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The Distinguished Service Cross
World War I
 To Members of the U.S. Army 

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 WADDILL, EDMUND C.
Major, U.S. Army
23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6, 7, & 25, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edmund C. Waddill, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chateau-Thierry, France, June 6, 7 and 25, and near Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. During the attack by his battalion near Chateau-Thierry Major Waddill displayed exceptional bravery by advancing in the open under intense shell and machine-gun fire, reorganizing his leading echelons and pressing the attack with the utmost disregard for personal danger. On June 25 he went among his troops during a heavy gas attack, disregarding his own danger, in order to protect his men, remaining in the sector and refusing to be evacuated until he had been so badly burned by gas that his face was black. In the Soissons-Reims attack he again displayed marked courage and leadership in personally taking the lead with his battalion and pushing forward the attack until further advance was stopped by darkness.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Richmond, VA

*WADSWORTH, LEE A.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 167th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lee A. Wadsworth, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, October 15, 1918. Sergeant Wadsworth was severely wounded in the attack on the Cote-de-Chatillon, but he refused to be evacuated and remained with his platoon under heavy fire, reorganizing it for the counterattack for which the enemy were forming. thereby setting to his men an inspiring example of utter disregard for danger and heroism in the face of the enemy.
General Orders No. No. 131, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Mulberry, AL

WAGNER, DONALD L.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
314th Ambulance Company, 304th Sanitary Train, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Donald L. Wagner, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montfaucon, France, September 29, 1918. Sergeant Wagner heard a cry for help while in a dugout haying his own wounds dressed. Although it was during particularly heavy shell fire, he immediately went outside and carried the wounded man to shelter. Later that day, when the dressing station caught fire, he made his way into the burning dressing station under heavy shell fire and secured surgical equipment necessary to save a patient's life.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Winston-Salem, NC

WAGNER, FRANCIS W.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 24, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Francis W. Wagner, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Badonviller, France, June 24, 1918. Sergeant Wagner was found badly wounded in the neck and legs, crawling back to bring up support to his position.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

WAGNER, JEROME E.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company I, 166th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jerome E. Wagner, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Seicheprey, France, September 12, 1918. When concentrated machine-gun fire was encountered, Corporal Wagner maneuvered his squad to a point near the nests, and, although severely wounded, continued to direct his men in silencing the guns.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Osgood, IN

WAGNER, TONY
Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Tony Wagner, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Jaulny, France, September 12, 1918. Private Wagner, with three other soldiers, volunteered to carry wounded men of other companies from in front of our advanced positions and carried this work on under violent machine-gun fire while a counterattack was developing.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

WAHLER, RICHARD
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 353d Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Richard Wahler, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de- Bantheville, France, October 21, 1918. After being severely wounded in the hand and face, Private Wahler continued his duties as stretcher-bearer, carrying wounded from the field during the entire afternoon and evening. For seven days thereafter he remained constantly on duty and during the entire period he worked under an almost incessant rain of shells.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Leavenworth, KS

*WAITE, GEORGE T.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George T. Waite, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Roncheres, France, July 28, 1918. Exposing himself to heavy shell fire Private Waite kept in repair the telephone wire to the front line, succeeding in his mission despite the fact that shell fire was causing repeated breaks while he was thus engaged.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Bruce, SD

WAITE, HOWARD E.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Sanitary Detachment, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Howard E. Waite, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Juvigny, France, August 31, 1918. Facing heavy enemy machine-gun fire, Private First Class Waite volunteered to go out and administer first aid to wounded soldiers lying on an open field, saving the lives of five men and alleviating the suffering of many others. After dark he continued his work until all the wounded had been removed to the rear and their wounds dressed.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Highland Park, MI

WAITE, ROBERT SHELLEY
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert Shelley Waite, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cunel Woods. France, October 11, 1918. Although shot through the arm, Lieutenant Waite, with his company, charged a machine-gun nest. His attempt being unsuccessful, he reformed his company and again attacked this time silencing the nest and capturing it.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Birmingham, GA

WALDEN, FITZGERALD
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company E, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fitzgerald Walden, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne, France, October 8, 1918. After his company commander had been killed, Sergeant Walden took command of that portion of the company near him and, reorganizing the line under heavy fire, continued the attack. He was wounded in the head shortly afterward, but he continued forward with his men and repulsed an enemy counter- attack. He refused to be evacuated until nightfall, when he was no longer able to stand.
General Orders 66, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Durant, OK

WALDO, ANTONIO G.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 310th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1 - 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Antonio G. Waldo, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Bois-des-Loges, France, November 1 - 4, 1918. Taking command of his company after all the officers had been wounded, Sergeant Waldo displayed exceptional courage and leadership in holding an advanced position throughout the night and leading his men in a successful advance the next morning. In the three following days he directed the operations of his company against enemy machine-guns and by skillful maneuvering of patrols succeeded in reducing the hostile resistance.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Canastota, NY

WALDRON, JOSEPH F.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company G, 61st Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph F. Waldron, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Bois-de-la-Grande Fontaine, France, September 16, 1918. While serving as a company mail carrier, Private Waldron repeatedly volunteered and carried important messages through machine-gun and artillery fire. Although severely wounded in the head and neck, he continued to accomplish his dangerous missions, refusing medical treatment until ordered to the rear by his company commander. His fearless conduct and devotion to duty inspired and steadied the men of his organization.
General Orders No. 9, W.D., 1923
Home Town: New Bedford, MA

*WALDROOP, WALTER
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Walter Waldroop, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, October 9, 1918. Private Waldroop, with an officer and six other soldiers, drove off a violent assault of 50 of the enemy after a terrific pistol and grenade fight, thereby holding Hill 269, which was of the utmost tactical importance. During the fighting Private Waldroop was killed.
General Orders 89, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Sylva, NC

*WALDROP, BERGEN X.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Bergen X. Waldrop, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne, France, October 8, 1918. While leading his platoon in an advance in the face of heavy machine-gun and shell fire, Sergeant Waldrop was wounded, but refused to go to the rear, continuing his advance until the objectives had been attained.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Clarendon, TX

WALES, WADE C.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 13th Machine-Gun Battalion, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Wade C. Wales, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cunel, France, October 14, 1918. Accompanying another soldier, Private Wales left shelter, and went forward 100 meters over territory swept by shells and machine-gun fire, and carried a wounded man to safety.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Weston, WV

WALKER, CAROL
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company K, 363d Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Carol Walker, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Waereghem, Belgium, October 31, 1918. Without assistance, and in the face of heavy fire, Sergeant Walker killed an enemy machine-gunner and captured his machine-gun, which had been pouring a deadly fire on our forces.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Healdsburg, CA

WALKER, EUGENE P.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 7th Engineers, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Eugene P. Walker, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, November 4, 1918. When three boats in a pontoon bridge across the Meuse River were destroyed by artillery fire, he volunteered and waded into the river under heavy shell fire and, by holding up the deck until new boats were launched and placed in position, although under great physical strain, permitted the uninterrupted crossing of the infantry.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Reidsville, NC

WALKER, FRED L.
Major, U.S. Army
30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fred L. Walker, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Marne River, France, July 15, 1918. Holding a front of more than 4 1/2 kilometers along the Marne River, Major Walker commanded a front-line battalion, which received the principal shock of the German attack on the French Army Corps front, but inflicted great losses on the enemy as the latter crossed the river. Those who succeeded in crossing were thrown into such confusion that they were unable to follow the barrage; and, through the effective leadership of this officer, no Germans remained in his sector south of the river at the end of the day's action. When one platoon had been cut off by an entire enemy battalion near the river, he sent other units to its relief and captured the entire German battalion, numbering 200 soldiers and 5 officers, including the battalion commander.
General Orders 89, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Kierkersville, OH

WALKER, HUBBARD J.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company C, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 24, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Hubbard J. Walker, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ypres, Belgium, July 24, 1918. Private First Class Walker was on duty at a detached automatic-rifle post heavily shelled by the enemy. Two soldiers were killed and three, including himself, seriously wounded. Though this was his first experience under fire, he displayed unhesitating devotion by remaining at his post while, because of his wound, he could use but one hand in handling his rifle.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Fruitland, TN

WALKER, JAMES M.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company K, 328th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James M. Walker, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Norroy, France, September 15, 1918. When his platoon had successfully reached its objective, Private First Class Walker was dispatched with a message to battalion headquarters, the journey being under intense fire for the whole distance. He not only delivered the message, but while returning assisted many other carriers by directing them to their proper destinations.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Tipton, IA

WALKER, JOSEPH
Captain, U.S. Army
76th Field Artillery, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph Walker, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Blosmes Village, France, July 15, 1918. Making his way from the forward observation post through an extremely heavy shelling, Captain Walker delivered very important information after telephone communications had been cut and after he had been severely wounded.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

*WALKER, WILLIS J.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Salvage Squadron No. 1, Quartermaster Corps, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Willis J. Walker, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in connection with military operations against an armed enemy near Bezu St. Germain, France, September 7, 1918. When fire broke out in a wood where a salvage detachment was encamped, seriously endangering the lives of 200 men because of its proximity to a pile of salvaged German high explosives 155-millimeter shells, Private First Class Walker and Sergeant Afton E. Wheeler voluntarily ran to the scene of the fire and attempted to extinguish the flames fully aware of the grave danger to themselves. They fought the fire with blankets and sticks, but the fire quickly spread to the shells. Both men were killed by the explosion which followed.
General Orders No. No. 142, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Brady, TX

*WALL, EARL W.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
132d Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Earl W. Wall, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Bois-de- Malaumont, France, October 8, 1918. As battalion scout officer Lieutenant Wall led a patrol into the wood for the purpose of securing information of enemy units, in preparation for an attack. Severe machine-gun fire was encountered and this officer was wounded, but, with two soldiers, he continued on until he was wounded the second time, securing the desired information.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

WALL, WALTER W.
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Walter W. Wall, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. After 12 hours of hard fighting, when Private Wall's platoon had gained its objective, the water taken forward in canteens had become exhausted and the men were suffering from thirst. Knowing that the chances were against anyone being able to cross the shell-swept territory for water, the platoon commander called for volunteers. Private Wall responded, and, collecting the canteens of his comrades, departed on his precarious mission. Several hours later he returned, utterly exhausted, but bearing with him the canteens filled with precious water. Other men attempting to make similar trips in the same vicinity were either killed or wounded.
General Orders No. No. 132, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Winlock, WA

WALLACE, ANTHONY M.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company E, 60th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Anthony M. Wallace, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cunel, France, October 14, 1918. After his company had been held up by terrific machine-gun fire, while advancing on Cunel, Corporal (then private) Wallace, with another soldier, went forward in the face of the annihilating fire, and, by flanking the strong-point, succeeded in capturing three prisoners and two guns.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Bridgeport, CT

WALLACE, FRED E.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company F, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 17 - 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fred E. Wallace, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Souplet, France, October 17 - 19, 1918. Private First Class Wallace volunteered and located the right flank of Company G and the left flank of Company H, 119th Regiment under heavy machine-gun fire. He was wounded while on this mission, but returned with the desired information.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Roodhouse, IL

WALLACE, HERBERT E.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
168th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 16 - 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herbert E. Wallace, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Maribois Farm, north of Beney, France, September 16 - 22, 1918. On September 16, 1918, under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, without regard to his personal safety, he led a raiding party from our lines and attacked the Germans at Maribois Farm and in severe hand-to-hand fighting inflicted severe loss upon the enemy, captured numerous prisoners, and obtained the information for which he was sent. On September 22, 1918, he voluntarily led a second raiding party into Maribois Farm, inflicted great loss upon the enemy in hand-to-hand fighting, captured many prisoners, and obtained the desired information.
General Orders No. No. 102, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Hartsville, SC

WALLACE, JOSEPH A.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 361st Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph A. Wallace, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Gesnes, France, October 3, 1918. While his company was under heavy shell fire Corporal Wallace voluntarily, unhesitatingly, and repeatedly left his shelter under heavy shell fire, without thought of personal danger, rendered first aid, and carried wounded comrades to a place of safety.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Battle Ground, WA

WALLACE, WILLIAM M.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company E, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William M. Wallace, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mazinghein, France, October 19, 1918. With another soldier, Private Wallace volunteered and rescued a wounded comrade from an exposed position in front of the line after two other men had lost their lives in attempting to do so.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Othello, NC

WALLACE, WILLIAM R.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company G, 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William R. Wallace, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Baslieux, Marne, France, September 6, 1918. Although twice wounded by enemy machine-gun bullets, Sergeant Wallace continued to lead his platoon forward through artillery and machine-gun fire. In the hand-to-hand conflict which followed, eleven of the enemy were killed or wounded. His devotion to duty was an excellent example to his command.
General Orders No. No. 35, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Delaware Water Gap, PA

WALLENMAIER, HERMAN
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herman Wallenmaier, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Argonne Forest, France, October 9, 1918. Although suffering painfully from wounds, Private Wallenmaier remained with his company during the entire action, and then was evacuated only when ordered to leave by his commanding officers, being unable to proceed farther because of the loss of blood.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Valley Town, MT

WALLER, LUTHER HILL
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
328th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Luther Hill Waller, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action north of Vandieres, France, September 15, 1918. After his platoon had suffered severe losses by machine-gun and artillery fire during t he advance, Lieutenant Waller reorganized it and led it in the attack through heavy fire to its objective. He then exposed himself to heavy artillery fire in order to bring back wounded men who lay in advance of the line, having gone out on a reconnaissance to locate flanking machine-gun positions. He made four trips across the fire-swept area to assist the wounded men to shelter.
General Orders No. No. 53, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Montgomery, AL

WALLERIUS, JAMES J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 8th Machine-Gun Battalion, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James J. Wallerius, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montfaucon, France, October 8, 1918. When an enemy shell struck a dug-out, burying two soldiers, Sergeant Wallerius, in plain view of the enemy, directed the work of getting the men out under heavy shell and direct machine-gun fire, displaying the utmost fearlessness. This soldier was in command of his platoon for 11 days of action, leading his men with marked ability and conspicuous bravery.
General Orders 89, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Utica, NY

*WALLS, OKLA M.
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 101st Field Signal Battalion, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Okla M. Walls, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Marcheville, France, September 26, 1918. Preparatory to establishing telephone communication from the leading elements to the rear, Private Walls voluntarily reconnoitered an area swept by heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, locating forward positions in which wires could be strung.
General Orders No. No. 139, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Ringwood, OK

WALSH, CHARLES H.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company I, 107th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles H. Walsh, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bony, France, September 29, 1918. As a member of a Lewis gun squad, Private Walsh continued to advance with his section although severely wounded by enemy fire. Upon reaching the enemy trenches an intense enemy machine-gun fire killed or wounded every man of his squad. Although Private Walsh was again severely wounded, he continued to operate his Lewis gun until he collapsed and was carried from the field.
General Orders No. No. 15, W.D., 1923
Home Town: New York, NY

WALSH, FRANK
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company C, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank Walsh, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mont St. Pere, France, July 22, 1918. After being severely wounded Private Walsh continued to operate his automatic rifle throughout the night.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Benkelman, NE

WALSH, HERBERT E.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 106th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27 - 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herbert E. Walsh, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 27 - 29, 1918. On September 27 Sergeant Walsh assumed command of his company after other officers and noncommissioned officers had been killed or wounded and led it forward through heavy fire to its objective. He then organized his position for defense. He later made a personal reconnaissance in advance of our lines and returned with valuable information. The courageous conduct of this noncommissioned officer was an important factor in the success of the operations of the company.
General Orders No. 60, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

WALSH, JAMES
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 102d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James Walsh, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Marcheville, France, September 26, 1918. Sergeant Walsh displayed remarkable coolness, courage and devotion to duty under terrific shell and machine-gun fire. When surrounded by the enemy, he organized men near him, collected the wounded and brought them to safety. He was himself wounded but remained in action until his company was relieved several hours later.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hartford, CT

WALSH, JAMES G.
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 101st Engineers, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 16 - 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James G. Walsh, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Belleau Wood, France, July 16 - 18, 1918. While out on a working party and fired on by the enemy, Private Walsh cared for the wounded. Two days later, when his platoon was ordered to attack he was the first man over the top. A machine-gun nest delivering a violent enfilading fire from the opposite side of a railroad cut Private Walsh ran across the track alone to put it out of action and fell wounded before the gun.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Boston, MA

*WALSH, JOHN A.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company F, 302d Engineers, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 13, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John A. Walsh, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chevieres, France, October 13, 1918. Accompanied by a sergeant, Lieutenant Walsh went in advance of our lines to reconnoiter from locations for crossing the River Aire. After being constantly exposed to heavy shell fire, they reached the bank of the river, where Lieutenant Walsh pushed farther on and was killed by machine-gun and sniper fire.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

WALSH, JOHN R.
Private, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 23, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John R. Walsh, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Belleau Bois, France, October 23, 1918. Private Walsh with another soldier advanced carrying their machine gun to an enemy pill box and outflanked the enemy. For two days and nights without food or water, he remained in the pill box under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire and rendered invaluable assistance to the Infantry.
General Orders No. No. 59, W.D., 1921
Home Town: Woburn, MA

*WALSH, MICHAEL J.
Captain, U.S. Army
165th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Michael J. Walsh, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Meuse River, France, October 14, 1918. After being wounded in the arm by an enemy sniper, Captain Walsh refused to go to the rear, but continued with his company, encouraging his men by his coolness and courage. He was killed soon afterwards in dislodging a sniper, who had been inflicting many casualties among his men.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

WALSH, PATRICK
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: March 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Patrick Walsh, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Seicheprey, Ansauville sector, France, March 1, 1918. Sergeant Walsh voluntarily followed his company commander to the first line through a severe barrage, and when the captain was killed he assumed command of a group on his own initiative, attacked a superior force of the enemy and inflicted heavy losses upon them.
General Orders No. No. 126, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Detroit, MI

WALSH, PRESTON F.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
372d Infantry Regiment, 93d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27 - October 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Preston F. Walsh, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Monthois, France, September 27 to October 7, 1918. As regimental intelligence officer, First Lieutenant Walsh went each day during the attack on Monthois to reconnoiter and secure direct information. On September 29 he penetrated the enemy lines east of Ardeuil, discovered the location of a machine-gun nest which was holding up the advance, and was most daring in accomplishing his mission. Though he was wounded by a machine-gun bullet, he remained on duty.
General Orders No. 13, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

WALSH, RICHARD J.
First Lieutenant (Dental Corps), U.S. Army
303d Engineers (Attached), 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Richard J. Walsh, First Lieutenant (Dental Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Marg, France, October 18, 1918. Voluntarily acting as battalion medical officer, Lieutenant Walsh, although severely gassed, administered first aid to injured men under heavy shell fire, He worked constantly until all the wounded were removed to places of safety.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

WALSH, THOMAS F.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company M, 326th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas F. Walsh, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Juvin, France, October 16, 1918. Advancing under heavy artillery and incessant machine- gun fire for a distance of 200 yards, Corporal Walsh rescued a wounded comrade and brought him safely back to our lines.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

