part for nearly a year, undermined his health, and necessitated his being invalided to the United States before having the opportunity to command the brigade in action, but his work was shown by the excellent service rendered by the brigade, not only at Belleau Woods, but during the entire campaign when they fought in many battles.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


FELAND, LOGAN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Logan Feland (0-284), Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services as Lieutenant Colonel and the second in command of the 5th Regiment, United States Marine Corps, Brigadier General Feland had an important function in the training of that organization, and he participated creditably in its operations in the Aisne defensive and the fighting in the Chateau-Thierry section. Having taken command of his regiment as Colonel shortly before the battle of Soissons, he led it with extraordinary skill throughout the remainder of its engagements, giving proof of the highest qualities of leadership and unceasing devotion to his important duties.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: August 11, 1869 at Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Home Town: Hopkinsville, Kentucky
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, 6@ Army Silver Stars (WWI)


HERMLE, LEO D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Leo D. Hermle (0-420), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action near Meuse River, France, on 1 November 1918. When the company on his left was checked by heavy machine gun fire, Lieutenant Hermle led a platoon forward and surrounded a large number of the enemy, capturing one hundred fifty-five prisoners, and seventeen machine guns. Pushing on, he took the town of St. Georges and many machine gun positions. Although he was painfully wounded he refused to be evacuated and remained with his men for two days until he was ordered to the rear.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: at Hastings, Nebraska
Home Town: Oakland, California
Personal Awards: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI), Navy Cross (WWII), Navy Distinguished Service Medal (WWI), 3@ Army Silver Stars (WWI)


LAUCHHEIMER, CHARLES H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Charles H. Lauchheimer, Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in the organization and administration of the Adjutant and Inspector's Department of the U.S. Marine Corps throughout the period of the war. Through his energy and efficient management this Department was able successfully to meet the greatly increased burdens and responsibilities placed upon it.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


LEE, HARRY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Harry Lee (0-545), Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. Having taken command of the 6th Regiment, United States Marine Corps, prior to the attack on the Bois de Belleau and Bouresches, Colonel Lee directed the operations of his regiment with remarkable success during all the major operations in which it participated. His ability as a tactical leader and his untiring energy were reflected in the brilliant achievements of his command.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Washington, D.C.
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, 4@ Army Silver Stars (WWI)


LEJEUNE, JOHN A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to John A. Lejeune, Major General, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. Major General Lejeune commanded the Second Division in the successful operations of Thiaucourt, Masif Blanc Mont, St. Mihiel, and on the west bank of the Meuse. In the Argonne-Meuse offensive his division was directed with such sound military judgment and ability that it broke and held, by the vigor and rapidity of execution of its attack, enemy lines which had hitherto been considered impregnable.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: at Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana
Home Town: Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal


LYTLE, ROBERT S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Robert S. Lytle, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Commanding Officer of Squadron C, FIRST Marine Aviation Force, at the Front in bombing raids into enemy territory. On 2 October 1918, when word was received that a body of French troops had been cut off from supplies for two days by the enemy, and it was decided to feed them by aeroplane, Captain Lytle flew over the besieged troops at an altitude of only one hundred feet and dropped food where these troops could get it. This performance as repeated four times, each time under heavy fire from rifles, machine guns and artillery on the ground. On 14 October 1918, while leading a raid of seven planes near Pittham, Belgium, his plane and one other became separated from their formation on account of motor trouble, and were attacked by twelve enemy scout planes. Captain Lytle shot down one of the enemy planes, and before his motor quit entirely, landed under fire in the Belgian front line trenches.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


MCCAWLEY, CHARLES L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Charles L. McCawley, Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in the organization and administration of the Quartermaster's Department of the Marine Corps. Through his energy and efficient management this Department was able successfully to meet the various emergencies and difficulties connected with the transportation, subsistence, housing and clothing of the personnel of the Marine Corps throughout the period of the war.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


MULCAHY, FRANCIS P.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Francis P. Mulcahy (0-695), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as Flight Commander, Squadron A, FIRST Marine Aviation Force, at the front in France. Captain Mulcahy not only participated successfully in numerous bombing raids into enemy territory, but on 2 October 1918, when troops had been cut off from supplies for two days by the enemy, and it was decided to feed them by aeroplane, Captain Mulcahy flew over the besieged troops at an altitude of one hundred feet and dropped food where these troops could get it. This performance was repeated four times, each time under intense fire from rifles, machine guns and artillery on the ground.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal (WWI), Navy Distinguished Service Medal (WWII), Army Distinguished Service Medal (WWII)


NELMS, FRANK, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Frank Nelms, Jr., Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a pilot in the FIRST Marine Aviation Force, at the front in France, where he participated in numerous air raids into enemy territory. On 28 September 1918 while on such a raid, he was attacked by a superior number of enemy scouts, and is believed to have destroyed an enemy plane. On 2 October 1918, when word was received that a body of French troops had been cut off from supplies for two days by the enemy, and it was decided to feed them by aeroplane, food was loaded in planes and Lieutenant Nelms flew over the besieged troops at an altitude of only one hundred feet and dropped the food where these troops could get it. This performance was repeated three times, each time under intense fire from rifles, machine guns and artillery on the ground.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


