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The Distinguished Service Cross
 U.S. Army - Siberia Expedition 

 


BOOHER, ARTHUR J.
Corporal, U.S. Army
31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: June and July, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur J. Booher, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Suchan Valley, Siberia, during June and July 1919. Corporal Booher distinguished himself on numerous occasions by his capabilities and extraordinary daring as a patrol leader while under fire, notably at Kazanka, Siberia, July 1, 1919, and in the lower Suchan Valley, Siberia, July 5, 1919.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Pequot, MN

BRODNICKI, VALERYAN J.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company A, 31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: June 25, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Valeryan J. Brodnicki, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Romanovka, Siberia, June 25, 1919. When his platoon was completely surrounded by the enemy, and although already twice wounded, Corporal Brodnicki volunteered to carry a message through the enemy's lines to the nearest American troops at Novo-Nezhino, six miles away. He succeeded in getting through the enemy's line and reached the nearest American forces and returned with reinforcements for his platoon.
General Orders No. No. 27, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Chicago, IL

BUTLER, LAWRENCE DONALD
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: June 25, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Lawrence Donald Butler, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Romanovka, Siberia, June 25, 1919. Although twice wounded, once severely, early in the action and after over fifty per cent of the detachment were casualties and the detachment completely surrounded by the enemy, Lieutenant butler continued courageously to direct the men, and by his heroism, bearing, and skill so inspired the few survivors that they were enabled to completely repulse greatly superior numbers of the enemy.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: San Francisco, CA

CANNEY, JAMES H.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: July 5, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to James H. Canney, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the lower Suchan Valley, Siberia, July 5, 1919. While in command of a patrol of three men, Sergeant Canney charged a body of about fifty of the enemy and put them to flight, killing one of the enemy.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Dorchester, MA

CRANFORD, RALPH F.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company C, 31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: June 26, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Ralph F. Cranford, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sitsa, Siberia, June 26, 1919. Sergeant Cranford was in command of a platoon of his company and successfully defended the railroad and bridges against an attack by a force of partisans greatly superior in numbers. Due to Sergeant Cranford's skill in placing the members of his platoon, they were able to drive the partisans away from the strong position they had taken upon the hills without loss to the platoon.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Franklin, IN

DE BATTISTA, GEORGE
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: July 13, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George De Battista, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Kazanka, Siberia, July 13, 1919. Sergeant De Battista led a patrol of eight men through enemy country to Kazanka, about 10 miles distance from camp, and returned with an accurate report of enemy activities in the town. The circumstances governing at the time required extraordinary daring and skill on the part of Sergeant De Battista in order to carry out the instructions given him.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: San Francisco, CA

EICHELBERGER, ROBERT L.
Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army
General Staff Corps, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: June 28 - July 3, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert L. Eichelberger, Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in Siberia, June 28 - July 3, 1919, while serving as assistant chief of staff, G-2, American Expeditionary Forces, Siberia. On July 2, 1919, after the capture by American troops of Novitskaya, an American platoon detailed to clear hostile patrols from a commanding ridge was halted by enemy enfilading fire, seriously wounding the members of the patrol. Colonel Eichelberger, without regard to his own safety and armed with a rifle, voluntarily covered the withdrawal of the platoon. On June 28, at the imminent danger of his own life, he entered the partisan lines and effected the release of one American officer and three enlisted men in exchange for a Russian prisoner. On July 3 an American column being fired upon when debouching from a mountain pass, Colonel Eichelberger voluntarily assisted in establishing the firing line, prevented confusion, and, by his total disregard for his own safety, raised the morale of the American forces to a high pitch.
General Orders No. 9, W.D., 1923
Home Town: Urbana, OH

EVANS, EDWARD F.
Cook, U.S. Army
Company F, 27th Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: June 12, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward F. Evans, Cook, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the vicinity of Kraefski, Siberia, June 12, 1919. When his detachment was attacked by a superior force of the enemy Cook Evans took up a position alone on the thatched roof of a shed on the flank of his platoon, from which, owing to his calmness and excellent marksmanship, he successfully broke up a flanking party of the enemy by killing and wounding seven of them, thus preventing his detachment from being cut off or from suffering serious casualties.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Logan, WV

FARRINGTON, DELBERT
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: July 2, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Delbert Farrington, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Novitskaya, Siberia, July 2, 1919. After his platoon commander was severely wounded, Sergeant Farrington assumed command of the platoon and led it in such a skillful manner as to gain superiority of fire and drive the enemy from his position without further loss to the platoon.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Greensboro, NC