WALSH, THOMAS J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 17, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas J. Walsh, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Bray sur Somme, France, August 17, 1918. Sergeant Walsh volunteered to lead a daylight raid on enemy trenches, and was successful in reaching the objective, capturing machine-gun positions and prisoners. Although he was seriously wounded, he carried a wounded comrade to safety through heavy shell fire and immediately returned to direct further attacks on enemy positions, refusing first aid, until he was ordered back by his commanding officer.
General Orders 70, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

WALSH, WILLIAM J.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William J. Walsh, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montfaucon, France, September 27, 1918. While leading a scouting patrol 300 meters in advance of his company, Corporal Walsh was fired upon from enemy machine- gun points. Several of his patrol were wounded, but after carrying one man to shelter and assisting the others he continued under heavy fire, locating six machine-gun nests and shooting the entire crew of one of them.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Lackawanna, NY

WALSHE, ROBERT J.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company A, 110th Machine-Gun Battalion, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 23, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert J. Walshe, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mallesville Farm, France, October 23, 1918. Corporal Walshe remained with a wounded comrade, and gave him all possible aid under a severe bombardment of high explosive and gas shells. He later secured assistance and carried the wounded soldier to a first aid station.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Baltimore, MD

WALSTON, RAY E.
Bugler, U.S. Army
Company M, 361st Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29 - October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ray E. Walston, Bugler, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Gesnes, France, September 29 to October 3, 1918. Without any thought of personal danger, Bugler Walston repeatedly carried messages over ground swept by shell and machine-gun fire, delivering his messages with the utmost promptness.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Colville, WA

WALTER, HIRAM F.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company E, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Hiram F. Walter, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne, France, October 8, 1918. Corporal Walter volunteered to lead a patrol for the purpose of locating and silencing an enemy machine-gun nest which was holding up the advance. Before reaching the nest all his men had been killed or wounded, but Corporal Walter continued on alone to within a short distance of the nest, ascertained its position, and reported its location so accurately that it was soon silenced.
General Orders 66, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Okmulgee, OK

WALTER, JOHN
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company K, 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Walter, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, October 10, 1918. During an advance on Rechene Hill, Private Walter, after being shot twice in the abdomen, captured a machine-gun by killing three of the enemy.
General Orders No. 2, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Germantown, MD

WALTERS, ARTHUR L.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 2d Ammunition Train, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur L. Walters, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Beaumont, France, November 9, 1918. Sergeant Walters was in charge of a convoy of ammunition trucks which was halted in the town. An enemy shell struck the train and set one of the trucks on fire. Although knocked down by the explosion, Sergeant Walters quickly recovered himself and moved his convoy to safety, after which he returned and, jumping to the wheel of the blazing truck, drove to a place where it no longer endangered the lives of others, and extinguished the fire, saving both trucks and ammunition.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Wadena, IA

*WALTERS, JOHN B. F.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company F, 167th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: May 3 - 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John B. F. Walters, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the vicinity of Ancerviller, France, on the night of May 3 - 4, 1918. While a member of a patrol in "No Man's Land," Private First Class Walters displayed great self-sacrifice in refusing aid and continuing to do his duty after being mortally wounded.
General Orders No. No. 100, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Gadsden, AL

WALTMAN, EMMETT W.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company F, 4th Engineers, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Emmett W. Waltman, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action west of Fismes, France, August 5, 1918. Corporal Waltman was a member of a small detachment of engineers which went out in advance of the front line of the infantry through an enemy barrage from 77-mm. and one-pounder guns to construct a footbridge over the River Vesle. As soon as their operations were discovered machine-gun fire was opened up on them, but, undaunted, the party continued at work, removing the German wire entanglements and completing a bridge which was of great value in subsequent operations.
General Orders No. No. 145, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Kellogg, ID

WALTON, ALONZO
Private, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 370th Infantry Regiment, 93d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 7 - 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alonzo Walton, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Rue Lamcher and Point D'Amy, France, November 7 - 9, 1918. When his company had been separated from their food supply for two days, Private Walton twice volunteered, taking a machine-gun cart, and under heavy fire located the kitchen and brought back much-needed food.
General Orders 64, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Bloomington, IL

WALTON, CHARLES WAYNE
Private, U.S. Army
Section No. 635, Ambulance Service, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles Wayne Walton, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Woel, France, October 6, 1918. Private Walton proceeded to a point within 15 meters of the German line to rescue the surviving member of a small French patrol. He placed the man in his car and was proceeding under fire when his car became disabled. He removed the wounded man under a severe fire to a place of safety. On the same day. in order to quickly evacuate two severely wounded men whose only chance of recovery lay in being promptly removed to a hospital, he went fearlessly through barrage on the only road over which he could travel, bringing the wounded men to a hospital alive.
General Orders No. No. 127, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Woodbury, NJ

WALTON, EDWARD A.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
369th Infantry Regiment, 93d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward A. Walton, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ripont, Marne, France, September 16, 1918. While acting as adjutant of the 3d Battalion of his regiment Lieutenant Walton accompanied the battalion commander on a personal reconnaissance, advancing 100 meters in advance of the assaulting lines, where they were met by heavy enemy machine-gun fire. The battalion commander received six severe leg wounds; he was carried and dragged under intense fire to a place of comparative shelter by Lieutenant Walton, who assisted a member of the Medical Corps to apply first aid. While so engaged he himself was wounded. The splendid example of courage and devotion to duty greatly encouraged and inspired the men of the regiment.
General Orders No. No. 14, W.D., 1923
Home Town: New York, NY

WALTON, ELMER A.
Mechanic, U.S. Army
Company H, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Elmer A. Walton, Mechanic, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mezy, France, July 8, 1918. Mechanic Walton volunteered and carried a message over territory generally thought impassable during daylight. He accomplished his mission in spite of having been wounded and nearly buried by a shell explosion.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Martins Ferry, OH

WALTON, ROBERT, JR.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
328th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9 - 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert Walton, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Cornay, France, October 9 - 10, 1918. After fighting for six hours, First Lieutenant Walton volunteered to lead 16 men in a night patrol of the town of Cornay, which was held by many enemy machine-gun posts. The party worked at clearing the town of the enemy from 11 o'clock at night until next morning, capturing 65 prisoners and two machine-guns. With three soldiers, he entered an enemy dugout and captured 23 prisoners.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Augusta, GA

WARD, FRANK B.
Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank B. Ward, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Meuse River, France, November 6, 1918. When the patrol of which he was a member had sustained severe casualties, he took command, extricated the patrol from ambush, and exposing himself to intense enemy fire, made three trips back and forward to recover the dead and wounded.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hardy, OK

WARD, FRANK G.
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 1st Engineers, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: May 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank G. Ward, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Cantigny, France, May 28, 1918. Even though his normal duties were as orderly for two officers, Private Ward volunteered for action, successfully went into "No Man's Land" and killed a sniper who was inflicting losses on his detachment, carried messages through machine-gun and artillery fire, and, although twice buried in shell craters, he displayed heroic bravery, coolness, and fearless devotion throughout.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Washington, DC

*WARD, GALBRAITH
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Galbraith Ward, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mont-Notre-Dame, France, September 10, 1918. Voluntarily accompanying an officer and enlisted man of his battalion in a search of the Bois-de-Chandriere for the survivors of a battalion which had been relieved from its position in the line, Sergeant War crossed an open field under terrific enemy fire a distance of 600 yards under constant observation of the enemy, sought and found several survivors, and led them back to his own lines. Sergeant Ward was severely wounded in the performance of this hazardous duty and died of pneumonia shortly thereafter.
General Orders No. No. 16, W.D., 1923
Home Town: New York, NY

WARD, GEORGE B.
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George B. Ward, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt, France, September 29, 1918. When his company was halted by enemy machine-gun fire, Private Ward rushed the hostile position and killed one gunner with his bayonet. Later in the engagement he came upon 20 of the enemy in a trench. He bayoneted three of these and took the others prisoners. Private Ward was severely wounded in this action.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Fayetteville, NC

WARD, GEORGE BLAIN
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 118th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Blain Ward, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Brancourt, France, October 8, 1918. Taking command of the company after all officers had become casualties, Sergeant Ward reorganized it, and led it under hostile shelling and withering machine-gun fire, to its objective. He remained in command until painfully wounded on the following day.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Easley, SC

WARD, HARRY M.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company A, 354th Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry M. Ward, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Barricourt, France, November 1, 1918. After his company had reached its objective and was being subjected to severe fire from an enemy machine-gun nest, Corporal Ward led his combat group of three men. and under heavy fire, charged the enemy position, capturing three guns and 13 prisoners.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Gregory Landing, MO

WARD, HERBERT
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herbert Ward, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Berzy-le-Sec, France, July 19, 1918. After his platoon leader had been wounded, Sergeant Ward reorganized the platoon under heavy fire and led it to its objective. He then led forward a patrol to locate the enemy positions, during which reconnaissance he was wounded by a machine-gun bullet. The ball lodged above the right eye. After receiving first aid he returned to the unit for duty. During a subsequent attack in the Argonne he was again wounded.
General Orders No. No. 39, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Paintsville, KY

WARD, JOHN C.
First Lieutenant (Chaplain), U.S. Army
108th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John C. Ward, First Lieutenant (Chaplain), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action east of Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. During the operations against the Hindenburg line Chaplain Ward voluntarily and at great risk to himself went forward under heavy shell and machine-gun fire to care for the wounded and to search for the dead. Twice he was ordered off the field of battle by officers, being told each time that it was sure death to remain. During the entire time his regiment was engaged he remained on the field under fire, displaying a fine example of bravery and courage which was an inspiration to all.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Buffalo, NY

WARD, JOHN M.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John M. Ward, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Falbas, France, November 10, 1918. Under heavy machine-gun and artillery fire, Private Ward waded through a swamp, administered first aid to a wounded soldier, and then carried the latter to safety.
General Orders 89, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hoboken, NJ

WARD, MAHLON C.
Private, U.S. Army
Company F, 108th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Mahlon C. Ward, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 28, 1918. During the operations against the enemy lines east of Ronssoy Private Ward went out under heavy shell and machine-gun fire and succeeded in bandaging and bringing back to our line wounded soldiers.
General Orders No. No. 139, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Medina, NY

WARD, THOMAS F., JR.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
106th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas F. Ward, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bony, France, September 27, 1918. Severely wounded by enemy fire, Lieutenant Ward learned that an officer of his company, Lieutenant Boullee, was seriously wounded and lying in a shell hole some distance away. Dragging himself to the side of Lieutenant Boullee, he laboriously rendered first aid to the latter, who could not be moved on account of his wounded condition. Refusing to be evacuated to hospital, Lieutenant Ward chose to remain with his brother officer. The enemy having recaptured the territory in which the wounded officers were lying, the American officers remained concealed in their place of comparative shelter for 48 hours, when the enemy was repulsed and the ground regained, when the wounded men were sent to the rear.
General Orders No. No. 14, W.D., 1923
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

*WARD, WILLIAM H., JR.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 108th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William H. Ward, Jr., First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. Although severely wounded, Sergeant Ward assumed command of his company, after the company commander had become a casualty, displaying great gallantry and bravery in leading them into action. While endeavoring to locate enemy machine-gun nests, he was killed.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Auburn, NY

WARE, JAMES V.
Captain, U.S. Army
28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James V. Ware, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Exermont, France, October 5, 1918. His company having been repulsed in an attack on a strongly organized position, Captain Ware reformed his company and personally led the 63 remaining members of his company in a second attack and in the taking of the enemy position for defense against enemy assault.
General Orders No. No. 27, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Norfolk, VA

WARFIELD, ARTHUR H.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur H. Warfield, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Sergy, France, August 1, 1918, Sergeant Warfield displayed exceptional courage and loyalty by remaining in active command of his section after being wounded twice.
General Orders No. No. 145, W.D., 1918
Home Town: West Brookfield, MA

WARFIELD, WILLIAM J.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company L, 370th Infantry Regiment, 93d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William J. Warfield, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ferme-de-la-Riviere, France, September 28, 1918. Although separated with his platoon from the company, First Lieutenant Warfield continued to lead a stubborn resistance against enemy machine-gun nests, successfully capturing a gun and killing the crew. After having been severely wounded, he still continued in command, refusing relief until his objective was reached.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

WARMAN, JOHN W.
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 135th Machine-Gun Battalion, 37th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 2, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John W. Warman, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Eyne, Belgium, November 2, 1918. In the face of intense machine-gun fire Private Warman voluntarily swam the Scheldt River to obtain information regarding the enemy. His successful return with the desired information enabled his company commander to so place his guns that they could be fired with great advantage.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Youngstown, OH

WARNER, LEO V.
Captain, U.S. Army
8th Machine-Gun Battalion, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Leo V. Warner, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cunel, France, October 14, 1918. Captain Warner, accompanied by a runner, deliberately crossed an open space in order to draw enemy fire and thereby locate hostile positions, securing information which enabled him to maneuver his men into position with a minimum of casualties. He repeatedly visited all parts of his company's position under fire, and in so doing was wounded.
General Orders 89, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Loda, IL

WARREN, CHARLES F.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5,1 918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles F. Warren, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Exermont, France, October 5, 1918. Lieutenant Warren led his platoon forward through artillery and machine-gun fire to rescue six men who had been cut off from our lines by the enemy. While crossing an open space his platoon was fired upon by enemy machine guns. Lieutenant Warren advanced ahead of his platoon, calling to his men "Follow me," until he fell wounded by a machine-gun bullet.
General Orders No. No. 39, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Hewitt, TX

WARREN, EDWARD R.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
315th Engineers, 90th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward R. Warren, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fey-en- Haye, France, September 12, 1918. First Lieutenant Warren was in command of a platoon of engineers and went over the top with the second wave of infantry. When the first wave was halted by severe machine-gun and shell fire early in action and all its officers killed or disabled, he led his men up to the first wave, reorganized the remaining effectives and led them across a valley and up a hill through severe flanking fire from German machine-guns. He was knocked down by the explosion of a shell, but, undaunted by murderous fire from the front and both flanks, he continued to lead his men on toward their objectives until he was shot down by a machine gun.
General Orders No. No. 128, W.D., 1918
Home Town: El Paso, TX

*WARREN, ROBERT F.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company E, 60th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert F. Warren, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Clery-le-Petit, France, November 4, 1918. Corporal Warren voluntarily left a place of comparative safety and went over open and bullet-swept ground to the assistance of a comrade who had been wounded in the advance. While administering first aid he was a continual prey for enemy snipers, but he bravely continued with his mission until killed.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Syracuse, NY

WARREN, RUFUS
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 360th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Rufus Warren, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bantheville, France, November 1, 1918. Although wounded in the leg and hand, Private Warren insisted on advancing with his unit. In addition to his equipment, he carried a trench mortar barrel, the extra weight proving a severe strain on account of his wounds. After receiving two more wounds from shrapnel, he crawled alone to the dressing station, refusing proffered help.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Ratcliff, TX

WARTHEN, BRUCE
Mechanician, U.S. Army
Battery E, 76th Field Artillery, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Bruce Warthen, Mechanician, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Nervins Ferme, France, July 15, 1918. During a severe gas shelling, Mechanician Warthen aided a wounded comrade in adjusting his mask before he had placed his own, resulting in his being seriously gassed.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1919
Home Town: St. Paul, MN

WASCHER, HAROLD A.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
122d Field Artillery, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harold A. Wascher, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Nouart, France, November 5, 1918. While commanding an observation party Second Lieutenant Wascher established a post well in advance of the infantry, and despite the severe fire to which be was subjected, he set up and maintained telephone communications. While thus engaged he was severely wounded by machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: St. Cloud, MN

WASHA, JAMES J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James J. Washa, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chipilly Ridge, France, August 9, 1918. Exposing himself to heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, Sergeant Washa single-handed silenced two enemy machine-gun nests, which had been holding up his platoon On his own initiative he advanced against the first of the enemy posts and killed its crew. He then attacked the second position and took the enemy crew prisoner.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

WASILEWSKI, JOSEPH
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 114th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph Wasilewski, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action north of Verdun, France, October 12, 1918. Throughout the entire day Private Wasilewski passed from the rear to the front line, carrying food, water, and supplies to the front. During his return trips he assisted the wounded and once carried a comrade on his back. On every journey he was compelled to pass through terrific shell fire.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Passaic, NJ

WASKIEWIC, JOSEPH
Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 11th Machine-Gun Battalion, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9 - 13, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph Waskiewic, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-Briuelles, France, October 9 - 13, 1918. As a runner between company and battalion headquarters Private Waskiewic crossed heavily shelled areas to deliver important messages. Wounded when crossing an open space, subjected to artillery and machine-gun fire, he refused to be evacuated, but continued the performance of his duties.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New Bedford, MA

WATERHOUSE, JOHN R.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company H, 132d Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John R. Waterhouse, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-Chaume, France, October 8, 1918. Showing utter disregard for personal danger, Private First Class Waterhouse advanced under heavy fire 200 yards farther into the woods than the rest of his platoon, captured 26 prisoners, and brought them back to our lines.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

*WATERS, FLOYD E.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Floyd E. Waters, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Villemontry, France, November 10, 1918. After participating in the action throughout the day, and, after seeing that his men had shelter for the night, Corporal Waters voluntarily exposed himself to care for the wounded who were lying out in the open.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Susquehanna, PA

WATERS, JAMES L.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company C, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James L. Waters, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Gressaire Woods, France, August 9, 1918. Showing utter disregard for personal danger, Corporal Waters advanced alone in the face of heavy fire for 100 yards in advance of our lines to attack a machine-gun emplacement, the fire from which was causing heavy casualties. He killed the two men at the enemy gun, permitting a renewal of the advance of his company.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Antioch, IL

WATERS, TALIESIN
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
107th Field Artillery, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Taliesin Waters, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Baslieux, France, September 6, 1918. Lieutenant Waters voluntarily went to the assistance of a large number of wounded soldiers, who were in an exposed position awaiting aid, and continued for several hours to dress their wounds throughout a severe bombardment of gas and high-explosive shells, while hostile airplanes flew low and swept with machine-gun fire the line of litters bearing the wounded. After administering aid to 36 wounded men, Lieutenant Waters helped carry them to a place of safety.
General Orders 7, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Nanticoke, VA

*WATKINS, EUGENE G.
Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 315th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Eugene G. Watkins, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, November 1, 1918. While acting as runner between battalion and regimental headquarters, Private Watkins received severe wounds, but continued on with his mission to his destination, which was reached just before he died. After being wounded, he covered a distance of approximately 300 meters to deliver his message.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Bristol, PA

WATKINS, FERRE C.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company E, 356th Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ferre C. Watkins, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Pouilly, France, November 4, 1918. Lieutenant Watkins, after having voluntarily performed similar missions of night patrol on the three preceding nights, displayed exceptional courage and initiative when he again voluntarily led a patrol whose mission it was to penetrate the enemy lines, force its way to the Meuse River and report upon the condition of the bridge at Pouilly, France. While penetrating the line of the enemy outposts, they were subjected to heavy enemy fire, at which time nearly half of the patrol was killed or wounded. Lieutenant Watkins, before returning to his post, recovered all of the wounded and obtained information vital to the plans of the division.
Decorations U.S. Army, Supplement II, 1939
Home Town: Bloomington, IL