NEVILLE, WENDELL CUSHING
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Wendell Cushing Neville (0-711), Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. When in command of the 5th Regiment, United States Marine Corps, and later of the 4th Infantry Brigade, 2d Division, A.E.F., Brigadier General Neville participated in the battles of Chateau-Thierry, the advances near Soissons and the operations of St. Mihiel, Blanc Mont Ridge and the Argonne-Meuse. In all these he proved himself a leader of great skill and ability.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: May 12, 1870 at Portsmouth, Virginia
Home Town: Portsmouth, Virginia
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (Vera Cruz), USMC Brevet Medal (Spanish-American War), Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Army Distinguished Service Medal, Army Silver Star (WWI)


RICHARDS, GEORGE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to George Richards, Brigadier General, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility in the organization and administration of the Paymaster's Department of the Marine Corps. Through his energy and efficient management this Department was able successfully to meet the greatly increased burdens and responsibility placed upon it.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


SHULER, GEORGE K.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to George K. Shuler (0-892), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. In command of the Third Battalion, 6th Regiment, United States Marine Corps, 2d Division, A.E.F., Major Shuler displayed leadership of the highest order and marked tactical ability, resulting in the capture by his command, of large numbers of prisoners and machine guns in the battles at Blanc Mont and St. Etienne. In the advances to the north from Sommerance he showed rare judgment in maneuvering his battalion in a different position, making important captures of field artillery. Fearless, aggressive and able, he twice accomplished missions of vital importance with brilliant successes.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: at Lyons, New York
Home Town: Lyons, New York
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal (WWI), 3@ Army Silver Stars (WWI)


*SMILEY, DEAN F. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (Posthumously) to Dean F. Smiley (88720), Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism near St. Etienne, France, on 9 October 1918. Private Smiley rushed a hostile machine-gun nest single-handed, killing three of the crew and capturing the remainder. While taking his prisoners to the rear, this gallant soldier was killed by enemy artillery fire.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


THOMAS, FRED
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Fred Thomas (0-1833), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne, France, on 2 October 1918. While endeavoring to establish a large company front which had become disconnected, Lieutenant Thomas encountered a large number of the enemy filtering through our lines. By strategic maneuvers he formed a strong resistance causing heavy casualties on the enemy and forcing their retreat after he himself had been seriously wounded.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: at Hundred, West Virginia
Home Town: Hundred, West Virginia
Personal Awards: 2@ Distinguished Service Crosses (WWI), Navy Distinguished Service Medal (WWI), 4@ Army Silver Stars (WWI)


WIMAN, AMIL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Amil Wiman, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service while serving with Squadron C, FIRST Marine Aviation Force. Gunnery Sergeant Wiman not only participated successfully in numerous bombing raids into enemy territory, but on 2 October 1918, when word was received that a body of French troops had been cut off from supplies for two days by the enemy, and it was decided to feed them by aeroplane, canned food and bread were loaded in planes and Gunnery Sergeant Wiman flew over the besieged troops at an altitude of only one hundred feet and dropped the food where these troops could get it. This performance was repeated four times, each time under heavy fire from rifles, machine guns and artillery on the ground. Also, on 14 October 1918, while leading a raid of seven planes near Pittham, Belgium, his plane and one other became separated from their formation on account of motor trouble and were attacked by twelve enemy scouts. Gunnery Sergeant Wiman shot down one enemy plane before his motor quit entirely, and landed under fire in the Belgium front line trenches.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)


WISE, FREDERICK M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Distinguished Service Medal to Frederick M. Wise (0-1077), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for exceptionally meritorious and conspicuous service. Lieutenant Colonel Wise commanded with skill, ability and gallantry, the 59th Infantry, from 4 September 1918 to 23 January 1919. During the St. Mihiel offensive, he personally directed the attack of his regiment against Manheulles and Fresnes-en-Woevre, which resulted in the capture of the enemy's line in this area. On 28 September 1918 he directed the attack of his regiment which resulted in the capture of the Bois-de-Brieulles. From 26 September to 21 October 1918, his personal courage and aggressive attitude was an important factor in the successful operations of the 8th Infantry Brigade against the Bois-de-Brieulles, Bois-de-Fays, Bois-de-Malaumont, Bois-de-Peut, and Bois-de-Foret. He has rendered services of signal worth to the American Expeditionary Forces.
Authority: Navy Book of Distinguished Service (Stringer)
Born: at Brooklyn, New York
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland
Personal Awards: Navy Distinguished Service Medal (WWI), Army Distinguished Service Medal (WWI), 2@ Army Silver Stars (WWI)

 

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