FRANKLENFELD, CHARLES
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company H, 31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: June, July, & August, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Charles Franklenfeld, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Suchan Valley, Siberia, during June, July, and August, 1919. Corporal Franklenfield distinguished himself on numerous occasions by his capabilities and extraordinary daring as a patrol leader while under fire, notably at Novo Litovsk on August 8, 1919, when he rushed the door of a hut occupied by the enemy, who were firing directly at him.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Tuckahoe, NY

FRUNDT, OSCAR C.
Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army
Medical Corps A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: June 12, 13 - 18, & 25, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Oscar C. Frundt, Captain (Medical Corps), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in eastern Siberia, while in command of a hospital train on June 12, 1919, from June 13 to June 18, 1919, and on June 25, 1919, for his expeditious treatment and care of wounded and the skillful handling of a hospital train while under fire.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Jersey City, NJ

GRAVES, SIDNEY C.
(Second Award)
Major, U.S. Army
Assistant Chief of Staff, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: November 18, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Sidney C. Graves, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Vladivostok, Siberia, November 18, 1919. In answer to a call to save noncombatants entrapped in the railroad station at Vladivostok, Siberia, Major Graves fearlessly entered a zone swept by intense machine-gun and artillery fire of Russian Government and insurgent forces, entered the station, and assisted in locating six noncombatants. He escorted them through the attacking troops to a place of safety.
General Orders No. No. 15, W.D., 1923
Home Town: El Paso, TX
Other Award: Distinguished Service Cross (WWI)

GROSS, CHRISTIAN
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
27th Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: June 11, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Christian Gross, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Uspanka, Siberia, June 11, 1919. While leading a combat patrol Lieutenant Gross was fired on by an unknown force of enemy; he left his patrol, after giving them orders to fire on the enemy, and advanced through a fire-swept zone to an advantageous position on a hill from which he assisted greatly in forcing the retirement of the enemy.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Chicago, IL

HEINZMANN, LEO
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company A, 31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: June 25, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Leo Heinzmann, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Romanovka, Siberia, June 25, 1919. When his platoon was completely surrounded by the enemy Corporal Heinzmann volunteered to carry a message through the enemy's lines to the nearest American troops at Novo-Nezhino, six miles away. Corporal Heinzmann succeeded in getting through the enemy's lines, reached the nearest American forces, and returning with reinforcement for his platoon.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Los Angeles, CA

JEROME, JOSEPH E.
Private, U.S. Army
Company B, Replacement Battalion, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: November 17 - 18, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Joseph E. Jerome, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Vladivostok, Siberia, November 17 - 18, 1919. Private Jerome drove an automobile repeatedly through a zone swept by the fire of rifles, machine guns, and fieldpieces of contending Russian Government and insurgent troops, rescuing many noncombatants who were entrapped in the Vladivostok station between the lines, carrying them to places of safety, thus undoubtedly saving many lives.
General Orders No. No. 16, W.D., 1923
Home Town: Oakland, CA

JOHNSON, SAMUEL I.
Major, U.S. Army
27th Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: November 17 - 18, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Samuel I. Johnson, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Vladivostok, Siberia, on the night of November 17 - 18, 1919. On three successive occasions Major Johnson went through a zone swept by intense fire of contending factions to the railroad station and brought out noncombatants through the continuous fire from rifles and machine guns.
General Orders No. No. 28, W.D., 1921
Home Town: Honolulu, HI

JONES, ROY V.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: June 25, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Roy V. Jones, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Romanovka, Siberia, June 25, 1919. Though wounded early in action Private Jones continued to operate his automatic rifle throughout the fight.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Knoxville, IA

KENDALL, PAUL W.
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
27th Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: January 10, 1920
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Paul W. Kendall, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Posolskaya, Siberia, January 10, 1920. Lieutenant Kendall was in command of a detachment of his company when attacked by an armored train at 1 a.m. The detachment under his leadership and inspired by his example attacked and disabled the armored train and caused its surrender.
General Orders No. No. 35, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Sheridan, WY

LUNSFORD, EMMET E.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: June 25, 1918
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Emmet E. Lunsford, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Romanovka, Siberia, June 25, 1919. Though wounded early in action Private Lunsford continued to operate his automatic rifle throughout the fight.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Claremore, OK

MARTENS, JOHN C.
Private, U.S. Army
Company C, 31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: July 3, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John C. Martens, Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Kazanka, Siberia, July 3, 1919. Private Martens carried a message across a field under fairly heavy fire. He then volunteered to go to break up a sniper's nest, and went alone to an exposed and dangerous point where he could fire at the nest and broke it up, killing one of the snipers and driving the rest away.
General Orders No. No. 39, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Anaheim, CA