WATKINS, GEORGE
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 135th Machine-Gun Battalion, 37th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27 - 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Watkins, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cierges, France, September 27 - 28, 1918. After being thrice wounded Sergeant Watkins continued to lead his section in action against the enemy under severe machine-gun and direct artillery fire. Though he had been ordered to the rear by his platoon commander, he returned to his section as soon as his wounds had been dressed.
General Orders 89, W.D., 1919
Home Town: East Liverpool, OH

*WATKINS, GEORGE F.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
165th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 23, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George F. Watkins, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the storming of the heights north of the River Ourcq, near Villers-sur-Fere, France, July 23, 1918. Second Lieutenant Watkins was an example of courage and soldierly fortitude. He was continually with the foremost elements of his platoon in the most dangerous areas it had to occupy, both during the advance and during the maintenance of the position gained. His platoon was almost annihilated and he himself was killed.
General Orders No. No. 132, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Springfield, MA

WATKINS, HOMER
Major, U.S. Army
326th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11 - 17, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Homer Watkins, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Juvin, France, October 11 - 17, 1918. On the night of October 11, Major Watkins led his battalion under heavy shell fire and forded the Aire River, taking up an important position protecting the flank. On October 14 and 15 he advanced against strongly held enemy positions, penetrating and capturing numerous prisoners and machine-guns. He was wounded on both days, but he continued on duty until October 17, suffering intense pain, until he was ordered to the rear. His fortitude and bravery furnished an inspiring example to his men.
General Orders 89, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Atlanta, GA

WATKINS, LEWIS
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 350th Machine-Gun Battalion, 92d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lewis Watkins, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Eply, France, November 4, 1918. Private First Class Watkins accompanied an infantry patrol, acting as gunner with a heavy machine-gun. When a large party of the enemy had worked around the flank of the patrol and was advancing across a road along which the patrol was withdrawing he went into action with his gun at a range of less than 100 yards, although the order to withdraw had been given. Displaying exceptional coolness and bravery under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire, he succeeded in dispersing the enemy. He was the last of the patrol to retire.
General Orders No. No. 139, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Ullin, IL

WATRES, LAURENCE H.
Captain, U.S. Army
108th Machine-Gun Battalion, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Laurence H. Watres, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Baslieux, France, September 5, 1918. Under heavy enemy machine-gun fire, Captain Watres took command of Company D, 109th Infantry, which was without officers and was greatly disorganized in a position to his rear. He led the company, together with some of his own men to the attack, killing a number of the enemy, taking others prisoners, and capturing several machine gun nests.
General Orders No. 130, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Scranton, PA

WATSON, RAY E.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ray E. Watson, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Nantillois, France, October 5, 1918. Although severely wounded, Lieutenant Watson continued to lead his platoon of the machine-gun company with great coolness and disregard of personal danger. When the attacking infantry dropped back in the face of heavy machine-gun fire, he held his position in front of them until they returned to the attack.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Joplin, MO

WATTS, KENNETH
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 360th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 2, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Kenneth Watts, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Andevanne, France, November 2, 1918. Sent with another runner from battalion headquarters to deliver a message to a front line company, Private Watts made his way through the enemy fire and when his comrade was wounded, delivered the message, then he rescued his wounded companion, carrying him under heavy fire to a dressing station. He then returned to duty.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Barnes City, LA

*WEATHERMAN, HUGH
Private, U.S. Army
Battery C, 5th Field Artillery, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: March 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Hugh Weatherman, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Mandres, France, March 1, 1918. During a heavy enemy bombardment of gas and high explosive shells, Private Weatherman left shelter for the purpose of putting gas masks on his horses; and, while so doing, was mortally wounded by a shell fragment. Realizing the character of his wound, he refused medical attention, urging the medical corps men to assist other wounded men who could be saved.
General Orders 74, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Beaman, IA

WEAVER, CHARLES H.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company C, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles H. Weaver, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 19, 1918. When severely wounded Second Lieutenant Weaver refused to leave his command, but led it forward under heavy fire until its objective was reached.
General Orders No. No. 132, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Sebring, OH

WEAVER, JESSE FRANK
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jesse Frank Weaver, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Geneve, France, October 8, 1918. At the starting of the attack Private Weaver was painfully wounded by machine-gun fire. Disregarding his wound, he continued on, and when the company was held up by the extreme fire he voluntarily flanked the enemy position and enabled his comrades to capture the gun. He was evacuated when the objective was reached.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Finger, TN

WEAVER, ROSS E.
First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
102d Infantry (Attached), 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ross E. Weaver, First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Marcheville, September 26, 1918. Lieutenant Weaver showed complete disregard of personal safety by remaining with the foremost elements and administering aid to the wounded throughout the day under constant artillery bombardment and direct machine-gun and rifle fire from the enemy.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Concordia, KS

WEAVER, WILLIAM D.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15 - 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William D. Weaver, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Jaulgonne, France, July 15 - 21 and 24 - 27, 1918. From July 15 to 21 Private Weaver worked continuously among the wounded of his regiment, never hesitating for the heaviest fire. He volunteered and remained with the unit which relieved his regiment and continued his work with the new unit from July 24 to 27.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Charleston, WV

WEAVER, WILLIAM G.
Major, U.S. Army
8th Machine-Gun Battalion, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William G. Weaver, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cierges, France, October 4, 1918. The assault battalion, 7th Infantry, having been halted by heavy machine-gun and artillery fire, Major Weaver personally placed four machine guns and the 1-pounder in position and directed their fire in close cooperation with the Infantry. In performing this act Major Weaver was forced to cross three times an area exposed to heavy machine-gun fire, in which no less than 50 men had been previously killed or wounded. His heroic efforts enabled the Infantry to advance and insured the success of this operation.
General Orders No. No. 35, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Louisville, KY

WEAVERLING, HAROLD
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company E, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18 - 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harold Weaverling, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action south of Soissons, France, July 18 - 21, 1918. On July 18 Sergeant Weaverling assumed command of his company after all officers had been killed or wounded and led it to the day's objective and consolidated the position taken. On July 19 he was wounded and rendered unconscious. After regaining consciousness at the aid station he returned to his company and again assumed command of it and later of the 2d battalion in the final operations near Berzy-le-Sec. The success of his organization was in a measure due to the devotion to duty and brilliant leadership of this noncommissioned officer.
General Orders No. No. 39, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Kearney, PA

*WEBB, HARRY L.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8 - 25, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry L. Webb, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, October 8 - 25, 1918. In several advances during this period Lieutenant Webb led his men, regardless of personal danger, capturing a number of machine guns and prisoners. On October 11 he was wounded, but refused to go to the rear. During the advance on October 24 in the Bois-de-Grande Montague, the right combat group of his platoon being disorganized by artillery fire and several men killed and wounded, he displayed exceptional gallantry in reorganizing the remainder of his platoon and in reestablishing liaison with the units on his right, thus relieving a dangerous situation. He was killed on October 25 while leading an attack on a machine-gun nest.
General Orders No. 2, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Bel Air, MD

WEBB, JOHN R.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
301st Battalion, Tank Corps, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John R. Webb, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt, France, September 29, 1918, while his crew was engaged in digging out the tank, which had become ditched in a shell hole, in front of the main Hindenburg line, an enemy machine-gun opened fire on them at a distance of 30 yards. Being unable to use his guns on account of his position, Lieutenant Webb crawled forward to the machine- gun and killed the enemy gunners with his pistol. His act enabled the men to free the tank, which subsequently aided the advancing infantry.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Tulsa, OK

WEBB, MILTON C.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 124th Field Artillery, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Milton C. Webb, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Romagne, France, November 1, 1918. Wounded while administering aid to other men during shell fire, Private Webb remained on duty in disregard of his own injury.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: East St. Louis, IL

WEBBER, GEORGE B.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 132d Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George B. Webber, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Breuilles, France, October 8, 1918. When it appeared evident that his forces would give way under the pressure of the unusual enemy fire, Sergeant Webber jumped forward, and taking command of a machine-gun crew, led them into the front line, where he remained for two days. He refused evacuation while suffering from a severe gassing, until he finally collapsed under the strain.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

WEBER, BENJAMIN S.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Benjamin S. Weber, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Fond-de-Vas, France, September 14, 1918. Although severely wounded, Sergeant Weber continued to lead his platoon in an attack on enemy machine-gun nests, through a sweeping artillery and machine-gun fire, until he fell, completely exhausted.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

WEBER, JOHN F.
First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
311th Infantry (Attached), 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29 & October 15 & 25, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John F. Weber, First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vieville-en-Haye, France, September 29, 1918, Chevieres, France, October 15, 1918, and Grand Pre, France, October 25, 1918. On September 29 and the following days, Lieutenant Weber remained at his aid station under shell and machine-gun fire, giving medical aid and directing the evacuation of the wounded. On October 15 he established an unprotected aid station and though slightly gassed he continued to give first aid to the wounded and direct their evacuation. On October 25, Lieutenant Weber left his battalion in support and continued to the town of Grand-Pre, where he established an aid station, keeping on with his work through heavy bombardment of the town.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: South Amboy, NJ

WEBER, NICKLOUS
Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 325th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Nicklous Weber, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Juvin, France, October 16, 1918. After three stretcher bearers had been shot down while trying to bring in a wounded soldier, Private Weber advanced in the face of the terrific machine-gun and artillery fire and rescued the wounded man. He then returned to the field and successfully brought the three stretcher bearers to our lines.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Waterloo, IA

*WEBSTER, HARRISON B.
Major (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
47th Infantry (attached), 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26 - October 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harrison B. Webster, Major (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-Bruilles, France, September 26 to October 12, 1918. After seeing that his personnel was functioning properly, Major Webster went fearlessly to positions in the front lines. When stretcher bearers were unable to handle the large number of casualties, he personally took a light German wagon to the front lines and gathered the wounded. His personal bravery was inspiration to his men throughout his service. He was killed by shell fire on October 12, 1918.
General Orders 74, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Castine, ME

WEBSTER, TILLMAN
Private, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 371st Infantry Regiment, 93d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Tillman Webster, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ardeuil, France, September 29, 1918. With three soldiers, Private Webster crawled 200 yards ahead of our line under violent machine-gun fire and rescued an officer who was lying mortally wounded in a shell hole.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Alexandria, LA

*WEBSTER, WILLARD M.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
106th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Willard M. Webster, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. Lieutenant Webster received a painful wound in the face shortly after leading his company to the attack, but he refused to be evacuated until he suffered additional wounds, which eventually caused his death.
General Orders 70, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

WEED, EARL H.
First Lieutenant (Chaplain), U.S. Army
16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19 - 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Earl H. Weed, First Lieutenant (Chaplain), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 19 - 22, 1918. Chaplain Weed displayed exceptional bravery in passing through open fields under heavy fire to the front lines to render first aid and to cheer the wounded.
General Orders No. No. 125, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Berkeley, CA

WEED, NEWELL P.
Captain, U.S. Army
Tank Corps, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Newell P. Weed, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Foret de Argonne, France, September 26, 1918. During the operations on the edge of Foret de Argonne, Captain Weed advanced alone some 300 yards ahead of the tanks and infantry through heavy machine-gun fire in order to reconnoiter a passage for his command. Examining German trenches he was surprised by German infantrymen, and was being conducted to the rear when he heard one of his tanks. In spite of the fact that he was unarmed, and the Germans threatened his life if he moved, he signaled the tank and made his escape.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Montclair, NJ

WEEKS, MODY A.
Private, U.S. Army
Company F, 7th Engineers, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Mody A. Weeks, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Brieulles, France, November 3, 1918. Private Weeks showed extraordinary daring and nerve in helping place cables across the River Meuse for a pontoon bridge and later in placing cables across the Eat Canal for the same purpose. The position was under direct observation of German machine-gunners and snipers.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Crews Depot, AL

*WEEKS, YAUMAN Z.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company F, 118th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 30 & October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Yauman Z. Weeks, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt, France, September 30, 1918, and October 8, 1918. Corporal Weeks on the morning of September 30, when two enemy machine-guns were making a part of the line untenable, advanced across open ground upon one of the guns, rushed the position alone, captured the gun and five of the enemy, and shot down the sixth, who endeavored to escape. By this gallant act he prevented the enemy from enfilading our position and thereby saved the lives of many of his comrades. In a later advance, while leading his men in an attack upon an enemy machine-gun nest, he was killed.
General Orders No. No. 133, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Colleton, SC

WEEMS, GEORGE H.
Captain, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George H. Weems, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Vaux, France, July 1 - 2, 1918. In command of Machine-Gun Company, 9th Infantry, Captain Weems personally took charge of his advanced positions and manned captured enemy machine guns on an exposed flank of the battalion. By his coolness and daring in fearlessly exposing himself to the enemy fire in order that he might personally direct he fire of his guns, he succeeded in breaking down the counterattack of the enemy upon the exposed flank of his battalion.
General Orders No. No. 14, W.D., 1928
Home Town: Dickson, TN

WEEMS, JAMES F.
Private, U.S. Army
Company E, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 17, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James F. Weems, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Molain, France, October 17, 1918. Having volunteered to carry a message to an automatic rifle post 100 yards in advance of the line across a field swept by machine-gun fire, Private Weems continued on his mission, even after being seriously wounded, and delivered the message, thereby facilitating the destruction of machine-gun nests which were hindering the advance. After returning with the answer, he insisted upon walking to the dressing station.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Greenville, TN

*WEIGEL, ROY
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company E, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Roy Weigel, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Mihiel, France, September 12, 1918. Sergeant Weigel showed entire disregard for his own safety in making several attempts to locate the positions of machine guns whose heavy fire was hindering the advance of his battalion. He was killed while leading a rush upon one of the guns which he had located.
General Orders No. No. 129, W.D., 1918
Home Town: St. Louis, MO

WEIK, IRVING C.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 363d Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Irving C. Weik, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Waereghem, Belgium, October 31, 1918. Sergeant Weik on two occasions passed through an uncut wire entanglement, enfiladed by enemy machine-gun fire, to obtain the assistance of our machine-guns to aid in the advance of his company. His entire exploit was under terrific fire of the enemy, but he succeeded in enabling his company to go forward and clean out the opposing machine-gun nest.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Oakland, CA

WEIMER, HERMAN H.
Captain, U.S. Army
131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herman H. Weimer, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Bois-de- Chaume, France, October 9, 1918. Captain Weimer had been wounded in the shoulder, and a machine-gun bullet had penetrated his steel helmet, but he nevertheless continued to lead his company, creating confidence in his men at a critical moment. Upon being ordered to the rear by his battalion commander, he returned to his company as soon as his wounds had been dressed.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

WEIMER, JOHN SAMUEL
Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Samuel Weimer, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Vesle River, France, August 10, 1918. While on outpost duty, Private Weimer learned that a soldier from another organization was lying wounded in a shell hole 200 yards away. With another member of his squad Private Weimer voluntarily went through machine-gun and sniper fire, and carried the wounded man to shelter.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Mt. Pleasant, TX

*WEINE, WILLIAM F.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William F. Weine, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Cierges River, France, July 31, 1918. After being seriously wounded in the abdomen, Lieutenant Weine displayed remarkable fortitude in organizing his command for the continuation of the attack before consenting to his removal to the rear.
General Orders No. No. 2, W.D., 1931
Home Town: Alpena, MI

WEINER, DANIEL J.
Private, U.S. Army
Company G, 38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15 - 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Daniel J. Weiner, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mezy, France, July 15 - 19, 1918. Private Weiner displayed the utmost devotion to duty and disregard for personal safety in carrying messages through heavy artillery barrages, thereby enabling his company commander to maintain liaison with units in the rear.
General Orders 95, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

WEINMAN, GLEN G.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company M, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 20, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Glen G. Weinman, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action south of Soissons, France, July 20, 1918. Corporal Weinman carried an important message through heavy artillery and machine-gun fire calling for reinforcements and ammunition. Notwithstanding the fact that two previous runners had been killed, he carried out hit mission. His individual gallantry contributed materially to the success of the operation.
General Orders No. No. 35, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Columbus, OH

WEIS, ANTHONY J.
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 103d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Anthony J. Weis, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Marcheville, France, September 26, 1918. Private Weis displayed exceptional courage under violent machine-gun and rifle fire by standing in the open for the purpose of locating machine-gun nests. Later he was killed while rushing a machine-gun which had thus been located.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hammond, IN

WEISS, FRED R.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Battery F, 21st Field Artillery, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 24, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fred R. Weiss, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montauville, France, October 24, 1918. When shell fire had ignited the powder store of his battery, Private Weiss, in his stocking feet, was the first to enter the dump, and single- handed, pulled numerous boxes of ammunition to safety, despite the danger from explosion and increased enemy shell fire.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

WEITZENBERG, GEORGE
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 2d Antiaircraft Machine-Gun Battalion, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 25, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Weitzenberg, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Neuvilly, France, September 25, 1918. Sergeant Weitzenberg voluntarily ran through violent enemy shellfire to the aid of two soldiers of another organization who had been struck by an exploding shell. Finding one dead and the other severely wounded, he administered first aid to the wounded soldier and remained with him until an ambulance could be brought up.
General Orders No. No. 128, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

*WELKER, THOMAS B.
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 146th Infantry Regiment, 37th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas B. Welker, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cierges, France, September 28, 1918. When his company had become disorganized under intense machine-gun fire, Private Welker assumed leadership of a group of men and courageously charged a machine-gun nest in plain view of the enemy, losing his life in this heroic attempt.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Akron, OH

WELLES, HALLACK, JR.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
104th Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 20, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Hallack Welles, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bouresches, France, July 20, 1918. Lieutenant Welles was seriously wounded in exposing himself to enemy machine-gun fire in order to locate the source. He nevertheless refused to be evacuated but continued in the advance with his men, inspiring them by his bravery.
General Orders 89, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Brookline, MA

WELLING, HANK
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
316th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Hank Welling, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montfaucon, France, September 27, 1918. After being severely wounded in the side, Lieutenant Welling refused to be evacuated, but continued to lead his platoon in the attack. Throughout the afternoon and evening he remained with his men, inspiring them by his courage and fortitude in spite of intense pain, it being necessary to carry him when a temporary withdrawal of the line was made.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Trenton, NJ

*WELLS, EDWARD L.
(First Award)
Captain, U.S. Army
2d Machine-Gun Battalion, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward L. Wells, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Buzancy, France, July 21, 1918. When the advancing lines were checked by the fire of numerous enemy machine gun, Lieutenant Wells skillfully directed the placing of one of his machine guns and silenced the hostile guns. While the line was being consolidated this officer, with another, reconnoitered beyond the left flank, which was being swept by enfilading fire. Locating a German machine gun, he put it out of action by well-=aimed shots from a rifle which he was then carrying. He then pushed on farther, accompanied by a soldier, captured a prisoner and discovered a nest of 8 enemy machine-guns located in a trench, whereupon with great daring he brought up a section of guns and opened up an annihilating fire which dispersed the enemy with many casualties.
General Orders No. No. 53, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Charleston, SC
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross w/OLC (WWI)

