Recipient Detail



Rank: First Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company G
Division: 119th Infantry, 30th Division
Born: Marshalltown, Iowa
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Crossville, Tenn.
G.O. Number: 59
Date of Issue: 12/31/1919
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Bellicourt, France, 29 September 1918


Seeing that the left flank of his company was held up, he located the enemy machinegun emplacement, which had been causing heavy casualties. In the face of heavy fire he rushed it single-handed, killing the entire crew with grenades. Continuing along the enemy trench in advance of the company, he reached another emplacement, which he also charged, silencing the gun with grenades. A third machinegun emplacement opened up on him from the left and with similar skill and bravery he destroyed this also. Later, in company with another sergeant, he attacked a fourth machinegun nest, being killed as he reached the parapet of the emplacement. His courageous action in destroying in turn 4 enemy machinegun nests prevented many casualties among his company and very materially aided in achieving the objective.