MASURY, GEORGE T.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Headquarters Company, 31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: November 17 - 18, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George T. Masury, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Vladivostok, Siberia, November 17 - 18, 1919. In answer to a call to save women and children who had been unavoidably entrapped in the railroad station by the fire from contending forces of Russian Government and insurgent troops, Corporal Masury boldly entered the zone of fire and rushed to the station, which was being fired upon from three sides by machine guns, rifles, and field pieces, and assisted in bringing back through the fire-swept zone a number of women noncombatants.
General Orders No. No. 14, W.D., 1923
Home Town: San Francisco, CA

NICKOVICH, ROBERT
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company B, Replacement Battalion, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: November 17 - 18, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Robert Nickovich, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Vladivostok, Siberia, November 17 - 18, 1919. In answer to a call to save women and children who had been unavoidably entrapped in the railroad station by the fire from contending forces of Russian Government and insurgent troops, Private Nickovich boldly entered the zone of fire and rushed to the station which was being fired upon from three sides by machine guns, rifles, and field pieces, and assisted in bringing back through the fire-swept zone a number of women noncombatants.
General Orders No. No. 15, W.D., 1923
Home Town: Acme, WY

POLASKA, EDWARD P.
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company D, 31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: May 20 - July 20, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Edward P. Polaska, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in Shkotovo and Suchan campaign, Siberia, May 20, 1919 to July 20, 1919. Sergeant Polaska commanded a platoon of his company during the entire period and led it in five different engagements. Hardships were undergone which tested discipline severely, through all of which Sergeant Polaska maintained perfect control, held his platoon at a high state of efficiency, and displayed extraordinary skill in handling it while actually in action, notably at Sitsa, Siberia, June 26, 1919, and at Kazanka, Siberia, July 3, 1919.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: South Bend, IN

*ROBBINS, CARL
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company M, 27th Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: January 10, 1920
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Carl Robbins, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Posolskaya, Siberia, January 10, 1920. When his platoon was attacked in the night by an armored train, Sergeant Robbins climbed up on the engine of the armored train in the face of pistol and machine-gun fire and hurled a grenade into the cab, which rendered the engine incapable of further operation, losing his life by his gallant conduct.
General Orders No. No. 35, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Concord, TN

RODA, MARVIN
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Company B, Replacement Battalion, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: November 17 - 18, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Marvin Roda, Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Vladivostok, Siberia, November 17 - 18, 1919. In answer to a call to save women and children who had been unavoidably entrapped in the railroad station by the fire from contending forces of Russian Government and insurgent Troops, Sergeant Roda boldly entered the zone of fire and rushed to the station which was being fired upon from three sides by machine guns, rifles, and fieldpieces and assisted in bringing back through the fireswept zone a number of women noncombatants.
General Orders No. No. 16, W.D., 1923
Home Town: San Francisco, CA

*SCHURTER, ALPHA
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company D, 31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: July 5, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Alpha Schurter, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in the lower Suchan Valley, Siberia, July 5, 1919. Although mortally wounded Private Schurter continued to advance with his platoon and assisted them by fire action until ordered to stop by his automatic rifle sergeant.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Hilltop, KS

STRAKEY, GEORGE
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: June 25, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to George Strakey, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Romanovka, Siberia, June 25, 1919. After having been wounded Private Strakey continued to use his rifle throughout the action.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Castlegate, UT

TOMMIE, HOMER D.
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company M, 27th Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: January 10, 1920
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Homer D. Tommie, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action at Posolskaya, Siberia, January 10, 1920. When his platoon was attacked in the night by an armored train, Private Tommie, without thought of his own danger, attempted to board the armored train and was fired upon, wounded, and fell under the wheels of the car, which severed his leg from his body.
General Orders No. No. 35, W.D., 1920
Home Town: Anniston, AL

VOGEL, ARTHUR H.
Corporal, U.S. Army
Company D, 31st Infantry, 33d Division, A.E.F. (Siberia)
Date of Action: June 26, 1919
Citation:
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Arthur H. Vogel, Corporal, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in action near Sitsa, Siberia, June 26, 1919. Corporal Vogel voluntarily ran a railway locomotive past a cliff three different times to draw the fire of a large force of bandits in order to locate their exact position, so that the bandits could be driven off by machine-gun fire in order to clear the way for a wagon train. On each trip he was subjected to heavy rifle fire, the cab of the engine being punctured in several places, and his Russian assistant slightly wounded.
General Orders No. 133, W.D., 1919
Home Town: Heber, CA

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