*WELLS, EDWARD L.
(Second Award)
Captain, U.S. Army
2d Machine-Gun Battalion, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward L. Wells, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Exermont, France, October 4, 1918. When the attack was held up by heavy machine gun fire, Captain Wells volunteered for the mission and led a platoon of infantry, reinforced by four machine-guns, into Exermont. In spite of desperate resistance, he led the attack through the streets, capturing many prisoners and learning from one of these the approximate location of machine-guns on heights to the north, led the three remaining members of the command against these. Within 50 yards of the enemy emplacements, one of his men was killed and Captain Wells was mortally wounded, but he had succeeded in indicating to those in the rear the location of the hostile positions.
General Orders No. No. 53, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Charleston, SC
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI)

WELLS, FLOYD H.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company M, 326th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Floyd H. Wells, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Juvin, France, October 16, 1918. With another soldier Corporal Wells advanced several hundred yards ahead of the front line, under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, and rescued a wounded comrade.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chester, IA

WELLS, JOHN T.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company E, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John T. Wells, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt, France, September 29, 1918. Wounded at the start of an advance, Sergeant Wells continued in command of his platoon; and, engaging in hand-to-hand fighting, bayoneted three Germans and captured several others. He displayed marked personal bravery, leading his platoon ably until forced to retire because of loss of blood from his wound.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Watha, NC

WELSCH, THEODORE P.
Private, U.S. Army
Battery A, 10th Field Artillery, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Theodore P. Welsch, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Eugene, France, July 15, 1918. Engaged in maintaining liaison between the Artillery and the Infantry, Private Welsch was wounded in the arm while carrying an important message. He completed his mission, however, before securing first-aid treatment and immediately afterwards returned to duty.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Newark, OH

WELSH, EDWARD J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward J. Welsh, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Grand Pre, France, October 19, 1918. After having received seven machine-gun wounds Sergeant Welsh refused to go to the dressing station, remaining with his company and rendering valuable aid to both his platoon and company commander.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Freehold, NJ

WENDELS, ANTHONIE
Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Anthonie Wendels, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. Private Wendels went forward ahead of his company against a machine-gun that was checking the advance, killed the crew, and captured the gun.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Ridgewood, NJ

WENELL, CARL O.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 151st Field Artillery, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Carl O. Wenell, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Pannes, France, September 21, 1918. Private Wenell displayed the highest bravery and self-sacrificing spirit by voluntarily leaving shelter during a heavy hostile bombardment and going to the assistance of several wounded men of another regiment, whose position adjoined that of his own organization. Under terrific shell fire he skillfully dressed their wounds and then removed them to a place of safety, thereby saving their lives. Again returning to the shell-swept street, he made a careful reconnaissance for any other casualties which might have been overlooked.
General Orders No. No. 128, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Minneapolis, MN

*WERNER, GEORGE
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 305th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5,1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Werner, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Bois-de- la Naza, France, October 5, 1918. With two other soldiers, Corporal Werner volunteered to crawl out under enemy machine-gun fire in an effort to locate three members of the platoon, who were missing after an unsuccessful attack on enemy machine-gun nests. Finding the body of one, they located another, who lay helplessly wounded, by calling out his name. As a result, they drew increased fire from the enemy, but they courageously crawled 25 yards further toward the hostile positions and succeeded in carrying back the wounded man, through the machine-gun fire, to our lines.
General Orders 89, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Albany, NY

WESCOTT, ALLEN P.
Private, U.S. Army
Troop C, 2d Cavalry, Company G, 311th Infantry (Attached), 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 21,1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Allen P. Wescott, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chevieres, France, October 21, 1918. Becoming separated from his own organization, Private Wescott attached himself to an infantry company. While on a patrol he was wounded three times. After the party had been surrounded by German machine-guns, he volunteered to carry a message to the company commander, wading across the Aire River in so doing. After guiding a platoon to the relief of the patrol, he again made several trips to and from the company post of command, crossing the river, though waist deep, five times after being wounded. He was sent to the rear against his vigorous protests, and after being tagged for evacuation he gave further proof of his devotion to duty and unselfishness by helping carry another wounded soldier three miles on a stretcher.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Home Town: North Castine, ME

*WESCOTT, IRA L.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 28 - 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ira L. Wescott, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Juvigny, France, August 28 - 30, 1918. Sergeant Wescott, as second in command, accompanied a small combat patrol which successfully attacked an enemy trench up by 30 of the enemy, with machine-guns, driving the enemy from the trench and inflicting many casualties. When the patrol leader was severely wounded, Sergeant Wescott took command and immediately reorganized the patrol, holding the captured position despite a severe harassing fire from the enemy, until relief came.
General Orders 66, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Grandville, MI

WESSEL, LEONARD H. F.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company K, 114th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 12 - 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Leonard H. F. Wessel, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, October 12 - 14, 1918. Private First Class Wessel performed his duties as a runner under heavy shell fire three days and nights without rest, and when the relay stations between the battalion and regimental posts of command had been wiped out he continued to carry messages the entire distances between the two posts.
General Orders No. No. 130, W.D., 1918
Home Town: West Hartford, CT

WESSELHOEFT, CONRAD
First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
102d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18 - 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Conrad Wesselhoeft, First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the Aisne-Marne offensive, France, July 18 - 26, 1918. Lieutenant Wesselhoeft, despite intense machine-gun and artillery fire, courageously established an operated his aid stations close to the front lines. On July 18, 1918, when the infantry retired, he maintained his aid station in advance of our own front lines, refused to leave the wounded unattended, and remained with them until the lines were reestablished.
General Orders No. No. 3, W.D., 1935
Home Town: Boston, MA

WESSELHOEFT, CONRAD
Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
102d Infantry (Attached), 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Conrad Wesselhoeft, Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, November 8, 1918. Captain Wesselhoeft went forward, under heavy machine-gun fire, to the aid of a wounded soldier. The fire was so heavy that they were compelled to remain in the shell hole until nightfall, when he brought the wounded man to our lines.
General Orders No. 23, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Boston, MA

WEST, BRODIE
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company A, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Brodie West, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt, France, September 29, 1918. When his automatic squad had become lost from the platoon in a heavy smoke barrage, Corporal West advanced alone upon a machine- gun nest, which was firing directly from the front, silenced the gun, and returned to our lines with 37 prisoners.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Pikeville, NC

*WEST, CARROLL B.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 12th Machine-Gun Battalion, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 30 & October 2, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Carroll B. West, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Bois-des-Ogons, France, September 30, 1918, and October 2, 1918. Sergeant West displayed exceptional courage and leadership in leading the section forward and maintaining fire on the enemy from an advanced position in the wood, successfully covering the withdrawal of the infantry to a more secure position. This gallant soldier was killed two days later while he was successfully directing his section in breaking up an enemy counter-attack.
General Orders 66, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Milton Junction, WI

WEST, HEDFORD
Mechanic, U.S. Army
Company M, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Hedford West, Mechanic, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montrebeau Woods, France, September 29, 1918. Seeing a comrade lying wounded in advance of our lines, Mechanic West left a shell hole and exposing himself to heavy machine-gun fire, went into the open, and assisted by another soldier, carried the wounded man back to safety.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Salina, KS

WEST, HENRY ARTHUR
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company L, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 17, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Henry Arthur West, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Molain, France, October 17, 1918. With another soldier, Private First Class West volunteered to go out across an open space swept by heavy machine-gun fire, for 150 yards, to rescue two wounded soldiers. The mission was accomplished successfully.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Riverton, IA

WEST, JAMES H.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 167th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: March 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James H. West, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ancerviller, France, March 4, 1928. Sergeant West was a member of a patrol of five men which, on March 4, 1918, encountered an enemy patrol of 11 men, which it attacked and routed, taking two prisoners.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hokes Bluff, AL

WEST, JOHN E.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8 - 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John E. West, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, October 8 - 16, 1918, in the Bois-de-Consenvoye on October 8, and the Bois-de-Grande Montagne on October 16. Sergeant West ably led his platoon with extreme courage and gallantry, and by his conduct inspired the men of his platoon to greater effort. This soldier led a detachment against a strongly protected enemy machine- gun nest and successfully took the position under heavy fire.
General Orders No. 2, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Baltimore, MD

WEST, ROBERT JOHN
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army
11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 6 - 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert John West, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Liny-devant-Dun and Fontaines, France, November 6 - 7, 1918. When his command was halted by heavy fire from an enemy position, strongly entrenched and supported by a large number of machine guns, Lieutenant Colonel West placed himself in front of his men and gallantly led them in person to a successful attack, thereby securing a foothold on the east bank of the Meuse and insuring the safe passage of additional troops. By his disregard for personal danger he set an inspiring example to his men and played a conspicuous role in gaining the heights on the east bank of the Meuse held by the enemy since 1914.
General Orders No. No. 143, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Leavenworth, KS

WESTERVELT, EDGAR C.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18 - 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edgar C. Westervelt, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18 - 21, 1918. Unaided Second Lieutenant Westervelt reconnoitered enemy machine-gun positions. On July 19, 1918, with a small party he crossed an area swept by fire and demolished several machine-gun nests that were holding up the advance.
General Orders No. No. 132, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Lincoln, NE

WESTFALL, ALBERT C.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company G, 107th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Albert C. Westfall, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Souplet, France, October 18, 1918. Undaunted by terrific machine-gun fire, Corporal Westfall went out into the open and rescued a British officer who had fallen wounded. Later, after two runners had been killed in trying to locate missing elements of his battalion, Corporal Westfall assumed this task and in performing it four times crossed a sunken road which was continuously raked by enemy machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Oneonta, NY

WESTON, STEPHEN J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Stephen J. Weston, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-Brieulles, France, September 28, 1918. Sergeant Weston charged an enemy machine-gun, which was inflicting heavy losses upon our troops and delaying the advance. He wounded the gunner and captured the gun, thereby enabling our advance to continue.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Waterbury, CT

WESTPHAL, ARTHUR E.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur E. Westphal, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fossoy, France, July 15, 1918. In command of a Stokes mortar detachment, Lieutenant Westphal displayed marked coolness and leadership under intense enemy shell fire in so operating his guns as to stop the advance of the Germans and prevent their crossing the Marne.
General Orders 95, W.D., 1919
Home Town: West Newton, MA

WETZEL, HENRY W.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company F, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Henry W. Wetzel, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Gesnes, France, October 4 - 20, 1918. Private Wetzel, a company runner, repeatedly volunteered for missions so hazardous that no others would attempt them. At all hours of the day and night over unknown ground, he carried numerous messages in the face of heavy machine-gun and shell fire.
General Orders 66, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Shawano, WI

WHALEN, JAMES
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: May 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James Whalen, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cantigny, France, May 28, 1918. During an enemy counterattack Sergeant Whalen led a small group forward to a shell hole about 50 yards in front of his company position. Although wounded, he kept an automatic rifle in action. At this new position he assisted in breaking up the enemy attack.
General Orders No. No. 39, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Reading, PA

*WHALEY, WELLMON P.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Wellmon P. Whaley, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mont St. Pere, France, July 22, 1918. Advancing far ahead of his patrol, Sergeant Whaley encountered an enemy patrol, which opened fire on him. Despite the fact that he had been severely wounded, he continued to combat the enemy, killing one and dispersing the others.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: White Castle, LA

WHEAT, HARRY R.
Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
125th Infantry (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 1 - 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry R. Wheat, Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action, August 1 - 6, 1918, from Sergy to Mont St. Martin, France, between the Ourcq and Vesle Rivers. During the attack on August 1, 1918, Captain Wheat went forward with the first wave and established a dressing station in an advanced position to render immediate aid to the wounded. On August 5, at St. Martin, after having been knocked down by the explosion of a shell and while under severe shell and machine-gun fire, he displayed exceptional coolness and devotion to duty in rendering surgical attention to others who had been wounded by the same shell.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Springfield, MA

*WHEATON, HOMER J.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company G, 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: February 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Homer J. Wheaton, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Chavignon, Chermin des Dames sector, France. During a heavy bombardment on the morning of February 27, 1918. one of the hand grenades which were being distributed to the men of his company was dropped by accident. Corporal Wheaton, with extreme courage and self-sacrifice, ran to and picked up the grenade in an effort to cast it out of the danger area before it exploded. It exploded, however, before he could throw it away, and he was fatally wounded, dying shortly thereafter.
General Orders No. 88, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Worcester, MA

WHEDON, HERBERT S.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 102d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herbert S. Whedon, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Marcheville, France, September 26, 1918. During an intermittent barrage lasting for two hours Sergeant Whedon placed his men in the best shelter available, but himself remained in observation, refusing to take coyer from terrific artillery fires. He was twice buried by exploding shells while succoring wounded.
General Orders No. No. 145, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Madison, CT

*WHEELER, AFTON E.
Ordnance Sergeant, U.S. Army
Salvage Squadron No. 1, Quartermaster Corps, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Afton E. Wheeler, Ordnance Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in connection with military operations against an armed enemy near Bezu St. Germain, France, September 7, 1918. When fire broke out in a wood where a salvage detachment was encamped, seriously endangering the lives of 200 men because of their proximity to a pile of salvaged German high explosive 155-millimeter shells, Ordnance Sergeant Wheeler and Private Willie J. Walker voluntarily ran to the scene of the fire and attempted to extinguish the flames, fully aware of the grave danger to themselves. They fought the fire with blankets and sticks, but the fire quickly spread to the shells. Both men were killed by the explosion which followed.
General Orders No. No. 142, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Cambridge, MA

WHEELER, MARTIN L.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company M, 100th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 14 - 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Martin L. Wheeler, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Conde-en-Brie, France, July 14 - 15, 1918. Although being wounded and refusing medical aid, Lieutenant Wheeler, realizing that his platoon was almost entirely surrounded by the enemy and was suffering heavy losses, ordered his men to crawl one by one through a small opening in the woods that he had just discovered and which was not yet covered by enemy fire. Taking several rifles and ammunition, he placed himself in an advantageous position and covered the withdrawal of his men until he himself was entirely surrounded by the enemy. In so doing, he was again wounded but succeeded in accomplishing his mission. His coolness, courage, and utter disregard of his own personal danger were a source of great inspiration to his men.
General Orders No. No. 2, W.D., 1932
Home Town: Moscow, PA

WHEELOCK, FRANK R.
Captain, U.S. Army
313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26 - 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank R. Wheelock, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Malancourt, France, September 26 - 30, 1918. Working in areas that were continually being swept by machine gun, rifle, and shell fire, Captain Wheelock worked voluntarily and unceasingly, giving aid, food, and water to the wounded. Throughout the entire operations, Captain Wheelock showed utter disregard for his own safety, being knocked down many times by shell explosions. For two nights he worked as a stretcher bearer, carrying patients to places of safety, after giving them medical attention during the day.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Scranton, PA

WHIPPLE, COLUMBUS
Private, U.S. Army
Company H, 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Columbus Whipple, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bazoches, France, August 7, 1918. Private Whipple crossed the Vesle River in the face of enemy fire and rescued a drowning comrade in the deep, swift current of the stream.
General Orders No. No. 147, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Snowflake, AZ

WHISENANT, HERBERT W.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herbert W. Whisenant, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. While advancing with his platoon, Lieutenant Whisenant, after he was so severely wounded that he was unable to continue so encouraged and inspired his men that they won a decided victory and captured many men and guns. His wound resulted in the loss of a leg.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Austin, TX

WHITAKER, DANIEL J.
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 6th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Daniel J. Whitaker, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fontaines, France, November 8, 1918. While engaged as company runner Private Whitaker displayed rare devotion to duty by carrying messages through heavy machine- gun fire, continuing his work after being severely wounded.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Pageland, SC

WHITAKER, DEWEY A.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company I, 28th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: May 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Dewey A. Whitaker, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Cantigny, France, May 28, 1918. Private Whitaker exposed himself to direct fire of the enemy machine guns while going in advance of the lines to assist a wounded comrade to shelter.
General Orders No. No. 39, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Greenville, SC

WHITAKER, JESSE L.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company L, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3 - 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jesse L. Whitaker, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne-a-Arnes, France, October 3 - 9, 1918. A few minutes before the attack, in an offensive operation, Corporal Whitaker was wounded by a shell fragment but remained with his platoon and led his squad with great courage and initiative during the attack.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Paris, MO

WHITCOMB, CECIL G.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 145th Infantry Regiment, 37th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26 - 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Cecil G. Whitcomb, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montfaucon, France, September 26 - 28, 1918. Attached to the regimental intelligence section of the 145th Infantry, Sergeant Whitcomb, with several men of his section, accompanied the first attacking wave of the regiment on September 26. Losing contact temporarily with the assaulting wave on account of a smoke barrage, he halted momentarily and upon resuming the advance encountered enemy machine-gun and sniper fire near a swale in the Bois-de-Montfaucon. Leaving his men in a place of safety, Sergeant Whitcomb discovered an enemy machine-gun nest which covered a bridge across the swale. He captured several unarmed enemy soldiers and an officer; the latter he forced to return to the machine-gun nest and to deliver to him the gun crews, a number of men, as well as several enemy snipers who had been inflicting heavy casualties upon his men; this action permitting the Infantry to advance without further heavy losses.
General Orders No. No. 16, W.D., 1923
Home Town: East Cleveland, OH

WHITCOMB, GEORGE
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 9th Machine-Gun Battalion, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Whitcomb, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cunel, France, October 12, 1918. Although seriously wounded, Private Whitcomb refused to be evacuated until he had gone under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire to four other gun crews requesting that men be sent to his gun, thereby enabling an important gun to remain in action.
General Orders No. 26, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Helena, MT

WHITE, AMBROSE F.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ambrose F. White, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at La Franquette Farm, France, July 22, 1918. While Lieutenant White's unit was in close contact with the enemy, a spy circulated a report that the company had been ordered to withdraw. Those who thus retired were shot down by the enemy. During the disorder that followed, Lieutenant White fearlessly reorganized the platoon under close-range enemy fire. Due to his heroic example, the men of his platoon held their ground and repulsed the strong enemy attack which followed.
General Orders No. No. 22, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Bluefield, WV

*WHITE, DONALD W.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Donald W. White, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Landres et St. Georges, France, November 1, 1918. When the advance of his battalion was hindered by a strong enemy machine-gun nest, Lieutenant White led his platoon forward in an attack on the hostile position and was killed at the head of his platoon just before the last machine-gun was put out of action.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Manitowoc, WI

WHITE, EDWARD R.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward R. White, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Consenvoye Wood, France, October 10, 1918. After his platoon leader had been killed, Sergeant White took command. The advance of the company had been held up by a machine-gun nest, until Sergeant White, with two other soldiers cleaned out the nest, killing four and capturing six of the enemy.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Salisbury, MD

WHITE, JESS
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jess White, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Nantillois, France, October 5, 1918. Corporal White led his squad across an area swept by machine- gun and shell fire with utter disregard for his personal danger. Although he was severely wounded by machine-gun bullets, he continued to direct his squad until completely exhausted from loss of blood.
General Orders No. No. 37, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Chelyan, WV

WHITE, JOHN B.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: May 28 - 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John B. White, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during three nights at Cantigny, France, on May 28 - 31, 1918. Private White worked unceasingly under fire, bringing the wounded to safety and ministering to them on his own initiative. He repeatedly left shelter to help wounded men.
General Orders No. No. 109, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Miligan College, TN

WHITE, LOUIS D.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company E, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Louis D. White, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Baulny, France, September 28, 1918. First Sergeant White volunteered to carry a message to the rear through heavy artillery fire to obtain ammunition and reinforcements. That mission accomplished, he learned that his captain, the only officer left with the Company, had been wounded. Though himself wounded and suffering from gas, he returned to the front lines, reorganized the company and held his section of the front line until the Division was relieved.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hutchinson, KS

WHITE, LYMAN
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 119th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lyman White, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt. France, September 29, 1918. When, with three other men, Sergeant White encountered a German patrol which outnumbered them five to one, he ordered his companions to keep the enemy down with fire from their Lewis gun. He then crept to the rear of the hostile patrol and attacked the Germans with bombs. At the same time his companions attacked from the front killing several of the Germans and capturing nine.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Salemburg, NC

*WHITE, NATHANIEL C.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company F, 370th Infantry Regiment, 93d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Nathaniel C. White, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Vauxaillon, France, September 19, 1918. Private White, while acting as company runner, exposed himself constantly to intense enemy machine-gun and artillery fire and was killed while in the performance of his duty.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

WHITE, RICHARD G.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Richard G. White, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. First Lieutenant White led his platoon through intense machine- gun and artillery fire, destroying machine-guns that were causing heavy losses on an exposed flank, and remaining in command of his platoon until twice severely wounded.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Charleston, SC

WHITE, RICHARD J.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
113th Infantry Regiment, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Richard J. White, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ravine-de-Molleville, north of Samogneux, France, October 15, 1918. First Lieutenant White was a member of a small party which was suddenly fired upon by three German machine-guns, one soldier being killed and an officer severely wounded. Himself unharmed, Lieutenant White returned with another soldier and, in the face of machine- gun fire, approached within 50 yards of the machine-gun nests and carried the wounded officer to shelter.
General Orders No. No. 130, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Creston, IA

WHITE, RICHARD J.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 101st Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Richard J. White, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vaux, France, July 10 - 11, 1918. His patrol having withdrawn to our own lines after an encounter with a superior enemy patrol, corporal White voluntarily went out in advance of our lines, and under heavy machine-gun fire brought back a wounded member of the patrol who had been left lying near the enemy wire.
General Orders No. No. 4, W.D., 1935
Home Town: East Boston, MA

WHITE, THOMAS M.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 306th Machine-Gun Battalion, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas M. White, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Toter Manns Valley, France, October 4, 1918. While in command of his platoon, Sergeant White went with two other soldiers to the rescue of three members of a gun crew, among whom a German hand grenade had burst. Finding one of the men dead and another so severely wounded that he could not be moved, Sergeant White carried the third man to shelter in plain view of the enemy, under continuous shell and machine-gun fire. His comrades also having been wounded, he also succeeded in getting them back to safety, and thereafter twice returned to the gun position to administer first aid and carry water to the wounded soldier, who could not be moved.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

WHITE, TRACY S.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 311th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Tracy S. White, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ferme-des-Loges, France, October 19, 1918. When the position his company held was enfiladed and communication to the rear cut off, First Sergeant White volunteered to carry a message to the battalion commander after several runners had been killed in the attempt. Crossing ground swept by intense machine-gun and artillery fire, he delivered the message and returned with orders as to the disposition of the company.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Ocean Grove, NJ

*WHITE, WALTER D.
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Walter D. White, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Bois-des-Loges, France, November 1, 1918. While acting as runner, Private White volunteered to carry a message across a long stretch of open country which was subjected to heavy machine-gun and artillery fire. He successfully crossed the space and delivered his message, but in an attempt to return, he was killed by a rain of machine-gun bullets. His conduct served as an inspiration to other runners.
General Orders 78, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Byron, NY

WHITE, WILLIAM P.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 165th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14 - 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William P. White, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Argonne, France, October 14 - 29, 1918. Attached to the regimental liaison group, Private White, time and again traversed three kilometers to the front lines, proving the swiftest and surest runner. For three days and nights he worked unceasingly under terrific artillery and machine-gun fire accomplishing his mission, when other runners failed.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

WHITED, HOMER
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 167th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: March 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Homer Whited, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ancerviller, France, March 4, 1918. Corporal Whited was a member of a patrol of five men which encountered an enemy patrol of eleven men, which it attacked and routed, taking two prisoners.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Bessemer, AL

WHITEHEAD, LEWIS E.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 310th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lewis E. Whitehead, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at St. Juvin, France, October 16, 1918. Sergeant Whitehead, then corporal, after giving first aid to his platoon leader, who had been wounded, took command of the platoon and led it in an attack in the face of concentrated enemy artillery and machine- gun fire, reaching the objective and effectively protecting the exposed flank of the assaulting battalion with his two guns.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Elmira, NY

WHITEMAN, RALPH A.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 312th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ralph A. Whiteman, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Grand Pre, France, October 18, 1918. When his detachment had become disorganized by sniper and machine-gun fire, Sergeant Whiteman, without regard for personal danger, reorganized his command, and by his gallant example led his men against the enemy machine-gun position, capturing it and bringing the gun back to our lines.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Clearfield, PA

*WHITING, CHARLES W.
Private, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles W. Whiting, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Barbonval, France, September 10, 1918. Private Whiting had charge of maintaining a telephone line from Barbanvale to Blanzy. The line was under direct observation of the enemy, and the appearance of a lineman was the immediate occasion for shelling by the enemy with field artillery and one-pounders. Private Whiting stuck to his work repairing break after break, until he was mortally wounded by the enemy shell fire.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Avon, MA

WHITING, CLINTON L.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company A, 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26 - 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clinton L. Whiting, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near La Harazee, France, September 26 - 28, 1918. During the advance in the Argonne Forest, Lieutenant Whiting exposed himself fearlessly to enemy machine- gun and sniper fire while leading his men and consolidating his position, which was in a marsh covered with wire grass and stunted brush. He continued to lead his men with utter disregard for personal danger until he fell seriously wounded by a machine-gun bullet on the afternoon of September 28 near Binarville.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

WHITMAN, GUY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company F, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4 - 20, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Guy Whitman, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Gesnes, France, October 4 - 20, 1918. During this period, Private Whitman, although many runners had been shot down, repeatedly volunteered and carried messages through heavy enemy barrages, successfully accomplishing his work and thereby saving the lives of many of his comrades.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Shawano, WI

WHITMAN, WALTER MONTIETH
Colonel, U.S. Army
325th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11 - 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Walter Montieth Whitman, Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fleville and St. Juvin, France, October 11 - 12, 1918. When his regiment was attacked in column before reaching the line which it was to hold Colonel Whitman took command and personally led his men into action. Always on the firing line, he led four attacks under heavy fire from artillery, machine-guns, and snipers on the hill east of St. Juvin, the fourth of which was successful. He maintained his post of command on or near the front line throughout the engagement and by his personal example of courage inspired his men to valiant and successful combat.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

WHITNEY, LE ROY F.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company M, 108th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 17, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Le Roy F. Whitney, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Souplet, France, October 17, 1918. Voluntarily carrying messages under heavy shell and machine-gun fire, Corporal Whitney displayed great bravery and gallantry. In one instance he completed the mission of a runner who had been wounded and returned with very important information as to where the barrage would fall.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Auburn, NY

*WHITNEY, RALPH L.
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 112th Machine-Gun Battalion, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ralph L. Whitney, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montagne, France, October 15, 1918. During an attack, Private Whitney was tireless in his efforts to bring food and water to his comrades. On October 8 he captured 13 Germans without assistance and without regard to his personal safety. Later, while aiding a wounded comrade he was severely wounded.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Ann Arbor, MI

WHITSON, LESTER C.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company E, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lester C. Whitson, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Hamel, Belgium. July 4, 1918. Although severely wounded in the shoulder at the beginning of the engagement, Corporal Whitson continued forward as squad leader, exhibiting great gallantry and setting an inspiring example to his men.
General Orders No. No. 14, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Chicago, IL

WHITSON, ROBERT KENNETH
Captain, U.S. Army
26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert Kenneth Whitson, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France. July 19, 1918. When his major was killed, Captain Whitson took command of his battalion and, although wounded, led it forward for the succeeding three days to its final objective, and, although wounded again, refused to be evacuated until he had directed the consolidation of his position.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Union City, TN

WHITTHORNE, HARRY S.
Captain, U.S. Army
140th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28 - October 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry S. Whitthorne, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Exermont, France, September 28, 1918, and October 1, 1918. Captain Whitthorne organized a detachment to go 1200 yards in front of our lines to rescue the wounded in a wood previously occupied. He brought back over 20 of the wounded, who would otherwise have been captured or died from exposure, the rescue being effected under heavy machine-gun and artillery fire. Later, when he was the only officer with the battalion, he refused to be evacuated, though wounded and burned by mustard gas, remaining in command until the battalion was relieved.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: San Francisco, CA

WHITTINGTON, CHARLES E.
Private, U.S. Army
Company I, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: May 28 - 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles E. Whittington, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during three days at Cantigny, France, on May 28 - 30, 1918. Private Whittington performed with great bravery the duties of battalion gunner without rest. Although wounded, he remained on duty under fire until his battalion was relieved.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Sumpter, SC

WHITWORTH, THOMAS J.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company F, 167th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas J. Whitworth, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action on Hill 212, Ourcq River, near Sergy, France, July 28, 1918. Corporal Whitworth accompanied by another soldier volunteered to rescue his platoon commander who had been seriously wounded. Although under severe enemy artillery, machine-gun, and rifle fire these soldiers, with utter disregard for their own personal danger, advanced to the rescue of the fallen officer, and with great difficult carried him to safety. This heroic action on the part of Corporal Whitworth and his companion without a doubt saved the officer's life and set a splendid example of heroism, self-sacrifice, and devotion to duty.
General Orders No. 7, W.D., 1929
Home Town: Gadsden, AL

WIBERG, ALBIN
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Albin Wiberg, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the Somme offensive, France, August 15, 1918. Blown over the parapet of an outpost when an enemy shell made a direct hit, Sergeant Wiberg, upon regaining consciousness, carried the wounded members of his squad through heavy shell and machine-gun fire to a dressing station. He then drew a new automatic rifle from a nearby dump, and, making his way through heavy fire, established a new outpost, holding it alone against the enemy for 14 hours until relieved.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

WICKHAM, GORDON
Private, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Gordon Wickham, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Chipilly Ridge, France, August 11, 1918. Private Wickham was on duty with a carrying party, which was severely shelled and gassed while passing through Grassier Wood. In utter disregard of his own personal safety, this courageous soldier made repeated trips into the woods under heavy shell fire and rescued wounded soldiers.
General Orders No. No. 128, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Chicago, IL

WICKLIFFE, ROBERT E.
Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 14 - 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert E. Wickliffe, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Grand Ballois Farm, France, July 14 - 15, 1918. After being severely wounded Private Wickliffe remained at his post performing his duties as a relay runner until relieved.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Spencer, IA

WIECHMANN, WALTER H.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 103d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Walter H. Wiechmann, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Marcheville, France, September 26, 1918. Corporal Wiechmann climbed out from the top of a trench, under machine-gun fire from all directions, to take prisoners in another trench who had thrown up their hands and shouted that they had surrendered. Approaching, he was met with a shower of hand grenades, but he nevertheless stood his ground and opened fire.
General Orders No. 126, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Detroit, MI

WIEDMAIER, BENJAMIN P.
Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 14 - 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Benjamin P. Wiedmaier, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Grand Ballois Farm, France, July 14 - 15, 1918. During a heavy gas and shell bombardment, Private Wiedmaier repeatedly volunteered and delivered messages over routes other than his own, when the runners assigned to those routes had been killed or wounded.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Clarksdale, MO

WIESE, EDWIN
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 355th Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edwin Wiese, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Essey, France, September 12, 1918. Private Wiese displayed conspicuous gallantry by creeping forward alone under machine-gun fire and capturing two enemy machine-guns, which were holding up the advance of his organization.
General Orders No. No. 128, W.D., 1918
Home Town: St. Louis, MO

*WIGGINS, EDWIN W.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 128th Machine-Gun Battalion, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edwin W. Wiggins, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Baulny, France, September 29, 1918. Sergeant Wiggins led a machine-gun platoon to a threatened portion of the line, under a heavy enemy barrage, walking back and forth along the front under heavy enemy fire, encouraging his men and directing the construction of emplacements. He also organized a group of infantrymen, who had become separated from their organizations, and put them in the line, supervising their entrenchments. This gallant soldier was killed just as this work was completed.
General Orders 89, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Carthage, MO

WIGGLESWORTH, ROBERT
Captain, U.S. Army
132d Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert Wigglesworth, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Consenvoye, France, October 9, 1918. When the two platoons he was leading in attack were held up by terrific fire from two machine-guns, Captain Wigglesworth ordered his men to lie down and he, single-handed rushed one nest, killing the gunner and capturing the crew. He then forced the surrender of the second gun crew.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

WIGHT, HOWARD M.
Private, U.S. Army
Company I, 361st Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Howard M. Wight, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Gesnes, France, September 28, 1918. When his battalion withdrew after attacking a hostile position under heavy fire, Private Wight, instead of falling back, organized a party and, in the face of intense machine-gun fire, rescued 15 wounded soldiers who would otherwise have fallen into the hands of the enemy. He placed the wounded men in a gravel pit and remained the entire night, administering first aid, despite the fact that he himself was nearly exhausted after three days of fighting.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Corvallis, OR

WILCOX, GILBERT W.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company D, 4th Engineers, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Gilbert W. Wilcox, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action on the Vesle River, near Ville Savoye, France, August 11, 1918. Private First Class Wilcox volunteered to go into Ville-Savoye at a time when it was under a heavy bombardment to rescue a wounded officer.
General Orders No. No. 128, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Linton, OR

*WILCOX, GLENN E.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company L, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 23, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Glenn E. Wilcox, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Jaulgonne, France, July 23, 1918. When his company had reached its objective and was suffering heavy casualties from shell fire, Lieutenant Wilcox rendered valuable assistance in reorganizing the company and caring for the wounded. He remained on duty even though suffering from severe mustard gas burns.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Detroit, MI

WILCOXSON, ORVAL
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 23, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Orval Wilcoxson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Argonne, France, October 23, 1918. Private First Class Wilcoxson was always the first to volunteer as a company runner for dangerous missions, and repeatedly passed through heavy fire to deliver important messages, showing marked personal heroism.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Bomar, OK

WILDER, MARSHALL P.
Captain, U.S. Army
354th Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Marshall P. Wilder, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Xammes, France, September 26, 1918. Captain Wilder was in command of a raiding party, which was caught under such heavy machine-gun fire that the success of the raid was threatened. Taking charge of a combat group, whose leader had become a casualty, this officer charged the hostile strong point and succeeded in clearing it with heavy casualties to the enemy, the remainder of whom retreated.
General Orders 95, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Manhattan, KS

*WILDER, THOMAS E.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company F, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas E. Wilder, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Baulny, France, September 28, 1918. After all of his squad but himself had been killed by the explosion of a shell, and after half of one hand had been carried away by a piece of shell, Corporal Wilder valiantly continued the combat until he himself was killed.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Macksville, KS

WILES, GEORGE L.
Private, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George L. Wiles, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt, France, September 29, 1918. After his own gun had been knocked out, Private Wiles assisted another soldier in breaking up an enemy machine-gun nest and turning the captured gun on the enemy, firing about a thousand rounds. When this gun jammed he procured grenades and the rifle of a dead soldier and continued on to the objective.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New Market, TN

WILEY, JAMES E.
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 14 - 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James E. Wiley, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Les Evaux, France, July 14 - 15, 1918. After being badly gassed, Private Wiley continued with his duties as runner, carrying messages through a heavy bombardment to and from the front line.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Colorado Springs, CO

WILKEN, ALT C.
Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 168th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alt C. Wilken, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sergy, France, July 28, 1918. Private Wilken aided materially in the advance against the Prussian Guards. Despite three wounds he continued firing with his automatic rifle until his right hand was shattered.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Atlantic, IA

WILKERSON, ALFRED
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 2d Engineers, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alfred Wilkerson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Jaulny, France, September 12, 1918. Private Wilkerson and another soldier who were acting as wire cutters with the first line of infantry, fought their way forward in advance of their unit and were the first men to enter Jaulny, while it was swept by machine-gun fire, infested with snipers, and still occupied by rear-guard detachments of the enemy. After capturing eight Germans in a dugout, they courageously searched the caves in the town, and took 55 prisoners.
General Orders No. 3, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Youngstown, OH

WILKINS, FRED R.
Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 132d Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fred R. Wilkins, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Hamel, Belgium, July 4, 1918. Unaided Private Wilkins attacked a machine-gun position with hand grenades, drove off the gun crew, and captured the gun.
General Orders No. No. 14, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Casper, WY

WILKINS, JOHN
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Machine-Gun Company, 316th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 3 & 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Wilkins, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Verdun, France, November 3 and 4, 1918. Repeatedly volunteering to act as runner, Private Wilkins made several hazardous journeys from headquarters to the machine-gun positions, a distance of 500 meters, at all times subjected to intense artillery bombardment.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

*WILKINSON, GEORGE A.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 168th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George A. Wilkinson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cote-de-Chatillon, France, October 14, 1918. While leading his platoon up the steep and strongly fortified slopes of Hill 288 under terrific machine-gun fire, with great dash and courage Sergeant Wilkinson charged and captured three machine-gun nests which had caused severe losses to his platoon. On two occasions he reorganized his platoon under heavy machine-gun fire, and while unfalteringly pressing his advantage in personally charging and putting out of action a fourth machine-gun emplacement he received the wound which caused his instant death.
General Orders No. 9, W.D., 1923
Home Town: Winterset, IA

WILKINSON, HAROLD
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 20, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harold Wilkinson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action south of Soissons, France, July 20, 1918. When the enemy was forming for a counter attack Private Wilkinson carried messages three times through their heavy barrage, and although in an exhausted condition from that work, he remained with his company throughout the entire operations.
General Orders No. No. 117, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Williams, IA

WILKINSON, JACK H.
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 107th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jack H. Wilkinson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. During the operations against the Hindenburg line Private Wilkinson left shelter and went forward, crawling on his hands and knees, under heavy machine-gun fire, to the aid of a wounded officer and a wounded soldier. With the assistance of another soldier he succeeded in dragging and carrying them back to the shelter of a trench.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

WILKINSON, JOHN L.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company G, 140th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John L. Wilkinson, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Exermont, France, September 28, 1918. After being seriously gassed, Sergeant Wilkinson refused to be evacuated, but remained on duty for three days, assisting the officers in maintaining organization with utter disregard for his own safety, until the company was relieved, becoming so exhausted that he was unable to walk.
General Orders 95, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Richmond, MO

WILKINSON, THADDEUS
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4 - 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thaddeus Wilkinson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Verdun, France, October 4 - 9, 1918. Throughout this period Sergeant Wilkinson, with utter disregard for personal danger, rendered first aid to the wounded under heavy artillery and machine gun fire. On October 9 he was severely wounded while endeavoring to reach a wounded comrade, passing through the direct fire of the enemy in his gallant attempt.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Capleville, TN

WILLARD, HENRY W.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company B, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 20, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Henry W. Willard, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Bois-de- Belleau, France, on June 20, 1918. Corporal Willard went out of his position for a distance of 75 yards under heavy machine-gun fire, and by rifle fire took possession of one of the guns, brought it back, and proceeded to put it in operation against the Germans.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Slaterville Springs, NY

WILLARD, ROSCOE A.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company E, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Roscoe A. Willard, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action south of Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. After the platoon commander of the 1st Platoon had been killed and the commander of the 2d Platoon wounded, Sergeant Willard reorganized the platoons and assumed command of both. He then, under heavy fire, led them forward in the attack on the enemy position. He continued to lead his men forward until the objective was reached. He was severely wounded during this attack.
General Orders No. No. 35, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Mount Carmel, IL

WILLIAMS, CHARLES F.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
9th Machine-Gun Battalion, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles F. Williams, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Romagne, France, October 11, 1918. Although wounded by a high-explosive shell, Lieutenant Williams refused to be evacuated, but continued leading his platoon in the attack, and successfully defended his positions from counter attack until completely exhausted.
General Orders No. 26, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

WILLIAMS, CHARLES V.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company B, 345th Battalion, Tank Corps, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles V. Williams, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Baulny, Meuse, France, September 28, 1918. During an attack on a hedge south of the Montrebeau Woods, Corporal Williams left his tank, which was out of action, and went through the severe rifle, machine-gun, and artillery fire to give first aid to his wounded lieutenant. He then took the wounded officer's place, leading the platoon of tanks to the objective through the intense enemy fire.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

WILLIAMS, CLARENCE M.
Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
125th Infantry (Attached), 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 31 & August 1, 2, & 3 - 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clarence M. Williams, Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action on the Ourcq River July 31 and August 1, 1918; northwest of Coulonges, France, August 2, 1918; and on the heights overlooking the Vesle River, August 3 - 7, 1918. During these three periods of severe fighting Captain William maintained a dressing station close to the advanced lines and worked continuously night and day under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Alpena, MI

WILLIAMS, FRANK
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank Williams, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Argonne Forest, France, October 9, 1918. In the absence of the platoon commander, Sergeant Williams displayed great courage and good judgment in leading his platoon in the attack on Hill 263. Although wounded in the advance, he refused to be evacuated, but continued to lead his men under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire. He remained with his command until it was relieved.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Wellston, OH

WILLIAMS, FRANK G.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank G. Williams, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Medeah Ferme, France, October 3, 1918. While acting as runner, Private Williams, badly wounded, concealed the fact when he realized that his services were badly needed. He ran and delivered messages throughout the attack and not until objectives were attained and consolidated would he allow his wound to be dressed.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Furnessville, IN

WILLIAMS, FRANK J., JR.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 301st Battalion, Tank Corps, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank J. Williams, Jr., Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. While operating against the enemy, Sergeant Williams' tank received a direct hit, killing or wounding the entire crew. Although severely wounded, Sergeant Williams assisted his tank commander, who was severely wounded and temporarily blinded, to a position of shelter in the gap of a near-by trench. He then returned to his tank and under heavy fire continued to operate a 6- pounder against the enemy until driven out by armor-piercing shells. He then assisted in the operation of a machine gun against heavy enemy fire from a trench that lay between them and our first line. When it became sufficiently dark, he aided his tank commander to a first-aid station. His courage and heroic actions throughout the day were largely responsible for saving the life of the officer commanding his tank.
General Orders No. No. 4, W.D., 1923
Home Town: Buffalo, NY

WILLIAMS, FRANK L.
(First Award)
First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
168th Infantry (Attached), 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15 & 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank L. Williams, First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in Champagne, east of Reims, France, July 15, 1918, and. near the River Ourcq, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, July 30, 1918. First Lieutenant Williams voluntarily left a dugout on the Champagne front, and for more than two hours, all the time under shell fire, administered to the needs of wounded men who were lying in the open. During the advance across the River Ourcq he voluntarily remained in exposed positions under heavy shell fire, caring for and dressing the wounded until he was severely injured.
General Orders No. No. 117, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Des Moines, IA
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross w/OLC (WWI)

WILLIAMS, FRANK L.
(Second Award)
First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
168th Infantry (Attached), 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank L. Williams, First Lieutenant (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chateau-Thierry, France, July 29, 1918. Lieutenant Williams went forward with his battalion and cared for the wounded under difficult circumstances. He was without shelter, food, and sleep for practically three days. The area over which he worked was constantly swept with artillery and machine-gun fire and was drenched with poisonous gas. He was always close behind his battalion with his aid post, the selection of its location being at all times for the benefit of the wounded and not as a matter of personal safety. Much of his work was at night, where enemy observation and absence of suitable cover made it impossible to use lights of any kind, but taxing himself to his fullest powers of strength, endurance, and skill he dressed the wounded in darkness by sense of touch alone. Although given permission and advised to withdraw farther to the rear and to a less exposed position, he expressed his desire to remain in the forward lines in order to give his services as soon as possible to the wounded men.
General Orders No. No. 16, W.D., 1929
Home Town: Des Moines, IA
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI)

WILLIAMS, FRANK M.
Captain, U.S. Army
325th Infantry Regiment, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 12 & 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frank M. Williams, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Juvin. France, October 12 and 16, 1918. During the operations in the vicinity of St. Juvin this officer demonstrated the highest personal bravery and leadership. On October 12, although he was wounded, he organized a provisional combat group and led it to a ridge, repulsing an enemy counterattack which threatened our left flank. On October 16 while he was reconnoitering a position for machine-guns he rescued an American soldier from five armed Germans four of whom he killed with his pistol. Later on the same day he saw a hostile skirmish line advancing toward hill 182, He rushed a machine-gun forward with which the attack was broken.
General Orders No. No. 139, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Tampa, FL

WILLIAMS, HENRY M.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
76th Field Artillery, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 31 - November 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Henry M. Williams, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Dun-sur-Meuse, France, October 31 - November 11, 1918. In command of a detached piece operating with the infantry of the 5th Division, Lieutenant Williams kept his gun close behind the attacking waves and skillfully accomplished the missions assigned to him. This was the first field piece to cross the Meuse. Putting out of action a battery of German 77-mm, guns, by direct fire, he later turned on the retreating enemy after his own ammunition had been exhausted.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Eureka, KS

WILLIAMS, ISHAM R.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Isham R. Williams, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Fossoy, France, July 21, 1918. Lieutenant Williams led a patrol across the Marne River under intense machine-gun fire, and when his boat was sunk, twice swam the river to correct the fire of his covering detachment and to bring his patrol to safety after their mission had been accomplished.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Faison, NC

WILLIAMS, JAMES R.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company E, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James R. Williams, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Mazinghein, France, October 19, 1918. With another soldier Private Williams volunteered and rescued a wounded comrade from an exposed position in front of the line after two other men had lost their lives in attempting to do so.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Peytonsburg, KY

WILLIAMS, JESSIE V.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 167th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jessie V. Williams, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Haumont, France, September 15, 1918. When the platoon he commanded was enfiladed successively by two machine-gun nests, Sergeant Williams disposed his men so that both nests were captured without casualties. He displayed marked personal heroism in the advance, killing one enemy gunner with the butt of his rifle and bayoneting a second. His display of fearlessness was an example that inspired his men.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Lanett, AL

WILLIAMS, JOE
Private, U.S. Army
Company E, 366th Infantry Regiment, 92d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joe Williams, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Lesseux, France, September 4, 1918. Private Williams was a member of a combat group which was attacked by 20 of an enemy raiding party advancing under a heavy barrage and using liquid. The sergeant in charge of the group was killed and several others, including Private Williams, were wounded. Nevertheless, this soldier, with three others, fearlessly resisted the enemy until they were driven off.
General Orders No. No. 143, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Acton, AL

WILLIAMS, JOHN F., JR.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 2, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John F. Williams, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ypres, Belgium, August 2, 1918. First Lieutenant Williams volunteered to destroy an enemy pillbox which had caused many casualties in his battalion. With much skill and daring he led a daylight patrol, under heavy shell and machine-gun fire, rushed the pillbox, killed or wounded the occupants, and accomplished, his mission.
General Orders No. No. 143, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Charlotte, NC

WILLIAMS, JOHN J.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
165th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John J. Williams, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Villers-sur-Fere, France, July 28, 1918. When all the other officers of his company had been killed or wounded, Second Lieutenant Williams promptly took command, led his men through artillery and machine-gun fire, rushed a machine-gun which was blocking his advance, personally killed four members of its crew, gained his objective and held it.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Berlin, WI

WILLIAMS, JULIUS DE WITT
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company L, 107th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Julius De Witt Williams, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. Corporal Williams displayed great courage and was an excellent example for the men whom he led in the attack on the Hindenburg line. Although wounded in the right hip by a machine-gun bullet, he remained in command of his unit and assisted in the organization of a position for defense. He did not submit to evacuation until the position was secure against counterattack.
General Orders No. No. 35, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Brightwater, NY

WILLIAMS, LOCKWOOD
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 60th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lockwood Williams, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Clery-le-Petit, France, November 5, 1918. When his company was held up by a machine-gun nest, First Sergeant (then sergeant) Williams, with two soldiers, attacked the nest, killed two gunners and captured eight prisoners. This act made it possible for his company to advance and clear the bridgehead for the crossing. of the brigade.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Asheville, NC

WILLIAMS, MACK H.
Private, U.S. Army
Company M, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Mack H. Williams, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Medeah Ferme, France, October 3, 1918. Wounded in the hip by shell fire while acting as stretcher bearer, Private Williams remained on duty until his company was relieved seven days later.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Honey, MS

WILLIAMS, PONTIAC J., JR.
Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 31, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Pontiac J. Williams, Jr., Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Hill No. 212, near Sergy, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, July 31, 1918. Private Williams volunteered to go out in front of our lines and bring in a wounded runner. Although he was shot in the face before he reached the runner, he accomplished his mission.
General Orders No. No. 117, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Bay Shore, MI

WILLIAMS, RAY
Bugler, U.S. Army
Company A, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8 - 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ray Williams, Bugler, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vaux, France, October 8 - 12, 1918. Throughout this period Bugler Williams, acting as company runner, showed utter disregard for personal safety in carrying messages under fire. October 10, when the advance of his company was checked by enemy machine-gun and direct artillery fire, he carried a message of great importance to battalion headquarters and returned with an answer, through a hail of bullets and shells. He continued to carry messages until he dropped from sheer exhaustion and even then begged to be permitted to resume his duties.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Lexington, NC

*WILLIAMS, RAY T.
Private, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ray T. Williams, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Grand Ballois Farm, France, July 15, 1918. After several of his comrades had been killed or wounded while attempting to repair telephone lines, Private Williams went out and performed the mission under heavy gas and shell bombardment.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Humphreys, MO

WILLIAMS, WALTER
Corporal, U.S. Army
Battery B, 18th Field Artillery, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15 - 17, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Walter Williams, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Le Donjon Farm, France, July 15 - 17, 1918. Despite severe injuries, Corporal Williams remained at his post through a terrific shelling, firing his piece and directing his squad for two days before allowing himself to be evacuated.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Memphis, TN

*WILLIAMS, WILFRED
Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Wilfred Williams, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montblainville, France, September 28, 1918. As point of patrol sent out to locate and destroy an enemy machine-gun nest, Private Williams exposed himself fearlessly to draw the enemy fire, which instantly killed him. Through his sacrifice and inspired by his bravery, his companions rushed and captured the enemy emplacement.
General Orders 74, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Bayou Perout, LA

WILLIAMS, WILL J.
Private, U.S. Army
Company E, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Will J. Williams, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chipilly Ridge, France, August 8, 1918. Although seriously wounded, Private Williams remained on duty, carrying messages across zones swept by heavy fire. He showed marked heroism, his example being an inspiration to those serving with him.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Urbana, IL

WILLIAMS, WILLIAM C.
Captain, U.S. Army
109th Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William C. Williams, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Monthurel, France, July 15, 1918, Early in the fighting Captain Williams was wounded three times, but in spite of suffering and loss of blood he refused to leave his men until his battalion was relieved three days later.
General Orders No. No. 109, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

WILLIAMSON, ALFRED
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medical Detachment, 370th Infantry Regiment, 93d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alfred Williamson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Beaume, France, November 8, 1918. Private Williamson was assigned to duty at the first-aid station, but volunteered to accompany the attacking lines to more expeditiously attend to the wounded. During the advance he constantly exposed himself to the enemy and under heavy fire to render first aid.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

WILLIAMSON, HARRY A.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 6th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry A. Williamson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Romagne, France, October 14, 1918. While advancing with his platoon, Sergeant Williamson located the position of an enemy machine-gun. Without assistance he attacked the gun and successfully accomplished the capture of both gun and crew.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Vandevoort, AR

WILLIAMSON, PHILIP H.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
1st Antiaircraft Machine-Gun Battalion, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 10 - 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Philip H. Williamson, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Thiaucourt, France, September 10 - 26, 1918. First Lieutenant Williamson displayed extreme coolness and courage while conducting the advance of his company in the sector near Thiaucourt. He visited daily, under heavy shell fire, his gun positions and made daily reconnaissances of the lines. When wounded, he refused to be taken to the hospital until he had superintended the removal of his men to a place of safety.
General Orders No. No. 140, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Baltimore, MD

WILLIAMSON, WILLIAM H.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 108th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William H. Williamson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. Sergeant Williamson, in charge of a combat patrol successfully accomplished his mission under heavy shell and machine-gun fire, after three-fourths of his patrol had been killed or wounded. In the same engagement, he successfully reorganized his company, after all the officers were killed or wounded, and led it in effective combat.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Auburn, NY

*WILLIS, EDWARD
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
170th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward Willis, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. Lieutenant Willis displayed remarkable gallantry in leading his platoon of machine-guns for more than 2,000 yards under terrific machine-gun fire. Even after being mortally wounded and unable to advance further, he continued to urge his men on.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Summit, NJ

WILLIS, EDWARD S.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 15th Machine-Gun Battalion, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward S. Willis, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vieville-en-Haye, in the St. Mihiel salient, France, September 12, 1918. Sergeant Willis displayed great courage, determination, and devotion to duty leading his section forward to its objective, inspiring his men by his coolness under fire. While consolidating his objective he was severely wounded by shrapnel, but remained in command of his section until overcome by weakness and sent to the rear. His example was an inspiration to every soldier of his command.
General Orders No. No. 128, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Durango, CO

*WILLIS, PAUL
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company K, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Paul Willis, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne, France, October 8, 1918. Upon the death of his platoon commander, Sergeant Willis took command of the platoon and led his men in an attack against the enemy. Although wounded several times, he continued to lead his men until killed by machine-gun fire.
General Orders No. 20, W.D., 1919
Home Town: China Springs, TX

WILLOUGHBY, JESSE C.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company K, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jesse C. Willoughby, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Exermont, France, October 4, 1918. His company commander being incapacitated on the morning of October 4, 1918, Sergeant Willoughby assumed command of the company, reorganized it under heavy fire, and led it forward in the attack. The company participated in attack and capture of Hill 240 on that date. The noncommissioned officer held the command in the position gained until he was relieved on October 11, 1918.
General Orders No. No. 53, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Lafollette, TN

*WILLS, JOHN H.
Major, U.S. Army
1st Engineers, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 21, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John H. Wills, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Berzy-le-Sec, France, July 21, 1918. As Adjutant of his brigade, Major Wills repeatedly displayed great bravery, making trips among troops under violent fire, and by his courage and initiative contributed materially to the success of the engagement.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Auburn, AL

*WILSON, CARLISLE R.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
139th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Carlisle R. Wilson, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montblainville, France, September 27, 1918. In order to establish and maintain liaison with the adjacent division, Lieutenant Wilson, although wounded, led his men along the valley of the Aire River and across a bridge through the heaviest kind of artillery and machine-gun fire. He died soon after this exploit from the wounds received.
General Orders No. 21, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Bethany, MO

WILSON, CASEL
Private, U.S. Army
Company G, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Casel Wilson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. In order to stop artillery fire which was causing heavy losses in our ranks Private Wilson, with another soldier, rushed 300 yards to the front, attacked a machine- gun strong point and a 77-mm. artillery gun, captured the position and the gun, killed two, and captured 13 of the enemy.
General Orders No. No. 145, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Chillicothe, OH

WILSON, EARLE W.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 168th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Earle W. Wilson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sergy, France, July 28, 1918. Showing great personal bravery and contempt of danger at all times during the attack on Hill 212, Sergeant Wilson maneuvered his platoon so skillfully as to capture a machine-gun position with four of its occupants, after which he operated the two enemy guns thus taken against the retreating Germans.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Red Oak, IA

WILSON, FRED T.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fred T. Wilson, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. Wounded early in the engagement, Lieutenant Wilson refused to be evacuated and remained with his platoon throughout the day's fighting, until the objective was reached. Although he was suffering acute pain from his wounds, he personally attacked several machine-gun nests and aided other wounded men.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Mamaroneck, NY

WILSON, GUY M.
Major, U.S. Army
125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 31 - August 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Guy M. Wilson, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while commanding the leading battalion in the successful advance from Courmont to Mont St. Martin, France, from July 31 to August 5, 1918. including the forced crossing of the Ourcq River and several engagements, and especially at Les Jamblet, where he personally led the successful charge of his battalion.
General Orders No. No. 117, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Detroit, MI

WILSON, HARVEY W.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
372d Infantry Regiment, 93d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28 - 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harvey W. Wilson, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bussy Farm, France, September 28 - 29, 1918. After being hit by a shell splinter Second Lieutenant Wilson continued to lead his platoon against the enemy position until he was again hit by another shell fragment and had to be carried from the field. His example of devotion to duty and his courage inspired the men of the platoon to continue the attack successfully.
General Orders No. 13, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Boston, MA

WILSON, HAZEN
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Hazen Wilson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Gesnes, France, October 9, 1918. Private Wilson displayed exceptional courage and bravery while carrying messages from his company in the line to his regimental post of command. While carrying messages he passed through areas swept by a terrific enemy fire. He was repeatedly knocked down by the shell explosions, and had his rifle broken and his pack torn from his back by the force of the exploding shells, but successfully completed his mission, delivering messages which were of great value in the success of the operation.
General Orders 64, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Detroit, MI

WILSON, JAMES M.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
126th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James M. Wilson, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ammertzviller, Alsace, the night of July 8, 1918. Second Lieutenant Wilson returned under fire into enemy barbed-wire to recover two of his patrol who were missing after a raid, and, although painfully wounded himself, brought them safely to the American trenches, concealing the fact of his injury until he had succeeded in his undertaking and fainted from exhaustion.
General Orders No. No. 101, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Kalamazoo, MI

*WILSON, JOSEPHUS B.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
15th Machine-Gun Battalion, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Josephus B. Wilson, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cunel, France, October 12, 1918. Lieutenant Wilson skillfully led a portion of his company through a terrific hostile barrage, establishing them in shell holes where the guns were set up. He then returned through the same barrage and, assembling his reserve platoon, started in the direction of the enemy, but while leading his men to the attack, he was mortally wounded and died upon the field.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Athens, TN

WILSON, MERRITT B.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
125th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 2, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Merritt B. Wilson, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Reddy Farm, France, August 2, 1918. With a party of 30 men, Lieutenant Wilson led the advance on the Bois Chenet, where a full company of Germans, supported by machine- guns, were encountered. Due to his splendid leadership and example, this resistance was overcome and the woods were taken. Although suffering great pain from a broken ear drum, caused by the explosion of a shell, Lieutenant Wilson immediately led his party to the flank of the battalion, where numerous attempts of the enemy to retake the woods were repulsed. He refused to leave his company for first aid until darkness had brought an end to the advance.
General Orders 64, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Menominee, MI

*WILSON, ROBERT M.
Private, U.S. Army
Company I, 118th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert M. Wilson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Brancourt, France, October 8, 1918. Private Wilson, who was a Lewis gunner, encountered an enemy machine-gun nest containing four Germans who were inflicting heavy casualties on the right platoon of the company. He opened fire with his Lewis gun and then charged the nest, firing as he advanced and killing all the occupants of the post. On October 17, 1918, Private Wilson was killed while on duty with his company.
General Orders 64, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Great Falls, SC

WILSON, ROGERS M.
Captain, U.S. Army
18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18 - 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Rogers M. Wilson, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18 - 22, 1918. Throughout this period Captain Wilson led his company against the enemy in a masterly manner, displaying exceptional judgment, energy, and conspicuous gallantry until he received a severe wound which permanently disabled his right arm.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Savannah, GA

WILSON, ROY C.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Sanitary Detachment, 106th Field Artillery, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Roy C. Wilson, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Villette, France, September 6, 1918. Private Wilson voluntarily went forward under heavy enemy artillery fire and rendered first aid to wounded men of the 103d Engineers who were lying in an exposed position. He then crawled along a railroad track for about 300 yards, secured an ambulance which had been abandoned due to the intensity of enemy shell fire, and made three trips over a bridge under continual fire to an advanced dressing station, safely evacuating 14 of the wounded.
General Orders No. 6, W.D., 1933
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

WILSON, SHUG
Private, U.S. Army
Company D, 105th Engineers, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Shug Wilson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bellicourt, France, September 28, 1918. After his company had taken shelter from a terrific bombardment of shell and machine-gun fire, Private Wilson volunteered and went to the aid of a wounded comrade who was lying 100 yards out on a shell-swept area. He gave first-aid treatment, after which he carried him back to the dressing station.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Wilder, TN

WILSON, THOMAS J.
Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas J. Wilson, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Premont, France, October 7, 1918. After his platoon had reached its objective in an exhausted condition and without food or water, he voluntarily exposed himself to heavy fire to get rations and canteens from dead soldiers, who had fallen in exposed positions, and distributed these among the men of his platoon. Later, he carried an important message over ground subjected to intense artillery fire, and, with three other soldiers, carried a wounded officer to a dressing station, over ground commanded by the enemy positions.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chattanooga, TN

WILT, PERRY W.
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 311th Machine-Gun Battalion, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Perry W. Wilt, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montfaucon, France, September 29, 1918. While performing his duties as company runner Private Wilt passed through an intensely shelled area on six different occasions and expressed a willingness to make several more trips, as the situation required. While making his last journey across the area he was severely wounded.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Swanton, MD

WINANT, FREDERICK, JR.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frederick Winant, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Mezy, France, July 15, 1918. Lieutenant Winant was in command of the Stokes' mortar platoon of his regiment at the beginning of the German attack of July 15, when all but two of his guns were blown out of their pits by enemy fire. Changing the location of his two remaining guns, he continued to fire on the Germans as they crossed the Marne, and when he was no longer able to do so he withdrew his men, numbering about 20, and assisted in holding back the enemy, approaching from three sides. Regardless of personal danger, he remained on duty throughout the action, refusing to accept first aid, though he had been twice wounded.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

*WINCHESTER, ERNEST E.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4 - 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ernest E. Winchester, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near La Chene Tondu, France, October 4 - 5, 1918. After three attempts had failed to bomb out enemy machine-gun nests, which were holding up the advance of his company, Sergeant Winchester voluntarily led a fourth patrol. He made his way to a point close to the nests and pressed on, even after all the members of his patrol had been killed or wounded. Though finally killed, his efforts were instrumental in uncovering the nests, which were soon after destroyed.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Iola, IL

WINES, PEARL J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company E, 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Pearl J. Wines, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action north of Fey-en-Haye, France, September 12, 1918. Upon encountering a party of five Germans, one of whom wounded him in the side, Sergeant Wines, unaided, engaged the entire number, killing three and capturing the other two.
General Orders 81, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Bartlesville, OK

WINESTOCK, JAMES E.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company M, 165th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 14, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James E. Winestock, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Landres-et-St. Georges, France, October 14, 1918. Private Winestock showed an utter disregard of personal danger by repeatedly carrying messages from his company commander to the platoon commanders, through an area swept by heavy shell, machine-gun, and rifle fire, in full view of enemy snipers who were firing upon him. On one trip he found 11 men who were without a leader, and he personally led them in combat against the enemy.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New York, NY

WININGER, LAWRENCE
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 60th Artillery, Coast Artillery Corps
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lawrence Wininger, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montblainville, France, October 4, 1918. Sergeant Winninger ran with a litter into an area under heavy shell fire, in effort to save a wounded comrade. He succeeded in getting the soldier on the litter, but before he was able to carry him to place of safety, a shell struck almost directly beneath the litter, killing the wounded man and wounding Sergeant Wininger severely.
General Orders No. 13, W.D., 1919
Home Town: French Lick, IN

WINSHIP, BLANTON
Colonel, U.S. Army
110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Blanton Winship, Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Lachaussee, France, November 9, 1918. While commanding his regiment and observing from his outpost line the progress of a daylight raid on the enemy by a detachment of his officers and men, Colonel Winship discovered the enemy enveloping the right flank of the raiding party. Hastily collecting and organizing a small party from the few available men, he, regardless of his own safety, personally led them forward under heavy rifle, machine- gun, and shell fire, and covered the exposed flank, advancing over a deep tank obstruction and through enemy wire to their second line, destroying several machine guns and killing many of the enemy. His prompt and fearless action enabled the main raiding party to accomplish its mission, and his personal conduct was a great inspiration to his officers and men and contributed largely to the success of the raid.
General Orders No. 9, W.D., 1923
Home Town: Macon, GA

WINSLOW, ARTHUR J.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 103d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur J. Winslow, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-St. Remy, France, September 12, 1918. Rushing from shell hole to shell hole, Corporal Winslow reached an enemy trench; and, having flanked a machine-gun killed the gunner and took the remaining members of the crew as prisoners.
General Orders No. 26, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Harrisville, NH

WINSOR, MERLE R.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 12th Machine-Gun Battalion, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Merle R. Winsor, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Hautevesnes, France, July 19, 1918. Although severely wounded by a flanking machine- gun fire, Corporal Winsor remained with his gun crew in an exposed position and under a sweeping artillery and machine-gun fire. He received aid from members of his company and remained on duty with the platoon until the company had withdrawn and he had been ordered to the aid station.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Campello, MA

*WINSTEAD, GUY J.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June and July, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Guy J. Winstead, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Chateau-Thierry, France, during June and July, 1918. Lieutenant Winstead led four patrols across the Marne River while exposed to heavy enemy machine-gun fire. On the second of these patrols the boat was sunk and it was necessary to swim the river. While within the enemy lines he and five others raided a German outpost, killing five of the enemy, and, in spite of heavy enemy fire, returned with a prisoner. On July 15, 1918, shortly after leading his platoon under gas and shell fire to a position on a hill, he was killed by enemy fire.
General Orders No. No. 27, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Roxboro, NC

WINTERS, RAY
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, 110th Engineers, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ray Winters, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Baulny, France, September 30, 1918. In the face of an enemy counterattack and while exposing himself to intense machine-gun and artillery fire, Sergeant Winters advanced 300 yards beyond our lines to rescue a wounded soldier. He administered first aid to the wounded man and then carried him back to our lines.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Kansas City, KS

WINTERS, RAYMOND C.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company G, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Raymond C. Winters, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Meuse-Argonne Sector, France, September 26, 1918. When the advance of his company was held up by machine-gun fire from a strong enemy position, Lieutenant Winters led his platoon forward with utter disregard for his personal safety. He succeeded in flanking the enemy position with a squad of riflemen and an automatic rifle team, and by personally directing their fire silenced the enemy machine guns, and thereby assisted greatly in the capture of the position together with 80 prisoners.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Whitestone, NY

WINTHROP, DUDLEY M.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 165th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Dudley M. Winthrop, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Sector Auberive, France, July 16, 1918. After repeated attempts to rescue a wounded soldier in a communication trench held by the enemy had failed, Sergeant Winthrop went out in the, face of heavy machine-gun fire, rescued the wounded man and dressed his wounds.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

WINTON, DAVID J.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company C, 345th Battalion, Tank Corps, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to David J. Winton, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Exermont, France, October 4, 1918. Lieutenant Winton (then sergeant) ran his tank into the wood to reduce a machine-gun nest, but it was hit and set on fire. He and the driver were wounded as they left the tank, but advanced on the nest and were both wounded the second time. While attempting to reach his companion, who had been hit the third time, Lieutenant Winton was again wounded, but reached the driver. They then took cover and remained until darkness, when Lieutenant Winton made his way back to our lines, being hit three more times while returning.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Minneapolis, MN

WINTRODE, JOHN H.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company A, 168th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John H. Wintrode, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Ourcq River, northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, July 30, 1918. Sergeant Winthrode took command of his company when all his officers were killed or wounded and handled it with extreme courage, coolness, and skill under an intense artillery bombardment and machine-gun fire during an exceptionally difficult attack.
General Orders No. No. 116, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Winterset, IA

WIRTH, THOMAS F.
Major, U.S. Army
355th Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas F. Wirth, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the Bois-de-Mort Mare, France, September 12, 1918. When his battalion was held up by numerous German machine-gun nests Major Wirth walked out in front in the face of violent fire and led his battalion in capturing eight machine-guns and 12 prisoners.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Louisville, KY

WISCHMEIER, OTTO T.
Private, U.S. Army
Company L, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Otto T. Wischmeier, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Busigny, France, October 9, 1918. Voluntarily accompanying a party sent out to attack machine-gun posts, Private Wischmier, armed only with a rifle and bayonet, entered an enemy dugout alone and captured a number of Germans.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: West Burlington, IA

WISE, CHARLES E.
Captain, U.S. Army
132d Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles E. Wise, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Bois-de-Foret, France, October 12, 1918. While leading his company in an advance from the Bois-de- Pays to the Bois-de-Foret, Captain Wise was severely wounded, but continued to lead his men until he became so weak that he was unable to advance further. He then directed the advance of his company from the shelter of a shell hole until the command could be turned over to the first sergeant, all the other officers having become casualties.
General Orders No. 59, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Mankato, MN

WISE, JENNINGS C.
Major, U.S. Army
318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jennings C. Wise, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the Meuse- Argonne offensive, near Nantillois, France, October 4, 1918. Major Wise, while gallantly leading his battalion in the attack was painfully wounded by a shell fragment. He refused to be evacuated but continued to successfully command his battalion in an advance against strong enemy resistance until his battalion was relieved on October 7.
General Orders No. 72, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Richmond, VA

WISEMAN, RUFUS E.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 166th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 29 - August 2, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Rufus E. Wiseman, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action northeast of Chateau-Thierry, France, July 29, 1918, to August 2, 1918. Corporal Wiseman was in charge of a detail for carrying ammunition to a machine-gun section. He had performed his duties and had been given permission to withdraw to the rear, but he remained with his detail for four days on the firing line under a heavy bombardment and machine-gun fire, assisting the machine-gun crew. During these four days he was suffering from the effects of gas but refused to be evacuated.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Yellowbird, OH

WISHER, ROBERT F.
Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 301st Battalion, Tank Corps, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert F. Wisher, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ronssoy, France, September 29, 1918. After aiding in rescuing the wounded from his tank, which had been struck by a shell, Private Wisher, with Corpora Albert F. Neil, dismounted machine-guns from the tank and operated them against the enemy until these were put out of action. They then secured rifles and hand grenades and organized an attack on the enemy trenches, which they captured and held until depletion of their numbers forced them to fall back. Later they joined Australian troops and fought with them throughout the remainder of the day.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Philadelphia, PA

WITHERELL, WILLIAM R.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
168th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15 - 16, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William R. Witherell, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cote-de-Chatillon, France, October 15 - 16, 1918. While in command of an assaulting company, which was without other officers, he displayed unhesitating devotion to duty and courage during the offensive operations at Cote' de Chatillon. Brilliantly leading his company in an attack over open ground swept by violent machine-gun fire, he captured 63 prisoners and four officers and directed the organization of the captured positions in disregard of all danger. On the next day, after severe hand-to- hand fighting, he drove off and completely broke up a pending counterattack, furnishing a splendid example of calmness, decision, and courage at a very critical time.
General Orders No. 13, W.D., 1919
Home Town: North Adams, MA

WITHERS, LORIS A.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company E, 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27 - 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Loris A. Withers, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the attack and capture of Montfaucon, France, September 27 - 29, 1918. After being wounded in the arm on the morning of September 27, 1918, Lieutenant Withers refused medical attention and remained in command of his platoon in action for two days and nights until ordered to the rear by the battalion surgeon on September 29, 1918. The courage and leadership displayed by Lieutenant Withers greatly inspired the officers and men of his battalion and were important factors in the capture of Montfaucon and the positions to the north, by the 313th Infantry.
General Orders No. No. 12, W.D., 1929
Home Town: New York, NY

WITKOSKI, MICHAEL
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company G, 56th Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 2, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Michael Witkoski, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vilcey-sur-Trey, France, November 2, 1918. After Corporal Witkoski and two wounded comrades had become separated from their platoon and were almost entirely surrounded by the enemy, Corporal Witowski directed the fire of his men, killing and wounding several of the enemy and holding the position until assistance arrived from his platoon.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Kinderbrook, NY

WITMER, GEORGE
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company G, 29th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Witmer, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Nonsard, France, September 12, 1918. Accompanied by another soldier, Corporal Witmer attacked and destroyed an enemy machine-gun nest, using only his rifle and bayonet.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Manchester, PA

WITT, WALTER S.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 353d Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Walter S. Witt, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in Bois-de- Bantheville, France, October 22, 1918. Although wounded in the face by machine-gun fire, Sergeant Witt refused to go to the first-aid station for treatment, remaining with his platoon throughout the engagement, until the objective was reached and the position consolidated.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Sugar City, CO

WITTE, LOUIS
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 30, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Louis Witte, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Roncheres, France, July 30, 1918. When all the other members of his automatic rifle squad had been killed or wounded Sergeant Witte (then a private) took the dead gunner's automatic rifle and kept it in action against the enemy. Considerable enemy machine-gun fire was thereby drawn upon his and he was wounded, but he nevertheless continued to maintain an effective fire while the remainder of his company was withdrawing. He remained at his post firing until the entire company had withdrawn.
General Orders 66, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Shepley, WI

WITTEN, CLARENCE
Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 20, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clarence Witten, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 20, 1918. Private Witten fearlessly exposed himself to fire, in order to obtain effective positions from which to fire upon enemy machine-gun nests, continuing this valuable work until seriously wounded.
General Orders No. No. 132, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Harold, KY

WOERMAN, AUGUST
Private, U.S. Army
Company A, 321st Machine-Gun Battalion, 82d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to August Woerman, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sommerance, France, October 15, 1918. Although wounded by shrapnel, Private Woerman remained on duty throughout the entire night and, after having his wounds dressed, insisted on returning for duty. He was again wounded the following day, once more disregarding his wound and continuing on duty.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Quincy, IL

WOLL, HERMAN B.
Private, U.S. Army
357th Ambulance Company, 315th Sanitary Train, 90th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Herman B. Woll, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vilcey-sur-Trey, France, September 12, 1918. With another soldier, Private Woll left the shelter of a wood and went forward to rescue a soldier who had fallen wounded on a hill under constant machine-gun and shell fire. While they were carrying him back on a litter, he was again wounded, and the litter was struck twice by machine-gun bullets, but they succeeded in carrying him back to safety, thereby saving his life.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Estherville, IA

*WOOD, ALTON P.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
167th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: May 3 - 4, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alton P. Wood, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the vicinity of Ancerviller, France, May 3 - 4, 1918. While on patrol in "No Man's Land" on the night of May 3-4, 1918, Second Lieutenant Wood displayed great courage and devotion to duty in continuing to direct his men after having been mortally wounded, and refusing aid until he was assured of the safety of his men.
General Orders No. No. 100, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Boston, MA

*WOOD, LAMBERT A.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 6 - 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lambert A. Wood, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Chateau- Thierry, France, June 6 - 7, 1918. With entire disregard for personal danger, Lieutenant Wood passed through heavy artillery fire with a message to stop misdirected supporting artillery fire, which fire imperiled the safety of his organization. He was killed near Soissons, France, on July 18, 1918, while leading his machine-gun platoon on a flank movement against an enemy group which was enfilading our advancing Infantry line.
General Orders No. No. 3, W.D., 1924
Home Town: Portland, OR

WOOD, MEREDITH
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: June 30 & August 24, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Meredith Wood, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Badonviller, France, June 30, and near Chery Chartreuve, France, August 24, 1918. Accompanied by only one noncommissioned officer, Lieutenant Wood, acting as signal officer, penetrated the enemy's front line and bravely patrolled their territory, following a wire which was thought to lead to a listening post. He cut the wire and returned to our lines with valuable information. On August 24, when a direct hit was made on the building occupied by regimental headquarters, he was severely gassed when he removed his mask to aid a mortally wounded soldier, and to search for others who might have been overcome.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

WOOD, WILLIAM EDWARD
Private, U.S. Army
Company E, 118th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 17, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William Edward Wood, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near the La Selle River, France, October 17, 1918. When his squad had become separated from the company in a dense fog, Private Wood immediately attached himself and his squad to a company in the attacking wave and continued in the advance. He worked forward with a Lewis gun and so placed it that he delivered so severe a fire upon an enemy machine-gun nest that the crew deserted it. He continued firing until his gun was completely demolished by an enemy shell. Not daunted by this, Private Wood secured a rifle and continued to pour the fire of his whole squad upon the retreating enemy, killing many of them.
General Orders 98, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Greer, SC

WOOD, WILLIAM J.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 4th Engineers, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William J. Wood, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ville-Savoye, France, August 11, 1918. Although his eyes had been burned by gas, Sergeant Wood volunteered for duty and assisted in the construction of an artillery bridge across the Vesle River, under constant machine-gun and artillery fire, setting a conspicuous example of personal bravery and devotion to duty.
General Orders No. No. 147, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Portland, OR

WOODARD, WILLIAM E.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company M, 358th Infantry Regiment, 90th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William E. Woodard, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vilcey, France, September 12, 1918. Although wounded in the back by machine-gun fire early in the attack, Corporal Woodard refused to stop even for the application of first-aid dressing. He continued to command his squad regardless of the pain and with utter disregard of personal danger, until the objective was reached.
General Orders No. No. 3, W.D., 1921
Home Town: Westfille, IL

WOODARD, WILLIE L.
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Willie L. Woodard, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Geneve and Poncheaux, France, October 8, 1918. Early on the morning of October 8, Private Woodard was painfully wounded by severe machine-gun fire, which also riddled his gas mask. Unmindful of his suffering and despite the fact that he had no protection from gas, he continued to press on with his company until he fell exhausted and was evacuated.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Arp, TN

WOODS, HARRY MELVIN
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 1st Gas Regiment, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Harry Melvin Woods, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Montfaucon, France, September 29, 1918. While his position was under heavy and continuous bombardment of both gas and high-explosive shells he voluntarily left is dugout and put gas masks on nine soldiers, giving his own mask to one of them, and thus saving their Lives. After being severely gassed by the explosion of a shell, one piece of which struck him, he continued to administer aid to the other wounded, and quit when his eyes were swelling shut and he was completely exhausted.
General Orders No. No. 145, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Elkhart, IN

WOODS, HOWARD S.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company F, 142d Infantry Regiment, 36th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Howard S. Woods, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near St. Etienne, France, October 8, 1918. After all the officers of his company had become casualties, Sergeant Woods, though himself wounded severely, remained at his post and reorganized his company under heavy machine-gun and artillery fire, thereby making possible its further advance.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Wewoka, OK

WOODSIDE, ROBERT G.
Captain, U.S. Army
38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert G. Woodside, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Les Franquette Farm, near Jaulgonne, France, July 22, 1918. Captain Woodside rallied the men of one platoon of his company who were falling back in disorder, reformed them under heavy enemy shell and machine-gun fire, and led them to the left front of the battalion sector and engaged the attacking enemy. His prompt action stopped an enveloping movement of the enemy which imperiled the position of the battalion.
General Orders No. No. 27, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

WOODSMALL, WILLIAM
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company A, 131st Infantry Regiment, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William Woodsmall, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Consenvoye, France, October 10, 1918. Corporal Woodsmall left our lines on his own initiative, and advancing alone against a German machine-gun nest, killed the crew and brought back their machine-gun. He showed marked coolness and bravery, with utter disregard for the heavy fire to which he was subjected.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Little Rock, AR

WOODVILLE, JOSEPH P.
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 112th Machine-Gun Battalion, 29th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph P. Woodville, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Bois-de-Consenvoye, France, October 15, 1918. Private Woodville remained at his gun until the position was destroyed, the other gun sentry killed, and he himself wounded. He refused first aid until the bombardment had lifted and kept up the morale of the other members of his section by his heroism and cheerfulness.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Norfolk, VA

WOODWARD, DUDLEY W.
Captain, U.S. Army
9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Dudley W. Woodward, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. Advancing with his company in the face of withering machine-gun fire, Captain Woodward attacked a nest of ten machine-guns and a battery of field guns, which were holding up the attack. In spite of the additional hazard of heavy enfilading fire from enemy artillery on the left, he succeeded with his mission. On another occasion he broke up an enemy counterattack formation by placing an automatic rifle team in an exposed position and disorganized the enemy with a harassing fire.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: New Amsterdam, IN

WOODWARD, FREDERICK A.
Private, U.S. Army
Battery E, 42d Artillery, Coast Artillery Corps
Date of Action: July 14 - 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frederick A. Woodward, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Suippes, Marne, France, July 14 - 15, 1918. Private Woodward, acting as runner during an engagement, kept up his work throughout the bombardment. On the trip he was wounded by a bursting shell, but succeeded in carrying a very important message to his battery commander.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Elizabeth, NJ

*WOODWARD, RICHARD FULLER
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 9, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Richard Fuller Woodward, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Cunel, France, October 9, 1918. Disregarding his intense suffering from wounds, Lieutenant Woodward continued to lead and encourage his men until killed by another rain of machine-gun bullets.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Richmond, Long Island, NY

WOOLDRIDGE, JESSE WALTON
Captain, U.S. Army
38th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Jesse Walton Wooldridge, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action east of Chateau-Thierry, France on July 15, 1918. With rare courage and conspicuous gallantry Captain Wooldridge led a counterattack against an enemy of five times his own numbers. 189 men entered this counterattack and 51 emerged untouched. More than 1,000 of the enemy were killed, wounded, or taken prisoners.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: San Francisco, CA

WOOLFE, IRVING
Private, U.S. Army
Company I, 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 10, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Irving Woolfe, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Revillon, France, September 10, 1918. Volunteering to serve on a patrol for the purpose of capturing prisoners, Private Woolfe crawled forward to a sentry post 25 yards from the enemy lines. Overpowering two sentries, he started back under a heavy barrage of rifle grenades and rifle fire, and, ignoring his great danger, he successfully delivered his prisoners to the battalion commander.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hartford, CT

WOOLSHLAGER, JOHN F.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
312th Infantry Regiment, 78th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John F. Woolshlager, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action northwest of Grand Pre, France, October 18, 1918. In the attack of the morning of October 18 Lieutenant Woolshlager was severely wounded, both legs being broken. He nevertheless retained command of his platoon and that of an adjoining platoon. Throughout the day, exposed to heavy machine-gun and artillery fire, he encouraged and directed his men. Due to his efforts the position, gained at great cost, was held against enemy attacks.
General Orders No. No. 16, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Castorland, NY

*WOOMER, ELMER E.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 2, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Elmer E. Woomer, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Le Chene Tondu, France, October 2, 1918. Leading a patrol to locate hidden machine-gun nests, Sergeant Woomer placed his men in advantageous positions and advanced alone to draw fire from the enemy strongholds. In the execution of his mission he was killed, but his heroic action saved the lives of many in the advance that followed.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Myerstown, PA

WORD, WILLIAM E.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
151st Field Artillery, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: March 5, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William E. Word, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action during the action near Pexonne, France, on March 5, 1918. First Lieutenant Word displayed unusual presence of mind and initiative by the effective manner in which he assisted in directing the operations of Battery C, 151st Field Artillery, when it was under particularly heavy bombardment.
General Orders No. No. 126, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Richmond, VA

WORDEN, ROBERT L.
Wagoner, U.S. Army
21st Ambulance Company, 4th Sanitary Train, 4th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert L. Worden, Wagoner, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Ville-Savoye, France, August 7, 1918. While driving an ambulance through the town Wagoner Worden heard cries for help. Voluntarily arid under heavy shell and machine- gun fire, he climbed a tower in which he found two officers and a corporal severely wounded. He rendered first aid and assisted in carrying the wounded men to a place of safety.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Wichita, KS

WORNEK, ERNEST
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company G, 308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ernest Wornek, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Moulin-de-Charlevaux, France, October 3, 1918. Facing heavy machine-gun and rifle fire, Private Wornek went out alone and rescued a soldier who had been wounded in advance of our lines while on a patrol.
General Orders 71, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Mackay, ID

*WORSHAM, ELIJAH W.
Captain, U.S. Army
362d Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Elijah W. Worsham, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Gesnes, France, September 26, 1918. In command of the machine-gun company, Captain Worsham personally led his men forward, reconnoitering and establishing a line for machine-gun emplacements under terrific artillery and machine-gun fire. His fearless and aggressive leadership was of the utmost assistance in the capture of Gesnes. In exposing himself to hostile fire, in order to observe the fire effect of his guns, he was killed.
General Orders No. 8, W.D., 1926
Home Town: Seattle, WA

WORTHEN, GEORGE T.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
139th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George T. Worthen, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Varennes, France, September 26, 1918. Arming himself with a rifle, Lieutenant Worthen personally led an attack on a hostile machine-gun nest which was holding up the advance, capturing the position and killing or capturing the entire enemy unit, including two officers.
General Orders 87, W.D., 1919
Home Town: St. Joseph, MO

WORTHEN, WILLIAM A.
Mechanic, U.S. Army
Company M, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3 & November 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to William A. Worthen, Mechanic, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Tuilerie Farm, France, October 3, 1918, and at Mouzon, France, November 7, 1918. On October 3 Mechanic Worthen was assigned to duty as a runner after he had requested to go into action with his company instead of remaining in the rear. He showed exceptional bravery while carrying messages through heavy machine-gun and artillery fire, and on November 7 he maintained communication with battalion headquarters when the enemy were endeavoring to cut off his company by machine-gun and shell fire.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Sunset, TX

*WORTHINGTON, HENRY H.
Captain, U.S. Army
9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: April 12 - 13, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Henry H. Worthington, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Maisey, France, April 12 - 13, 1918. When the enemy launched a powerful raid after a terrific bombardment for five hours, Captain Worthington gathered his men into effective combat groups and, although greatly outnumbered, drove the enemy from the trenches, inflicting heavy casualties on them. Although severely wounded by a grenade early in the action, he continued to direct his company throughout the night and until the enemy was driven out and his evacuation became necessary through weakness.
General Orders No. No. 3, W.D., 1921
Home Town: Trenton, NJ

WORTHINGTON, RICHARD
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company G, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Richard Worthington, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 18, 1918. Knowing that the enemy had captured a wounded member of his company, Corporal Worthington, with two others, advanced across dangerous ground to a barn, where they routed the enemy captors and carried back their comrade to safety.
General Orders No. 72, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Swifton, AR

WORTHY, ELMER T.
First Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 362d Infantry Regiment, 91st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 29, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Elmer T. Worthy, First Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Gesnes, France, September 29, 1918. During the attack on Gesnes, Sergeant Worthy took charge of 15 soldiers who had become separated from their organization and organized them into a combat group. Continuing forward in the face of shell and machine-gun fire, he led his party in an attack on three machine-guns that were holding up the advance of the American troops and effectively silenced them. The fearless leadership displayed in this act furnished an inspiration to all who witnessed it.
General Orders No. 1, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Santa Ana, CA

*WOZNIAK, ANTHONY
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, 5th Machine-Gun Battalion, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Anthony Wozniak, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Somme- Py, France, October 3, 1918. While going over the top with his company, Private Wozniak was wounded in the foot. Immediately afterwards he rejoined his squad and remained in action for 60 hours, until again severely wounded.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Cleveland, OH

WREN, EDWARD R.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
167th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 22, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward R. Wren, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Haumont, France, September 22, 1918. After clearing the village of Haumont, Lieutenant Wren learned that a soldier of his command was lying either killed or wounded in the town. Disregarding the grave danger of perilous machine-gun fire, he returned into the town and, taking the dead body of the soldier, carried it several hundred yards in an endeavor to get back to our lines.
General Orders No. 46, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Talladega, AL

WRIGHT, CLARENCE L.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Battery C, 124th Field Artillery, 33d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clarence L. Wright, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Romagne, France, November 1, 1918. After three members of his gun crew had been wounded, during heavy enemy shell fire, Sergeant Wright alone continued to keep his piece in action for 15 minutes until assistance reached him. He was wounded in action shortly afterward.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Peoria, IL

WRIGHT, CLARENCE S.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company L, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Clarence S. Wright, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ponchaux, France, October 7, 1918. Accompanying an officer, Corporal Wright aided him in putting two enemy machine-guns out of action. He then carried the information which they secured through a heavy machine-gun barrage to battalion headquarters. Later, when his platoon commander had been wounded, Corporal Wright took command and led the platoon until he was himself wounded.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Knoxville, TN

WRIGHT, DEWEY EDWARD
Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 19, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Dewey Edward Wright, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Soissons, France, July 19, 1918. In the advance Private Wright and two comrades were cut off from the rest of the company by the enemy. He resisted stoutly until he fell with a rifle-shot wound through both legs and was taken prisoner. Two days later, during the advance of our troops, he assisted in the capture of all the enemy in a dugout by calling to the troops and disclosing his position.
General Orders No. No. 35, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Ewing, NE

WRIGHT, EARL
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company I, 139th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 27 - 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Earl Wright, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Charpentry, France, September 27 - 28, 1918. After being wounded in the knee, Corporal Wright refused to be evacuated, but remained at his post for nearly 24 hours until his wounds became so serious that he was ordered to the dressing station. His example of bravery and fortitude was an inspiration to his comrades.
General Orders 95, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Bucklin, MO

WRIGHT, EARL V.
Private, U.S. Army
Company K, 356th Infantry Regiment, 89th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 10 - 11, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Earl V. Wright, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Pouilly, France, November 10 - 11, 1918. Accompanying Second Lieutenant Charles R. Hangar, Private Wright made three trips through heavy shell fire to locate three companies which had become lost in the dense fog during the crossing of the Meuse River, and guided them to the river crossing.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Cross Timbers, MO

*WRIGHT, ERNEST N.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company C, 344th Battalion, Tank Corps, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 12 & 27, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ernest N. Wright, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Nonsard, France, September 12, and near Varennes, France, September 27, 1918. Entering the town of Nonsard during an extremely heavy barrage, Corporal Wright put out of action an enemy machine-gun which was impeding the progress of our troops into the town. On September 27, accompanied by another tank, Corporal Wright advanced far ahead of the infantry and put to flight several enemy machine-gunners. A counterattack by the enemy damaged his tank slightly, which forced him to withdraw to a supposed place of safety for repairs. Discovering his tank, the enemy shelled it, when both he and his companion were wounded, and taken to the rear for treatment. He returned to his tank voluntarily and rendered most valiant service until killed October 3.
General Orders No. 44, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Amador City, CA

WRIGHT, FABIAN W.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 30th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Fabian W. Wright, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Crezancy, France, July 15, 1918. Under constant high-explosive and shrapnel fire, Sergeant Wright remained exposed for 19 hours, observing the movements of the enemy, obtaining information of the most value.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Pittsburgh, PA

WRIGHT, GEORGE L.
Captain, U.S. Army
315th Infantry Regiment, 79th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 28 & November 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George L. Wright, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Malancourt, France, September 28, 1918, and November 6, 1918. On September 28, in order to save his men, Captain Wright crossed a clearing, under heavy machine-gun fire, to secure information of the troops on his flank. On November 6, he set a splendid example to his men, under heavy shell fire, by going from shell hole to shell hole, encouraging them and directing them to safe places.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Norristown, PA

WRIGHT, JOE D.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company L, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 7, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joe D. Wright, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Ponchaux, France, October 7, 1918. Corporal Wright went through heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, taking forward an automatic rifle to the front line to replace one which had become unserviceable after seeing several other soldiers killed or wounded in a similar attempt.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Lenoir City, TN

WRIGHT, JOHN W.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company I, 4th Infantry Regiment, 3d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John W. Wright, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Nesles, France, July 15, 1918. After he had been severely wounded, Sergeant Wright remained on duty through a heavy shell and gas bombardment, rendering valuable assistance to his platoon commander.
General Orders No. 32, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Canebrake, WV

WROBBEL, JOHN
Cook, U.S. Army
Supply Company, 166th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 15 - 18, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Wrobbel, Cook, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Champagne Sector, France, July 15 - 18, 1918. During the heaviest bombardment Cook Wrobbel regularly supplied hot meals to his men. On July 16 his kitchen was almost demolished by shell bursts and a large number of rations destroyed, but he remained at his post after all assistants had sought places of safety.
General Orders No. 26, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Columbus, OH

WYATT, EDWARD H.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
102d Machine-Gun Battalion, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 25, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward H. Wyatt, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Wadonville, France, September 25, 1918. Wounded while conducting his platoon into position to lay a barrage for a raid, Lieutenant Wyatt showed complete disregard for his own safety by remaining on duty for more than an hour under heavy machine-gun and shell fire, directing the location and adjustment of his guns. After his wounds were dressed he returned to his platoon and remained with it until it was relieved.
General Orders No. No. 138, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Rudyard, MI

WYATT, FREDERICK L.
Captain, U.S. Army
167th Infantry Regiment, 42d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: July 28, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Frederick L. Wyatt, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at the Ourcq River, near Sergy, France, July 28, 1918. Captain Wyatt led his company across the Ourcq River under heavy enemy artillery and machine-gun fire, and upon reaching the opposite side of the river attacked the enemy and although severely wounded he continued to lead his company to the enemy's position. Before reaching his objective Captain Wyatt personally organized and led a squad of his company forward and captured a machine-gun nest which was holding up the advance. His devotion to duty was a great inspiration to his men as he remained in command until his objective was reached, when due to his severe wounds he fell unconscious and was forced to be evacuated.
General Orders No. No. 3, W.D., 1929
Home Town: Gadsden, AL

WYATT, LINDON
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company B, 4th Machine-Gun Battalion, 2d Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 8, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lindon Wyatt, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Medeah Ferme, France, October 8, 1918. Corporal Wyatt remained on duty after being wounded while leading his squad into action, Under heavy artillery and machine-gun fire, he directed the advance of the gun upon an enemy pillbox in the open at close range, displaying notable coolness and bravery until he was again severely wounded by shell fire.
General Orders No. No. 145, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Elkatawa, KY

WYGAL, LAWRENCE A.
Private, U.S. Army
Medical Corps, 64th Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: November 1, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lawrence A. Wygal, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Rembercourt, France, November 1, 1918. Private Wygal went forward to the aid of a wounded comrade, who was lying about 125 feet in front of the enemy's firing line. Under direct fire of rifles, machine-guns, and artillery, he applied first aid and took the man back into our trenches to a place of safety.
General Orders No. 37, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Honaker, VA

WYGAST, GREGORY
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 15th Machine-Gun Battalion, 5th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 13, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Gregory Wygast, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Vieville-en-Haye, France, September 13, 1918. Although severely wounded, Private Wygast made five trips through an unusually heavy barrage of machine-gun and shell fire, bringing up ammunition for his squad, relieving their perilous position. Finding his squad leader killed when he returned the fifth time, he took charge of the squad and directed their fire with good effect until completely overcome.
General Orders No. 35, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Toledo, OH

WYKE, GODFRED N.
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: August 10 - 12, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Godfred N. Wyke, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Fismes and Fismette, France, August 10, - 12, 1918. For three days Lieutenant Wyke voluntarily acted as runner after three of the five runners of his company had been killed and two had been wounded. He made numerous trips by day and night through exposed areas under fire, and thus successfully maintained liaison.
General Orders No. 99, W.D., 1918
Home Town: Corapolis, PA

WYLDER, CECIL O.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 102d Infantry Regiment, 26th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: September 26, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Cecil O. Wylder, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Marcheville, France, September 26, 1918. Private Wilder volunteered to go through a violent bombardment to repair telephone lines and thereby succeeding in establishing communication with regimental headquarters in time to call for a barrage at a critical junction.
General Orders No. 15, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Spokane, WA

WYNN, THOMAS
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company H, 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Division, A.E.F.
Date of Action: October 3 & 6, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Thomas Wynn, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for repeated acts of extraordinary heroism in action in the Argonne Forest, France, October 3 and 6, 1918. Sergeant Wynn advanced alone to within 20 yards of the enemy lines under heavy machine-gun fire, after ordering the members of his platoon to take coyer, and cut openings in the enemy's barbed wire. He then led his platoon in an. attack on the hostile trenches, in conjunction with another company, and captured 15 prisoners. Three days later, this soldier again displayed exceptional courage, when attempts were being made to relieve a battalion of his regiment which had been cut off by the enemy, in leading the first wave of his platoon in the attack, securing a foothold on the top of a hill, and holding it all night. Next morning he renewed the attack, despite the fact that he had been wounded.
General Orders No. 50, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Brooklyn, NY

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